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Future of Scotland's nuclear waste questioned

ITV Border has learnt that Sellafield could stop taking nuclear waste from Scotland if the country decides to go independent.

The Copeland MP Jamie Reed has told this programme that international laws mean Scotland would have to deal with its own radioactive material rather than export it.

The Scottish government says they'd negotiate a solution.

In response the Scottish Government said:

“An independent Scotland will ensure that the nuclear legacy inherited from the UK is managed safely and effectively, something that would be in the interests of both countries. Indeed, the management of radioactive waste is a devolved matter and, as such, is already the responsibility of the Scottish Ministers. Following a vote for independence the way in which the UK’s nuclear legacy is managed will be the subject of detailed negotiations.”

– Spokesperson, Scottish Government

Police identify man who died after incident on A592

The man who died after an incident on the A592 has been named.

40-year-old Dominic Abraham, from Great Whittington, Newcastle, died yesterday, Monday 21 July.

Police were called to the scene at 10.37am after a member of the public phone in with concern for the welfare of man who had been on a bicycle.

Mr Abraham was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, where he later died.

There are no suspicious circumstances and the coroner has been informed.


Crime Commissioner supports Hate Crime workshops

Hate Crime Workshops in Cumbria have been given support by they county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes

The workshops are lead by AWAZ Cumbria together with Cumbria Constabulary, OutREACH and Cumbria Disability Network and aim to give training to managers, front line staff, volunteers and community representatives across Cumbria.

“Unfortunately, hate crime happens in our county and we need to have consistency across key agencies in the county to support those people affected.

“The training will bring people together across a spectrum of agencies to gain a better understanding of the impact of hate crime on victims and the wider community. As well as a better understanding of how partner agencies deal with hate crime so that an improved service can support victims going forward.

“I would urge people to come forward and report hate crime. Only by us all working together can we make a difference.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

Woman in a 'stable condition' after police car crash

A 28-year-old woman is in a 'stable condition' after she was involved in a crash with a police car.

The incident happened between Outrigg, St Bees and Grove Road, Egremont at about 6pm on Monday, 21 July.

The woman's black VW Golf collided with a Cumbria Police vehicle as it was responding to an emergency.

The 28-year-old driver of the police vehicle suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Whitehaven Hospital.

The woman was taken by ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary.

Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene, and are investigating the full circumstances surrounding the collision.

New president for Friends of the Lake District

The Friends of the Lake District have elected a new president, Sir Martin Holdgate.

Sir Martin Holdgate is an environmental scientist and international conservationist who became Director General of IUCN (the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) in 1988.

He has lived in Cumbria since 2000 and has been an active member of the Friends of the Lake District Key Supporters' Group since then.

"Last year Natural England made Designation Orders that would add some wonderful country between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales to the two National Parks. We have been waiting for this since 1946 when the importance of that countryside was recognised in the Hobhouse Report.

"Last year the Friends played an active part in a public inquiry on those extensions, and the report has been with the Secretary of State for six months. Please, Ms Truss, get on with it and confirm the National Park extensions!"

– Sir Martin Holdgate, President of The Friends of the Lake District


Penrith Show celebrates 180 years

The Penrith Show will this weekend celebrate it's 180th birthday.

The team behind it say it's still managing to keep its 'small country show' feel despite record numbers of entries this year.

More than 1000 sheep have been entered into this years show, with 56 lambs due in the ring at one time for a mule lamb class.

More volunteers need to inspire future land managers

A training scheme to revive declining rural skills is looking for inspirational mentors.

The Lake District National Park’s Fell Futures project is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and helps 16 to 23-year olds gain experience in conservation, landscape management or outdoor education.

There are currently nine people on the scheme but it's organisers say they need more volunteers to help pass on their understanding of countryside needs and actions to apprentices.

“Literally, we just need five days over the next year from people with the relevant knowledge and background. Through workshops and field visits they will share their own talents and experiences.

“This is a great opportunity to inspire the next generation of Lake District land managers.”

– Matt Eaves, Apprenticeship supervisor

Carlisle to host Sunderland in pre-season friendly

The Blues lost to Sunderland in the FA Cup third round in January
The Blues lost to Sunderland in the FA Cup third round in January Credit: PA

Carlisle United's most high-profile pre-season friendly takes place tonight, as the Blues take on Sunderland.

Big crowds are expected at Brunton Park when United host the Black Cats.

United are currently unbeaten in their pre-season campaign after drawing against fellow Cumbrians Barrow at the weekend

Workington leisure centre plans could get go-ahead

Plans to build a controversial new leisure centre in Workington could be given the go-ahead later today.

A planning meeting is being held by Allerdale Borough Council to discuss the proposal to build the new facilities at Cloffocks.

The council say the new nine million pound sports centre would replace two ageing buildings and benefit the town.

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