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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

There are no road closures Credit: PA

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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Restored Maryport lighthouse to be unveiled

Maryport lighthouse Credit: Creative Commons

One of the world's oldest cart iron lighthouses will be celebrated after its renovation.

The lighthouse on Maryport's harbour, has featured in paintings by LS Lowry. It has undergone renovation to preserve it, including being painted and having a corroded steel panel removed with a new cast iron sheet bring put in its place.

The celebrations will take place on Thursday, 18th May, where children from Maryport Church of England Junior School will read poems and the local lifeboat crew will visit.

It is great to see this landmark looking so good again. We want to really showcase it as a visitor attraction, for those who love their maritime history, or those who simply love the coast. The paintwork is gleaming again and this is something I hope the whole town can be proud of.

– Toni Magean, Maryport town centre manager

The renovations, which were managed by Allerdale Borough Council's property team, was funded by a £50,000 grant.

It was one of 15 initiatives along the British coastline funded by a government scheme of £700,000 to regenerate seaside towns.

Company confirms synthetic turf factory destroyed

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Global pitch manufacturer SIS Pitches has confirmed that a warehouse containing yarn for synthetic turf was destroyed in the fire in Maryport.

No individuals were injured in the blaze and there are ongoing police investigations into the cause of the fire.

The nearby factory, which produces the synthetic pitches, has been unaffected and will continue production as normal.

Our highest priority is the safety and well being of our staff and those within the vicinity of the fire and we are thankful that nobody has been injured.

We pride ourselves on our excellent safety procedures and will be carrying out a full investigation into the cause of the fire.> The incident was contained within one facility and all other SIS Pitches facilities are in full operation.

– Bryn Lee, Managing Director

New scheme aims to tackle shoplifting in west Cumbria

People caught shoplifting face prosecution Credit: PA

Shopkeepers and police are working together to tackle shoplifting in west Cumbria.

The 'Shopwatch' scheme has been launched in Maryport to take action against people who commit crimes in shop, including prosecution, banning and exclusion notices.

Members will vote on what action to take during group meetings.

So far, ten people have already been excluded from shops around the area.

The aim of the group is to stamp out theft and anti-social behaviour in the town.

There is a close working relationship between retailers and the police and we believe this relationship will help ensure the success of the scheme.

Shop staff keep in touch with each other and the police and share information on criminals and shoplifters who are active in their area.

– Sergeant David Macdonald, Cumbria Constabulary
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