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Schools Gymnastics Championships

Members of Dumfries High B, the winning team in the Secondary Level 2 category Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dumfries and Galloway's Schools Gymnastics Championships were held at the David Keswick Athletic Centre on Saturday.

This year saw the highest ever number of entries in the council organised event, with around 290 children from Primary and Secondary schools all over the region taking part.

The 1st and 2nd highest scoring teams in each of the competition's five categories will now represent Dumfries and Galloway at the National Schools Championships in March.

The prize winners in each category were as follows:

  • Primary Pre Level 1: 1st Moffat A, 2nd Hecklegirth D, 3rd Langholm C
  • Primary Level 1: 1st Newington B , 2nd Newington A, 3rd Gretna A
  • Primary Level 2: 1st Moffat A, 2nd Newington A, 3rd Eastriggs C
  • Secondary Level 1: 1st Dumfries High B, 2nd Dumfries High A, 3rd St Josephs A
  • Secondary Level 2: 1st Annan Academy A, 2nd Moffat Academy A, 3rd Langholm Academy A
Team Newington B, who won the Primary Level 1 category Credit: ITV Border

Operation Spectrum launched to improve road safety

Those who park on double yellow lines will be prosecuted as part of Operation Spectrum Credit: ITV Border

A police operation has been launched to try and prevent road accidents outside schools across Cumbria.

Parents who park on zig zag or double yellow lines are being targeted as part of Operation Spectrum.

The police are handing out leaflets to people this week, but they say they will start prosecuting offenders next week.

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Gen2 bucks national trend

Only 4.3 per cent of the UK's Engineering and Manufacturing apprenticeships were completed by women over 2010/2011.

But one Cumbrian training facility has a female uptake of almost 50%.

Gen2 runs a technical specialist training scheme at Energus in conjunction with companies like Sellafield Limited, Morgan Sindall, and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

It believes its high female uptake is partly to do with the structure of its the course, which has been running since 2007.

WATCH: from lunch time to Question Time

In the run up to this year's General Election, we'll be showcasing the inventive ways schools across the region are getting young people interested in politics.

In the first in our School Debate series, Kate Walby visits Nelson Tomlinson School in Wigton, where lunch time has become Question Time.

To find out more about ITV's School Debate initiative, click here.

Macmillan Cancer Project now at Cleator Moor Library

People in Cleator Moor will now be able access a range of support and information about dealing with cancer at their local library.

Cleator Moor Library has been included in the Macmillan Cancer Information Library Project, making it the 19th library across Cumbria to join the scheme.

The project aims to make information about cancer more widely available to the public in a non-medical setting, and the council is pleased it has been extended.

“Since this service was launched six years ago around 4,000 books have been borrowed to help people deal with cancer. It’s a service that is appreciated greatly by people who use it and I’m thrilled to hear that another library has taken on this project.”

– Cllr Ian Stewart, Cabinet Member for Libraries
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