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Man dies from heart attack on Helvellyn

Striding Edge towards the summit of Helvellyn in the Lake District National Park.
Striding Edge towards the summit of Helvellyn in the Lake District National Park. Credit: PA

A man has died after having a heart attack at the top of a mountain in the Lake District.

The 64-year-old from Lincoln, who has not been named, collapsed at the peak of Helvellyn shortly after two o'clock yesterday afternoon (28th August).

Mountain rescue teams, the air ambulance and an RAF helicopter were called to help him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Grain prices are 'disappointing'

Farmers say that despite a bumper yield during harvesting time this year, they are being paid much less for the grain they produce.

Farmers across the region are being paid up to £100 less per tonne on last year, for grains including wheat, oats and barley.

The approximate grain prices for 2013 to 2014 are:

  • Winter Barley: -£50 per tonne
  • Oil Seed Rape: -£100 per tonne
  • Malting Barley: -£100 per tonne


Throne fit for an emperor

A wooden Roman toilet site has been found near Hadrian's Wall
A wooden Roman toilet site has been found near Hadrian's Wall Credit: Sonya Galloway, Vindolanda

The only surviving wooden Roman toilet seat has been unearthed near Hadrian's Wall.

It was discovered intact at the Vindolanda site in Northumberland.

Archeaologists say it would have been more comfortable to sit on than stone in the chilly climate of the northern frontier.

The seat will take up to 18 months to conserve, once that process is complete it can be put on display.

The seat will take 18 months to conserve
The seat will take 18 months to conserve Credit: Sonya Galloway, Vindolanda

Kavanagh remains optimistic about league

Carlisle United head to Cambridge tomorrow for their fifth game of the season, still chasing their first win, and with Graham Kavanagh admitting that his side are already stretched by a growing injury list.

Injuries were a key factor in last season's relegation from League One with the Blues going through fifty players as a string of loan signings were needed to cover for long term absences.

This year it is a case of a new squad, a new approach, but the same old problems.

Watch: Kavanagh says 'We've got to get on with it'

The United manager says there is no need to panic after a early disappointments. He says the league won't settle down into a realistic shape for a couple of months and that players and fans need to keep faith and composure.

Man charged with attempted child rape

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a nine year old girl in Workington.

Police were called to Vulcan Park on Tuesday evening. John Newtown from Workington's Fisher Street faces six charges including attempted rape, voyeurism and assault and has been remanded in custody.

The case has been referred to the Crown Court.

Driver injured in A6071 Longtown crash

The A6071 road near to the Whitesyke Garden Centre in Longtown has reopened following a crash this morning (29th August).

Police were called at 10am after a Jaguar X-Type and a Volvo vehicle crashed.

The driver of the Jaguar X-Type, an elderly male from Smithfield, was taken to Cumberland with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Volvo vehicle did not suffer any injuries.

Police thank people for their patience.


Racial abuse allegation investigated in Maryport

An investigation into an allegation of racial abuse is being carried out by Cumbria police.

It follows a report of males fighting on Ellenfoot Drive at 8.50pm on 22nd August. On arrival a 23-year-old man from Maryport was arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm. He has been bailed until 9th September.

A 17-year-old man and a 46-year-old man, both from Maryport, suffered minor injuries.

Following enquiries, allegations have been made of a racist nature towards the 23-year-old man who was arrested which are being investigated.

Anyone with information are asked to contact the police on 101.

Man dies whilst driving

A man has died after falling ill whilst driving.

On 28th August at 2.10pm a Ford Focus car was found in a field off the A75 road near Gretna. 74-year-old John Johnstone from Longtown was found at the wheel of the car by police and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say it is likely that he was taken ill whilst driving and that there appears to be no suspicious circumstances.

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