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Concerns grow for missing Penrith man

Peter Dixon. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned about a 64-year-old man who is missing from Penrith.

Peter Dixon was last seen at 11:30pm yesterday (19 February) at his home on Folly Lane.

Police believe him to be driving a blue Nissan Micra, with the registration number: T668 LAO.

He is described as white, 5'10" with short grey hair. It is believed he is wearing a checked shirt, dark chinos, a blue coat and black shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.


Carlisle Cathedral celebrates migrants with ribbons

Campaigners are planning to tie ribbons to the gates of Carlisle Cathedral today to celebrate the contribution migrants make to the UK.

The Cathedral is one of a number of venues across the country to sign up to the One Day Without Us campaign - a national day of action in support of immigrants.

"We are living in challenging times politically and socially, on both a national and international level. Views and opinions can easily become polarised and as a direct result, people can suffer. So we need to ask people to stop and think about what is being said about those migrants to the UK and how they are being represented. As Christians, now more than ever, we must do all we can to reach out in love, grace and humility to everyone as we bear witness that God is for all."

– The Rev'd Canon Michael Manley, Canon Missioner at the Cathedral

They'll be tying the ribbons at 1pm. A banner is also to be placed on the gates with the words "We welcome and celebrate all peoples, all nations. God is for all" and there will be some poetry reading too.

People are invited to take part and to post on social media using the hashtag #1DayWithoutUs.

Grasmere flooding meeting to take place

Flooding in Grasmere. Credit: Jo Spencer/Jeff Moore/PA Images

People in Grasmere are being given the chance to learn about the work that needs to be done to prevent the village from being affected by future flooding.

The area was badly affected by the floods of Storm Desmond in December 2015, and was also left cut off by the destruction of the A591 road.

At a public meeting this evening, local people will be given a copy of the latest flood investigation report - a study carried out by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council.

What you need to know: Grasmere flood recommendations

People in Grasmere are being given the chance to learn about the work that needs to be done to protect the village and surrounding area from future flooding.

90 properties were affected by flooding in December 2015 as a result of high water levels in the River Rothay, Easedale Beck, Greenhead Gill and Grasmere Lake.

At a public meeting this evening (Monday 20th February), locals will be given a copy of the latest flood investigation report - a study carried out by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council into why the area flooded in December 2015.

The report looks at what, when and why the flooding results and identifies recommendations to minimise future flooding.

It says the earliest record of flooding affecting Grasmere is in the 1670s, and flooding was recorded again in 1967, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2015.

Despite this there are currently no formal flood defences in the village. It is expected to recommend:

  • Investigate options to improve highway drainage across A591. Extended closure of this road had a major impact on the local economy.
  • Develop options to provide advance warning of possible flooding.
  • Implement flood resilience measures within flooded properties. Grants are available to homeowners to help them better protect their homes.
  • Explore opportunities for engineered and natural flood management solutions to be used upstream of Grasmere to slow the flow and manage peak river levels.
  • Review drainage and sewage systems.

A woman has died in a crash on A689

Crash on A689 near Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police has confirmed that a 27-year old woman has died in a serious collision on the A689.

She was driving a Peugeot 208, which was in a collision with a Peugeot 207. She received fatal injuries and died at the scene.

The driver of the Peugeot 207 was also injured but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. His passengers also received non-life-threatening injuries.

It happened close to the turn-off for Walby Farm Park.

Emergency services have launched a major operation and the road is likely to remain closed between Linstock roundabout and the Brampton roundabout for some time.

Anyone with any information regarding the accident is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and quote reference number 123 of the 19 February.


Town win 6-22 against Haven

Whitehaven Rugby League FC played Workington Town Credit: ITV

After a very delayed start caused by an incomplete medical kit, West Cumbria's rugby league derby finally produced the goods everyone had come to see: some rugby.

Played out on a soggy afternoon, the home side Whitehaven RLFC lost 6-22 to Workington Town.

It was the first match of the season and both sides will undoubtedly be hoping the headlines are restricted to what happens on the pitch for the rest of their games.

Fans to take to social media as West Cumbrian rugby derby delay rolls on

Fans have taken to social media to complain about a delay of over an hour to the start of the Whitehaven RLFC v Workington Town derby.

The delay was reportedly due to items being missing or out of date in the medical kit.

Fans took to twitter as they waited for the match to start Credit: Twitter
Fans took to twitter as they waited for the derby to start Credit: Twitter

The game was due to kick off at 2pm. Just after 3.15pm the game finally commenced.

The match began shortly after 3.15pm Credit: Twitter
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