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Price of Scottish lamb 'at seven-year low'

The price of Scottish lamb has dropped. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/PA Images

The National Farmers Union in Scotland says the price of lamb is at a seven-year low.

It's calling for supermarkets to stock more British lamb as well as cheaper imports from New Zealand.

Farmers say they're getting 20 per cent less compared to 12 months ago:

It's been quite tough because we were getting reasonable prices this time last year and you're putting a lot of work in to producing the lambs, so to be sending them off and getting lower prices is a wee bit demoralising."

– Charlotte Hendry, farmer

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Cash back for Cumbrians

Cash back for people conned through scams Credit: ITV Border

Some people who've been conned out of money in Cumbria are getting their cash back.

A national Trading Standards team has intercepted money and cheques that were taken as part of various scams.

Now local officers are visiting the Cumbrian victims to give them their money back.

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Cumbria in top ten most expensive forces

Cumbria 's Police and Crime Commissioner Credit: ITV Border

A new survey claims the cost of running police and crime commissioners' offices could be cut to put extra police officers on the street.

The report from the Taxpayers' Alliance says that proportionate to population, Cumbria is the seventh most expensive of 41 force areas in England and Wales.

Police and Crime Commissioner costs criticised

Richard Rhodes is Cumbria's PCC Credit: ITV Border

A new survey claims the cost of running police and crime commissioners offices could be cut to put extra police officers on the street.

The report from the Taxpayers Alliance says that for every 1,000 members of the electorate, Cumbria is the seventh most expensive of forty-one force areas in England and Wales.

For every 1,000 people in the area, it says the cost for Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner is £2,274.

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Barclays customer 'disgusted' by Alston bank closure

Barclays customers in Alston are criticising the bank's decision to close the local branch.

It means the Cumbrian town will be without a bank from December. HSBC pulled out less than two months ago.

Alston isn't the only rural location to lose its bank. Over the past year alone we have reported on a number of other rural bank closures in Cumbria.

But residents in Alston say this closure will really affect their daily lives, as Katie Hunter reports.

Foodbank: Demand is greater than supply

One of many food parcels for children who usually receive free school meals Credit: ITV News Border

The North Lakes foodbank in Cockermouth has issued a plea for donations. It says demand is greater than supply.

The charity is giving food parcels to children who would normally receive free school meals during term time.

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