Mike Lee runs a bike shop in Carlisle's Botchergate area. Although Botchergate has a mixed reputation, Mike is a huge fan of the area.
Thousands of fans turned out at Carlisle Racecourse to see superstar Jessie J perform a string of hits in the sunshine.
An auction of items belonging to TV cook Clarissa Dickson Wright has raised around £40,000 to pay off £17,000 worth of funeral expenses.
Cumbria Council Council has released plans of the new headquarters it wants to build in Carlisle city centre.
The £10million building will see staff move less than a quarter of a mile to a site on Botchergate. But concerns have been raised about spending so much money on a new building when public services are being severely cut. Fiona McIlwraith reports.
Police Chiefs in Cumbria say cuts to officer numbers are inevitable.
Bosses say they are looking at ways to make savings of more than £10million pounds over the next four years. The force has already had to make cuts of more than £14million and Chiefs say they have no option but to look at cutting jobs.
Cumbria County Council have put forward planning application for a new £10million HQ to be built in the Botchergate area of Carlisle.
It's a move that is said to save money and help the council work better:
– Cllr Stewart Young, Cumbria County Council leader
'It makes a lot of sense for us to put all of our staff in the city centre into one base, it will help us to save money and it will also help us to operate more efficiently as an organisation and of course very importantly it will assist with the regeneration of Bothergate.
Obviously we do have to pay for the cost of the building, part of that will be from the disposal of the existing buildings and then we'll have to borrow the balance but the business case has been made that we will be able to afford the repayments and still make a saving because our running costs will be greatly reduced.'
However, the plan has been met with mixed emotions from public:
Jerry Graham, Cumbria's new Chief Constable, has said that the police will need to make further savings of £10.4million by 2017 to 2018.
Cumbria Constabulary have already saved £16million by changing the way the force works. Despite having to make cuts, Jerry Graham is still committed to providing the 'best possible policing service':
– Chief Constable Jerry Graham
'Where appropriate we will be undertaking public consultation and will be listening to the views of local people. We will keep the public updated on any planned changes that may affect their policing service.
Change is required due to budget cuts, but I am focused on protecting frontline policing as far as possible. I will continue to work hard to keep Cumbria one of the safest places to live, work, and visit, and provide the best possible policing service we can afford.'
The areas that are currently being reviewed are:
- Shift patterns
- Neighbourhood Policing Team structure
- Community safety delivery
- Role definition and deployment of PCSOs
- Command and control
- Criminal justice
- Administration across the force
- Front counters
Plans have been submitted for a new 10 million pound headquarters for Cumbria County council.
The new building will be built in the Botchergate area of Carlisle and will house 600 of the county's workers.
The current headquarters are based at The Courts.
Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for Carlisle's first charity colour run.
The event, which is being held at Hammonds Pond Park, is in aid of Hospice at Home in Carlisle and North Lakeland.
Runners will be covered in special biodegradable paint at 2.45pm before setting off on the five kilometre route at 3pm.
Damages caused to a primary school and nursery in Longtown, Carlisle, are being investigated by police.
Between 22nd - 26th August slates and ridge tiles had been pulled from the roof, windows were broken and CCTV cameras had been damaged at Longtown Primary School and Pear Tree Nursery.
The police say it has been an 'ongoing problem' for the past five months and is causing distress to residents and staff.
– PC Dorinda Warwick, Cumbria Police
'The latest damage is also potentially dangerous in that roof slates could fall on innocent members of the public including small children who use the facilities. In a small town such as Longtown every community facility is vital and there is a chance that if this continues, services may have to be withdrawn. Nobody wants to see this but it would be an inevitable consequence if this continues.'
Police believe that those responsible for causing the damage live in the area. They ask that anyone with information contact the police.
Carlisle's history and heritage has been celebrated with the reading of the Ancient Proclamation. The Proclamation is a declaration of the City Council's rights to hold an annual Fair in August, which was originally granted to the people of Carlisle back in 1352 by Edward III. A procession made their way through the city and it was read out at Market Cross surrounded by the Continental Market, which runs until Monday. Darren Crossley, the Deputy Chief Executive of Carlisle City Council, read out the Proclamation:
All lanes of the M6 northbound are open, Friday 22 August, 4:40 pm. The accident between J43 and J44 has been cleared. Traffic that had built up is easing.
Traffic is building up on the M6 northbound. One lane is blocked and traffic is moving slowly due to an accident between J43 and J44.
The crash involved a black Mercedes.
Police were called at 2:40pm on Friday 22 August.