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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

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'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.

Dog 'lucky to be alive' after stabbing

A dog who was stabbed during a robbery is 'lucky to be alive' according to her vet.

13-year-old Sky was attacked at the garden centre where she lives with her owner, Peter Scott.

But her vet says things could have been very different:

"It appears to have been something that has been relatively blunt that's been stabbed in at the chest. I'm guessing she's been jumping up at somebody and they've stabbed in. We think probably a jemmy bar or a crow bar, we can't say for certain. It's not a knife would, it's something sharp enough but still fairly blunt.

"Fortunately there's a breast bone in front. If it had been either side, if she hadn't come up mid-line, it might have gone through into the chest cavity and that would have been it. She wouldn't have made it basically."

– John Watson, Vet at Frame, Swift and Partners

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Dog attack 'hard to comprehend'

The owner of a dog that was stabbed by an intruder near Penrith is offering a £3,000 reward for any information that leads to the conviction of the person responsible.

13-year-old Sky was injured during a break in at Larch Cottage Nurseries at Melkinthorpe.

She's now out of danger after two operations but it still having to make regular visits to the vet.

Her owner, Peter Stott, says he's shocked by what happened.

Thanks for saving my life! Says triathlete.

A professional triathlete whose neck was broken in an horrific crash in Cumbria has managed to give personal thanks to the paramedic who treated him.

Three months after the crash that nearly killed him, Alistair Robinson has met Andy Dalton from the Great North Air Ambulance at their Penrith base.

Alistair crashed into the back of a bus that had a puncture on the A66 between Penrith and Threlkeld in April.

The 30 year old from Dockray, near Penrith, fractured his skull, broke his neck and back, with nine of his vertebra broken.

I remember about half a mile from where I crashed but I have no memory of the accident itself.

"I don't remember being put into the ambulance but I do remember being in the air ambulance, looking up and hearing the rotors. And I can recall a paramedic being sat next to me.

I was really, really scared. I've had a lot of accidents over the years. I've been a full time athlete for almost 10 years now. This was my first major accident. I was well aware that there were serious problems. They don't call the air ambulance out for fun."

– Alistair Robinson, professional triathlete

I can't thank them enough. I've often seen the air ambulance out over the Lake Distict but you never think that it'll be you that needs it.

I am going to raise money for them as soon as I can. Without them, my injuries could have been a lot, lot worse."

– Alistair Robinson, professional triathlete

We managed to land in the field just behind where the bus was and we managed to see Alistair lying just behind the bus. It was obvious that he had hit the back of the bus at a fair speed and it was obvious that he'd banged his head as well because he was repeating himself a lot and he was not aware of what happened.

"We are just pleased that he's making a good recovery. It's always nice to meet a patient to see how they are getting on."

– Andy Dalton, paramedic from the Great North Air Ambulance

£200 of stationary stolen from WH Smith in Penrith

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the theft Credit: Cumbria Police

Stationary worth £200 has been stolen from a shop in Penrith.

Cumbria Police would like to speak to a man (pictured above) in connection with the theft.

It happened at the WH Smiths store on Saturday, 7 June 2014.

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

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