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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The crash happened on Thursday on the A689 near Carlisle airport. 86-year-old Maureen Smith from Heads Nook died at the scene.
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