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Second monkey escapes from Cumbrian animal park

File photograph of Capuchin monkey Credit: PA

Police have confirmed that a second Capuchin monkey has escaped from South Lakes Wild Animal Park.

It follows news that a juvenile female Capuchin monkey escaped at the weekend and has been sighted in the Dalton-in-Furness area.

"These animals do not pose an immediate risk to the public, however it is capable of biting or scratching anyone who attempts to approach it.

Anyone who sees the animal is requested to contact South Lakes Wild Animal Park."

– Cumbria Police
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Monkey escapes from Cumbrian animal park.

A Capuchin monkey (library picture) Credit: PA

Police have issued a warning after a juvenile Capuchin monkey escaped from South Lakes Wild Animal Park near Dalton-in-Furness.

The animal does not pose an immediate risk to the public but it is capable of biting or scratching anyone who attempts to approach it.

There have been reported sightings of this animal over the weekend in the area of Dalton-in-Furness.

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Who says we're sad? Barrow sends a happy message to the statisticians

Barrowvians star in the Happy video.

When the Office for National Statistics declared Barrow-in-Furness one of the UK's "unhappiest" places in the UK - it came as something of a shock.

Now the town has sent a message back to the statisticians - in the form of their own take on the Pharrell Williams hit, Happy.

Local residents, the town's Mayor and Hairy Biker Dave Myers got together to dance in the fun video, which includes shots of the Cumbrian town as it's most glorious.

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Barrow among 'unhappiest' places in the UK

Barrow-in-Furness has been named as the "unhappiest" place in the country according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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The ONS compiles reports on wellbeing from various factors including "health, relationships, job satisfaction, economic security, education, environmental conditions".

Barrow and South Ribble were in the five least happy areas of the UK, along with Dartford in Kent, Torridge in Devon and Maldon, Essex

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Barrow MP helps pupils brush up on English & maths

A Cumbrian MP is on a personal mission to improve levels in maths and literacy in local pupils.

The MP for Barrow in Furness John Woodcock has spent the past year training to be a teaching assistant to help run a summer school in his constituency.

Fifty youngsters will get three weeks of extra tuition in the pilot scheme backed by local business.

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Morecambe Bay hospitals set to be put in "special measures"

A man who had to have his leg amputated after his treatment went wrong 2 years ago says he's not surprised the same hospital trust is now in special measures.

Roy Gay wants to know why lessons don't appear to have been learnt after health inspectors ruled the quality of care provided by Morecambe Bay NHS Trust was still inadequate after a visit five months ago.

The trust argues it's part-way through a process of improvement and that services such as maternity and A & E had improved since previous checks.

Our Lancashire reporter Amy Welch has been following the story:

Decision day for Morecambe Bay NHS trust

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A decision is expected to be made today on whether to put Morecambe Bay NHS Trust into special measures. It's after a leaked report draft rated the trust as inadequate in patient safety and staffing levels Furness General in Barrow and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The report found that “there was no clear strategy for the future of services across the trust”, and that “strategic plans and risks were not well known at ward or team level”.

The trust say they won't comment until after the decision but have released a statement on the weeks speculation here.

Morecambe Bay react to 'speculation' over NHS trust

A decision is expected to be made tomorrow over whether to put Morecambe Bay NHS Trust into special measures.

It's after a leaked report draft by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the trust as inadequate in patient safety and staffing levels Furness General in Barrow and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Today the Trust released a statement in reaction to the report.

There is a lot of speculation at the moment regarding the forthcoming publication of the Hospital Inspection Reports by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We would like to try to clarify a few facts about the process, rather than at this stage talk about the detail of the ‘leaked’ draft report. Once the reports have been finalised and published by the CQC, we will share and discuss our response with the public and staff.

It is wrong we believe to speculate on what may, or may not happen following the Quality Summit. Currently we are being asked to comment if the Trust will be placed into ‘special measures’ – such speculation doesn’t help staff or the public, especially as the information which is being discussed is not yet finalised. Any further action is a decision for the regulator of Foundation Trusts and the position will be known once the reports have been published.

Whilst we have made good progress at improving standards in a number of areas where the Trust was previously deemed to be failing, there is still a lot of work to do to ensure the levels of care we are providing are consistent in all areas of our hospitals and we remain focussed on achieving this – the safety of everyone who uses our services remains our priority.

We do not know how the reports were leaked, but can only apologise for any unnecessary concern caused, regardless of where the information came from.

Click here for the statement in full on the trusts website.

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