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Penrith mother raising awareness of Type 1 diabetes

Lewis Gosney Credit: ITV Border

A mother from Penrith is looking to raise awareness of Type One diabetes after her two-year-old son was diagnosed in January.

Denise Gosney's son Lewis is now fully dependent on an insulin pump, and requires constant supervision and care.

Lewis was drinking an unusually large volume of liquid every day, and tests confirmed he had the condition.

"Lewis will be dependent on insulin forever. I'm doing this interview is to raise awareness but more importantly to raise funds to find a cure and i do believe by the time Lewis is an adult we'll have found a cure for this."

– Denise Gosney, Lewis' mother

Bid for major improvements to Penrith's Castle Park

Castle Park in Penrith. Credit: Eden District Council

A community group in Penrith is bidding for almost £2 million in lottery funding to restore Castle Park in the town.

The money would be used to make the playground and obstacle golf course bigger, refurbish the Memorial Gate and Black Angel War Memorial, and build a car park.

A level bridge would be built across to Penrith Castle, making it more accessible, and a water feature next to the cafe would be reinstated.

The total cost of the potential project would be £2.46 million, and the bid has been developed by the Castle Park Development Group with support from Eden District Council.

I feel we have put together an application which demonstrates the public’s desire to see improvements at Castle Park and which reflects its history and heritage. I sincerely hope that the application is successful to enable us all to move on to make the improvements happen. Heritage Lottery Fund will announce if application has been successful in July 2017.

– Ron Kenyon, Chairman of the Castle Park Development Group

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Teenagers injured in Penrith rugby matches

A 13-year-old boy was injured in one of the incidents. Credit: GNAAS

Two teenagers have been airlifted to hospital after being injured in separate rugby matches in Penrith on the same day.

In the first incident, a 13-year-old boy was injured by a tackle in a game at around 2pm on Saturday 1 April.

He was assessed and treated by the Great North Air Ambulance before being flown to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary with a neck injury that is not thought to be life threatening.

Around two hours later an 18-year-old man was hurt in a collapsed scrum at a separate rugby match, also in Penrith.

He was flown to hospital in Middlesbrough with serious neck and spinal injuries, where he is said to be in a stable condition.

Concerns grow for missing Penrith man

Peter Dixon. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned about a 64-year-old man who is missing from Penrith.

Peter Dixon was last seen at 11:30pm yesterday (19 February) at his home on Folly Lane.

Police believe him to be driving a blue Nissan Micra, with the registration number: T668 LAO.

He is described as white, 5'10" with short grey hair. It is believed he is wearing a checked shirt, dark chinos, a blue coat and black shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Penrith care home put into special measures

Beacon Edge Care Home. Credit: ITV Border

A Cumbrian care home has been put into special measures following an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Beacon Edge Care Home, in Penrith, provides residential care for up to 33 people who live with dementia.

The home was previously inspected in February 2015 and was rated as Good, however an inspection at the end of 2016 raised concerns.

People are entitled to services which provide safe, effective, responsive and high quality care. We found that the care provided at Beacon Edge Care Home fell a long way short of what we expect services to provide.

There were not always enough staff available to meet the needs of people who used this service. And although we observed friendly interactions between staff and residents, this approach was not always consistent particularly when supporting people with eating and drinking or where people had limited verbal communication skills.

We were concerned that people weren’t being supported whilst eating and drinking, and specialist dietary requirements were poorly managed.

Much of the support provided by staff was 'task orientated' rather than centred on people's individual preferences and staff did not always know what had been written in care plans and daily notes.

We are working with partners including Cumbria County Council and Cumbria CCG to ensure the safety of people using this service.

– Rosalind Sanderson, North East and Coast Head of Adult Social Care Inspection

Bupa, the company that runs the care home, has expressed "disappointment" at the CQC's report.

We are very disappointed by the report, as everyone in the home is focused on improving standards.

Following the CQC’s inspection two months ago we took immediate action to improve the home. We transferred one of our most experienced home managers to look after it and he has already overhauled our staff training programme, how we administer medication and improved how we document the care we provide. We have also reassessed our staffing requirements and staff are now deployed to better meet our residents’ needs.

– Rebecca Pearson, Operations Director, Bupa Care Services

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Police name man killed in Penrith fire

Fire damage at Lonsdale Court Credit: ITV Border

The man killed in a major fire at sheltered accommodation in Penrith has been named by police.

Gordon Tallentire, who was 74, died in the blaze at Lonsdale Court on 12 November.

Thirty elderly residents from adjoining flats had to be evacuated when the fire broke out.

CCTV appeal over Penrith nightclub assault

Credit: Cumbria Police

Police in Cumbria are looking to speak to two men pictured on CCTV in relation to an assault at the Warehouse Nightclub in Penrith.

A 22-year-old man from Carlisle suffered a broken jaw after being punched several times whilst on a night out on Sunday 23rd October.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to PC Thomas Woolley.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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