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Father and daughter, 2, remain critical after A66 crash

A 22-year-old man and his two-year-old daughter remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital, following a horror crash on the A66.

Adam Pearson and Ava Pearson, from Maryport, were in a BMW that was involved in an accident on the A66 near Strawberry How, Cockermouth on Tuesday (September 29).

It happened on the A66 between Cockermouth and Dubwath. Credit: ITV Border

They were both airlifted to hospital, and are now at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The collision was with a United Utilities tanker.

The 60-year-old male driver of the tanker, from Gosforth, was unharmed.

Cockermouth footbridge closed over safety fears

The bridge was re-opened in 2010 after being swept away in the Cockermouth floods Credit: The Toy Shop Cockermouth

Just a day after thousands attended the Taste Cumbria food festival in Cockermouth the town's vital footbridge has been closed amid safety fears.

The bridge was swept away in the floods of 2009 but was reopened in 2010 by HRH The Princess Royal.

It is unclear how long it will be until the footbridge, used to cross the river into the Memorial Gardens, will remain closed.

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Man and two-year-old girl hospitalised after A66 crash

Part of the A66 was closed. Credit: ITV Border

A 22-year-old man and a two-year-old girl have been hospitalised after an accident on the A66 near Cockermouth.

The man, from Maryport, was driving a BMW, in which the girl was a passenger.

He was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle with life threatening injuries, and the girl was airlifted to hospital in Manchester where she is in a serious but stable condition.

The collision was between the BMW and a United Utilities tanker. The 60-year-old male driver of the tanker, from Gosforth, was unharmed.

The stretch of road between the Sheep and Wool Centre at Cockermouth, and the village of Dubwath next to Bassenthwaite, was closed at around 2:10pm, and remains shut.

Taste Cumbria to launch Christmas fair

Around 40,000 people attended the Taste Cumbria festival Credit: ITV Border

Organisers of this year's Taste Cumbria event are already planning their next festival- for Christmas.

The annual Taste Cumbria event pulled in around 40,000 visitors over the weekend, and gave the local economy a £2 million boost.

Cockermouth Main Street was packed full of food and drinks stalls, all celebrating local produce.

Now the organisers have turned their attention the new Christmas fair:

"Our producers have asked us to do something and our customers have asked us to do it so yes we're looking forward to that event.

"It's going to be on Main Street, lots of lovely Christmas food and gifts for your table so yes we're hoping that all these people come back again."

– Marie Whitehead, Events Organisers, CN Events

Largest turnout ever for Taste Cumbria

40,000 people enjoyed the festival over the weekend Credit: ITV Border

Organisers of this year's Taste Cumbria event say that it's been the busiest since it was first established six years ago.

Around 40,000 people have visited the food and drink festival over the weekend.

The festival celebrates local produce Credit: ITV Border

Food and drink stalls line the main street in Cockermouth, where the best of Cumbria's local produce is displayed.

In the Marketplace area of the town, there's also a hot food section, which proved popular once again.

Local cheese on sale Credit: ITV Border

The festival brings in an estimated £2 million to the local economy.

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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.

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