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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.


Meeting in Shap to discuss bus service cuts

Cumbria County Council announced bus service cuts on routes from Penrith to both Kendal and Greystoke. Credit: ITV Border

People living in rural areas around Penrith are meeting tonight to discuss bus service cuts that have left many feeling stranded.

Cumbria County Council announced the cuts on routes from Penrith to both Kendal and Greystoke. The council says it can no longer afford to subsidise the routes and is looking at alternative ways of supporting residents.

The meeting will be held in Shap.

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