Comet, Jessops, Blockbuster, Toys 'R' Us and Famous Names have all closed in 2013. Forty shops in Carlisle city centre are currently vacant.
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Mr Justice Green sentenced three men to a total of more than 50 years in prison, for the "evil" killing of 14-year-old Jordan Watson.
Video interviews police conducted with the three men who killed Carlisle schoolboy Jordan Watson have been released.