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Duo stand in for Kavanagh ahead of match

Tony Caig, former Carlisle United goalkeeper and coach Credit: PA
Paul Thirlwell, Carlisle United midfielder Credit: PA

Carlisle United are continuing their search for a new manager.

Graham Kavanagh was sacked following defeat against Cambridge United at the weekend and the temporary duo of Paul Thirlwell and Tony Caig take charge ahead of tonight's match (2nd September) against Accrington in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.


New £10m proposed council HQ raises concerns

Cumbria Council Council has released plans of the new headquarters it wants to build in Carlisle city centre.

The £10million building will see staff move less than a quarter of a mile to a site on Botchergate. But concerns have been raised about spending so much money on a new building when public services are being severely cut. Fiona McIlwraith reports.

Council's £10m plan 'a bit ludicrous' says public

Cumbria County Council have put forward planning application for a new £10million HQ to be built in the Botchergate area of Carlisle.

It's a move that is said to save money and help the council work better:

'It makes a lot of sense for us to put all of our staff in the city centre into one base, it will help us to save money and it will also help us to operate more efficiently as an organisation and of course very importantly it will assist with the regeneration of Bothergate.

Obviously we do have to pay for the cost of the building, part of that will be from the disposal of the existing buildings and then we'll have to borrow the balance but the business case has been made that we will be able to afford the repayments and still make a saving because our running costs will be greatly reduced.'

– Cllr Stewart Young, Cumbria County Council leader

However, the plan has been met with mixed emotions from public:

Police must save £10million in 3 years

Jerry Graham, Cumbria's new Chief Constable, has said that the police will need to make further savings of £10.4million by 2017 to 2018.

Cumbria Constabulary have already saved £16million by changing the way the force works. Despite having to make cuts, Jerry Graham is still committed to providing the 'best possible policing service':

'Where appropriate we will be undertaking public consultation and will be listening to the views of local people. We will keep the public updated on any planned changes that may affect their policing service.

Change is required due to budget cuts, but I am focused on protecting frontline policing as far as possible. I will continue to work hard to keep Cumbria one of the safest places to live, work, and visit, and provide the best possible policing service we can afford.'

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham

The areas that are currently being reviewed are:

  • Shift patterns
  • Neighbourhood Policing Team structure
  • Community safety delivery
  • Role definition and deployment of PCSOs
  • Command and control
  • Criminal justice
  • Administration across the force
  • Printing
  • Front counters


Ongoing school damages pose danger to public

Damages caused to a primary school and nursery in Longtown, Carlisle, are being investigated by police.

Between 22nd - 26th August slates and ridge tiles had been pulled from the roof, windows were broken and CCTV cameras had been damaged at Longtown Primary School and Pear Tree Nursery.

The police say it has been an 'ongoing problem' for the past five months and is causing distress to residents and staff.

'The latest damage is also potentially dangerous in that roof slates could fall on innocent members of the public including small children who use the facilities. In a small town such as Longtown every community facility is vital and there is a chance that if this continues, services may have to be withdrawn. Nobody wants to see this but it would be an inevitable consequence if this continues.'

– PC Dorinda Warwick, Cumbria Police

Police believe that those responsible for causing the damage live in the area. They ask that anyone with information contact the police.

Carlisle's trade history and heritage marked with reading of Ancient Proclamation

Carlisle's history and heritage has been celebrated with the reading of the Ancient Proclamation. The Proclamation is a declaration of the City Council's rights to hold an annual Fair in August, which was originally granted to the people of Carlisle back in 1352 by Edward III. A procession made their way through the city and it was read out at Market Cross surrounded by the Continental Market, which runs until Monday. Darren Crossley, the Deputy Chief Executive of Carlisle City Council, read out the Proclamation:

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