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Historic church vandalised

Children as young as six have vandalised a church in Cumbria which dates back to the 12th century.

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Full report: New base for Kendal homeless charity

A charity that helps vulnerable people in the South Lakes could shortly be moving into a new home courtesy of their local church.

Manna House in Kendal works with the homeless and those with social or mental health problems and has been looking for new premises of their own for some time, and it seems a solution has now been found.

Ryan Dollard reports:

Nether Hall to become new home for Manna House

Kendal Parish Church is gifting Nether Hall to Manna House, through its charitable Kirkland Trust

Planning applications are now being submitted enabling a change of use.

Manna House is a registered charity providing advice, advocacy, training and a drop-in support centre for the residents of South Lakeland including those who are vulnerably housed, homeless, lonely or generally needing help.

Alex Salmond defends gay marriage delay

Scotland's First Minister has defended his Government's delay in making a decision on same sex marriage laws.

There was anger from equality campaigners and opposition politicians yesterday when a widely expected announcement was put on hold.

Alex Salmond says a decision will be taken by the end of the month but more time is needed to look at the details.

The government has now set up a special committee chaired by deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to examine the legal issues.

But it rejected calls from Catholic leader Cardinal Keith O’Brien for a referendum

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