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More brickwork to be removed from Central Plaza Hotel

The building has closed the Victoria Viaduct for more than a month Credit: ITV Border

The majority of seven tonnes of loose brickwork has been removed from the front of the former Central Plaza Hotel, with 25 more tonnes to be removed from the rest of the building.

Carlisle City Council says that once seven tonnes has been removed contractors will start on the next stage of works.

This includes the removal of two large chimneys and the roof over the front section of the building.

A date for which Victoria Viaduct will reopen has yet to be announced.

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Police launch Carlisle murder investigation

Police officers at Cant Crescent Credit: ITV Border

Police are investigating the sudden death of a 64-year-old woman in Carlisle.

Officers were called to reports of the death at Cant Crescent by the North West Ambulance Service at around 11am on Thursday 31 May.

The woman's death is unexplained.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

He remains detained for questioning.

Next of kin have been informed and officers are conducting house-to-house enquiries in the local area.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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Work halted on former Central Plaza Hotel

The building has closed the Victoria Viaduct for more than three weeks Credit: ITV Border

Works to ensure the safety of the crumbling former Central Plaza Hotel have stopped.

It comes after a further detailed inspection of the building found more issues of 'serious concern'.

Carlisle City Council says this will result in more work than initially planned.

To ensure the safety of those working on the site, works have ceased until a further specialist assessment is made. This will establish what further work is required and how this will be undertaken."

– Carlisle City Council spokesperson

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Edinburgh Woollen Mill move to Carlisle confirmed

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Langholm Credit: ITV Border

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has confirmed a date is set for its site in Langholm to move to Carlisle.

Scottish Secretary and Dumfriesshire MSP David Mundell made the claim on Twitter.

He called on the retailer to recognise the support the community has provided 'over many years'.

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A spokesperson for the EWM Group said:

The decision to move to Carlisle was not taken lightly or quickly, but EWM Group is expanding and our current premises in Langholm are not capable of supporting a modern, fast-growing, national retail development.

Langholm has played a critical role in our company's history and heritage, and we will be retaining our headquarters building there.

We have ambitions to turn the building into a heritage centre which celebrates the role that both Edinburgh Woollen Mill and textiles has played, and continues to play, in Scotland."

– EWM Group spokesperson

The date of the move will be on or around 30 July 2018.

Council agrees to seek help with demolition of former Plaza Hotel

The crumbling building has closed the Victoria Viaduct for almost three weeks Credit: ITV Border

An emergency council meeting last night called for help to demolish or find a new owner for the former Central Plaza hotel, a Grade II listed building, which has closed one of Carlisle's main roads.

Councillors agreed that in the absence of any plans for renovation and investment, Carlisle City Council will seek Crown Estate and Government help to demolish the building.

The derelict building, which has no current owner, poses a serious health and safety risk and has closed the Victoria Viaduct for almost three weeks.

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