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Carlisle shop to close due to continued flood damage

Carpet shop on Warwick Rd Credit: ITV Border

The owner of a Carlisle carpet shop is closing the business for good after failing to recover from two severe floods.

Michael Coburn's business was flooded for the second time last December and since then he's been working from office space above his former shop.

"I couldn't face setting up the whole thing again. The thought that it could possibly happen again- I thought no that's it. It's quite sad when you see that your whole life time is washed away."

– Michael Coburn
Michael Coburn Credit: ITV BORDER

Across Cumbria more than 1000 businesses were flooded and around one in five are still closed.

In Carlisle, more than a quarter of flooded businesses have still to re-open.

Claire Armitage Credit: ITV BORDER

Claire Armitage's business was flooded, but she then moved to renovated premises on Warwick Road. She says she's prepared for any future flooding.

"We've decided to stay because my business is here, my house is here, my mum's here, I've lived her for over 20 years so I've just decided to stay."

"We've been there once, we've been there twice and we're just about flood proofed in case it happens again."

– Claire Armitage

Police concerned for missing Carlisle woman

Tammy Potts was last seen of 16 December Credit: Cumbria Police

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of a 42-year-old woman missing from Carlisle.

Tammy Potts was last seen on 16 December.

She is described as being 5ft 5inches tall with shoulder-length dark hair.

Police appeal to anyone who may have seen Ms Potts to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police immediately on 101.

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Criminal damage to Carlisle Christmas decorations

Police want to speak to this person captured on CCTV Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are investigating criminal damage to Christmas decorations at a Carlisle shopping centre.

The offence was committed at around 7.40pm inside The Lanes on Sunday 20 November.

Officers say they want to speak to the person pictured in the CCTV image above in relation to this investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to Sgt Rachel Gale or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police investigating racial assault

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Police are investigating a racially aggravated assault after a man was abused in the street before being repeatedly punched and kicked in front of his young child and partner.

The incident happened on Brunton Avenue in Carlisle at around 8:45pm on Sunday.

The four suspects - one woman and three men - were travelling in a silver Volkswagen Golf.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Information on Carlisle City Council services over Christmas

Information about Carlisle City Council and other services, over the Christmas and New Year period, is as follows:

Civic Centre

The Civic Centre will close to the public at 3pm on Friday 23 December and will reopen onWednesday 28 December. It will also close to the public at 3pm on Friday 30 December and re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2016.

Crematorium

Open 8.30am to 4.30pm:

Wednesday 28 December, Thursday 29 December and Friday 30 December.

Open 1pm to 4.30pm:

Saturday 24 December, Sunday 25 December, Monday 26 December, Tuesday 27 December, Saturday 31 December, Sunday 1 January and Monday 2 January.

Open as usual from Tuesday 3 January.

Bereavement Services

Open 8am to 4.30pm:

Wednesday 28 December, Thursday 29 December and Friday 30 December.

Closed:

Monday 26 December, Tuesday 27 December 2016 and Monday 2 January.

Open as usual from Tuesday 3 January.

Festive Refuse and Recycling Collections

There will be some changes to the days you need to put out your refuse and recycling over Christmas and New Year.

Usual refuse and recycling date To be collected

Monday 19 December - Friday 23 December As normal

Monday 26 December Tuesday 27 December

Tuesday 27 December Wednesday 28 December

Wednesday 28 December Thursday 29 December

Thursday 29 December Friday 30 December

Friday 30 December Saturday 31 December

Monday 2 January Tuesday 3 January

Tuesday 3 January Wednesday 4 January

Wednesday 4 January Thursday 5 January

Thursday 5 January Friday 6 January

Friday 6 January Saturday 7 January

Collections return to normal from Monday 9 January onwards.

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BB gun 'may have been brandished' in Carlisle incident

The scene of the incident. Credit: ITV Border

Police are continuing to investigate "reports of disorder and assault' in the Denton Holme area of Carlisle yesterday evening (3 December).

Officers will be in the local area today, speaking to witnesses and local people to establish exactly what happened.

Armed police and dog handlers were called to the Graham Street and Denton Street area as a precaution at around 9:15pm, to reports of a fight between a group of men, in which two people may have been assaulted.

Police have now confirmed that one of the men involved had a BB gun - a type of air gun.

Officers will be in the local area of Denton Holme today to continue their investigation into exactly what happened last night following reports of disorder. We can confirm that following initial investigations that one of the men had in his possession a BB gun, which may have been brandished in the altercation.

We would like to reassure the local community that this was an isolated incident.

We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who know the men involved to contact us and assist with our investigations. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from Carlisle CID.

– Inspector Richard Quinn

Police were looking for the driver of a Punto who left the area yesterday, they can confirm that the driver of the vehicle has been identified and has been spoken to by Officers.

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