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The region reacts to a No vote for independence

Cumbria is a county that has many geographical similarities with Southern Scotland, but many differences too.

People cross the border every day in both directions for work, pleasure and to do business, and because of that today's result was also being keenly viewed south of the border.

Hannah McNulty reports.

More reaction to no vote in Dumfries and Galloway

The referendum gave sixteen and seventeen year olds their first chance to vote.

At Dumfries Academy this morning young people had mixed reactions to the result.

While older voters at a day centre in Annan were also divided as to whether the decision to remain in the UK was best for Scotland.


Man given four and half years for gun-threat offence

Nicky Horsfall, aged 31 has been sentenced to four and a half years Credit: Cumbria Police

A man from Cumbria has been jailed for four and a half years for offences including threatening a man with a replica gun.

Nicky Horsfall, aged 31 from Hillcrest, Northside Road, Workington was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today.

He had admitted threatening a man with a gun and shouting racial abuse at his victim an earlier hearing.

The incident happened on Northside Road in Workington in the early hours of 12th October 2013.

Horsfall had confronted his 24-year-old victim with a black hand gun and had racially abused him during the incident, in which he also ordered him to knee on the floor.

He was later identified from the description given by his victim.

He was also tried for the possession of indecent images and extreme pornography.

“This was a very distressing ordeal for the victim who was in genuine fear for his life. On examination of the gun, which was located at Horsfall’s home address, it was discovered to be a replica. However it was still used in a threatening way to scare and frighten someone.”

– DC Andy Yoxall

Curle appointed new Blues boss

Keith Curle appointed CUFC first team manager Credit: Carlisle United

Carlisle United have appointed Keith Curle as first team manager until the end of the 2015/16 season.

Curle, 50, made over 700 appearances in a senior career which spanned over 24-years for the likes of Wimbledon, Manchester City, Wolves and Sheffield United.

He started his managerial career as player-manager with tomorrow's opponents Mansfield Town and has also held the reins at Chester City, Torquay United and Notts County.

Former Sunderland, Watford and Rangers forward Colin West, who worked with Curle at Notts County, has been appointed as assistant manager.

United currently sit bottom of the entire football league without a league win all season.

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.

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