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Christmas carol gets a hip hop makeover

A Carlisle church mission worker has given a new twist to a traditional Christmas carol.

Last year Andy Dykes remixed 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel' which had thousands of hits online. This year he and a group of friends have worked together to make 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' more contemporary.

He hopes the new version of the carol will make the Christmas message accessible to all ages.

Watch the video below:

Jewellery recovered following aggravated burglary

The men ran off with a bag similar to this one. Credit: Cumbria Police

Jewellery has been recovered following an investigation into an aggravated burglary in Carlisle.

According to police between 6.30pm to 6.50pm on 17th November, two men wearing balaclavas stole cash and jewellery from a house on The Nook, Belah Crescent.

The men left and took with them a Sports Direct bag, similar to the one in the photo. Some pieces of jewellery were found close by which could indicate that the they ran onto Scotland Road close to Bargain Booze. A ring worth £500 is yet to be found.

The first man is described as a white male aged between 45 and 55, around 5ft 9 inches to 6ft tall and he was wearing dark clothing.

The second is described as younger than the first man, around 5ft 9 inches to 6ft tall and also wearing dark clothing. One of the men may have had a tear to his jacket.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and anyone with information should contact police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers.


Carlisle-raised MP 'thrilled and honoured' with award

Helen Grant MP came joint third on the Black Powerlist 2015. Credit: PA

An MP who was brought up Carlisle has been named as one of the most influential black people in the UK.

Helen Grant who's the Minister for Sport and Tourism was given the honour by an organisation that promotes black achievement. She came joint third on the Black Powerlist 2015.

The Conservative MP was brought up in Carlisle and represented Cumbria in a number of sports. She went on Twitter to say she felt "thrilled and honoured".

Police appeal for witnesses after aggravated burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary in Carlisle last night (18th December)

Two men wearing balaclavas entered a house in Belah Crescent yesterday evening and demanded money from a 45-year-old woman and her 21-year-old daughter.

Superintendant Justin Bibby, from Cumbria Police, explains more below:

Tribute paid to Carlisle-born family man

92-year-old Edward Farish, of Greta Avenue in Carlisle, died following a crash on Sunday 16th November Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a man who died following a crash on Wigton Road in Carlisle have paid tribute him.

92-year-old Edward Farish, of Greta Avenue in Carlisle, died on Sunday 16th November. He was known as Alan and was born in Carlisle.

“Alan was married to Betty from Sunderland. When they were courting he would regularly cycle to Sunderland to see her. He was very much a man of faith who visited Elim Church on Greystone Road four to five times a week.

He was a boiler man for Nestle in his working life. He was a very handy man who loved to build things from wood and often made rabbit hutches and dog kennels for anyone who needed them.

He was also a very keen photographer with a vast collection of slides covering royal visits to Carlisle Great Fair. He was an official ballroom photographer who was known as the ‘White Pimpernel’ on account of his white camera bags. The most important thing to Alan was his large family. He had six children and a total of 35 grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

– Statement from Mr Farish's family

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crash or anyone who may have seen a Blue BMW 520 being driven on Wigton Road prior to the incident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call PC John Firth of the North Cumbria Operational Support Unit on 101.


Masked men rob mother and daughter in home

A mother and daughter were held against their will in an aggravated burglary in Carlisle last night (17th November).

Two men wearing balaclavas entered a house in Belah Crescent between 6:30 pm and 6:50 pm. They demanded money from the 45-year-old woman and her 21-year-old daughter and then the suspects made off with the victims' jewellery.

The first male is described as:

  • White
  • Around 6ft tall
  • Of medium build
  • Wearing dark clothing

The second man is described as:

  • White
  • Around 5ft 8” – 5ft 10” tall
  • Wearing dark clothing

Anyone with information regarding the incident or anyone who may know the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Detective Constable Pattinson Carlisle CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Busy week for the Blues

It has been a busy week for Carlisle United manager Keith Curle who confirmed that he has been in talks with seven of his squad about extending their contracts at Brunton Park.

Three have already agreed to pledge their futures to the club, with negotiations continuing with others including Carl Dempsey and Brad Potts who have already attracted the attention of clubs from higher divisions.

High spirits at community centre

We often hear of the decline of a local community spirit, as it seems we're all too busy with our lives to worry about where we actually live.

But a community centre in Carlisle is celebrating it's 80th birthday and in 2014 is proving more popular than ever. Paul Crone went along to find out why the centre is busier than ever, and to meet some of the people who work there and use the facilities.

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