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Police concerned about man missing in Cleator Moor area

Stephen Nicholls. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are concerned about a 34-year-old man who is missing in the Cleator Moor area.

Stephen Nicholls was last seen at 10pm on Saturday 7 November, getting into a taxi on Tangier Street, Whitehaven, outside the Rock Bar.

He is described as white, 6ft, of slim build, with dark stubble on his face and scars on his arms.

He was last seen wearing a grey jumper, light denim jeans and grey canvas pumps.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Mr Nicholls to get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101.


Cumbrian couple launch 'grot spot' campaign

The couple want people to shame "grot spots" like this. Credit: ITV Border

A Cleator Moor couple are trying to inspire a community clean up, by posting pictures of the town's "grot spots".

Joan and John Poulart are sick of rubbish being dumped outside their home on Queen Street.

They've asking people to take their own photos of the town's "grot spots", which are covered in rubbish, and post them to the Cleator Moor Born and Bred Facebook page.

Woman charged following Cleator Moor stabbing

A woman has been charged with wounding with intent after a reported stabbing of a man on Sunday 28 December.

Vicky Rudd, aged 36, of High Street, Cleator Moor, was arrested after police were called to an incident in the area at 7:11pm.

A 28-year-old local woman was also arrested, but has since been released with no further action to be taken.

The man, aged 39, from Cleator Moor, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with serious injuries.

Rudd will next appear at West Cumbria Magistrates Court on Tuesday 30th December 2014.

'It was quicker to drive to Carlisle'

Scruffy Dog Media in Cleator Moor is one company that's just been connected to superfast broadband. Credit: ITV Border

Connecting Cumbria - a partnership between Cumbria County Council and BT - is celebrating getting 50,000 homes and businesses online with super fast broadband in 12 months.

Scruffy Dog Media in Cleator Moor is one company that's just been connected to superfast broadband.

"It's so important for companies to have access to modern means of communication. For us it's a vital way of reaching our clients. Before we'd have to leave files uploading over night. Once it was quicker for me to drive to Carlisle than have some designs sent over the internet."

– Lorna Hardy of Scruffy Dog Media

To get superfast broadband when it's been installed, the customer has to order an upgrade and has access to a number of internet service providers.


Sex abuser showed 'no remorse'

William "Jack" Richardson, who has been jailed for 16 years Credit: Cumbria Police

Prosecutors say a man who sexually abused five young girls in Cumbria over more than 20 years showed no remorse for his actions.

William Richardson, from Cleator Moor, commonly known as Jack, has been jailed for 16 years at Carlisle Crown Court for the abuse between 1976 and 1999. The victims’ ranged from five to 13 years.

Katie Nicolson, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “William Richardson is a sexual predator who got away with abusing young girls for many years. Today his crimes have caught up with him and he must face up to the consequences of his actions as he begins this prison sentence.

“He has shown no remorse for his actions. He made partial admissions to the police after he was arrested playing down the level of abuse to minimise his culpability. He then put his victims through the ordeal of having to relive the abuse he inflicted upon them at a trial. The jury saw through his half-truths and outright lies and found him guilty on all counts.

“This case is another example that no matter how long ago sexual abuse was committed, victims can see justice done. Richardson’s victims have shown great courage in coming forward and standing up to their abuser and I sincerely hope that they can now begin to move on with their lives.

12-year-old girl injured in hit and run

A 12-year-old girl from Cleator Moor has been injured in a hit and run in Cleator Moor.

She has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with serious injuries but they are not thought to be life threatening.

Officers were called to the scene on Leconfield Street in Cleator Moor at 8:12am this morning, Friday 11 July.

The road between The Square and the Co-Op store was closed but is now reopen.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the police.

'Serious' hit and run in Cleator Moor

Police are continuing to investigate a 'serious' incident on Leconfield Street in Cleator Moor.

Officers were called to the scene at 8:12am this morning, Friday 11 July, after reports of a hit and run.

Witnesses said a blue vehicle hit a pedestrian but failed to stop.

The road is closed between The Square and the Co-Op store and all motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the police.

Cumbrian vicar to walk 3 months across countries for charity

A vicar is setting off on a thousand mile walk that will take him from France across much of Northern Spain.

The Reverend Peter Turnbull from Cleator Moor is heading for the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.

Although it will be a spiritual journey for the vicar, he also hopes to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Matthew Taylor joined the vicar for his preparations.

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