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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


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.


Mud and slurry on the line stops train services

Mud and slurry blocking the Newcastle-Carlisle line. Credit: Network rail

A mudslide in Cumbria has stopped all train services between Newcastle and Carlisle.

Network Rail workers are currently on-site trying to pump mud and slurry off the tracks.

Despite earlier indications that the line would re-open at 12, Network Rail said they are doing "everything they can" but could not confirm a time for the service to return to normal.

Replacement bus services are in place.

The train line is blocked at Brampton Fell, just outside Brampton. Credit: Network Rail

Train line expected to reopen at 12noon

Mud on the line has suspended all services between Carlisle and Newcastle.

The line is has been closed since 9am this morning and expected to reopen at around 12noon once the debris on the line just outside Brampton has been cleared.

A spokesman from ScotRail said: "We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by this incident, which was beyond our control."

Replacement bus services are running between Carlisle and Hexham and Hexham and Newcastle.

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