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Company confirms synthetic turf factory destroyed

Credit: James McBride

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


Woman hospitalised after three-vehicle crash

The accident happened in Maryport. Credit: ITV Border

A woman has been taken to hospital after a three-vehicle crash on a busy road in Maryport.

It happened at the A596 junction with the Glasson Industrial Estate, and involved two cars and a lorry.

One of the car drivers is a 72-year-old woman from Workington, who suffered minor injuries and was taken to West Cumberland Hospital.

The other two drivers were uninjured, but the road was closed for around three hours - it has now reopened.

Road closed after Maryport crash

The road is closed. Credit: PA

Police are dealing with a traffic collision at Glasson Industrial Estate, in Maryport.

Emergency services were called at 11:11am following a crash involving a car and an HGV.

The road is closed at the A596 Junction into the back of the industrial estate, and drivers are asked to avoid the area.

Maryport hospital campaigners to meet over bed closures

Protests have been held outside the hospital. Credit: ITV Border

Campaigners fighting to save Maryport's community hospital are meeting tonight to discuss future plans for the unit.

It follows a decision taken by the Success Regime - the government-appointed body in charge of improving healthcare in Cumbria - to close all 13 beds there.

The Save Our Beds campaign is putting forward their own proposals to health bosses in a bid to stop the beds from being removed.

The meeting takes place this evening at the Ewanrigg Community Centre.


Teenager trapped under car in Maryport

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

A 16-year-old boy has been seriously injured after being trapped beneath a car in Maryport at 5:30am this morning.

The pedestrian, who is local to the area, was involved in a collision with a Ford Focus on the A596 at the junction with Gavel Street.

Firefighters had to use specialist equipment to cut him free, and he was transferred to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with serious chest injuries.

He is reported to be in a stable condition, and the driver of the Ford Focus was not injured.

The road has re-opened, and Cumbria Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.

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