'Special' find at Cumbrian dig

Archaeologists at a dig at Maryport in west Cumbria have found a Roman military altar. They have described it as a 'very special find'.

Christian burial ground unearthed

Archaeologists excavating a field in West Cumbria have found the site of an early Christian burial ground.

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Archaeologists uncover new findings at Roman fort

The remains of a town dating back nearly 2,000 years have been uncovered near Maryport.

The site is near to a Roman Fort and although it's been explored before, a new archaeological dig is uncovering extra material to help explain life in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.

Volunteers are helping archeologists to unearth what's been lying undisturbed for almost two millennia.

Matthew Taylor reports:

High speeds blamed for fatal crash

It was an early morning crash that killed three men and left two West Cumbrian communities stunned.

Today, the high speed of one of the cars has been blamed for the collision between Maryport and Aspatria last October.

In one car, volunteer firefighter Michael Harrison from Aspatria. In the other car, 18-year-old passenger Todd Ridley and driver, 22-year old-Jamie Edmonson, both from Maryport.

All three died at the scene. Hannah McNulty reports.


Inquest finds high speed were a factor in A596 crash

A coroner has concluded high speed was a factor in a crash that killed three men.

Driver 22-year-old Jamie Edmonson, his passenger 18-year-old Todd Ridley and another driver, 47-year-old Michael Harrison, died in the two vehicle at Crosby Villa in west Cumbria last October.

Another driver told the inquest in Cockermouth he was overtaken by Jamie Edmonson's car at speeds of up to 80-miles-per-hour. He then lost control and went into the path of Michael Harrison's vehicle. Harrison, a father of two from Aspatria had no time to avoid a collision.

Traces of cannabis and two non-prescribed drugs were found in Jamie Edmonson's system but Assistant Coroner Simon Ward concluded they weren't a major factor. He concluded he'd overtaken across double white lines at excessive speed and recorded three verdicts of death by road traffic collision.

Roman town is uncovered in Maryport

A town dating back nearly 2,000 years has been uncovered near Maryport in Cumbria.

The site near to a Roman Fort has been explored before but a new archaeological dig has already uncovered extra material to help explain life in the 2nd and 3rd Centuries.

The dig will go on for the next two months. Local volunteers and people from outside the area are helping archeologists to unearth what's been lying undisturbed for two millennia.

A596 crash inquest begins

A police officer has described the scene of a crash in which three men died as the worst she had ever seen in her career.

Drivers 47-year-old Michael Harrison from Aspatria, 22-year-old Jamie Lee Edmonson and his passenger 18-year-old Todd Ridley who were from Maryport, all died when their vehicles collided on the A596 at Crosby Villa in west Cumbria last October.

PC Jill Robertson was one of the first on the scene, and told the inquest into their deaths it was "carnage" and "it would have been a miracle if anyone had survived."

She described one of the cars as resembling one "you'd see in a scrapyard" and the damage was so bad she and her colleague were unable to tell the makes and models of the vehicles.

The inquest continues.


Five year plan for Hadrians Wall World Heritage site

The organisation that promotes and protects one of Cumbria's biggest tourist attractions is coming up with a plan for its future.

That's despite the news last week that the Hadrian's Wall Trust is going to close because of money problems

The wall and the remains of the Roman forts along West Cumbria's coast make up the region's only World Heritage Site.

But the trust has vowed to come up with a five year plan, even though it's being wound up in the summer.

Police release CCTV images of a man they want to speak to

Police want to speak with this man in connection with an alleged theft Credit: Cumbria Police

Police have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with an alleged theft from an ATM.

The incident was said to have happened at about 2.55pm on 26 February 2013 at the Co-Operative Store on Curzon Street, Maryport.

The incident is said to have happened on 26 February 2013 Credit: Cumbria Police

The victim attempted to take money from the machine, but was unsuccessful so left. Their account says that £500 was taken from their account.

Anyone who recognises this man should contact police on 101 Credit: Cumbria Police

The man police want to speak to is approximately mid-to-late 40’s with long greying hair.

He was wearing a red bandana, a black bomber jacket and jeans

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC Jill Robertson.

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