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Leader of the Scottish Labour Party Johann Lamont has resigned.

A Labour source said: "She realised it was time for a change in Scotland. She has put the party first. Ed regards her as an honourable woman who has served party well and we hope will serve the party again in the future."

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The medical director of North Cumbria's hospitals has told ITV Border that centralising consultant led maternity services in Carlisle is an "attractive option".

The Trust has published a series of options for healthcare across Cumbria. It says all decisions will be based on patient safety after further consultation with clinicians and the public. Katie Hunter reports:

Two men sentenced for drug possession totalling nearly £30,000

Two men have been sentenced to over 9 years at Carlisle Crown Court for possession with intent to supply £29,970 worth of drugs.

On 14th August 2014, Dean Gee, aged 23, from Stockport, and Liam Wilson, aged 21 from Wigan, were arrested in Workington following a stop check and search of their car. Police officers found cocaine, mephedrone, MDMA tablets and powder, which totalled a street value of £29,970, all hidden in the car.

They both pleaded guilty on 1st September 2014 to four offences of possession of drugs with intent to supply. Wilson was sentenced to five years and four months and Gee received a sentence of four years.

Sergeant Duncan Brooker, who led the investigation, said:

“Wilson and Gee were arrested as a result of pro-active policing. Police officers were suspicious of their behaviour, stopped their car in Workington and found a substantial amount of drugs.

“The actions of those officers, PC Drysdale and PC Royle from the Operational Support Unit, prevented these drugs from hitting the streets of Cumbria and in turn deprived Gee and Wilson of their liberty.

“The supply and use of illegal drugs has an impact on certain communities within Cumbria and we will not allow this to go un-challenged. The sentence today hopefully sends a strong message that Cumbria Police are dedicated in targeting those responsible for the distribution and sale of drugs in Cumbria.”

– Sergeant Duncan Brooker

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Care home 'deeply saddened by the deplorable behaviour'

A spokesperson for Beacon Edge care home which is a private health care run by BUPA said:

“We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the deplorable behaviour of these three people. None of us can understand how young people planning a career in care and nursing could do this.

“We are committed to training and developing our people to provide the best care for residents. However, we don’t believe anyone needs specialist training to behave decently towards frail, older people.

“We would like to apologise again to all our residents and their families and assure everyone that we have acted and will continue to see if there is anything further we can learn from this case.

“We carried out all the correct checks before these three people were employed. As the court heard, this behaviour took place only when they were able to work together. We have robust whistle-blowing procedures and as soon as another carer suspected anything they rightly told managers and we acted.

“We would like to thank our partners in Cumbria Police and social services for helping us to ensure these three can never work with vulnerable people again.”

– Spokesperson for Beacon Edge care home

A total of seven years and six months in prison

Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor said:

“The three defendants physically, verbally and emotionally abused vulnerable men and women for their own amusement. William Bowman also further degraded one of the residents by sexually assaulting her."

“The victims were lovingly placed in the care of the residential home by their families. It is a place where they should have been looked after and all their needs met. However these three employees abused the trust placed in them by their employers and the victim’s families by their demeaning treatment of them.

"Cases involving the abuse of vulnerable people, who are often unable to give evidence against the perpetrators themselves, are extremely difficult to prove. It is therefore due to the willingness of the witnesses in coming forward which brought an end to the abuse and has enabled us to bring these defendants to justice for their abhorrent actions.

"The physical and emotional effects on the victim’s families are overwhelming. I sincerely hope that the fact that they have been sentenced it will bring some sense that justice has been served."

– Isla Fisher, Senior Crown Prosecutor

Individual sentences:

  • William Bowman pleaded guilty to 8 counts of ill-treatment of a person without capacity and was found guilty of sexual assault and was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment.
  • Claire Strong pleaded guilty to 3 charges of ill-treatment of a person without capacity and was sentenced to one year imprisonment.
  • Chevonne Benson pleaded guilty to 10 counts of ill-treatment of a person without capacity and was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
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