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Missing Penrith teenager found 'safe and well'

Missing Penrith teenager Amy Straughn has been found "safe and well", Cumbria Police have said.


Missing teenager found safe and well, police thank public for their assistance

The 17 year old, who had been missing since Tuesday, was found last night at around 11.50pm.

Police have thanked everyone for their help in finding Ms Straughn.


Police appeal for information after Penrith robberies

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with three robberies
Police would like to speak to this man in connection with three robberies Credit: Cumbria Police

Police in Penrith are appealing for information after three thefts from the WHSmiths store in Penrith, during June 2014.

Officers would like to speak to the man in the photographs in connection with the thefts, which occurred on the Friday 6, Saturday 7, and Wednesday 25 June.

If you recognise him you should call Cumbria Police on 101
If you recognise him you should call Cumbria Police on 101 Credit: Cumbria Police

£400 worth of fountain pens were stolen in the robberies.

Anyone who recognises the man, or has any information about the incidents, is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Concern for missing Penrith teenager

Police are becoming concerned about a missing teenage girl from Penrith.

Amy Straughn, aged 17, was last seen on Tuesday, 5 August at around midnight.

Amy prefers to be called Amy Smith and maybe using this name.

It is believe she was heading to the Barrow area to see a friend.

Amy is described as:

  • 5ft 4" tall, medium build with shoulder-length dark brown hair
  • She was last seen wearing a dark hooded top which had a black and white chequered lining, dark leggings and denim shorts
  • She also has her nose pierced

Anyone who has seen Amy or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to the on-duty Sergeant at Penrith.

Green flag awards for Alston and Penrith cemeteries

Alston and Penrith cemeteries have been named some of the very best in the UK.

The cemeteries are among 1,476 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award.

The awards, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards and is beautifully maintained.

Alston and Penrith cemeteries are maintained by Eden District Council and their contractor Amey.

Local residents are also actively involved in how the Council maintains these facilities through Friends Groups.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award again from the Keep Britain Tidy. This Award recognises and highlights that people in Alston Moor are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.

– Councillor Pat Godwin, Alston Cemetery Friends Group

'An historic decision' for Penrith

Residents in Penrith have voted in favour of establishing a town council for the area.

The result of a postal ballot showed that 65 per cent of people voted in favour and 35 per cent voted against.

The local electorate had been asked for views that formed part of a Community Governance Review being conducted by Eden District Council.

“The people of Penrith have made an historic decision in voting for a town council. I am pleased that the result shows a significant majority for the decision. This will mean that all of Eden District will have a town or parish council to represent the views of residents. I welcome the result. We will ask the council at its next meeting on 18 September to endorse the result and agree to set up a shadow town council to engage with residents and make preparations for elections in May 2015.

“We have a long tradition of working with town and parish councils in Eden and I we will extend this to the new town council for Penrith.”

– Cllr Gordon Nicolson, Eden District Council Leader


Penrith Show celebrates 180 years

The Penrith Show will this weekend celebrate it's 180th birthday.

The team behind it say it's still managing to keep its 'small country show' feel despite record numbers of entries this year.

More than 1000 sheep have been entered into this years show, with 56 lambs due in the ring at one time for a mule lamb class.

Rheged's Lego exhibition 'really impressive'

A four metre long model of St Pancras station and over 70 other buildings made out of Lego has gone on display in Rheged near Penrith.

The models are the work of Artist, Warren Elsmore.

The exhibition also has areas where children can build their own Lego models.

So our reporter Matthew Taylor found plenty to inspire the imagination when he went along.

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