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£20k jewellery raid in the Lake District

Police are investigating after £20,000 of watches were stolen in a smash and grab raid in Ambleside.

Detectives say the thieves made off with a substantial number of watches including Gents Sekonda watches and other makes.

Police were called at 3:40am yesterday morning to Horsman's Jewellers on Lake Road in the town after an alarm was activated.

They discovered that someone had smashed the shop window with what's described as a metal traffic-restriction bollard.

Officers want to trace the driver and occupants of a white or light-coloured saloon vehicle that was seen to make off the time of burglary.

We have already spoken to several members of public who have assisted us in our investigation but appeal to anyone we have not yet identified with relevant information to make contact. This crime has significantly impacted on this popular family business and we urge anyone to please get in touch with us on 101.

– Det Sgt Mike Wallace, Cumbria Police

Gretna crash victims confirmed as two men

Police have confirmed that two people who died in a crash on the A74(M) near Gretna were both men from the Oldham area.

The two men, aged 21 and 22, were travelling in a car which crashed into a bridge column on the southbound carriageway close to junction 21. It happened at around 6am on Sunday. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and formal identification is yet to take place.

The road was closed at junction 21 to allow for police enquiry and recovery of the vehicle. Local diversions were in place and the road was reopened by police at around 12:30pm.

Police Sergeant Leigh McCulloch from the Dumfries and Galloway Trunk Road Policing Unit, said today:

This was a serious road traffic incident which has resulted in the death of two men.

Specialist officers continue to progress the enquiry to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident and I would ask that anyone who may have witnessed the crash contact the Road Policing Unit at Lockerbie via the 101 number with any information they may have.

– Sergeant Leigh McCulloch, Police Scotland

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.


Rugby match for Wigton man trapped in India

Friends of Wigton man are holding charity rugby match Credit: ITV Border

Friends of a man from Wigton, who is to go on trial in India, are holding a charity rugby match in his home town today.

John Armstrong was working as an anti-piracy guard, transitioning ships through a high risk part of the Indian Ocean when he was arrested in October 2013.

His sister, Joanne Thomlinson, is helping to organise today's event at Wigton Rugby Club between the Parachute Regiment rugby team and a Wigton Rugby League select - kick off is at 3pm.

Mr Armstrong used to play for Wigton Rugby League club and is also a former member of the parachute regiment.

He is due to stand trial in Tuticorin in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, September 14th, 2015.

The Indian authorities say the ship he was travelling in had been illegally sailing in Indian waters, something Mr Armstrong and five other British men who were also arrested, deny.

Mountain biker rescued in Lake District

A mountain biker was airlifted to hospital after being knocked unconscious while out riding on one of Cumbrian's most popular tracks.

The 33-year-old man from Stockport was riding in Whinlatter Forest in the Lake District when he came off his bike.

The Great North Air Ambulance and local mountain rescue volunteers were called at around 10:45am this morning.

The man was taken to a waiting helicopter and flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

He suffered head, leg and arm injuries but is described as being in a stable condition.

Rescuers praised staff at Whinlatter Forest for their help in getting the man to hospital.


Two dead in A74(M) crash

Two die in fatal crash near Gretna Credit: ITV Border

Two people have died in an accident on the A74(M) near Gretna.

Police Scotland has confirmed that the driver and the passenger in the car died at the scene.

They were travelling southbound when their car crashed into a bridge near junction 21 at 6am this morning.

No other car was involved.

The southbound carriageway has been closed for accident investigators to survey the scene.

No further details about the victims have been released.

Police responded to a one vehicle crash on the A74 shortly after 6am.

The driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

All lanes running southbound are closed for police inquiries.

Diversions have been put in place.

– Police Scotland spokesperson

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call the Police Scotland non-emergency number on 101

Vandals damage Workington speedway track

Vandals caused more than £100,000 worth of damage at Workington speedway training track Credit: ITV

Vandals have caused more than £100,000 worth of damage to a Speedway training track in Workington.

A fire in the club house and slashes to the safety barriers have meant the team of volunteers have cancelled the Under 16 British Youth Championship, the biggest meeting on their calendar.

Paul Bickley, a volunteer a the track, said:

We are hoping we can repair some of the damage quickly and get the meeting rearranged. This track is for kids and I can't understand why anyone would target kids. It can't be an accident as walls for the new pits were smashed and the safety barriers slashed as well as the fire. We are going to do our best to get up and running as soon as possible as we know what it means to the kids that use it.

– Paul Bickley, Volunteer at
Safety barriers were slashed by vandals Credit: ITV

Two dead in car crash near Gretna

Two people have died in a car crash in Dumfries and Galloway.

It happened on the A74(M) near Gretna at around 6am. The road was closed southbound shortly after the incident.

A police spokesperson said:

At around 0600 hours, police and emergency services responded to reports of a one vehicle road traffic crash on the A74, southbound, close to junction 21.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

All lanes of the road running southbound close to junction 21 are currently closed to allow for police enquiry. Diversions are in place.

– Police Scotland
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