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Firefighters attend nine incidents during strike

A national 24 hour strike was called by the FBU Credit: PA

Firefighters responded to nine incidents during the 24 hour strike, says Cumbria County Council.

The Fire Brigades' Union called a national walkout between 9am on Thursday to 9am today (13th June). It's due to an ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Cumbria's Fire and Rescue Service's contingency plans ensured that emergency response would be available over these 24 hours.

They say 137 of Cumbria's 600 operational firefighters took part in the walkout and 31 out of 46 fire engines were available over Cumbria during the strike.

The FBU have called for another strike between 10am-5pm on Saturday 21st June.

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Striking firefighters return to work

Firefighters have returned to work this morning after a 24 hour strike Credit: ITV Border

Dozens of fire fighters in Cumbria, who have been on strike since 9:00am yesterday morning, have returned to their stations today.

It's the latest industrial action taken in a three-year dispute over pensions.

The government wants to change pension contributions to cut public expenditure.

Firefighters strike over pensions

The latest fire fighters strike began this morning, 12 June, in a long running dispute over pensions, with support across Cumbria.

The FBU says dozens of its members refused to work today in a 24-hour strike, the longest yet in this campaign of action which stretches back three years.

The government wants to change fire fighters pensions contributions in a bid to cut public expenditure. The strike ends at 9:00am tomorrow.

Graeme Higgins, Branch secretary, Fire Brigades Union explains why they are on strike:

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Nearly 100 Cumbrian firefighters took part strike

32 fire engines were available county-wide on Friday, 30 on Saturday and 34 on Sunday Credit: ITV Border

More than 90 firefighters in Cumbria took part in the national strike last weekend. The three day strike was in response to a dispute with the Government over pensions.

Of 600 firefighters, 94 took part in the strike on Friday, 96 on Saturday and 97 on Sunday.

15 incidents were dealt with by the Fire Service during this time.

3000 Cumbrian teachers on strike today

Around 50 primary and secondary schools have been affected today as 3000 teachers in Cumbria supported a national strike.

The National Union of Teachers is protesting against pensions, pay and working conditions.

Parents and grandparents have voiced mixed views about the action and the problems it has caused them.

Kim Inglis reports

Burglaries investigated in Dumfries and Galloway

Various streets have been targeted by burglars since January. Credit: ITV Border

Police in Dumfries and Galloway are investigating a spate of burglaries in towns and villages off the M74.

There have been about 10 break-ins since January in Lockerbie, Ecclefechan, Moffat, Lochmaben Johnstonebridge and Beattock.

Thieves have mainly stolen cash and jewellery.

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