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Missing Essex man 'could be in Windermere'

Paul Meakins Credit: Cumbria Police

Police believe a missing man from Essex could be in Windermere.

Paul Meakins, 54, was last seen in the Essex area on 29 March.

But his credit card has been used regularly in the Windermere area over the past few days, banking enquiries have shown.

It is believed that he is travelling in a black Vauxhall Astra, with the registration number FG51 UMF.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101.


Heart attack victim airlifted to hospital

A pedestrian was airlifted from Windermere to hospital in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

A 48-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a heart attack beside a busy road in South Cumbria.

Ambulance crew at the scene carried out CPR at the roadside and were able to restart his heart.

The A591 was closed in the Keldwyth Drive area, Windermere, to allow the emergency services to attend the scene which caused significant delays to rush hour traffic in the town.

Great North Air Ambulance were able to attend after landing at a nearby school and take the pedestrian to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle within 20 minutes.

Great North Air Ambulance landed on a school playing field Credit: GNAAS

Iconic Windermere steamer gets makeover

MV Teal on Windermere. Credit: Windermere Lake Cruises

One of the Lake District's most recognisable vessels is getting a special winter makeover.

MV Teal was originally launched in 1936 to carry more than 530 passengers and has twice welcomed Her Majesty the Queen on board.

Now, as part of Windermere Lake Cruises' annual winter maintenance programme, the boat is getting a brand new generator engine, a new front deck and a refurbished bridge.

One of the traditional wooden launches ‘Queen of the Lake’, and a modern waterbus ‘Cumbria III’, will also be having work done.

The majority of the work is being carried out by full-time staff from Windermere Lake Cruises.


Witness appeal after 400-year-old cottage damaged

The van the police are trying to trace Credit: Colin Monk

Police are appealing for witnesses after a van hit a 400 year old cottage in the Lake District causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

A white van was caught on a neighbour's CCTV camera reversing towards the property before driving away. It happened at around 3 o'clock on Thursday afternoon at Laurel Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Bowness-on-Windermere.

The building is a converted 16th-century school which suffered damage to its low-lying rear roof and a wall.

Walk For Freedom march in Windermere

The Walk For Freedom route Credit: Walk to Freedom

Around 100 people dressed in black are expected to take part in a Walk For Freedom event in Windermere.

Organisers of the event aim to raise awareness of human slavery and injustice.

The walk is taking place in single file from Lakes School in Windermere to Bowness Pier.

Local businesses have provided packed lunches for the participants and free cruise vouchers for their return trip.

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