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.
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Police are calling for volunteers to help tackle speeding in West Cumbria.
The new recruits will work as a team to educate locals about the risks of speeding and monitor speed at high risk locations.
All volunteers will be trained to carry out the role.
We are extremely excited to pilot this scheme in West Cumbria and feel the communities we serve, will see the benefits of this new initiative.”
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The investment is designed to cope with a growing demand for skilled workers, particularly in the nuclear industry as plans progress for three new reactors at Moorside near Sellafield.
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Police are continuing to appeal for information following an alleged kidnap in west Cumbria.
The incident occurred on Monday 2nd November when a 41-year-old man from Egremont was bundled into the back of his own van after being flagged down by a male wearing a head torch, while travelling on Grove Road at around 6.45am.
The victim was tied up and transported in his own van from Grove Road to Mockerkin on an unknown route, arriving at Mockerkin after about an hour.
Police are appealing for information about the movements of the van - a white Citroen Relay High-Top van - on the day of the incident.
“We are still appealing for information from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area; it was very foggy at the time of the incident. Any information, no matter how small it may seem, could prove vital for our investigation.
“I would also like to reassure the public that these type of incidents are extremely rare and we are doing everything we can to ascertain what has happened.”
The offender is described as being around 5 foot 7 inches tall, of slim athletic build, with dark cropped hair.
It's believed that another vehicle and possibly two other suspects might have been involved in loading the contents of the victim’s van into another vehicle, at Mockerkin.
The offenders then left the van parked near to Mockerkin, with the victim in the back, and left the scene. At about 3pm the victim managed to turn the hazard warning lights of the van on. This may be recalled by someone who noted the vehicle being there.
He managed to free himself at around 8.45pm and got out of the van. He suffered minor injuries and was not threatened during the incident, but was left shocked and distressed.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from North Cumbria CID or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police are investigating after a man was allegedly kidnapped in West Cumbria.
The incident occurred on Monday 2 November at around 6:45am.
A 41-year-old man from Egremont was bundled into the back of his own van after being flagged down by a man wearing a head torch, whilst travelling on Grove Road, Egremont towards St Bees.
The offender is described as being around 5 foot 7 inches tall, of slim athletic build, with dark cropped hair which was tidy. He was described as wearing a dark fleecy jumper which zipped from the chest up to his face, and jeans.
The victim was tied up and transported in his own van from Grove Road to Mockerkin on an unknown route, arriving at Mockerkin after approximately an hour.
It is believed that another vehicle and possibly two other suspects might have been involved in loading the contents of the victim’s van into another vehicle, at Mockerkin.
The offenders then left the van parked, with the victim in the back, and left the scene. At about 3pm the victim managed to turn the hazard warning lights of the van on.
He managed to free himself at approximately 8:45pm and got out of the van. He suffered minor injuries but was not threatened during the incident, but was left shocked and distressed.
Police are appealing for information about the movements of the van - a white Citroen Relay High-Top van - on Monday.
Police are appealing for information after a big fight involving more than 15 people broke out in Seaton near Workington.
The incident occurred on Saturday 13 June at around 4pm on the bridge crossing over Main Road. Several people were left with injuries that required medical attention although none of the injuries were serious or life-threatening.
Two 16-year-old boys from Workington were arrested in connection with the fight and are on police bail while enquiries continue.
The incident is now being investigated as part of Operation Rodeo, a proactive policing operation aimed at tackling criminal activity in west Cumbria. The operation has a team of dedicated officers working to bring those responsible for disorder and crime to justice.
Police say 56 arrests of local people aged 13 to 40 have been made so far.
“We have made a significant number of arrests as part of Operation Rodeo, and the increase in crime we saw earlier this year has now been reversed by a robust police response. However, we are still actively investigating a number of incidents as part of the operation. I would urge local people to let us know of any information that could be of use to bring those responsible for the disorder in June to justice.
“The day in question was Seaton Carnival Day, so there will have been a number of people in the area who may have witnessed the disorder.
“All reports will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.”
Anyone with information should call Cumbria Police on 101, and ask to speak to West CID. People can also report completely anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A new research, teaching and medical education campus has launched in West Cumbria aimed at improving healthcare at every level across the region.
West Cumberland Medical Education Campus (WCMEC) is a collaboration between several institutions including the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.
It will develop education in medicine and related areas such as dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and policy.
The new campus, hopes to deliver innovative improvements in remote and rural healthcare and develop new integrated models of care for the local area.
It will also provide a local facility to train West Cumbria’s clinical workforce and attract the best global students to the area to benefit patient care.
The campus will combine academic facilities at UCLan’s Westlakes campus and neighbouring clinical facilities at the new West Cumberland Hospital, which has already represented a significant step for local communities and the development of healthcare in West Cumbria.
Professor St John Crean, Executive Dean of UCLan’s College of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, said:
This new campus is looking to the future and if our ambitions to work in Cumbria are fully realised, then we will have a fantastic opportunity to improve skills, research, staff recruitment and retention.
The ‘halo effect’ of this programme will mean we can help attract students, doctors, teaching staff and research opportunities to Whitehaven and West Cumbria for years to come.”
Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said:
This is a hugely positive step in the right direction to help address some of the longstanding issues we face in relation to our workforce, particularly in West Cumbria.
The partnership will bring in new expertise for the benefit of patient care, as well as help Cumbria to ‘Grow our Own’ medical talent and provide an innovative roadmap for the delivery of a sustainable workforce for health services in Cumbria.”