A leading mental health charity has accused employers across Cumbria of being ignorant and frightened when it comes to taking on staff with learning disabilities. The Carlisle branch of MENCAP says bosses aren't doing enough and aren't aware of the benefits.
Sheila Gregory is the Chief executive at Carlisle MENCAP:
A 43-year-old man from Workington was trapped in his car for nearly 40 minutes after a crash in Carlisle.
There was disruption to rush hour traffic whilst emergency services dealt with the incident, which happened near Victoria Place at around 7.30 am this morning (28th November).
It is believed he was taken to Cumberland Infirmary with minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.
In Basketball the Carlisle Panthers are looking to recruit extra players for their new season. The club which runs senior, youth and wheelchair teams say anyone is welcome to come down and give the sport a try.
Cumbria Constabulary has been praised in the new annual programme of police force inspections.
The Peel Assessments report on how well each force in England and Wales tackles crime and anti-social behaviour and provides value for money. The force was found to be good at reducing crime and preventing offending, good at investigating offending and good at tackling anti-social behaviour.
The force was also found to be achieving its required level of efficiency and savings and protecting the front line.
A breezy day.
Still mainly cloudy, with a little patchy rain, mainly over the Pennines.
Some bright spells in the west at times. Maximum Temperature 11C.
The Government has announced a £16 million investment to electrify the Windermere rail line in the Lake District.
The 10 mile branch line links the National Park to the west coast main line at Oxenholme. It will be upgraded to allow electric trains to run on the route. The Government says it will mean faster and more reliable journeys.
The work will be carried out by Network Rail as part of its electrification programme across the north. It could be completed by 2017. Other routes being electrified include Manchester to Liverpool, Preston, Leeds and York, and Preston to Blackpool.
The Government says the National Park and the visitors using the railway will be taken into account as the work is carried out.
Campaigners have long called for the line to be electrified to improve the service and protect its future.
“Electrifying this key rail link will support the vital tourism industry in the area, and help us build a stronger economy in the Lake District and beyond."
New facilities have been unveiled at Carlisle College to mark it's 60 year anniversary.
The college has three thousand students, and in recent years, has received millions of pounds of investment. The new arts building has a theatre, TV and dance studio. Matthew Taylor went for a closer look.
Cumbria County Council is to move to a new headquarters, costing £10 million, in Carlisle city centre.
More than 20 crumbling and delapidated offices will now be closed to be replaced by the new building on Botchergate.
As Paul Crone reports, council officials insist the move will save a million pounds each year in running costs.
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