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Firefighters tackle grass fire at St Bees

Fire crews worked through the night to tackle the fire. Credit: ITV Border

Fire crews in west Cumbria have worked through the night to bring a grass fire at St Bees Head under control.

The fire began in the evening on Tuesday 12 June.

Six crews stopped the fire from spreading past a perimeter and allowed it to burn out.

It's believed the fire was started accidentally by a discarded cigarette.

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The crews managed to ensure the fire didn't endanger the nearby guillemot nests.

Flames and smoke could be seen for miles.

A lifeboat crew from Workington was called out to help assess the situation.

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Three arrested after cyclist knocked down by car

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

Three people have been arrested, after a cyclist was knocked down by a car on the B5345 at St Bees.

At around 2pm yesterday (2 April) a green Ford Focus collided with a bike being cycled by a 48-year-old man, who was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, and aggravated taking without consent.

Two others - a 21-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman - were also arrested on suspicion of aggravated taking without consent.

All three have been released on police bail, and police are urging any witnesses to contact them on 101.

Celebration of Cumbrian wildlife planned

The sand sculptures competition will get underway at 2pm. Credit: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

People are being invited to celebrate Cumbrian wildlife, at an annual event at St Bees Beach.

Beached Art, organised by Cumbria Wildlife Trust takes place at 11am on 30 July.

It will involve rock pool rambling, face painting, and dolphin and whale watching.

The sand sculptures competition will get underway at 2pm.

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Parent reacts to St Bees closure

"This school should not be closing, 432 years of education on this site the governors should hang their heads n shame"

– Ruth Gilbert, Parent
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