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Tim Farron reacts to London terror attack

Tim Farron Credit: PA

Westmorland and Lonsdale candidate and Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron says local campaigning must continue after the attack on London Bridge.

"The terrorists kill us because they hate us and what we stand for. They hate our democracy and our freedom. We refuse to let them win. We must respond with a vigorous commitment to our democracy. The election must go ahead as planned. It is right that we suspend our national campaigning for a short while out of respect for those affected by these tragic events, but local campaigning can and must continue. The remainder of this campaign must be a collective showing of defiance and pride in our democratic values."

– Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

He also paid tribute to the emergency services for their work saving lives at the scene where 7 people died and almost 50 were injured.

“It is heart-breaking to see yet another terror attack hit our streets, while the country is still coming to terms with the tragedy of what took place in Manchester. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services for their professional response in such terrible circumstances."

– Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

James Airey, the Conservative candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale called the attackers "disgusting culprits" on Twitter.

"Terrible news from London, again people simply having a night out targeted by these disgusting terrorists."

– Tweeted by James Airey, Conservative candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale

Labour candidate Eli Aldridge said he hoped the situation is resolved quickly.

"Thoughts going out to everyone in London during this trying time, and hope it is all resolved quickly."

– Eli Aldrige, Labour candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale

Concern for missing Kendal teenager

The 14 year-old was last seen on Wednesday evening. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing 14-year-old girl from Kendal.

Chloe Johnson was last seen Wednesday at around 9:25pm in the area of K Village, heading towards Kirkbarrow Estate and Kirkland View.

She is described as a white female, 4ft 8” tall, with long brown hair which is lighter towards the end.

Police say her hair is now longer than in the photo provided.

She was last seen wearing a grey and blue Adidas jacket, black leggings, a blue sports bra visible under the jacket, bright pink Nike trainers with a black sole, and large hooped earrings.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101.

If Chloe sees this please get in contact and let police know you are safe and well.


Construction of new cycleway in Kendal begins

Phase 1 of Kendal's cycleway Credit: Cumbria County Council

The first phase of construction of a cycleway along Burton road in Kendal has begun.

The first phase of the three-metre-wide cycleway will run from Kirkbie Kendal School along to Asda.

The second phase of works is scheduled to begin in April 2018 and will extend passed the Asda to the railway bridge at Natland.

The project is a joint venture between Cumbria county Council and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

Funded by the government, they hope the new cycle way will "enhance Kendal's infrastructure", make the town more accessible for people and encourage people to ride their bicycles more - reducing congestion and promoting a healthier lifestyle.

The first phase of work is expected to be completed in June.

Bridge reopening after Storm Desmond damage

The repairs have cost half a million pounds. Credit: ITV Border

A bridge destroyed by Storm Desmond in December 2015 is being officially re-opened today.

Old Gowan Bridge at Staveley near Kendal has been replaced by Cumbria County Council at a cost of half a million pounds.

Celebrations are taking place in the village to mark the re-opening.


Government responds to Cumbrian court closure dispute

Magistrate's Court, Kendal Credit: ITV Border

The government has responded to bids to save a Magistrate's court in Cumbria.

The courthouse in Kendal is due to close down on the 30th of June as part of the Ministry of Justice's plans to cut costs.

A spokesperson for HM Courts and Tribunals Service says the closures are part of a plan to upgrade the technology used in courts nationwide.

We have a world-leading legal system and are investing over £1 billion to reform and digitise our courts to deliver swifter justice.

Closing underused and dilapidated court buildings will allow us to reinvest in the justice system and make the best use of technology.

This will improve access to justice and improve the experience for all court users, in particular vulnerable victims and witnesses.

– HM Courts and Tribunals Service Spokesperson

Campaigners say it is unacceptable that locals would have to do a round trip of up to 70 miles to the courthouse in Barrow, where current cases will be transferred, once the Kendal Magistrate's court closes down.

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron wrote to the Justice Secretary Liz Truss, urging her to reconsider the plans.

The Magistrate's Court in Kendal is one of 86 in England and Wales due to close down this summer.

Last ditch bid to save Cumbrian court

Kendal Magistrate's Court. Credit: ITV Border

Final attempts are being made to save a Magistrate's court in Cumbria, which is set to be closed.

The courthouse in Kendal is due to shut this summer, as part of the Ministry of Justice's plans to cut costs.

However, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has written to the Justice Secretary Liz Truss, urging her to reconsider the plans.

The blow that this will deliver for access to local justice is incalculable. Under the new system some local residents will have to travel up to two and a half hours to Barrow or Lancaster to access the justice system, and this journey will come at considerable cost.

The government's consultation showed that 98% of local people opposed this move, yet despite this they have pressed ahead with the closure.

– Tim Farron MP

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.

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