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Elderly couple's pension savings stolen

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Police are investigating after thousands of pounds was stolen from an elderly couple in Kendal.

At around 2pm on 19 July one of the occupants of a property on Kentmere Brow discovered a man upstairs after hearing a noise.

The intruder quickly left after being disturbed, but the couple then found around £4,500 worth of money had been taken.

The suspect has been described as a white man in his early 30s, around 5ft 8 inches tall, of medium build with fair hair.

He was wearing a light-coloured top and was holding a small paper medicine bag.

We are appealing for anyone who witnessed a man matching the description in the area of Kentmere Brow. This was in broad daylight and we hope that someone will have seen something that will help identify the man responsible.

The money stolen was savings from their pensions and they have been left understandably hurt and shaken by this incident. If anyone has any information please get in touch.

– Detective Constable Tom Pearman, of South Cumbria CID

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Two treated for exposure to gas cloud in Kendal

Two people have been treated after coming into contact with a gas cloud in Kendal.

At 13:55 yesterday (Saturday 9th July) three fire engines from Ulverston and Kendal were sent to Esthwaite Avenue in Kendal where there was an incident involving a chemical mixture which gave off a gas cloud.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue says two people were treated by North West Ambulance Service.

Firefighters used two breathing apparatus and gas monitors. The fire crews remained on scene for one hour and ten minutes.

Commemorative plaque vandalised in Kendal

Police believe the incidents are linked. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are appealing for information after a spate of criminal damage incidents, which are believed to be linked, in Kendal.

A small commemorative plaque in the Jennings Terrace area was vandalised, and the Wainwright sign in Wainwright's Yard has also been damaged.

Police say a small tree on Kendal Green has been deliberately cut down.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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Farron slams '£40 million floods shortfall'

Flooding in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has slammed a "£40 million shortfall" in cash needed to help the county recover from the floods of December's storms.

Six months ago Storm Desmond left thousands of homes and businesses in his Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency underwater.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats says there is still plenty of work needed.

Although in many ways Cumbria is back to normal – the A591 is fixed and most businesses have now reopened – we must not forget about those still affected.

There are still many residents out of their homes, and many more who are affected by road and bridge closures. It is unjustifiable that the government has still not committed to providing all of the funding needed to repair the flood damage – across the county there is a £40million shortfall.

The government also failed to provide additional funds to support businesses affected by flooding after the initial pot ran out.

– Tim Farron MP
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