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Two men jailed for Carlisle robbery

Robert Phillips (left) and Tony Lockwood Credit: Cumbria Police

Two men have been jailed for a combined 14 years for robbery and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

Robert Phillips, aged 29, was sentenced to eight years, while Tony Lockwood, aged 20, was sentenced to six years.

The robbery took place on the 20th March 2015.

Lockwood and Phillips approached woman who was walking along Close Street and demanded that she gave them her bag.

The 21-year-old woman declined and the two men attempted to forcibly take the bag, before they then made off towards the city centre.

All the while, one of the men had been carrying a black handled knife.

Temporary Detective Inspector Ginelle Ward, of Carlisle CID, said:

This was a very frightening ordeal for the victim was left understandably shaken. Thankfully she was not seriously hurt. The judge made recognition of her bravery and I concur wholeheartedly with those sentiments.

– Ginelle Ward

Scotland make only one change for Six Nations game in Cardiff

England's George Kruis secring the ball during their away victory at Murrayfield Credit: PA

Scotland have made just one forced change to their 23-man Six Nations squad following their home defeat to England last weekend.

Duncan Taylor will now replace Matt Scott in the starting line-up after the latter injured a quadricep during training, meaning Sean Lamont will come into the vacant bench slot.

All three Border region players in the 23-man squad, Greig Laidlaw, Stuart Hogg and Ross Ford, played huge roles in the opening game, but still fell short against a newly resurgent England.

Alex Dunbar, from Dumfries, has again missed out on selection this week.

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Police Commissioner Rhodes: Kendal closure go-ahead 'extraordinary'

Richard Rhodes Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes has said he finds it 'extraordinary' that plans to close Kendal Magistrates and County Courts will go ahead.

In a released written statement, Richard Rhodes said:

I welcome today’s announcement by HMCTS that West Cumbria Magistrates Court will not be closing. I would like to thank everyone that has worked and campaigned to put a strong case forward to keep the court. However, I find it extraordinary that Kendal Court will now face closure. In December, the Court was closed as a result of flooding and the court provision was provided at an alternative site in Kendal. This worked well and showed that the court was much needed.

I will be pursuing discussions locally to try to ensure a satisfactory solution.

– Richard Rhodes

Kendal Magistrates to close, West Cumbria Magistrates to remain open

Kendal Magistrate's Court and County Court Credit: ITV Border

HM Courts & Tribunals Service has confirmed the proposed closure of Kendal Magistrates Court, despite local campaigns to prevent the closure.

On the other hand, plans to close West Cumbria Magistrate's Court at Workington have been shelved following consultation.

The Government is closing 86 courts in total, after initially proposing to close 91.

In the 1990s, there were ten courts in Cumbria. Now, there will be just three. Credit: ITV Border

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid, Shailesh Vara, released this written statement in response to the closures.

Attempted robbery takes place in Kendal

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An attempted robbery has apparently taken place in Kendal.

Police were called to Castle Stores, on Castle Drive, at around 8pm last night after a member of staff reported being threatened with a knife.

The Police have asked for any information on the whereabouts of the suspect, who is described as being a male, possibly in his 20s, and wearing a dark coloured beanie hat and jacket.

He made off from the scene on a dark coloured pedal bike in the direction of the bottom of the castle.

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