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EDITOR’S NOTE It hit me last month when the TV was flooded with advertising for Father’s Day - 90’s dance music compilations (which I wanted) and electric shavers (which I thought were reasonably priced) that I’m getting on a bit. I’ve noticed little things creeping in... Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still have no idea what time it is. I genuinely can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least ‘a bit’ tired. I never know when it will strike, but there is often a moment at work when I know for sure that I am not going to do anything productive for the rest of the day, and I pondered this the other day... I know my shirts and underwear gets dirty, but Trousers? Trousers never get dirty, and you can wear them forever. And women... I know I’m not going to understand women. I’ll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, and still be afraid of a spider. Congratulations to Debbie Beattie, Parklands Village, who has won a meal for 4 at Waltons Bar at The Crown Hotel, and well done to our intrepid explorers Abigail and Millie who found South Bear, and Frances who found the North Bear.

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NAME Mick McFarlane Marital status Married to Lynn with daughter Georgia and a new addition, Bailey, an 11-week old Cocker-Poo Puppy LIVES Branthwaite, near Cockermouth JOB Owner, ConserVclean

My motto in life Carpe Diem - ‘Seize the day’. Don’t waste your life regretting the things that you have done, only regret the things that you should have done, but didn’t. The person I admire most: Thomas More, the Patron Saint of politicians. Somebody who stuck his neck out, literally, for what he believed to be right, instead of just looking after his own interests. My life would be a lot easier if Diesel was free! My simple solution Don’t worry about issues, especially those over which you have no control. Worry never makes anything better and most of the time the issues about which people worry never come to pass My favourite film The Battle of Britain; always has been since I was five years old. I am most proud of Well, like any dad, achievements of my daughter. The things I like most about my job are the flexibility of owning my own business, which means I am able to achieve a work/family balance. Also, meeting lots of different people and “having the crack” with them. Lynn is sure that if I did not talk so much I would be home two hours earlier each day. From Top: My hobbies Now that I am too old to play Rugby League The Battle of any more I took up Scuba Diving and Skiing to continue the Britain is Mick’s adrenalin rush. Also, while I am doing my job, people often favourite film think I am talking to myself. In fact, I am plugged into my and Scuba Diving i-pod learning languages as I work. Please feel free to start is a favourite up a conversation if you see me doing this. Lynn thinks I hobby am most fluent in Double Dutch. Front Cover picture courtesy of Jesse Knibbs [] DESIGNED & PRODUCED BY: Michaela Corrie Design [] PRINTED BY: H&H Reeds Printers, Penrith, Cumbria

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VILLAGE LIFE SARAH BRIGGS One day the tubes weren’t running and I started chatting to a lady at a bus stop. She looked at me as if I was mad and moved away slightly.


hatever born and bred Cumbrians may think, the pace of life is definitely and gloriously slower here. People have time for each other. If I stopped and spoke to a complete stranger when I lived in London he’d have thought I was planning to mug him. One day the tubes weren’t running and I started chatting to a lady at a bus stop. She looked at me as if I was mad and moved away slightly. Craw Hall in Brampton got even slower recently when it was closed for about 5 weeks, which was absolute bliss. My two-year old could zoom into the town centre on his balance bike, me racing to keep up, without having to keep hopping on and off the pavement to avoid oncoming pedestrians or piles of dog poo (I guess with workmen around any defiling dog owners were too conscious of being spotted to leave their dogs’ contamination lying). I could also turn out of Ash Lea without fear of pulling out in front of someone coming too fast towards me, unseen around the bend. Personally, I’m calling for the road either to be kept shut to vehicles or made one-way for traffic going towards Castle Carrock. Anyone want to sign my petition? Drivers going too fast is one of my

bugbears. The crime rate may be lower in Cumbria than almost anywhere else in the UK but my husband and I live in dread of our children’s lives being cut short due to the lunatic overtaking we see, and newspaper reports of accidents, often with a young person injured or killed, seem far too frequent. As a converted boyracer I am of course completely justified in being on my high horse about such things…. And parking?! Perhaps people don’t bother to learn to park up here? What especially irritates me are the people who are too lazy to walk the extra couple of yards to the takeaway. There was a car parked at the corner of Union Lane and Front Street yesterday. There’s quite often a queue of cars there in one direction or the other anyway, let alone when some idiot parks there. I’m sure it was only because someone had gone into the chippy. Of course the other big excitement in our rural lives (which in fact are anything but dull – Londoners you know nothing!) was when a helicopter circled low over Brampton then landed in the park. Sadly it was because there had been an accident at the junction just by Colin Moore. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it had been caused by people parking there, making visibility – and pulling out - tricky.

