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Increasing concern for missing Carlisle man

Police have released CCTV images of the man. Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man from Carlisle who's been missing for nearly a fortnight.

Caspar Capel, 43, was last seen at Eden Housing, Penrith, on Wednesday 14 January 2015.

It's believed he may be in the Brampton or Penrith area.

He's described as white, of slim build, with short black hair and a beard.

He was last seen wearing a dark jacket with green coloured sleeves, black trousers and a flat cap.

“It has now been nearly a fortnight since Mr Capel went missing, and we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

“I would encourage anyone who may have seen Mr Capel to get in touch with any information they may have. I would also urge Mr Capel if he sees this appeal to let us know he is safe and well.”

– Sgt Grant Stevens, Cumbria Constabulary

'Use it or lose it'

Cllr Val Tarbitt has warned villagers to use the service if they want it to stay Credit: ITV Border

A new scheme offering a twice-weekly bus service to Carlisle for inhabitants of Rockcliffe is up and running.

Villagers were facing the possibility of being left without transport when the county council scrapped bus subsidies, but it has now teamed up with a private taxi firm to run Village Wheels.

However Councillor Val Tarbitt has warned that people need to use the service if they hope to keep it, describing it as a classic case of "use it or lose it'

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All platforms open at Carlisle Station

All platforms at Carlisle station have re-opened following work on parts of the roof that had been damaged.

Platform's 3 and 4 were cordoned off after glass panes were damaged on Thursday because of high winds.

Virgin Trains say the closure was a "precautionary measure".

Safety netting has been put up and the damaged parts removed.

Network Rail is responsible for maintenance at the station and says that the safety of passengers and staff is the number one priority

Local firms begin work on Old Town Hall

The second stage of work has started on Carlisle's Old Town Hall Credit: ITV Border

Local firms have begun phase two of the reconstruction work to Carlisle's Old Town Hall.

The construction company Cubby Construction and architects Johnston and Wright are working together to complete the improvements to the Grade I listed building.

The City Council owns and manages the historic building and is financing the £650,000 project.

The ground floor of the building is let to local businesses and will remain open during the construction period.

However Carlisle’s Tourist Information Centre, normally found on the building's first floor, will be temporarily relocated to 40 Scotch Street.

Replacement brickwork completed in the first phase of construction Credit: ITV Border

The first phase of restoration work included roof repairs, works to the external walls, refurbishment and replacement of some windows, internal works to the tourist information centre and new carpets and decoration.

It was completed in 2013.

The second phase, which will include a comprehensive upgrade of the Tourist Information Centre, is due to be completed by July 2015.

“The second phase of works will continue with our programme to restore and repair one of our key historic buildings.

"The improvements will reinforce its role as a visitor attraction and destination.

"We hope it will create renewed interest in the building and encourage additional visitors, including local residents."

– Cllr Anne Quilter, Portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure and Young People
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