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Watch: Electric sheep cars around Ullswater

A flock of electric cars designed as sheep have started their new lives as alternative transport for tourists at popular businesses around the North Lakes.

They're available for hire as a way of tempting people to leave their car at home for a visit to the Lake District. Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

Rail delays between Carlisle and Lancaster

Train services between Carlisle and Lancaster face delays of up to 80 minutes.

Network Rail say they are liaising with the British Transport Police, and emergency services, after an incident between Penrith and Carlisle.

The delays were reported from 3:12pm, and are expected to continue until around 7pm this evening.

Trains between Carlisle and Lancaster are being delayed by up to 80 minutes, and there is a replacement bus service between Penrith and Carlisle.

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

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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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