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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.


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Police urge people in Carlisle to lock doors

Police want people to take more care. Credit: ITV Border

Police are urging people in Carlisle to lock their doors, following a number of recent burglaries.

Over the last few days there have been two burglaries where offenders entered the properties through unlocked front doors.

These burglaries demonstrate how opportunistic criminals can be, and why it is so important to lock your doors and windows. I would urge everyone to keep their property as safe and secure as possible at all times.

Where people become victims of crimes, we work hard to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Together we can help keep Carlisle a safe place to live and work.

– Sgt Steve Whitehead, Cumbria Police


Visitor ban lifted at Cumbrian hospital

The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

A temporary suspension for routine visitors to the Cumberland Infirmary has been lifted.

It applies to all parts of the hospital, with the exception of Beech A&B and Maple D wards.

The visitor ban was put in place last week after a Norovirus outbreak, and the NHS Trust in charge of the hospital says it's helped them to get the situation under control.

The Trust brought in these measures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. The levels of norovirus have dropped significantly throughout the hospital due to restrictions and I would like to thank our patients and visitors for their co-operation.

We know that many visitors feel they must take every opportunity to visit sick friends or relatives, and understand how difficult this must have been. We didn’t take this decision lightly but the more people who pass through our hospitals, the greater risk of the virus spreading, affecting more vulnerable patients and hospital staff.

I would like to remind people if you have had norovirus yourself, please stay away until you have been symptom-free for at least two days.

– Clive Graham, director of infection prevention & control

Pirelli's tribute to 'valued' employee killed in car accident

The scene of the crash. Credit: ITV Border

The company Pirelli have paid tribute to a man who died after a car crash outside the firm's factory in Carlisle.

Michael James, 59, had worked for Pirelli for 33 years.

He died after a collision involving his car and four pedestrians on Tuesday 31 January.

We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic incident that occurred yesterday evening close to our Carlisle factory. The passing of Michael James has shocked us all and he will be sorely missed.

Michael was a valued employee who worked with us for 33 years. Our deepest condolences go out to Michael’s family at this very difficult time.

We understand also that several people are still receiving treatment as a result of the tragic incident and we hope that they all make a full recovery.

– Pirelli spokesperson

Teenager remains in hospital after Carlisle crash

The scene of the incident. Credit: ITV Border

A 16-year-old boy remains in hospital, following a crash involving a car and four pedestrians in Carlisle.

The teenager is currently in a stable condition at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, but has serious injuries.

The three other pedestrians, all males from Carlisle, aged 17, 17 and 16 respectively, suffered minor injuries and were taken to the Cumberland Infirmary.

A passenger in the car, a 49-year-old woman from Carlisle, suffered minor injuries.

Dalston Road, near Pirelli, was closed after the crash, at around 5:50pm yesterday evening.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them.

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