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£1.3m grant to boost golden eagle population

The iconic golden eagle will be a more common site in the Borders Credit: The South of Scotland Golden Eagle project

A project to boost south Scotland’s golden eagle population has won a £1.3 million grant.

The South of Scotland Golden Eagle project will use the Heritage Lottery Fund money to rear eagle chicks in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

At present there are only two to four pairs of golden eagles in the south of Scotland, however a supporting project study has shown that there is suitable habitat for between ten and 16 breeding pairs.

In summer 2018 and for the next four years it is planned to bring between five and ten young eagles to the Borders to be reared and released when they will be satellite tagged.

The project is a partnership of RSPB Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Buccleuch and the Langholm Initiative, who have been working together for more than ten years to bring this project to realisation.

Man arrested after woman dies in Kendal house fire

Police enquiries are at an early stage. Credit: ITV News

Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal fire at a house in Kendal.

A blaze broke out at a property on Stramongate early on Sunday morning.

A woman who lives there, aged 67, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

She died later.

Her identity has not been revealed.

Cumbria Police say a man, aged 38, has been arrested. They are not looking for anyone else.

They are asking anyone who may have information which could assist their investigation to contact them.


Man charged following Workington stabbing

Cumbria Police are still urging witnesses to come forward. Credit: ITV News

Police investigating a stabbing in Workington have charged a man, aged 18, with causing grievous bodily harm.

Jonathan Winstanley, of Firth View Walk, Workington, has been remanded in custody to attend North Cumbria (Carlisle) Magistrates' Court on Monday 27 March.

The man, 31, injured in the incident, on Forth View Walk on Friday, remains in hospital in a serious, but stable condition

Cumbria Police are continuing to urge any witnesses to the incident to contact them.

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