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More than 150,000 signatures

The petition started by his family has received more than 150,000 signatures Credit: ITV Border

Nearly 150,000 people are backing a man with dementia and Down's Syndrome whose family are battling to have him cared for in his home town.

Michael Calvert has lived with his mother, Marilyn, in Wigton his entire life.

Michael Calvert has lived in Wigton all of his life Credit: ITV Border

However now, as Ms Calvert can no longer give him the care he needs, he is facing the possibility of moving 20 miles from his home town.

His family insist there is an ideal home just a few minutes away, and have created a petition in the hopes of getting him a place there.

The petition, which was started just before Christmas, has now received more than 150,000 signatures.

Cumbria County Council's Clinical Commissioning Group says the decision on where Mr Calvert will placed will be made based on what is best for him.

"We know it's very important to the family that Michael remains local and close to them.

"In order to pit the right support plan in place, one that ensures his best interests, NHS Cumbria Commissioning Group in consultation with the county council is examining all factors in detail.

"There are a range of factors that we're addressing to ensure that any care offered can meet Michael's full range of needs both now and in the future."

– NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

The final decision is expected on Monday.

To find out more about dementia and the support available, you can visit the Dementia UK website by clicking here, and the Alzheimer's Society website here.

New factory: 'securing Wigton's future'

The mayor of Wigton says a new factory, which will make the coating for plastic banknotes, will secure the town's future.

Construction is now underway on the £20 million factory owned by the Innovia Group, which will create 80 jobs.

Guardian, the polymer substrate that will be made at the factory, will be used to coat five and ten pound plastic bank notes.

The Bank of England will switch to these notes from 2016, and this factory in Wigton's at the heart of the changes:


Tribute paid to Carlisle-born family man

92-year-old Edward Farish, of Greta Avenue in Carlisle, died following a crash on Sunday 16th November Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a man who died following a crash on Wigton Road in Carlisle have paid tribute him.

92-year-old Edward Farish, of Greta Avenue in Carlisle, died on Sunday 16th November. He was known as Alan and was born in Carlisle.

“Alan was married to Betty from Sunderland. When they were courting he would regularly cycle to Sunderland to see her. He was very much a man of faith who visited Elim Church on Greystone Road four to five times a week.

He was a boiler man for Nestle in his working life. He was a very handy man who loved to build things from wood and often made rabbit hutches and dog kennels for anyone who needed them.

He was also a very keen photographer with a vast collection of slides covering royal visits to Carlisle Great Fair. He was an official ballroom photographer who was known as the ‘White Pimpernel’ on account of his white camera bags. The most important thing to Alan was his large family. He had six children and a total of 35 grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

– Statement from Mr Farish's family

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crash or anyone who may have seen a Blue BMW 520 being driven on Wigton Road prior to the incident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call PC John Firth of the North Cumbria Operational Support Unit on 101.

Kebab-loving magpie sent to rehab

The magpie 'Paul Beak' used to steal food from local shops. Credit: ITV Border

A pet magpie that's become addicted to kebabs and fast food, has been rehomed in Cumbria.

Affectionately known as Paul Beak, the one year old magpie is now being weaned off human food, and being cared for by staff at the Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust near Wigton. Paul's on a new diet swapping worm meal to sausage roll.

Emma Scott is from the Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust:

Fundraiser for Cumbrian stranded in India

The family of a man from Cumbria, who's been stranded in India for a year, want the UK Government to put more pressure on the Indian authorities.

An event was held in Wigton yesterday to raise money for John Armstrong, who was arrested on firearms offences while working as a security guard, protecting ships from piracy.

But his family say they're not being told enough about what is happening to try to get him home.

Neil Billingham reports.


Bowling club packed to support local man

It's a year since a Cumbrian security guard was arrested in India on suspected firearms offences.

John Armstrong, from Wigton, had been carrying out anti-piracy work on an American-owned ship and was arrested while in port in Chennai along with his colleagues.

Despite being freed from prison and the charges being dropped the authorities are challenging the decision which means he is unable to leave the country.

His family in friends in Wigton have a held a fundraiser to try to help him pay his ongoing costs in India, including hotel bills and legal fees. They packed the town's bowling club to show their support for him.

Fundraiser for Wigton man stranded in India

Fundraiser at Wigton Bowling Club Credit: ITV News Border

Friends and family of a Cumbrian man who was arrested in India more than a year ago are raising money to support him.

John Armstrong, 27, was working as an anti-piracy security guard when he was charged with possession of arms and ammunition.

He was released on bail but has not been allowed to return to the UK.

His family says he is struggling to pay for everyday essentials like food and accommodation.

The first fundraising event is on Sunday 19 October at Wigton Bowling Club from 1pm - 4pm.

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