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Swimmer dies on Windermere

A man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Windermere yesterday.

The 32-year old man had been visiting the area with his family and swam at Jenkins Head at Water Beach near Ambleside.

He was treated by medics at the scene before being transferred by air ambulance to Cumberland Infirmary Hospital in Carlisle, where he died a short time later.

Cumbria Police are not treating his death as suspicious however, officers would like members of the public who may have witnessed the incident to get in touch.

Police are warning members of the public to take extra care when swimming in open water and to be vigilant of others especially in warmer weather as water temperatures can be very low.

Call for Lake District volunteers

Waterhead, Ambleside Credit: PA

Lovers of the Lake District are being sought to help visitors make the most of their time in the area.

With the height of the holiday season fast approaching, the Lake District National Park is seeking a team of dedicated enthusiasts to meet and greet Windermere Lake Cruises’ passengers at Bowness and Ambleside piers.

Volunteers will be asked to hand out leaflets, talk to people about the national park and encourage them to drop off at the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for people to play a part in promoting opportunities to enjoy a spectacular place. Our drive to encourage visitors to park up and get round the world renowned locations by boat, bus, train, bike or boots make it a very appealing initiative.

“We want as many people as possible to enjoy the huge amount Brockhole offers, without adding to pressure on the roads. This way, holidaymakers can enjoy a beautiful boat trip, as well as a veritable feast of activities.”

– Lorraine Brierley, Lake District National Park’s commercial assistant

For further information contact Lorraine on 01539 792605 or email


Man crushed by car in Ambleside

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A man has been severely injured after being crushed between a car and a wall in Ambleside this morning.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the scene in the middle of the town, where paramedics treated the 48-year-old from Cambridge.

He had sustained serious chest injuries and was flown to Preston, where his condition was stable upon arrival.

Police warned drivers this morning that traffic disruption was to be expected on the the A591 at Market Place.

A591 closed following collision

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The A591 at Market Place in Ambleside is closed as emergency services deal with a road traffic collision.

Police were called at 10:13am today following a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

Serious congestion is expected, especially to those travelling southbound, and motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Police investigate attempted burglary

Police are investigating an attempted burglary in Ambleside Credit: PA

Police in south Cumbria are investigating an attempted burglary at a jewellery store in Ambleside.

The incident occurred at about 4.20am today at Ambleside Jewellers on Lake Road.

Two men attempted to break into the store before an alarm was activated.

The two men ran off in the direction of a walk way towards St Mary’s Lane.

The males are described as approximately 6ft tall, wearing dark clothing and balaclavas or hoods covering their faces. One of the offenders was white.

Police have asked the public for information as they attempt to trace who is responsible.

"We are appealing for anyone with information or witnessed suspicious activity in the early hours of this morning to get in touch.”

– DCI Dave Stalker, South Cumbria CID

Man who squirted traffic warden 'outrageous'

A councillor has called the actions of a man who verbally abused a traffic warden, and squirted her with a water pistol, "unacceptable and outrageous".

Tony Coupe, 53, received a £70 fine for illegally parking in a loading bay in Ambleside.

Kendal Magistrates heard how he then told county council employee Amy Harrison to "shush", before squirting her with a water pistol he normally uses to control his dog.

Ms Harrison described the incident as “humiliating and embarrassing”.

He was convicted of harassment, fined £1,000, and ordered to pay £400 compensation to his victim, £620 court costs, and a victim surcharge.

“It sends a very strong message that the abuse of our staff will not be tolerated.

"Be they parking enforcement officers, social workers or someone working in a library, there is a boundary which must not be crossed.

"This was an unacceptable and outrageous case of a member of public abusing a council employee doing their job."

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council


Wrestlers prepare for Ambleside Sports Day

The event dates as far back as the 17th century - this picture was taken in 1989 Credit: ITV Border

The annual Ambleside Sports will take place later today, Thursday 31 July, at Rydal Park.

The event features traditional Lakeland sports including Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, fell races and hound trails.

There has been a traditional sports day in Ambleside as far back as the 17th century.

Proposed tourist centre sparks debate

Plans to build a £1million tourist centre near Ambleside to celebrate the life of the artist Kurt Schwitters are causing friction in the area.

Schwitters died a pauper, but he's now recognised as a great contemporary artist. However locals in Elterwater, where he had his studio, say a tourist centre could spoil their rural village. Fiona Marley Paterson has more.

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