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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.

Hate crime victims encouraged to report abuse

The film explains what hate crimes are. Credit: Carlisle MENCAP

A Cumbrian charity has produced a film to encourage victims of hate crimes to come forward.

Carlisle MENCAP supports people with learning disabilities, and they've released the film to coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The film explains what hate crimes are, and how to report them to the police.


Compliments to the young Kelso chefs

Albert Roux judged the Rotary Young Chef Competition Credit: Phil Wilkinson Photography

Pupils from Kelso High School in the Borders have had a Home Economics class to remember.

Sixteen teenagers have been competing in the Rotary Young Chef Competition judged by world-renowned chef Albert Roux.

Mr Roux, the first chef in the UK to win three Michelin Stars said:

I was overwhelmed by the standard of cooking by our young cooks, who have shown they have the raw talent and determination to become the chefs of the future."

– Albert Roux, celebrity chef
Karrie Petty from Kelso won the competition Credit: Phil Wilkinson Photography

Pupils from Kelso High School have been working towards the competition throughout the school year with support from the home economics department.

Karrie Petty, 16, was the winner with her grilled mackerel, butter cabbage and sweet potato with an autumn raspberry tart with almond pastry for dessert:

I'm really pleased. I didn't expect to win."

– Karrie Petty, Kelso High student and winner of the young chef competition

Karrie and the runner up Katie Fairgrieve will now got through to the next round of the Rotary Young Chef Competition.

Albert Roux will be the judge of that

Celebrity chef Albert Roux will judge the competition Credit: PA

Pupils from a Scottish Borders school will be trying to impress a legendary celebrity chef with their culinary skills today.

Albert Roux is judging Kelso High School's Rotary Young Chef Competition.

There are sixteen pupils competing. They will cook a two-course meal with the hope of being crowned the winner.


Energy Coast college re-opens after illness

The college was closed. Credit: ITV Border

A college in Workington has re-opened, after it was closed, and the emergency services called, because of a sudden outbreak of illness.

The Energy Coast University Technical College in Workington had to be evacuated on Thursday.

Emergency services were called, and one pupil was taken to hospital and later discharged.

Tests did not find any cause for the problem, but it has been suggested the illnesses were caused by a virus.

School: concerns with uniform 'resolved'

William Howard School have released the statement. Credit: ITV Border

The head of William Howard School says "all our students have now had any outstanding concerns with uniform resolved".

The school released this statement today:

The first day of term saw only eighty students not complying with the advised uniform guidelines. This was a small percentage of our overall student number and more than half of the discrepancies were resolved that day.

Today we have continued to provide help and assistance to the small number of students who arrived at school this morning with minor uniform infringements.

I am now pleased to confirm that all our students have now had any outstanding concerns with uniform resolved at William Howard School and all have settled into the new academic year with enthusiasm.

Students, parents and staff reacted quickly and positively to resolve any problems and I would like to express my thanks to everyone involved.”

– Domenic Volpe, Head of William Howard School

Pupil misses lessons because 'trousers too tight'

The school uniform debate is continuing today, with tens of parents, and pupils, contacting ITV Border about being excluded from lessons at William Howard School.

The school says that 80 pupils were spoken to about their uniforms on the first day back from term, and that it's helping parents to ensure their children have the right uniform.

Hollie Coopey, 14, is a pupil at the school. She was told her trousers were too tight:

Well, apparently they're too tight, and they're not the same length all the way down.

It's ridiculous, it's not fair. It's just frustrating, because they're saying they teach us like individuals and they've always taught us to express ourselves, but they're practically saying that we can't express ourselves any more."

– Hollie Coopey, pupil at William Howard School
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