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Warning over council phone scam

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Police are warning the public about bogus telephone calls from people claiming that they work for Eden District Council.

The callers, who have targeted people in Carlisle, Eden, and Brampton, pretend they are from the Environmental Department.

They then ask for personal financial information, under the guise of looking into a claim for an accident.

“I would urge people across Cumbria to be very wary of this type of call. These people can be very convincing, particularly to those who may not know a lot about financial claims.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that they should be cautious of anyone who makes contact with them – whether it is in relation to computers, financial accounts, charities, or offers to buy/sell. Don’t allow anyone you don’t trust access to your personal information or your computer."

– Sgt Tony Kirkbride from Community Safety

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Severed fingertip found in garden

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Police are appealing for information about a severed human fingertip that was found in Keswick last month.

A member of the public found it in their garden on Southey Street on Saturday 24 January 2015 at around 2.30pm.

Police are asking for anyone with information about the fingertip, which they believe belongs to a male, to get in touch.

“We made checks with the relevant local hospitals, accident and emergency departments and GP surgeries at the time of the discovery. There have been no reports of any industrial accidents or injuries in which the North West Ambulance Service have been called to.

“The fingertip appears to have been severed, however there was no blood staining at the scene or the surrounding area."

– DC Jonathan Lowden, West Cumbria CID

22 jobs go at Scottish Borders Council

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Scottish Borders Council has confirmed that 22 compulsory redundancies have been made during the last year, including one from the Chief Executive department.

The local authority is looking to save £30 million by 2020.

At a Budget meeting in January, the council said 55 jobs were to go, but there would be no compulsory redundancies.

"SBC is committed to minimising compulsory redundancies and we operate a voluntary severance/early retirement programme to minimise any impact on staff. In addition, we have a robust redeployment process which ensures we minimise the number of compulsory redundancies across our workforce and only use these where absolutely necessary - having first considered redeployment and voluntary severance options.

As the Council makes changes to its structure and delivers improvements in service provision it is inevitable there will be an impact on staffing levels. The number of compulsory redundancies noted below are minimal in comparison to both the size of the overall SBC workforce and in relation to similar sized organisations."

– Spokesperson, Scottish Borders Council

Businesses at risk of flood damage as beck bursts its banks

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Heavy overnight rain has led to a beck bursting its banks and put nearby shops and businesses at risk of flood damage.

Firefighters are currently on the scene pumping out water just off the A69 at Warwick Bridge near Carlisle.

Firefighters at the scene pumping out water Credit: ITV Border

The businesses, including a cafe, are closed as they've been cut off and surrounded by the flood.

Businesses at Warwick Bridge cut off by water Credit: ITV Border

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Trains Minister visits Carlisle and Gretna

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The Government's Trains Minister, Claire Perry, will be visiting Carlisle railway station to discuss plans for it to be turned into a hub for all types of transport.

Local MP John Stevenson wants an underused area at the back of the station to be developed into a site for buses, taxis, and car parking.

Ms Perry will also visit Gretna as part of her trip.

Weather: Thursday

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Rain clearing south-eastwards this morning, with sunshine and colder conditions following.

Heavy blustery showers pushing in from the northwest, wintry with possible snowfall over hills. Windy with local gales persisting. Maximum Temperature 11C.

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