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Westmorland General Hospital receives new cancer machine

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Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital is receiving a portable ultrasound machine today thanks to a donation by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and the Furness Building Society.

It's hoped the new diagnostic machine, which cost 36 thousand pounds (£36,000) will reduce waiting times for head and neck cancer patients.

The unit treats around 1,000 patients a year.


Police investigate Kendal attack

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Police are appealing for witnesses after two men and a woman were violently attacked in Kendal.

The incident happened in Gooseholm Park at around 9.30pm on Wednesday 10 June.

One man was bitten in the ear and another suffered a serious eye injury.

Two men have been arrested and bailed.

'Laughing Gas' stolen from hospital

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Several bottles of nitrous oxide - also called 'Laughing Gas' - have been stolen from Westmorland General Hospital, in Kendal.

They were taken overnight on Tuesday 9 June, after offenders forced entry to the hospital store.

People might think that inhaling ‘laughing gas’ can be good fun, but it is no laughing matter.

It can cause dizziness, hallucinations, headaches and even death through lack of oxygen.

I’d warn anyone who may be in possession, or come into possession with this gas, to be aware of the potentially serious consequences.

We’d also like to hear from anyone with information about the theft, or who may have been offered nitrous oxide.”

– Inspector Paul Latham

Kendal factory changes hands

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Today marked a new era for the Heinz factory in Kendal as it become Kendal Nutricare after 25 years.

At its peak this factory employed around 300 people. At the moment it employs around 88 plus contractors. The new company hopes to keep all those jobs and create more.

"There's been a long period of uncertainty here: we've had 12 months of redundancies and a lot of work's gone from the site but I think it's great news for me personally and everyone in Kendal because I've just had a baby and I need the job and it's great for the future."

– Darryl Hall, electrical control software engineer

The pharmaceutical research company makes food such as baby milk and will still produce some Heinz products but it's now run by an Irish entrepreneur rather than a multinational company, and he has big plans.

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"We've a core team now you know not just production, we have research, we have our own laboratories in house and what we want to do is we want to take in apprentices, we want to take people in from the community who want a long-term career here and we intend to develop new products for exports to the Asian markets and across Europe, so we're looking for graduates, we're looking for craft workers and technicians and I want to say to people locally, 'you know, you can come here and have a long-term career'."

– Ross McMahon, managing director, Kendal Nutricare Ltd

Both companies - Kendal Nutricare and Heinz - are hailing the change as a positive move for the site. In a statement, Heinz said:

"The deal includes a two-year co-pack arrangement for Kendal Nutricare to manufacture Heinz infant cereals for the UK as well as Heinz infant formula for the Chinese market.

"The sale offers a positive future for the factory and for the people employed at the site."

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Police identify body as Edith Snedker

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Police have confirmed that a body found on Benson Knott is that of missing person Edith Snedker.

The 81-year-old's body was found yesterday, Tuesday 12 May.

Her death is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

Mrs Snedker’s immediate family were informed at the first possible opportunity, and have been supported by the Police.

The Coroner has been informed.

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