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Villagers in bid to buy local Co-op

A community in North Cumbria are holding a fundraising event today in a bid to buy their local Co-op.

The shop in Hallbankgate, which includes a post office, is due to close next month.

Villagers have been given six months to raise up to £100,000 to buy the shop, the only one in the village.

Bosses at Scotmid, the firm that runs Lakes and Dales Co-operative, say that due to a low turnover they are being forced to sell it or close it.

Campaigners at The Hallbankgate Hub, which is fighting to stop the closure, say they now have enough money from the Farlam Parish Trust to start the bidding process to buy the Co-op.

The event this afternoon is at the Lacy Thompson Hall in Hallbankgate from 1pm to 5pm and will feature local producers, artist, an historical display, a popup cafe, and information about the campaign.

Border Weather - Saturday

Wastwater on Friday Credit: MARK HARWOOD

A wet and windy start, with overnight rain clearing during the morning. Gales possible in exposure with gusts reaching 50-60mph.

Sunny spells will then follow but also blustery showers feeding in along the strong west wind.

Milder highs of 13°C, so feeling warm in shelter.


Six arrested after drugs raids

Heroin and cannabis were recovered. Credit: PA

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, after police searched a number of properties in Carlisle.

The police executed the warrants late on 26 March, as part of an operation targeting drug supply.

Heroin and cannabis with an estimated street value of £200,000 was recovered.

The people arrested:

  • A 30-year-old man from Liverpool.
  • A 34-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 37-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 41-year-old woman from Carlisle.
  • A 46-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 51-year-old man from Carlisle.

Our advice to heroin users is do not suffer with heroin dependency alone. As well as your GP we have strong partners in the community who can assist with helping you.

Unity alcohol and drug recovery service can be contacted on 01228 882299 for the Carlisle area or 01768 861280 for the Penrith area. Cumbria Alcohol Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) which provides drug & alcohol services to individuals, family members & communities to support recovery can be contacted on 0300 111 4002.

Anyone with information into the supply of controlled drugs should contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hill
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