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Public meeting on the future of town council

More than 10 per cent of voters in Penrith petitioned for a town council Credit: ITV Border

People in Penrith will have their say on whether they're in favour of having a town council.

Eden District Council is holding a meeting tonight, Monday 16 June, in the town where councillors will speak to residents.

They'll discuss the services a town council could deliver and listen to views on the issue. The people of Penrith rejected the idea in 2001 and again 2008.

Celebrating splashes of fun for 50 years

The pool in the 60's Credit: Lazonby & District Swimming Pool

Villagers in Lazonby are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their community pool.

The pool was built by volunteers from Lazonby, Great Salkeld and Kirkoswald in 1964. It was a project led by the Headmaster at the time, Mr Hume.

Since its early days, the community have looked after the pool and worked together to keep it going, so this is a special celebration.

Games like this will be re-created in the celebrations Credit: Lazonby & District Swimming Pool
The pool has been run by volunteers for 50 years Credit: Lazonby & District Swimming Pool

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Charity golf day brings 'Beefy' to Penrith

Ian 'Beefy' Botham will take part in a charity gold day in Penrith Credit: PA

The former England cricketer Ian Botham is playing in a charity golf day at Penrith to raise money for Leukaemia Research.

He's coming because the captain of Penrith Golf Club, Phil Park has a daughter-in-law with the illness.

Sir Ian will meet Penrith school boyTom Starkey who is in remission from leukaemia.

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Penrith MP elected Defence Committee chair

The MP for Penrith and the Border has been voted in to the powerful position as chairman of the Defence Select Committee.

Rory Stewart MP was considered to be one of the favourites for the post in the House of Commons.

The Conservative MP was elected by other members of parliament following the work he's already done as a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

Mr Stewart, who worked as an official in post war Iraq in 2003-04, said it was a "very, very great honour" to be selected for his new role.

Mr Stewart will start his new role heading up the cross-party committee of MPs scrutinising defence policy immediately.

It has been an enormous privilege to stand alongside colleagues who have approached this in such a collegial and kind fashion.

"I have so much to learn from them. I am a very young member, very inexperienced, and it is a very, very great honour."

– Rory Stewart, MP

FULL REPORT: Penrith care home abuse scandal

The daughter of one of the victims of a care home abuse scandal has spoken of her heartbreak.

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, Doreen Hodgson says that she's angry with the care workers who assaulted her mother but doesn't want to see them jailed.

23-year-old Chevonne Benson, 22-year-old William Bowman and 21-year-old Claire Strong admitted to a string of offences against vulnerable, elderly people at a Penrith care home last year.

The abuse took place at Beacon Edge Nursing home over a nine month period.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Care home abusers face jail

Three care workers could be jailed after abusing vulnerable, elderly people in their care. The three have pleaded guilty to ill treating residents at Beacon Edge Nursing home in Penrith.

23-year-old Chevonne Benson admitted 10 charges including taunting residents at the home and pulling the hair of a 90-year-old woman.

William Bowman, 22, pleaded guilty to six charges, on one occasion looking up a resident's night dress.

Claire Short, 21, admitted three offences at a previous hearing. They will be sentenced on 24 October at Carlisle Crown Court.

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