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Maryport road remains closed due to unsafe building

Part of the A596 (Curzon Street) is closed in both directions. Credit: ITV Border

Part of the A596, Curzon Street in Maryport, is closed in both directions due to an unsafe building.

The section of road has been closed since about 3pm on Wednesday 1 August, after masonry was seen falling from a building near the Co-op store.

Allerdale council notified Connect Roads, which manages the A596 for the county council, and it took the decision to close the road.

The road closure is from the Station Street junction to the entrance of the Co-Op store. Pedestrian access remains and all businesses are open.

Vehicles can still access Station Street from Curzon Street, Mill Street Car Park and Senhouse Street.

Traffic is being diverted via Mealpot Road.

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A survey carried out on the building showed part of the building to be structurally unsafe and a danger to the public.

Our contractors are on site carrying out the necessary work to make the building safe and ensure no more masonry will fall from it. They are working as quickly as possible to limit the disruption caused by the road closure. However, the safety of the public is our main priority."

– Council spokesperson

Maryport Blues Festival cancelled

Maryport Blues Festival. Credit: ITV Border

This year's Maryport Blues Festival has been cancelled.

Organisers say it's because of a lack of funding.

There were also health and safety issues about visitor numbers, as it was the same weekend as Kendal Calling.

The event was due to start at the end of the month.

All artists booked to take part have been informed and people who have bought tickets will be refunded.

The festival sees musicians perform in a marquee, pubs and on an outdoor stage.

This year would have been the festivals 20th anniversary.

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Firefighters tackle major barn blaze in Maryport

Cumbria fire service have been tackling a major barn fire in Maryport throughout the night.

Firefighters were called to Crosshow Road shortly after 6pm.

The fire had spread to two large barns and an adjoining joiner’s workshop.

Because of the scale of the fire, six more fire engines were called to assist.

It is now believed to be under control and there are no reported injuries.

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Arrest after police chase

A man's been arrested following a police chase in West Cumbria.

The incident occurred at around 11pm on Saturday, 30 March 2018, with police pursuing a grey Volkswagen Passat estate from Maryport to Silloth, taking in the A596 and B5300.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the manner of driving of the Passat.

A 21-year-old man from Maryport was arrested following the pursuit.

Tyler Wilson, of Bowside Road, Dearham, Maryport, has been charged and remanded on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving without a license and driving without insurance.

Wilson has also been recalled to prison for breach of his license.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police referencing incident 265 of 30 March 2018.

Maryport's Simon Lawson claims victory in Great North Run wheelchair race

Simon Lawson Credit: PA

Simon Lawson has claimed the top spot in the men's wheelchair race at the Great North Run.

The athlete from Maryport crossed the finish line in a time of 39 minutes 26 seconds.

A former British motorcross championship rider, Simon was left paralysed in a crash at the age of 19.

Simon will be sharing his experience of the Great North Run on tonight's programme at 6pm.

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Maryport murder accused appears in court

William Richardson suffered fatal injuries in the early hours of Tuesday morning Credit: ITV Border

A man has appeared in court charged with murder following the death of Maryport man William Richardson.

Sean Morrin, 32, of Nelson Street, Maryport, was remanded in custody after appearing at West Cumbria Magistrates Court on Friday. He spoke only to confirm his name, address and age and will appear at Carlisle Crown Court next week.

William Richardson suffered fatal injuries in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Senhouse Street in Maryport.

He died the following day in hospital.

Carlisle man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

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Police were called at approximately 00:25am this morning, Tuesday 8 August, to the report of a serious assault involving two males, on Senhouse Street, Maryport.

A 34-year-old man received stab wounds and was taken to Carlisle Infirmary where he remains in a critical condition. Police and other emergency services attended the scene and the area remains cordoned off whilst enquiries continue.

A 32-year-old man from Carlisle has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Witnesses to the incident are urged to contact police on 101 quoting log number 5 of 8 August, email 101@cumbria.police.uk, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Dog walker and pet attacked in Maryport

Maryport Memorial Gardens. Credit: Google Street View.

A man has been attacked while walking his dog in Maryport.

The victim was with his pet in the Memorial Gardens at around 9:30pm on Friday 19 May, when he was assaulted by three other men.

He suffered head, face, elbow and knee injuries, and one of the attackers kicked his dog.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101.

They say one of the attackers was wearing a black leather flat cap and black leather jacket, while another of the men had mousy brown, shoulder length hair with a fringe.

Maryport Lighthouse restoration unveiled

The Maryport Lighthouse project benefitted from a share of £700,000 of government cash. Credit: ITV Border

The people of Maryport have been celebrating the re-opening of their refurbished lighthouse today.

Earlier this year, it underwent a major refurbishment to protect it for the future, and replace recent additions which were not in keeping with the original architecture.

As a result it has been painted inside and out, and a corroded steel panel has been removed, with a new cast iron sheet being put in its place.

Allerdale Borough Council's property services team has been managing the renovation, which was funded by a £50,000 grant, on behalf of Maryport Coastal Communities Team.

The Maryport Lighthouse project was one of 15 initiatives along the British coastline to benefit from a share of £700,000 of government cash with the aim of regenerating seaside towns.

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