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Council to consider closing fire stations

Cumbria County Council. Credit: ITV Border

Plans to cut millions of pounds from public services in Cumbria will be discussed by councillors today.

Cumbria County Council says it has to save an additional 17.5million pounds next year and is putting forward savings proposals for public consultation.

The plans include closing four fire stations, which the council say could shut as the number of fires in the county is decreasing.

Well we've certainly selected fire stations for a number of reasons, one is that the level of risk has reduced, but also that there is a proximity of other fire resources and fire appliances from local stations in close proximity."

– Jim Onions, Chief Fire Officer, Cumbria Fire and Rescue

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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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