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Update on current investments


he UK market is still “nowhere near” the inflated levels seen in the build up to the financial crisis, according to Old Mutual Investors head of equities, Ashton Bradbury in Investment Adviser (April 29th). Instead, he has predicted growth of between 5-6% this year as markets continue to improve. He insisted that, in spite of the rally in the past six months, valuations were not close to the “significant premium” seen particularly in the mid-cap area of the UK market prior to the crisis. “The penny is just beginning to drop with investors. Bond bubble fears are now a common theme, but more recently the high yield sector has come under the spotlight following high returns in 2012. Ben Pakenham, European high yield portfolio manager at Aberdeen Asset Management, notes in Investment Adviser (April 29th) “As is the case for much of the fixed income universe, both sovereign and corporate names, it is certainly true that investors thirst for income has pushed up the prices of so-called junk bonds. Benchmark returns last year ranged between 25-30% so a pause for breath, at the very least, would be welcome”. Melanie Mitchell, co-fund manager of Kames High Yield Bond fund, points out, “There are many ways to look at valuations in high yield. So the answer to whether there is a bubble depends on how you’re looking at it (valuations) and which parts you’re looking at (quality). Obviously you need to get adequately compensated for the risk you’re taking when holding any high yield bond, but those risks are not just about default they are also about liquidity or lack thereof”. Gary Potter, co-head of multi-manager at F & C Investments, said in Investment Week (April 29th) that managers seem to be placing too much faith in the EM consumer story. “the valuation entry point does not look attractive,

the sector has had a phenomenal decade but it is not sustainable. I am treading carefully investing in GEM funds because of this, and last month moved neutral from overweight stance”. M & G’s Matthew Vaight, manager of the Global Emerging Markets fund, has moved underweight consumer staples as he said the sector is a crowded trade. “The emerging consumer is a great story, but what is debatable is whether, from a valuation perspective, there is enough value to invest in these defensive names. Where next for the cautious investor? Against all odds, equities and other risk assets gained strength over the first quarter of the year, energised by an unprecedented period for central bank activity. Suggestions that a great rotation out of stocks into bonds is occurring have been somewhat exaggerated, as we continue to see inflows into both these asset classes. Our outlook in the short term is neither overly bullish nor are we too bearish – the second quarter is likely to be a period of flat or modest strength for risk assets. Monetary policy has played a big part in the rally in markets, but there may be fewer fresh initiatives in the coming period. In our view, central bank policies will probably have less influence on the markets in the latter half of the year. Given this backdrop, property appears to be an increasingly attractive asset class, particularly if a period of market consolidation is ahead of us. Property can be an alternative to high yield bonds, offering a similar yield but with fewer valuation concerns. Additionally, property could also act as a ‘stepping stone’ asset for investors who are looking to rotate out of bonds, but are not yet comfortable investing on equities.

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veryone has the opportunity to better their frontages. First impressions count. They stick - forever. So where do we begin. I can tell you. It’s your front door. Yes that’s right your front door. This may appear a little random. I am a health columnist after all, but stay with me on this. At some point today you may find yourself lingering by someone’s front door. Take a closer look. Is the knocker shiny, does the paintwork need tidied up? What colour is it? Whilst you ponder, you are building an impression, and this before the door has even opened. Very ‘Through the keyhole’. If your knocker is not shiny and interesting – ours is a bumblebee – then this needs to be addressed. The paint chipped and in need of a touch up, ditto. You can see where this is going. Our entire life should be carefully managed. Outward appearances do count. It is all an exercise in public perception. Before you scream “I haven’t got time” and I can hear you even here in Cumrew. You have. Everyone has is how they choose to spend it. Standards must be kept and again I can hear you question, “why”. Isn’t this shallow and superficial? Well yes and no. If you take pride in your outwardly impressions then others will form a positive opinion of you. You will attract like-minded souls. The most beautiful front door ever seen in these parts has appeared. How timely. It conjures up summer itself and is absolutely stunning. It is bright and shiny with a beautiful central door knob. I dare you not to be inspired. No need to elaborate any further. Perhaps I can tell you it is sunshine yellow. You will know when you see it. It’s on your doorstep. Happy holidays.

