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Maryport robbery man charged

The scene outside the Maryport Post Office on Monday Credit: ITV Border

A man has been charged after a robbery at Maryport Post Office on Monday 25 January.

Mark Mercer, 47, from Workington is charged with armed robbery after threatening staff with a firearm.

He has also been charged with three firearm offences, two handbag thefts and handling.

A 24-year-old woman arrested yesterday has been released on bail until March 14th.

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Armed search in Workington after Post Office robbery

Police outside the Post Office on High Street in Maryport Credit: ITV

Police in West Cumbria have been carrying out an armed search after a robbery at a Post Office in Maryport.

The robbery took place at the Post Office on High Street at around 11:30am. Staff were threatened by a man with a firearm, although no-one was harmed. High Street was closed for more than four hours after the incident.

Armed police are currently searching a property on Moss Bay Road, Workington, in relation to the robbery. An area of the road has been cordoned off and armed officers have been deployed as a precaution.

Police said there is no perceived threat to members of the public.

Concern for missing Maryport woman

Evelyn Bell, 52, from Maryport was last seen in Whitehaven on Monday Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 52-year-old woman who has gone missing in the Whitehaven area.

Evelyn Bell, from Allonby near Maryport, was last seen close to Whitehaven police station at 11am on Monday 18 January.

She is described as being white, of medium build, with very long dark brown hair with glasses and is approximately 5ft 8 inches tall. She may be wearing blue/black waterproof trousers, and a pink Berghaus jacket with black canvas shoes.

Police are concerned for her wellbeing as this is out of character and appeal to anyone who may have seen Evelyn to get in touch on 101.

Police appeal for information over 92-year-old missing from Maryport

Mary Cope who is missing from Maryport Credit: Cumbria Police

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of a 92-year-old woman missing from Maryport.

Mary Cope was last seen at around 9am this morning (January 11th) at the Jah Jireh Residential Home on Main Street, Maryport.

She is described as white, of slimish build, 5ft 3" tall, with short wavy grey/ white hair. She walks with a small stoop and has a Scottish accent.

She is believed to be wearing a rosy coloured 3/4 length anorak with a hood, possibly grey trousers and black strappy shoes, and have with her a tri-wheeled zimmer frame with a shopping bag attached and a black shoulder handbag.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Mrs Cope to get in touch. Police would also urge Mrs Cope is she sees this appeal to let them know she is safe and well.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101.

The aftermath in Maryport

Maryport was one of the worst areas hit by the flash floods last night along the West Coast of Cumbria.

Firefighters attended 39 separate incidents in the CA15 postcode area - Maryport- between 17:00 on Thursday 3 December and 07:00 on 4 December.

24 hours ago, the scene on Grasslot Street was very different to this afternoon's. Cars were stranded with the water level brushing the top of the tyres and homes were flooded - if not, they had mountains of sandbags to thank.

Grasslot Street in Maryport on Thursday 3 December Credit: ITV Border

This afternoon, the work of emergency services meant that Grasslot Street was flood-free but the aftermath was clear to see. Pavements were lined with soaked carpets and upholstery from the homes of families who received the full force of the floods.

Wet carpets piled outside homes on Grasslot Street Credit: ITV Border
Doorways ruined and pavements lined with soaked carpets Credit: ITV Border

Repair and restoration in the area will soon begin but it will be a united effort from the residents on Grasslot Street to return their community to normal.

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Flooding in West Cumbria

Flooding is affecting several areas in West Cumbria, and travel has been disrupted across the county.

Water was close to entering houses in Maryport a short time ago.

Cumbria Police have indicated that nobody has been hurt tonight, and that most incidents have involved cars stuck in deep run-off water on the county's roads.

The force has been liaising with Cumbria Fire and Rescue, who are providing assistance where they can.

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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