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Overnight resurfacing work for A69

The resurfacing works could disrupt overnight travellers. Credit: PA

Resurfacing work will be taking place on the A69, between Cumbria and Northumberland, overnight from Monday 13 July.

A speed limit of 40mph will be in force, and lanes will be closed, between 7pm and 7am.

The work will begin at the Town Foot Junction in Haltwhistle on 13 July, and will last for two weeks.

Attention will then turn to the south of Brampton Roundabout at Gelt, for one week, and then the Redpeth junction at Spital for approximately one week on Friday 27 July.

The final phase of work will take place between Scarrow Hill and Naworth in Cumbria on Monday 3 August, and will last one week.

  • There will be an overnight road closure on Saturday 25 July at Gelt, while the road across a narrow bridge is resurfaced
  • During the closure drivers travelling eastbound will be diverted at the M6 junction 46, on to the M6 to junction 44, along the A689 to Brampton roundabout where the diversion ends
  • Local traffic travelling westbound will follow the same route in the opposite direction

Cemetery death 'not believed to be suspicious'

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A man's body has been found in a cemetery in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The body was found on 6 July at around 8:20am, by a member of the public, at the cemetery on Vicarage Lane.

Police do not believe the death is suspicious at this time, but are conducting enquiries and have closed the cemetery.

They are asking members of the public to keep away from the area.


Food for thought as Eden gets grant

Eden is known for its local cheeses, and the Cumberland Sausage. Credit: ITV Border

Eden District Council has been awarded £50,000 to turn the area into a 'Food Hub'.

The grant has been awarded by DEFRA - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

It's hope the 17 Food Hubs, throughout the UK, will boost tourism and attract investment, as well as helping to grow the rural economy.

We are delighted to have been selected for an award of £50K to support the setting up of a food and farming zone in the District and in order to make sure we get this right we are talking to local businesses to understand where and how they wish to expand and what barriers there might be to expansion which the Local Development order will overcome.

We already have a renowned food and farming sector in Eden and this award will enable us to build on that success story.”

– Ruth Atkinson, Eden District Council’s Communities Director

Fire service's BBQ warning

BBQ fires are more common over the summer. Credit: PA

If you're planning to bring out the barbecue then make sure you do it safely. That's the message from Cumbria's Fire and Rescue Service.

They're noticing an increase in the use of portable BBQs over the summer period.

As well as taking care when lighting barbecues, people are being reminded not to take them indoors or inside a tent, following a spate of deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.


Van driver dies in A596 accident

A man has died after his transit van careered off the road on the A596 in Cumbria.

It happened near the Thursby roundabout at about 11am on Saturday.

The man has been named as John Birch Little who was 47 and from Thursby.

Paramedics gave emergency treatment but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Woman dies after Cockermouth fall

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A 24-year-old woman has died after falling from Haystacks in the Lake District.

Cumbria Police and Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team were called to reports that a woman had fallen at 4pm on Wednesday 1st July.

An RAF Sea King helicopter and an air ambulance attended to assist in the rescue.

The woman was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where she was pronounced dead after she sustained fatal head injuries.

She has been named as as Victoria Harris, aged 24, from the Manchester area.

During the same incident another woman was also winched to safety by the RAF helicopter but was uninjured.

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