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Two dead and baby seriously injured in crash

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A driver and a child passenger have died and a young baby has been seriously injured in a traffic collision on the A66 at Crackenthorpe in Cumbria.

Police were called to the scene after a Peugeot 307 was in a collision with a HGV.

Officers say the driver of the car, a man from the Penrith area, and a child passenger died at the scene.

A second child, under the age of one, was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The driver of the HGV, a 47-year-old man from County Tyrone, was unhurt.

Family members of those who died are being supported by specially trained officers.

Row over Hawick ward boundaries

A row has broken out in the Scottish Borders over plans to redefine council ward boundaries. Under the proposals, rural areas surrounding Hawick have been included in a new Jedburgh ward.

Local people say it will break long standing ties to areas, including an historic battleground that shapes Hawick's annual Common Riding festival. Jenny Longden reports.


Serious crash closes A66 between M6 and Brough

The A66 is closed between the M6 and Brough due to a serious accident at Crackenthorpe.

Police were called to the scene at around 5.10pm after a two vehicle collision.

The road is closed and motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

The road is expected to be closed for several hours for accident investigation work.

Petition to stop Hornshole from leaving Hawick

The current Scottish Borders wards Credit: Scottish Borders Council

A petition has begun calling for Hornshole to remain as part of the Hawick ward.

Burnfoot Community Council Chairman Michael Grieve has started the petition after Scottish Borders Council failed to oppose plans to remove the historic battleground from the Hawick and Denholm ward, in revised local government boundaries.

Under the proposals, the battle site, which is central to the town's common riding festival, will be part of a larger Jedburgh ward.

The plans are part of a national review by the Local Government Boundary Commission of Scotland, who want elected representatives in council to reflect the distribution of voters.

Councillors say there are many rural areas that face joining a different ward under the proposals.

Michael Grieve says the community must fight the plans:

It is quite frightening that 500 years ago we fought over this site and now someone with the score of a pen can just change it and nothing happens. So we have to show the Boundary Commission that these monuments to our past are important and should remain in the areas that they are supposed to be.

– Michael Grieve, Chairman, Burnfoot Community Council


Willow weavers showcase at Spring Fling

Geoff Forrest with one of his creations Credit: Collin Hatterlsey

Willow weaver Geoff Forrest has been welcoming hundreds of visitors to his temporary studio in New Galloway as part of this year's Spring Fling festival.

The event is now in it's 13th year and features 94 artists and makers who have opened up studios across Dumfries and Galloway.

Geoff, along with three other weavers, makes everything from traditional baskets to figurative and abstract sculptures.

"I make baskets and anything that I possibly can from willow. Living structures, figurative sculptures, forms influenced by nature, things that hang on the wall, rest on a table or stand on the floor. Twisty, bendy, wobbly, wonderful willow."

– Geoff Forrest, Willow weaver
Geoff Forrest with one of his creations Credit: Colin Hattersley

First Flat meeting of 2015 for Carlisle racecourse

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Carlisle will host it's first flat race fixture of the year this afternoon, along with a family fun day.

This year's theme is a Princess and Pirate Party, with activities like a treasure hunt and sandcastle competition on offer for the children.

Gates open at 11.30am and the first race begins at 1.30pm. The final race of the day is at 4.55pm.

"What a fantastic way to start our new Flat season, by hosting a family fun day on bank holiday.

"It's been eight months since we last hosted a Flat meeting and it's great to return with a double-bill of top class racing action and fun for the kids."

– Geraldine McKay, General Manager, Carlisle Racecourse
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