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Watch: Homelessness in Carlisle

Although the homeless figure in Carlisle has remained steady for the last six years, the Cumbria Law Centre says more and more people are being pushed to the edge.

Carlisle City Council l has proposed plans to help tackle homelessness in the city.

Watch Katie Hunter's report below.

You can find out more about the council's initiative here.

For support in dealing with youth homelessness, you can visit the national DePaul UK website, as well as the new Cumbrian Nightstop website.

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The Cobra could help save lives

The Cobra in action Credit: ITV Border

A new tool in the fight against house fires and fire fighter fatalities is on trial in Cumbria.

Called the Cobra, it can bust holes through walls and doors to douse flames without firemen having to enter buildings that can be twice as hot as domestic ovens.

"It is for fire fighter safety.

"It safeguards a fire fighter prior to entering the fire compartment.

"What it can do is minimise the risk of flashover and backdraft which in the past have been some causes of fire fighter deaths."

– Paul Milburn, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

North Cumbria's hospitals miss A&E targets

The Trust has thanked staff, despite missing national A&E waiting time targets Credit: PA

The North Cumbria University Trust has thanked its staff, despite hospitals in Cumbria falling short of national A&E waiting time targets.

Around 82% of patients were seen within four hours at the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital, 10% below the target.

The Trust says it's still performing in line with the national average, despite having lower staff numbers.

Cumbria charity in homeless warning

Although the homeless figure in Carlisle has remained steady for the last six years, the Cumbria Law Centre says more and more people are being pushed to the edge.

Homelessness is defined as not having a permanent roof, and about 1200 people fall into this category each year.

More than a third of all homeless people in Carlisle are aged between 16 and 24, and the charity argues that the problem is that they can't get into housing in the first place.

"People who are coming into dangerous levels of rent arrears is certainly a growing problem. That's a culmination of welfare reform and a difficult economic environment.

"We also see a lot of people who can't get into housing in the first place often quite young people with low paid jobs."

– Pete Moran, Cumbria Law Centre

Carlisle City Council is currently working with local charities to finalise its plans to reduce homelessness. It will focus on the prevention of homelessness.

"Anyone at any time could find themselves homeless and what we're trying to do is prevent people from becoming homeless.

"If someone feels they're going to become homeless get in touch and we'll work with them and put a package together to help prevent them finding themselves on the street or homeless."

– Jane Meek, Director of Economic Development at Carlisle City Council

You can find out more about the council's initiative here.

For support in dealing with youth homelessness, you can visit the national DePaul UK website, as well as the new Cumbrian Nightstop website.

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Watch: campaign succeeds as dementia patient remains in home town

Today the campaign to have a man with Down's Syndrome and dementia cared for in his home town succeeded.

Michael Cavelrt's family started an online petition, signed by more than 150,000 people, to ensure that he would be cared for in Wigton.

In a meeting this morning, it was confirmed that Mr Cavelry would remain in Wigton.

Hannah McNulty reports.

Visitors with flu-like symptoms reminded to stay way

North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust has thanked the public for helping to keep the outbreak of norovirus at the Cumberland Infirmary to a minimum.

"We would like to thank the community for taking on board our request only to visit patients if absolutely necessary."

– Gail Naylor, director of nursing and midwifery at theNorth Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

The number of patients showing symptoms of norovirus has gone down since last week, though a significant number are still affected.

The Trust is now asking people exhibiting flu-like symptoms to avoid visiting.

"If you have had vomiting or diarrhoea yourself, please stay away until you have been symptom-free for at least two days."

– Gail Naylor, director of nursing and midwifery at theNorth Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

It is also reminding people that those who feel they need to visit will have to follow strict hand-washing guidelines, and that no more than two visitors should visit each patient at any one time.

Dementia patient's family: 'over the moon'

The family of Michael Calvert, who has dementia and Down's Syndrome, are delighted with the news that he'll be cared for in their home town.

Michael has lived with his mother in Wigton his entire life.

She can no longer care for him, and there was a strong chance he'd be moved to a home 20 miles away.

But today the authorities say there's a space for him in Wigton - a decision welcomed by his family:

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