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Rare discovery of 'palm oil' is being investigated

A woman walking on the beach at Maryport found was is believed to be a lump of solidified palm oil.

Tests are now being carried out to find out what it is.

The substance was found by a member of the public on Maryport beach Credit: ITV Border

Allerdale Borough Council said it's the first incident it has come across involving the discovery of solidified palm oil on the beach.

The council want to reassure the public that this is an isolated incident and yesterdays discovery will be disposed of safely.

The solidified substance looks like this Credit: ITV Border

If the public spot something they believe is palm oil, they are advised to keep dogs away from it and report it to the customers services team at Allerdale Borough Council on 01900 702800.

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'Solidified Palm Oil' found on Maryport beach

The Environment Agency says a lump of allegedly solidified palm oil has been found washed up on Maryport beach. A member of the public made the disovery. The EA says it is working with the local authority to investigate further and arrange for a safe disposal.

If members of the public find similar material on the beach they should report it to the local authority environmental health department.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

Similar discoveries have also been made on beaches in Dumfries and Galloway in recent weeks. The chalky white substance can be fatal to pets.

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.

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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.

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