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Penrith walkers step back in time

orma Benathon of the Richard III Society’s Penrith and North Lakes Group hosts a guided walk around the Duke of Gloucester pub in Penrith which has links to Richard III. Credit: Eden District Council

Walkers followed in the steps of Richard III this morning when they took part in a guided tour around Penrith.

Organised by Richard III Society’s Penrith and North Lakes Group and Eden District Council the walk was held to coincide with two national events taking place this month – the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral and English Tourism Week.

Led by Richard III Society Penrith and North Lakes Group members Marjorie Smith and Norma Benathon, it was aimed at giving members of the public an insight into the connections Richard had with Penrith during the late fifteenth century.

Several of the town’s historic landmarks took centre stage on the walk including The Gloucester Arms pub in Great Dockray (formerly Dockray Hall where Richard repeatedly lodged while carrying out alterations to the Castle) and Penrith Castle where he stayed on numerous occasions.

“During English Tourism Week we are delighted to have worked with the town’s Richard III Society to help stage this walk. It is fitting that at the same time as we are being encouraged to celebrate the country’s rich tourism industry we should celebrate the town’s links with this most famous of England’s kings.

"The fact that Richard III is in the international media spotlight at the moment with all the events happening in and around Leicester this month was something too good for Penrith not to link into.”

– Charlie Thornton, Tourism Development Officer, Eden District Council

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Penrith man fined for feeding dead cattle to dogs

A man from the Penrith area has been fined nearly £3,000 for illegally feeding the carcasses of dead cattle to his pack of hounds.

Peter Richardson, 52, from Edenhall, near Penrith, pleaded guilty to breaking rules designed to prevent the spread of animal diseases at Carlisle Magistrates Court on Wednesday 11 March.

He was successfully prosecuted by Cumbria Trading Standards.

They found that on five occasions between 2 July 2013 and 25 March 2014 he had collected the carcasses of cattle aged over 48 months and fed them to his hounds.

But such cattle are supposed to be brain sampled and tested for the presence of BSE by an approved operator.

Soup-er solution for Penrith library users

Penrith library has teamed up with a local business owner to offer an innovative temporary solution to a problem with its lift.

Disabled library users or families with pushchairs faced access problems as the lift to the first-floor library is temporarily out of action. So the Soup Shop opposite the library entrance in the Devonshire Arcade has steamed in with a solution, offering a temporary service from its café.

A selection of books will be offered in the Soup Shop from today (Friday 27 February) and library staff will be on hand to register new customers or fetch items on request. Penrith library will be open for business as usual for people using the stairs.

“This is a great example of how we work with people in the local area to find solutions. We are very grateful to Soup Shop owner Paul Forsyth for his help in ensuring everyone can still have access to the books they love and need. I hope people take the opportunity to enjoy a snack while they peruse our products too.”

– Cllr Ian Stewart, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet Member for Libraries

Controversial plans for Penrith pass

A new Premier Inn is to be built in Penrith Credit: ITV Border

Controversial plans for a budget hotel in the centre of Penrith have been approved by Eden planners.

A Premier Inn will be built in the New Squares area of the town, despite some bed and breakfast owners opposing the idea.

But Planners said they were likely to turn down an application for a petrol station, close to the new hotel. The final decision is will be made at a later meeting.

One year of Penrith Park Run

Organisers and runners celebrate the first anniversary with a cake Credit: Eden District Council

More than 1,000 runners have taken part in Penrith Park Run since it began 12 months ago, clocking up 16,070km between them.

The event takes place every Saturday at 9am at the Frenchfield Sports Centre.

Race Director Ian Parker says:

Local runners of all ages and abilities have really embraced the parkrun concept; we have a fantastic turnout every week, whatever the weather! It has been an exciting and rewarding journey to reach the milestone of the events 1st Birthday, this achievement would not have been possible without the enthusiasm of the many volunteers who generously give up their time to help set up the course and marshal the event.

– Ian Parker, Race Director

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Delays on A66

There are currently traffic delays on the A66 Skirsgill Roundabout at Penrith, near Junction 40.

This is due to a lorry which has lost part of its load on the eastbound carriageway.

The road is not fully blocked, however delays are to be expected in the area.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

Police identify body found in Penrith

Police have identified the body found in Penrith on Friday Credit: PA

Police have confirmed that the body found at King Street, Penrith, last week is that of Anthony David Francis McAtear.

The 56-year-old was from Thompson Court, Penrith.

His body was found on Friday by a member of the public.

There are no suspicious circumstances regarding his death and the Coroner has been informed.

Body found in Penrith

A man's body was found today, January 30 at King Street in Penrith by a member of the public.

Police were called to the scene just after 8am this morning.

The death is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

Enquires are ongoing; more to follow.

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