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Two charged with drug offences in Carlisle

Two men have been charged with Conspiracy to supply class A drugs following an operation carried out by the North Cumbria Drugs Squad.

Connor White, of Eldon Drive, Carlisle, and Thomas Wright, of Harefield Road, Liverpool are due to appear in Carlisle Crown Court on 12 November.

The charges follow an operation carried out at Carlisle Railway Station on Thursday 18th October 2018. A quantity of money and drugs were seized. Another Man from Merseyside was also arrested but has been released under investigation.

New Look to close Carlisle store

New Look Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

New Look is to close its store in Carlisle, putting around 35 jobs at risk.

The fashion retailer will cease trading from the property in The Lanes Shopping Centre on 3 November.

It's understood the decision may have been influenced by competition from rival businesses, as well as financial pressures.

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Cumbria Pride held at Uni for first time

Hundreds of people turned up to take part in the Cumbria Pride event in Carlisle today.

A festival was held at Cumbria University following a parade through the city centre.

The event is an annual expression of solidarity between people of all types of sexuality and gender.

"It's a celebration of the diverse community that we live in but also to highlight issues around hate crime and homophobia and bi-phobia. It's got to be kept in the limelight just so people are more aware of equality."

– Pam Eland, Cumbria Pride

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76-year-old woman dies after A66 crash

A66 was closed between Kemplay roundabout and Temple Sowerby. Credit: ITV Border

A 76-year-old woman from Carlisle has died following a crash on the A66 near to the Llama Karma Kafe, just outside Penrith.

The crash happened around 12pm on Tuesday 14 August and involved a white Renault Master and a silver Citroen C3.

The driver of the Renault Master was a 76-year-old man from Ipswich. He was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. His condition is described as stable.

The road was closed for several hours and has since reopened.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have dashcam footage.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.

Carlisle City Council paid £290,000 more than expected for Harraby cycle circuit

Work underway on the cycle circuit in March 2017. Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle City Council has had pay almost £290,000 more than expected to build a new cycle circuit in Harraby.

The cycle track, which opened in January 2018, cost a total of £1 million.

It was supposed to cost £800,000 with most of the money coming from the sport's governing body and only about £35,000 from the city council.

But delays and problems with ground conditions added £250,000 to the cost, and the authority failed to claim it back from the developers, VMC, according to a report published for next week's executive meeting.

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Man left with 'serious facial injuries' after Carlisle assault

Charlotte Street in Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after a 20-year-old man suffered serious facial injuries following an assault in Carlisle.

Police were contacted just before 4:30am on Thursday 2 August with a report of a fight on Charlotte Street.

The injured man from Carlisle is currently receiving treatment at the Cumberland Infirmary.

Enquires are ongoing and a cordon is in place at Lidl car park.

Officers would like to hear anyone who may have been in the area at the time or anyone who may have dashcam footage.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.

One of the main RBS branches closes in Carlisle

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One of the main Royal Bank of Scotland branches in Carlisle is closing today.

RBS on Lowther Street will shut as part of a programme by the bank to cut 162 branches in England and Wales.

It comes months after the decision to close several branches across the south of Scotland.

The other RBS branch in Carlisle on Castle Street is due to close at the end of November.

The closes are expected to lead to almost 800 job losses.

RBS branch in Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

The way people bank with us has changed radically over the last few years.

Since 2014, branch transactions across Royal Bank of Scotland in England & Wales are down 30%.

During the same period, there has been a 53% increase in the number of customers using mobile banking and mobile transactions have increased by 74%."

– Royal Bank of Scotland
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