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Garden Feature Life and the odd gardening tip from garden editor Jason Hindmoor

done or said in my wife’s dreams. I don’t know what category that comes under so I’ve put it under entertainment. Household Maintenance - I’ve recently been rebuilding one of my wife’s wardrobes which fell his week over through the night and pinned us to my Mother the bed. This was due to my wife not being in Law able to decide between her summer and bought me a winter wardrobe. Trying to store both sets card that read ‘Fat Lazy Pig’. This wasn’t of clothes in the same wardrobe was asking for any particular occasion; she just saw it for trouble. We and thought of me. This got me thinking would have still have been trapped in the that the modern man is a much maligned bed now if John creature. When I think arrived to of all the thankless duties I don’t know what hadn’t pick me up for work we men are responsible I’ve been loading since and heard our cries for I’m amazed and we perform all these jobs with then but it does explain for help. That’s all can fit in the the minimum of fuss week why I can never find a Icolumn this issue. after week only asking for clean cup. So my list is to be a special chair that we can continued……. call our own in the living


room and custody of the remote control. I’ve started to compile a list for my Mother in Law that clearly shows the immense workload that I have. So far I’ve got ‘Family security and safety’ - this includes responding at a moment’s notice to any noises in the middle of the night. This tends to be when I wake myself up by snoring and then go downstairs to investigate what the noise is. ‘Waste Disposal’ - I have to put the bins out which isn’t as simple as it sounds because if there is a Bank Holiday you need a team of Harvard graduates to work out the next collection date. I don’t mind most of the recycling but I don’t like the glass recycling bin. For some reason I keep feeling the need to apologise for the amount of bottles that end up in there. I’ve taken to leaving post it notes attached to the glass recycling bin explaining that we had 4 people over on Saturday and none of them were driving and that I like to bathe in beer as it’s good for the skin. Anyway next is ‘Car Maintenance’ - this includes explaining to the wife that car tyres are not solid and do occasionally need air in them. Also that the windscreen washer needs to be filled up if you expect anything to come out of the jets. I did have ‘Loading the Dishwasher’ on my list until my wife kindly explain that we haven’t had a dishwasher since 1998. I don’t know what I’ve been loading since then but it does explain why I can never find a clean cup. Entertainment - this normally involves being held to blame if there is nothing to watch on the TV and expected to provide a witty Romcom at a moment’s notice and then sit through it, feigning interest and not sleeping. I also seem to be increasingly responsible for things that I’ve

The question that I get asked more often than any other is what is the best lawnmower? It’s a difficult question to answer because lawnmowers are like cars and it’s often a matter of personal taste and horses for courses. Most of the bigger Hayters and Honda’s are excellent but my vote goes to the French made Etesia mowers. Preferably one with a Honda or Kawasaki engine. These things are serious money but they’ll cut and collect wet grass like no other mower and with regular maintenance they are capable of literally thousands of hard commercial hours of work. I also hear good things about the bigger Viking/Stihl mowers which are also very popular with the commercial operators. Often good well maintained quality second hand mowers such as the ones previously mentioned represent better value than a new cheap DIY store special. Buy a cheap new mower and chances are it will clog up with damp grass, start when it feels like it and have a seriously short life span. You have been warned.


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Mouth-watering inspiration from food editor Jane Ferguson


