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Mountain biker seriously injured

A mountain biker has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after falling in the Lake District.

The 40-year-old man from Egremont fell off his bike yesterday afternoon at 4pm on Castle Crag in Borrowdale.

The Great North Air Ambulance flew him to the major trauma centre at the Royal Preston hospital for specialist care.

He suffered head, leg and chest injuries and is in a stable condition.

Police search for man in connection with drugs find

John Atkinson Credit: ITV Border

Police appeal for members of the public to keep an eye out for John Atkinson as they try to determine his whereabouts.

They're asking for anyone with information to come forward.

The 34 year old, is wanted in connection with the discovery of a substantial amount of drugs found at a property on Westway, Barrow-in-Furness, on 31 July.

It is believed that he is in the Egremont area.

Detective Constable Cheryl Smith from Cumbria Police said:

We would like to speak to Mr Atkinson at the first possible opportunity in connection with this incident.

If anyone knows of his whereabouts or has any information that could assist our investigation, please get in touch. Also I would like to appeal directly to Mr Atkinson, if you hear or see this appeal please contact police.

Information on any vehicles Atkinson is using would be also helpful to our enquiries.”

– Detective Constable Cheryl Smith, Cumbria Police

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


Homeless hostel in Egremont gets go ahead

The hostel will be in the former police station on Main Street. Credit: ITV Border

The old police station in Egremont will be replaced by a hostel for former military personnel who are homeless.

It'll be converted to an 11-bed home, after planners at Copeland Borough Council gave the plans the thumbs up at a meeting on 21 January.

All prospective tenants will be vetted, before being given a place at the hostel.

Police name A595 crash victim

Part of the road was closed. Credit: ITV Border

The name of a man killed in an accident on the A595 at Moota, near to Hays Wood, has been confirmed as Brian Rooney.

The 62 year-old, from Thornhill, Egremont, died in a two vehicle collision at around 3:10pm on Wednesday 21 January.

He had been driving a red Renault Laguna towards Cockermouth, when it collided with a road maintenance vehicle.

A 64 year-old female passenger was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, but her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

A 48 year-old man from the Brampton area, who was driving the road maintenance vehicle, was also taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with minor injuries.


£635,000 project starts on A595

Work on a £635,000 road project has begun Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

A £635,000 Highways Agency project to boost safety and reduce congestion around a key junction Cumbria is underway.

The A595 Egremont Road, south of Whitehaven, is to get traffic and pedestrian signals at the T-junction with the local Mirehouse Road.

Work on the improvements started on Monday 5 January and should be completed by Monday 2 March.

Drivers are being advised that some disruption to normal journeys is inevitable during the project.

There will be no entry into or out of Mirehouse Road for about 8 weeks and temporary traffic lights, as well as a 30mph speed limit, will be in place along the A595 itself.

Egremont Children's Centre Vandalised

Vandals have broken into the Sure Start Children's Centre in Egremont in West Cumbria, setting fire to play equipment and smashing the children's crafts.

The offenders set fire to the soft-play flooring, smashed a selection of windmills and destroyed bird-feeders that had been made by the children.

The damage amounts to around £100 and happened on the night of Friday 19th December and Saturday 20th December.

Cumbria Police is appealing for information that may help find those who did it.

New flood defences for Egremont

A £3.7 million flood defence scheme will be built in Skirting Beck and Whangs Beck in Egremont, it has been announced.

It will reduce the risk of flooding for almost 300 homes in the Orgill, Church View and Castle Croft areas of the town.

Three large flood storage areas will be built; underground watercourses will be replaced, and will have improved inlets; and the current trash screens, which stop blockages from debris in the watercourse, will be replaced.

Funding will come from central government, with contributions from Copeland Community Fund, Home Group and Copeland Borough Council.

Cumbria County Council will also be supporting the scheme.

Design work is currently being carried out, and when the required approvals and funding are in place, minor works will start during the summer of 2015.

The main £3.7 million scheme will commence in the winter of 2015-16.

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