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Witness appeal after knife robbery

Police in West Cumbria are appealing for information about a car following a robbery with a knife in Silloth.

It happened on Thursday afternoon (April 17) at the Cumberland Building Society on Station Road.

Staff were allegedly threatened with a knife and a quantity of cash was stolen.

Police say the offender then ran off but may have then got into a car.

They want to trace the movements of a blue Ford Focus, registration number V647KOX, shortly after the robbery took place.

Four people have been questioned by police in connection with the incident. One of them has now been released without charge.

Silloth roads blocked due to armed robbery

All roads out of Silloth have been blocked after a member of staff at the Cumberland Building Society was threatened with a knife during a robbery.

Police were called at 1:11pm today, Thursday 17 April, and are currently investigating the incident.

Officers and Air Support, from the National Police Air Service (NPAS), have been deployed to the area and a search is underway for the offender(s).

Motorists are asked to avoid the area. No one was harmed in the incident.

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Nurse gives evidence at inquest

A nurse has been giving evidence at the inquest into the death of 34-year-old plumber David Hagen.

Lyn Farrer was on duty on Mr Hagan's ward at the time. She said she had tried to stop Mr Hagan leaving by holding his arm but he had brushed her aside.

Ms Farrer said she then tried to contact the hospital security but was told there was no one on duty.

Another nurse tried to follow Mr Hagen but he left the hospital.

The police and the hospital's Crisis Team were informed and a description of him issued.

He died just a few hours later at Engine Lonning in Carlisle.

Ms Farrer told the inquest that there was no formal plan on the ward to deal with high risk patients who might abscond but that staff had now been retrained.

The inquest continues.

Second day of inquest to hear from widow

Day two of the inquest has resumed into the death of a Silloth man who managed to leave hospital despite previous suicide attempts.

34-year-old plumber David Hagen died on June 28th, 2010, in Carlisle shortly after he'd left The Cumberland Infirmary where he'd been admitted following an overdose.

So far this morning the inquest has heard from nurse Lyn Farrer who was on duty on Mr Hagan's ward at the time.

The inquest is due to hear from several other witnesses today including Mr Hagan's widow Abigail Hagan.

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More floods expected across Cumbrian coast

Waves have been battering the west Cumbrian coast Credit: ITV News Border

A major clear-up is underway after strong winds and high tides flooded parts of Cumbria's west coast at the weekend, and the Environment Agency say the entire stretch from Gretna to St Bees is likely to flood again.

Motorists are being advised not to ignore road closures Credit: ITV News Border

People living along the Solway are also bracing themselves for more flooding as high tides are expected.

It follows two days of strong winds and high tides in the area.

The tide is expected to be extremely high today Credit: ITV News Border

Meanwhile the road between Silloth and Allonby is closed while engineers assess the damage after hundreds of tonnes of debris were washed ashore.

The coastal route there has been shut since Saturday afternoon.

Flood alert along Solway coast

A flood alert is in place along the Solway Coast as businesses and homeowners prepare for more strong winds and high tides.

The Environment Agency said high tide is at 1:30pm and high water can be expected for two hours either side of the peak.

The clear up is underway from yesterday's tidal surge which caused flooding in coastal villages.

Village floods as high tide and winds batter coastline

Kippford in Dumfries and Galloway flooded after high tide.
Kippford in Dumfries and Galloway flooded after high tide on Saturday. Credit: Anchor Hotel

The clear-up is underway again in Cumbria and Southern Scotland after more heavy rain battered the coastline.

A flood alert is still in place for Dumfries and Galloway as strong winds combined with a high tide look set to cause more disruption.

High tide in Kippford, Dumfries and Galloway.
High tide in Kippford, Dumfries and Galloway. Credit: Anchor Hotel

The alert has been downgraded from a flood warning which was in place yesterday.

The streets of Kippford, on the Solway Coast, were deserted as a tidal surge combined with high winds flooded the village.

Flood water comes up to the door of the Anchor Hotel, Kippford.
Flood water comes up to the door of the Anchor Hotel, Kippford. Credit: Anchor Hotel
Streets in Kippford were deserted at high tide yesterday.
Streets in Kippford were deserted at high tide yesterday. Credit: Anchor Hotel
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