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Tata Steel confirms sale of Long Products division

Tata Steel Credit: ITV News

Tata Steel has confirmed it has sold its Long Products division to Greybull Capital.

The business employs more than 4 thousand people in the UK, including around 225 staff at an engineering workshop in Workington, and another 28 in Shap.

As a responsible seller, Tata Steel is delighted to have secured a buyer for this business and we hope that under Greybull ownership, the business will continue the momentum of the improvement program that has been initiated in the last 12 months.

Employees and trade unions have worked closely with the Long Products Europe management team to improve the business’s prospects, putting it in a more competitive position than it has been for many years.

It is through their dedication and hard work that we are in this position today in spite of continued challenges in the market".

– Mr Bimlendra Jha, CEO of Tata Steel UK

Dumfries man tries to overturn English driving ban after failing Scottish drink-driving test

A man is seeking to overturn a driving ban in England, after he was caught over the drink-drive limit in Scotland.

Ashley Medicks, who lives near Dumfries, says his breath-alcohol test was higher than the Scottish legal limit, but under the English one.

He now wants his ban lifted south of the Border.

Matthew Taylor went to meet him:

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Cumbrian entrepreneurs prepare to pitch at world record attempt

Jonathan Lowe, right, talking to ITV Border's Katie Hunter Credit: ITV Border

Two Cumbrian entrepreneurs are preparing to pitch their business ideas in London, as part of a world record attempt.

Rebecca Hanson from 'Authentic Maths' is a mathematician who's developed a system to help teach a new curriculum for primary school children, while Jonathan Lowe co-created an online game called Geo Hitch.

They're among 160 entrepreneurs pitching back-to-back during 29 hours as part of Virgin's Voom business competition:

I guess people would recognise it as being a bit like Dragon's Den but I'm told it's much friendlier and they're interested in businesses that they totally believe in.

– Rebecca Hanson, Authentic Maths

I'm quietly confident in terms of the pitch itself. We're very passionate here about the product itself and what it can do so hopefully the pitch shouldn't be too difficult.

– Jonathan Lowe, GeoHitch

Cumbrian man admits racial abuse at Carlisle-Everton FA Cup tie

A general view of the match action during the Emirates FA Cup, fourth round match at Brunton Park, Carlisle. Credit: PA

A Cumbrian man has been sentenced to 140 hours community service in connection with racist behaviour directed towards football players in Carlisle United's FA Cup fourth round tie with Everton.

Owen Newbury, aged 18, of Skinburness Drive, Silloth, was sentenced today at Carlisle Magistrate’s Court, for racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment/alarm/distress by words contrary to Section 4a of the Public Order Act, after pleading guilty to the offence.

He was also given a 5 year football banning order and ordered to pay £145 costs.

The incident occurred following Everton's first goal in the match held at Brunton Park, Carlisle, on the 31st January 2016.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Coughlan said:

I’d like to thank the public for their ongoing help and support with this investigation, specifically those who provided witness statements, as well as Carlisle United FC, Everton FC and the PFA.

Cumbria Police had a dedicated investigation team for this incident which demonstrates that hate crime will not be tolerated in our county. I hope the prosecution and today’s subsequent sentencing sends a strong message to those who think this behaviour is acceptable – it is not at all acceptable at all to be victimised in this way and we take it very seriously.

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Coughlan
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