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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.

£1.3m grant to boost golden eagle population

The iconic golden eagle will be a more common site in the Borders Credit: The South of Scotland Golden Eagle project

A project to boost south Scotland’s golden eagle population has won a £1.3 million grant.

The South of Scotland Golden Eagle project will use the Heritage Lottery Fund money to rear eagle chicks in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

At present there are only two to four pairs of golden eagles in the south of Scotland, however a supporting project study has shown that there is suitable habitat for between ten and 16 breeding pairs.

In summer 2018 and for the next four years it is planned to bring between five and ten young eagles to the Borders to be reared and released when they will be satellite tagged.

The project is a partnership of RSPB Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Buccleuch and the Langholm Initiative, who have been working together for more than ten years to bring this project to realisation.


Police appeal for night-time 'county watch' volunteers

Police are appealing for volunteers. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for Cumbrians to join 'country watch' teams, to help tackle rural crime.

'Nights of action' will be held in south Cumbria, where vetted volunteers meet for a formal briefing before heading to observation points.

From 8pm and 2am they will alert police to any suspicious vehicles that would not normally be on the roads at that time.

No-one would be expected to stop or challenge anyone or to confront criminals in any way.

These nights of action are already successfully running in north Cumbria.

Communities need to work together to deal with local issues, and this is a great example of how people can get involved. Please do get in touch if you wish to put your name forward, this is a great way to work with the police and make a real contribution to the community.

– Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall

Anyone who would like to volunteer is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to Sgt Scott O’Neill if you’d like to help in the south of the county or PC Shirley Murray if you’d like to help in the north of the county.


Dumfries & Galloway's 'Wild Lands' specified

Two areas in Dumfries and Galloway have been chosen. Credit: ITV Border

Two locations in Dumfries and Galloway have been named as 'wild lands' by Scottish Natural Heritage.

The areas near Merrick and Moffat are recognised as important habitats for wildlife that need protecting.

They were selected as 'wild lands' in 2014, but descriptions of the areas have now been published, to help the authorities when it comes to planning developments.

Sanquhar community farm desperate for new land

A community farm in Sanquhar may be forced to re-home some of their animals if more land can't be found before the summer.

Clark's Little Ark was set up in memory of 19-year-old Clark Shankly, who died from Cerebral Palsy in 2012.

The farm is popular with local nursery school children and also provides a volunteering service. Lori Carnochan reports:

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