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Village bridge to remain closed for four weeks

The bridge remains closed. Credit: ITV Border

Villagers near Cockermouth are facing a fifteen minute detour to get to the other side of their only bridge, after workers cut into a gas pipe.

The main road in and out of Great Broughton will be shut for four weeks.

Northern Gas Networks have advised Cumbria County Council that Broughton Bridge should remain closed to vehicular traffic for approximately 4 weeks.

This is due to an underground gas main being disturbed during routine resurfacing works, requiring re-routing of the gas main under the River Derwent.

The gas main has been installed for over 40 years and was only 37mm from the carriageway surface, so the advised closure is a necessary measure for public safety.

The council is working alongside Northern Gas Networks and will reopen the road as soon as it is safely possible to do so. Pedestrian and dismounted cyclist access will be maintained at all times. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

– Cumbria County Council spokesperson

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Man tries to abduct girl, 9, in Cumbria

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information after a man tried to abduct a 9-year-old girl in a small Cumbrian village.

On Wednesday 20 January, between 4:45pm and 5pm, he approached the girl, who was playing outside her home address in Great Broughton.

The man engaged in a brief conversation with her, before grabbing hold of her hand and trying to pull her away.

He was, however, disturbed, and left the scene in a Blue van.

He is described as in his 50s, with short brown hair, wearing a black leather jacket and blue denim jeans.

We have a team of trained detectives working on this case to try and trace the offender responsible. I would urge anyone who was walking or driving in the area at the time to contact Cumbria Police if they witnessed anything suspicious and provide us with any information that may assist with our investigation.

We want to reassure the public that incidents of this nature are extremely rare in Cumbria. The 9 year old girl and her family are being supported by specially trained officers during our investigation.”

– Detective Sergeant Mark Cox