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Union says 123 probation jobs are at risk

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Union officials claim 123 jobs are under threat at the probation service in Cumbria and Lancashire.

The union, NAPO, says it's been told that the cuts will be made over the next 12 months by the private company, Sodexo, which has taken over part of the service.

The company says it's in consultation with employees.

"We are in the process of sharing our future plans with employees...given that we are formally consulting on these plans it would be inappropriate to comment further."

– Spokesperson, Sodexo


More than £1 million of funding for police projects

Richard Rhodes.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has secured £1,074,466 of funding to support three of the force's projects.

The money will come from the Home Office's Police Innovation Fund.

The following projects will benefit:

  • £247,991 for the Integrated Sexual Violence Referral Service, which will expand services for victims of sexual abuse, and encourage victims to come forwards.
  • £306,020 for Turning the Spotlight, which will work with families and young people to reduce hate crime and domestic abuse.
  • £520,530 for the development of the Cumbria Strategic Co-ordination Centre, which will help police and partner agencies to work together.

The projects further support victims and start to develop the pro-active approach to working with perpetrators when they are identified at an early stage. These are both incredibly important as they start to breakdown the cycle that often people find themselves pulled into.

The funding for the next stage is the Integrated Sexual Violence Referral Service. This supports the existing project which is developing well and compliments the national funding in addition to local funding from the County Council and district Councils in the north and west of the County. The new training facility is a unique initiative as it will make best use of technology to allow people to undertake dynamic training.”

– Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes


How to run the perfect B&B

Eden entertains more than 4 million visitors a year, spending more than £250m in the local economy.

That sounds like a lot, until you compare it to the figures for nearby South Lakeland where it gets 15 million tourists spending over a billion pounds.

Well now Eden Tourism is getting ready for English Tourism week this month - starting with learning how to run the perfect B&B.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

£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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