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WATCH: "Most significant stride ever" in Sellafield clean-up

Sellafield Ltd says it's taken its "most significant stride ever" in the 100 year mission to clean up the nuclear site.

Workers have removed historic nuclear fuel rods from the site's waste ponds cutting radioactivity levels in them by over two thirds. The operation has also brought forward the projected date for draining the pools completely by around twenty years. Ryan Dollard reports.

Armed search in Workington after Post Office robbery

Police outside the Post Office on High Street in Maryport Credit: ITV

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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Cumbria Police to recruit volunteers to help tackle speeding

Police are asking for volunteers to help crackdown on speeding Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA/Press Association Images

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.”

– West Cumbria Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley

WATCH: New training facility for west Cumbria

A new multi-million pound training facility is to be built in west Cumbria. It will be the biggest of its kind in the UK and allow training company Gen 2 to double the number of apprentices and other learners it can train.

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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