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Families gather to protest park closure

Parents and children have gathered at the Civic Centre in Carlisle Credit: ITV News Border

A petition with more than 1,200 signatures has been handed in to Carlisle City Council against cuts to a children's play area.

Earlier this month Carlisle City Council's ruling Labour executive agreed plans remove equipment from 21 play parks across the city in a cost-cutting move.

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Petition launches to save Carlisle park

Over 1,000 people have signed a petition to save Carlisle's play parks Credit: ITV News Border

Over a thousand Carlisle residents have signed a petition to save one of 21 of the city's parks being stripped of play equipment.

The city council agreed to the plans to save money. The petition will be handed in by a group of youngsters ahead of another meeting to consider next year's budget.

Untrained and unregistered Carlisle tattooist jailed

This woman has been scared for life after visiting Tony Newlands Credit: Carlisle City Council

An unregistered tattoo artist with not training has been sentenced to 120 days in prison after pleading guilty to running the business from his home.

Tony Lee Newlands, 29, from Carlisle pleaded guilty to the offence at a Magistrates’ hearing in yesterday. He was charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Carlisle City Council brought the prosecution after deciding Newlands did not take steps to ensure that his tattoo customers were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

One woman said she was given her tattoo in the kitchen of a property and an Old Spice deodorant stick was used to put the tattoo transfer onto her back. This may have been used on other customers.

Carlisle City Cllr Elsie Martlew, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Transport, said: "We welcome the strong action taken by the Magistrate.

"All tattoo artists, both the individual and the premises, must be registered with the local authority to ensure that they are inspected and meet the strict infection control and health and safety standards we place upon them."

Anyone who may have visited this tattooist or any unregistered operator should contact the City Council’s Environmental Health Team on 01228 817559.

Row over play park plans

Planning permission for a new play park that will cost £33,000 have been submitted to Carlisle City Council, in a village which has no children and where the majority of residents appear to be against the plans.

Residents in Brisco had applied to the local Parish Council for funding for drainage on the land, but were told in order to get this a play park would have to be built.

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Cumbria facing cuts to play parks

Parks across Carlisle and surrounding towns and villages could lose their play equipment as part of latest cost-cutting measures.

Carlisle City Council runs 69 play areas across the city and is looking at removing play equipment from almost a third of them as it cannot afford to keep it maintained.

Almost £60,000 pounds is being spent upgrading other parks, the council say the decision has been made based which are most used.

The parks affected will be re-landscaped and emptied of play equipment.

The council say these areas will provide environments for 'imaginative play'.

Puppets go on parade ahead of the Carlisle Pageant

Shoppers in Carlisle city centre were treated to an unusual spectacle this afternoon - as giant puppets depicting characters from the local history were put through their paces ahead of their parade this weekend.

Final preparations are underway for the Carlisle pageant - which is expecting to attract more than thirty puppets and thousands of visitors to the city.

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