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Watch: Lazonby fire cuts protest

Villagers in Lazonby have been protesting this afternoon at the County Council's plans to cut its fire station, and retained fire fighters.

The council says it's facing huge budget cuts and has no choice but many people raised their voices today to tell them they should think again.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.


Fire cuts campaigners march in Lazonby

Lazonby Fire Station is facing closure Credit: ITV News Border

Campaigners resisting Cumbria County Council's plans to close five fire stations are preparing to march in Lazonby this afternoon.

They have until 22nd January to persuade the council to scrap the plans to close Lazonby, Arnside, Frizington, Staveley and Walney fire stations.

Council says it has no choice but to find savings due to reduction in funding from Government and adequate cover can be provided from other nearby fire stations

2,700 people have signed a petition so far against the plan. It will be followed by a campaign night with music at the village hall.

"These are extremely tough and challenging times. The cuts we have already made have been achieved by internal reshaping and the reduction of the workforce from 10,000 in 2012 to 7,000 now through voluntary redundancy and reduction in the number of managers. It is anticipated that this will further reduce to 5,200 by 2018.

"In 2017/18 and 2018/19 we will need to save another £37 million. We can only make these savings by changing the way we deliver services and by reduce non-statutory services.

"That is why this year we are focusing our public consultation on our draft council plan, new priorities and a set of new strategies to radically change the way we deliver services. All of which will help us achieve the level of savings required as a result of this government's cuts.

"We have a legal duty to balance our books and we must live within our means. The journey ahead will be difficult but rather than sitting back bemoaning our fate we are actively embracing the change and taking control of our future."

– Cllr Patricia Bell, Cumbria County Council's Deputy Leader

Family's tribute to 'devoted partner' killed in car accident

Jack Davis Dulson and his partner. Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a man killed in a car accident at Selside, near Kendal, say he was a "genuine, caring, kind hearted, hilarious man who devoted his life to the needs of others".

Jack Davis Dulson, 23, from Penrith, died following a one vehicle collision at 8.08pm yesterday (11 December).

His family have released this tribute to him:

On the 11th December we lost one of the good ones and heaven gained an angel. Jack was a genuine, caring, kind hearted, hilarious man who devoted his life to the needs of others. An admirable son to Nichola, Peter and step mum Maureen, a protective big brother to Jasmin and Bradley, a best friend to his step brother Martin and dad Peter, an honourable grandson to Jack and the late Joyce, a darling grandson to Judith and Howard, a dear nephew to Michelle, a cousin to look up to, a devoted partner to Helen and a first class 'Jaddy' to Keaton. He will be sorely missed by many.

An avid fan of pretty much any sport going, especially football, cricket, rugby and american football. He was a committed Chelsea fan which often caused friendly rivalry between him and his Liverpool-supporting dad Peter. Recently Jack enjoyed a fantastic season playing football for Carleton Brent with his lifelong friends. When he wasn’t spending time with his friends and family, Jack was busy working at Enterprise where he quickly worked his way up the ladder and incredibly became a branch manager only one year into his graduate scheme which he also completed early. Jack was a huge success at life, work and with his loved ones - simply the best.”

– Jack's family

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101 and ask to speak to PC 1567 Kevin Jackson.


Man dies after being hit by train near Oxenholme

There were delays on the Virgin Trains West Coast Mainline. Credit: PA

A man has died after being hit by a train between Penrith and Oxenholme Stations in Cumbria.

The incident was reported at around 7:30am today, and is not being treated as suspicious.

Trains on the Virgin West Coast Mainline were delayed by around three hours.

We were called to the line near Oxenholme station on Wednesday, 4 November after reports of a person hit by a train.

BTP and Cumbria Police officers attended the incident, which was reported at 7.30am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

Medics from North West Ambulance Service also attended and a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are now working to identify the man and inform his family.

A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

– A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman
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