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WATCH: New training facility for west Cumbria

A new multi-million pound training facility is to be built in west Cumbria. It will be the biggest of its kind in the UK and allow training company Gen 2 to double the number of apprentices and other learners it can train.

The investment is designed to cope with a growing demand for skilled workers, particularly in the nuclear industry as plans progress for three new reactors at Moorside near Sellafield.


University of Cumbria scoops top award

University of Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

The University of Cumbria has picked up a leading award for supporting small and medium-sized businesses.

The Small Business Charter, which brings together leading business schools across the UK, has given the university a Small Business Charter bronze award.

Successful business projects supported by the university include a scheme in Carlisle to help retailers compete in a global market and helping students and recent graduates start out in business.

“The university is extremely proud to achieve the Small Business Charter bronze award. Whilst, as one of the UK's newest universities and we are still a relative new start-up ourselves in the world of business and enterprise, this award recognises our commitment and the strength of our broad-range of programmes to support business enterprise and growth. Particularly, amongst small businesses who are the backbone of the Cumbrian economy.

“I am especially proud of the Business School and our dedicated staff at the Business Interaction Centres who have channelled their research, training, knowledge, expertise and mentoring to support 100s of growing businesses and our own student start-ups.”

– Sandra Booth, Pro Vice Chancellor Enterprise-Business Development & Engagement, at the University of Cumbria

Vandals target Earlston Primary School

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after vandals caused damage to Earlston Primary School.

A section of the outside wall was spray-painted with graffiti, during the incident which took place between 10pm on Wednesday 27th October and 8.30am on Thursday 28th October.

“Such incidents of vandalism are extremely disappointing and can have an adverse affect on the local community.

“I would ask anyone who was in the area of the school and who noticed any suspicious activity around the time of this incident to come forward to police.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively information can be passed anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111."

– Constable David Ross, Duns Police Station


New £1.2m science labs for University of Cumbria

The new labs Credit: ITV Border

New £1.2m science laboratories are being officially opened at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle today.

The university say the labs at its Fusehill Street campus will help boost the number of graduates with specific science skills.

Peter Strike, Vice Chancellor, University of Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

This is a really big and exciting development. I think its the first step in mainstreaming science provision across the university and bringing science education to Carlisle.

– Peter Strike, Vice Chancellor, University of Cumbria

Pupils at Borders school begin policing 'bad parking' outside their school

Pupils at Clovenfords Primary Credit: ITV Border

Pupils at Clovenfords Primary in the Borders have begun policing bad parking outside their school.

It's part of a drive to ensure parents park safely when dropping off and picking up their children.

The overall standard of driving is ranked as green, amber or red each week.

Amanda Findlay, Headteacher, Clovernfords Primary School Credit: ITV Border

The response from the children was completely enthusiastic and they very much want to be on green and stay on green and I'm fairly certain that that message has gone home through the children and also through a leaflet that we designed as a school.

– Amanda Findlay, Headteacher, Clovernfords Primary School

WATCH: Hate Crime Awareness Week in Cumbria

The number of hate crimes reported in Cumbria is on the increase, and a local charity is urging more victims to come forward.

Between October 2013 and September 2014, 306 hate crimes were reported across the county.

From October 2014 to September this year, 384 were reported.

That's an increase of more than twenty five percent. But the police say many more victims don't report abuse.

Carlisle MENCAP, which supports people with learning disabilities, has produced a film to tell people how to report incidents.

Greg Hoare has this report.

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