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Plans for more free school meals in Cumbria

15,000 children in Cumbria could be entitled to free school meals from this September Credit: PA

15,000 children in Cumbria could be entitled to free school meals from this September, if the County Council gives the decision the go-ahead.

Councillors are expected to approve the plans, after new national legislation ruled all schools should give pupils in reception and years one and two a free school meal.

World famous author to make mark on UK

Eleanor Jones is a world renowned author who has been writing for over 25 years. She will release her first book in the UK this summer.

Her first books were pony stories for teenagers in 6 European language and one of her books sold 40,000 copies in Germany alone. Now she's started writing romances, published in English in America. Her latest book is set in the Lake District.

Eleanor describes the moment she got an agent:

"I can remember I was shaking all over - I thought this was fantastic. I had to do a lot of work on the book and it did eventually sell. But I didn't realise at that time that just because you get an agent and a book published it doesn't mean you're going to have to give up everything else and be a writer because it doesn't make a fortune for a very long time."

– Eleanor Jones, author

Her latest romance novel 'The Country Vet' will be published on 1st June.


Deportation shock for South African who settled in Carlisle

A South African man who settled in Carlisle ten years ago says he's facing deportation for failing to provide the Home Office with an English language qualification.

Jason Nish has two children and works at the Cumberland Infirmary but the 28-year-old made a mistake filling in his leave to remain forms. He now fears he could be temporarily deported:

European and local elections begin

Voting is taking place across the region Credit: PA

Voting is taking place across the region with European and local government elections.

Eight North West MEPs will cover Cumbria while six MEPs are up for election in Scotland.

About a third of wards in Carlisle and South Lakeland Councils are up for grabs whilst voters in Copeland have the chance to decide whether there should be a referendum for an elected Mayor.

Special ceremonies to mark D Day at 70

This summer marks the 70th anniversary of a key event in the second world war, and the Royal British Legion is offering help and support to any veterans from Cumbria and the South of Scotland who may want to commemorate it.

More than 150,000 troops took part in the D Day landings, when allied forces crossed the channel to land on the Normandy beaches.

Special ceremonies will be taking place in France to mark the anniversary. And, although the number of veterans is dwindling, the Royal British Legion are encouraging as many as possible to try to go.

For more information about the commemorations you can visit the Royal British Legion website.

If you are a veteran and you, or your family are planning to attend the ceremonies then we'd like to hear from you.

You can get in touch with us by emailing


Commonwealth games 'could be best ever'

This summer's Commonwealth Games could be the "best ever", according to a final progress report on the build-up to the event.

A dance troupe at one of the promotional events for the games Credit: ITV News

The assembly of a 15,000-strong volunteer force, the progress of the Queen's Baton Relay and a long list of sponsors were praised by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in its last review of planning for the Games.

Organisers, police and Government ministers met with the CGF in Glasgow this week to outline final preparations.

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Former soldiers released from Indian jail

Five of the six Britons being held in an Indian jail on weapons charges have been released.

An Indian court in Madurai in southern Indian state of Tamilnadu has granted bail to all arrested Britons except one, whose bail has been rejected by the court.

Six former British soldiers jailed in India include Nicholas Simpson, from Catterick Garrison; Paul Towers, from near York and Nick Dunn, from Ashington, Northumberland.

It is not known whose application has been rejected.


Iran denies new Lockerbie bombing claims

Iran denied any involvement in the Lockerbie bombing in the face of the new allegations it contracted Palestinian and Syrian militants to carry out the attack.

Read: Former Iranian spy claims Iran was behind Lockerbie

New documents obtained by Al-Jazeera claim to show Iranian militants were behind the 1988 attack that killed 270 people. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told AFP:

We reject any claims of Iranian involvement in this act of terror. Iran's stance not only on this case but on all terrorist-related issues is quite clear: Iran flatly denies (links) to any act of terror.

More: Scotland's Crown Office says 'nothing new' in latest Lockerbie claims

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