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Three people arrested following theft at Solfest

Three people have been arrested following theft of cash, vouchers and a mobile phone from a tent at Solfest near Aspatria

The theft is believed to have occurred at some point between 2am and 11.30am on Friday August 26.

Following enquiries police have arrested a 36-year old man from Maryport, a 28-year-old woman from Maryport and a 25-year-old man from Whitehaven on suspicion of theft.

Police would like to appeal to festival-goers to ensure that they keep valuables on them and not leave them in an unattended tent.

Man's body found on road in West Cumbria

Police are investigating after the body of a man was found on a road in West Cumbria.

A member of the public reported the discovery on the B5301 between Westnewton and Aspatria at 5.10pm on Monday August 1.

Officers believe the man was in his 50s and are treating his death as unexplained but not suspicious.

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Fire service battle silo blaze in Aspatria

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Credit: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Two fire engines are helping to battle a blaze in Aspatria, involving a silo filled with grain.

Around ten tonnes of grain have been removed from the silo, allowing firefighters to climb ladders to fight the fire using hose reel jets.

They were called to the scene, on the access road to Warwick Hall from the B5301 Aspatria to Yearngill, at around 12:30pm.

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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