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WATCH: Maryport fire is suspected arson

Police are treating a major fire at a farmhouse near Maryport as arson.

The blaze broke out at Ewanrigg Hall on Sunday evening and more than twenty firefighters spent several hours battling the flames.

Nobody was inside the grade two listed building at the time.

Cumbria Police believe the fire may have been started deliberately and are appealing for information.

Video courtesy of Jamie Cartwright

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£1.9m Maryport rail hub plans go on show

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Plans for a new £1.9million rail hub in Maryport are going on public display today.

The Maryport Rail Station Hub project aims to encourage sustainable travel along the Cumbrian Coast and improve access to both Maryport Station and the Cumbrian Coast Railway.

The scheme will provide a new 78-space car park located on land currently owned by the Maryport Amateur Rugby Football League Club (ARFLC) and would require the building of a new access road on to Mealpot Road and the relocation of a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

Improvements to pedestrian and cycle links to the station are also proposed alongside new drop-off facilities, blue badge parking and a footway along Mealpot Road.

The relocated MUGA will be built on the former tennis courts close to the A594 and will bring a currently disused piece of land back into use, with a new games area built to modern standards.

As part of the Cumbria Growth Deal secured by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, £1.9m has been set aside to deliver the improvements and create the new ‘hub’.

The drop-in session is being held at the Maryport ARFLC today between 3pm and 7pm and provides an opportunity for people to express their views on the proposals.

Plans will be displayed and members of the project team will be available to answer questions. The drop-in session precedes the submission of a planning application for the scheme, with construction expected in 2016.

“People will be able to find out more information about this scheme and view design plans at the drop-in session, so I would encourage local people to come along and see for themselves how we’re proposing to improve access to the station.”

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for transpor

Unearthing Maryport's final mysteries

Where were the Maryport altars originally positioned?

That's one of the mysteries being explored by archaeologists in the town, which is one of the most significant Roman heritage sites in the world.

For the past five years people have been digging there, to build a picture of how life might have been in west Cumbria 2,000 years ago - when it was part of the Roman Empire.

There are just two months left before the dig finishes, and researchers from around the world are keen to discover as much as they can, before then:

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