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Norovirus outbreak confirmed at Dearham School

There is a confirmed outbreak of norovirus at Dearham Primary School.

Public Health England are investigating the outbreak.

We have spoken to the school about this sickness outbreak and can confirm that all suitable measures to stop the spread of infection have been implemented by the school. Diarrhoea and vomiting illnesses can easily spread from one person to another, particularly in places like schools where people are in close contact with each other for much of the day. Anyone who becomes ill should stay away from school until they have been free from symptoms for a full 48 hours."

– Cumbria County Council spokesperson

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Residents say estate will ruin their village

Nearly four hundred objections have been lodge by villagers who say that the scheme, submitted by Persimmon Homes is unworkable. Residents say that expansion on the scale proposed will put unreasonable pressure on roads, drains and sewers.

Locals also ay that the primary school is already over-subscribed and that children would be forced to catch buses to neighbouring villages.

Persimmon would have to pay the school £341,000 in order to allow it to expand as a condition of approval, but a survey into the cost of four new classrooms estimates that the cost of building would be £566,000.