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Charity shop closure transformed the fortunes of village

A village in Penrith lost its only charity shop, but little did the locals in Shap know that merely two years later, the closure would turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

It inspired the community to open their own store and as Kate Walby reports, it's transformed the fortunes of the village:


A6 reopens after fatal crash

Police in Cumbria have issued warnings to bikers after a fatal crash on the A6 in Cumbria.

A 57 year old motorcyclist died when he came off his bike near Shap this morning. The road was closed for several hours while investigation work took place but has reopened.

The man was travelling north with a group of other riders when the accident happened.

Police in Cumbria are having a week-long effort to improve motorbike safety.

Operation Focus will see officers on patrol checking motorists and bikers for poor driving and riding while out on the roads.

Sgt Paul Brown from Cumbria's Road Policing division today said that bikers should take extra care because of Cumbria's often winding and narrow roads.

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Motorcyclist dies on A6

Scene of the accident on the A6 near Shap Credit: ITV Border

A motorcyclist has died after a crash on the A6 in Cumbria

The 57 year old was out with a group of other riders when he came off his bike near Shap at around 9.30am on Bank Holiday Monday.

The road was closed in both directions affecting traffic between Kendal and Shap while specialist road collision officers investigated the incident but has since been reopened.

No other vehicle were involved in accident and witnesses are being sought.

Crash closes northbound M6 near Penrith

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A man has been taken to hospital after a van towing a trailer overturned on the M6 in Cumbria.

The northbound carriageway was shut for an hour at 15.00 between junctions 39 and 40.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service says the patient was transported to the Cumberland Royal Infirmary with non life-threatening injuries.


Lorry driver admits death crash charge

The scene. Credit: ITV Border

A lorry driver has admitted causing the death of a Cumbrian woman in an early morning road crash.

Carlisle Crown Court heard today (15 February) that Adam Rybicki, 52, was travelling on the wrong side of the road when his HGV collided with a Ford Focus.

The crash occurred on the A6, south of Shap, just after 6-45am on 12th January.

Driving the Focus was 54-year-old Kathleen Bellas, from Shap, who worked as a receptionist at Kendal's Queen Katherine School.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Kathleen Bellas Credit: Cumbria Police

During a 10-minute court hearing, Rybicki pleaded guilty to a charge of causing Mrs Bellas's death by dangerous driving.

Judge Peter Hughes QC adjourned the case and asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Rybicki, who is from Poland, was remanded on bail.

One of the conditions is that he resides at an address in Luton.

He will be sentenced at the crown court next month.

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