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Energy Coast college re-opens after illness

The college was closed. Credit: ITV Border

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

Energy Coast University Technical College, Lillyhall, Workington. Credit: ITV Border

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.

Emergency incident at west Cumbria college

Energy Coast UKC University Technical College Credit: ITV Border

Emergency services are dealing with an incident at a west Cumbrian college.

Police were called to Energy Coast UKC University Technical College, at Lillyhall in Workington shortly after 2pm following concerns that a number of people were feeling unwell.

One person was taken to West Cumberland Hospital and has since been discharged.

As a precautionary measure the college has been evacuated and roads closed. These roads have since reopened.

Emergency services are continuing with their investigations, however they say that the area is contained and there is no risk to the public.

All students and staff at the college have been accounted for and are safe. Parents are free to collect their children.

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Campaigners stage protest outside new hospital

Protestors outside new West Cumberland Hospital Credit: ITV Border

Dozens of protestors have gathered outside Whitehaven's new West Cumberland Hospital this morning to campaign for keeping health services they claim could be lost to Carlisle.

The protestors are taking action today as the public can take a look inside the £90million hospital for the first time as part of a community open day.

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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.

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