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75-year-old man 'unaccounted for' in Penrith fire

A 75-year-old man is still unaccounted for after a serious fire in a flat in Penrith.

Police were called to Lonsdale Court in Pategill just after 9.45am this. Emergency services have been at the scene all day and elderly residents in sheltered accommodation nearby have been moved to Penrith Leisure Centre.

All other occupants of the flats were unharmed by the fire.

This has been a very distressing day for the residents of Lonsdale Court, and we are working hard with partner organisations to support them and their families at this difficult time.

The search will continue for the man who has not yet been located, however sadly all indications at present are that he will not have survived the fire and subsequent structural damage to the building.

I would like to offer our most sincere thanks to everyone for rallying together to support those affected, we have seen true community spirit today.

– Inspector Kim Brennand, Cumbira Police


Naked calendar to raise money for mountain rescuers

The team reveal all in a naked calendar. Credit: Penrith Mountain Rescue Team

Mountain rescue teams usually advise people to dress appropriately and according to the conditions... but one Cumbrian group has chosen to bare all to raise funds.

The Penrith team covers the largest area of all of the Lake District mountain rescue teams, and has already been involved in 46 rescues this year.

The service is provided by unpaid volunteers, but they need money to pay for equipment, including the vehicles they use.

Team members have created a naked calendar in a bid to generate funds, and interest in their work.

The calendars are being sold in GO Outdoors and Booths in Penrith, and Eden Rock in Carlisle.


New home for Eden Animal Rescue centre

The new centre can cater for 50 cats Credit: PA

A new purpose built animal rescue centre is opening at Moorlands Head farm in Newbiggin, Temple Sowerby.

The Eden Animal Rescue will now be one of the largest animal shelters in Cumbria, with the capacity to care for 20 dogs, 50 cats and 16 small animals.

The rescue centre has relocated from it's former base at Shap, with the conversion costs topping £300,000.

Crash closes northbound M6 near Penrith

Credit: GNAAS

A man has been taken to hospital after a van towing a trailer overturned on the M6 in Cumbria.

The northbound carriageway was shut for an hour at 15.00 between junctions 39 and 40.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service says the patient was transported to the Cumberland Royal Infirmary with non life-threatening injuries.

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