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Kendal bridge shut by flood damage

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Kendal's Victoria Bridge has been closed to west-bound traffic after divers discovered underwater flood damage to the structure.

Cumbria County Council say the damage has occurred since the flood of 5/6th December when Victoria Bridge was closed, inspected and re-opened and has been caused by continuous fast flowing water hitting the bridge since its last inspection.

"It is recognised that this bridge is of major importance to Kendal. Cumbria County Council is working with consulting engineers to agree the priority for repairs for bridges across Cumbria.

"Options for temporary and permanent repairs will be considered before any indication of timescales for the works can be announced."

– Cumbria County Council spokesman

While the bridge is partially shut the A6 is being closed to west-bound traffic at Longpool roundabout with a diversion along Wildman Street and over Stramongate Bridge.

Traffic requiring access to Beezon Road Industrial Estate will be able to use Wildman Street and Beezon Road. Victoria Bridge will remain open to east-bound traffic, albeit travelling on the opposite side of the road.

'Busiest year yet' for Kendal Mountain Rescue Team

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Kendal Mountain Rescue Team say 2015 has been its busiest ever year.

Volunteers were called out to 73 incidents over the course of the year - a 20 per cent increase on their previous highest annual total.

As well as carrying out routine mountain rescues the team was heavily involved in responding to flooding incidents throughout December.

“I’m very grateful to the team members and their families for all the time they have put in this year. I would also like to thank all the people who have raised funds or donated to us this year. We could not have responded to all of these incidents without them. In particular, the recent floods show that mountain rescue is so much more than mountains and we are proud to be able to help the community we are part of in whatever we can.”

– Dave Howarth, Kendal Mountain Rescue Team Leader

Family's tribute to 'devoted partner' killed in car accident

Jack Davis Dulson and his partner. Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a man killed in a car accident at Selside, near Kendal, say he was a "genuine, caring, kind hearted, hilarious man who devoted his life to the needs of others".

Jack Davis Dulson, 23, from Penrith, died following a one vehicle collision at 8.08pm yesterday (11 December).

His family have released this tribute to him:

On the 11th December we lost one of the good ones and heaven gained an angel. Jack was a genuine, caring, kind hearted, hilarious man who devoted his life to the needs of others. An admirable son to Nichola, Peter and step mum Maureen, a protective big brother to Jasmin and Bradley, a best friend to his step brother Martin and dad Peter, an honourable grandson to Jack and the late Joyce, a darling grandson to Judith and Howard, a dear nephew to Michelle, a cousin to look up to, a devoted partner to Helen and a first class 'Jaddy' to Keaton. He will be sorely missed by many.

An avid fan of pretty much any sport going, especially football, cricket, rugby and american football. He was a committed Chelsea fan which often caused friendly rivalry between him and his Liverpool-supporting dad Peter. Recently Jack enjoyed a fantastic season playing football for Carleton Brent with his lifelong friends. When he wasn’t spending time with his friends and family, Jack was busy working at Enterprise where he quickly worked his way up the ladder and incredibly became a branch manager only one year into his graduate scheme which he also completed early. Jack was a huge success at life, work and with his loved ones - simply the best.”

– Jack's family

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101 and ask to speak to PC 1567 Kevin Jackson.

M6 re-opens after four-vehicle collision

The accident. Credit: ITV Border

The M6 between J36 and J37 has re-opened following a major collision earlier today.

All lanes are now open on both the north and southbound sides.

Police were called at 1:17pm (November 27) following a four-vehicle collision.

Two of the drivers suffered serious injuries and have been taken to hospital.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to contact them.


PHOTOS: traffic builds in Kendal after motorway diversion

Traffic is building in Kendal, after being diverted through the town from the M6 motorway.

A major three-vehicle collision led to the closure of the northbound lane, but all lanes are expected to re-open shortly.

Traffic in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border
Traffic in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border
Traffic in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border

Drivers diverted through Kendal after M6 accident

Drivers are being diverted through Kendal. Credit: PA

Traffic is being re-directed through Kendal following a three-vehicle accident on the M6 northbound, between J36 and J37.

Police say two people have been seriously injured in the collision.

The northbound carriageway, which is set to re-open within the next 15 minutes, has been closed between the junctions, and drivers are being diverted from J36 through Kendal on the A6, to re-join the motorway again at J39.

Traffic is currently also delayed on the southbound carriageway as emergency services attend the incident.

The air ambulance was called, but police have not yet released further details.

The accident. Credit: ITV Border
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