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Renewed appeal to find missing man in Workington

David Brannigan Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are renewing their appeal to find a 35-year-old man, who is missing and thought to be in the Workington area.

David Brannigan, from Cockermouth, went missing from his home in the town on Friday 28 August.

A dog walker believes he spoke to him in the Slag Banks area of Shorehills in Workington, on Sunday 30 August.

He was seen to have an injured right hand that was bandaged, and he was carrying a large clear water canister with a blue screw cap lid.

Then, on Monday, articles found near the shore led police to believe he had entered the water, though there is no confirmation of this.

We cannot be certain that Mr Brannigan entered the water and therefore have pursued numerous lines of enquiry.

As well as searching the water and coastline we have searched wooded areas, have reviewed CCTV, have spoken to members of the public and those who work in nearby shops and pubs.

We have also spoken to many taxi drivers as we are keen to establish how Mr Brannigan got to Workington from Cockermouth. Did you give him a lift? Did you see him hitch-hiking or walking?

Any information could be vital in tracing this missing man, and I would urge anyone who could assist the search to please come forward.”

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harwood

Anyone with information should contact Workington Police on 101.

Police renew appeal to find David Brannigan

David Brannigan Credit: Cumbria Police

Police have renewed their appeal to the public to help find a missing man from Cockermouth.

David Brannigan, 35, was seen late on Friday night (28 August) by his family at his home in the town.

He was reported missing, and since the police's first appeal they've been contacted by a dog walker, who believes he spoke to him on Sunday (30 August) at around 3:20pm.

This was in the slag banks area at Shorehills in Workington, at the highest point at the Workington cross.

He had an injured right hand that was bandaged, and he was carrying a large clear water canister with a blue screw cap lid.

The area where Mr Brannigan was seen on Sunday is frequented by members of the public, particularly dog walkers, and is not far away from Derwent Howe where local shops and restaurants are located. Did you see him in the area?

We are also keen to establish how Mr Brannigan got to Workington from Cockermouth. Did you give him a lift? Did he get on your bus or in your taxi? Did you seen him hitch-hiking or walking? Has he been in your shop or pub?

Any information, no matter how small, is vital to trace Mr Brannigan’s movements during this time and I urge anyone who could assist this search to come forward.”

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harwood

Articles found near the shore on Monday morning (31 August) led Police to think Mr Brannigan may have entered the water.

But there is still no confirmation of this, and detectives are continuing to pursue numerous lines of enquiry.

Anyone with information should contact them on 101.


Concern for missing 35-year-old Cockermouth man

David Brannigan Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 35-year-old man who has gone missing from Cockermouth.

As part of an on-going search of the water in the Lighthouse area of Workington, Police are looking for David Brannigan, who was last seen on Friday (August 28th) at an address in Cockermouth.

He is described as a white male, of medium build, 6ft tall, with cropped, light brown hair. He has tattoos on both arms, a finger, and on an ankle.

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

Articles found by a member of the public near to the shore at 10am this morning, led Police to believe that Mr Brannigan may have entered the water. We are therefore carrying out a thorough search of the area as a precaution.

However, there is no confirmation that he has gone into the water and we are appealing to anyone who may have seen Mr Brannigan today, or who has any information, to get in touch. We also urge Mr Brannigan to let Police know you are safe and well if you see this appeal.”

– Inspector Richard Smillie

World Rally Finland 2015

M-Sport's state-of-the-art workshop at Dovenby Hall near Cockermouth Credit: ITV Border

Every night this week on Lookaround, ITV Border are bringing you a special insight into one of West Cumbria's largest employers.

M-Sport world rally team are based near Cockermouth, but spend most of their time travelling the globe competing in the World Rally Championship.

ITV has unprecedented access to the drivers, cars and all the action from one of the most exciting rallies in the world, Rally Finland.

Tune into tonight's evening news to see the first instalment which takes us back to where it all began.

Rally Credit: ITV Border

Ben Stokes bowls career best during Ashes triumph

England's Ashes-winning players celebrated an unforgettable Ashes success at Trent Bridge, taking the final three wickets to seal an-innings-and-78-run win and an unassailable 3-1 lead with a game to spare.

Durham's Mark Wood and Ben Stokes celebrate after winning the Ashes. Credit: PA

Cockermouth's Ben Stokes picked up his sixth wicket of the innings when he had Mitchell Starc caught by Ian Bell at second slip. It earned him his career best in bowling with six wickets for 36 runs in the second innings.

Fellow Durham teammate Mark Wood, from Ashington, then cleaned up Josh Hazlewood for a duck. He followed it up by the all important final wicket, scattering Nathan Lyon's stumps before wheeling away in celebration.

Credit: PA

After the win England's record wicket-taker, James Anderson, told Sky Sports: "It was amazing. What a feeling going round the field. Ben Stokes' performance in the second innings was incredible. I can't believe we've managed to achieve it."


Ben Stokes catches out the Aussies

Cockermouth's Ben Stokes' superb catch on day one of the Third Ashes Test Credit: PA

Ben Stokes took a stunning catch on day one of the Third Ashes Test match as Australia were bowled out for just 60.

The Durham all-rounder who grew up in Cockermouth caught Adam Voges at fifth slip off the bowling of Chris Broad who took eight wickets.

Ben Stokes celebrates his sensational catch Credit: PA

Stokes took another slip catch to take the wicket of Nathan Lyon to finish off the Australian innings at Trent Bridge.

England will now hope to build a big first innings lead which would put them in pole position to re-claim the Ashes.

Foodbank: Demand is greater than supply

One of many food parcels for children who usually receive free school meals Credit: ITV News Border

The North Lakes foodbank in Cockermouth has issued a plea for donations. It says demand is greater than supply.

The charity is giving food parcels to children who would normally receive free school meals during term time.

School children meet Tour of Britain mascot

Children with the Tour of Britain mascot Credit: Cumbria County Council

The end of the summer term is always special for school children and ToBi, the official mascot of the Aviva Tour of Britain, helped make it even more magical for two primary schools in Cumbria this week.

Yanwath School near Penrith and All Saints Primary School in Cockermouth are both on the route of the two Cumbrian stages of the big race in September.

ToBi visited the schools to encourage any last-minute entries in the ‘Design the starting flag’ and ‘Design the winner’s jersey’ school competitions, which closes for entrants on the last day of the school term.

The two local sponsors of the competitions, Cockermouth-based automotive engineering business M-Sport and United Utilities were also at the schools to mark their backing of the big race. Both M-Sport (starting flag) and United Utilities (winner’s jersey) will be involved in the judging, with the winners announced at the end of the summer holidays.

The two companies say backing the Cumbrian stages of the UK’s largest free sporting event is an important symbol of their support for the local community, as they recognise the economic and longer-term benefits the Aviva Tour of Britain brings to the county.

Standing from left to right next to the M-Sport rally car behind the seated children from All Saints Primary, Cockermouth are Mr Stretch (Active Cumbria performer), ToBi (Tour of Britain mascot) and John Hilton, Project Director from United Utilities Credit: Cumbria County Council

“Cockermouth will have never seen anything like the start of the Tour before and we’re excited to be getting behind the race. For me, there is no bigger adrenaline rush than being behind the wheel of a world rally car, and I’m sure it’s something similar for the cyclists at the start line of the Tour of Britain.

"I’d like to see the flag competition entries come up with a design that captures all of the excitement, energy and glory that comes with competing at the top level of your chosen sport.”

– Malcolm Wilson, former World Championship rally driver
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