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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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