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Charity praised for fuel poverty work

Opt 4 helps people understand their energy tariff and work out how to switch
Opt 4 helps people understand their energy tariff and work out how to switch Credit: PA

A charity in Penrith has won an award for its work helping people in fuel poverty in Cumbria.

Opt 4 helps people understand their energy tariff and work out how to switch.

It's been praised for its sustainability, financing itself with the commission for helping people switch.

The award was sponsored by British Gas, which says it supports groups trying to make energy bills more affordable.

Lego exhibition comes to Cumbria

The Rheged centre is home to a new lego exhibition
The Rheged Centre is home to a new lego exhibition Credit: PA

With school holidays just around the corner, families will soon get the chance to see world-famous landmarks in miniature form at Rheged.

Over 70 buildings made out of lego will go on display today, built by the artist Warren Elsmore.

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Locals unconvinced by 'Penrith Pong' plans

Alba Proteins has said it will cover its trailer park in an attempt to keep the smell contained as part of the 'Penrith Pong' settlement.

It's also said it will improve communication with those living nearby, in part by allowing two members of the community on to its liaison committee.

As a confidential agreement is reached in the case, we asked neighbours if they thought it would mean the end of the smell?

Confidential settlement reached in 'Penrith pong' case

A long-running legal battle over the so-called "Penrith pong" has finally been settled in court.

Alba Proteins Limited, who run an animal rendering plant, at Wildriggs on the outskirts of Penrith, agreed a settlement with lawyers who represented 88 families from the area.

The agreement was kept very secretive but some of the points were made available.

For instance, the agreement will see a so-called independent odour consultant appointed who'll make unannounced visits over the next three years. But much of the settlement remains confidential.

What we do know is the 88 families are happy with the decision. The lawyer representing them read this joint statement outside court.

£800 of alcohol stolen from Penrith supermarket

Police would like to speak to these men in connection with a robbery Credit: Cumbria Police

£800 of alcohol has been stolen from a Morrisons store in Penrith.

Police would like to speak to two men (pictured) in connection with the incident which happened in the Brunswick Road shop between 6:30pm and 7pm on Friday, 6 June.

PC Christopher Warman said: “If anyone has any information or recognises the individual from the CCTV footage we ask that they get in touch with us. Theft will not be tolerated by Cumbria Police and we ask that members of the public help us in our investigation.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC 2080 Warman, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

'Penrith Pong' battle settled in court

A long-running legal battle over the so-called "Penrith pong" has been finally settled in court.

Alba Proteins Limited, who run an animal rendering plant, at their Wildriggs plant on the outskirts of Penrith, agreed a settlement with lawyers who represented 88 families from the area.

The agreement will see a so-called independent odour consultant appointed who'll make unannounced visits over the next three years. Two of the claimants will also join the existing liaison committee.

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