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Report into Rugby League future in west Cumbria to be released.

A match between local rivals Workington and Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

The long awaited Rapley Report will be made public at noon.

The report was commissioned in 2013 by the RFL, Whitehaven and Workington Town Rugby clubs.

It is due to recommend how to take the clubs forward and make them thrive once more.

In recent years both cubs have struggled with attendance figures.

It's thought the idea of merging the two rival clubs into a 'super club' has been discussed.

What's inside the new West Cumberland Hospital?

An operating theatre inside the new hospital. Credit: ITV Border

Find out what's inside the new £90 million West Cumberland Hospital.

Key facilities:

  • 169 beds
  • 10 operating theatres including one that uses a laser for operations
  • 162 extra parking spaces

Inside the new hospital:

  • Level 2 - sterile services, pathology, pharmacy, catering
  • Level 3 - a number of units including A&E and Cumbria Health on Call
  • Level 4 - a number of units including operating theatres and maternity services

Inside the retained building, which is being redeveloped:

  • Level 2 - mortuary, chapel, chemotherapy
  • Level 3 - a number of units including cardiology and respiratory
  • Level 4 - women's outpatients, day assessment area for maternity, postnatal ward and elderly care ward
  • Level 5 - Copeland unit, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy

You can find the full list of services in the West Cumberland Hospital, which opens on 8 October, here.

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Cumbrian courts facing the axe

Credit: HM Courts & Tribunals Service

Courts in Workington and Kendal are being recommended for closure in a Government consultation published today.

Courts Minister Shailesh Vara has put forward a list of 18 court and tribunal buildings across England and Wales he wants to close in a cost-cutting move which includes West Cumbria Magistrates' and Kendal Magistrates’ courts.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service say the majority of courts being consulted on are not used for at least two thirds of their available time, and one in three are not used three quarters of the time.

“We are reforming the courts and tribunal service so that it meets the needs of modern day users.

“Access to justice is not just about attending court. As we bring in digital technology for better and more efficient access to justice, fewer people will need to physically be in a court.

“This means that we will need fewer buildings, and with many already underused and in poor quality, now is a good time to review the estate.”

– Courts and Tribunals Minister, Shailesh Vara

The national and regional consultation documents and the full list of sites recommended can be found here. The consultation will last for 12 weeks and closes on 8 October 2015.

If courts in Workington and Kendal close it will leave Cumbria with just two magistrates' courts - in Carlisle and Barrow.

Sisters' charity chop

Ellie has her head shaved Credit: Kerry Macdonald

Two west Cumbrian sisters proved they're top of the chops when it comes to raising money for a good cause.

Sixteen-year-old Ellie Tinnion and her sister Abbie, seven, from Aspatria, lopped off their long locks on Thursday in aid of The Little Princess Trust - a charity that provides real hair wigs for children with hair loss.

Ellie had her head shaved while Abbie had 12-inches of hair cut off at the same time.

Ellie was inspired to raise money in this way by Vicky Askew, one of her teachers at Beacon Hill Community School, who'd had her hair chopped for the same charity last year.

The higher the amount of money Ellie raised through sponsorship the more hair she decided she'd cut off

With the help of Aspatria Dreamscheme staff and young volunteers she organised a fundraising night at Aspatria Youth Club in addition to sponsorship and the total sum raised now stands at around £4,500.

Abbie's chopped off hair Credit: Kerry Macdonald

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Anti-nuclear groups respond to new power plant plan

The Moorside site next to Sellafield Credit: ITV Border

Anti-nuclear groups have slammed NuGen's announcement confirming Moorside as the site where the company intends to build Europe's biggest new nuclear power plant.

Radiation Free Lakeland's Marianne Birkby says the land next to Sellafield was originally designated as a 'buffer zone' to prevent further development and that the new development will 'double the terrorist target of Sellafield'.

"The land acquired by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority was bought out of the public purse as a buffer zone around Sellafield to ensure that there would be no new hazardous development or population increase near Sellafield.

"Protections have been ditched to accommodate the nuclear industry and our nuclear-obsessed government who plan to double the terrorist target of Sellafield with nuclear sprawl on green fields adjacent to the flood plain of the river Ehen. The only protections now are for the nuclear industry at the expense of Cumbria and the wider environment. What other industry would be allowed to operate with nominal public liability in the event of contamination accident?"

– Marianne Birkby, Radiation Free Lakeland

Cumbria Police search for missing wild camper

Gary went missing from Wasdale Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are searching for a 47-year-old man who has gone missing after wild camping in Wasdale.

Gary Lupton left his parents on Wednesday the 20th May and arranged to meet up with them 2 days later at Wasdale Head on Friday 22nd May at 3pm, but he failed to turn up.

He is described as 5ft 10in tall, slim, with short mousy brown hair which is greying. He was wearing a black 3/4 length jacket, black trousers, a black long sleeved top with 2 zips on the front and a long sleeved grey t-shirt underneath. He was carrying 2 rucksacks worn on his back and front.

He is still believed to be wild camping alone on fells but could have travelled some distance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

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