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The bee's knees: Cumbrian village most family friendly

St Bees came top of the Family Hotspots report. Credit: ITV Border

A Cumbrian village has been named the best place in Britain to raise a family.

St Bees, which has a population of less than 2,000 people, came top of the Family Hotspots report, which found it had a low crime rate, and strong community spirit.

Crime per capital in the village was 0.11, well below the national average of 0.25.

And another Cumbrian village, Moor Row, also came sixth in the report.

Hopes new beach will bring in tourists

The beach is a great place when you're on holiday but as anyone who's had small children will know, the best sandy bits can all too easily disappear when the tide comes in, leaving the youngsters with nowhere to play.

Well, in one West Cumbrian community, they've come up with a solution - a new play park.

It's hoped the park at St Bees will attract more visitors and prevent the resort being at the mercy of the sea. Fiona Marley Paterson reports.


Two guns stolen in west Cumbrian break-in

Police are appealing for witnesses after two guns were stolen from a house in west Cumbria.

A house on High House Road, St Bees was broken into between 11:30pm on Friday, 18 April and 7:30am on Saturday, 19 April.

A 410 Webley and Scott shotgun and a break barrel air gun were stolen from a gun cabinet in the house.

Almost £2,000 pounds worth of jewellery was also taken from the property.

Any one with any information about the incident is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101.


Cumbrian author trades New York for St Bees

A vicar's wife who moved with her husband from New York to the Cumbrian seaside village of St Bees has drawn on the transition in her latest book.

Katharine Swartz's 'The Vicar's Wife' is a fictional account of a vicar's wife moving to a Cumbrian village and struggling to fit in.

Katharine is keen to stress while their are some parallels between her and the main character Jane she, her husband Cliff and their five children are very happy in St Bees.

"I did struggle a bit when we first moved here - mainly with the weather.

"But the people here are lovely, our children have a freedom they could

never have in New York and the scenery is stunning.

"This is a work of fiction but I hope people like the way St Bees is

portrayed. Though in the book it is called Goswell.

– Katharine Swartz

Full report: St Bees mystery man finally revealed?

The mystery of how a medieval knight came to be buried in the Cumbrian coastal village of St Bees may finally have been solved.

The perfectly preserved body of a man who died in the fourteenth century was discovered in the grounds of St Bees Priory 32 years ago, but his identity was unknown.

Historians now believe he was Anthony de Lucy, Lord of Cockermouth and Egremont.

Samantha Parker reports: