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Police to crackdown on anti-social behaviour in West Cumbria

Police say anti-social behaviour can cause distress for the community Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria police are warning young people to stay away from the grounds of a West Cumbrian school during the holidays, after they received reports of anti-social behaviour.

People living close to Whitehaven Academy have complained of disturbances, including underage drinking and footballs being kicked onto their property.

A Cumbria Constabulary spokesperson said such activities can cause distress to the community.

Cumbria police expect pupils to respect the area in which they live and behave according outside of school grounds.

We would like to remind pupils and parents that anyone caught causing criminal damage will be dealt with, and this could potentially lead to a criminal record, the result of which would stay on file and may affect a choice of jobs in the future.

– Cumbria Constabulary spokesperson


Scheme to tackle hospital staff shortages introduced

Staff hope the collaboration with another university will help with recruitment. Credit: ITV Border

A new scheme aimed at reducing staff shortages at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven is being introduced.

Health bosses hope that the collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire, which offers student physician associates a salary to study, will help with recruitment.

Fire crews rescue person from 'large rock'

The incident happened on North Shore Road. Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters have rescued a person from a "large rock" in Whitehaven.

The crew was called at 4:23pm on Monday 13 March, to North Shore Road in the town.

They lowered the casualty from the top of a large rock, using height safety kits, and were on the scene for just over an hour.

BAFTA-winning director Ken Loach visits Cumbria

Ken Loach with the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film for I, Daniel Blake Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images

BAFTA-winning director Ken Loach is visiting Cumbria today, for a special screening of his new film I, Daniel Blake.

The film is about a man whose benefits are cut after he is declared ‘fit for work’, despite being in recovery from a heart attack.

The screenings will be followed by discussions about people's experiences with the welfare system.

I, Daniel Blake won Best British Film at this year's BAFTA film awards.

The screening will take place on Thursday 16 February at the Mirehouse Labour Club in Whitehaven.


Pictures of Storm Barbara in Cumbria

Storm Barbara has made itself felt in both south and west Cumbria.

Here are a few photos we've received and taken ourselves around the Lake District and Whitehaven:

During Chris's cycle loop between Grasmere and Thirlmere Credit: Chris Taylor
Whitehaven coastline Credit: ITV Border
Storm Barbara brings heavy winds and ghastly waves Credit: ITV Border
Whitehaven's harbour amidst Storm Barbara Credit: ITV Border
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