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Man charged with grievous bodily harm following Whitehaven assault

The assault happened opposite the Whittington Cat pub. Credit: Google Maps

A 34-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm, following an assault in Whitehaven which left a man with serious head injuries.

Paul Gunn, from Thornfield Close in Cleator Moor, was charged on Wednesday 15 August.

The assault happened around 12am on Tuesday 14 August, opposite the Whittington Cat pub on Lowther Street.

Gunn is due to appear at Carlisle Crown Court on 17 September 2018.

The injured man remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.


Farmer found guilty of disturbing protected ospreys

Credit: Lake District Osprey Project

A farmer has been found guilty of intentionally disturbing the nest of breeding ospreys in the Lake District.

Paul Barnes drove his tractor and trailer with a group of children close to the Bassenthwaite site in June 2017, scaring the birds of prey from their nest.

The 58-year-old, from Braithwaite near Keswick, must pay a £300 fine, £2,000 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

The charges were brought under the Country and Wildlife Act 1981.

Ospreys are protected under the act which means it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly cause disturbance at, on or near an active nest.

The birds returned to the Lake District in 2001 after an absence of 150 years.

They have since become a major tourist attraction.


76-year-old woman dies after A66 crash

A66 was closed between Kemplay roundabout and Temple Sowerby. Credit: ITV Border

A 76-year-old woman from Carlisle has died following a crash on the A66 near to the Llama Karma Kafe, just outside Penrith.

The crash happened around 12pm on Tuesday 14 August and involved a white Renault Master and a silver Citroen C3.

The driver of the Renault Master was a 76-year-old man from Ipswich. He was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. His condition is described as stable.

The road was closed for several hours and has since reopened.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have dashcam footage.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.

Man suffers serious head injury after Whitehaven assault

The assault happened opposite the Whittington Cat pub. Credit: Google Maps

Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in Whitehaven, which has left a 37-year-old man with life-threatening injuries.

The assault happened around 12am on Tuesday 14 August, opposite the Whittington Cat pub on Lowther Street.

The man, from Whitehaven, suffered a serious head injury after being punched and falling to the ground.

Officers attended the scene and arrested a 34-year-old man from Cleator Moor on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

The injured man was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle but has since been transferred to the RVI at Newcastle.

His condition is critical but stable.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

The injuries suffered in this assault are extremely serious. It is important that anyone who witnessed what happened and has yet to come forward does so immediately.

We are also particularly keen to hear from anyone who drives a vehicle with a dash-cam and who was in the area at the time. The footage they have could be extremely important to our investigation.”

– Detective Inspector Matt Scott

Weather: A mixed day

Today will be mostly cloudy, with limited bright spells.

Some light and patchy rain and drizzle is also likely as we head into the afternoon, and it will feel humid.

Maximum temperature 21 °C.


Carlisle City Council paid £290,000 more than expected for Harraby cycle circuit

Work underway on the cycle circuit in March 2017. Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle City Council has had pay almost £290,000 more than expected to build a new cycle circuit in Harraby.

The cycle track, which opened in January 2018, cost a total of £1 million.

It was supposed to cost £800,000 with most of the money coming from the sport's governing body and only about £35,000 from the city council.

But delays and problems with ground conditions added £250,000 to the cost, and the authority failed to claim it back from the developers, VMC, according to a report published for next week's executive meeting.



Showers will become more widespread and often heavy and thundery by Monday afternoon.

Some locations will see heavy downpours, with 20 to 30 mm of rain in an hour.

Lightning and hail may also prove disruptive. Many areas may miss the downpours and stay largely dry, however.

The showers will ease by late evening.

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