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'Dark Times' for public sector

Meeting in Kendal this morning, the county council's cabinet members were in sombre mood. They say these are dark times for the public sector as it struggles to deal with reductions in its budget which mean that 1,800 council jobs will have to go.

The County Council says these are the biggest cuts it's ever faced and they will have an impact on lives, on families and on the local economy.

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Crime group launches in South Cumbria

South Cumbria Acquisitive Crime Group launches Credit: PA

A new crime initiative launches in South Cumbria today, in a bid to reduce the number of burglaries in the region.

The South Cumbria Acquisitive Crime Group will focus on rural and agricultural crime, and it's led by the South Lakeland and Barrow Community Safety Partnerships.

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The bee's knees: Cumbrian village most family friendly

St Bees came top of the Family Hotspots report. Credit: ITV Border

A Cumbrian village has been named the best place in Britain to raise a family.

St Bees, which has a population of less than 2,000 people, came top of the Family Hotspots report, which found it had a low crime rate, and strong community spirit.

Crime per capital in the village was 0.11, well below the national average of 0.25.

And another Cumbrian village, Moor Row, also came sixth in the report.

'Terrifying' robbery at Carlisle shop

A knife-wielding robber terrified staff at a shop in Carlisle on Tuesday evening.

At around 10pm the man threatened staff at Spar, on Lamb Street. He was given money from the till and then fled onto Scalegate Road.

He is described as white, 5ft 8” tall with a slim build. He is believed to be between 40 and 50 years old and had grey stubble.

Cumbria Police are appealing for information:

“This incident was terrifying for the staff and customers in the shop. These incidents are rare in Carlisle and we are working to trace the individual responsible.

I would urge anyone with any information, or who may have been in the area at the time, to get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Cath Pattinson

Mortality rates down at North Cumbria hospitals

Changes at North Cumbrian hospitals are saving lives, according to North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Two years ago the Trust was recorded as having one of the highest mortality rates in England, and in 2013 it was visited by a review team who suggested a number of changes.

But since then, it says mortality rates at North Cumbrian hospitals have dropped. The most drastic reductions have been for people suffering from life threatening heart problems, who are now treated at the Heart Centre in Carlisle, as well as patients with broken hips.

"Our teams have been through a lot of change in the past 18 months but it is down to their sheer dedication and commitment to make things better for our patients that we have not only saved more lives but also given patients a better chance of making a fuller recovery and going on to live longer and healthier lives. This is something that each and every member of staff should be very proud of.

"We are under no illusions, however, that there is still a long way for us to go on our improvement journey.

"Our priority, quite understandably, was to focus first and foremost on fixing the very immediate problems related to mortality, but we still have much further to go to make the experience of care for our patients as good, if not better, than the best of the NHS."

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director
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