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Carlisle church becomes Pokemon Go hotspot

Christ the King Church Credit: ITV Border

A Carlisle church has been unusually busy - all because of the Pokemon Go craze.

People have been gathering at Christ the King in Harraby, which in the Pokemon world is classed as a 'gym'.

The aim of the game is for players to meet up and take part in virtual battles with their Pokemon characters.

Playing Pokemon Go Credit: ITV Border

Michael Docherty, Parish Priest of Christ the King, says players are welcome to pop into the church.

We'd welcome any players. The church is open morning through to evening. They can pop in, light a candle you know refresh themselves after fighting in the gym... whatever that means.

– Fr Michael Docherty, Parish Priest

WATCH: Families urged to take part in National Unplugging Day

On Sunday, families are being asked to spend the day from start to finish without any technology. It's part of National Unplugging Day after warnings that digital distractions are harming children's health and social skills. Kate Walby reports.

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People encouraged to join in National Unplugging Day

National Unplugging Day encourages people to put their technology down Credit: PA

Families are being asked to switch off their computers, ipads and smartphones and take part in National Unplugging Day.

Parents and children are being asked to spend Sunday without any technology.

"It's the interactions that we often miss. I go home and my son is on his phone. I ask 'how's your day at school' and get 'urgh'.

"It's to encourage that dialogue which can be missed in society so I am looking forward to it

– Michael Robinson, Austin Friars School

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WATCH: New electric car charging points across Cumbria

Nine new electric car charging points have been installed across Cumbria to try to attract new users.

The Cumbria County Council commissioned sites all have rapid chargers which can charge a car in 30 minutes.

Tim Backshall reports

Cash and jobs: how will deal benefit the Borders?

Scottish Borders Council has handed global company CGI a contract to run its digital services.

Here's how the council says the deal will benefit the Borders:

Jobs and cash:

  • 200 new jobs in the Borders which has a potential to bring £107.1m into the local economy
  • 49 existing Council ICT staff will remain working in the Borders
  • The creation of a second UK Delivery Centre within the Scottish Borders to service CGI’s UK clients
  • Modern Apprenticeships will be created through working with Borders College and schools

Connecting with the council:

  • A modern digital platform will make it simpler for residents to interact with the Council and receive feedback
  • A new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution will replace SBC’s current Finance and HR systems
  • A showcase of options to address some of the major connectivity challenges that exist in the Borders. This includes the unbundling of six exchanges to allow CGI to deliver a superfast broadband offering to schools, communities and businesses
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