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CUFC: talks with potential investor have ended

Brunton Park. Credit: ITV News

Widespread speculation that Carlisle United could benefit from a mystery billionaire investor ended on Monday evening when the club issued a formal statement confirming they have decided to end long standing talks with a 'Potential Overseas Investor (POI).

It said:

"The discussions started 20 months ago and were somewhat intermittent for the most part. Since June last year talks have progressed to a series of face-to-face meetings and, just over three months ago, an investment proposal was submitted following a visit to Brunton Park by the POI.

This was considered closely and carefully. It was followed up by a written offer to invest in the Club, which included a funding proposal.

Although there has been some movement, it was felt by the shareholders that these proposals did not present a way forward they could support and, just as crucially, the proposals were unlikely to gain the support of CUOSC members, or the Club’s fans more generally.

The Club understands that the prolonged period of time these discussions have taken has not been what anyone would have wanted. Throughout, the shareholders have sought to allow sufficient time and every opportunity for credible proposals to come forward, to be properly and diligently reviewed and for a deal to be done, if possible. This process has now run its course and we have drawn a line, and we are now looking forward.

The desire to see new investment and a succession of ownership to take the Club forward remains unchanged."

Firefighters called to Carlisle bedroom blaze

The fire service was called. Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters have been called to a bedroom fire in Carlisle.

The callout came just before 3am this morning, from the house on Merith Avenue.

The bedroom was well alight when the fire service arrives, and firefighters, four of them wearing breathing apparatus, had to use two hose reel jets to tackle it.

The ambulance service was also called to check three people for smoke inhalation.

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Brown water reportedly flowing from Carlisle taps

The company is offering advice. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images

Brown water has been flowing from taps in homes in the CA3 area of Carlisle.

United Utilities says it's received a number of calls from concerned residents, who have noticed discoloured water.

The company says it is because of a disturbance to the pipes in the area.

These pipes have naturally occurring sediments and minerals at the bottom, which can get disturbed from time to time.

We know it doesn’t look nice but don’t worry, it’s unlikely to be harmful and will settle down again with time. You can help with this by letting your cold water tap run at a slight trickle until your water runs crystal clear again.

In the meantime we have one of our inspectors keeping an eye on this to make sure it settles back down again soon. We’re sorry if this has affected you getting on with your everyday jobs.

– United Utilities

Driver fails to stop after hitting ten-year-old boy

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses, after a ten-year-old boy was hit by a car in Carlisle.

At around 8:25am yesterday (16 February), the boy was hit by a white Ford - possibly a Fiesta - at the pedestrian crossing outside Aldi on London Road.

The car was being driven by a woman who did not stop at the scene, but rather continued on, turning into Petteril Bank Road.

The boy suffered only minor injuries – a grazed and bruised knee.

Anyone with any information about the incident, or the driver's details, is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

WATCH: Powerlifter selected for Great Britain team after shedding 11 stone

A powerlifter from Carlisle has been selected for the British team for the World Championships just nine months after beginning to train competitively.

Scott Squire's achievement is even more remarkable than it seems. A year and a half ago he feared for his life after being diagnosed with an enlarged heart and pulmonary embolism. Since then he's shed more than ten stone and is looking forward to a brighter future. Ryan Dollard went to see him train.

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