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Will the sunshine last? Here's your weekend weather forecast

A good weekend to enjoy the Lakes Credit: ITV

Cumbria and the Lake District can look forward to a sunny weekend according to the latest Met Office forecast.

Anyone looking out of their office window at today’s sunshine can be rest assured that there is more on the way for Saturday and Sunday.

The Met Office told ITV Border it would be a settled weekend and there would be “more sunshine on Saturday and even on Sunday with nothing too much around to spoil things”.

Temperatures would be 13 or 14 degrees Celsius on Saturday and possibly a degree cooler on Sunday.

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Police call off search for paraglider

Police were searching for a paraglider Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria police have called off a search following a report today of a paraglider possibly crash-landing.

At around 9.10am this morning police were called by a member of the public who reported having witnessed what may have been a paraglider having descended in the Isel area, near to The Lakes Distillery.

Searches of the area have been carried out and have involved officers, a police helicopter, a drone and mountain rescue.

However, no person or evidence of a paragliding accident has been found.

Cumbria Constabulary has also not received a missing person report which could relate to this incident.

Whilst the search has been cancelled, Cumbria Constabulary would still like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything or who has any information about this report.

Nine bank branches to close

Natwest has announced a string of closures in the region Credit: PA

Another nine communities in the region are to lose their banks.

NatWest says it will close the branches later this year, blaming a drop of at least 30 per cent in branch business as more people do their business on the internet.

NatWest says branches in Egremont and Ulverston will close in September followed those in Ambleside, Cockermouth, Grange over Sands, Keswick, Millom and Wigton which will go in October.

It is part of a programme of 158 closures across the country which includes an RBS branch in Newton Stewart.

A spokesperson from RBS said: “We have seen a dramatic shift in the way our customers are choosing to bank, with more using mobile and online over traditional branch counters.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron said NatWest is letting its customers down, particularly the elderly.

Whilst a general trend towards online banking is undeniable, Natwest must consider the specific communities that are served by the branches in Ambleside and Grange-over-Sands. There is a significant proportion of elderly residents, many of whom don’t even own a smartphone or have access to the internet. Simply switching to online and mobile banking is not an option, and could put their account security at risk if they are not comfortable using the technology. This decision lets customers down and could leave vulnerable elderly residents without access to vital bank services.

– Tim Farron MP
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