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Police appeal following Carlisle break-in

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Police are appealing for witnesses after two men broke into a house in Carlisle this morning.

Shortly before 7am the intruders were disturbed by the householder in Denton Street and made off without taking anything.

The occupant, a woman in her forties, was uninjured but left distressed by the incident.

One of the men was in a blue hooded top and the other wore a black hoodie. They were both described as white and of slim build.

“This incident occurred in daylight hours in a residential area, so we’re hoping that some of the local residents may have witnessed suspicious activity that could help us with our investigation. I would urge anyone who has any information to get in touch, so that we can trace those responsible.”

– DS David Howard, Cumbria Police

Anyone with any information should call Cumbria Police and ask for North CID, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


WI 'yarn bombers' target Carlisle

Yarn bombers have targeted the Lanes. Credit: ITV Border

Members of the Women's Institute in Cumbria marked the group's 100th anniversary in style... by "yarn bombing" Carlisle city centre.

They have been out in force putting up their woollen creations around the Lanes Shopping Centre.

The aim was to raise awareness about the organisation on its special day and show off the skills of its members:

There's things going on all over the country and we as a federation decided that we would have a bit of fun and we would yarn bomb the Lanes - I think it's something quite new for Cumbria and so that's why we're here today just to show people that we have a lot of fun in the WI and encourage people to come along and see us and maybe think about becoming a member."

– Helen Hinvest, Cumbria-Cumberland WI

Derelict Carlisle hotel on endangered buildings list

The Central Plaza Hotel is boarded up. Credit: ITV Border

A derelict Carlisle hotel has been named among the most endangered Victorian buildings in England and Wales.

A national campaign is being launched to save the city's Central Plaza Hotel.

The Victorian Society has revealed the building is on its Top Ten Most Endangered Victorian and Edwardian Buildings.

Surrounded in scaffolding, targeted by vandals and boarded up, the building has been derelict for ten years.


Man charged after knifepoint robbery in Carlisle

Police have charged a man. Credit: ITV Border

Police have charged a man in connection with a knifepoint robbery in Carlisle.

Wesley Jeffrey Barnett, 20, of Lime Walk, Carlisle, has been charged with robbery and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.

He has also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon for a separate incident.

It happened at around 6am on Saturday 12 September, when cash and cigarettes were stolen from Simpsons Newsagents on Fusehill Street.

Nobody was injured, however the Store Assistant was left shaken by the incident.

He was due to appear at North Cumbria Magistrates Court today, Monday 14 September.

Carlisle celebrates Nepalese festival

Nepalese traditional dancing Credit: ITV News Border

A colourful festival featuring Nepalese food and traditional dancing has been taking place in Carlisle.

Hosted by the city's female members of the Nepalese Association, the event celebrated the annual Teej Festival which sees women dress in red.

"This festival actually helps us to preserve our culture even though we are thousands of miles from Nepal. It's for our young ones so they can learn what the festival is and what we do back home."

– Deepa Phagami, Carlisle Nepalese Association
The Festival brought Nepal's culture to Carlisle Credit: ITV News Border
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