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Food poisoning investigation in Penrith

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."

– Dr Nicola Schinaia, Public Health England

People are being asked to fill in an online survey to help with the investigation:

http://tinyurl.com/Penrith2014.

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.

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Sentence halved for carer who filmed abuse

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.

Penrith Premier Inn causing debate

The Premier Inn would be built on the town's New Squares shopping development. Credit: ITV Border News

Initial plans for a Premier Inn in Penrith look set to be approved by Eden District Council.

The proposal is for a 60 bed hotel and restaurant in the town's New Squares shopping development. It will cost around £4 million to build and take almost a year.

Premier Inn pointed out that they have logged 120 searches for Penrith Premier Inn on their website every day and nearby Premier Inns have around 70% – 85% occupancy.

Local hoteliers are concerned it may only attract over night business stays and won't bring any money into the town.

They are also concerned the building of a restaurant could affect existing establishments in town.

Woman in hospital after A66 crash

The Great North Air Ambulance assisted with the crash. Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A 57-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a crash on the A66, west of Penrith.

She was treated at the scene for head injuries at the scene. It's believed her injuries are not life threatening.

It happened today (28th November) around 11.30am.

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Young farmers from around the country gather in Cumbria

A hundred and fifty young farmers from across the country have been gathering near Penrith to look at ways of making it easier to break into the industry.

The 'Fertile Minds' event, organised by Farmers Weekly and Tesco, was open to people aged 18 to 25. They discussed the difficulties and costs of entering farming but said it was a very rewarding career to pursue.

Fire, masquerade and music

Almost 12,000 people descended on Penrith to celebrate the town's Winter Droving last weekend.

The event celebrates all things rural and the annual parade through the town features fire, lanterns, masquerade and music.

The festival is a celebration of the Cumbrian town and its age old role as the market town.

Fiona McIlwraith reports.

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