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Aiming to build better future and create more jobs for west Cumbria

Like an athlete preparing for the Olympics, west Cumbria is getting into shape to win gold in the nuclear race.

Last updated 11 August 2011
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Clamping down on crime in the Cumbrian countryside

He was in bed and had just put the light out when he heard his quad bike start up outside. Running out in his pyjamas, the farmer then thought better of tackling the thieves and went to ring police.

Last updated 10 August 2011
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Opinion split on bringing shops back to Carlisle's Botchergate

Botchergate photo Apparently, Carlisle is one of the worst places in the region for having high numbers of vacant shops. (10 comments)

Last updated 8 August 2011
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Citizen service turned Cumbrian teen from introvert to outgoing adventurer

Sally Robinson photo She thinks it sounds “corny” but the last three weeks have been life changing for 16-year-old Wigton schoolgirl Sally Robinson.

Last updated 6 August 2011
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Sellafield Mox story has not yet come to an end

For almost 60 years the Sellafield nuclear plant has been a lifesaver for the region in terms of jobs and prosperity.

Last updated 5 August 2011
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Plan to beat traffic congestion in Carlisle

City residents who need the use of a vehicle but don’t want to own one could be in luck. Carlisle City Council has worked in partnership with the county council to bring the scheme together. (3 comments)

Last updated 4 August 2011
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Tests for Employment and Support Allowance 'humiliating and degrading'

Dr Helen Davidson photo When the number claiming they were too ill to work topped two million, the last Labour government decided enough was enough. They introduced radical reforms designed to get people off benefit and into jobs.

Last updated 3 August 2011
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Scheme to beat doorstep conmen launched in Carlisle

Scammers, bogus workmen, rogue traders and dodgy dealers. They come out to play when the sun is shining, according to Cumbria trading standards bosses.

Last updated 2 August 2011
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Will more competition lead to less on Cumbria's streets?

The former Mills shop on Carlisle’s Newtown Road reopened as a One Stop store last week. The shop underwent a refit with its layout altered, new stock added, prices cut and new signs erected.

Last updated 1 August 2011
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Blues festival has put Cumbrian town on map - claim

sandi thom photo This year’s Maryport Blues Festival will have a positive impact on the town and surrounding area, say locals.

Last updated 30 July 2011
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Cumbrian couple team up with driver of lorry that killed their son to back campaign

Toby Tweddell photo Nic and Monica Tweddell lost their son when he was just 25 years old. Toby died after a lorry being driven by a man with undiagnosed sleep apnoea ploughed into his car.

Last updated 27 July 2011
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Fears energy price rises will put more Cumbrians in fuel poverty

Ruth Willis fears the latest energy bills blow could not have come at a worse time. (2 comments)

Last updated 25 July 2011
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‘Cumbria as safe as any university is safe in the current climate’

Graham Upton photo This is a new starting point for the university,” Professor Graham Upton states as he reflects on his time at the University of Cumbria.

Last updated 23 July 2011
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‘Cumbrian kids taking party drug mephedrone are guinea pigs’

Dave Smith photo Warning somebody not to use an illegal drug is usually a straightforward business. You point out the dangers. You spell out what can go wrong. You hope they’ll be deterred.

Last updated 21 July 2011
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Anti-rail fare rises campaign launched at Carlisle station

Rail fares campaign photo Train fares are set to be hiked up by 28 per cent over the next three years. In 2012 they will increase at quadruple the rate of the rise of average UK salary. (9 comments)

Last updated 20 July 2011
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Mental health: The new focus on caring for Cumbria's children

We hear a lot about childhood obesity and the physical impact of modern life on our young people, but are we missing something?

Last updated 19 July 2011
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Charity that helps young Cumbrian sex abuse victims given extra money

Abigail Finnegan photo It should have been a fun evening of chat, music, and dancing. But for 13-year-old Joanne, going to the party became a terrifying turning point in her young life.

Last updated 14 July 2011
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Cycling doesn’t have to be so painful

Neil Withington photo Today is the 11th stage of the Tour de France and the headlines have been dominated by a series of spectacular crashes and painful injuries to riders.

Last updated 13 July 2011
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Cumbrian firms urged to look after mental health of staff

The economic situation is unsurprisingly making people stressed and in some cases actually ill with worry.

Last updated 12 July 2011
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Carlisle haulage boss happy to deal with autograph hunters

Andrew Tinkler photo It's not every day an interview with a businessman is interrupted by autograph hunters. But Andrew Tinkler is no ordinary businessman.

Last updated 11 July 2011
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Is The Autumn Statement good news for Cumbria?

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