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Incredible Noah defeated the odds

Two months ago we brought you the story of an incredible little boy who defied all medical opinion to celebrate his second birthday.

Noah Wall has just two per cent of his brain functioning and he has a litany of complications including Spina Bifida.

He has made incredible progress. Despite countless operations and continuing health problems he continues to amaze his thousands of twitter followers with his progress.

Now his parents are organising a Gala Dinner to raise money for a new electric wheelchair to give him an even better quality of life.

Ryan Dollard reports:

Mini submarines scrape Sellafield's sludge

A remotely operated mini submarine Credit: Sellafield LTD

Mini submarines are demonstrating how to remove sixty year old sludge from a pond at the Sellafield nuclear site.

The waste has been building up in a historic fuel storage pond and there is enough of it to fill half an Olympic swimming pool.

The pond is being emptied as part of a decommissioning plan.


Appeal for witnesses of ambulance crash

A small red car left without stopping Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are appealing for witnesses of a crash in west Cumbria involving an ambulance.

They have released CCTV footage of the incident that happened on the B5301 between Moota and Aspatria at about 1am on Saturday 8 February.

A small red car failed to stop after colliding with the ambulance. The police would like to locate this car and speak to the driver. They recovered parts of the car from the scene.

The ambulance driver and his female colleague, both in their fifties, were left with minor injuries.

View: CCTV footage of ambulance crash

Anyone with any information should call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC 1958 James Thistlethwaite.

Woman who died in car crash has been named

A woman who died in a car crash in West Cumbria has been named.

Yvonne Hetherington-Tunstall, 48, from Curzon Street, Maryport, was involved in a collision on Tuesday 13 May.

It happened at about 11:20pm on the B5300 Silloth to Maryport road near the Cross Cannonby junction.

She was treated by emergency services, but died at the scene.

Anyone with any information should contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC Martin Renney.

Showcase event highlights high tech boom in Cumbria

West Cumbria's high tech energy sector has been booming. It's thanks to the presence of Sellafield which continues to train and draw-in highly skilled engineers to the region.

Many small and medium sized companies are beginning to thrive there as well.

An event's been held in Workington to showcase successful firms and provide them with new opportunities.

Matthew Taylor reports:


Engineering skills gap opens up in West Cumbria

A gap has opened up between the availability of skilled engineers in West Cumbria and the numbers of jobs that area being created there

The problem is that the energy sector is continuing to grow but the level of skills isn't increasing at the same rate.

It's an issue that was discussed at the Cumbria Excellence Day, an invent to promote small and medium sized businesses.

Luke Dicicco from Britain's Energy Coast - which helps local firms to invest in skills - says it's a problem that is being addressed.

Sellafield creates business opportunities in Cumbria

Sellafield has been promising to make it easier for local businesses to win contracts from the company.

George Beveridge, Deputy Managing Director at Sellafield, says terms and conditions have been simplified for small and medium companies.

He made the announcement at Cumbria Excellence Day, a special event that has been showcasing the success of the energy sector in West Cumbria.

Excellence Day of networking hosted for energy sector

Britain's Energy Coast will hosted the event in Workington Credit: ITV News

The first Excellence Day for businesses in the energy sector will be held in Cumbria today.

The event in Workington plans to showcase the success of both large and small businesses and create a network between them.

Smaller firms will display their products and services, whilst larger companies will demonstrate business opportunities for those companies to get involved with.

It is being hosted by Britain's Energy Coast who promote low-carbon energy in West Cumbria.

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