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New umbrella device to reduce stroke risk

It's something that affects thousands of people every year and now patients in our region will be among the first in the country to benefit from a new treatment to reduce the risk of strokes.

It's a small device implanted into the heart to stop blood clots.

Stan Rogers from Brampton in Cumbria is one of the first people in the country to benefit from the treatment, which is an alternative to blood thinning drugs. Lucy Taylor reports.

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Brampton 'Bus Buddies'

A pioneering scheme to get people out of their houses and onto the buses has been launched in Cumbria. It involves a team of volunteer 'bus buddies' who accompany passengers, and help them navigate routes and timetables.

For some it's about getting their independence back after losing their driving licence due to ill health. For others, it's simply about having a friend to travel with.

Katie Oakes joined them on the bus to Carlisle.

'Bus Buddies' launches in Brampton

People in rural areas using the 'bus buddies' Credit: ITV News Border

A pioneering scheme to help people who use buses in rural areas has been launched in Brampton in Cumbria.

The team of volunteer 'bus buddies' want to help people who may be using public transport for the first time, or are nervous about navigating the routes and timetables.

David Shepherd started the initiative last week after seeing the success of a similar scheme in Clitheroe in East Lancashire.

"It's about getting people out of their houses and giving them their independence back. We hope to help people who will then team up and help each other to get into town and further afield."

– David Shepherd

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

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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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