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Police warn one punch can kill

The graphic poster unveiled by police Credit: Cumbria Police

Detectives are warning festive drinkers in Cumbria to consider the consequences of boozing and "overstepping the mark".

They are telling revelers that "one punch can ruin two lives" in a graphic billboard poster unveiled today.

The image is split between an "attacker" who threw a punch, pictured behind bars, and a victim who is seen as critically-ill in hospital.

The graphic poster unveiled by police Credit: Cumbria Police

Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson says: “The consequences of drinking too much and becomingvulnerable or overstepping the mark can spoil your Christmas. It’s not worth the risk. Enjoy drinks with friends but knowyour limits".

Alice Pyne's ashes scattered on Mount Kilimanjaro

A girl from Ulverston in Cumbria has fulfilled her sister's dying wish to have her ashes scattered at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Milly Pyne has reached the top of Africa's highest mountain. Her sister Alice died earlier this year after a battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Milly Pyne at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
Milly Pyne has reached the top of Africa's highest mountain. Credit: The Pyne family


Investigation into safety of Cumbrian road

by Tim Scott

An investigation is underway into claims that a stretch of road in Cumbria has become dangerous following repairs and resurfacing work.

It follows a number of accidents, most recently the death of motor cyclist Garry Sharp on Thursday.

Cumbria County Council has now put up signs on the A684 between Sedburgh and Kendal asking people to slow down but denies that the road is to blame.


Private lake in Cumbria up for sale on Ebay

Esthwaite Water
Esthwaite Water Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A lake which inspired William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter is up for sale on eBay.

Esthwaite Water, the Lake District's largest privately-owned lake, is the first lake in the world to be sold on the internet auction site.

Esthwaite Water, which straddles the villages of Near Sawrey and Hawkshead, was described by author Potter as her "favourite lake" and the area now pays homage to the Peter Rabbit creator in the form of a licensed nature trail.

It also features in the Lyrical Ballads of poet Wordsworth.

The lake has a classified ad price on eBay of £300,000.

Cumbria police hunt man over charity box thefts

Cumbria Police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of Derrick Matthews, 54, in connection with numerous offences of theft of charity boxes in Cumbria during the last month.

Derrick Matthews is wanted by Cumbria Police in connection with the theft of charity boxes Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are investigating a number of incidents across Ambleside, Grasmere and Kirby Lonsdale where staff in local businesses have been distracted and the charity boxes stolen.

Police would like to speak to Mr Matthews, as they believe he may have some information about the incidents.

Matthews captured on CCTV Credit: Cumbria Police

Officers are asking all hotels, guest houses and shop owners to contact police if they see Mr Matthews. Cumbria Constabulary are appealing for him to hand himself in or for anyone who knows his whereabouts or has seen him recently to contact the police.

BAE Systems may end howitzer prodcution

BAE Systems Credit: PA Images

BAE Systems says it will consult unions on ending the production of the M777 howitzer at Barrow, which could put 200 jobs at risk.

The move comes after the delay of a potential sale of the weapons to India.

A company spokesman said the company would look to redeploy anyone who lost their jobs into its submarine business at the Barrow site, which is currently recruiting.

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