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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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Protestors hold torchlit procession

Protesters held a torchlit procession last night Credit: ITV Border

Protesters against cuts to services at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital held a torchlit march last night.

The "We need West Cumberland Hospital" Group say that thirty-three services in West Cumbria have either been lost or are under threat, and that moving them to Carlisle is putting public safety at risk.

A new £90,000,000 hospital is being built in Whitehaven but protesters say that the loss of services may not be addressed by this.

Protestors say that moving some services to Carlisle is putting public safety at risk Credit: ITV Border

However, the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is arguing that services have been improved under the new structure.

It also says that it's important to note that some of the "threatened" services may not actually be under threat.

"Following the centralisation of all complex high risk surgery at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle in 2013, the number of deaths of people from West Cumbria associated with emergency surgery has fallen by over 50%, showing that this was absolutely the right decision for our patients.

“The new £90 million West Cumberland Hospital will ensure that the vast majority of people living in West Cumbria will continue receive their healthcare locally. The new hospital will offer a range of services including an emergency floor with A&E, ambulatory care, ITU and critical care, seven state of the art operating theatres and improved diagnostic services."

– A spokesperson for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

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Combating hate crime in Cumbria

With disability hate crimes on the rise in Cumbria, a day centre for adults with learning difficulties is highlighting just how damaging and serious the issue can be.

Last year 48 disability hate crimes were reported to Cumbria Police - more than double the number in the previous 12 months.

So to combat this growing problem The Heathlands Project near Carlisle has teamed up with the police to take the anti-hate crime message into local schools.

Today a session was delivered at William Howard School in Brampton to teach pupils what hate crime is and how and why it can have such a devastating impact.

Heathlands Project users have also been speaking about their experiences of hate crime.

"A youth walking along the street tried to fiddle with my wheelchair controls. He then tipped my chair backwards and I hit my head on the pavement.

"It's wrong - everyone who witnesses hate crime or experiences hate crime should report it to the police."

– Hate crime victim and Heathlands Project visitor Steve Woodburn

For more help, information and support on dealing with hate crime take a look at the following links.

https://www.facebook.com/The.Heathlands.Project

http://www.stophateuk.org/

https://www.gov.uk/report-hate-crime

Hate crime victim Steve Woodburn Credit: ITV Border

West Cumberland Hospital fire 'most likely' accidental

Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing Credit: ITV Border

Investigators say that the cause of the fire in the energy centre of the new West Cumberland Hospital was "most likely" accidental.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and independent investigators have been working to ascertain what started the blaze on 23 January 2015.

They say the investigation is going well.

“It is a complex, technically demanding investigation involving large amounts of physical and data evidence. The investigation team is working exceptionally well together utilising experts from a wide field of specialities.

“I can confirm that the current evidence we have indicates that the most likely cause is an accidental fire within the Energy Centre. The investigation will continue as we methodically attempt to pinpoint the exact cause.”

– Adrian Holme, station manager for Workington Locality of Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service
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