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Local volunteer helps save lives

The Pride of Britain awards are backed by The Daily Mirror with the ITV Border regional winner getting an invite to a star studded ceremony in London.

This week we meet the nominees before a regional winner is chosen on Friday.

Our first finalist is a young woman from Cumbria who's used to putting others wellbeing first, as Tim Backshall reports.

For more information, visit theCommunity First Responders website.

'I did dial, just to check that he really wasn’t here'

The family of a man who was killed in a car crash in Penrith have spoken about their struggle to come to terms with his death.

22-year-old Dominic Matthew Loftus was killed when a car he was in, driven by 24-year-old Ryan Glendinning, crashed into a wall on the B5288 road.

Read: Penrith drink driver jailed for car crash death.

“Everyone has one or two special people in their lives that when something happens during your day you automatically pick up the phone to call or to text them. Dominic is still at the top of my very short ‘favourites’ list and I’m not brave enough to delete him, I don’t want to delete him. Taking his name out of my phone, would seem like closing another door on his life and my connection with him. Cancelling his phone contract, his car insurance, his national trust membership, his bank accounts and credit cards, and all the other pieces of his life, is the death of a thousand cuts. Every day, even today, my finger goes subconsciously to his name to dial and I stop myself. At the beginning I did dial, just to check that he really wasn’t here.

Eleven months later we have developed a public mask, one with a smile, and a ‘Yes, everything is fine’ response to the thoughtful and caring questions from friends and customers, and of course there is the private face underneath that no one sees. Anyone who has been in this situation will know what I mean.”

– Ian Loftus. Dominic's father


Missing Penrith teenager found 'safe and well'

Missing Penrith teenager Amy Straughn has been found "safe and well", Cumbria Police have said.

The 17 year old, who had been missing since Tuesday, was found last night at around 11.50pm.

Police have thanked everyone for their help in finding Ms Straughn.

Police appeal for information after Penrith robberies

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with three robberies Credit: Cumbria Police

Police in Penrith are appealing for information after three thefts from the WHSmiths store in Penrith, during June 2014.

Officers would like to speak to the man in the photographs in connection with the thefts, which occurred on the Friday 6, Saturday 7, and Wednesday 25 June.

If you recognise him you should call Cumbria Police on 101 Credit: Cumbria Police

£400 worth of fountain pens were stolen in the robberies.

Anyone who recognises the man, or has any information about the incidents, is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Concern for missing Penrith teenager

Police are becoming concerned about a missing teenage girl from Penrith.

Amy Straughn, aged 17, was last seen on Tuesday, 5 August at around midnight.

Amy prefers to be called Amy Smith and maybe using this name.

It is believe she was heading to the Barrow area to see a friend.

Amy is described as:

  • 5ft 4" tall, medium build with shoulder-length dark brown hair
  • She was last seen wearing a dark hooded top which had a black and white chequered lining, dark leggings and denim shorts
  • She also has her nose pierced

Anyone who has seen Amy or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to the on-duty Sergeant at Penrith.


Green flag awards for Alston and Penrith cemeteries

Alston and Penrith cemeteries have been named some of the very best in the UK.

The cemeteries are among 1,476 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award.

The awards, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards and is beautifully maintained.

Alston and Penrith cemeteries are maintained by Eden District Council and their contractor Amey.

Local residents are also actively involved in how the Council maintains these facilities through Friends Groups.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award again from the Keep Britain Tidy. This Award recognises and highlights that people in Alston Moor are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.

– Councillor Pat Godwin, Alston Cemetery Friends Group

'An historic decision' for Penrith

Residents in Penrith have voted in favour of establishing a town council for the area.

The result of a postal ballot showed that 65 per cent of people voted in favour and 35 per cent voted against.

The local electorate had been asked for views that formed part of a Community Governance Review being conducted by Eden District Council.

“The people of Penrith have made an historic decision in voting for a town council. I am pleased that the result shows a significant majority for the decision. This will mean that all of Eden District will have a town or parish council to represent the views of residents. I welcome the result. We will ask the council at its next meeting on 18 September to endorse the result and agree to set up a shadow town council to engage with residents and make preparations for elections in May 2015.

“We have a long tradition of working with town and parish councils in Eden and I we will extend this to the new town council for Penrith.”

– Cllr Gordon Nicolson, Eden District Council Leader

Penrith Show celebrates 180 years

The Penrith Show will this weekend celebrate it's 180th birthday.

The team behind it say it's still managing to keep its 'small country show' feel despite record numbers of entries this year.

More than 1000 sheep have been entered into this years show, with 56 lambs due in the ring at one time for a mule lamb class.

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