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Police appeal for missing 75-year-old Keswick man

Police are appealing for information about 75-year-old Michael Blake, who is missing in Keswick.

Cumbria Police released this photograph of Michael Blake

He was last seen walking on Borrowdale Road, Keswick at around 3.20pm on Friday, 24th October.

Police said Mr Blake has white hair and is of smart appearance. He was last seen wearing a blue waterproof jacket, brown trousers and leather shoes.

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Three options for West Cumberland Hospital

Three options have been revealed for the future of maternity services in west Cumbria.

Two would involve withdrawing consultant-led maternity cover from the West Cumberland Hospital.

The third would see it being retained, if sufficient new anaesthetists can be recruited. A public consultation will now be carried out.

Thousands of people went to a public meeting at Whitehaven's rugby league ground last month to express their concerns about the possible loss of some hospital services in the area.

Thousands at the public meeting last month Credit: ITV News Border

Police launch Operation Natterjack

Police are launching an operation to improve driving and safety standards on the A66 east of Penrith to the county boundary.

The operation, codenamed Natterjack, aims to make this section of the A66 much safer by encouraging compliance with traffic laws by observation and enforcement.

Operation Natterjack focuses on motoring offences such as lack of a concentration by using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Inspector Phil Davidson, of the Operational Support Unit, said:

“It only takes a slight lapse in concentration to be involved in a serious and potentially fatal road traffic collision. We still see motorists behaving recklessly on the county’s roads using mobile devices whilst at the wheel. This behaviour produces an additional risk on a road where the risk factors are already high, leading to an increase in the number of collisions.

More precipitating factors, like a lack of concentration, leads to more collisions and it is important that through enforcement we stamp this out.

“It only takes a slight lapse in concentration to be involved in a serious and potentially fatal road traffic collision. We still see motorists behaving recklessly on the county’s roads using mobile devices whilst at the wheel. This behaviour produces an additional risk on a road where the risk factors are already high, leading to an increase in the number of collisions. More precipitating factors, like a lack of concentration, leads to more collisions and it is important that through enforcement we stamp this out."

– Inspector Phil Davidson, Operational Support Unit

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Climb mountains, get paid

Jon Bennett has been doing the job for eight years. Credit: ITV Border

An advert's gone out for one of the most unusual jobs in Cumbria - but it could save lives.

The Lake District National Park's recruiting a 'Fell Top Assessor'.

Whoever gets the job will brave wind, rain and snow to check conditions on the area's 950-metre peak, Helvellyn, during the winter months.

Jon Bennett, from Ambleside, has been doing the job for eight years, and he's to be joined by a new recruit.

Information relayed by them will be used by Weatherline, a phone and online service that keeps keep visitors and locals informed about the conditions.

Grizzly bear tries to eat camera

This University of Cumbria student had a grizzly encounter when a female grizzly bear made a beeline for his camera.

Luckily John Kitchen, who's doing a PHD in Wildlife Conservation, had positioned the camera on a bridge away from where he was standing.

The camera didn't break and this amazing footage shows a grizzly bear up close and personal - it's filmed in British Columbia, in Canada.

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