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Cumbria shootings memorial tree damaged

The tree was dedicated to Isaac Dixon. Credit: ITV Border

A tree that was planted in memory of one of the victims of the West Cumbria shootings has been damaged.

The damage was caused at around 10pm, 20 July, when an offender, who was part of a group of young people, snapped the tree in half at Wyndham Place, Egremont.

The tree was dedicated to Isaac Dixon. Copeland Council say they will replace the tree in the autumn time.

The damage was caused at around 10pm, 20 July Credit: Cumbria Police

Any act of vandalism is unacceptable, but when you consider the reason why this tree was planted, it makes this episode absolutely despicable and shows a complete lack of respect.

I knew Isaac well – he was a popular figure in the Egremont area - and my thoughts are with his friends and family who were brought some solace in light of his tragic death by the planting of this tree in his memory."

– Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie

Anyone with information should email 101@cumbria.police.uk or 101, quoting log reference 262 of 20 July.

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Burst sewer affects Whitehaven harbour

The burst pipe has caused some damage to the road Credit: Creative Commons

Visitors to Whitehaven harbour are being warned to expect some disruption after a sewer burst on West Strand yesterday evening.

The burst caused some damage to the road and has resulted in temporary access arrangements at the West Strand Marina and car park, Old New Quay car park and The Beacon Museum.

Initial repair work in the early hours of Friday 21 July revealed that the pipe, which normally carries wastewater from the local pumping station up to Whitehaven treatment works, is covered in concrete.

United Utilities say they took the decision to stop work at 3am and continue this morning:

We’ll continue to liaise with Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners and Copeland Council to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and minimise any disruption in the harbour area over the weekend.”

– Andrew Kendall, Area Business Manager, United Utilities

Beck Burn wind farm opens in Cumbria

The site can deliver enough carbon electricity to approximately 18,800 homes Credit: MHW PR

EDF Energy Renewables has officially opened its Beck Burn wind farm in Cumbria.

The nine-turbine site at Solway Moss to the east of Gretna Green is capable of delivering up to 31.5 megawatts (MW) of low carbon electricity – enough to meet the average annual needs of approximately 18,800 homes*.

The formal opening of the wind farm was marked by the first awards to local organisations from the Beck Burn Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

EDF says it recognises the importance of supporting the communities they operate in:

Beck Burn wind farm represents another milestone for the company and for the UK’s low carbon credentials. We are proud to be part of Cumbria and to be investing in the local area with new power generation infrastructure."

– Don Mackay, Director of Operations, EDF Energy Renewables

New welcome sign to be unveiled at Penrith railway station

The new sign will be unveiled on Tuesday 25 July. Credit: Google maps

A new welcome sign at Penrith North Lakes railway station is set to greet visitors arriving by train over summer.

The new “Welcome to Penrith” sign is being unveiled at the station on Tuesday 25 July at 11.00 am and is hoped to encourage more people to explore what the town has to offer.

The sign comes as a result of a joint plan between Virgin Trains and Eden District Council’s tourism team.

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