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PLANS to turn a vacant retail unit into a Kingdom Hall for Jehovah’s Witnesses have been approved. Eden District Council has given the go-ahead for The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Britain’s proposal for the half-acre site, on the A66, Coupland Beck, in Appleby. According to the design and access statement: “The proposal is located adjacent a residential property. “The area is open rural farmland with just a handful of houses. “These comprise generally of two storey stone homes, render and rough cast walls under, generally, a slate roof.” It also stated: “ThJW Survey has obtained documents affirming that the Jehovah’s Witness headquarters in the United Kingdom has orchestrated a systematic takeover bid of all Kingdom Hall properties located in England, Scotland and Wales. In a letter dated November 8th, 2019, the London-based Kingdom Hall Trust announced that all UK congregations will dissolve their status as individual charities and become branches of the KHT. The Kingdom Hall Trust (KHT) is a Jehovah’s Witness legal corporation established in 1939 as the London Company of Kingdom Witnesses. On June 30, 1978, it was officially registeredLeaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses have been told to pay £62,000 in damages to a former member who was raped after door-to-door visits. The woman was attacked 30 years ago by Mark Sewell after evangelising for the religious group near Cardiff. A "judicial committee" of the group's elders found the allegations against Sewell "not proven" in an internal inquiry in 1991. But High Court judge Mr Justice Chamberlain ruled in the her favour. Read more:A grieving mother broke down in tears after she found a Jehovah's Witnesses pamphlet asking 'Can the dead really live again?' left at her son's grave. The woman and her daughter were visiting the 20-year-old's grave at Penrith Cemetery in western Sydney during the first Mother's Day since his suicide when they found the pamphlet. 'Can the dead really live again?' the pamphlet read on the front cover, with the options 'yes', 'no' and 'maybe'. The man's sister said her mother was already struggling to cope with her son's absence on Mother's Day before they found the flyer. 'M