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Graduate wins international film festival prize

The film follows a young Nepalese boy's impressions of the UK. Credit: Laxcha Bantawa

A University of Cumbria graduate is quickly making a name for herself in the film industry.

Laxcha Bantawa's documentary has just won the top prize at the Katmandu International Mountain Film Festival.

It explores a young Nepalese boy's candid impressions of the UK:


A bit of a buzz in Hawick

The bee artwork in Wilton Lodge Park Credit: ITV Border

Bee artwork made from recycled materials has been unveiled at Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick, to mark the start of a festival celebrating the insect.

The Year of the Bee will include events aimed at creating a welcoming habitat for bees and recording their numbers.

Bumblebees are under threat in the UK, due to changes in the countryside.

Police investigate Carlisle stabbing

Police tape near to scene where man was stabbed Credit: ITV

Police are investigating a residential area of Carlisle after a man was found with stab wounds.

Police were called to the Orton Road/Whinnie House Road area at 6:30am. The man is in a serious condition in hospital where he is believed to be undergoing surgery.

Police are investigating the Orton Road / Whinnie House Road area Credit: ITV

Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident and will be helping officers with their enquires.

Police investigating at stabbing in Carlisle Credit: ITV


FCO 'raising the case at the highest levels'

The Foreign Office has told ITV Border it is continuing to raise the case of the six British men at the highest levels but cannot interfere in the judicial process. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is currently on a visit to India.

"Since the prosecution appealed, we have lobbied regularly and at the highest levels on the importance of ensuring that this case is resolved as quickly as possible.While we cannot interfere in the judicial process, it has been progressed faster than would otherwise have been the case in India. We continue to update the men and their families regularly on developments."

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Fire chief praises locals and businesses following major Kendal blaze

Cumbria's Chief Fire Officer Jim Onions Credit: Cumbria County Council

People and businesses in Kendal have been praised for their patience following a major fire on the town’s northern outskirts over the weekend.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Jim Onions said the way local people co-operated with emergency services following the fire at a joinery that spread rapidly to the Furmanite plant was a crucial factor in allowing fire crews to get the blaze under control.

North West Fire Control received an emergency call reporting a fire at industrial premises on Mintsfeet Road off the A6 at 8.13pm on Saturday. A crew was deployed immediately and left Kendal fire station within four minutes.

Within nine minutes there were two fire crews with two engines at the scene and six fire engines and a high-volume pump drawing water from the River Kent on the scene within the hour.

The incident was ultimately attended by 14 fire engines and around 70 firefighters.

Mr Onions confirmed that the incident has now been scaled down, although one crew is still in attendance to carry out ongoing damping work on the final building where a small pockets of fire occasionally ignite from the debris.

"This was a challenging incident which required a multi-agency response and drew on Cumbria’s fire and rescue resources from around the county. Ultimately our performance is measured in how we responded and I am delighted that everything ran so efficiently, speedily and smoothly. Thanks to this response, we saved lives and also helped save some of the neighbouring businesses, who could have been caught up in the incident to a far greater degree.

“I would like to thank the people of Kendal in co-operating fully during this incident, coping with the inevitable pressures on traffic that closing a major arterial route into the town caused, and letting us get on with the job in hand.”

– Cumbria's Chief Fire Officer, Jim Onions
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