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Six men charged in connection with drug offences

It took police two days to make the building safe Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Detectives in Carlisle have charged six men in connection with drug offences, after the remains of a huge cannabis factory were found.

Police searched a property in Maulds Meaburn on 16 May 2012, after locals reported suspicious activity taking place. It took them more than two days to collect evidence and make the building safe.

Six men from the south of England have now been charged, and will appear at Carlisle Magistrates Court.

  • Paul Whelan, aged 49 from Winterthur Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire. Charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis and possession with intent to supply cannabis. At court on 10th October 2014.
  • Dean Cameron, aged 52 from Whitehall Park Road, London. Charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis. At court on 10th October 2014.
  • Mark Gallagher, aged 48 from Wolverhampton Road East, Wolverhampton. Charged with possession to supply cannabis, abstracting electricity, supplying cannabis, offer to supply cannabis and importing cannabis. At court on 10th October 2014.
  • Lee Banks, aged 31 from Coversham Road, London. Charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis and possession with intent to supply. At court on 14th October 2014.
  • David Lawrence, aged 31 from Barton Meadows, Ilford, Essex. Charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis. At court on 10th October 2014.
  • Phillip Branigan, aged 31 from Banstead Close, Surrey. Charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis. At court on 10th October 2014.

The owner of the property believed he was renting it out to people who were going to renovate it.

“This was a thorough investigation by the North Cumbria Drug Squad which resulted in six people being charged in connection with drug offences who will now appear in court. We thank the local community for reporting the suspicious activity in the first place.”

– Detective Sergeant Paddy McDonnell

Thousands at Whitehaven hospital meeting

Around 4,000 people showed up for the meeting Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people turned out for a public meeting about the future of West Cumberland Hospital.

They'll discuss the construction of Whitehaven's new hospital, which is due to be finished in December, with NHS bosses and MPs.

Our reporter Tim Backshall has been tweeting from the scene.

The meeting was held at Whitehaven Rugby League Club, to allow local people to have their say about the building of a new hospital.

Concerns about cuts to services have been raised Credit: ITV Border

Local campaigners are concerned the plans will lead to cuts to services.

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Thousands of fireworks to brighten Carlisle's sky

Thousands of fireworks will light up this year's display Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's annual fireworks display is getting closer, and details of this year's event are emerging.

More than 2,000 fireworks will be launched into the sky above Bitts Park, and a replica of Carlisle Castle will be set alight on Saturday 1 November.

The show is expected to draw a crowd of thousands, making it one of the biggest dates on the city's calendar.

4,000 make voices heard at hospital cuts protest

Around 4,000 people in West Cumbria turned out to protest over concerns to cuts to hospital services.

ITV Border correspondent Tim Backshall was at the protest at Whitehaven's rugby league ground.

But the NHS in North Cumbria says only some high risk services are being moved because of insufficient staff in West Cumbria and patients will be safer under the new arrangements.

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Thousands protest over hospital cuts concerns

Thousands of people have attended a public meeting in Whitehaven this evening to protest about the loss of hospital services in West Cumbria.

Campaigners say that some services are being transferred from the new West Cumberland Hospital to Carlisle, a journey of 40 miles from Whitehaven.

They gathered at the town's rugby league ground to question health officials and make their opposition clear.

But the NHS in North Cumbria says only some high risk services are being moved because of insufficient staff in West Cumbria and patients will be safer under the new arrangements.

Equality charity granted £50,000 to celebrate history

A charity that promotes equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people has won a grant of £48, 000 to help celebrate Cumbria's LGBT history.

Outreach Cumbria has been awarded the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will help fund work, in partnership with Tullie House Museum and the Art Gallery Trust, to enable future generations to learn about the history of equality in the county.

Earlier Ian Payne spoke to Richard Kavanagh from Outreach Cumbria and asked him how important getting the funding was for the charity:

Civic Centre: Art or an eyesore?

It's one of Cumbria's most controversial buildings and now campaigners on both sides are fighting to decide its future.

Carlisle Civic Centre frequently appears on 'ugliest buildings' lists across the country and now it could pulled down.

But as with most pieces of art - not everyone thinks the building should be scrapped. And some care so much, they've launched a petition urging people to give it a bit of love.

Matthew Taylor reports.

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