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Kirkstone Pass closed due to accident in snow

3 people were injured in an accident involving 2 cars Credit: Langdale & Ambleside MRT

Three people have been injured when two cars crashed on the A590 Kirkstone Pass as snow and sleet hits Cumbria.

They have been taken to hospital but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The road has been closed since the accident happened at lunchtime and will remain closed until the weather subsides.

Langdale & Ambleside MRT assisted police Credit: Langdale & Ambleside MRT

Members of Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team and Cumbria Police officers have spent the afternoon helping several other vehicles, which became stuck on the road, including a bus coming from the Penrith.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather Alert for snow and sleet.

The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening Credit: Langdale & Ambleside MRT
The Kirkstone Pass has been closed Credit: Langdale & Ambleside MRT

The wintry conditions have caused drivers problems elsewhere. The A6 over Shap has also been closed and mountain rescue teams were called to help a member of the public who was stuck in a vehicle on the B6270 at Nateby near Kirkby Stephen. Cumbria Police has had reports of others getting stuck in the Yorkshire Dales.

The A591 over Dunmail Raise A591 is still open but Police are advising that only 4x4 vehicles should attempt it.

Cumbria Police are advising drivers to use 4x4s on The Dunmail Raise Credit: ITV News Border

Watch: public vote on planning

Kirkby Stephen could hold one of the first public votes, allowed under the Localism Act 2012, to decide the future of Carr House.

The building has been at the centre of a planning dispute for the last eight years.

Tim Backshall reports.


Referendum could decide the fate of Carr House

Local people could vote on whether Mr Hoyle can live in Carr House Credit: ITV Border

A long running planning row in Cumbria could be settled by a public vote.

It would be one of the first cases of the Localism Act 2012 in action.

Eight years ago, Adam Hoyle renovated Carr House, situated in Mallerstang, near Kirkby Stephen.

The property had been redeveloped as an eco house, unconected to the national grid, with its own mini hydro electric plant.

However, to Mr Hoyle's surprise, Eden District Council told him he didn't have the necessary planning permission and ordered him to undo the work.

"Yeah I couldn't believe it, compete surprise.

The house has been here way back to the 1700's. It's called Carr House and it gives you an indication of what it is.

It's a house, it's not a barn or a new build it's an old house, it should be lived in I think."

– Adam Hoyle, owner of Carr House

To complicate matters further, Adam cannot undo the repairs because the roof has bats roosting inside, and they and their habitats are protected by law.

Now the issue is whether or not he can live in the house.

To try and reach a resolution, it is possible that around 4000 people in Kirby Stephen could be asked to vote on the matter.

New localism laws give people the power to have a referendum on this issue and if the new process goes ahead, the fate of Carr House could be decided by a public vote later this year.

Future discussed of school with no pupils

A public meeting will be held this afternoon to discuss the future of a Cumbrian school that no longer has any pupils.

Ravenstonedale School near Kirkby Stephen lost its last two children earlier this term. The school received a poor Ofsted report earlier in the year. The County Council says until the consultation has been completed the staff will continue to work at the school.

Teenage rescuers return to scene of barn fire

One teenager managed to rescue bulls trapped in the burning barn Credit: Tyler Scarr

Two teenagers who rescued animals from a blazing barn are returning to the farm this morning.

Matthew Chisholm and Tyler Scarr, both 17-years-old, were approaching the barn at Plumpton near Penrith and initially thought they were seeing fireworks. They soon realised it was a barn on fire and went to help.

While Tyler raised the alarm with the farmer, Matthew went into the barn to save the bulls which were living inside.

Matthew was burnt on the face but both managed to save nine bulls. Shortly after the teenagers left the barn the ceiling collapsed.

The cause of the fire is believed to be an electrical fault.

Today Matthew, from Kirkby Thore, and Tyler, who works in Kirkby Stephen, are returning to the farm to see the farmer they helped.

After Matthew left the barn, the ceiling collapsed Credit: Tyler Scarr


Police search for missing Kirkby Stephen man

Police in South Cumbria are appealing for any information regarding the whereabouts of a man who has gone missing from Kirkby Stephen.

Jason Pike, 46, has been missing since this morning and Police are concerned for his welfare. He was last seen around 10.40am.

He is thought to be driving a Black Peugeot 4007 estate, registration number PE09 JMP.

He is white, of heavy build with short dark hair, brown eyes and believed to be wearing dark clothing.

Anyone who has seen Mr Pike or has any information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

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