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WATCH: Non-native species could harm Cumbria's rivers

There are fears that two species - the Demon Shrimp and the Zebra Mussel may be about to enter Cumbria's waterways and devastate the local wildlife.

Both have already spread to a canal basin in North Lancashire. Anglers and boat users are being asked to make sure they don't inadvertently move the creatures.

Tim Backshall has this exclusive report.

Road safety campaign backed by Scotland rugby player

A powerful new campaign from the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland, urges drivers to watch their speed on country roads and help reduce the number of fatalities.

Don't miss what's round the corner. Credit: Scottish Government

"Don't miss what's round the corner. Watch your speed on country roads". thats the message from the Scottish Government as they launch a road safety campaign.

Country roads account for the largest number of fatal accidents on Scotland’s roads - over half (55%).

Last year alone 755 people were killed or seriously injured whilst driving on country roads and three out of four of those were men.

Loss of control is the biggest cause of deaths on country roads, frequently associated with driving too fast for the conditions and leaving too little time to react to unpredictable road conditions and hazards.

Country roads account for the largest number of fatal accidents on Scotland’s roads.
people were killed or seriously injured whilst driving on country roads.

Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said:

We are committed to achieving safer road travel in Scotland for everyone and clearly we are heading in the right direction. However we still have a long way to go, particularly with younger male drivers.

This campaign encourages motorists in Scotland to drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions, particularly on country roads as there is a higher proportion of fatalities in rural areas.

We know the risks are associated with inappropriate and excessive speeds, which is why Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020 has speed as one of its priorities and includes a variety of measures to tackle the problem.

We have been making good progress, but there is still more to be done to help reduce fatalities on our roads.”

– Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay

You can watch the highly emotive campaign advert here:

Superintendent Fraser Candlish of Police Scotland said:

We are urging drivers to take extra care on country roads, as you never know what hazards are waiting round the corner or when something unexpected might happen.

It’s important to drive according to the road conditions as driving even slightly too fast can turn avoidable incidents into serious and ultimately fatal crashes. We hope this new campaign will contribute to a reduction of deaths on Scotland’s roads.”

– Superintendent Fraser Candlish of Police Scotland
Rugby player Stuart Hogg was involved in a car crash in which his best friend died Credit: Safer Scotland/ITV Border

Scotland and Glasgow rugby player, Stuart Hogg, tragically lost his best friend, Richard Wilkinson, in a crash on a country road in 2009 and is supporting the campaign.

Losing my best mate Richard will live with me forever and was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. It could have easily been me and I think about him every day and all of the things he’s missed out on.

I’m supporting the new campaign to encourage people to take extra care on country roads and I hope I’m doing Richard and his family proud.”

– Stuart Hogg, Scotland and Glasgow rugby player
Rugby player Stuart Hogg was involved in a car crash in which his best friend died Credit: Safer Scotland/ITV Border

Stuart Hogg has been involved with the campaign to help promote road safety, particularly amongst younger drivers.

You can watch the video below

The campaign is running throughout Scotland across multiple channels including TV, cinema, outdoor, radio, digital advertising.

Laidlaw wants Scotland performance 'for the fans'

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is calling upon his team to 'do it for the fans' and clinch qualification for the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.

The Scots face Samoa in their final match in Pool B at St James' Park in Newcastle on Saturday, knowing a win would guarantee their progression to the knockout stages.

Tens of thousands of Scots are expected to travel to Newcastle for the game, giving Laidlaw and his teammates a strong support base.


ROAD CLOSURE: A66 near Braithwaite after 4 car collision

ROAD CLOSURE: A66 near Braithwaite Credit: ITV Border

Emergency services are dealing with a road traffic collision on the A66 near Braithwaite.

Police were called at 14.58pm today following a four vehicle collision.

The road has been closed on the A66 in both directions close to Braithwaite.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Visit the traffic link map to keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads.

Captain's Run for Scottish side

Scotland take on Samoa in the Rugby World Cup this weekend.

Vern Cotter's side is likely to include Stuart Hogg and Greig Laidlaw from the Borders.

The Scottish team were seen doing the Captain's Run at St James's park in Newcastle where they will play their upcoming World Cup match.

Vern Cotter's side at St James's Park, Newcastle Credit: ITV Border

In rugby terms, a 'Captain's Run' is used to describe a training session led by the squad captain as oppose to the coach.

It is an important part of the build up to a game.

For Scotland that meant Borders' very own Greig Laidlaw took the training session.

Scottish captain Greg Laidlaw (Number 9) Credit: ITV Border

Police reassure public of social media rumours

Cumbria Police Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police have received a number of reports around the perceived suspicious activity of two vehicles in west Cumbria.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harwood said:

Rumours and speculation has been building on social media in the last couple of days surrounding suspicious activity from two vehicles.

Police have followed up enquires from members of the public, and no evidence of criminal activity has been found.

I want to reassure the members of our local communities that although there have been rumours circulating on social media of potential house marking and dog thefts no such incidents have been reported to us and our enquiries to date have not disclosed any such incidents in west Cumbria or across the wider county of Cumbria.

However, if anyone has been a victim of crime I would urge them to get in touch and report it so that we can investigate.”

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harwood

Support Our Soldiers morale boosting boxes

Servicemen and women serving abroad are receiving 'morale boosting' care packages, thanks to a man from Cumbria.

Ryan Winthrop from Whitehaven has been collecting and assembling the boxes for the charity 'Support Our Soldiers' for five years.

Every month he sends around 50 boxes to service women and men who are deployed all over the world.

In the lead up to the Christmas period the amount of boxes Ryan sends out to forces on tour goes up to around 500.

A typical box for Support our Soldiers Credit: ITV Border

Boxes and donations can be dropped off at your local Co-operative funeralcare across Cumbria

The co-operative funeralcare Credit: ITV Border

If you'd like to get involved or find out any more information you can visit the Support Our Soldiers website.

Tune in to Lookaround at 6pm tonight to see the full report of when ITV Border went to meet Ryan from the charity.

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