the other day which I used to make when my hey say that opposites attract and children where younger and they loved it after 33 years of marriage I can The name is great too - ‘Savoury Mince honestly say that this statement Beano’. - Fry 1 chopped onion and 4 rashhas some truth in it. Not wanting ers of chopped bacon in 1 tablespoon oil to sound too royal, but ‘my husband and I’ for about 2 mins. Add 1lb minced beef and are different in so many ways. Don’t get me stir until browned. Stir in ½ pint beef stock, 1 wrong, there are many things we both enjoy, tsp mixed herbs, dash Worcester sauce, salt such as scouring auction houses, eating out, and pepper to taste and cook for 35 mins. going to the theatre, but that is about it. In the meantime cook 3oz macaroni as per Whereas I am ‘a people person’, my husband packet instructions. Blend would be quite happy Everything has a place, tsp cornflour with 1 tbsp living in the middle of and if it hasn’t, then he sherry and add this to the nowhere tinkering with beef mixture. will make a box that his motor bike. As for Stir until thickened. Finally fits it exactly! music don’t get me add the cooked macaroni started, we are poles and 15oz tin baked beans, cook until heated apart. Anyone who knows my husband through and serve. This is a real child Ian, will know how meticulous he is when pleaser and a great mid-week meal. it comes to most things. Me? Not so much. For example, when we are preparing for a wedding, we have to take everything with us, which takes some doing I can tell you. If it A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman want to get into the Olympics, was left up to me, things would be piled up but they haven’t got tickets. The high and I am sure there would be breakages Scotsman picks up a manhole cover, along the way. Ian, on the other hand, has it tucks it under his arm and walks to the down to a fine art. Everything has a place, gate. “McTavish, Scotland”, he says, and if it hasn’t, then he will make a box that “Discus” and in he walks. fits it exactly, and I mean exactly! At the end The Englishman picks up a length of the evening, everything is counted and of scaffolding and slings it over his verified, which at the end of a 20 hour shift shoulder. “Waddington-Smith, England” used to drive me insane, but I have come to he says, “Pole Vault” and in he walks. accept that he is not going to change so just The Irishman looks around and picks go along with it. So rather than being opup a roll of barbed wire and tucks posite, I think it is more that we complement it under his arm. “O’Malley, Ireland” each other, which sounds much nicer. he says, “Fencing”. Anyhow back to food. I came across a recipe The Rules of Cricket (As explained to the wife). You have two sides: one is in and one is out. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When both sides have been in and out including the ‘not outs’ that’s then end of the game. Simples.

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Travel editor Stephen Dent tells you what to see and where to stay


aving recently returned from the beautiful island of Mauritius as a guest of Beachcomber, let me share with you the delights of the island with its endless silky white beaches, sparkling waters and welcoming locals which make this paradise island a perfect destination for a dream holiday or honeymoon. Established over 23 years ago, Beachcomber were the first hotel company on the island of Mauritius, therefore having the pick of the prime locations and beaches. All eight of the luxurious Beachcomber Hotels on Mauritius are designed to make the most of their magnificent surroundings, letting you soak up the unique Mauritian atmosphere whether you are stretching out on the white sands, teeing off beside the sparkling Indian Ocean, or lingering over a chilled drink at sunset. Each hotel is as welcoming as the next, and offer the same exemplary level of service. There are so many extra touches and thoughtful details included when you stay at a Beachcomber hotel in Mauritius. All inclusive is now available at four hotels - Shandrani Resort & Spa, Le Victoria, Le Canonnier and Le Mauricia. In my opinion, the Shandrani Resort & Spa is fantastic - it offers the island’s finest all-inclusive package with champagne by the glass (from 6pm), a la carte dining and much much more. A complimentary 45 minute massage is included for all adults staying all inclusive at the Shandrani.

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average temperatures rarely dropping OTECTED ATOL PR RE DAY CACelsius. below 24 degrees Mauritius LI O H 24/7 Families are particularly well catered for does have rainfall year round, but it perator too. Each hotel offers complimentary access est tour o prices! tends to fall in short, sharpbshowers. to the Bob Marlin Miniclub designed for 3 '9The 8398 8, )1-((0)1%2 sea temperature remains warm ˆ;,30)7 %0)46-' to 12 year olds. The Troux Aux Biches and enough to swim in throughout the year. )7 Le Victoria Hotels also offer a teenager’s club during busy periods.


If you’re a keen golfer, I recommend staying at Paradis or Dinarobin where the golf club is literally on your doorstep. Alternatively, you can take advantage of two further 18hole golf courses just 20mins drive away from Paradis and Dinarobin and enjoy VIP treatment. The Shandrani Resort & Spa also offers a pitch & putt 9 - hole course which is great fun. For those with a bit more energy, many land and watersports are included free. Sailing schools, deep sea fishing and scuba diving are available at certain hotels for an extra cost. For the romantics amongst us, marry at any of the Beachcomber hotels and Beachcomber will guarantee yours will be the only wedding in the resort that day. With dedicated wedding planners in Mauritius and a wedding planner here in the UK, Beachcomber promise you the wedding of your dreams. Each hotel comes with a magnificent spa or impressive wellness centre. Discover fine inviting Clarins Spas at Royal Palm, Dinarobin, Paradis, Trou Aux Biches and


