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Man arrested after woman dies in Kendal house fire

Police enquiries are at an early stage. Credit: ITV News

Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal fire at a house in Kendal.

A blaze broke out at a property on Stramongate early on Sunday morning.

A woman who lives there, aged 67, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

She died later.

Her identity has not been revealed.

Cumbria Police say a man, aged 38, has been arrested. They are not looking for anyone else.

They are asking anyone who may have information which could assist their investigation to contact them.

£10k burglary sparks police warning

A £10,000 burglary has prompted police to warn businesses in the Kendal area to be on alert.

The burglary happened between 8:00pm and 00:34am between Monday March 6th and Tuesday March 7th.

Thieves went into what police are describing as an insecure property on the Mintsfeet Industrial Estate, Kendal and made off with stock worth £10,000.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Now police are urging businesses in Kendal and the surrounding rural areas to be vigilant, and lock their windows and doors, and securely store away items of value.

A spokesperson said: “Historically, insecure properties on industrial estates, and in rural areas have been targeted locally due to their locations.

"Criminals by nature are opportunists, and if they can gain access to your business without having to force entry then they will steal from you.”

​Anyone with information on this incident or any related incidents is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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Jail for drug dealer found sleeping in car

Romney Gardens in Kendal. Credit: Google Street View.

A drug dealer who police found sleeping in his car, has been jailed for three months.

Jordan Jenkinson, 23, of Romney Gardens in Kendal, was sentenced yesterday (21 February 2017) at Carlisle Crown Court.

On 18 May 2016, officers found him asleep in his car, which was parked on Romney Gardens with the engine running.

A search of the vehicle led them to a small quantity of cannabis and 12 grams of cocaine - the latter valued at around £1,300.

Jenkinson was arrested, and tests proved that he had both cannabis and cocaine in his system.

At Carlisle Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug (cocaine), possession of a Class B drug (cannabis) offering to supply Class B drugs (cannabis).

He also pleaded guilty to driving while being disqualified, having no insurance, and driving while unfit through drugs.

Student nurse nominated for national award

Zoe Butler. Credit: University of Cumbria

A nursing student from Cumbria has beaten hundreds of entries to be shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Third year adult nursing student Zoe Butler, who is based in Kendal, is among five vying for the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award from the Royal College of Nursing.

The annual RCNi Nurse Awards are the profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence, recognising nurses who have come up with new ways to improve health, enhance patient experiences and transform nursing practice.

The news has come out of the blue – I heard via Twitter!

The awards are for innovation in practice and my work to look at mental health in young people drew the judge’s attention.

– Zoe Butler

Zoe was instrumental in working with young people to write and film a series of monologues as part of a project called ‘The Hot Potato’ aimed at raising awareness of mental health, which is now in use in schools in Cumbria.

Entrants shortlisted as finalists will be invited to the judging days in March to present their initiatives to the judging panel with winners announced at a ceremony on Friday 5 May.

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Police search for man last seen at Kendal hostel

Nikolay Nikolov Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police are searching for a man who is missing in the Kendal area.

Nikolay Nikolov, 53, was last seen at the Kendal Hostel at 12pm on 25 January.

He is described as white and of slim build, and is bald with facial stubble.

He was last seen wearing a black top and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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