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'Attacks by seagulls' stop mail deliveries

Seagulls stopped deliveries to some homes in Maryport. Credit: PA

Royal Mail has apologised for failing to deliver to addresses in a Cumbrian town because of "swooping attacks by seagulls".

Four properties in the town didn't receive their mail on Tuesday 5 July due to the attacks.

These kinds of attacks do occur at this time of year as the gulls are nesting and rearing their chicks. Normal deliveries resumed on Wednesday.

The safety of our people is paramount to Royal Mail and these swooping attacks made it difficult for the postwoman to continue to do her job.

Any customer who has a concern about their mail delivery can contact Royal Mail Customer Services on 03457 740740.

– A Royal Mail spokesperson

Jet skiers rescued off Cumbrian coast

Maryport Inshore Rescue (Library picture) Credit: ITV Border

Two jet skiers have been rescued off the coast off Maryport after getting into trouble.

The coastguard received several reports of distress flares about 9pm on Saturday night.

The casualties were picked up by local fishing boat Flixi - one of the men was starting to show signs of hypothermia.

Maryport Inshore Rescue boat was launched along with Workington Lifeboat.

The emergency services have praised members of the public who called 999 when they saw the flares.


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.

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.

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