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Rue and the Rockets rock for Cumbrian Church

St Andrew's Church in Greystoke is in need of urgent repairs Credit: ITV Border

Well loved Cumbrian band Rue and the Rockets are putting their support behind a fundraising campaign for a Penrith church.

St Andrew's Church in Greystoke faces repair bills of tens of thousands of pounds after rain water damaged the tower roof.

Rue and the Rockets will perform their best known songs in the village pub, to help raise money towards the repair bill.

The gig begins at 4pm at The Boot and Shoe in Greystoke.

Rue and the Rockets will play at The Boot and Shoe this afternoon Credit: ITV Border

Animals attacked in Penrith

Police are appealing for information after a spate of animal attack at a Cumbrian allotment site.

Six animals have been either injured or killed in the incidents at Castletown Allotments at Gilwilly Lane, Penrith.

The attacks all took place between 6 and 8 April after the site was broken into.

The animals attacked include:

  • One ferret killed with a blunt instrument
  • One ferret stabbed with a sharp garden instrument
  • Two hens had their necks broken
  • One hen had its head removed
  • One duck was sustained serious injuries to its beak, and had to be put down

Anyone who has any information about the break ins or the attacks should contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC Danielle Dixon. They can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Carlisle's cheerleaders to compete in championships

A cheerleading squad from Carlisle is will compete in the USA after qualifying for the world championships.

Carlisle's Heroes Princesses will compete against the best in the world in Florida next month.

"It's so nice to see that people from just a small city like Carlisle can achieve great things and just local girls who have just been doing it as a hobby, as good friends over the past seven years, have made great friendships out of it and have managed to achieve the goal, which is a lot of people's dreams to get to the world's and compete in the world cheerleading championships, it's a great achievement."

– Shirel Hayton, Cheerleader.

Council considers New Squares proposal

Members of the public are being asked for their views on controversial plans to build a new hotel and petrol station in the centre of Penrith.

It would be part of the New Squares shopping development.

The land had been set aside for extra shops and homes. But the developer Sainsbury's believes there is no longer enough demand and wants to alter those plans. At a council meeting last night concerns were raised by other businesses in the town.

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Penrith plans to be decided tonight

There will be some heated debate tonight as councillors consider a controversial plan for a new hotel in Penrith.

Sainsbury's want to build a new Premier Inn, along with a petrol station, on land leased from Eden District Council.

The town's hoteliers say they're not frightened of competition, but they say the new hotel is not needed.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

Premier Inn respond to planning criticism

Earlier local hoteliers had expressed worry regarding the plans to build a new Premier Inn in Penrith.

A spokesman from Premier Inn has responded:

“Eden District Council identified an opportunity for a new hotel as part its Penrith Town Centre Masterplan some time ago. Now, as part of the next phase of the Masterplan being built out – and following the opening of the Sainsbury’s – we are in advanced discussions with Sainsbury’s and the Council. We’re keen to bring Premier Inn to Penrith, to invest locally, create new jobs and bring more choice to the town. “

Hoteliers response to Premier Inn planning

Opinions have been expressed regarding plans to build a Premier Inn on council leased land.

Local hoteliers are concerned it may put the local economy at risk.

"There's been no data analysis to say that there's a need for these additional bed spaces, and this is what we're questioning with the local council. We're not threatened at all. Competition is competition. Whichever way we look at it - it's like a new restaurant opening up in Penrith - a new hotel opens up, you'll benchmark yourself towards that competition. Obviously it's the saturation that we're bothered about and the amount of people coming into Penrith at the moment and whether we'll get any economic benefit out of that."

– Justin Wales, The George Hotel

However, a member of the council disagrees:

"We've heard views that there is a shortage of hotel accommodation in the Penrith area of a certain type. We don't know whether that's right or not and what we're doing tonight is getting the go-ahead from members to look at it in more detail."

– Councillor Gordon Nicolson, Leader of Eden District Council
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