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Climb mountains, get paid

Jon Bennett has been doing the job for eight years. Credit: ITV Border

An advert's gone out for one of the most unusual jobs in Cumbria - but it could save lives.

The Lake District National Park's recruiting a 'Fell Top Assessor'.

Whoever gets the job will brave wind, rain and snow to check conditions on the area's 950-metre peak, Helvellyn, during the winter months.

Jon Bennett, from Ambleside, has been doing the job for eight years, and he's to be joined by a new recruit.

Information relayed by them will be used by Weatherline, a phone and online service that keeps keep visitors and locals informed about the conditions.

Crime group launches in South Cumbria

South Cumbria Acquisitive Crime Group launches Credit: PA

A new crime initiative launches in South Cumbria today, in a bid to reduce the number of burglaries in the region.

The South Cumbria Acquisitive Crime Group will focus on rural and agricultural crime, and it's led by the South Lakeland and Barrow Community Safety Partnerships.


The bee's knees: Cumbrian village most family friendly

St Bees came top of the Family Hotspots report. Credit: ITV Border

A Cumbrian village has been named the best place in Britain to raise a family.

St Bees, which has a population of less than 2,000 people, came top of the Family Hotspots report, which found it had a low crime rate, and strong community spirit.

Crime per capital in the village was 0.11, well below the national average of 0.25.

And another Cumbrian village, Moor Row, also came sixth in the report.

Plunging milk prices causing debate

Protests over milk price cuts Credit: PA

Hundreds of dairy farmers protesting at plunging milk prices are expected to turn out for a meeting in Penrith this evening.

Farmers for Action have organised the event which will see farmers and businesses from the region discuss the issue.

Some farmers claim they have faced revenue losses of up to 25 per cent.

NFU Scotland raises awareness of dyslexia

It's estimated one in ten people in the UK has dyslexia. Amongst the farming community in Scotland it's thought that figure could be higher.

It's an issue that's now being highlighted by the National Farmer's Union Scotland.

Emma Baker has been to one farm near Duns in Berwickshire to meet a family who know first hand about the challenges faced by people with dyslexia.

Dyslexia: find out more

NFU Scotland is launching a campaign to raise awareness about dyslexia in farming communities, after research showed the condition to be more common amongst farmers.

Dyslexia means difficulty with words, and it usually results in a struggle to read, write or spell.

If you think you might be dyslexic, you can find out more by visiting the following websites.

  • British Dyslexia Association - provides advice and support for people with dyslexia, and promotes research.
  • NHS - you can find detailed information about dyslexia: from the causes to how to identify whether you have it.
  • Dyslexia Action - offers support services including free half-hour consultations.


NFU Scotland highlights dyslexia concerns

Dyslexia is more common amongst farmers in Scotland Credit: ITV Border Life

The National Farmers Union in Scotland is launching a campaign to raise awareness of dyslexia in the farming community.

Dyslexia affects around half a million people in Scotland, and it's thought the number is considerably higher for farmers.

In fact, Scotland's Rural College says that one in four of its agriculture students is dyslexic.

You can find out more by watching Border Life Episode 30 tonight.

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