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Nepal earthquake 'ground felt like jelly beneath our feet'

A Cumbrian man has spoken of the terrifying moment the Nepal earthquake hit as he was leading an expedition up Everest. Chris Harling, an experienced mountaineer who is a volunteer with Keswick Mountain Rescue team, said all members of his team were unharmed.

Chris, who is from Penrith, described an 'eerie still evening' at Base Camp following the devastating earthquake Credit: Chris Harling

"Here in base camp we initially felt minor tremmors, then the ground began to feel like jelly as waves passed through the rocks beneath our feet. Climbers appeared from tents all over camp to try to start to comprehend what they were feeling. As the movement became more violent I expected the loose and precarious rocky slopes above the camp area to start shedding huge boulders - it was extremely alarming wondering if we were to be buried by rockfall. Sure enough, an area of steep cliffs did break off sending car sized boulders hurtling down only a few hundred metres from our tents. We are still feeling aftershocks hours later. Our thoughts are with any local staff working on Everest who may have been affected by losses in today's quake."

– Chris Harling in a post on his Facebook page
Chris Harling posted this photo from Everest base camp Credit: Chris Harling

At least 17 climbers have been killed and hundreds are stranded at base camps following avalanches triggered by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake which has killed at least 1,900 people. The rescue operation is continuing in the affected area amid strong aftershocks.


Gallipoli ceremony held at Carlisle Castle

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A ceremony has been held in Carlisle to mark the centenary of Gallipoli campaign, one of the bloodiest battles of World War One.

The service at Carlisle Castle was one of many events around the world to pay tribute to the sacrifices of Australian, New Zealand and British forces, and other nations, who fought and died in the bloody conflict.

It was one of the major engagements of the war which involved more than 400,000 British and around 140,000 Commonwealth and Irish servicemen.

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Around 58,000 Allied troops died, including more than 30,000 from Britain and Ireland, over 12,000 from France, 11,000 from Australia and New Zealand and 1,500 from India.

In London the Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of the Gallipoli Association, joined the congregation at St Paul's Cathedral for a service of remembrance before joining the Queen at the Cenotaph.

Carlisle marks Gallipoli centenary

Commemorations were held at Carlisle Castle Credit: ITV News Border

An outdoor service was held at Carlisle Castle to mark the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli. Among them was Bryan Horton from Queensland in Australia. His Grandfather and Great-Uncle were from Workington and were members of the Border regiment

Students from various Cumbrian schools were asked to take part in the ceremony. They've also helped create an exhibition which has gone on display at the Cumbria's Museum of Military Life in the Castle grounds. Caroline Angus, 18, who's a student at Caldew School told ITV Border's Hannah McNulty what she's learnt:


Kelso remembers Gallipoli

The service was held at Kelso War Memorial Credit: ITV Border

A service has been held in Kelso to remember the soldier's that lost their lives in Gallipoli 100 years ago.

The battle on the Turkish Peninsula during World War One saw the biggest loss of lives for Border soldiers since Flodden.

Members of the Kings Own Scots Borderers and other armed forces held a service of commemoration at the Kelso War Memorial this morning.

Veterans from the Kings Own Scots Borderers attended Credit: ITV Border

Building damaged by explosion in cash machine raid

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Police are investigating after a raid on a cash machine at a building society in Carlisle.

At about 3:20am today (Saturday, April 25) an explosion was reported at the Cumberland Building Society on the Rosehill Industrial Estate.

Significant damage has been done to the building and the cash machine.

Initial enquiries suggest an amount of money was stolen. No one was injured in the incident.

A dark coloured BMW was seen leaving the scene.

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“This is an rare incident for Cumbria and we are working hard to trace those responsible. I would urge anyone with any information that could help our investigation to get in touch.”

– Detective Inspector Helen Ellis - Cumbria Constabulary
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