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A66 closed near Penrith following road traffic collision

Emergency services are dealing with a road traffic collision on the A66 at Stainton near Penrith.

The eastbound carriageway is expected to be closed for some time. The westbound carriageway will temporarily be closed for the air ambulance to land.

Police were called at around 2.30pm following a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and find an alternative route.

Bill McLaren Charity Dinner

Mike Bleasdale, John Inverdale, Linda Lawson, David Campese, Roy Mack, Jim Telfer Credit: ITV Border News

Around 150 people attended a special charity dinner on Friday night in aid of the Bill McLaren Foundation and The Melrose Rugby Academy.

The principal guest speaker was Australian rugby legend David Campese.

The event, which was held at The Greenyards in Melrose, was also attended by John Inverdale and Jim Telfer.

Enjoying the wildlife with Wordsworth

It's a hard balance: giving your children freedom to play outside and explore but keeping them close enough to stay safe. The National Trust has carried out some research which shows only 10% of children nowadays regularly play in wild places.

In the lake district, the Trust is encouraging families to enjoy the great outdoors together and is using Cumbria's 'wildest' poet to spread the word.

Kate Walby has more.

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Free microchipping events for dog owners

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Carlisle City Council is teaming up with The Dogs Trust and community centres to offer free microchipping for dogs at events promoting responsible dog ownership.

Continuing with its ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign’ staff from the City Council will also be offering advice on how to keep Carlisle Clean including reporting dog fouling and littering.

The free microchipping will be available at:

  • Yewdale Community Centre, Hutton Way on Tuesday, 3 March between 10am and 12noon;
  • Greystone Community Centre, Close Street on Tuesday, 3 March between 2pm and 4pm;
  • Currock Community Centre, Lediard Avenue on Thursday 12 March between 10am and 12noon;
  • Botcherby Community Centre, Victoria Road on Thursday 12 March between 2pm and 4pm;
  • Harraby Community Centre, Edgehill Road on Tuesday 17 March between 10am and 12noon;
  • Denton Holme Community Centre, Morley Street on Thursday 19 March between 10am and 12noon;
  • Longtown Community Centre, Arthuret Road on Thursday 26 March between 10am and 12noon.

The compulsory microchipping of dogs will take effect from April 2016 and The Dogs Trust is stepping up free chipping campaigns to ensure that as many dogs as possible are chipped before the requirement to microchip dogs become law.

Cumbria selected for world first tidal lagoon plan

Maryport, West Cumbria Credit: ITV Border News

Cumbria has been included in plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons.

The company behind the plans today confirmed that early feasibility studies show west Cumbria could support one of the six lagoons which will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines.

Tidal Lagoon Power says it wants to build the lagoons - four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria to generate 8% of the UK's electricity for an investment of £12bn.

The company is today submitting an environmental impact assessment scoping report for a tidal lagoon between Cardiff and Newport.

We’re developing plans for a Tidal Lagoon in West Cumbria. With one of the UK’s highest tidal ranges the West Cumbrian Coast holds significant potential for electricity generation and would underpin the region’s huge Energy Coast ambitions. It would also help bring about a range of economic, social and environmental benefits and help us develop new, low-carbon electricity for the next 120 years.

While this exciting opportunity is at an early stage, we’ll be working with stakeholders and local communities in the coming months to fully explore how we can deliver on West Cumbria Tidal Lagoon.

– Tidal Lagoon spokesperson
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