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Cyclist killed in collision on Carlisle bypass

Emergency services at the Rockcliffe roundabout

A cyclist has died following a collision on the A689 at the Rockcliffe roundabout in Carlisle.

Officers were called to the incident involving the cyclist and a car between Burgh Road and Kingmoor Road shortly after 10am on 29 March.

Police have identified the man as 71-year-old Michael Seminara from Wetheral.

The road was closed for 5 hours while an investigation was carried out.

His family have issued the following tribute:

Mike was a keen cyclist and had recently completed the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain as well as the UK coast to coast route.

Mike had been out riding with friends on a regular outing.

After working in Carlisle’s Metal Box for 30 years and training many of the company’s apprentices, Mike then worked in Jordan and Malaysia before returning to Wetheral to retire.

Mike leaves a wife, three children and seven grandchildren, a brother and four sisters.”

– Michael Seminara's family

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Animal charity sees huge increase in older cats

A Cumbrian animal refuge has seen a huge increase in the number of older cats handed in.

One third of the cats at the Oak Tree Animals' Charity, near Wetheral, are at least seven-years-old, as are 80% of those on their waiting list.

Staff are now asking people to consider giving an older cat a home.

Bereaved parents back national brain tumour inquiry

The parents of a young man from Carlisle who died of a brain tumour are backing a new national inquiry into the economic and social impacts of the disease.

Joe Wilson died aged 20 from a secondary tumour in his brain.

His father Paul Wilson says that the illness has a big impact on familes like his, but has never attracted the same level of funding as other cancers.

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Jeremy Corbyn visits Cumbria

Jeremy Corbyn in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is in Carlisle today to meet council staff who keep the city clean and who helped clear snow during the recent bad weather.

He will meet expanding local businesses and is set to visit the Durranhill site, which is under construction, and also meet the staff who work there.

The Islington North MP is joined by Colin Glover, Leader of Carlisle City Council and Ruth Alcroft, Labour’s candidate in Carlisle for the next general election.

WATCH: Volunteers clean streets of Carlisle

Hundreds of volunteers have been litter picking around Carlisle.

It's part of the national Great British Spring Clean campaign, to help keep Britain tidy and inspire people to get active and help clean up their neighbourhood.

Could your neighbourhood benefit from a scheme like this? Join the discussion on our Facebook page.

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