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Head of Cumbria Police dog unit to retire after 25 years

Sgt Yielder joined the dog section 25 years ago Credit: Cumbria Police

Sergeant Mark Yielder and his police dog, Uno, will be leaving Cumbria Police Department for the last time next week.

After joining Cumbria Police 30 years ago today, 19 July, Sgt Yielder worked in Barrow and Wigton before reaching his dream of becoming a dog handler.

Describing it as the ‘most special job in the world’, Sgt Yielder joined the dog section 25 years ago, becoming the Sergeant in 2007.

I’ve had the most amazing career at Cumbria Police and am so proud to have served with each and every handler and dog that I’ve worked with.”

– Sergeant Mark Yielder, Cumbria Police


Sellafield workers return to work

Sellafield Credit: PA

Hundreds of Sellafield contractors have returned to work following a walk-out last week.

The 1,100 contractors were angered by the state of a changing room on the nuclear site.

The Unite union now says that "it's confident" those issues can be resolved during talks this week.

Sellafield says it's will work with the union to address their concerns.

Around 1,400 Sellafield contractors walk out

Sellafield Credit: PA

Around 1,400 contract workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria have staged an immediate walk out.

A Unite union spokesman told ITV Border the unofficial action at Sellafield was taken first thing this morning following a meeting with the contractors at 7am.

The workers will be off site until Monday, and the strike action will cost them each around £500.

Changing rooms are at the centre of the row, with Unite claiming they are not up to standard, and that dirty towels are left for them to use after showering.

In a statement, Sellafield say they have taken measures to ensure safety at the nuclear complex.

We are aware of an industrial relations issue involving contractors at the site, and we are closely monitoring further developments.

We have taken steps to ensure that safety, security and operations at the site will be unaffected.

– Sellafield statement


Recruitment drive could lead to more nurses

Health bosses at a recruitment drive to help solve what's being described as Cumbria's nursing crisis interviewed more than 20 people.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which runs North Cumbria's community hospitals say the group has a shortage of nurses.

In total the trust employs 1,826 qualified nurses but has 55 vacancies.

Yesterday the trust held a recruitment day at the Halston Hotel in Carlisle.

Recruitment drive to bring nurses to Cumbria

Cumbria has a shortage of nurses. Credit: PA

A local NHS Trust is hosting a recruitment event to bring more nurses to Cumbria.

The county has major problems recruiting the right healthcare professionals, and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says there are around 800 registered nurses in Cumbria who are not currently practicing.

They're also hoping to attract nurses from outside the county.

Recruiting nurses is a real challenge in Cumbria so we're doing everything we can to make it easy to apply for jobs across the Trust.

We'll have colleagues available to answer any queries about our vacancies and conduct interviews. Following the interviews we hope to be able to offer jobs on the day - meaning successful applicants can join us as soon as possible.

– Liesje Turner, Head of HR Business Partnering

The event is being held at The Halston, in Carlisle, until 4pm today (4 December).

Hydro power station to bring Dumfries & Galloway jobs boost

An impression of how the hydro power station would work. Credit: Media House
The Glenmuckloch site is currently a surface coal mine. Credit: ITV Border

A hydro power station is to be built in Dumfries and Galloway, bringing hundreds of temporary jobs to the area.

Scottish Ministers have granted approval for the construction and operation of a pumped storage hydro (PSH) electricity generation station in Glenmuckloch, near Kirkconnel.

Around 327 temporary workers will be employed to build it, and up to 15 permanent jobs will be created to operate it.

The site is currently operated as a surface coal mine.

With an installed capacity of up to 400 MW, and supporting 327 temporary and up to 15 permanent jobs, the Glenmuckloch station will help support the local economy in Dumfries and Galloway and support the growth of renewables in Scotland’s energy mix.

– Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown

The scheme is a joint venture between Buccleuch and 2020 Renewables.

They say it would still need major financial investment from other partners to proceed.

Meetings have taken place with the UK Government – which sets energy policy – to discuss the need for a stable revenue mechanism that will encourage investment.

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