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Police investigating the sudden death of fifteen-year-old boy in Allerby

Police are investigating the sudden death of a fifteen-year-old boy from Allerby, Credit: PA

Police are investigating the sudden death of a fifteen-year-old boy from Allerby,

Police were called to a property on Ritson Row at 7.02am this morning.

The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

Police, on behalf of the Coroner, along with partner agencies are investigating the circumstances of the death.

The deceased’s family are being supported by police officers, family members and friends.


Hundreds of delegates visit West Cumbria for the Nuclear Energy Business Opportunities Conference

The Nuclear Energy Business Opportunities Conference at Energus, Lillyhall Credit: ITV Border

Plans for how businesses and the local economy can benefit from future investment in west Cumbria's nuclear industry were highlighted at a conference today.

Hundreds of delegates were at Energus in Lillyhall for the Nuclear Energy Business Opportunities Conference.

Hosted by Britain's Energy Coast, the event focussed on the potential business opportunities that could be delivered by a NuGen's new nuclear power station close to the existing Sellafield site at Moorside.

Well I think the momentum on nuclear new build has increased tremendously over the past few years. I think with Hinkley Point getting over the finish line with FID this will, I think, solidify that momentum. We are actively engaged with the supply chain, we're here at these events today, we are talking to the supply chain and the skills providers to make sure people understand what our needs are and when we're going to be coming online. We're actively working on the site today doing investigations and exploratory work so there are things that are happening but with nuclear new build it's a long process.

– Tom Samson, NuGen

Jamie Reed MP responds to claims West Cumbria A + E could be downgraded to 'minor injuries clinic'

Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland Credit: PA

A row has broken out over whether hospital bosses are considering downgrading the Accident and Emergency Department in West Cumbria to a minor injuries clinic.

The claim was made today by MP for Copeland, Jamie Reed.

Mr Reed says that the clinical director of the hospital made the comments during a meeting at the new West Cumberland Hospital held earlier this month.

The brand new 90 million pounds West Cumberland Hospital was opened on the fifth of this month to much fanfare but already this cutting edge hospital is under scrutiny.

The MP for Copeland, Jamie Reed, who has long campaigned for better health facilities in West Cumbria has made controversial claims about what hospital bosses are planning to the Accident and Emergency Department.

According to Mr Reed, the same people who built the new hospital told a meeting of health professionals and other stake holders that they are now considering down-grading it if they can't recruit enough doctors by March next year.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust responded with the following statement:

The Trust Board very much supports a safe and viable service for the long-term future at West Cumberland Hospital.

Our A&E consultants at West Cumberland Hospital formally expressed their concerns to the Trust Board in May 2015 about the long term sustainability of acute medicine. We share these concerns as does the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, who has rated the safety of acute medicine at West Cumberland Hospital as ‘inadequate’ since July 2014.

We cannot ignore this situation and we all share a common goal which is to ensure a safe and sustainable service for patients in West Cumbria. We are doing all we can to recruit to key vacancies including our innovative partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Whilst our consultants have not yet formally resigned, it is our duty to plan for all eventualities and all possible worst case scenarios and this means we must have open discussions with our clinical teams such as the discussion the A&E team had at their meeting on Friday.

We are also working closely with all health partners, as part of the newly formed Success Regime, to develop a long-term clinical strategy within the next six months. This will also involve many more open conversations with our staff, patients and members of the public about the challenges faced so that we can establish a clear way forward, not just for the Trust, but for the whole health economy in West, North and East Cumbria.

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, medical director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Chief Constable Jerry Graham: "£1m equals 30 Police Officers, we've got to make £26m more of cuts"

Chief Constable Jerry Graham Credit: ITV Border

Chief Constable Jerry Graham has hit out against the upcoming Police cuts, voicing concern for the future of Cumbria Police. He said:

The order of cuts that we're being asked to make, as a result of these proposals, are so massive that I cannot in honesty describe what the model of policing would be like in this county. What I can say is it would be unrecognisable to the model of policing that the public of Cumbria have at the moment, and that has very serious implications.

£1m equals 30 police officers... we've got to make £26m more of cuts. I spent £3m on PCSO's, £5m on Police staff, who's job is it to support Police Officers, even if I was to get rid of all those tomorrow, it wouldn't even come close to the size of the cuts.

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham


Protesters against the new M-Sport development celebrate judicial review findings

The proposed development at M-Sport Credit: ITV Border

Protesters objecting to a multi million pounds development at M-Sport in West Cumbria say they are delighted at the outcome of a judicial review.

