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Cricket festival for Carlisle children

Schoolchildren from Cumbria have been put through their paces at Carlisle Cricket Club, where they've been taking part in a quick cricket festival.

A total of 19 schools took part, with around 200 pupils at the event.

Organisers hope the tournament will inspire more young people to get involved in the sport, which saw a drop in the overall number of players last year:

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Carlisle road closed after lorry sheds load

Parkhouse Road in Kingstown, Carlisle, has been closed after an HGV shed its load.

Access to Kingstown Retail Park is still available via Kingstown Broadway.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and seek alternative routes. The road is expected to be closed for some time.

Police were called at 10.23am today (19 May) following the incident.

Keep up to date with traffic issues at www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic.

Arrests after cocaine and cannabis seized in Carlisle

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Two men have been arrested, after drugs worth around £90,000 were seized in Carlisle.

James Blacklock, 29, of Warwick Square, Carlisle, has been charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis.

He was remanded in police custody and was due to appear at Carlisle Magistrates Court this morning.

A 22-year-old woman from Carlisle was also arrested in connection with the incident, and released on bail until June 24 2015.

The drugs were seized at Junction 42 of the M6, on Thursday, May 14.

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MP pushes for Carlisle to be 'Super Connected City'

John Stevenson MP

John Stevenson, the MP for Carlisle, is pushing for the city to be included in the 'Super Connected Cities' programme.

He's writing to John Whittingdale, the new Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to ask for Carlisle to be accepted onto the programme.

It would make it easier for small and medium businesses to apply for government funding for broadband.

Over the past five years in Government, the areas surrounding Carlisle have benefitted greatly from the rural broadband initiative that the Government has been encouraging.

Carlisle is home to many SMEs and I do not want them to be disadvantaged. We have to ensure that there are ‘good’ broadband connections in our City, especially connecting to our Industrial Sites such as Kingstown and Rosehill.

I have written to the Minister with the support of local businesses asking if he would consider including Carlisle in the Super Connected Cities programme. We have a good case to make and the outcomes could be quite significant."

– John Stevenson, MP

Poor connectivity has often been cited as a problem for businesses throughout Cumbria.

John Stevenson 'very concerned' by 'inadequate' rating

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John Stevenson has said he is"very concerned for the children that are looked after" by Cumbria County Council.

The MP for Carlisle was commenting in response to today's news that child services in the region have been rated as inadequate for the third time in four years by Ofsted, who monitor the Children Services Department.

He says he has requested a meeting with the head of Children’s Services, John McIlwraith, and Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council, Diane Wood, to discuss this issue with them.

These are the lives of children who for whatever reason have not been given the best start.

"As a Country we have to ensure that these children are given the best care possible.

"Unfortunately Cumbria County Council appear to be unable to look after these children to an acceptable standard. "Questions need to be asked, these failings must be dealt with and significant improvements have to be made.’

– John Stevenson, MP
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