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Council to make decision on re-settling refugees

Councillors will decide today. Credit: PA

Plans to re-settle 285 refugees in Cumbria will be considered today by the County Council.

The cabinet will be asked to approve proposals to re-settle the refugees, over a period of three years between 2017 and 2020.

Original plans were delayed because of the floods that swept through the county in December 2015.

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Key Lockerbie bombing witness dies

Tony Gauci Credit: PA

A key witness whose evidence helped to secure the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi over the Lockerbie bombing has died, according to the Times of Malta.

Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci died of natural causes at his home at the age of 75.

Mr Gauci ran a clothes shop in Malta, at the time of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 and claimed that Megrahi bought a piece of clothing found among the debris of the aircraft.

His evidence helped to secure the 2001 conviction of Libyan Megrahi for the atrocity in which 270 people died.

Pan Am 103 Credit: PA

Some doubts were subsequently raised about Mr Gauci's reliability.

Megrahi was the only person to have been convicted of the bombing on December 21 1988.

In his last interview, Megrahi insisted he had "never seen" Mr Gauci and had not bought clothes from him.

Man arrested after serious assault in Kelso

Police Scotland Credit: PA

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged following a serious assault in Kelso.

Police Scotland confirmed a 27-year-old man suffered serious facial injuries as a result of an incident which took place in The Square around 12.30am on Sunday 30th October.

He was taken to Border General Hospital for treatment.

The 23-year-old is due to appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday 31st October.

Prison Service say public protection is 'top priority'

The Prison Service has released a statement saying that public protection is their top priority, after a prisoner escaped from HMP Haverigg.

Dean Walker was noted as unaccounted for on Friday 28th October and the 32-year-old hasn't been seen since.

Police forces across Cumbria, Lancashire and Manchester say they are working together to find Mr Walker.

"Public protection is our top priority. “Staff at HMP Haverigg are working closely with the police to locate an offender who is unaccounted for.”

– Spokesperson, Prison Service

Concern for missing Braithwaite teenager

Missing teenager Tom Hammond Credit: Cumbria Police

Police in Cumbria are becoming increasingly concerned for a 15-year-old boy who is missing from the Braithwaite area.

Tom Hammond, from York, was last seen at High Bridge in Braithwaite at 4.30pm on Friday 28th October.

He is described as:

  • 5ft 7 inches tall
  • Slim build
  • Short blonde hair

He was last seen wearing a dark blue duffel coat, light blue jeans and walking boots.

Anyone who has seen Tom is asked to contact police immediately on 101.

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