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Cumbrian Cricketer Ben Stokes has been dismissed in the Ashes

Ben Stokes lasts just two balls on day two of the third test Credit: PA

Ben Stokes has been dismissed after just two balls by fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.

Stokes fell for a duck in the midst of a remarkable performance for Johnson, who now becomes the fifth Australian to take 300 wickets in test cricket.

The New Zealand born Stokes first moved to Cockermouth when his father, Gerard Stokes, moved to the area to become coach at Working Town RLFC.

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Great North Air Ambulance called to near-fatal motorcycle collison

The GNAA was called to the M6 just south of Tebay. Credit: GNAAS

The Great North Air Ambulance Service has released details the M6 crash its team was called to yesterday.

It responded to a motorcycle collision in which a 59-year old woman suffered life-threatening injuries.

The GNAAS arrived on the scene at 12.30pm, where they provided emergency treatment before flying the patient to the Royal Preston Hospital.

The woman was described as 'critical' on arrival.

Speed reduction for A595 south of Whitehaven

A mile-long stretch of the A595 will now have a 50mph speed limit. Credit: PA

Commuters travelling between Whitehaven and Bigrigg will face a 10mph speed reduction from the end of August.

The mile-long stretch of road between Mirehouse Road junction and Bigrigg will be reduced from 60mph to 50mph, following several road safety audits by Highways England.

Motorists are warned to expect the use of temporary traffic lights while work to erect new road signs is undertaken.

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The number of personal injury accidents along the road between 2005 and 2010.

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Around 20,000 expected at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling last year. Credit: ITV Border

Around 20,000 people are expected at the Kendal Calling music festival, which begins today.

The event, held at Lowther Deer Park near Penrith, will feature acts including Elbow, Snoop Dogg and the Kaiser Chiefs.

It's the 10th anniversary of Cumbria's biggest music festival.

Whitehaven schools' £33 million funding boost

Work on the £33m development should begin next year. Credit: ITV Border

A £33 million funding package for an education campus and community sports facilities in Whitehaven has now been agreed.

The development will be built on the current site of St Benedict's High School, and construction could start as early as next year.

The facilities will be used by St Benedict's, as well as Mayfield Special School, and the sports facilities will be accessible to the whole community.

This has been a passion of mine for a decade now. The work has been painstaking and at times gruelling but this shows what can be achieved when we all share a common vision.

These investments will be transformative for Whitehaven and for thousands of young people and their families now and in the future. It’s an enormous step forward. New schools, a new hospital, new nuclear investments. We’re building a new and exciting future and our best days are ahead of us."

– Jamie Reed MP

CCTV cameras rolled out across Cumbria

CCTV cameras will be rolled out across the county. Credit: PA

A new network of CCTV cameras will be launched in Cumbria today.

The project has been commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes, and will be implemented by Cumbria Constabulary.

53 cameras will be operated across Carlisle, Workington, Kendal, Whitehaven, Penrith and Barrow, and more could be added if necessary.

The project will cost £2.5 million over the next seven years.

CCTV will play a vital role in delivering a safe and secure environment for people who live, work and visit Cumbria.

At the same time CCTV will help in reducing anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder as well as providing proactive support for the business community. When I came into Office in November 2012 there was the real prospect of all the CCTV cameras in the major urban areas across the county being switched off. Today, we have a state-of-the-art system which will be supported for the next seven years.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner
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