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Huhne: 'no subsidies for nuclear industry'

Former energy minister Chris Huhne has called on the government not to allow subsidies for the nuclear industry.

Since leaving Parliament, Huhne has forged a career as an energy expert.

He was commenting on the termination of a multi-billion-pound nuclear contract, due to a botched tendering process.

No subsidies for nuclear. That was the coalition government policy. It should be the policy again but the government seems to be relenting and saying 'no, maybe we should give a few subsidies', and it's opening the door to exactly a repetition of the sort of disaster that we see today.

It is genuinely the case that for example in Sellafield where there are a lot of research facilities, and which accounts for about 70% of the cost of total decommissioning, a lot of things were thrown away in the 1950s in the urgency to generate plutonium for the atom bomb programme, as well as generating electricity.

Those things weren't properly logged. We don't know what's in the silos, and therefore you need to have a really extensive investigative programme to find out what the problems are before you can clear them up.

And if you find out they are worse than you could conceivably have expected, that's going to cost more money, so that's basically what's been happening, and we've got this enormous increase in the cost of clear up.

– Chris Huhne, former Secretary of State for energy and climate change


Twenty-two mountain rescuers help injured woman

The incident at Black Crag. Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team
The incident at Black Crag. Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

A 64-year-old woman was rescued by members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue team, after slipping on wet ground at Black Crag near Loweswater.

She sustained an ankle injury, and was treated at the scene before being airlifted to the Cumberland Infirmary on Sunday 26 March.

Twenty-two members of the mountain rescue team were called out to help, and the rescue effort lasted three hours.


Police appeal for community support officers

Cumbria Police Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police is looking for new community support officers.

PCSOs are uniformed staff who support police in communities across the county, often dealing with issues like antisocial behaviour and public reassurance.

Applications are open until Monday 10 April.

Police Community Support Officers carry out a vital role in the Constabulary. It is a uniquely interesting and rewarding position which is well-suited to people who have a genuine interest in working hard to improve the community.

Ideal applicants will be out-going and able to work closely with police officers and partners to overcome problems.

It is a challenging role where no two days will ever be the same. But if you are looking for a career change where you can really make a difference, this may well be the job for you.

– Chief Superintendent Mark Pannone

Police concerned about missing Dumfries woman

Lauren Jardine. Credit: Police Scotland

Police are growing concerned about a 28-year-old woman who is missing from Dumfries.

Lauren Jardine was last seen about 8:20pm on 24 March, near the Jet garage on Glasgow Road, in Dumfries.

Police say she is 5'3" and of medium build, with bleached blonde shoulder length hair.

She was last seen wearing a red checked shirt, black leggings, light brown boots, and a burgundy coat, and was carrying a white satchel with butterflies on it.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101.

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