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Tourist information centres in Cumbria brought a couple of very special guests to the launch of their charity Christmas cards today.
Paul Crone went to meet the organisers, Father Christmas, Mrs Christmas... and a couple of llamas:
A man has died after being hit by a train between Penrith and Oxenholme Stations in Cumbria.
The incident was reported at around 7:30am today, and is not being treated as suspicious.
Trains on the Virgin West Coast Mainline were delayed by around three hours.
We were called to the line near Oxenholme station on Wednesday, 4 November after reports of a person hit by a train.
BTP and Cumbria Police officers attended the incident, which was reported at 7.30am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.
Medics from North West Ambulance Service also attended and a man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers are now working to identify the man and inform his family.
A file will be prepared for the coroner.”
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A man is critically ill in hospital after a motorbike crash near Penrith.
It's believed the motorbike was the only vehicle involved in the accident. The man, thought to be aged between 61 and 70, suffered multiple injuries.
After being assessed at the scene he was flown by the Great North Air Ambulance helicopter, Pride Of Cumbria, to hospital in Newcastle.
His condition on arrival was said to be stable.
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Police are investigating a burglary at a hotel in Penrith.
It happened at the George Hotel on Devonshire Street between 9am and 12:45pm on Tuesday 8 September 2015.
The offender entered a staff only area within the hotel and stole a red purse, money and a mobile phone from the handbags of staff working at the hotel.
The stolen purse was later found on West Lane, Penrith, with money missing.
Police have released this CCTV image, and want to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incident.
The male pictured entered the hotel via the rear car park at 12.11pm and exited three minutes later.
Police are concerned for the welfare of a 15-year-old girl who has gone missing from the Penrith area.
Eve Woods recently moved to the area from Manchester, and was last seen at midnight yesterday in Blencow, near the town.
She is described as white, of slim build, 5ft 3” tall, with long dyed auburn hair.
She may have been wearing black leggings and black fabric trainers when she went missing, but there are no further details.
Eve may have travelled to the Manchester area and is familiar with both the city centre and the Sale area.
Police are concerned for her wellbeing and want anyone with information to contact them on 101.
They're also urging Eve to let police know she is safe and well, if she sees this appeal.
Robin Bell, from Penrith, is a retired police inspector for Cumbria Constabulary.
In 1991 he was tasked with protecting the Queen on her visit to Penrith... and he ended up helping a young child, too.
All officers had a briefing by the Superintendent at the Police Station .and advised on the protocols of addressing embers of the Royal Family and that the Queen would take all the flowers from the children only in the front row.
I was assigned the right hand side of the forecourt of Mansion House as I was aware of some persons likely to be in the crowd who were well known anti-royalists and had photos of them..
The public were held behind steel crowd control barriers and the area was sealed off one hour before the Royal party arrived. I saw the Queen and the Duke walking through the gates of Mansion House then faced the crowd which included young children in the first line behind the barriers. I then herd the tap tap of high heeled shoes coming up behind me and then the Queen appeared at my side. She said “aren’t these flowers lovely officer” I responded “Yes your majesty”.
The party moved along and after a couple of minutes out of the corner of my eye to my left I saw a lot of sudden movements of the entourage and the Queen walked quickly towards me.
She said ”Officer there is a small child trapped behind the barriers, do something” I replied “Yes Marm” and saw a very small child with face against the barriers as the crowd surged forward.
I lifted out the child to the other side of the barrier and told it to stay there. When the Queen orders you to do something one must obey."
On a previous royal visit, in 1980, Robin cleaned the Royal car, and ended driving it back to where the Queen was staying:
Not many people can say I have sat in the Royal Limo."