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Borders MP successful in foreign aid fight

Legislation forcing Britain to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on foreign aid has been passed in the House of Lords and will now become law.

Michael Moore's Private Member's Bill passed. Credit: ITV Border

The International Development Bill was put forward as a Private Member's Bill by the Borders MP Michael Moore.

It will make the UK the first G7 country to meet the UN's 45-year-old aid spending target.


Council offers support to those affected by fire

The fire affected four businesses Credit: ITV Border

South Lakeland District Council says it's offering support to businesses affected by a fire in Kendal:

"Officers at South Lakeland District Council are in contact with businesses affected by this weekend’s serious fire at Mintsfeet Trading Estate, off Shap Road, Kendal.

"Members of the council’s Economic Development team are offering advice and assistance to affected business owners with issues including sourcing temporary accommodation, and officers from the council’s building control services have been at the scene.

"The council is also offering practical help with the major clean-up operation that will be required at the site.

"Any businesses affected by the fire that would like to discuss how the council could possibly support them at this time can contact Economic Development Manager Joanne Golton (direct line 01539 793276) or Economic Development Officer Jacki Robinson (direct line 01539 793275)."

– South Lakeland District Council


Death abroad case could be re-opened

On the sixth anniversary of a Dumfries woman's death in Crete, lawyers have indicated the case might be re-opened.

Jean Hanlon died on the 9th of March 2009.

Her family always thought there were mysterious circumstances surrounding her death and they've welcomed the decision by Greek authorities to potentially look again at her case.

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Crews continue to extinguish pockets of fire

Firefighters are continuing to extinguish a fire at Mintsfeet industrial estate in Kendal.

Cumbria fire and rescue say that the fire is under control, but are dealing with pockets of fire at one of the units.

The operation is expected to be scaled down by early evening.

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"The emergency services were frightened about gas canisters going off and landing on roofs.

"First of all the asked us to move to the front of the house and then decided we were better off out if the way."

– David Bradshaw, eyewitness
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Fire now "fully under control"

"Part way through the incident we discovered there was acetylene involved so we put up a 200 metre cordon and evacuated the immediate area. "It's fully under control now. There are pockets of fire left in unit number one of four units and by tea time we should start scaling down operations."

– George Sansom, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Incident Commande
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