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Staff at Sellafield nuclear in Cumbria nuclear plant vote to strike

Sellafield workers will go on strike next week. Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of staff who carry out radiation checks at the nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria have voted to go on strike.

The GMB union has announced nearly four hundred health physics monitors responsible for checking radiation levels on staff and equipment are walking out next Tuesday 28 July in a long-running dispute over pay.

Sellafield bosses say the site will continue to be managed safely and securely throughout the industrial action.

The company, based in Seascale, employs approximately 10,000 people and reprocesses and stores nuclear fuel from around the world.


Sellafield apprentice wins award

A Sellafield trainee has won the Jack Edwards Award for best technician, days after her sister, Stephanie Kelly, was crowned Apprentice of the Year.

Lynsay Kelly had been nominated by her colleagues for outstanding performance as a control systems engineer at the nuclear site.

Sellafield's 2014 apprentices Credit: Sellafield

Bomb squad called to Cumbria Coast

The Scottish bomb squad was called to a beach at Seascale after reports of an unexploded bomb had been found.

Emergency services were told about the small devise at 3.45pm yesterday.

The bomb is currently stuck in sand.

The situation will be assessed at low tide today.

Police have said the bomb causes no threat to the public.


Silloth hosts golf championship

Hundreds of amateur golfers tee'd off at Silloth-on-Solway golf club for the second day of the English Amateur Championship. In total 288 amateurs will play two matches in the hope of scoring enough points to place them in the top 64 which will secure them a place in Saturday's final.

To ensure all players have participated in two matches before the final some of the rounds are being played in Seascale but the final will be played in Silloth. There are 24 Cumbrians involved who are hoping to lift the trophy which has previously been won by Sir Nick Faldo and Paul Casey.

Seb Crookall-Nixon, 18, from Cockermouth is one of those hoping to use the home advantage to clinch the title. Seb was involved in a car accident earlier in the year. Following a break to recover the teenager's focus is on a professional golfing career.

'I had 10 weeks out after the car accident and in some ways I am very lucky to be here. Hopefully playing at Silloth will give me a home advantage of sorts but I am not complacent. I still have to play two competitive matches and hopefully will do enough to get to the final.'

– Seb Crookall-Nixon