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F-Type Jaguar Which Model? V6 S Verdict? Better than a Boxster


recent survey revealed the average age of owners of 800 different car models from 90 different manufacturers. The manufacturers with the oldest drivers are Volvo (42), Mercedes (43) and Jaguar (47). Not surprisingly, the typical age of a Toyota Prius driver is 50. The average Porsche owner however is a youthful, vibrant 39 years old - with the Cayenne, Boxsters and 911 all typically owned by someone just about to turn 40. [ahem, February 5th 2014 to be precise]. These stats confirm my thoughts about this new F-Type Jaguar. It has been compared to the Porsche Boxter, which I like, and not to sound too like Aldi, I like this Jaguar too. This new Jaguar F-Type is jaw droppingly beautiful. From every angle this car is stunning, especially the back of the car with its broad width and thin red light strip it almost hints at the BMW Z8, but really the shape and style reminds you of the F-Types bloodline, its most iconic predecessor the E-Type. On ignition, it gives a rifle shot of noise as it bursts into life, and a simple squeeze of the throttle gives your ears a treat with a guttural roar and then a final sharp crack as the revs settle back down. On the ‘S’ Models, a button can be pressed to alter the exhaust note, so if you don’t want to give someone a heart attack as you

drive through a sleepy village you have the option of turning the noise down….[yeah, right]. The F-Type I test drove was the V6S, which has a 3 litre Supercharged V6 engine which delivers 375bhp giving you 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds. Theatricals of exhaust noises aside [reminiscent of November 5th at Bitts Park] the F-Type is a really easy car to drive and the brakes are very reassuring. The way you can quickly shift through the 8 speed gearbox is a joy and how finely balanced the car is makes you want to throw it into every bend possible without the fear of ending up into the nearby hedgerow. The passenger can partake in this white knuckle ride too with grab handles on the centre console, alternatively, suggest both arms are elevated skyward. Once you have finished your journey, you can impress your co-pilot by announcing how many G they have just endured via the touch screen information panel, and once you switch the Air-Con on, the air vents rise up out of the dash, switch the fans off and they quietly disappear out of view, very CSI. Jaguar have every right to be very proud of this car. It is an exceptional sports car, full of life and in the best sports car to emerge from Britain in a very long time. I handed it back, and quietly got on with my mid-life crisis. MANY THANKS TO: Damon Lloyd Jaguar, Carlisle 01228 888000 Written by Andrew Corrie [Editor]

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On Your Bike Cycling tips and advice from sport editor Gary Dickson


hings are changing. In the past bike shops were primarily the domain of men, but this is definitely no longer the case. These days many women are “into” bikes in a big way and the trend is growing fast. This is increasingly driven by high achieving women cycle athletes that are appearing on national news and who are the focus of cycling magazines. Also the general awareness and interest people have in health & fitness is encouraging a wide interest in cycling that keeps growing year on year. Manufacturers see a huge growth area in the women’s market and continue to bring out top performing products with women in mind. When you walk onto the showroom floor of many a bike shop the vast majority of bikes you’ll see are designed around the proportions of the average man. Women are built differently, and this is where WSD comes in. WSD is short for “Women’s Specific Design”. On average if you are a woman and want a great fitting bike you need a bike that has been specifically designed with you, its rider, in mind. It’s not just a case of build a smaller frame and that’s the job sorted. On average women have shorter torsos, shorter arms, and longer legs than a man of the same height. Often when women sit on a man’s bike they find the reach to the handlebar is an uncomfortable stretch. As you probably guessed there are a lot of other differences between men and women and these

need attention too when designing a great bike that feels comfortable and handles well. Again, on average, women have smaller hands and feet, narrower shoulders and wider hips. All these differences are taken into consideration in a truly WSD bike. Below are a few of these differences:• FRAME Although the frame may look similar to that of a man’s bike it has been totally redesigned including a top bar which is shorter enabling a more comfy reach. • HANDLEBARS & STEM The handlebars are smaller (narrower, shallower drop, and shorter reach). The stem may be shorter and more upright to reduce reach to the bars. • BRAKES & GEARS These are sized smaller for smaller hands • SADDLE When a person is in a seated position, his or her weight typically rests on a section of bone called the ischial tuberosity. Put simply a woman’s sit bones are wider so a WSD saddle will be wider at the rear to accommodate this. It’s not just bikes that are fully female

friendly, today there is abundance of clothing, shoes, helmets, gloves, etc, that are all designed with women in mind. There is a load more technical stuff that can be gone into regarding this subject, however if you are a woman wanting a comfy bike with outstanding performance make sure you have WSD in mind. If you are just getting started on cycling your local bike shop will be happy to give assistance so you get the most suitable products. The better the fit, the greater your comfort, stability, power and control. A great-fitting bike with the right kit is a joy to ride. “I’ve invited a friend home for tea, dear” said the husband to his wife. “What? Are you crazy? The house is a mess, I didn’t go shopping, all the dishes are dirty, and I don’t feel like cooking a fancy meal!” “I know all that”. “Then, why did you invite a friend for supper?” “Because the poor chap is thinking about getting married.”

