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Lorry driver hospitalised after M6 accident

The M6. Credit: PA

A lorry driver has been hospitalised with serious injuries after an accident on the M6 motorway in Cumbria.

Police say a white heavy goods vehicle, driven by a 53-year-old man from Beattock, left the southbound carriageway and travelled down an embankment where it collided with a bridge parapet.

The driver is in the Royal Preston Hospital, but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

There were major delays after all lanes were closed between the time of the accident - at 4:45am close to J39 near Shap - and 9:20am when two lanes were reopened.

The incident is continuing to affect traffic heading towards Penrith from Kendal.

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Curle targeting big improvement next season

Keith Curle. Credit: PA

Carlisle United's manager says he's aiming for a big improvement on last season's 10th place finish in League Two.

Keith Curle added two players to his squad yesterday.

He's targeting more signings, and says the players he's looking at need the same ambition as him.

I need to be successful, and there's a difference between needing to be successful and wanting to be successful.

This season is about us continuing our progression, which means we need to finish well above where we finished this season.

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

University staff strike in Cumbria and Scotland

University staff are striking. Credit: PA

University staff based in Cumbria and the south of Scotland are striking over pay and conditions.

Members of the University and College Union will walk out today at the University of Cumbria, and the University of Glasgow's Crichton Campus in Dumfries.

They say since 2009 the value of their pay has decreased in real terms by 14.5 percent, and that male staff earn significantly more than female staff.

They also argue more than 75,000 staff are on 'casualised' contracts, and more than 21,000 on zero hours contracts.

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Police Scotland respond to school hoax threats

Hoax calls were made to schools. Credit: PA

Police Scotland say there is no information to suggest hoax threats made to schools in Scotland are "terrorist related".

One of the schools that received a threatening telephone call was Dumfries High School.

Police Scotland, along with other forces across the UK, is investigating a series of malicious hoax threats made to 13 primary and secondary schools across the country today.

There is no information to suggest these threats were terrorist related. Police Scotland is working with other UK forces to investigate who is responsible and whether the incidents are linked.

We take hoaxes extremely seriously. They divert police resources and cause disruption and alarm to the public.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on the 101. In an emergency always call 999.

– ACC Steve Johnson, Police Scotland
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