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Market town no more?

Market Place hosts plenty of popular events, like Taste Cumbria. Credit: ITV Border

Markets have been banned from Cockermouth's Market Place, after a High Court ruling.

It's understood the case was brought by a single local man, who questioned whether prohibiting traffic from the road on Saturday market days was legal.

That's come as a shock to people in the town, as it's had a Market Charter for around 800 years.

But Allerdale Borough Council says markets have been held without the road being closed in the past, and that the ruling shouldn't prevent other events, like the Taste Cumbria food festival, from taking place.

Police event to help combat rural crime in Allerdale

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Police are hosting a public event in Cockermouth to discuss rural crime following an increase in thefts and burglaries at farms in the area.

The meeting takes place at Mitchell's Auction Mart at 7pm on Monday 2 March and will give people the opportunity to talk about any concerns they have around rural crime and what steps they can take to prevent it.

Crime prevention officer David Thompson and PCSO Sarah Brown will be offering advice on all aspects of rural crime along with the local wildlife officer.

“We encourage anyone with any issues or concerns to attend this event. We will be more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have and offer advice where possible. Even if you don’t have any concerns, you may be interested in the crime prevention tips that will be available.

“The event will also provide an opportunity to sign up to Farmwatch or request a free crime prevention survey at your farm.”

– PCSO Sarah Brown, Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing team

Anyone with issues or concerns can also contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling 101 or get in touch with the local crime prevention officer for free expert advice.


Emergency services help injured walker

A 70-year-old man from France was flown to hospital after slipping during a walk in the Lake District. The man suffered a fracture-dislocation of the ankle on Whiteless Pike on Boxing Day. 16 members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team went to the aid of the walker, he was treated by the team doctor and then flown to the Cumberland Infirmary.


Floods film: 'Five Years On: How Far We've Come'

Flooding in Cockermouth in 2009 Credit: ITV News Border

A community group in Cockermouth is making a film to chronicle how the town has recovered from the floods five years' ago.

Sophia Atcha moved to the town 18 months ago and wanted to tell the story of how the community has pulled together to help each other.

'Five Years On: How Far We've Come' will be screened at the Kirkgate Centre on 19th November, exactly five years on.

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