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Four-year-old in critical condition after A591 crash

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A four-year-old girl is in a critical condition after a car she was travelling in left the A591 and crashed into trees and a ditch in poor weather.

It happened at 6.45pm on Saturday 17 March near to Bannerigg Farm between Windermere and Ings.

A four-year-old girl and a boy of the same age were in the back of the car.

The boy suffered minor injuries and the girl was taken to hospital with serious injuries where she remains in a critical condition.

The driver, a 23-year-old woman, and front passenger, a 29-year-old man, both from Preston, sustained minor injuries.

Any witnesses are asked to call 101.


Delays after A591 accident in Keswick

The accident happened on the A591 in Keswick. Credit: ITV Border

There are delays on the busy A591 road in Keswick, due to an accident.

It happened between the A5271 Penrith Road and B5322 Back Lane, and was reported at 11:15am.

No further details have been released.

The A591 southbound is closed at Chestnut Hill, causing queueing traffic in the area.

Funding boost for Jedburgh

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A Borders town has been awarded more than three-quarters of a million pounds to help preserve its heritage and boost employment.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has earmarked £866,500 of Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme funding for repairs and improvements to Jedburgh.

The aim is to make Jedburgh a more attractive town to visit as the ‘Historic Gateway to Scotland’, and build on the heritage and local attractions, including Jedburgh Abbey and a proposed new distillery.

"Many of our town centres are facing real challenges and we know Jedburgh has issues in terms of deteriorating buildings, increasing vacancy rates and declining footfall. So we are delighted this funding will begin to help address some of these issues and act as a catalyst for regeneration in the town.

“I would encourage local businesses and community groups to continue to work with us to make Jedburgh a really welcoming attractive destination for visitors particularly for those coming over the border.”

– Cllr Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council

Staveley woman dies in head-on A591 collision near Ings

Collision investigators wants to find out why the crash happened Credit: ITV News Border

A woman has died and two more have been critically injured in a head-on collision on the A591 near Ings yesterday.

The 81-year old lady from Staveley was driving a blue Honda Jazz when it met a silver Vauxhall Astra, driven by a 56-year old man form Bolton-le-Sands in Lancashire.

She was given CPR but died at the scene.

The driver of the Astra and his passenger, a 91-year old man also from Bolton-le-Sands, were air-lifted to the Royal Preston Hospital after being freed from their car by the fire service.

Both have sustained extensive injuries: the driver is in a serious but stable condition but the passenger is in a critical condition.

The road was closed for five hours as collision investigators tried to determine what had caused the crash. Cumbria Police is appealing for witnesses.

Tourism trade improves since A591 reopening

Tourism businesses along one of the Lake District's main roads say trade has improved significantly since it re-opened just over a week ago.

The A591 closed due to damage caused by December's floods. A stretch of the road between Keswick and Grasmere collapsed during Storm Desmond.

Katie Hunter reports from a classic car event held to celebrate its re-opening.


'Phenomenal difference' for businesses as A591 opens

Heaton Cooper Studio Credit: Heaton Cooper Studio

The re-opening of a flood-damaged Lake District road has made a "phenomenal difference" to businesses, local communities have told ITV Border.

Becky Heaton Cooper, who runs the Heaton Cooper Studio and art gallery in Grasmere, says her business was hit hard by the five month closure of the A591.

But she says the re-opening of the road has given her business an immediate boost.

There has been a phenomenal difference. It's like someone has turned a light back on.

– Becky Heaton Cooper

Tourism businesses host A591 reopening celebrations

The A591 re-opened on May 11th Credit: ITV News Border

Tourism businesses are hosting a series of celebrations today to mark the official reopening of the A591.

The road between Keswick and Grasmere collapsed due to flooding during Storm Desmond in December. It reopened last week and businesses are now keen to promote the area.

Celebrations include a vintage car display and a children's poetry reading.

"The closure of the A591 following Storm Desmond had a terrible impact on local residents and local businesses, but the good news is that the road is now fixed.

"This event is about sending the message loud and clear that Cumbria is back 'open for business'.

"I'd like to thank all those who have helped to organise this event, as well as those who have contributed funding, in particular South Lakeland District Council."

– Tim Farron MP, South Lakes, Lib Dem
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