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Van caught fire on A74M

Police and fire services are at the scene and police are asking people to slow down Credit: PA

A van has caught fire in lane three of the A74M, half of a mile north of junction 20.

Police and fire services are at the scene and police are asking people to slow down when approaching the incident and to watch the road ahead when passing.

An update has confirmed lane one of three is now open with traffic able to pass the scene.


Fire shuts busy Carlisle road

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Part of a busy Carlisle road has been closed as emergency services deal with a fire.

Wigton Road from the junction of Stanhope Road to Caldewgate has been shut.

The blaze broke out at the Ukrainian Club on Silloth Street.

Police are urging drivers to avoid the area.

Location of the fire on Silloth Street Credit: ITV Border

BREAKING: Carlisle train station evacuated following fire incident

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Emergency response crews were called at 3.02pm to a report of heavy smoke coming from the basement of the station.

They found a fire which was out on their arrival in the basement and used a hose reel and a thermal imaging camera to check the area.

Carlisle train station was evacuated while fire services attended to the incident.

Train services are now allowed to call at Carlisle train station. Passengers should expect residual delays.

Appeal for suspicious fire witnesses

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Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following a suspicious fire in Galashiels.

The incident happened around 1am this morning in Scott Park.

A plastic bin was set alight before the flames spread to the swing set and rubber ground cover.

Police say the park sustained significant damage and inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible.

Officers are particularly keen to trace two young people seen running away from the area at the time the fire broke out.

"The Scott Park is popular for dog walkers and families and this mindless act of destruction means that the bin will be out of use until it can be repaired.

"We are pursuing various local lines of inquiry to trace the culprits and would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, or who has information relevant to this investigation, to contact police immediately."

– Inspector Tony Hodges, Galashiels Police Station

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police investigate 'serious fire' in Dumfries

Police are making enquiries into the cause of the fire in IrongrayIndustrial Estate Credit: PA

Dumfries Police are investigating the cause of a "serious" fire that blazed through Shortridges Laundry in Irongray Industrial Estate in the early hours of this morning.

The Fire and Rescue Service managed to stop the fire, after it was discovered around 4am.

Several laundry units and cages, and part of the actual building were damaged by the blaze.

Police say the investigation is a joint effort between the Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland.

We want to hear from anyone who may have been in the Irongray Industrial Estate through the night if they saw or heard anything suspicious.

No-one was injured in this incident however the damage is extensive.

– Sergeant Amy Ritchie, Dumfries Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dumfries Police on 101.

Firefighters called to Carlisle bedroom blaze

The fire service was called. Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters have been called to a bedroom fire in Carlisle.

The callout came just before 3am this morning, from the house on Merith Avenue.

The bedroom was well alight when the fire service arrives, and firefighters, four of them wearing breathing apparatus, had to use two hose reel jets to tackle it.

The ambulance service was also called to check three people for smoke inhalation.

Arson behind 38 percent of Cumbria fires

An arsonist was convicted for starting three fires at Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway site last year. Credit: ITV Border

Arson attacks account for more than a third of fires in Cumbria, according to new figures.

During 2015 and 2016, 38 percent of fires in the county were started deliberately.

In Allerdale there was a 20 percent increase in the number of arson incidents.

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