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UPDATE: Aspatria fire in numbers

Around 30 Fire fighters tackled the fire Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters were alerted to a fire at a scrap yard in Aspatria at 15:00 yesterday.

On arrival fire crews found 40 cars ablaze.

By 16:40 around 30 firefighters accompanied by 8 fire engines, a command unit and a high volume water pump were tackling the fire.

Due to the heavy smoke, neighbouring residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

6 main water jets and hose reel jets were used to fight the fire which was eventually put out by 20:40.

No casualties were involved and no one sustained any injuries.

around 40 cars were ablaze Credit: ITV Border

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Sisters' charity chop

Ellie has her head shaved Credit: Kerry Macdonald

Two west Cumbrian sisters proved they're top of the chops when it comes to raising money for a good cause.

Sixteen-year-old Ellie Tinnion and her sister Abbie, seven, from Aspatria, lopped off their long locks on Thursday in aid of The Little Princess Trust - a charity that provides real hair wigs for children with hair loss.

Ellie had her head shaved while Abbie had 12-inches of hair cut off at the same time.

Ellie was inspired to raise money in this way by Vicky Askew, one of her teachers at Beacon Hill Community School, who'd had her hair chopped for the same charity last year.

The higher the amount of money Ellie raised through sponsorship the more hair she decided she'd cut off

With the help of Aspatria Dreamscheme staff and young volunteers she organised a fundraising night at Aspatria Youth Club in addition to sponsorship and the total sum raised now stands at around £4,500.

Abbie's chopped off hair Credit: Kerry Macdonald

Cumbrian girl losing her locks for charity

More than £1,800 has already been raised. Credit: SponsorMe

A girl from Cumbria is having her hair shaved this evening to raise money for charity.

Ellie Tinnion, 16, from Aspatria, is aiming to raise £2,500 for the Little Princess Trust.

The amount of hair she cuts off will depend on how much money is donated, and she's planning to shave all of her hair off if she reaches her target.

Currently, the fundraising page stands at more than £1,800, meaning Ellie will be shortening her hair to at least ear level.

The Little Princess Trust provides wigs and hair pieces for children who experience hair loss due to cancer treatments.

The message on the sponsorship page reads:

I have decided to cut at least 7 inches or more off of my hair to go towards making a wig for someone who unfortunately does not have any hair, this is due to various reasons such as Cancer treatment and Alopecia.

I feel very lucky that my hair is very thick and grows very fast so I decided that these unfortunate people deserve to have realistic wigs!"

– Ellie Tinnion

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Police concern for man missing from Aspatria

Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Police are urgently trying to find a 42-year-old man from Aspatria.

David Foulden was last seen at around 6.20am this morning at an address in Aspatria.

He is believed to still be in the area, but could have travelled further.

Police are concerned for his wellbeing and are appealing to anyone who may have seen Mr Foulden to get in touch.

He is described as a white male, of medium build, with cropped fair hair. He was wearing black tracksuit bottoms and a brown stripy hooded top.

Police ask members of the public not to approach Mr Foulden but to call them immediately on 101 with information.

Solfest to return

The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria. Credit: ITV Border

One of Cumbria's top music festivals is returning.

Solfest didn't run this year, but organisers have announced it'll be back next August. The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria.

That's a boost for the region's music scene, as last year Cockrock and the Whitehaven Festival were also cancelled.

Solar park approved

Artist's impression of a solar park Credit: ITV Border

A solar park in Cumbria has been given the go ahead after the Government decided not to oppose the plans.

The photovoltaic solar park will cover eight fields at Pasture Farm near Aspatria.

Allerdale Borough Council had initially approved the plans but it was delayed by a last minute intervention from Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. He had received a request from protestors to hold a public inquiry.

But after examining the issue Mr. Pickles has decided to allow the original decision to stand.

Opponents had tried to stop the plan, by Livos Energy, on the grounds that the solar panels would industrialise the landscape. The area already has a number of wind farms.

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