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Primark opening date announced for Carlisle store

Primark will open in October. Credit: PA

Retail giant Primark has announced the opening date for its new Carlisle store.

The budget clothes shop will open its doors to the public on Thursday, 6 October, in the Lanes Shopping Centre.

It'll be based in the building that used to be occupied by BHS, and is expected to create 144 jobs in the city.


Rugby Club's first game after flooding

One of our region's sports clubs was today celebrating rising up after the devastation of last winter's flooding.

Carlisle Rugby Club played their first match at their home ground during a pre-season fund raising day after being forced to use other clubs last season.

The ground on Warwick Road was inundated by several feet of water last December.

Now the pitch is back ready for the start of the rugby season next weekend.

But the club is appealing for helpers to try to finish repairing facilities in the club house that are still uncompleted.

The club says there were delays in starting repairs works because of a wrangle with their insurers.

Carlisle Rugby Club ladies team Credit: ITV Border

Three-year-old boy in collision with car in Carlisle

The accident happened at Shaddongate. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for information following a collision in Shaddongate, Carlisle, involving a three-year-old boy.

The incident happened this afternoon (3 August).

Police were called following reports that a silver car had collided with a pedestrian, the 3-year-old boy, who received minor injuries.

The female driver of the silver car initially stopped at the scene before leaving. Officers are keen to speak to her.

Any witnesses who can assist in the investigation should contact police on 101.

Police concerned about missing woman from Carlisle

Emma Cook Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are appealing for information about a missing 33-year-old woman from Carlisle.

Emma Cook was last seen in the area of Newtown Road at 18.30 on Saturday July 23.

She is described as a white female, 5ft 5inch tall, of a slim to average build, with long brown hair.

Police are concerned for Emma's welfare and appeal to anyone who has seen her to call Cumbria Police on 101.


Warning after two men fall ill following suspected drug use

Map of where the men fell ill Credit: ITV

A drug warning has been issued to people in Carlisle after two people were taken ill from what police say is suspected drug use.

Two men from Carlisle have been admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary after suffering breathing problems. They are not thought to be in a life threatening condition.

The first report was received at 4pm (Thursday 28th July) when a 36-year-old man collapsed on English Street.

The second report was made at 5.55pm when a 31-year-old man collapsed on Prescott Road.

Early enquiries suggest that the drug the men may have taken is called Blue Valium.

We are urging all users to be wary of these two incidents that have occurred today in Carlisle. Our advice is not to take any illegal substances or so-called legal highs as the risks involved in consuming these can be life threatening.

“It is believed that both men admitted to hospital may have taken a drug called Blue Valium, if you are offered this drug or have it in your possession please do not consume as it is very dangerous. You cannot be sure of what the drug contains and therefore could cause fatal consequences. Please for your own safety do not take any illegal drugs.

“It is still early into our enquiries in identifying the source and we appeal for anyone with information on the supply of drugs to get in touch.”

Anyone who has taken such a drug or is feeling unwell is urged to seek medical assistance.

– Chief Inspector Andy Wilkinson

'We launched quickly and failed quickly' says editor of Cumbria newspaper

David Helliwell, editorial director at CN, says 24 "launched quickly" and "failed quickly".

It follows the announcement that the Cumbrian newspaper will cease publication,less than six weeks after launching.

“We were proud of the design and content and had encouraging feedback and buy-in from advertisers but unfortunately copy sales are just not high enough to justify continuing daily publication.

It was always a calculated risk to see whether there was enough of a gap for us to squeeze into beside the big beasts of the daily market and it hasn't come off.

We launched quickly, failed quickly and learned an awful lot along the way. We’re obviously disappointed it didn't work out but it hasn't diminished our appetite for trying new publications, be they print or digital.

The closure in no way reflects on the dedicated efforts of the small editorial team who produced 24 on a daily basis to a high standard.

I'd also like to thank PA for their considerable support in this venture. It was their wealth of content that allowed us to even think of launching 24 and it’s been a pleasure working with them.”

– David Helliwell, editorial director at CN
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