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Police appeal for witnesses following fatal A66 crash

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Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the A66 near Braithwaite, Keswick.

Emergency Services were called to the scene around 5pm on Friday.

A 24-year-old man, who was driving a blue VW Bora, was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital with serious injuries.

An 82-year-old man, who was driving a silver Toyota Avensis, was taken by a second air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, but died on Sunday.


Dunsdale Haugh in Selkirk to close for 5 months

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Dunsdale Haugh in Selkirk will close today for around five months to allow work to be carried out on the town's flood protection scheme.

The £31m project will protect almost 600 properties from the Shaw Burn stream and is due to be completed by the end of the year:

Since January our contractors RJ McLeod have commenced working in the Dunsdale Haugh area protecting against flooding from the Shaw Burn. We've undertaken some of the simpler operations in this area through January through until April and we're now about to commence the more complicated piece of work.

– Conor Price, Project Manager, Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.

Supporters of imprisoned Cumbrian man prepare to march through Carlisle

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Campaigners calling for the release of a Cumbrian man imprisoned in India are preparing to march through the streets of Carlisle, ahead of a meeting with government minister Hugo Swire from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The family, friends and supporters of John Armstrong, who was arrested in October 2013 on weapons and ammunitions charges, will be joined by the supporters of five other Britons who were jailed alongside the Wigton man.

The six have always protested their innocence and are still battling the Indian justice system which saw them, in January, sentenced to five years hard labour.

They were among 35 crew members on board the American anti-piracy ship, the Seaman Guard Ohio, who were convicted of the illegal possession of weapons in international waters.

Cumbrian schoolchildren taken out of school as part of national exams protest

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Some parents in South Cumbria are taking their children out of primary school today in protest at the way they are being taught.

Campaigners at 'Let Kids Be Kids' say there's too much assessment and not enough fun in learning.

The campaign's petition urges parents of children in Year Two, where pupils are aged six or seven, to keep their children out of school for a day in protest over the compulsory exams.

It has been signed by nearly 40,000 people.

It hopes to marshal parents of Year 2 children who have had "enough of endless testing, enough of teachers not being trusted to teach" and objects to SATs tests which it says have increased childhood anxiety.


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