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Police appeal after car stolen from Carlisle

Police are appealing for information after a silver Hyundai was stolen from Wood Street last night Credit: PA

Police in Carlisle are appealing for information after a car was stolen from Wood Street, Carlisle, last night.

The car is a silver Hyundai, registration BV12 WDJ, and was taken between 10pm on 25th January and 7:40am on 26th January by unknown offenders.

“We are asking anyone who may have seen this car since 10pm last night to get in touch. We would also like to hear from anyone who was in the Wood Street area overnight and may have noticed some suspicious activity.

“Theft of any kind is not tolerated in Cumbria, and we are appealing to the public to help reunite the car with its rightful owner and trace those responsible.”

– DC David Howard

Anyone with any information should call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for Carlisle CID, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cumbrian police warn people about diamond telephone scam

Police are warning people in Cumbria to remain vigilant against telephone scams Credit: PA

Police are warning people in Cumbria to be aware of telephone scams, following recent diamond frauds.

According to the police, callers have been pressuring people into investing in rare diamonds that are often marked up or in some cases, don’t even exist.

They say the criminals use mock websites, company names, and technical jargon to appear credible.

Police have warned that this is a national problem and that Cumbria is no exception.

They have asked those who have been a victim of fraud, or have information about a suspected fraud or scam, to report it by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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One way system in Galashiels ends

The temporary one-way system in Galashiels town centre to allow for the construction of the new railway station has come to an end.

The traffic arrangements were required to allow the railway track formation to be installed, a new retaining wall to be built and the station platform to be installed.

Temporary off-peak traffic lights may be required on Ladhope Vale in the coming months for the safety of the workers as well as the travelling public.

Advance notice will be provided to motorists in such instances.

“Galashiels continues to remain a hub of activity as we work towards the completion of the railway’s construction this summer. As such, even though the one-way system has come to an end, Ladhope Vale may require temporary traffic lights for short periods whilst the station and associated works are completed.

“We thank the community for their on-going patience and support whilst these construction works have been underway.”

– Hugh Wark, project director for Network Rail
The system was in place to build a station for the new Borders railway Credit: ITV Border

Kendal marks 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945 Credit: Frank Schumann/dpa

A ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is taking place in Kendal today.

Joe Berger, a survivor of the concentration camp, will lead the ceremony.

In 1945, the Lake District became home to three hundred holocaust survivors hoping to start a new life, many of them in Windermere.

A592 closed due to roadworks

The A592 is closed due to roadworks Credit: PA

Police are reminding motorists of ongoing roadworks which have closed the A592.

The road will be closed in both directions on Monday 26th January, Wednesday 28th January and Thursday 29th January between 7.30am and 5.30pm.

The road will be open on Tuesday 27th January where temporary traffic lights will be in place.

Police advise motorists to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

Family tribute for victim of A595 collision

Mr Rooney's family described him as a 'loving and dedicated husband' Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

The family of a man who died following a road traffic collision on the A595 at Moota have paid tribute to a loving and dedicated person.

Brian Rooney, aged 62, from Thornhill, Egremont, died following a two vehicle road traffic collision on Wednesday 21st January 2015.

Mr Rooney’s family said:

“Brian was a loving and dedicated husband. A father to three children, grandfather to six, a brother, uncle and brother-in-law. He loved life, his family and his friends. He was a very special man loved by all who knew him.

“He joined the Royal Navy aged 15 and relished the life and camaraderie which left its mark. This was evident with his commitment to the Royal British Legion for over 30 years.

“After the Royal Navy he worked in a variety of roles on the Sellafield site for over 35 years.

“He played an enormous part in all of our lives and there will always be a huge void which will never be filled. We as a family are struggling to comprehend what has happened, he meant so much to us.”

– The family of Brian Rooney

They would like to thank all members of the emergency services, medical staff and members of the public who helped at the scene of the accident.

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'Turnip' for the books

A Burns Night carnival through the streets of Dumfries attracted at least 10,000 spectators and participants.

At least 10,000 spectators attended the festival Credit: Colin Hattersley Photography

The parade was lit by at least 3,000 lanterns and spectators lined the streets and the centre of the town where Burns lived.

The procession, which included 6 large main floats, and 432 specially made costumes from 20 community artists, impressed Government Minister Humza Yousaf.

"I came to Dumfries with high expectations, but I was absolutely blown away by this carnival.

"The creativity of the people of Dumfries is absolutely incredible."

– MSP Humza Yousaf Minister for Europe and International Development
The procession included 432 specially made costumes Credit: Colin Hattersley Photography

The carnival started at 5pm and was led by a huge lantern made in conjunction with Barnado's Scotland, the Big Burns Supper's partner charity.

Organisers were pleased with the event.

"Tonight was just astonishing - I think Rabbie Burns would have been astounded to see so many people turning out for such a huge celebration of his work, his spirit and of Scottish culture"

– Graham Main, Big Burns Supper Artistic Director
Some of the stars of the procession Credit: Colin Hattersley Photography
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