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Man in hospital after A686 car crash

A 35-year-old man from Penrith has been taken to hospital after a crash on the A686 at Carleton.

The man was riding a Suzuki GSXR motorbike when it crashed with an Iveco van which was believed to be emerging from a layby. He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary at Newcastle with serious injuries, but is in a stable condition.

The van driver, a 40-year-old man from Kendal, suffered no injuries.

Police say the incident happened at 1.30pm on the 11th September. The road was closed for a short time.

Anyone with any information should contact the Police.

Police operation stops 254 criminal vehicles

Of 254 vehicles stopped, 106 were in Cumbria and 11 in the Gretna/Annan area Credit: PA

A police operation, involving seven police forces targeting travelling criminals across the north of England and Scotland, has seen 254 vehicles stopped, three people arrested, seven vehicles seized and 17 drivers fined for a variety of offences. Of the 254, 106 were stopped in Cumbria and 11 in the Gretna and Annan area.

86 officers from North Yorkshire, Durham, Cleveland, Cumbria, Northumbria, Scotland and British Transport Police, took part in Operation Checkpoint on 9 September 2014.

It's the third of its kind since January and is designed to gather information about travelling criminals, disrupt their use of the roads and bring anyone found breaking the law to justice.

Information gathered by police found that organised crime groups are targeting rural areas and moving across county borders in the north of England to steal goods, mostly from rural communities.

Officers used Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to target vehicles suspected of being connected to criminality, as well as targeting vehicles in suspicious circumstances.

  • 7 vehicles seized across the regions, six for no insurance and one suspected of being involved in crime
  • 17 offences included no insurance, carriage of people, no MOT, no road tax, speeding and cannabis possession. Four prohibition notices were issued for defective vehicles.
  • Numerous verbal warnings were given to motorists for a variety of offences including seatbelt warnings, defective lights and tyres.

“After the success of the previous Operation Checkpoints I am keen to keep working together to protect rural communities. It is important we work across force boundaries to reduce thefts as criminals often travel from county to county. We will continue to work together to prevent and deter crime.”

– Inspector Richard Quinn for Cumbria Constabulary


Drivers warned of delays at Lantern parade

Drivers are being warned about congestion ahead of a annual Ulverston parade.

The Ulverston Charter Lantern Procession will be held on 13th September from 7.45am until 10pm. The town centre will be closed off to traffic between 7pm and 10pm. Delays are also expected on the A590 through Ulverston. Drivers are being asked to avoid leaving the town, or entering these areas by car, during the evening to avoid delays.

The town centre, car parks and Ford Park will be a designated no-street drinking zone until after 10pm.

The Charter Lantern Procession consists of four separate groups that will parade to the County Square then to Ford Park for entertainment and a firework display.

“There will be a large number of people walking around the town and their safety is paramount. I hope that residents will be patient and cooperate with the temporary closure and make alternative arrangements in advance because the road closure will only be lifted for emergency service vehicles. The roads can only be reopened when they are clear of participants and spectators.”

– Sergeant Rupert Johnston, Cumbria Police

Westmorland Show congestion to clog roads

Drivers are to expect congestion during the Westmorland County Show Credit: PA

Drivers are being warned about congestion ahead of the Westmorland County Show.

The show which is held at Lane Farm at Crooklands, Kendal, takes place on Thursday 11th September and police are expecting roads to be heavily congested as thousands of people travel to the event.

Police are also asking that drivers follow the signs to the show and not follow a sat-nav route. Instead, it's advised that drivers travelling north on the M6 leave the motorway at junction 35 then follow signs to the show.

Tourism boss suggests alternative parking charge strategy

Cumbria Tourism says controversial plans to charge for on-street parking aren't the answer. The county council says the revenue's needed as it tries to save money but tourism boss Ian Stephens says a new parking system isn't what's needed.

Instead he wants all car parks - run by different organisations - in Cumbria to be the same. Fiona Marley Paterson has more.

Exhibition takes rail track back 50 years

It's 50 years on since that the railway line from Carlisle to the seaside town, Silloth, was closed. Generations of Cumbrians used to take the train there for their holidays.

But thanks to Doctor Beeching's cuts, the line was closed and the last train ran on September 6th 1964. We start Matthew Taylor's report with footage of that very journey, shot 50 years ago.

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