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Trio convicted over stately home drugs conspiracy

Three men have been convicted of being involved in a major drugs conspiracy which centred on a stately home in the Eden Valley.

Dean Cameron, 53, Philip Branigan, 32, and Charles Neophytou, 47, denied playing roles in a plot based at the Grade II-listed Flass mansion in Maulds Meaburn, near Penrith.

Flass House, near Penrith Credit: ITV News Border

The offences took place over a 13-month period to May 2012. Police estimate an illegal cannabis bush with a street value of up to £5.2 million could have been produced during that time.

The three men were each found guilty by a jury in a trial that lasted nearly three weeks at Carlisle Crown Court.

Judge Paul Batty QC told the three men, all from addresses outside of Cumbria, that it was "inevitable" that they will each serve considerable jail terms.

The three men have been remanded in custody and are due to be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court in September. They will be sentenced alongside five other men, also from outside the county, who previously pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Police release CCTV after Sainsbury's toilet fire

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

A CCTV image has been released, showing a man police want to speak to in connection with a fire in a Penrith supermarket.

The fire was found in the toilet of Sainsbury's, at around 4:20pm, on Saturday 11 July.

The store was evacuated while the fire was extinguished, and minor damage was caused.

Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image, or has other information, should contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC Stewart Green.

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WATCH: Fundraiser for Penrith teen with rare genetic condition

A teenager born with a rare genetic condition will finally meet others with the same condition thanks to the kindness of strangers in her home town of Penrith.

Natasha Todd has Russell Silver Syndrome which affects her growth. A local estate agents has made in their mission to raise the one and a half thousand pounds needed to send Natasha and her family to the annual gathering of the Child Growth Foundation. They’ve done it by baking cakes as Samantha Parker reports.

Carlisle beat Penrith 0-7 in pre-season friendly

Carlisle United have beaten Penrith 0-7 at Frenchfields Park.

Penrith AFC mascot, Bradley Hodgson, who played for England's Mencap team in Switzerland in May, led the teams out:

Penrith next play Kendal Town FC on July 21 at 7:30pm and Carlisle's first fixture for the 2015/16 season is Mansfield Town away on the August 8, with kick-off at 3pm.

Bodybuilder becomes face of fitness brand

Jonny Simpson used to weigh 7.5 stone. Credit: ITV Border

A bodybuilder from Penrith who has cystic fibrosis has become the face of a major fitness brand.

Jonny Simpson, 28, used to weigh just 7 and a half stone before he transformed himself.

He still has to take up to 40 tablets a day for his condition, but says sport has turned his life around.

He's now the ambassador for fitness supplements company Fight Life UK.

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Cow destroyed as man injured

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A cow on the loose in Penrith, which left a man with minor injuries, has been destroyed.

Police have confirmed the man was knocked down when he approached the animal on the A66.

The road's eastbound carriageway at Kemplay Bank Roundabout remains blocked, and there is congestion in the area.

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