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Charity shop closure transformed the fortunes of village

A village in Penrith lost its only charity shop, but little did the locals in Shap know that merely two years later, the closure would turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

It inspired the community to open their own store and as Kate Walby reports, it's transformed the fortunes of the village:

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Police investigate collision in Penrith after car failed to stop

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A road collision in Penrith is being investigated by Cumbria Police after the car failed to stop.

The car hit a parked silver Ford Fiesta on Lowther street.

Police believe the collision happened at some point between 10pm on Thursday, 25 May and 6.35am on Friday, 26 May.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police on 101 or email 101@cumbria.police.uk quoting log number 111.

Sheepdog stolen from Penrith farm

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Police are appealing for information after a black, white and tan sheepdog was stolen from a farm in Cumbria.

Jen, who is six years old, was taken from a farm outbuilding in King's Meaburn, near Penrith.

She was taken between 8am and midnight on Tuesday 11 April.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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Penrith mother raising awareness of Type 1 diabetes

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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

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.

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