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Man dies after armed standoff

Hardendale Quarry near Shap Credit: ITV News

Cumbria police have confirmed that a 63-year-old man from near Penrith has died following an armed standoff with police.

Officers say the man shot himself at 10:50am this morning at Hardendale Quarry near Shap.

It followed an 11-hour incident involving armed officers who cordoned off an area around the quarry.

The deceased’s family have been updated and are being supported by officers.

The Coroner has been informed.

Officers would like to reassure the wider public that there was no perceived risk to them during this incident.

In line with normal procedures, the Constabulary referred the matter immediately to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

– Cumbria Police

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A6 reopens after fatal crash

Police in Cumbria have issued warnings to bikers after a fatal crash on the A6 in Cumbria.

A 57 year old motorcyclist died when he came off his bike near Shap this morning. The road was closed for several hours while investigation work took place but has reopened.

The man was travelling north with a group of other riders when the accident happened.

Police in Cumbria are having a week-long effort to improve motorbike safety.

Operation Focus will see officers on patrol checking motorists and bikers for poor driving and riding while out on the roads.

Sgt Paul Brown from Cumbria's Road Policing division today said that bikers should take extra care because of Cumbria's often winding and narrow roads.

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Motorcyclist dies on A6

Scene of the accident on the A6 near Shap Credit: ITV Border

A motorcyclist has died after a crash on the A6 in Cumbria

The 57 year old was out with a group of other riders when he came off his bike near Shap at around 9.30am on Bank Holiday Monday.

The road was closed in both directions affecting traffic between Kendal and Shap while specialist road collision officers investigated the incident but has since been reopened.

No other vehicle were involved in accident and witnesses are being sought.

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Crash closes northbound M6 near Penrith

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A man has been taken to hospital after a van towing a trailer overturned on the M6 in Cumbria.

The northbound carriageway was shut for an hour at 15.00 between junctions 39 and 40.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service says the patient was transported to the Cumberland Royal Infirmary with non life-threatening injuries.

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