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A66 safety improvements considered

There have been 31 accidents in the past five years on this stretch of the A66. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One of Cumbria's most dangerous stretches of road could be in line for safety improvements.

The Highways Agency is reviewing the A66 between Appleby-in-Westmorland and Brough, because there have been 31 accidents there in the past five years.

Between 2009 and 2013 11 people suffered serious injuries, and 31 were the victim of minor injuries.

Local people and drivers are invited to a public meeting at Brough Memorial Hall on Thursday 13 November.

They'll be able to put questions to the Highways Agency, and suggest improvements they think should be made.

“The section of the A66 between Appleby and Brough is a single carriageway with quite a few bends and hills.

“We’re encouraging as many people as possible for come and see us at Brough Memorial Hall on Thursday 13 November so we can find out about concerns and hear suggestions for improvements.

"We’ll then use the feedback we receive as part of our study into safety on the A66.”

– Jonathan Reade, Project Manager at the Highways Agency



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Two teenagers have described the night they saved nine bulls from a barn on fire near Penrith.

17-year-olds Matthew Chisholm and Tyler Scarr were driving past when they noticed the flames. They then went to alert the farmer and rescue the bulls trapped inside the barn.

The cause of the fire is believed to be an electrical fault.

Matthew Chisholm says he could 'hardly breathe' from the smoke:

'We just got on with the job'

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17-year-old Tyler Scarr and his friend Matthew Chisholm were going to pick up some friends when they came across the barn. Initially they had thought fireworks had been set off, but soon realised the barn was on fire and cattle were trapped inside.

Tyler says that they didn't have time to think about the task at hand and instead just 'got on with the job' of alerting the farmer and rescuing the bulls:

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