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Funds raised for animal world war memorial

The memorial will pay tribute to animals that died during the world wars. Credit: PA

Carlisle MP John Stevenson is meeting a community group that has raised funds for a memorial to animals that died during the world wars.

A cheque handover is taking place at Wetheral Animal Refuge. The group has raised £10,000 and hope the Animal in War Memorial will be sited at Eastriggs.

Plans look set to be passed for Wetheral apartments

Plans to build 15 apartments in Wetheral could be passed, despite objections from more than 80 residents.

Citadel Estates were granted planning permission un 2012 to build the homes on the site of Skelton House, a 200-year-old property that had been demolished.

Last year they modified the plans, increasing the size of the project by adding a forth floor, but objections from locals meant Carlisle City Council refused planning consent and issued a notice to halt the building work.

Citadel launched an appeal, proposing a third set of plans over three floors.

84 people have objected to these new proposals but the plans look set to be approved at a meeting on Friday.

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Protest over plans for new homes

People in the Cumbrian village of Wetheral have been protesting over plans to increase the size of a new housing development.

Permission has already been granted for fifteen flats at Skelton Farm.

Developers want to increase the overall area of the site by around fifteen percent.

We spoke to one of the campaigners, John Askew:

Wetheral robbery: Full report

A robbery in a quiet village post office just outside carlisle has been described as an outrageous crime that left a shop assistant terrified. They were the words of the judge who sentenced two armed robbers to six years in prison.

The men threatened the woman with a kitchen knife at Wetheral post office

The police say the men wanted money for drugs, and it highlights the misery that abuse can cause. Tim Backshall reports

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Police respond to robbery sentence

Two men who carried out an armed robbery at a post office near Carlisle have each been sentenced to six years in prison.

The robbery happened at Wetheral post office in June. A female shop keeper, working behind the counter, was threatened at knife point and between seven hundred and eight hundred pounds was stolen.

Matthew Scott who's 25 and 21 yr old Kye Halliburton - both from Carlisle - admitted the offences at an earlier hearing.

Robbers jailed for six years

Two men who carried out an armed robbery at a post office near Carlisle have each been sentenced to six years in prison. The robbery happened at Wetheral post office in June. A woman shop keeper working behind the counter, was threatened at knife point. Nearly £800 was stolen from the till.

Matthew Scott, 25, of Ellesmere Way, Carlisle, and Kye Halliburton, 21, of Harker Park Road, Carlisle, were caught on CCTV and admitted the offences at an earlier hearing.

The judge, Paul Batty QC said:

"I have no doubt the village of Wetheral and the whole of Cumbria was shocked when it heard of this crime. You targeted a vulnerable person to get money for drugs. She was absolutely terrified and traumatised by what you did. The effect on her has been devastating. This was an outrageous crime." The shop assistant was praised for her bravery and will be awarded £250 out of public funds."

– Judge Paul Batty
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