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Appeal after fatal road accident in Kirkby Lonsdale

Motorcyclist dies after road accident in Kirkby Lonsdale Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for information following an accident in Kirkby Lonsdale in which a 74-year-old motorcyclist was killed.

The accident happened yesterday at around 12.30pm when motorcyclist John Makin was travelling north along the A683 Burrow Road towards Cumbria. The motorcyclist is believed to have completed an overtake manoeuvre before falling from his motorcycle and colliding with a hedge.

Mr Makin, from Abbey Hey, Manchester, was airlifted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary where he later died.

“John Makin, a loving father to his four children and beautiful grandchildren, was taken from us suddenly and too soon. Words cannot describe our loss. He will always be in our hearts forever.”

– Family statement

An investigation to establish the circumstances of the accident is now underway and Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed this collision to contact us.

Carlisle MP voices support for Scottish devolution

Many people were watching the Scottish independence result today in Cumbria just as keenly because of the county's proximity to the Scottish border.

Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson has welcomed the 'no' vote and called for the county to get more of a voice, and its share of devolved power.


Pensioner falls ill on Cumbrian fell

A 70 year old man's been treated by Air Ambulance medics after he became unwell while walking on a Cumbrian fell.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to Catbells near Keswick at around 1pm today.

The man was later taken by an ambulance to hospital where he's in a stable condition.

Great North Air Ambulance arrive at Catbells near Keswick Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

No vote up for discussion at Hawick nursery

Parents at a nursery in Hawick say the Scottish Referendum vote has changed their children's futures.

Some parents felt proud of being part of Britain and want their children to grow up as British citizens.

Others were concerned about what powers Scotland would have in the future over things that will affect their children's lives.

Hot topics at the Mansfield Nursery gates were healthcare, house prices and education, in particular University tuition fees.

Here's what some parents told ITV Border.


Cumbria Chamber of Commerce reacts to No vote

Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce has vowed to do more for local businesses in a post-referendum world Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce have released a statement detailing their reaction to today's news that it is a No vote from Scots against independence.

The chamber have voiced their relief at the outcome, and hopes for the future of business with its northern neighbours across the border.

"The voters of Scotland have spoken. Their historic decision to remain part of the UK will be a relief to many businesspeople and a disappointment to others.

"Uncertainty is always disruptive to business so this can't simply be the first in a series of referenda until one side or the other gets the result that it wants.

"That said, businesspeople all across the UK have long known that the referendum would be the start, rather than the end, of a process of change. Businesses will now expect Westminster and Holyrood to reach a devolution settlement that is clear, fair to both sides and swiftly executed.

"Any devolution deal for Scotland should trigger a new debate on local autonomy in England, giving local businesspeople more influence over how their taxes are spent and how business growth is supported. Local businesses deserve a say in how a new, less centralised UK is governed in the future.

"What we need to do now is to focus more than ever on how economic growth can be supported and further stimulated here in Cumbria."

– Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Referendum result raises questions for Scottish parents

The toddler group at Mansfield Nursery Credit: ITV Border

Parents at Mansfield Nursery in Hawick are reflecting on the Scotland their children will grow up in after the no vote.

Three-year-old Sarita Credit: ITV Border

Healthcare, tuition fees and house prices featured in the conversation at the school gates this morning.

Scotland's independence referendum has raised questions about the future for the country's youngest Scots Credit: ITV Border
Codi is just one of the children growing up in a Scotland asking for more devolved powers Credit: ITV Border

Farron welcomes No vote, but 'powers must be devolved'

Scotland's decision to reject independence has been welcomed by politicians south of the border today.

The MP for South Lakes Tim Farron said that although he was "delighted that Scotland has said a firm no to separation", he hoped the calls for devolution would be echoed on a smaller scale in local communities in Cumbria.

“Westminster’s foundations have been shook by the debate and the ramifications have been felt here in Cumbria too.

"The next challenge is to make sure we devolve powers from Westminster down to communities like Windermere and throughout the South Lakes.”

– Tim Farron MP
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