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Dragon Boat Race begins on Windermere

Eighteen teams are competing in a Charity Dragon Boat Regatta on Windermere.

They're raising money for Paddlers for Life, among other charities, which works with cancer patients, helping them to deal with their condition through dragon boat racing.

It's part of the North West Cancer Survivorship Conference where GPs and health professionals, cancer rehabilitation specialists, cancer survivors and supporters to get together in the Lake District.

Windermere hosts charity Dragon Boat Regatta. Credit: ITV Border

"Ten years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard about the benefits of dragon boat racing after treatment. I am happy to come out of it addicted to racing dragon boats. I love it not only for the paddling but for belonging to a team who have been through what I have been through. We don't need to talk about the cancer, we can if we want to. We talk and laugh about paddling, about our technique, about our lives. We become one, literally all in the same boat. The organisation prides itself on inviting all those affected by cancer to join them. That includes partners, families and friends plus those who have suffered other kinds of cancer."

– Cancer survivor Lynn Shamal from Ulverston
Teams line up. Credit: ITV Border

"This an important weekend in our calendar. The conference itself gives health professionals a chance to share ideas, whilst those taking part in the regatta are helping to raise funds. Both are significant steps towards improving the range of support services for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. At the same time, we are also encouraging the dragon boat crews to raise sponsorship for a charity of their own choice which have a special meaning to them."

– Ben Berry from English Lakes Hotels Resorts

Sixty-year-old man missing in Windermere

David Foster Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police are growing increasingly concerned about the welfare of a 60-year-old man who is missing in the Windermere area.

David Foster, who comes from Bolton in Lancashire but who has been living in Windermere, was last in contact with family yesterday.

He is described as around 5ft 8”, of large build, and walks with a limp.

He is known to normally wear cotton trousers with a shirt or polo shirt, faded shoes and never wears a coat, although it was not known what he was wearing when he went missing.

Police are concerned for his wellbeing and appeal to anyone who may have seen Mr Foster to get in touch. Police would also urge Mr Foster if he sees this appeal to let police know he is safe and well.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101.

Watch: changes to policing in south Cumbria

In the future, officers in south Cumbria will need to start, and finish, their shifts in Kendal or Barrow, rather than at local police stations.

The police say service won't be affected, but some local people and businesses are concerned rural communities will be more vulnerable to crime.

Tim Backshall has this report:


Concerns rural towns will become 'soft targets' for crime

Local businesses in south Cumbria are concerned about changes to policing in the area.

In the future, officers will start and finish their shifts at Kendal or Barrow, rather than smaller stations like Windermere and Ambleside.

Horsman's Jewellers, in Ambleside, was targeted by burglars last weekend, and £20,000 worth of watches were taken.

Horsman's Jewellers was targeted in a smash and grab. Credit: ITV Border

They do their best with the resources they've got, but the response times are getting worse because they're more spread out.

We need more police patrolling the area.

We just wonder about what's going to happen with the police response times, with these new changes."

– Nigel Horsman, Horsman's Jewellers

At another local business, The Picnic Box, there are similar fears:

I think Ambleside will be a softer target.

The police changes shout out for people to come here, and to Bowness and Windermere."

– Georgina Manning, The Picnic Box

Police statement following Matthew Jordan inquest verdict

“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Matthew Jordan. Today’s inquest found that Matthew’s death was accidental following immersion in cold water. When Matthew was reported missing, Cumbria Constabulary launched an extensive search for him calling on a number of resources. Sadly Matthew was found in Lake Windermere by a Police search boat team on the 15th April 2014, 19 days after he was first reported missing. The investigation team conducted extensive enquiries trying to ascertain what happened to Matthew after he had left the Staggs Hotel in Bowness during the early hours of 27th March 2014. Police enquiries led to no believed suspicious circumstances in regards to Matthew’s death. I would like to thank once again the specialist teams both within the Police and other agencies, the local community and those that travelled from the North East of England to assist the police and Matthew’s family and friends during the search. It was evident that people got involved because they wanted to help the family find Matthew.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Furzana Nazir

Coroner's verdict: accidental death

A coroner in south Cumbria has recorded a verdict of accidental death on student Matthew Jordan.

The 20-year-old died after falling into a beck leading into Windermere last year.

He was trying to walk back to his bed and breakfast accommodation after he'd been out drinking.

He'd been visiting Bowness with friends in March 2014 when he became separated from them.

His body was later found in the lake almost three weeks later. Fiona Marley Patterson has been at the inquest.

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