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Sir Tony Cunningham: time right to retire

by Paul Brand
Sir Tony says the time is right to stand down Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

At the next election, Sir Tony Cunningham will be 62.

After a long career in politics as a councillor, MEP, MP and government whip, he ITV Border "the time just feels right to go."

There will be many in Labour eyeing it up as the party now searches for a new candidate.

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Sir Tony Cunningham to stand down at next election

by Paul Brand
Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham
Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham has decided to stand down at the next election Credit: Sean Dempsey/ PA

The Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham has decided to stand down at the next election after thirteen years in parliament.

Sir Tony told ITV Border on Thursday that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Decommissioning figures due to be released

The latest cost of decommissioning at Sellafield is due to be released today.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will present the figures to Parliament.

Parliament is expected to know the outcome of the cost later today Credit: ITV Border

There has already been severe criticism of previous over-spends, which have put up the costs to 70 billion pounds.

Armed police drama in Workington

Armed police were called after a man threatened to harm another man in Workington.

Police stopped a Vaxhall Astra in the Northside area of the town at 9.21pm last night.

No firearms were found.

A 35 year old man from Workington was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill.He's in custody helping police with their enquiries.

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£240million sludge plant built at Sellafield

Officials from Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommisioning Agency joined for the handover of the plant Credit: Sellafield Ltd

A £240million Sludge Packaging Plant has been built in West Cumbria.

The plant has been built at the Sellafield nuclear site and will handle historic radioactive waste.

Radioactive sludge in a 60 year old pond will be pumped to the new plant later this year.

Read: Mini submarines are used to scrape sludge in nuclear pond.

The 1950s pond is open to the elements with no roof and so sludge has been accumulating at the bottom of the pond just like in any garden pond.

The sludge however is radioactive and lies up to one metre deep in places at the bottom of the 7 metre deep pond and therefore getting the sludge out is a difficult job.

Regulators and stakeholders were invited to a celebratory event Credit: Sellafield Ltd

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.

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