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Penrith FC's stadium row with council

As the country’s Premier League teams battle over which multi-million pound players to sign for the new season, the future of one of the region’s small town clubs hangs in the balance over unpaid rent.

A row has broken out between Penrith FC and Eden District Council over the stadium lease. The council says Penrith hasn’t paid any rent for nearly five years. The club say the council hasn’t carried out urgent repairs since it moved it.

Paul Crone reports:


9,000 sign petition to save hospital pharmacy

A petition, signed by 9,000 people, has been handed in to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust amid concerns of the planned ‘sell-off’ of hospital pharmacies.

The trust is currently proposing to sell off numerous NHS run pharmacies to the private sector, including one at the Westmorland General in Kendal.

Campaigners handed in the petition on Wednesday 23 July to the trust’s acting chair John Hutton, after which they held a public meeting to air their concerns about the closures.

Netball: England beat Wales

Helen Housby made her international debut in women's netball at the Commonwealth Games today.

England beat UK rivals Wales 65 - 25 in their first match.

The 19-year-old, from Cumbria, came on towards the end of the match as a substitute.

“I’m delighted with the start. The first game always sets the tone for the tournament and I was really pleased. We had a good start and demonstrated patience in attack and I feel like everyone had a great impact.

“The atmosphere is amazing, we have a barmy army that has come to support us which is amazing, the girls really thrive off that.

"Glasgow have been so welcoming, and we’re just to build day by day and I genuinely believe this will be the best England side there has ever been.”

– Anna Mayes, England Netball Coach


Police warn of opportunistic thefts during hot weather

Police are warning people to be vigilant when it comes to securing their homes while they are in the garden enjoying the warm weather.

The warning comes after a woman in Workington was robbed yesterday, Thursday 24 July, while she sunbathed in the garden.

Jewellery and a mobile phone were stolen from the property.

The police say leaving your door open for friends and family can also be an open invitation to opportunistic thieves and are reminding people to lock their front doors and close windows when they are outside.

If you see anyone behaving suspiciously, please report it to Cumbria Police on 101.

Penrith FC accused of not paying rent for five years

The club was founded in 1894
The club was founded in 1894 Credit: ITV Border

Even before the start of the football season, a row has erupted between Penrith FC and Eden District Council.

The dispute is over the stadium lease, with the council claiming the club hasn't paid a penny in rent since they moved into the ground almost five years ago.

The football club says until the council carries out essential and long-standing repairs to they ground, they have no intention of paying.

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