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Police hunt child sex attacker in Workington

Police in Workington are hunting for a man after a serious sexual assault involving a nine-year-old girl.

Police were called to a café at Vulcan Park at 5.35pm yesterday evening (26th August) following a report that a nine-year-old girl had been assaulted by a man. Police say they are treating the incident 'extremely seriously'.

The man fled the scene through Vulcan Park towards Vulcans Lane in the general area of Brayton Street and Brown Street.

The man is described as:

  • White male
  • Short cropped hair
  • Approximately 5ft 8” tall
  • Slim to skinny build
  • Wearing a dark coloured top with some form on writing or motif on the front and dark coloured tracksuit bottoms, believed to be Adidas with three stripes down the sides.
  • His top may have been hooded

'We have launched an investigation into a serious sexual assault and we are treating this extremely seriously. The protection of children and vulnerable people within our community is our highest priority and thankfully these types of incidents are very rare. I would like to hear from anyone within the community who may have seen this male. I am keen to trace his movements immediately before the incident and I would like to know where he went after he fled the scene. I would urge anyone who may have seen this male to come forward urgently.'

– Detective Chief Inspector Mike Brown

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or go to Workington Police Station or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Ongoing school damages pose danger to public

Damages caused to a primary school and nursery in Longtown, Carlisle, are being investigated by police.

Between 22nd - 26th August slates and ridge tiles had been pulled from the roof, windows were broken and CCTV cameras had been damaged at Longtown Primary School and Pear Tree Nursery.

The police say it has been an 'ongoing problem' for the past five months and is causing distress to residents and staff.

'The latest damage is also potentially dangerous in that roof slates could fall on innocent members of the public including small children who use the facilities. In a small town such as Longtown every community facility is vital and there is a chance that if this continues, services may have to be withdrawn. Nobody wants to see this but it would be an inevitable consequence if this continues.'

– PC Dorinda Warwick, Cumbria Police

Police believe that those responsible for causing the damage live in the area. They ask that anyone with information contact the police.

Motorcyclist killed in crash

A male motorcyclist has died in a crash on the A713 road, north of Dalry, in Dumfries and Galloway.

A car and motorcycle crashed around 1pm today, Wednesday 27th August. The male riding the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation is underway and the road is closed. Diversions are routing traffic off the road at Dalmellington and at Dalry.

New factory creates 70 jobs

70 jobs will be created at a new factory in Cumbria.

TIS Cumbria Limited has opened its new workshop and rig hall in Workington. It's the largest new build fabrication facility in the area for more than 30 years.

The jobs that will be created from the new factory will include apprentices, to try and fill the skills shortage in the local area.

Tony O'Pray from TIS Cumbria Ltd explains more below:

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Water blending maintains quality in Eden Valley

This borehole retrieves water from 300 metres underground.
This borehole retrieves water from 300 metres underground. Credit: ITV Border

Engineers in the Eden Valley have found an original way to purify water before it reaches people's taps.

When United Utilities noticed increased nitrate levels in some of its raw water, it built two new boreholes both 300 metres deep.

Engineers now blend water from deep underground with water closer to the surface. The company says its helped to improve the quality of its product for people in Cumbria.

A similar technique is used by the mineral water industry.

Investigation into racial incident in Galashiels

An investigation into a racial incident that happened in Galashiels is being investigated by police.

After midnight on Saturday 23rd August a 31-year-old man was attacked and subjected to abuse by a group thought to be aged 14-15.

The incident took place on Melrose Road. It is thought the group contained one male and three females.

'This was a frightening incident for the victim who was racially abused by a group of teenagers. We are keen to catch those responsible so anyone who witnessed this, or has information that can assist with our enquiries, is urged to contact police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.'

– Inspector Tony Hodges
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