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A look into Carlisle’s past with history editor David Ramshaw PC Fortune, went


n October 1885 Netherby near Longtown, the home of the Graham family, was the scene of a robbery which led to the murder of a Carlisle police constable. The criminals concerned were known as the Rudge, Martin and Baker gang. At 8.15pm, a housemaid passing Lady Graham’s bedroom door noticed that it was closed and found it to be locked. She knew it had been left unlocked and reported the matter. Sir Frederick discovered that his home had been burgled, by the bedroom’s open window and its door secured from the inside. Valuable jewellery had been stolen. It was likely that the offenders had been disturbed by the housemaid, so the police at Longtown were informed and details were telegraphed to nearby police stations, including Carlisle. Some three hours later, Sergeant John Roche and Constable Jacob Johnstone intercepted four men on the Scotland Road at Kingstown. Both officers were shot by the men, Johnstone sustaining serious injuries. The assailants made off towards the city. PC16 Roche Christopher Fortune was on r to c e Insp ed) the Denton Holme beat and (wound about 2.30am, next morning he was sent to Dalston Road level-crossing in case the fleeing felons had escaped via the ‘goods’ line which circled the centre of Carlisle. The gate-keeper said he had seen three men going towards Denton Holme a few minutes earlier. Very bravely

Netherby Hall with inset of Geddes, the goods guard


alone after the men. At Rome Street he saw three men and caught up with them near Bog Road roadbridge. He called out “Hello chaps, what’s up here at this time of the morning?” He got a good ) n ly beate e look at their faces r e v e s ( before a fourth man struck him over the head. He sustained a savage kicking and was left for dead. On regaining consciousness he crawled to the signal box at Rome Street, where the signalman, Thomas Evans, first heard and then saw the officer. He thought that PC Fortune had been struck by a train, so badly was he injured. Eventually PC Fortune made his way back to the police station in West Walls (no ambulances in those days). The criminals were not seen again until the following evening at Plumpton railway station, asking about trains to London. Told there were none till next morning, they went into the village. The village policeman, Constable Byrnes, was advised by messenger, that the three men, were at the station. When he arrived, the men had left, so he returned to the village. Meanwhile, the suspects were seen going into the Pack Horse Inn. As they left, at about half past eight, Constable Byrnes challenged them and was callously shot through the head and thrown over a roadside wall into a field. He was found about an hour later and taken into the Inn, but died at 1am next morning.

Citadel Station as it would be when Baker was nearly lynched

That day the guard on a freight train travelling south saw three men climb into a wagon as he was leaving Penrith. He kept them under observation, whilst dropping messages from his moving train. The train stopped at Tebay just as a telegraph signal was received in response to his Constable Joh messages. Gaddes quickly got (severly wou nstone nded) several railway workers and searched the train. On finding them a revolver was drawn but railwaymen, armed with makeshift weapons, struck down two of the gang, lashing them to posts until the police arrived to take them back to Carlisle. Baker escaped and clambered back on board but he was arrested at Lancaster. He was returned to Carlisle where a large excited crowd had gathered. As the police dragged Baker along the platform, the crowd surged forward with the intention of lynching him. The police had to draw their batons and beat off the crowd. At Cumberland Assizes, the prisoners were charged with the murder of Constable Byrnes and with attempting to murder Sgt. Roche and Constable Johnstone at Kingstown and Constable Fortune in Carlisle. They pleaded ‘not guilty’ but Constable Fortune positively identified all three as the men who had attacked him. Outlining the circumstances of PC Fortune’s case, counsel said, “He was fearfully beaten by an iron instrument and thrown down an embankment … a pistol shot would have roused the neighbourhood.” All three were found guilty and sentenced to death. Judge Day told them, “You have no hope of a pardon … not at the hands of man.” This is only a brief synopsis of the story. Read it in full in ‘Watching Over Carlisle, the history of Carlisle City Police Force’, available from

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