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Cockermouth soldier wins gold at Invictus Games

A Cockermouth soldier shot several times by the Taliban in Afghanistan is back in training after scooping five swimming medals at the Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women.

26-year-old Luke Reeson only began swimming competitively 12 weeks ago but picked up a gold, two silvers and two bronzes despite having a shattered leg that he may still have to have amputated. Kim Inglis has been to see him action.


Injured former soldier scoops 5 swimming medals

Luke has won five medals in the Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women. Credit: ITV Border

26 year old soldier, Luke Reeson, from Cockermouth is inspiring young swimmers at his local club.

Luke was shot repeatedly by the Taliban on a tour of Afghanistan in 2012. His left leg was shattered and is pinned with metal rods.

Just three months ago, Luke took up competitive swimming for the first time and earlier this months scooped five medals - a gold, two silvers and two bronzes - in the Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women.

He's back to training at the pool in Cockermouth but still faces an agonising decision. His left leg isn't healing properly and isn't likely to which means he may have to make the decision to have it amputated.

Despite this, Luke says he is one of the lucky ones as he knows so many people who have had more than one limb amputated. He says even if it has to happen, the only thing that will change is his swimming style.

Due to his leg not healing properly, Luke may have to have his left leg amputated. Credit: ITV Border


Cockermouth's new hospital praised by director

Cockermouth's new, £11 million Community Hospital was officially opened this afternoon, Friday 15 August.

Although it's been open since January, a ceremony was performed by Medical Director for NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh. The professor is also the author of the report that put North Cumbria's Hospitals in special measures.

Ryan Dollard was in Cockermouth to find out what the hospital will mean for patient care and whether services in the wider region are improving.

Man taken to hospital after rooftop fall

A man in his 60s has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a roof.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service were called to a house in Eaglesfield near Cockermouth just after 10am this morning, Monday 11 August.

The man had head and back injuries and was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. His condition is decsribed is serious but stable.

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