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Man crushed by baler at Cumbrian waste site

A man has suffered severe injuries after being crushed by a paper baler at a Cumbrian waste site.

Police were called to the Cumbria Waste Management plant in Workington at 1pm on Sunday, where they found a man trapped under several tonnes of paper.

The fire brigade spent 30 minutes working to free the man, who is thought to be local.

He was airlifted to the RVI Hospital in Newcastle where his condition is said to be stable.

The man suffered severe injuries including a fractured pelvis and broken ribs.

An investigation into the accident is now being carried out by the Health and Safety Executive.

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Hundreds take part in vintage tractor run

One of the old tractors taking part Credit: ITV News Border

Hundreds of people are taking part in the 2015 vintage tractor run.

Spectators and tractor enthusiasts can cheer on the drivers and machines as they follow a scenic 27-mile route from Gretna to Canonbie.

Around 270 tractors are taking part in the run Credit: ITV News Border

The first official tractor run took place in 1987, with around 140 tractors taking part. More than 500 tractors entered this year's event.

A classic Massey Ferguson Credit: ITV News Border

Motorcyclists freshen up road safety skills

A safety awareness training day has been held in Galashiels for motorcyclists looking to brush up on their skills.

Recent figures show that although bikers only make up 1% of traffic users across the Borders, a huge 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve motorcyclists.

Lori Carnochan has been to find out more:

One in four road fatalities involve bikers

Bikers attend special safety training open day Credit: ITV News Border

Bikers from across the Borders have been attending a special road safety open day in Galashiels.

Although people on motorbikes only account for 1% of road users across the Borders, 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve a biker.

Motorcyclists were partnered up with instructors who assessed their riding skills, before going over some basic techniques. The bikers were taken on a 30 minute ride around Selkirk, before returning to Galashiels for their debrief.

However, the day wasn't just for people who have recently passed their test. Many of the attendees were experienced bikers, looking to refresh their skills.

"I've just bought another bike, and as much as i've been riding other bikes in the past, i can always learn. And this is an opportunity to learn properly."

– Allan Pattie, Motorcyclist

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Borders bikers safety open day

Motorcyclists from across the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to take part in a new safety initiative.

The Borders bikers open day is giving riders the chance to brush up on their road safety skills before the official biking season gets underway.

The Skill for Life course will provide expert advice on motorcycling techniques, including a 30 minute rider assessment.

There will also be an offer of 20 free places on the Institute of Advanced Motorists training course for local riders.

The open day is being held at Galashiels Fire Station between 10am and 3pm.

"Any initiative that has the potential to reduce the number of tragedies on our roads involving motorcyclists and helps to save lives is worth promoting."

– Councillor Donald Moffat, Scottish Borders Council

Police appeal after man assaulted in Galashiels

The assault happened on Huddersfield Street in Galashiels Credit: ITV News Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 41-year-old man was assaulted in the centre of Galashiels on Wednesday night.

The man was walking along Huddersfield Street at around 10pm when was approached by a man and assaulted.

He was taken to Borders General hospital where he was treated for minor head and facial injuries.

The suspect is described as being around 22 to 23-years-old, of a stocky build, five foot eight inches tall and was wearing dark clothing.

"There were a number of motorists passing through the area at the time who could have witnessed the assault.

"Anyone with information that can assist should contact Police Scotland on 101."

– PC Bruce Dodds, Police Scotland

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:

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