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Lake District's Running Reverend takes on marathon challenge

One vicar from the Lake District will be one of thousands of runners trying to complete the world famous London Marathon in just a few weeks time.

Michelle Woodcock serves several Lakeland parishes and has been training in the rain and hail for the grueling 26.2 mile course.

Michelle's running to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of her dad, who died on her 23rd birthday.

Paul Crone went to meet the running Reverend.

Cumbrian vicar to walk 3 months across countries for charity

A vicar is setting off on a thousand mile walk that will take him from France across much of Northern Spain.

The Reverend Peter Turnbull from Cleator Moor is heading for the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.

Although it will be a spiritual journey for the vicar, he also hopes to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Matthew Taylor joined the vicar for his preparations.



Former Cumbrian vicar accused of sexual assault

A former Cumbrian vicar has appeared at Carlisle Crown Court accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Andrew John Folks, who used to be a vicar at Great Langdale in the Lake District, faces two charges of indecently assaulting the boy.

Mr Folks only spoke to confirm his name, before the case was adjourned. He was remanded on bail and will be asked to enter his please at his next court appearance on 4th March.

Full Report: Vicar sentenced for sex offences

A former Canon at Carlisle Cathedral has been sent to prison for four years after admitting sexual offences against teenage boys. Ron Jons, who's now 75, carried out the offences between 1983 and 1991.

The Church of England has apologised for not reporting the matter to the police when the allegations were brought to the attention of the then Bishop of Carlisle almost 20 years ago.

You can watch the full report from Tim Backshall below.

Church response to former vicar sentencing

A spokesperson for the Diocese, The Venerable Richard Pratt, the Archdeacon of west Cumberland said:

“A prison sentence can never be a matter of pleasure, nor can it put right wrongs that were done, but the sentence given to Ronald Johns today is just and fair and reflects the gravity of his offences.

“We know that those abused can be manipulated by the abuser so that they are the ones who end up feeling guilty, while the abuser attempts to excuse himself. The Diocese of Carlisle therefore hopes that Ronald Johns’ victims will feel that this sentence lays clear the truth: Ronald Johns did wicked things, which were not their fault or responsibility.

“We thank the police for all their work, those who deal with these very painful and stressful sorts of cases deserve our prays and support.

“In case anyone is affected by these matters, we have set up a special helpline with the NSPCC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where independent, confidential and sensitive advice can be sought. The number is: 0808 800 5000 (calls free from UK landlines). The County Council Social Care department can also offer help and advice, their number is 0333 240 1727 Or, of course, people can ring the Police directly on 101.”

– The Venerable Richard Pratt
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