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'Employers are missing out on some really talented people'

A leading mental health charity has accused employers across Cumbria of being ignorant and frightened when it comes to taking on staff with learning disabilities. The Carlisle branch of MENCAP says bosses aren't doing enough and aren't aware of the benefits.

Sheila Gregory is the Chief executive at Carlisle MENCAP:

Man injured in crash in Carlisle

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A 43-year-old man from Workington was trapped in his car for nearly 40 minutes after a crash in Carlisle.

There was disruption to rush hour traffic whilst emergency services dealt with the incident, which happened near Victoria Place at around 7.30 am this morning (28th November).

It is believed he was taken to Cumberland Infirmary with minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

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Cumbria police praised in annual report

Cumbria Constabulary has been praised in the new annual programme of police force inspections.

The Peel Assessments report on how well each force in England and Wales tackles crime and anti-social behaviour and provides value for money. The force was found to be good at reducing crime and preventing offending, good at investigating offending and good at tackling anti-social behaviour.

The force was also found to be achieving its required level of efficiency and savings and protecting the front line.

£16m to electrify Windermere rail line

Windermere, which will have electric trains from 2017 Credit: ITV Border

The Government has announced a £16 million investment to electrify the Windermere rail line in the Lake District.

The 10 mile branch line links the National Park to the west coast main line at Oxenholme. It will be upgraded to allow electric trains to run on the route. The Government says it will mean faster and more reliable journeys.

The work will be carried out by Network Rail as part of its electrification programme across the north. It could be completed by 2017. Other routes being electrified include Manchester to Liverpool, Preston, Leeds and York, and Preston to Blackpool.

The Government says the National Park and the visitors using the railway will be taken into account as the work is carried out.

Campaigners have long called for the line to be electrified to improve the service and protect its future.

“Electrifying this key rail link will support the vital tourism industry in the area, and help us build a stronger economy in the Lake District and beyond."

– Baroness Kramer, Transport Minister

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Council to move to new £10 million HQ

Cumbria County Council is to move to a new headquarters, costing £10 million, in Carlisle city centre.

More than 20 crumbling and delapidated offices will now be closed to be replaced by the new building on Botchergate.

As Paul Crone reports, council officials insist the move will save a million pounds each year in running costs.

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