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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.

Food poisoning investigation in Penrith

Health experts are examining the source of a food poisoning outbreak in Penrith.

Ten people are confirmed as having had a Salmonella infection and there are five more probable cases.

All those taken ill had visited Penrith over the weekend of 15 and 16 November.

Specialists from the Cumbria and Lancashire Public Health England Centre and Environmental Health Officers from Eden District Council are examining where exactly the outbreak came from.

"At this stage it's not possible to pinpoint exactly the source of the illness; however we are undertaking further detailed investigations that will provide us with more information. "To aid this we would urge anyone who purchased and ate food in Penrith over that weekend and has subsequently suffered symptoms such as diarrhoea to contact Eden District Council’s Environmental Health Department."

– Dr Nicola Schinaia, Public Health England

People are being asked to fill in an online survey to help with the investigation:

Salmonella is often associated with eating foodstuffs (most commonly red and white meats, raw eggs, milk, and dairy products) that have been contaminated with the bacterium.


Sentence halved for carer who filmed abuse

A carer who took part in the bullying of vulnerable elderly patients with dementia in Penrith has had her jail term halved on appeal.

21 year old Claire Strong took videos and mobile phone pictures of the abuse being committed at Penrith's Beacon Edge Nursing Home.

She was jailed for a year at Carlisle Crown Court. But judges at the Appeal Court in London have decided to cut that sentence because of her age, her previous good character and because she wasn't involved in carrying out the physical abuse.

Penrith Premier Inn causing debate

The Premier Inn would be built on the town's New Squares shopping development. Credit: ITV Border News

Initial plans for a Premier Inn in Penrith look set to be approved by Eden District Council.

The proposal is for a 60 bed hotel and restaurant in the town's New Squares shopping development. It will cost around £4 million to build and take almost a year.

Premier Inn pointed out that they have logged 120 searches for Penrith Premier Inn on their website every day and nearby Premier Inns have around 70% – 85% occupancy.

Local hoteliers are concerned it may only attract over night business stays and won't bring any money into the town.

They are also concerned the building of a restaurant could affect existing establishments in town.

Woman in hospital after A66 crash

The Great North Air Ambulance assisted with the crash. Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A 57-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a crash on the A66, west of Penrith.

She was treated at the scene for head injuries at the scene. It's believed her injuries are not life threatening.

It happened today (28th November) around 11.30am.

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