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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Cumbria Police have been visiting local schools to encourage young people to have a safe and happy Halloween.
Talks begin today on what new powers should be devolved to Scotland. All five political parties at Holyrood will have their say.
Dialect speakers from around the country have been in the Lake District to celebrate the diversity of the English language.