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New scheme to boost Carlisle's contemporary art scene

A new scheme aiming to promote local contemporary arts in Carlisle has been launched.

This year, the projects will reflect on the devastation and aftermath of Storm Desmond.

The chosen artists Credit: ITV Border

Laura Harrison and John Dummett have been chosen to create the art using elements of video, audio and language.

The four-month-long scheme is a partnership between the University of Cumbria and the City Council.

Storm Desmond Credit: ITV Border

John Dummett explains what he'll be focusing on:

Concern for missing Wigton woman

Chereesa Gilbert Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of Chereesa Gilbert from Wigton.

The 43-year-old has been missing since Wednesday, when she was last seen in the Brackenlands area of the town.

She's described as being five feet tall and of a slim build.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

Police appeal after serious assault in Dumfries

Police are appealing for information Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for information after an alleged serious assault in Dumfries.

Officers were called to a disturbance in College Drive at around 6pm on 9th May.

Police understand as many as four people may have been involved in an assault, which resulted in a 29-year-old man being struck on the head with a weapon.

The man sustained cuts to his head and face but was discharged from Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary after treatment.

"It is possible a number of people may have witnessed this disturbance which took place in the street but have yet to come forward".

“Officers will be carrying out door to door enquiries however, I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and who may have seen a disturbance, or if they have any information that will assist officers with their investigation, to contact Dumfries Police Office via 101 quoting incident number PDG0106350517 or if they want to remain anonymous, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

– Constable Scott Ruddick, Police Scotland

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Galloway boat death pair linked to puppy smuggling

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Two men who drowned off the coast of Galloway were suspected puppy smugglers, it's been claimed.

Sandy Hamilton, 35, and Kevin McKinley, 46, both from Larkhall, were pulled from the water near Port Logan on Sunday afternoon.

The pair had left the harbour around 9am on Saturday morning where it's believe they were heading for Stranraer.

However, after they failed to return in the evening, emergency services were called and a large scale search and rescue operation was launched.

Both men had previously been appeared in a TV documentary into the illegal puppy trade, where young animals are trafficked and sold around the UK for cash.

It's claimed they had links to convicted puppy trafficker Robert Brownlie, to bring in thousands of designer puppies from Ireland to Scotland.

An investigation into the two deaths in continuing.

Troubled Cumbrian zoo granted new licence

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A Cumbrian zoo where almost 500 animals died within four years has been granted a new licence.

An application for the licence for South Lakes Safari Zoo was turned down two months ago, after inspectors raised concerns over its management structure and veterinary care.

However, an application from Cumbria Zoo Company Limited (CZCL), which took over the running of the zoo in January, was approved on Tuesday evening.

The licensing committee in Barrow-in-Furness were told by the inspection team that they were "highly encouraged" by improvements made.

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