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Six fire crews tackle farm blaze

Six fire crews from across the region were called to the blaze Credit: ITV Border

Investigations are continuing after a hay barn was badly damaged by a fire in Cotehill near Carlisle.

Six fire crews from across the region were called to the blaze, which broke out yesterday afternoon at the farm.

Flames could be seen from up to a mile away from the site. The incident is not being treated as suspicious and no one was hurt.

The fire happened on a farm near in Cotehill, Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

Police crackdown on vehicles without road tax

Driving without up-to-date road tax and insurance is illegal Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police in north and west Cumbria are clamping down on vehicles without up-to-date road tax and insurance records.

They worked with staff from DVLA Gateshead Pound in a week-long operation that saw 16 vehicles clamped or seized, and seven on-the-spot fines.

  • Seven vehicles were clamped and seized in Carlisle
  • Four vehicles were seized in Aspatria
  • Two vehicles were seized in Cockermouth
  • One vehicle was clamped in Maryport and one vehicle was seized
  • One vehicle was clamped in Crosby

“We are very pleased with how the operation went and we will look to conduct more in the future. Driving without tax or insurance is illegal and can cause serious implications to law-abiding road users were a collision to occur. We would ask that anyone who believes they can get away without paying for road tax are wrong. Officers will be alerted to vehicles that are being used without road tax and will subsequently target those drivers.”

– Sergeant Gill Atkinson, Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team

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Six men charged in connection with drug offences

It took police two days to make the building safe Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Detectives in Carlisle have charged six men in connection with drug offences, after the remains of a huge cannabis factory were found.

Police searched a property in Maulds Meaburn on 16 May 2012, after locals reported suspicious activity taking place. It took them more than two days to collect evidence and make the building safe.

Six men from the south of England have now been charged, and will appear at Carlisle Magistrates Court.

  • Paul Whelan, aged 49 from Winterthur Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire. Charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis and possession with intent to supply cannabis. At court on 10th October 2014.
  • Dean Cameron, aged 52 from Whitehall Park Road, London. Charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis. At court on 10th October 2014.
  • Mark Gallagher, aged 48 from Wolverhampton Road East, Wolverhampton. Charged with possession to supply cannabis, abstracting electricity, supplying cannabis, offer to supply cannabis and importing cannabis. At court on 10th October 2014.
  • Lee Banks, aged 31 from Coversham Road, London. Charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis and possession with intent to supply. At court on 14th October 2014.
  • David Lawrence, aged 31 from Barton Meadows, Ilford, Essex. Charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis. At court on 10th October 2014.
  • Phillip Branigan, aged 31 from Banstead Close, Surrey. Charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis. At court on 10th October 2014.

The owner of the property believed he was renting it out to people who were going to renovate it.

“This was a thorough investigation by the North Cumbria Drug Squad which resulted in six people being charged in connection with drug offences who will now appear in court. We thank the local community for reporting the suspicious activity in the first place.”

– Detective Sergeant Paddy McDonnell

Thousands of fireworks to brighten Carlisle's sky

Thousands of fireworks will light up this year's display Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's annual fireworks display is getting closer, and details of this year's event are emerging.

More than 2,000 fireworks will be launched into the sky above Bitts Park, and a replica of Carlisle Castle will be set alight on Saturday 1 November.

The show is expected to draw a crowd of thousands, making it one of the biggest dates on the city's calendar.

Civic Centre: Art or an eyesore?

It's one of Cumbria's most controversial buildings and now campaigners on both sides are fighting to decide its future.

Carlisle Civic Centre frequently appears on 'ugliest buildings' lists across the country and now it could pulled down.

But as with most pieces of art - not everyone thinks the building should be scrapped. And some care so much, they've launched a petition urging people to give it a bit of love.

Matthew Taylor reports.

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Council says redevelopment plans will "take years"

Carlisle Council says it wants to increase the amount of shopping available in the city.

It is currently consulting on where to put new shops. The city council has put forward proposals that involve knocking down the Civic Centre, a building which has divided opinions from the moment it was built in 1964. But the woman who is in charge of the plans, Jane Meek, says it is likely to be a number of years before any changes take place.

Jane Meek is the Director of Economic Development at Carlisle City Council:

Civic Centre 'should stay'

A campaigner who wants to keep the Civic Centre in Carlisle has pleaded for people to look again at the much criticised 1960s building.

Tina Leith is part of a group of people who think the building should be kept, despite plans to demolish it.

Mrs Leith says that those who think it's an "eyesore" should look again at its hidden treasures and iconic status. There's a website called "Save Carlisle Civic Centre from being knocked down" with a petition on it that people can sign.

The city council has put forward proposals to redevelop the area of Carlisle where the civic centre no stands. It is urging people to put their views forward on its vision of a new 200,000 square foot shopping development.

This archive footage was filmed by ITV Border shortly after it was built:

200 fight to save Civic Centre

A petition has been signed to save Carlisle's Civic Centre. Credit: ITV Border

More than two hundred people have signed a petition to try to save Carlisle's Civic Centre.

The city council is considering whether to demolish the 1960's building to allow a potential shopping development. But opponents say it's a historic and architectural gem and should be saved.

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