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Burglars break into Allerdale Council

The building was broken into. Credit: Google Street View

Police are appealing for witnesses, after burglars broke into the council headquarters in Workington.

At around 2:29am on Saturday 29 July a window at Allerdale House, the base for Allerdale Borough Council, was smashed from the road near the Workington Reds football stadium.

A laptop worth around £1,500 was stolen from the building.

Anyone with information is asked to 101.

Dozens of Allerdale properties still affected by floods

Workington was one of the areas to be flooded. Credit: ITV Border

Dozens of properties in Allerdale are still reeling from last December's floods, according to the local council.

As of this week, 47 homes and 9 businesses are still affected, and Allerdale Borough Council is urging anyone who hasn't already done so to apply for a £5,000 flood resilience grant.

The local authority has already paid out more than £1.2 million in flood resilience grants.

We really want people to plan for the future and take advantage of these grants now – they are only available until 31 March 2017 and no-one knows what funding, if any, will be made available for resilience works in the future. Please don’t delay in making an application.

– Councillor Phil Tibble, Allerdale Borough Council

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Pound reaches record levels

Human pound sign in Wigton Credit: ITV Border

Nearly 1,600 people including local schoolchildren broke the world record for the biggest ever human pound sign in Wigton this morning.

The crowds gathered at Wigton Showfield for the stunt to recognise the town's role in the production of the new polymer £5 note.

The event was organised by North Allerdale Development Trust and smashed the previous record of 800 people.

Wigton-based Innovia is the firm behind the polymer technology used in the Bank of England's new £5 note.

Crowds gather in Wigton Credit: ITV Border

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New Wigton market set to open

Plans are almost complete for the launch of Wigton market on Friday 11th March.

Allerdale Borough Council and Wigton Town Council have been working together to build on the monthly produce and craft markets which have been taking place over the past year.

The market will be held every Friday on the recently refurbished Corn Market Area in front of St Mary’s Church, in the Market Hall, with potential plans to extend into the southern end of Water Street car park.

Around 20 stallholders are expected for the first market day.

“It’s going to be great to see a bustling market back in Wigton again, and we’re really pleased to be able to support Allerdale Borough Council and Geraud Markets to get this initiative up and running.”

– Alison Dodd, Clerk, Wigton Town Council

“This council has made a commitment to investing in our town centres to ensure that they thrive and are interesting and welcoming places to be. Wigton has had a market charter since the 1200s and we’re very pleased to be able to launch this new market.

"We know markets are just one way of attracting people to a town and that they add to its atmosphere and appeal so I wish the traders at the new Wigton venture every success.”

– Nik Hardy, Allerdale Borough Council’s Head of Economic Growth

Allerdale Council asking residents where to make cuts

Allerdale Borough Council Credit: Allerdale Borough Council

Residents in west Cumbria are being asked for their views on how £3.5 million can be cut from public services in Allerdale over the next four years.

Allerdale Borough Council has launched a public consultation that runs until 14 January and is urging as many people as possible to contribute.

The council says savings are needed due to a reduction in funding the authority receives from central government.

Your views: council's dog fouling crackdown

Dogs are no longer welcome at sections of around 20 parks in Allerdale. Credit: ITV Border

A local authority's plan to ban dogs from certain parts of its parks is polarising opinion on social media.

Allerdale Borough Council is bringing in the measures to make areas in which children and sports teams play cleaner, and safer.

Not fair for the genuine people who do clean up their dogs mess it takes a few seconds to clean it up it's a minority who don't."

– Stephen Lee Smith, Facebook

It only penalises responsible dog owners ........such a shame they've had to go to such extremes."

– Shelly Johnston, Facebook

About time,so many people think that dogs are humans. Reality check they are dogs."

– Andrea Lyndsey Baxter, Facebook

Seems barking........."

– Stuart Smith, Facebook

What annoys me is they never provide bins. Pick it up then do what with it. I do pick mine up but, annoys me there is never a bin to dispose it in?"

– Steph Felks, Facebook

Watch: cracking down on dog fouling

Allerdale Borough Council is cracking down on owners who let their dogs foul in the district's parks.

Dogs have been banned from certain areas, as Hannah McNulty has been finding out:

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