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Driver who died in A7 lorry crash near Longtown named

The HGV crossed over the A7 road near Camelot Holiday Park Credit: ITV Border

The man who died after the heavy goods vehicle he was driving crashed off the A7 near Longtown has been named as Ian Ewart, from Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway.

Police believe the lorry crashed after the 48-year-old had a medical episode at the wheel of the HGV around 6pm on Monday 17 July.

He was unresponsive when found and died after being taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Police are appealing for witnesses to get in touch by calling 101.


Man dies in Longtown A7 road accident

The HGV driver died after his vehicle crossed over the A7 road near Camelot Holiday Park Credit: ITV Border

A man has died following an accident on the A7 near Camelot Holiday Park in Longtown, Cumbria.

A heavy goods vehicle was travelling towards Longtown when it crossed on to the opposite side of the road before leaving the carriageway last night, Monday 17 July, around 6.10pm.

The 48-year-old driver, who is thought to have suffered a medical episode, was unresponsive when found. He died after being taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The road was closed for 4 hours. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Police are appealing for witnesses to get in touch by calling 101.

Police investigate gender-oriented hate crime in Cumbria

Cumbria Police say no form of hate crime will be tolerated Credit: PA

Three members of the public in their twenties were verbally abuse by a group of eight men also in their late teens to early twenties outside Longtown Primary School on Thursday 6 July around 8.30pm.

Police say the abuse was motivated by hatred towards the victims' gender and sexual orientation.

They say they are investigating the incident and that hate crime of any type will not be tolerated in Cumbria.

Police are now appealing for any witnesses and urge anyone with information to call PC 2400 Hill on 101 or email Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cumbria woman verbally abused by teens in Longtown

The abuse too place on Moor road, close to Longtown medical centre and the fire station Credit: Google maps

A woman was verbally abused by a group of male teenagers, between 14 and 17 years of age, while walking in Longtown.

Cumbria Police are investigating the offence, which occurred on the 10th of May between 3.30pm and 3.45pm on Moor road.

Police say the teenagers were sitting in a green shelter at a layby near Longtown Medical Centre and the fire station. One of the male suspects had a scooter/moped with him.

Although uninjured, the woman was left shaken by the encounter.

Police are urging anyone with more information to email or call 101 and ask to speak to PC 2525 Andy Metcalfe.

Cumbria Police urge Longtown residents to be vigilant following car thefts

Cumbria Police are urging people to lock their cars, even if they only leave it for a few seconds Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are urging residents in Longtown to be vigilant, following a number of recent thefts from vehicles in the area.

Between 28th April and 3rd May, police say they have received six reports of thefts and want to ensure people lock their doors and windows to help prevent further incidents.

Vehicles can be seen as an easy target for criminals as cars may have items left in glove compartments or in boots and some people leave tools in vans overnight.

As well as locking doors and windows being locked, making sure nothing of value is left in your car or van overnight is a simple, but effective, method of ensuring your possessions aren’t stolen.

Also consider where you are parking your vehicle. Criminals tend to operate in quieter areas where visibility is reduced. If you have a garage use it, if you don’t ensure alarms and immobilisers are set.

It only takes seconds for someone to come along and open the door and make off with your belongings.

– Sergeant Scott Adams

Police have uploaded security advice on their website and are calling for anyone with information on these incidents to get in touch.


Police concern for missing Longtown man

James Reid. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are growing concerned about a man from Longtown, who has been missing since yesterday evening.

James Reid, 47, was last seen at his home address on Briar Lea Court at 6:50pm on 5 April.

He is described as white, 5'8" and of stocky build with a bald head.

He may be wearing a black-padded jacket, a grey hoody, jeans or tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Police are urging anyone with information about him to contact them on 101.

1200 homes without power in Longtown

Electricity North West have confirmed that more than 1200 homes are currently without power in Longtown.

The Energy firm say that their engineers are aware of the problem and are en-route to Longtown.

Three in hospital after Longtown crash

The crash happened on the A6071 near Smalmstown Farm Credit: ITV News Border

Three people are in hospital with serious injuries after a black Vauxhall Astra crashed off the A6071 at Smalmstown Farm near Longtown in the early hours of this morning.

The car left the road on a right-hand bend and crashed through railings into trees and down a bank, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.

It was driven by a 33-year old local man, who had to be cut out of the car by fire fighters along with his front passenger.

The driver and two passengers, a 31-year old man from Lockerbie and a 30-year old man from Brampton, were initially taken to the Cumberland Infirmary but have now been transferred to the RVI in Newcastle.

A third passenger, a 16-year old from Gretna, was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary for minor injuries. They had been travelling from Gretna to Longtown.

Cumbria Police is appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened at around 4.15am on Sunday (10th January) morning.

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