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Patterdale MRT issues reminder over wintry conditions

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Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team has issued a reminder to the public that conditions on the fells can still be wintry despite it now being April.

It follows an incident last night where a 69-year-old man got stuck while ascending Helvellyn at the end of Striding Edge.

While he was eventually able to free himself , Patterdale MRT have since stressed that sheet ice, sleet, snow, and very strong winds can still cause tough conditions for those walking on the fells.

Care Quality Commission begins follow up inspection

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The Care Quality Commission will officially begin a follow up inspection of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust today.

The inspection team will speak to hospital staff and patients about services after the trust received a rating of 'Requires Improvement' in April 2014.

The CGC is particularly interested in hearing about the public's experiences since the rating, but also where they would like to see improvements made in the future.


Wordsworth's 'Daffodils' 200 years old

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Today marks 200 years since the revised version of William Wordsworth's poem "Daffodils" was published.

Christopher Wordsworth, the great great great great grandson of the famous poet, will be at Rydal Mount to recite the piece.

He will then present the prizes in the Young Poets Competition, which students across the country have entered.

Rail workers take action in Carlisle

RMT Union workers at another strike Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Rail workers in Carlisle participated in a Union "day of action" between 7am and 9am this morning.

They are joining staff across the north in a campaign to have a publicly owned system in the region.

The RMT Union claims jobs, services, and safety are at risk if franchises are awarded to companies outside the UK.

James Fowler signs until end of next season

James Fowler will stay with Queen of the South until the end of the season Credit: ITV Border

Queen of the South has announced that manager James Fowler has signed a contract extension that will see him stay at the club until the end of next season.

The Board has said it's very happy with the job he has done since taking over from Jim McIntyre last September, and that the move will give the club stability over the summer and into next season.

The Manager himself claims he is grateful to be able to extend his stay.

"I'm really happy to sign again, it's been an enjoyable year although very difficult and hard work but it's one I've enjoyed and I'm thankful to the Chairman and the rest of the Board for the opportunity"

– James Fowler

Traffic disrupted after crash in Carlisle

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Traffic was disrupted this afternoon following a collision between a car and motorbike in Carlisle.

The incident occurred on Harraby Green Road, where it is believed the driver of a Suzuki motorcycle flew over the bonnet of a Mercedes.

Police have not released any details regarding the injuries of those involved.


Tributes paid to World Gurning Champion

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Tributes have been paid to Anne Woods who passed away at the weekend.

Anne was women's world gurning champion no less than twenty eight times.

Anne, who lived in Egremont, was 63. Her daughter Brenda said she died a champion.

Anne was women's world gurning champion 28 times Credit: ITV Border

Ward closed following Norovirus outbreak at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

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NHS Dumfries and Galloway has confirmed a norovirus outbreak at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Ward 9 closed over the weekend and remains closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting due to the outbreak, which has affected 11 patients so far. There have been no confirmed cases amongst staff.

Advice to members of the public wishing to visit the closed ward is as follows:

  • Routine visiting to Ward 9 is suspended. To avoid potential for further spread members of the public seeking to visit relatives and friends in this ward are advised not to travel whilst outbreak measures are ongoing.
  • If relatives are concerned about their loved ones, they should contact the ward for advice before coming to the hospital.
  • Members of the public visiting other areas of the hospital are asked to comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place by using the gel dispensers located around the hospital or thorough hand-washing.
  • If you have experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting please allow a minimum of 48 hours since your last symptom before visiting the hospital.

“We can confirm that Norovirus is circulating in the community. This is an unpleasant bug and a person remains infectious for around 48 hours after their last symptoms. Staying away until fully recovered, hand hygiene with soap and water and cleaning using bleach are our best weapons to stop the spread of infection.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager

Four wanted in relation to slew of alcohol thefts

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Police Scotland is investigating a number of thefts and attempted thefts of alcohol from Cooperative Stores in Dumfries and Galloway.

Three incidents were reported over the weekend - two on Friday and one on Saturday.

Shops targeted include those in Moffat, Sanquhar, and Wigtown. Police are looking for a group of two males and two females in relation to the reports, with descriptions as follows:

  • Male, 30/35 years, short dark hair, about 6' tall, medium build.
  • Male, about 30 years, skinny build.
  • Female, mid 20s, shoulder length dyed bright red hair
  • Female, mid 20s, dark hair tied up.

Reports have also been received that these same four people have been in the Cooperative Stores at Kelloholm and Castle Douglas, although nothing has been reported stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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