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£900 ewe targeted in Lockerbie sheep theft

A sheep valued at around £900 was stolen from a paddock near Lockerbie. Credit: PA

A sheep valued at around £900 was stolen from a paddock near Lockerbie.

The Beltex ewe, which was in lamb, was taken from a paddock next to the main B723 road near to Sibbaldbie Bridge, overnight on Tuesday 22/Wednesday 23 November.

It's believed the sheep was targeted as it was the only one out of a number in the field which was taken.

It has red paint marks on its wool.

The fences and gates are all secure and we are treating this as a theft. We are appealing for anyone who may have been on the B723 and who may have passed Sibbaldblie on Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning to get in touch with us through 101 if they saw anything suspicious."

– Constable Stephen Glendinning, Lockerbie Police


Sheep 'destroyed' after dog attack in Appleby

Sheep in the Lake District Credit: ITV Border

A sheep had to be 'destroyed' after it was attacked by a dog in the Great Asby area of Appleby.

The incident took place in the early part of Sunday 27 November.

The sheep was so badly injured it had to be destroyed by a vet.

Police are appealing for information about the attack and people are asked to call Cumbria Police on 101.

Farmers suffer due to farm subsidy delay

Many of Cumbria's upland farmers say they are struggling to cope because of a two year delay in receiving farm subsidies.

Those affected are people who have grazing rights to common land - places like the Lake District mountains and fells.

There are now real concerns about the levels of stress being experienced by some farmers.

The Rural Payments Agency, which is responsible for the delay, says it's been struggling with the sheer size of the problem.

Matthew Taylor reports.

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Penrith Mountain Rescue bare all for charity

Kevin Dowding and Luke Armitage feature in the calendar Credit: ITV Border

Members of the Penrith Mountain Rescue Team have dared to bare all in a bid to raise money for a new vehicle.

The team decided to take part in a naked photo-shoot to produce a charity calendar for 2017.

Money raised will go towards funding a new response vehicle, as Land Rover are no longer manufacturing the Defender, which is the current model used by the team.

During last December's floods, the team played a vital role in helping people cut off by water, and by working with the emergency services across the county.

"Obviously the vehicles are going through water so they need a constant service.

"We can't afford for a vehicle not to work so when we get a shout we need to know we can go out. We're constantly updating and servicing them.

"We don't do a lot of mileage but when we're off-road the vehicles take a lot of hammering and they need to be safe because it is an ambulance at the end of the day transporting casualties."

– Alan Conway, Penrith Mountain Rescue Team
October month Credit: ITV Border

The brave men and women who posed for photos were exposed to the elements, with some of them being photographed in the snow.

Members Luke Armitage and Kevin Dowding say it's brought the whole team closer together.

"There's snow in some of the shots so they were a bit chilly for some, other times it's a lot more pleasant but times were chosen so we're not too exposed.

"When we were with the photographer it was just the photographer then one or two of us and everyone has got their story now which is really nice. We certainly know each other more intimately now."

– Luke Armitage and Kevin Dowding, Penrith MRT

The idea for the calendar came from a night out in the pub, from one of the members who often poses as a life model.

The calendars are on sale for £8, with all proceeds going directly to funding a new vehicle.

The current Penrith MRT vehicle Credit: ITV Border
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