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Dementia patient allowed to remain in home town

Michael Calvert's family's campaign has succeeded Credit: ITV Border

A campaign backed by more than 150,000 people has succeeded as a man with Down's Syndrome and Dementia is allowed to stay in his home town for treatment.

Michael Calvert's family began an online petition to fight against plans for him to be moved to a care home 20 miles from Wigton, where he has lived all of his life.

Today in a meeting of the council, the NHS, and his family, it was agreed he would move to a care home in Wigton.

Decision due on Michael Calvert's future

Mr Calvert will find out where he will be homed today Credit: ITV Border

The decision as to where Michael Calvert is to be homed will be announced today.

Mr Calvert has dementia and Down's Syndrome and as his family can no longer give him the care he needs, faces the possibility of moving to a care home 20 miles from his home town.

His family have battled to have him placed in a care home in Wigton, where he has lived all of his life, with their online petition receiving 154,921 signatures of support.

The council, the NHS, and his family will meet today at 9.30am at the Chrysalis building in Wigton to make the decision.


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.

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