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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.

New Police base opens in Sedbergh

A new Police base is opening in Sedbergh, South Cumbria.

The base, at 72 Main Street, will be opened today by Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes.

Local people campaigned to keep the building in the community after it was originally being sold by the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the open market.

The new base will be used for advice, assistance and resources.


Family pay tribute to farmer who died in Sedbergh crash

Janet Gorst died following a crash in Sedbergh Credit: Gorst family

A mother of three died after her quad bike was involved in a crash with a Land Rover in Sedbergh last week.

Janet Gorst, 43, was described by her family as: “A farmer and proud stockman. Janet was a Christian whose motto in life was live life passionately, laugh until your belly hurts and love unconditionally.”

Mrs Gorst leaves behind her husband Dick and children Lydia, Joe and Sam.

The circumstances of the crash are still being investigated by Cumbria Police.

Cumbrian artist 'knocked out' by Dutch exhibition

Farfield Mill is the leading place for textiles in the North West. A restored Victorian woollen Mill, now an art gallery.

It's currently playing host to an exclusive Dutch exhibition.

The show, which has already been seen by over 2,000 people, was brought to the region by felt artist Chrissie Day.

"I saw this in Holland and I was knocked out and I spoke to the Dutch felters when I left and I said I was going to do everything I could to try to get this exhibition over into the UK so that you know we could see it over here and let more people see what felt was capable of doing."

– Chrissie Day, Felt artist based at Farfield Mill
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