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'Day of Hope' for flood victims

Cabin of encouragement offered to those hit

On the first anniversary of devastating floods that hit the North West a 'Day of Hope' is being held in Kendal.

The Cumbrian town was one of the worst hit areas last December after Storm Desmond hit. Local people and dignitaries will gather at a church which played a central role in relief efforts and offered help to those forced to leave their homes.

Helpers from Sandylands Methodist Church clocked up 13,000 hours of work to help the community in the aftermath of the storms.

Kendal hit hard by floods last year

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Man dies in Kendal house fire

Map of area Credit: Google Maps

A man has died after a serious house fire in Kendal.

Emergency crews were called to Aynam Road last night and found a young man who was already dead. A 22 year old escaped with serious burns and has now been transferred to Wythenshawe hospital in Manchester for treatment.

The road is closed between Miller Bridge and Nether Bridge. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

A plea for more support for flood hit communities

A church in Kendal helping people who have been flooded says the emergency £500 given to those affected is running out and residents urgently need more help.

Sandylands Methodist Church is in an area where many people don't have insurance and are struggling to dry out their properties, using dehumidifiers on pay-as-you go electric meters.

The Reverend Wendy Thornton says people need to know they're not on their own.

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Emergency services tackle Kendal building fire

Aynam Road is closed between Miller Bridge and Nether Bridge Credit: Google

Emergency services are dealing with a fire at a building on Aynam Road in Kendal.

The road is closed between Miller Bridge and Nether Bridge. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Cumbria Police is advising members of the public to avoid the area while the incident is dealt with.

Storm Desmond clean-up continues

School playground flooded in Lancashire Credit: Photo: ITV News

People in Cumbria and Lancashire are continuing efforts to clean up their communities after the devastation caused by the flooding following Storm Desmond.

Photos show a school playground in St Michael's on Wyre completely flooded with equipment strewn around as a result of the storm.

School playground flooded in Lancashire Credit: Photo: ITV News

Police search for self-service till robber in Kendal

CCTV Images Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are searching for a self-service till robber who stole money from a Morrison's in Kendal.

Officers say they are keen to speak to the man in the image in connection with the theft of £40 which he found at the self-service till in the store on Queen Katherine's Avenue.

The incident happened on April 18th 2015.

The suspect is described as a white male, of slim build, and was wearing a grey shirt, black trousers and black shoes.

Anyone who recognises him or has any information about the incident is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and leave a message for the attention of PC Phelps at Kendal Police Station.

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