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Penrith fire cuts protest

Hundreds of people have marched through Penrith to protest against Cumbria County Council's proposed cuts.

The council has to lose £80m over the next three years and so wants to downsize from two fire engines to one in five Cumbrian towns.

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Councillor Says She's Listening to Protest

Firefighters protesting in Penrith say "lives could be put at risk" if plans to axe one of the town's fire engines goes ahead.

The consultation hasn't finished and it's really important to look at all the alternative suggestions that have been made but these are really tough times and we didn't make the propositions lightly. I didn't walk with the march but it's important to listen to how the public feel here today.

– Cllr Patricia Bell, Lib Dem, Penrith East

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