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Flimby flood report: meeting

Residents of a west Cumbrian village hit by flooding in the build up to Storm Desmond are being invited to a public meeting tonight.

More than a hundred properties in Flimby flooded on the 3rd of December last year.

It was the first place in our region to suffer significant damage during the winter floods.

The meeting will discuss a report looking at how future flooding could be prevented.

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FULL REPORT: celebrity appeal of Flimby trainers is proving to be good for business

Footwear made in west Cumbria is being spotted on the feet of the very famous. Rihanna is one of two stars who've been seen wearing trainers made by New Balance, who have a factory at Flimby near Maryport. The company has increased production and jobs. Hannah McNulty reports.

Rihanna and Pharrell help sales at Flimby trainer factory

New Balance manufactures trainers at its factory in the village of Flimby on the west Cumbrian coast. 245 people are employed there and around one million pairs are currently produced there every year. Sales have been steadily rising, up 24% last year and projected to rise 10% this year.

That's been helped by singers Rihanna and Pharrell Williams being seen in the trainers. The US brand is owned by an American businessman. The Flimby factory is the only major sports shoe manufacturer in the UK. Andy Okolowicz is the factory manager:

Body found on Flimby beach identified

Cumbria Police have confirmed the identification of the body of the man who was found on a beach in Flimby.

31-year-old Matthew Scott Holliday, from Main Road, Harrington, was found dead by a member of the public on Sunday 29 December.

There are no suspicious circumstances at this time and the details have been passed to the coroner.

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