A judge has decided that the motor sport company in Dovenby near Cockermouth will now have to comply with a maximum noise level when it tests cars. The firm says the proposed 19 million pounds facility will get the go ahead once the details of the noise levels are agreed.

Woman who nearly died in diving accident backs St. Abbs independent lifeboat campaign

St. Abbs Credit: ITV Border

A woman who nearly died in a diving accident at St. Abbs is supporting a campaign for an independent lifeboat for the village. The RNLI lifeboat was withdrawn last month following a review which indicated it was no longer needed. But Marion McFarlane, from Fife, who was rescued within four minutes earlier this year, says she wouldn't be alive now if it wasn't for a lifeboat in the area. She's been speaking exclusively to ITV Border.

Marion has been back to St. Abbs for the first time this week since coming close to death at the end of May. She was diving with three friends at the well known Cathedral Rock, just a few yards from the harbour, when her equipment failed, leaving her with no oxygen. The group were all experienced divers and had been 13 metres below the surface when Marion got into difficulties:

I realised my air had stopped being delivered to me. I banged on a rock to get my buddies' attention and then thought the only thing I could do was to go up and I saw my buddies as I was going up and then once I reached the surface nothing. I really did feel myself swallowing water and I just thought that was it, really.

– Marion McFarlane, Fife

On the surface the St. Abbs lifeboat crew was alerted and sprung into action, reaching Marion extremely quickly.

Former Coxswain, Paul Crowe, explained:

My son and a few of his friends were playing at the back of the harbour and they raised the alarm. They came round and got us, or me anyway, and I started to get kitted up and we were in the water and round there within four minutes, or back in the harbour within four minutes from start to finish, it all just happens in a flash as usual you know.

– Paul Crowe

Having swallowed water and ascended very rapidly Marion was unconscious and at first the outcome looked bleak.

Another former crew member, Ian Wightman described the scene:

It didn't look too clever to be honest. When I first saw her I thought it definitely doesn't look too good but it was really reassuring when you saw here splutter and she became responsive and at that point we thought this could have a happy ending after all.

– Ian Wightman

She was given oxygen and the crew helped to stabilise her before she was flown to hospital in Aberdeen, where she spent the next four days followed by a month off work.

She's now returned to St. Abbs to thank the people who rescued her.

Marion is so grateful for the rescue that she's now supporting the campaign for an independent lifeboat to be stationed at St. Abbs. The RNLI withdrew its boat last month. It said that after a review it felt that there was no longer a need for it and it was putting a second boat into Eyemouth just a couple of nautical miles down the coast. But Marion says after what happened to her she's convinced there is a need for a lifeboat here.

I would have died. When I was on the rocks my buddy was incredibly sure that I was not going to make it. I'll do everything I can to support them.

– Marion

The RNLI's lifeboat left in September after more than 100 years, much to the distress of local people. The fundraising campaign for an independent lifeboat to replace it has already raised around 20 thousand pounds.

As for Marion, she plans to be back diving in St. Abbs very soon.

Cumbria Police 'viability' called into question following announcement of further £26m in funding cuts

Cumbria Police have been told to cut a further £26m form their budget Credit: PA

Cumbria Police have been told to make a further £26m worth of cuts to their budget over the next four years. Since 2010, Cumbria Police have already had £20m taken from their funding.

Under proposed changes to police funding arrangements, announced by the Minister for Policing Mike Penning on Friday, Cumbria Police will lose £9.5m in funding.

Chief Constable Jerry Graham said: “Disappointingly, we have been advised that current funding formula proposals would mean Cumbria would lose highest proportion of our budget out of all the forces at 15.83%, which equates to £9.5 million.

“This is obviously of great concern to Cumbria Constabulary, as there is only so much money that can be saved while retaining a viable policing service. We will be looking at these proposals in detail over the next few days and establishing what exactly it would mean for Cumbria’s people and communities."

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is forecasted to outline a minimum of £11.5m spending cuts when he delivers the Comprehensive Spending Review in November.

After taking account of cost pressures such as inflation rises, the tally of spending cuts required from Cumbria Police rises to £26m.

...there is only so much money that can be saved while retaining a viable policing service.

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham

Cumbria Constabulary now has until 30th October to respond to the Home Office with their concerns, which they say they will do in detail.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes said: “Savings of £20million have already been achieved. These further reductions will mean that policing resources in Cumbria will have fallen by £46million over a ten year period to 2019/20.

“Proposed cuts of this scale will have a significant impact on the level of policing within the county and I will now be working with the Chief Constable on ascertaining the future financial viability of the police service."

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