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Poppy Appeal in Carlisle city centre

Carlisle's mayor is in the city centre today to visit various shops and businesses to thank them for raising money for this year's Poppy Appeal.

He'll be with Jodie Vasquez the Poppy Princess 2013 and Margaret Wadsworth, the Royal British Legion Carlisle Branch Chairman.

They'll start at House of Fraser at 1.40pm and finish at the Tesco in Rosehill at 3.50pm.

It's part of a number of councillor Ray Bloxham's official mayoral engagements in the build up to Remembrance Sunday, November 10th and Remembrance Day on November 11th.

Nation's poppies produced in Kendal

The Poppy Appeal launch Credit: ITV News

The Cumbrian launch of this year's Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal at the James Cropper mills at Burneside near Kendal.

The factory makes all of the paper for the country's poppies.

The factory makes the paper for all of the poppies nationwide Credit: ITV News
Members of the armed forces gather for the launch Credit: ITV News

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Family appeal to driver of A66 crash

The family of a man who is in intensive care after a road crash on Valentine's Day are urging witnesses to come forward.

The crash happened around two miles east of the Sportman on the A66.

23-year-old Steven Higgins from Carlisle has serious injuries and is unable to communicate.

Police would like to speak to the driver of a blue BMW spotted at the scene.

Steven's family have been keeping a vigil by his bedside, and his sister Natalie Higgins is staying positive:

Poppy tins stolen

Collection tins for the Poppy appeal have been stolen from three hotels in the Scottish Borders.

The thefts have been condemned by police who are trying to determine if the same person is responsible for each theft.

The thefts happened at the Townhouse, the George and Abbotsford and Burt's hotel in High Street Melrose over 5 days. A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said:

"We are trying to establish whether the thefts are linked. This is a particularly mean crime. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the police."

– Lothian and Borders police spokesman

Poppy ride under way

Members of the British Legion Riders Branch from across the North, have volunteered to tour the County to raise awareness of the importance of the Poppy Appeal.

The route will visit the west coast today (27th October) and the Eden Valley and Lakes on Sunday (29th October).

Up to 50 members of the British Legion Riders Branch will be riding through Cumbria.

At each stop point, VIPs and local celebrities will be ready to greet the Riders on their way through.

This year's Ride will begin its tour at 9am at Coronation Hall in Ulverston and will finish at 2.45pm at Bowness on Windermere on Sunday 27th October.

This year the Poppy Appeal is all about the Armed Forces and their families.

"We need to raise £42 million - £2 million more than last year's record amount to carry out our vital work."

"The Poppy Appeal makes it possible for the Legion to help Armed Forces families with £1.7million every week in direct welfare support - that's £90 million each year, answering more than 165,000 calls for help."

– The Royal British Legion