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CCTV released in criminal damage probe

Cumbria Police want to speak to the man in the following CCTV images, in connection with an incident of criminal damage in Kendal.

It happened at around 1:40am on July 14, 2015.

The window of a shop in Wainwright’s Yard was smashed after bottles were thrown at it.

Police want to speak to this man. Credit: Cumbria Police
Police want to speak to this man. Credit: Cumbria Police
Police want to speak to this man. Credit: Cumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact PCSO Tom Robinson at Kendal Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

WATCH: Kendal's WWII child evacuees.

Peggy as a child with her friends Credit: ITV Border

On the 1st september 1939, thousands of children from Britain's towns and cities were forced to say goodbye to their families.

For many of the children in the North, their destination was the lake district; a place which became a safe haven during the 2nd world war.

On the train from Newcastle to Kendal that day was Peggy Kunzlik.

Safe from the Luftwaffe's raining bombs, Peggy was able to continue her childhood in a tranquil environment, far away from the horrors of the second world war.

We went to see Peggy as she returned to Kendal for the first time since she was a child.

Kate Walby reports


WWII evacuee returns to Kendal

Peggy Kunzlik in 1939 Credit: ITV Border

An evacuee from the second world war has returned to the house in Kendal where she was looked after for 3 years.

Peggy Kunzlik was just 11 years old when she was sent away from her family in Newcastle to live with a couple in Cumbria.

She was one of thousands of children from towns and cities taken to the countryside for safety.

Peggy has visited the place she called home during her time as an evacuee in Kendal Credit: ITV Border

Concern for missing Kendal teenager

Michael Pearsons Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 14 year old boy who has gone missing in the Kendal area.

Michael Pearson, was last seen at his home on Queens Road at around 5pm on Monday.

He is described as being white, of slim build with short brown hair and is around 5ft 5inches tall.

He has a Liverpool accent and is thought to be wearing a black North Face fleece, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Michael to get in touch.

Kendal Calling coma photo to raise drugs awareness

Jordan has released this picture to raise awareness Credit: Jordan Blackburn

A man from Cumbria has released a photograph on Facebook of himself in an induced coma after taking drugs at Kendal Calling.

The 19-year-old from Haverigg hopes that by releasing the picture he will warn others against the dangers of substance abuse.

Jordan was one of four friends taken to Cumberland Infirmary after it's believed they took drugs at the music festival.

His friend Christian Pay from Millom died in hospital.

Christian Pay died in hospital Credit: Cumbria Police


Cumbrian band British Sea Power talk about 10 years of Kendal Calling

Cumbrian band British Sea Power returned to Kendal Calling for the festival's 10th birthday.

Three of the band are from Natland near Kendal and performed at the first Kendal Calling in 2006, before being asked back several years since and have seen the festival grow from a few thousand people in Kendal's Abbott Hall Park to the 23,000 it now entertains in the grounds of Lowther Castle.

British Sea Power performed on one of the woodland stages on Saturday night Credit: ITV News Border

Our reporter Fiona Marley Paterson caught up with three from the band at the festival: Yan Scott Wilkinson the band's singer, who is originally from Natland near Kendal, Phil Sumner who plays the keyboard, cornet and guitar and Martin Noble who plays guitar and keyboard.

Left to Right: Yan Scott Wilkinson, Phil Sumner, Martin Noble.

Council welcomes inflatable slide accident fine

The inflatable slide, on the left, before the accident. Credit: South Lakeland District Council

South Lakeland District Council has welcomed the decision to fine the owner of an inflatable slide, after it blew over, injuring a child and scout leader.

In May 2013, 60mph gusts of wind blew the slide over, during a scouting event, which had been opened by Bear Grylls earlier in the day.

An eight-year-old child was thrown off the slide as it fell, and it landed on a female scout leader, causing minor injuries.

Martin Chadwick, 46, was ordered to pay a total of £6,650 in fines and costs after he admitted two health and safety breaches.

Magistrates in Kendal were told that Chadwick, of Compton Road, Leicester, had failed in his duty to protect members of the public by not carrying out the right safety checks, not obtaining a means of measuring the wind strength, nor obtaining manufacturers guidance on the maximum safe wind strength for the inflatable and not staking the inflatable slide down into the ground on all sides.

Chadwick also admitted failing to quickly notify the relevant enforcing authority of the accident and also failing to submit a proper report on the accident within the required 10 days.

Magistrates gave Chadwick credit for his guilty pleas, which reduced the level of his fines.

The magistrates commented that the failure to peg down the side wires was a serious failing, as was the failure to report, which potentially could have hindered the investigation into the accident.

The magistrates also commented that they had not seen any real signs of remorse from Chadwick.

SLDC will always take breaches of health and safety regulations extremely seriously.

In this case Mr Chadwick was responsible for a large inflatable slide and did not secure it properly on what was a wet and windy day, which meant that it blew over in a gust of wind, injuring a child and an adult scout leader.

We welcome Mr Chadwick’s guilty pleas and the fines imposed by the court today, which recognises that he failed in his duty to conduct his business in such a way as to ensure as far as was reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment, who may be affected, in particular the child and adult scout leader, were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.’’

– South Lakeland District Council’s Public Protection Manager, Fiona Inston
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