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Fans to take to social media as West Cumbrian rugby derby delay rolls on

Fans have taken to social media to complain about a delay of over an hour to the start of the Whitehaven RLFC v Workington Town derby.

The delay was reportedly due to items being missing or out of date in the medical kit.

Fans took to twitter as they waited for the match to start Credit: Twitter
Fans took to twitter as they waited for the derby to start Credit: Twitter

The game was due to kick off at 2pm. Just after 3.15pm the game finally commenced.

The match began shortly after 3.15pm Credit: Twitter


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Health Secretary orders investigation into NMC's handing of hospital baby death scandal

Joshua Titcombe who died after failings at Morecambe Bay Hospital Credit: Titcombe family

The father of Joshua Titcombe one of 11 babies to die after failings at Furness General's maternity unit has welcomed an investigation into the Nursing and Midwifery watchdog's handling of the baby death scandal.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked the Professional Standards Authority to carry out an independent investigation into the Nursing and Midwifery Council's handling of failings at Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.

The NMC's investigations are still ongoing more than eight years after the first complaints were made linking midwives to poor care at the trust.

An inquiry into failings at the trust by Bill Kirkup fin 2015 found a 'lethal mix' of failings lead to the avoidable deaths of at least 11 babies and one mother.

The inquiry said the midwives at Furness general were so cavalier they became known as “the musketeers”, with a culture of denial, collusion and incompetence.

James Titcombe, who along with a number of parents has campaigned for change said it was a 'relief' to know the 'ineptitude' of the NMC will be properly examined.


5,500 ride steam train's first 3 days in 50 years

Northern Railway says 5,500 people travelled on its special steam train. Credit: PA

Northern Railway says 5,500 people travelled on its special steam train service over the three days it was in operation.

It was the first steam train to run on a scheduled main line in Britain for almost half a century.

The locomotive ran on the Carlisle to Settle line between Appleby and Skipton.

“It was great to see so many customers entering into the spirit of the celebration. To be able to bring Tornado to such an iconic and visually stunning line, as a way of saying thank you, was a genuine pleasure. Running a 21st Century timetabled steam service is unprecedented in England and though there were challenges along the way, there is no doubt that Tornado’s visit was a remarkable success.”

– Paul Barnfield, Regional Director at Northern

“There must be lessons here about the demand for steam, scenery and rail travel in general."

– Douglas Hodgins, Friends of Settle and Carlisle Line Chairman

Part of the route suffered after the floods of December 2015. It was hoped this service would boost tourism near affected communities.

“To see the many thousands who travelled and many thousands more enjoying the event at the line side made the endeavour very worthwhile and delivered a welcome boost to the local community and small businesses after recent challenges."

– Graeme Bunker, Operations Director for the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust
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