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Reverend & former Borders school house master to appear in court for sexually assaulting underage boys

The reverend is due to appear at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

The trial of a former house master at Sedbergh School is due to begin at Carlisle Crown Court today.

Reverend Christopher Griffin from Celevedon in Somerset, is accused if sneaking into pupils' bedrooms at night to sexually assault them - allegedly touching or stroking their feet.

The 58-year-old is alleged to have done so to two boys under the age of 18.


Concerns grow for missing Sedbergh man

Cumbria Police say missing Sedbergh man could be near a train station Credit: ITV Border

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 65-year-old man missing from Sedbergh near Kendal.

David Richardson is described as white with receding black hair, carrying a backpack.

Police say he is most likely near a train station or train lines, due to his interest in trains.

He was last seen in Sedbergh on Friday 16 December around 5:30pm.

Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with the police on 101.

Locals band together to repair flood-hit footbridge

Local people have worked together to fund the repairs. Credit: ITV Border

A footbridge near Sedbergh is being rebuilt after it was washed away by Storm Desmond.

December's floods caused hundreds of millions of pounds worth of damage across Cumbria.

Locals had feared that the little footbridge would be lower down the priority list, so the community clubbed together to help instead of waiting for the authorities.

Man drowns after Sedbergh kayaking accident

Kayaking incident. Credit: ITV Border

A man from Holland has died after a kayaking accident on a river in Sedbergh.

Emergency services were called at around 4:30pm on Friday 30 October.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service has reported that the man was dragged underwater, and was not breathing.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service were also called to help the paramedics.

The man was treated at the scene and then transported to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough with life threatening injuries, but later died.

400 children play rugby in Sedbergh

As Scotland gears up to face Australia in the Rugby World Cup, 400 ten and eleven-year olds are playing a rugby tournament in Sedbergh.

Around 800 people are expected at Sedbergh School to watch more than 40 teams compete from all over the North West and Yorkshire.

The school hopes it'll encourage more young people to be inspired by the UK hosting the Rugby World Cup and get into the sport.

“The event ran for the first time last year. The advantage is that it brings clubs from all over the North of England, offering a unique experience of playing rugby at one of the most historic, successful rugby schools in the country, playing against and mixing with teams they would not necessarily play at any other time. There is no trophy just a fun festival aimed at participation rather than winners and losers.”

– Jason Duffy, Sedbergh School development coach, and England U16 Coach


Vehicle fire closes M6 near Kendal

The road was closed Credit: ITV News Border

A crash involving several cars where one of them went on fire closed the M6 this afternoon (Saturday).

It happened near J37 for Kendal and Sedbergh on the southbound carriageway.

Traffic heading towards Lancaster is moving very slowly, though police are reopening the road.

Traffic came to a stand-still for miles Credit: ITV News Border
The M6 southbound near Kendal Credit: ITV News Border

Kendal Mountain Rescue called to help a woman for 200m

The woman had an ankle injury Credit: Kendal MRT

Kendal Mountain Rescuers were called out to a location near Cautley Spout near Sedbergh yesterday afternoon (Saturday).

The casualty was a lady with an ankle injury and she had managed to get part way down by sliding down on a plastic sheet.

"When the team arrived she was only about 200 meters from the Cross Keys pub – a great attempt at self-rescue! So it was a quick splinting job and short carry off to the ambulance."

– John Fitch, Kendal Mountain Rescue Team
Kendal Mountain Rescue Team carried the woman to an ambulance Credit: Kendal MRT

They were assisted by their friends in the Kirkby Stephen team.

New police base in the heart of the community

The new facilities in Sedbergh will allow the Community Policing Team to have a base in the heart of the community.

Tony Reed Screen is Chairman of Trustees of Charitable Incorporated Organisation, the organisation that helped locals keep the building within the community.

He is pleased that Sedbergh has a new police post.

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