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Burglars steal over £5,000 of goods in two Alston raids

Anyone with CCTV footage is urged to get in touch with police Credit: PA

A power tool, cigarettes, alcohol and cash were stolen during two connected burglaries in Alston.

They are believed to have taken place on Monday, 5 June between 2am and 2.30am.

The first theft was of a power tool from Moredun Garage on Station road. The offenders had forced their way in through a window.

The second burglary happened at the Spar shop at the Townfoot Garage.

Altogether, they are thought to have stolen property and cash worth more than £5,000.

Investigating police officers say a white Ford van with the registration number NJ55 GCZ was seen around the time of the burglaries but has now been abandoned.

Witnesses or anyone with more information or possible CCTV footage is urged to contact DC 2117 James Aiston of Carlisle CID on 101.

Beds to be temporarily closed at Alston hospital

Beds will be temporarily closed. Credit: PA

From the 17 April, inpatient beds at Alston's community hospital will be temporarily closed, because of staffing problems.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, says that despite national and local recruitment campaigns, there continues to be a number of vacancies at the hospital.

It says current staff have cancelled their planned holidays, are coming in to work on their days off, and are frequently working additional hours.

To minimise the impact of closing the six beds, staff will focus on providing a community-based service, caring for people at home.

The nurse-led treatment centre opening times will also change from 24/7 to being open 8am to 11pm.

The day hospital, GP surgery and outpatient department will all continue to run as normal.

It is unclear when the temporary bed closure will end.

Councillors on Cumbria's Health Scrutiny Committee have already voted through proposals to permanently close inpatient beds at Alston, Wigton and Maryport community hospitals, however the Trust says this permanent closure will not happen until "robust alternatives" are in place.

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Biker air-lifted to hospital with serious injuries

The Great North Air Ambulance in Alston Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A man has been airlifted to hospital after falling from his motorbike near Alston

The 68-year-old suffered serious chest injuries.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAA) was called to the incident at 3.30pm yesterday (August 30), and the doctor-led trauma team assessed and treated the patient before he was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

GNAA say the flight took 10 minutes and he arrived in a stable condition.

Beds and staff transferred from cottage hospital

Beds and inpatient staff are being transferred to Brampton. Credit: ITV Border

A community hospital in Cumbria will temporarily lose one of its services from today.

All inpatient beds, along with staff from the unit, at the Ruth Lancaster Cottage Hospital in Alston, are being transferred to Brampton.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says it is because of staff shortages in the department.

The Trust says it hopes to re-open it in September.

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