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Borders folk guitarist dies

John Renbourn Credit: Dave Smith

Borders based folk guitarist John Renbourn has died aged seventy.

Renbourn teamed up with fellow guitarist Bert Jansch to form influential folk band Pentangle in the late 1960s before going on to enjoy a successful solo recording and performing career.

The musician was found at his Hawick home on Thursday after a suspected heart attack.

He's survived by two sons and a daughter.

Six arrested after drugs raids

Heroin and cannabis were recovered. Credit: PA

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, after police searched a number of properties in Carlisle.

The police executed the warrants late on 26 March, as part of an operation targeting drug supply.

Heroin and cannabis with an estimated street value of £200,000 was recovered.

The people arrested:

  • A 30-year-old man from Liverpool.
  • A 34-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 37-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 41-year-old woman from Carlisle.
  • A 46-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 51-year-old man from Carlisle.

Our advice to heroin users is do not suffer with heroin dependency alone. As well as your GP we have strong partners in the community who can assist with helping you.

Unity alcohol and drug recovery service can be contacted on 01228 882299 for the Carlisle area or 01768 861280 for the Penrith area. Cumbria Alcohol Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) which provides drug & alcohol services to individuals, family members & communities to support recovery can be contacted on 0300 111 4002.

Anyone with information into the supply of controlled drugs should contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hill

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Man dies after lorry crash in Dumfries

A man has died following a road accident involving a lorry, on the A75 in Dumfries on Thursday 26 March.

William Hanlin, 47, from Dalbeattie, was driving an eastbound Vauxhall Astra, which collided with a westbound articulated lorry at Cuckoo Roundabout.

He died at the scene.

The man driving the lorry was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and treated for minor injuries.

He was since been released.

Police are asking for witnesses to the crash to contact them on 101.

Giving people with learning disabilities a voice

Hear Our Voice event in Carlisle.

Hear Our Voice is a national campaign by MENCAP, aimed at giving people with disabilities a voice in the run up to the General Election.

The aim is to make sure that learning disabilities are firmly on the agenda of all political parties.

There are 1.4 million people across the UK who have a learning disability and they want their issues to be heard by local and national politicians.

Today was the launch of a film they've produced, which you can watch here.

The campaign aims to give people with learning disabilities a voice.
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