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Cumbria has some of the lowest crime rates in England

Cumbria has some of the lowest crime rates in England, according to a new Royal Mail study.

It found that the LA17 and CA20 postcode areas of the county have the second and third lowest incidents of crime in England.

Coldstream in Northumberland took the number one spot.

The study was carried out to mark 40 years since the introduction of postcodes to the UK.

Dumfries and Galloway healthiest place in Scotland

Three Dumfries and Galloway towns have been named the healthiest places to live in Scotland.

Langholm (DG13) took the top spot, followed by Gretna (DG16) and Canonbie (DG14).

The findings come from a new study commissioned by Royal Mail to mark 40 years since the introduction of postcodes.

The study looked at five key areas; health and wellbeing, work, the cost of living, safety and security and home life.

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'Take time to write full address' on letters this Christmas

Seven days until Christmas - and for Royal Mail staff in Carlisle it's the busiest day of the year.

The city's mail centre handles letters and parcels from all over the country which are destined for Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway.

Julie Pirone says they'll deal with six hundred thousand items of mail today and are urging everyone to take time to write a full address:

Busy day ahead for Carlisle postal workers

Royal Mail in Carlisle are expecting to handle over half a million items of Christmas post a day during this, their busiest week of the year.

It's not just Royal Mail that will have a full mail bag this year: Santa should expect lots of letter Credit: ITV News Border

But staff are asking everyone sending anything over the next few days to make sure they send it on time and include postcodes to avoid any letters being lost or delayed.

Royal Mail will do all they can to make sure this letter might makes it to its destination Credit: ITV News Border
There's no postcode on this letter but luckily the man it's for is quite easy to find Credit: ITV News Border

Christmas Card final postal dates

Carlisle mail centre workers will be working through a bumper festive mail bag of up to 600,000 items on its busiest day today, Wednesday 18 December.

The 283 mail centre workers and 838 Carlisle delivery postmen and women as Royal Mail delivers a first class Christmas for all its customers.

But, Royal Mail is urging people to make sure they post their letters as early as possible to ensure they reach their destination by Christmas Day.

  • Last recommended posting dates for First Class Mail is Friday 20 December
  • Last recommended posting date for Second Class is Wednesday 18 December
  • Important items can be posted using Special Delivery up until December 23

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Bumper festive postbag for Carlisle sorting office

Today marks the busiest day of the year for the Carlisle Mail Centre.

They're expected to handle hundreds of thousands of letters, parcels and letters.

Royal Mail expects to handle hundreds of thousands of items of Christmas mail in Carlisle Mail Centre on its busiest day - December 18 2013.

Royal Mail staff across Cumbria will be working flat out to deliver a first class Christmas for all their customers.