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Police re-issue west Cumbria kidnap appeal

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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.”

– Detective Sergeant James Mason of West Cumbria CID

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.

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Police investigate kidnapping in West Cumbria

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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.

Mass brawl in west Cumbria sparks police investigation

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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.”

– Detective Inspector Dan St Quintin, Cumbria Police

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.

New era of healthcare in West Cumbria

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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.

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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.

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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.”

– Professor St John Crean

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.”

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer

Energy Coast college re-opens after illness

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A college in Workington has re-opened, after it was closed, and the emergency services called, because of a sudden outbreak of illness.

The Energy Coast University Technical College in Workington had to be evacuated on Thursday.

Emergency services were called, and one pupil was taken to hospital and later discharged.

Tests did not find any cause for the problem, but it has been suggested the illnesses were caused by a virus.

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Energy Coast College evacuation: Statement from Principal

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A college in West Cumbria will remain closed today after a mystery illness affected dozens of students.

An emergency situation was declared yesterday afternoon at The Energy Coast University Technical College and the college was evacuated when a number of pupils were struck down with headaches and other symptoms.

The College has so far released this statement:

Following yesterday's precautionary evacuation of the College and based on the advice of relevant agencies, the College will now be closed on Friday 25th September to allow further safety checks to be undertaken.

For your reassurance, no issues were found in the building on Thursday afternoon and the safety and security of our students and staff was ensured at all times.

We anticipate the College will be open as usual on Monday. For further updates please keep an eye on our Website and Social Media.

– Gary Jones, Principal & Chief Executive

College to remain closed after mystery illness

A college in West Cumbria will remain closed today after a mystery illness affected around a dozen students.

An emergency situation was declared yesterday afternoon at The Energy Coast University Technical College and the college was evacuated when a number of pupils were struck down with headaches and other symptoms.

One student was admitted to the West Cumberland Hospital and two were seen by nurses at the Workington's Community Hospital's walk in centre.

Gary Jones, Principal at Energy Coast University Technical College, said at one point yesterday a student was "calling for the first aiders every 15 minutes".

The source of the illness has not yet been traced but engineers are today checking all appliances and gas mains in the building.

The college was given a deep clean yesterday evening.

None of the students that were affected are now considered to be at risk and those that were seen by medical professionals are recovering.

The college is likely to reopen on Monday.

We are holding further meetings today but the situation is under control. We have closed the college as a precaution. If it is a bug, it will help that there are no students in for the next three days. We have decontaminated the college but tests on students that were affected have so far proved inconclusive.

– Gary Jones, Principal at Energy Coast University Technical College

Workington College evacuated after students fall ill

East Coast University Technical College. Credit: ITV Border News

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service are continuing their investigation into an incident at the Energy Coast University Technical College, Lillyhall, Workington.

Police were called at approximately 2.10 this afternoon (September 24) following concerns that a number of students were feeling unwell. One person was taken to West Cumberland Hospital and has since been discharged.

As a precautionary measure the Energy Coast Technical College has been evacuated and roads were closed for approximately an hour.

17-year-old Sam Moore was one of the 360 pupils sent home yesterday afternoon:

All I heard was to evacuate the building so all of a sudden everyone was brought out from their classes and lined up and registered on our sports field. Everyone was accounted for and we were relayed further information as soon as the staff knew it.

– Sam Moore

All students and staff at the college were accounted for and are safe.

A multi-agency response group was established to deal with this incident and the building was closed down so a thorough assessment could take place. Our enquiries are ongoing to ensure the safety of students and staff when returning to the college and to establish if there were any causes for the condition of the students.

– ick O’Key, Area Manager at Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service

We are working with the Fire & Rescue service to assist in their enquiries. The college remains closed until we receive clearance to safely reopen. All staff and students were accounted for and were evacuated as a precaution. Updates regarding when the college will reopen will be available to students and parents on our Twitter handle @energycoastUTC.

– Gary Jones, Principal at Energy Coast University Technical College

Anyone who feels unwell is asked to seek medical advice by calling NHS on 111.

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