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Changes to Carlisle polling stations

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Four Carlisle polling station locations will change for the upcoming May Local and Cumbria Police Commissioner elections.

Electors in the affected areas have been notified this week by Carlisle City Council. Two of the changes are required as the locations are no longer available for use as polling stations and two are unavailable because of the effects of the December floods.

The four polling station changes are:

· West End Temperance Hall, Hawick Street, Carlisle is not currently available for use as a polling station due to the effects of the floods in December 2015. The location of the new polling station is a portable cabin, at Paddy’s Market Car Park, Shaddongate, Carlisle.

· St. Aidan’s Church Hall on Victoria Place is not currently available for use as a polling station due to the floods in December 2015. The location of the new polling station is St. Aidan’s Church, Warwick Road, Carlisle.

· Fir End School, Smithfield is longer available for use as a polling station. The location of the new polling station is Skitby House, Kirklinton.

· Westfield House, Roweltown is no longer available for use as a polling station. The location of the new polling station is Shankhill School, Hethersgill, Carlisle.

If residents within these areas would prefer to vote by post for this, or any future elections, they are asked to contact the City Council’s Electoral Registration team. Application forms are available by calling 01228 817556 or 817555, or by visiting the Civic Centre’s Customer Contact Centre.

The closing date for applications to vote by post at the forthcoming election is 5pm on Tuesday 19 April.

Anyone who has already applied for a postal vote will be unaffected by the change of polling station.

Some polling stations within flood affected areas will remain in the same locations but may be based within portakabins.

Carlisle City Council Elections will be held in: Belah; Belle Vue; Botcherby; Brampton; Castle; Currock; Dalston; Denton Holme; Great Corby & Geltsdale; Harraby; Hayton; Morton; St Aidans; Stanwix Urban; Upperby; Wetheral and Yewdale wards.

The deadline to register in time for the election is midnight on Monday 18 April 2016.

Man charged in connection with knife-point robberies

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A man has been charged in connection with three alleged knife-point robberies in Carlisle.

Martin Bainbridge, aged 32, of Port Road, Carlisle, has been charged with two counts of attempted robbery and one count of robbery.

The charges relate to incidents that took place between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday.

Cumbria Police were called to three locations - Bargain Booze on Central Avenue, Peking Chef on Petteril Bank Road and Pizza Hut on London Road. On each occasion the offender allegedly brandished a knife at staff.

Bainbridge appeared before North Cumbria Magistrates Court today and was remanded in custody.

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Mayor welcomes Beijing Biddies and Babes home

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A group of women who completed a mammoth driving challenge have been officially welcomed back to Carlisle by the city's mayor.

Edwina Sorkin and Kate Sleath drove from Carlisle to Nordkapp, 350 miles inside the Arctic Circle, to raise £100,000 for two cancer charities.

In 2014 the women set off on a charity drive to Beijing, and called themselves the Beijing Biddies.This year, they're joined by three other women and are now calling themselves the Beijing Biddies and Babes.

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Police appeal following three attempted knife-point robberies

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Police are appealing for information after three attempted knife-point robberies in Carlisle.

Between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday officers responded to incidents at Bargain Booze on Central Avenue, Peking Chef at Petteril Bank Road and Pizza Hut on London Road.

The offender allegedly entered the three premises and brandished a knife at staff demanding cash but fled the scenes empty handed.

He's described as being white, aged in his 20s and 5’9 to 6’0 tall.

"We take incidents of this nature very seriously and would like to reassure the public that a team of detectives are working on this."

– Cumbria Police spokesperson
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Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to make contact with Carlisle CID via 101 quoting log number CP-20160305-0247 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Suspected gas leak closes Carlisle doctor's surgery

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A Carlisle doctor’s surgery has been evacuated following a suspected gas leak.

The Spencer Street Surgery is currently closed while engineers investigate.

NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group say patient appointments are not going ahead at the moment and that further updates will be issued as soon as the information is available.

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