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Increasing concern for missing Kendal pensioner

Edith Snedker. Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing 81-year-old woman from Kendal.

Edith Snedker went missing on Wednesday 6 May at around 1:10pm, and the last confirmed sighting of her was on Appleby Road, at the junction with Paddy Lane, between 7pm and 7:30pm.

Specialist police officers have been supported by organisations including Kendal Mountain Rescue Team.

They've searched areas in the town like Skelsmergh, Mealbank and Paddy Lane, where there have been possible sightings.

We are asking local people and farmers to search their land, out buildings and other property in case Mrs Snedker has taken shelter anywhere.

Members of the public have come forward to say they may have seen someone matching her description, and we urge anyone who hasn’t done so already to contact us.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Furzana Nazir


Police still searching for missing Kendal pensioner

Edith Snedker Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police have renewed their appeal for information about an 81-year-old woman from Kendal, who is missing.

Edith Snedker, of Kendal, was last seen on Aynam Road on Wednesday May 6, at around 1:10pm.

She is described as of thin build, with short white hair and glasses.

She was last seen wearing black trousers, a brown jacket and possibly a white hat.

Her disappearance is out of the ordinary, and her family are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Concern grows for missing Kendal woman

Police in Cumbria are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of an 81-year-old woman who's missing from Kendal.

Edith Snedker, who was last seen on Wednesday 6th May, requires medical treatment every day for a number of conditions.

Search teams are now focusing their search on waterways near to Ms Snedker's home.

"Edith suffers from a number of medical conditions one of which requires her to have treatment every 24 hours. This disappearance is unusual and out of character and she hasn't taken first aid equipment which she would need.

"Unless she presents herself to an A&E or medical practice then she's going to become quite poorly very quickly."

– Sergeant Siraaz Patel, Cumbria Police


Watch: Kendal woman's polar bear fundraiser

A woman from Kendal has been travelling around Cumbria dressed as a polar bear to raise money for the Samaritans.

It was all preparation for running a marathon at the North Pole.

Annie Rawlinson is now back home, having found the arctic conditions even tougher than she thought they'd be.

But as Fiona Marley Paterson found out, she still raised plenty of money for the charity:

Two jailed for handling stolen goods

Christopher Calvert and Sean Greenwood. Credit: Cumbria Police

Two men from Kendal have been jailed after police found them in possession of stolen goods.

Christopher Calvert, 37, of South Road, Kendal, was jailed for two years for four counts of handling stolen goods.

Sean Greenwood, 35, of Giltwaiterigg Lane, Kendal, was jailed for two years and six months for two counts of handling stolen goods and one count of burglary.

On May 9, 2013, Cumbria Police stopped them in a van travelling on West Street as part of routine enquiries into burglaries in the area.

They found a mountain bike, CCTV camera and a walkie talkie, which matched reported stolen property.

The police then found a large number of stolen professional power tools when searching the men's property.

We are pleased that these men have been brought to justice and will be removed from society.

Calvert and Greenwood have looked to profit from innocent members of the public who have had their property stolen. They have shown no remorse to what they have subjected their victims to and are rightfully going to prison."

– Detective Constable Mark Kerley, of South Cumbria CID

Fire chief praises locals and businesses following major Kendal blaze

Cumbria's Chief Fire Officer Jim Onions Credit: Cumbria County Council

People and businesses in Kendal have been praised for their patience following a major fire on the town’s northern outskirts over the weekend.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Jim Onions said the way local people co-operated with emergency services following the fire at a joinery that spread rapidly to the Furmanite plant was a crucial factor in allowing fire crews to get the blaze under control.

North West Fire Control received an emergency call reporting a fire at industrial premises on Mintsfeet Road off the A6 at 8.13pm on Saturday. A crew was deployed immediately and left Kendal fire station within four minutes.

Within nine minutes there were two fire crews with two engines at the scene and six fire engines and a high-volume pump drawing water from the River Kent on the scene within the hour.

The incident was ultimately attended by 14 fire engines and around 70 firefighters.

Mr Onions confirmed that the incident has now been scaled down, although one crew is still in attendance to carry out ongoing damping work on the final building where a small pockets of fire occasionally ignite from the debris.

"This was a challenging incident which required a multi-agency response and drew on Cumbria’s fire and rescue resources from around the county. Ultimately our performance is measured in how we responded and I am delighted that everything ran so efficiently, speedily and smoothly. Thanks to this response, we saved lives and also helped save some of the neighbouring businesses, who could have been caught up in the incident to a far greater degree.

“I would like to thank the people of Kendal in co-operating fully during this incident, coping with the inevitable pressures on traffic that closing a major arterial route into the town caused, and letting us get on with the job in hand.”

– Cumbria's Chief Fire Officer, Jim Onions
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