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3 year match ban for 2 Carlisle United fans

3 year football ban for 2 Carlisle men Credit: ITV Border

Two men were convicted of football related offences on Monday at Carlisle Magistrates Court and York Magistrates Court.

Michael Junior Green, 20, of Marks Avenue Carlisle, pleaded guilty at Carlisle Magistrates Court and was given a 3 year football banning order. He was one of the 12 arrested at the Hartlepool United v Carlisle United game on 29 August.

Scott Dixon, 27, of Linton Close Carlisle, received a 3 year football banning order at York Magistrates. Dixon was arrested at York City v Carlisle United on 19 September.

Superintendent Justin Bibby said

The vast majority of those who attend football matches are friends and families who just want to enjoy the game. Unfortunately there are a minority who have other intentions and engage in behaviour that can spoil the occasion for others.

We work alongside the clubs to deal with the anti-social behaviour and convictions such as these demonstrate our commitment to put those responsible before the courts where they may have to deal with the consequences for a number of years.”

– Superintendent Justin Bibby


Sellafield 'ground-breaking' nuclear waste research

Sellafield 'ground-breaking' nuclear waste research Credit: PA

Scientists studying nuclear waste at Sellafield say new research could mean quicker and cheaper decommissioning.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which is responsible for cleaning up the country's nuclear waste, has been criticised for soaring costs and slipping deadlines.

Scientists say their discovery will mean a "radically simplified approach" to the packaging and disposal of intermediate level waste.

The research looked at the chemical behaviours of waste stored in the Magnox Swarf storage Silo. It is one of the UK’s most hazardous buildings and has been prioritised for clean-up by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Previously, scientists thought a 22-step mechanical treatment and encapsulation process was necessary to manage and dispose of the waste stored in silos constructed over fifty years ago.

But the study’s findings suggest the old method could be replaced with an alternative three-step solution which stores the "raw" waste with concrete grout inside a shielded container.

Dr Adrian Simper, the NDA’s Strategy and Technology Director, said:

To be able to deliver a technical solution to historic intermediate level waste at Sellafield, that not only offers a safe and secure route but also opens up the possibility of a quicker and cheaper alternative to current technology, is a genuinely exciting development.”

– Dr Adrian Simper

The four-year study was led by the NDA, Sellafield Ltd and the National Nuclear Laboratory, with academics from the universities of Bristol, Leeds and London South Bank.

Their findings are being met with caution by Cumbrian environmental campaigners.

The Green Party's Jill Perry told ITV Border it makes no sense for the Government to remain "wedded" to the nuclear industry:

"This is one facility among many at Sellafield that house radioactive waste in various states of decay. It remains a very long-term, expensive and dangerous business without any guarantees of safety over the lengths of time necessary."

– Jill Perry, Secretary Allerdale and Copeland Green Party

New era of healthcare in West Cumbria

NHS Credit: PA

A new research, teaching and medical education campus has launched in West Cumbria aimed at improving healthcare at every level across the region.

West Cumberland Medical Education Campus (WCMEC) is a collaboration between several institutions including the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.

It will develop education in medicine and related areas such as dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and policy.

New £90m West Cumberland hospital Credit: ITV Border

The new campus, hopes to deliver innovative improvements in remote and rural healthcare and develop new integrated models of care for the local area.

It will also provide a local facility to train West Cumbria’s clinical workforce and attract the best global students to the area to benefit patient care.

The campus will combine academic facilities at UCLan’s Westlakes campus and neighbouring clinical facilities at the new West Cumberland Hospital, which has already represented a significant step for local communities and the development of healthcare in West Cumbria.

The campus will develop education in medicine Credit: PA

Professor St John Crean, Executive Dean of UCLan’s College of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, said:

This new campus is looking to the future and if our ambitions to work in Cumbria are fully realised, then we will have a fantastic opportunity to improve skills, research, staff recruitment and retention.

The ‘halo effect’ of this programme will mean we can help attract students, doctors, teaching staff and research opportunities to Whitehaven and West Cumbria for years to come.”

– Professor St John Crean

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

This is a hugely positive step in the right direction to help address some of the longstanding issues we face in relation to our workforce, particularly in West Cumbria.

The partnership will bring in new expertise for the benefit of patient care, as well as help Cumbria to ‘Grow our Own’ medical talent and provide an innovative roadmap for the delivery of a sustainable workforce for health services in Cumbria.”

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer

Police appeal for missing Berwick woman

Katie Grout Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 23-year-old Berwick woman.

Katie Grout from Goldstone in the town left her home at approximately 7am on Thursday, October 8.

She is described as white, 5 feet 5" tall, very slim build, with shoulder length brown hair with a small scar under her chin.

She was wearing black and white checked trousers, black long sleeved top and grey boots.

Katie left home driving her silver Vauxhall Corsa car registration DY61 HJJ.
She was spotted near Harthill Service Station on the M8 and is believed to be travelling to Glasgow.

Police are concerned for her welfare and are carrying out enquiries to locate Katie.

Officers are appealing for Katie to make contact with them, or anyone who recognises her to call police straightaway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

South of Scotland: Weekend fixtures

South of Scotland football Credit: ITV Border

South Of Scotland League

Saturday 10th October 2015:

  • Creetown v Newton Stewart
  • Dumfries Ymca v Crichton
  • Lochar Thistle v Abbey Vale

South Of Scotland League Cup 2nd Round:

  • St Cuthbert Wanderers v Edusport Academy
  • Wigtown & Bladnoch v Heston Rovers
  • Fleet Star v Mid Annandale
  • Upper Annandale v Nithsdale Wanderers

SFA South Regional Challenge Cup 1st Round

Friday 16th October 2015:

  • Mid Annandale v Gretna 2008


Cumbria's biggest hydro-electric scheme nears completion

Hydro-electric power Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's biggest hydro-electric scheme is nearing completion. The construction work stretches for almost a mile and a half across a mountainside just outside Ambleside.

When complete it will provide the equivalent of half the power needed by the village, around 1400 homes.

Hydro-electric power Credit: ITV Border

The force of the water flowing down Scandale Beck is being harnessed and will be turned into hydro-electric power when the £2.8 million project is opened next month. The company building the scheme, Ellergreen Hydro, has a rather unusual partner. A third of the money has come from the Carlisle Diocese of the Church of England.

Martin Jayne, the Chairman of the Carlisle Diocesan Finance Board, says:

We're putting this money into green energy because we do have a policy whereby we want to be the greenest diocese we can be and we're carbon neutral I think is the phrase, the first diocese to be there."

– Martin Jayne
Hydro-electric power Credit: ITV Border

Ellergreen Hydro is involved with more than 15 similar schemes around the Lake District. It says hydro electric power is becoming more and more popular in Cumbria and this scheme will also allow people to choose directly to make use of it.

Mark Cropper, the Managing Director, says:

It's going to be the very first where we're going to be able to actually offer people the ability to buy electricity directly from this scheme and that is pioneering and it's something we're working on right now."

– Mark Cropper

At the moment the construction work has left a very obvious scar on the landscape, but the company says in 18 months it will be impossible to see that any work has taken place here.

£1m plan to transform Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot Park Credit: ITV Border

A million pound plan to transform Fell Foot Park near Newby Bridge on Windermere has been approved.

The development by the National Trust will include a new water-sports centre. It's hoped the investment will bring in more visitors.

But some people are objecting to the proposal because they fear it will cause extra noise and traffic problems.

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