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Delays on A66

There are currently traffic delays on the A66 Skirsgill Roundabout at Penrith, near Junction 40.

This is due to a lorry which has lost part of its load on the eastbound carriageway.

The road is not fully blocked, however delays are to be expected in the area.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

Police identify body found in Penrith

Police have identified the body found in Penrith on Friday Credit: PA

Police have confirmed that the body found at King Street, Penrith, last week is that of Anthony David Francis McAtear.

The 56-year-old was from Thompson Court, Penrith.

His body was found on Friday by a member of the public.

There are no suspicious circumstances regarding his death and the Coroner has been informed.


Body found in Penrith

A man's body was found today, January 30 at King Street in Penrith by a member of the public.

Police were called to the scene just after 8am this morning.

The death is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

Enquires are ongoing; more to follow.

Watch: Cumbrian firm build tomb fit for a king

Hannah McNulty reports on the Cumbrian firm that have provided the tomb and flooring that will surround the remains of King Richard III when they are reburied.

Pictures of Richard III excavation courtesy of the University of Leicester. Artist's impression courtesy of van Heyningen and Haward Architects


King Richard III entombed by Cumbrian Stone

The tomb is where King Richard III's remains will be re-buried Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A firm in Cumbria is making the tomb where the remains of King Richard III will be re-buried.

The king's bones were found under a car park in Leicester three years ago.

Penrith based Cumbrian Stone is carving the limestone for his new resting place at Leicester cathedral this March.

King Richard was killed on the battle field at Bosworth in 1485.

Three charged after Penrith armed robbery

Three men have been charged in connection with an armed robbery in Penrith, last Friday, 16 January.

It happened at the Masseuse Smooth Gifts and Crafts store, in the Castlegate area, between 11am and 11:30am.

The three men charged are:

  • Angus Harron, 29, from Main Street, Shap
  • Gareth Fleming, 35, of no fixed abode
  • Mark Jewitt, 42, from Rydal Crescent, Penrith

All three have been charged with robbery and possession of a firearm. They are due to appear at North Cumbria Magistrates Court today.

Armed robbery in Penrith

Police in Penrith are investigating an armed robbery from a shop on Castlegate.

They were called at 11.33am following a report of an armed robbery at the Masseuse Smooth Gifts and Crafts store.

Police are currently trying to trace a man in connection with this incident.

The suspect has been described as approximately 5ft 6inches tall and aged in his twenties. He was wearing a white tracksuit, with a black hat, black scarf and black gloves.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is asked to contact police on 101.

If you see a person matching this description, please contact police immediately and do not approach him.

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