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Confiscated cars find second homes thanks to college students

One of the cars Cumbria Police have handed over to the Lakes College Credit: ITV Border

More than two thousand cars a year are seized and confiscated by Cumbria Police as a result of traffic or criminal offences.

A large number of these end up being crushed if their owners are unable or unwilling to resolve the situation.

Thanks to a new scheme introduced by the force, some of them will now be used to help educate students at Carlisle College and the Lakes College.

Before reaching their final destination on the scrapheap, cars which have been seized by Police will be given to the colleges to help train the next generation of mechanics and engineers.


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
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