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Taste Cumbria gets underway in Cockermouth

Taste Cumbria comes to Cockermouth Credit: ITV Border

A festival celebrating the best food and drink Cumbria has to offer has been taking place in Cockermouth

The Taste Cumbria event attracts around 40,000 people each year. It began in 2010, in response to flooding in Cockermouth in 2009. Organisers say the event is 'critically important' as the town again recovers from flooding.

"It's critically important, that's why we work so closely with Allerdale Borough Council and Cockermouth Town Council to bring this event onto Main Street and it comes with its difficulties. It would be quite easy to put on a festival in field in the middle of nowhere without road closures and the inconvenience that comes with that but when you see how busy the shops are that's why it's really really important"

– Organiser Marie Whitehhead

Watch Hannah McNulty's full report from the event below:


Cumbrian cricket star due MRI scan on calf injury

Ben Stokes is out for the rest of the season due to a calf injury Credit: PA images

There are fears that Ben Stokes could be out for the rest of the season due to an injury.

It happened during the second Investec Test against Pakistan, England and Wales Cricket Board announced he will have an MRI scan on Tuesday on a calf injury he has suffered.

The England all-rounder from Cockermouth had to miss the rest of the series against Sri Lanka after he underwent knee surgery in May.

Storm-hit school to reopen tomorrow

The school was badly damaged by the storm. Credit: ITV Border

A Cumbrian school, which was closed after being damaged by this morning's storms, will reopen tomorrow.

Cockermouth School was closed to all students today following "severe storm damage".

The school was badly damaged by the storm. Credit: ITV Border

Police concern for missing west Cumbria man

Missing man Barrie Lee. Credit: Cumbria Police.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 30-year-old man who has gone missing in the Cockermouth area.

Barrie Colin Lee, of no fixed abode, was last seen at a friend’s property on Sullart Street, Cockermouth, at 8pm on Friday 1st July.

The missing man has connections to the Workington area.

Enquiries are ongoing to locate Mr Lee and police are appealing to anyone who may know of his whereabouts to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police immediately on 101.


NZ radio hosts suspended over Stokes row

Ben Stokes Credit: PA

Two radio hosts in New Zealand have been given a one-day suspension after broadcasting a rant from Cockermouth cricketer Ben Stokes’ mother- without her permission.

Deborah Stokes phoned the Auckland-based radio station to make a complaint against the two presenters, who had been mocking Stokes for his performance in the World T20 final.

She was told that her call was off-air, however she was actually put through to the on-air studio and the row was broadcast live.

In the phonecall, Mrs Stokes says she's “totally brassed off” by the way the presenters talked about her son.

"It's not even about the cricket. It's about the personal attack on him. They called him arrogant and then they called him some sort of name. They don't know him! They wouldn't have a blooming clue."

– Deborah Stokes talking on the radio

The presenters have been taken off-air for one day as a result.

Read about the messages of support for Ben Stokes following the defeat, here.

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