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Knifepoint robbery at Kendal garage

A staff member at a garage in Kendal has been threatened and robbed at knifepoint.

It happened at around 5pm yesterday (Saturday 17 January) at the garage on Lound Road in the town.

A man entered the garage and threatened a staff member with a knife demanding cash from the till. He stole between £400 and £500. No-one was injured.

Witnesses can contact Cumbria Police by calling 101.

We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area at the time to get in contact. Thankfully nobody was injured during this incident and police are currently making enquiries to identify who is responsible.”

– Inspector Paul Latham, Cumbria Police

Cumbrian climber could take crown

The first Brit to free climb El Capitan's Dawn Face could be Cumbrian Credit: RTV

One of Britain's best rock climbers has claimed that the first Brit to free climb El Capitan's notorious Dawn Face could be from Cumbria.

This prediction comes in the week that the summit in Yosemitie National Park was scaled by free climbers for the first time ever.

Neil Gresham, who's from Kendal, has said that Cumbrian born Leo Houlding shows most promise to take the crown of Brit who reaches the top first.


Mountain rescue team's safety tips for 2015

Patterdale's Mountain Rescue team has been called out on its first rescue of 2015.

Not long after ITV Border filmed their training session on Sunday 4th January, the team helped a man with a broken ankle on Hallin Fell near Ullswater.

Last year was the team's busiest year in its 50 year history so team leader Mike Blakey is stressing safety advice for 2015:

Patterdale Mountain rescuer recovers from broken leg

Patterdale's Mountain Rescue team has been called out on it's first rescue of 2015.

Last year was the team's busiest year in its 50 year history.

All Cumbria's mountain rescue teams are being called out more each year.

Fiona Marley Paterson joined the Patterdale team's training:

2014 Busy Year for Patterdale Mountain Rescuers

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team had a busy 2014 Credit: Patterdale MRT

2014 has been the busiest year on record for some of Cumbria's Mountain Rescue Teams.

The Kendal and Patterdale crews have both reported being called out more in 2014 than any other year.

Patterdale's year ended with a 6-hour rescue on Helvellyn on New Year's Eve.

A man had become stuck on a ledge after trying to traverse off the mountain to avoid snow as he didn't have crampons or ice axes.

An RAF helicopter flew the team to Red Tarn, where they were able to search on foot from Striding Edge and Swirral Edge.


Vehicle fire closes M6 near Kendal

The road was closed Credit: ITV News Border

A crash involving several cars where one of them went on fire closed the M6 this afternoon (Saturday).

It happened near J37 for Kendal and Sedbergh on the southbound carriageway.

Traffic heading towards Lancaster is moving very slowly, though police are reopening the road.

Traffic came to a stand-still for miles Credit: ITV News Border
The M6 southbound near Kendal Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria's sports stars awarded

Sports personalities from Cumbria and coaches of professional and amatuer clubs around the county have been honored in the Cumbria Sports Awards.

The awards, organised by Active Cumbria, celebrate the work of volunteers bringing different sports to their communities.

Here's a list of the winners:

  • Sports Personality of the Year: Tom Younger world Karate champion from Barrow-in-Furness
  • Cumbria Performance of the Year 2014: Nick Miller, GB's best hammer thrower
  • The Special Award: Stuart Airey, Bowls player who won Silver in 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Service to Sport: Mike ‘Nobby’ Clarke from Hawcoat Park Sports & Soocial Club in Barrow.
  • Young Sports Leader of the Year: Alice Bowler from Kendal School of Gymnastics
  • Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Moses from Barrow Amateur Boxing Club
  • Coach of the Year: Windermere Senior sailing instructor Ian Shirra, who has coached the GB Blind Sailing team
  • Community Group of the Year: Ulverston Triathlon Club, who have 300 members just 1 year after starting
  • Performance Award for People with a Disability: footballer Jake Brown from Barrow
  • Team of the Year: North Cumbria British Show Jumping Team, who are National Champions
  • Junior Team of the year: Dowdales School Year 11 Rugby League Team from Dalton-in-Furness, which is the National Rugby League Champion School
  • Junior Sports Personality of the Year: Speedway racer Kyle Bickle
  • The Brendan Jameson Be Inspired Award:Tyler Baines
  • 5 Rising Stars: Jack Smith from Carlisle for Swimming and Triathlon, Natasha Slater from Ulverston for Golf, Henrietta Colborne from Penrith for Cycling, Georgia Holmes from Haverigg for Cricket and Daniel Armstrong for water polo.

Assault in McDonalds - CCTV image released

The CCTV image shows a man police wish to speak to in connection with the assault. Credit: Cumbria Police
The CCTV image shows a man police wish to speak to in connection with the assault. Credit: Cumbria Police

CCTV images have been released of a man police wish to speak to in connection with an assault on a 16-year-old from Kendal.

It happened in McDonalds on Stricklandgate in Kendal around 8.10pm on the 9th October.

The offender challenged a group of young people about their behaviour before throwing a drink in the victim's face and punching him, resulting in a broken nose.

“We ask that anyone who has information about the incident or recognises the man from the CCTV images to get in touch. The victim was understandably shaken by the incident and we ask for the public’s help in tracing this man.”

– PC Claire Martin

11,000 visited Kendal Mountain Festival

It's the biggest outdoor festival of it's kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors, putting the Lake District on the map for outdoor culture. Credit: ITV Border

The 15th Kendal Mountain Festival brought 11,000 people to South Lakeland and generated around £2million to the local economy, say organisers.

The 2014 festival, partly funded by South Lakeland District Council, brought together enthusiasts and experts for a weekend of films, talks and workshops.

Organisers of the festival say the success is down to the "programme mix, award-winning films and the main venue in Kendal.. which has become the hub of the festival."

Read: 15th Mountain Festival descends on Kendal

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