Hannah McNulty reports on the Cumbrian firm that have provided the tomb and flooring that will surround the remains of King Richard III when they are reburied.
Pictures of Richard III excavation courtesy of the University of Leicester. Artist's impression courtesy of van Heyningen and Haward Architects
A Cumbrian Stone company has built the tomb and flooring that the remains of King Richard III will be reburied in.
It's one of a list of connections the ancient monarch has to Cumbria.
Before he took the crown, he resided at the Penrith castle for periods between 1471 and 1485, while he held the position of sheriff of Cumberland.
His role was to secure the county against the Scots and keep rival local families under control.
Richard carried out alterations at the castle, transforming it into a suitable residence.
After Richard became king, the castle remained Crown property, but it was not used again as a permanent residence.
St Andrews Church in Penrith has begun dismantling its organ for restoration.
Each part of the organ will be restored at a total cost of around £110,000.
The organ, which is more than 100 years old, should be back in use by the summer.
A firm in Cumbria is making the tomb where the remains of King Richard III will be re-buried.
The king's bones were found under a car park in Leicester three years ago.
Penrith based Cumbrian Stone is carving the limestone for his new resting place at Leicester cathedral this March.
King Richard was killed on the battle field at Bosworth in 1485.
Three men have been charged in connection with an armed robbery in Penrith, last Friday, 16 January.
It happened at the Masseuse Smooth Gifts and Crafts store, in the Castlegate area, between 11am and 11:30am.
The three men charged are:
- Angus Harron, 29, from Main Street, Shap
- Gareth Fleming, 35, of no fixed abode
- Mark Jewitt, 42, from Rydal Crescent, Penrith
All three have been charged with robbery and possession of a firearm. They are due to appear at North Cumbria Magistrates Court today.
Police in Penrith are investigating an armed robbery from a shop on Castlegate.
They were called at 11.33am following a report of an armed robbery at the Masseuse Smooth Gifts and Crafts store.
Police are currently trying to trace a man in connection with this incident.
The suspect has been described as approximately 5ft 6inches tall and aged in his twenties. He was wearing a white tracksuit, with a black hat, black scarf and black gloves.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is asked to contact police on 101.
If you see a person matching this description, please contact police immediately and do not approach him.
Health experts are examining the source of a food poisoning outbreak in Penrith.
Ten people are confirmed as having had a Salmonella infection and there are five more probable cases.
All those taken ill had visited Penrith over the weekend of 15 and 16 November.
Specialists from the Cumbria and Lancashire Public Health England Centre and Environmental Health Officers from Eden District Council are examining where exactly the outbreak came from.
"At this stage it's not possible to pinpoint exactly the source of the illness; however we are undertaking further detailed investigations that will provide us with more information. "To aid this we would urge anyone who purchased and ate food in Penrith over that weekend and has subsequently suffered symptoms such as diarrhoea to contact Eden District Council’s Environmental Health Department."
People are being asked to fill in an online survey to help with the investigation:
Salmonella is often associated with eating foodstuffs (most commonly red and white meats, raw eggs, milk, and dairy products) that have been contaminated with the bacterium.
A carer who took part in the bullying of vulnerable elderly patients with dementia in Penrith has had her jail term halved on appeal.
21 year old Claire Strong took videos and mobile phone pictures of the abuse being committed at Penrith's Beacon Edge Nursing Home.
She was jailed for a year at Carlisle Crown Court. But judges at the Appeal Court in London have decided to cut that sentence because of her age, her previous good character and because she wasn't involved in carrying out the physical abuse.
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