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Laptops worth £15,000 stolen from Maryport school

Thirty laptops were taken from the school. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thirty laptops, worth around £15,000, have been stolen from a school in Maryport.

The burglary occurred at the Our Lady and St Patricks Catholic Primary School on Ennerdale Road, at approximately 2.15am on March 10.

The offender forced entry into the school before taking the laptops, and setting off an alarm.

“This burglary has caused great upset for the school as the laptops are an important tool in the education of the children that go there. We call on members of the community to help us with this investigation and pass on any information they may have.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who is offered a laptop at a price suspiciously lower than its value.”

– Detective Sergeant George Atkinson, West Cumbria CID


The mystery machine on Maryport beach

It's a blustery day at Maryport, where our reporter's meeting one of the men behind a four-metre high power generator that has been installed there.

You can see the full story on this evening's programme.

Making waves at Maryport

The C-Cell is being tested at Maryport. Credit: University of Cumbria

Maryport's shoreline has an unusual new addition: an electricity-generating machine.

The C-Cell is a four-metre high curved paddle.

It's been installed by local company MPM North West Ltd, funded by the Renewable Energy Test and Education Centre at the University of Cumbria.

They claim it could double the energy which can currently be captured from ocean waves

Gold Anchors for Cumbrian marina

Maryport Harbour and Marina, situated at the mouth of the Solway Estuary on the Cumbrian coast Credit: ITV News Border

Maryport's become the first marina in Cumbria to be awarded Gold Anchors.

The Gold Anchor Scheme's been going for more than twenty five years, and it recognises harbours that meet industry demands and take care of their customers.

Maryport Harbour got three anchors, meaning it provides convenient access to a fuel service, and has clear pollution and fire safety plans.

Maryport fish plant confirms closure

64 jobs will be lost with the closure of Brookside Products Limited Credit: ITV Border

Brookside Products Limited, in Maryport, has confirmed it will close.

The company, which smokes, prepares and packages salmon for the retail market, is said to have lost £4 million in the last three years. 64 jobs will be lost.

"The 30 day consultation period has passed and whilst initially there seemed to be a reasonable level of interest in the facility, discussions with interested parties have now come to an end and no formal offers have been received. We have explored all the options and there seems to be no viable alternatives. Sadly, this means the facility will now close.

We are very sorry we will have to close the factory but we have no alternative given the substantial losses in recent years. This is a sad day for us all.”

– Doug Aitchison, Director of Brookside Products


Pier death man from Maryport

Police in Sussex have confirmed that the workman who died after falling from a fire-damaged pier in Sussex is from Maryport.

The family of the 44-year-old man have been told of his death.

The man died of head injuries after the incident on Eastbourne Pier which happened at 4pm yesterday afternoon.

Health and safety officers are investigating along with Sussex Police.

64 jobs at risk at fish smoking company

Credit: ITV

64 jobs are at risk in West Cumbria, as company bosses have begun consultation talks that could see a fish smoker and processing plant forced to close.

Brookside Products Limited in Maryport is said to have lost £4 million in the last three years. The company, which smokes, prepares and packages salmon for the retail market, has informed all of the staff.

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Police search for missing Maryport man

Jeffrey William Baker, 47, was seen on CCTV at Carlisle train station Credit: Cumbria Police

Police searching for a missing Maryport man have released CCTV images in a bid to locate him.

Jeffrey William Baker, 47, was last seen leaving his friend's house in Workington at around 10:15pm on July 10. He was due to start work at 11am the following day but didn't arrive.

Mr Baker was spotted on CCTV at Carlisle Train Station at around 11:50am on July 11. He's described as being 6"2' tall, of medium build and bald. He was wearing a khaki jacket, a white T-shirt, blue jeans and trainers at the time of his disappearance.

Anyone with information as to Mr Baker's whereabouts is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and quote log number 283.

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