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A591 closed following collision

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The A591 at Market Place in Ambleside is closed as emergency services deal with a road traffic collision.

Police were called at 10:13am today following a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

Serious congestion is expected, especially to those travelling southbound, and motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Cliffs 'spew huge boulders' during Nepal's second quake

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Cumbrian mountaineer Chris Harling has described the powerful aftershock that occurred 25 hours after Nepal's devastating earthquake on Saturday.

In a post on his Facebook page he described the "now familiar wave like motion" of the ground beneath his feet as the second "big quake" scientists had predicted began.

According to Chris, from Penrith, the cliffs around his tent at the North Everest Base Camp began to"disintegrate and spew huge boulders" towards the area where he, and others in the group he is leading, have taken shelter.

But they never reached what he calls their "island of safety", and everyone in his group remains unhurt.

The scientists predicted a second big quake around 24 hours after yesterday's. It came 25 hours later.

From within the comfort of our mess tent, subtle tremors were noticed, rapidly followed by the now familiar wave like motion of the ground and the equally rapid exit of the tent by our clients.

Through the cloud and snows, once again we witnessed the cliffs above BC begin to disintegrate and spew huge boulders towards our island of safety.

Again, they never gained the energy or direction to reach us - we are thankful for a well chosen site and that no one is hurt.

Stood still, the effect is strange - the sensation of wavelike motion, in the absence of sound or other visual cues. Team members feel dizzy even a little nauseous.

– Chris Harling, Leader, Adventure Peaks 2015 North Ridge Expedition


Police continue to investigate Carlisle robbery

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Police are continuing to investigate a Carlisle robbery that took place at around 3.45pm yesterday, Sunday 26 April.

Two males made off with a small amount of cash from "Foreways News, Food and Wine" on Blackwell Road.

After the incident, they were seen leaving on foot towards Beaumont Road.

They have been described as white males in their late teens to early twenties and were wearing blue coloured boiler suits and balaclavas.

No one was injured in the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Revolutionary plough gifted to Newcastleton museum

A plough that revolutionised farming has gone on display near the Scottish Borders birthplace of its inventor.

James Oliver made millions after coming up with the chilled plough design in the 19th century.

His ancestor, James Pearson, gifted an Oliver Plough to Newcastleton museum this weekend.

The Oliver Plough at Newcastleton museum Credit: ITV Border

Borders Theatre Company takes final bow

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A Theatre Company that has been operating in the Scottish Borders for 28 years is taking its final bow.

The Rowan Tree Theatre Company say they can no longer operate after failing to attract funding.

This evening, a reception is being held to thank those that have been involved over the years.

Judy Steel co-founded the company in 1987.

My overwhelming feeling is that we made a great contribution over 28 years. I'm proud of what we all did, the board as well as the people on stage. I think what we did is prove that theatre in the Borders did work and it could survive, and I think we have inspired a lot of other people to follow in our footsteps.

– Judy Steel

Smart new move by Cumbria Police

One of the new devices officers in Cumbria will be using Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Constabulary is swapping paper for a modern alternative.

For more than 150 years police officers have used notebooks and pencils for logging incident details.

But from today, all the Force's frontline officers will be equipped with hand-held Smart Devices for recording information and assisting with their duties.


Police hunt Carlisle robbers

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Carlisle this afternoon (Sunday 26th April).

Police were called at around 3:45pm today with a report that there was a robbery at Foreways News, Food and Wine on Blackwell Road.

No one was injured during the incident.

Two people, believed to male, were seen leaving on foot towards Beaumont Road. They were wearing blue boiler suits and balaclavas.

Anyone with any information, or saw people matching the above description, are urged to call Cumbria Police on 101.

Scottish Borders man kept in Nepal by earthquake

John Richmond remains in Nepal Credit: John Richmond

A Scottish Borders man who was hoping to travel to Kathmandu today for a flight to Bankok has been forced to extend his stay at a guesthouse in Nepal following the massive earthquake.

John Richmond from Gordon, who runs a travel company that takes visitors to Nepal, is stranded at the New Marco Polo Guesthouse in Pokhara.

He updated his blog and Facebook page to tell people back home that he is safe and well, but shared the news that he can't travel to Kathmandu.

Unfortunately because of aftershocks through the night we couldn’t make the trip back to Kathmandu as the road was closed. So fingers are crossed (and a couple of toes!) that tonight is peaceful so we can get back tomorrow in time for a flight to Bangkok on Tuesday.

– John Richmond
John Richmond is staying in Pokhara Credit: John Richmond
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