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School girl hit by building site gate

The building site gate that blew open onto the teenage girl Credit: ITV Border

A school girl is in hospital after being hit by a building site gate in Penrith this morning.

The girl, aged around 12, was injured as she walked on the pavement past the building site of the new Premier Inn where a wooden gate blew open and hit her.

The girl's injuries are not know at this stage.

Our thoughts are with the girl and her family at this difficult time. We will be working with the site contractor to conduct a full inquiry into what happened.

– Premier Inn spokesperson
The building site at Penrith's new Premier Inn, where the gate blew open Credit: ITV Border

Penrith man charged after Mayoress badge is stolen and destroyed

The Mayoress badge Credit: Cumbria Police

A Penrith man has been charged with the theft of the historic Mayoress badge from the Civic Centre in Carlisle.

Gavin Fletcher, 35, of Roman Road, Penrith has been charged with stealing the item on 14 January.

The badge had a value of between £45,000-55,000, and had been part of the mayoral regalia since the late 1940s.

Police found parts of the badge, which had been broke up and destroyed.

Senior council staff worked with police during the investigation.

Gavin Fletcher was not an employee of the council.

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Watch: Lazonby fire cuts protest

Villagers in Lazonby have been protesting this afternoon at the County Council's plans to cut its fire station, and retained fire fighters.

The council says it's facing huge budget cuts and has no choice but many people raised their voices today to tell them they should think again.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

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Fire cuts campaigners march in Lazonby

Lazonby Fire Station is facing closure Credit: ITV News Border

Campaigners resisting Cumbria County Council's plans to close five fire stations are preparing to march in Lazonby this afternoon.

They have until 22nd January to persuade the council to scrap the plans to close Lazonby, Arnside, Frizington, Staveley and Walney fire stations.

Council says it has no choice but to find savings due to reduction in funding from Government and adequate cover can be provided from other nearby fire stations

2,700 people have signed a petition so far against the plan. It will be followed by a campaign night with music at the village hall.

"These are extremely tough and challenging times. The cuts we have already made have been achieved by internal reshaping and the reduction of the workforce from 10,000 in 2012 to 7,000 now through voluntary redundancy and reduction in the number of managers. It is anticipated that this will further reduce to 5,200 by 2018.

"In 2017/18 and 2018/19 we will need to save another £37 million. We can only make these savings by changing the way we deliver services and by reduce non-statutory services.

"That is why this year we are focusing our public consultation on our draft council plan, new priorities and a set of new strategies to radically change the way we deliver services. All of which will help us achieve the level of savings required as a result of this government's cuts.

"We have a legal duty to balance our books and we must live within our means. The journey ahead will be difficult but rather than sitting back bemoaning our fate we are actively embracing the change and taking control of our future."

– Cllr Patricia Bell, Cumbria County Council's Deputy Leader
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