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£12,000 fine for Cumbrian engineering firm

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A Cumbrian engineering firm has been fined £12,000 after one of its workers suffered severe injuries when he was struck by a metal frame weighing nearly two tonnes.

The 21-year-old from Carlisle sustained multiple cuts and fractures to his left foot and leg. He has been unable to return to work since the incident, which happened at the factory in Kirkbride near Wigton in February last year.

Tweddle Fabrications Ltd, which trades as Tweddle Engineering, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an investigation found the partially-constructed trailer chassis had swung out of control while being lifted by two forklift trucks.

As well as the fine, the company was ordered to pay £501 in prosecution costs after it pleaded guilty to a breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

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Rubbish problem tips businesses over the edge

Some of the rubbish that has been dumped at Willow Holme Credit: ITV Border

Traders on an industrial estate in Carlisle fear fly tipping and pot holes are affecting their businesses.

Over the past few months, mattresses, sofas, and dirty nappies have been dumped on private land at Willow Holme.

The area is owned by Able UK, which says it's working with tenants to clear up the problem, but Ian Winter who sells caravans on the site says it's putting customers off visiting.

Rise in Council Tax agreed in Eden District's budget

Eden District Council has agreed its budget Credit: PA

Eden District Council has announced it's agreed its budget.

Council Tax will rise by 1.99% from April, but there are no plans to reduce services in the area.

The tax rise means an increase of £3.61 a year. Residents of an average Band B property will now be charged £185.18 a year.

But are no proposals to reduce services, something the Council says it its proud of:

“Our budget for next year protects our services. This is a tremendous achievement given the major grant reductions we have faced. Our careful financial management has also allowed us to make several important investments."

– Cllr Gordon Nicolson OBE, Eden District Council’s Leader

It says the rise in Tax will be used to fund services such as weekly bin collections, and two leisure centres in Appleby and Penrith.

It also says the budget includes plans to invest £100,000 for its footway lighting programme, and to create a £1million Affordable Housing Fund.

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Rose Castle for sale on open market

Rose Garden will be available on the open market Credit: ITV Border

Rose Castle Foundation says it remains committed to buying Rose Castle, despite its first offer being rejected by the Church Commissioners.

The building near Dalston will now be made available on the open market.

The Foundation was given two years without competition to come up with a viable offer.

It says it's now made one, thanks to an anonymous donor, but the Church Commissioners says the offer isn't viable.

Council approves budget

Protesters outside the meeting where Councillors agreed the budget. Credit: ITV Border

Unison say they will continue to oppose budget cuts approved by Cumbria County Council today.

Fifty Councillors voted in favour of plans to cut 1,800 jobs and raise council tax by just under 2%.

It's part of a drive to save £83 million after funding cuts from central Government.

Councillors arriving for the meeting were met by protesters from the union.

Protesters call for delay to budget decisions

Protests were held outside Cumbria County Council offices as councillors met to vote on cutting 1,800 jobs, and reducing key services.

Councillors are still debating at the meeting in Kendal, where the council's budget for the next three years will be set.

Central government funding for Cumbria is being cut by £83 million between now and 2018.

Protesters are asking for any final decisions about the cuts to be delayed.

Protesters gather at Council meeting

Protesters have gathered outside Kendal's County Hall Credit: ITV Border

Protestors against cuts to jobs and services have gathered outside Kendal's County Hall today.

Cumbria County Council is meeting there to vote on its budget for the next three years, which includes proposals to cut 1,800 jobs.

Central government funding for Cumbria is being reduced by £83,000,000 between now and 2018.

They are protesting cuts to jobs Credit: ITV Border
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