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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Natasha Murray demanded money from a shop assistant while wielding a knife and golf club. She was found hiding in a rolled up carpet.
Diane Abbott dismissed the idea of the Labour leader standing down even if the party loses both seats in the upcoming by-elections.
Paul Johnson was killed in a three-vehicle crash on the A1, on Saturday.