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Volunteers needed for new West Cumberland Hospital

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Volunteers are being sought to help out at the new £90million West Cumberland Hospital when it opens this autumn.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is holding a recruitment drive next month to encourage people to find out more about what being a volunteer involves.

Volunteer roles are varied but the Trust is especially looking for approachable people to meet patients and visitors when they enter the hospital, answer queries and be a welcoming face.

The volunteers’ recruitment drive takes place from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 June 2015 to coincide with Volunteers’ Week 2015, which runs from 1 to 7 June.

Volunteers from across North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust have also been invited to events held in both Whitehaven and Carlisle next month to meet volunteers from other departments and celebrate the contribution they make.

“The opening of the new West Cumberland Hospital is an incredibly exciting time for the community and volunteering to be a part of it is a great chance for local people to get involved. “We already have a fantastic team of volunteers working throughout the Trust and the events next month are a way of the Trust thanking them for their time and commitment, and for volunteers to meet volunteers from other departments.”

– Claire Unwin, volunteer and charity development officer North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Anyone interested in volunteering at West Cumberland Hospital and booking a place on the recruitment event to find out more should email or call 01228 814567.

Nuclear power development: what do people think?

We've been asking people in Whitehaven what they think about the prospect of a nuclear power site - the largest new plant in Europe - being built at Moorside:

The response was largely positive, with people citing the potential benefits to the west Cumbrian economy.

However, there is also a large amount of opposition to the plans, and a petition called 'Stop Moorside: Biggest Nuclear Development in Europe' has more than 7,000 signatures.


Road disruptions in Castle Park

There will be disruptions to road users in Castle Park, Whitehaven, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

Copeland Borough Council says it's to allow resurfacing and patching of the roads and footpaths in the area.

Disruption will be minimised on Wednesday and Friday, with small sections being closed off.

On Thursday 14 May all roads and paths will be fully closed off, as the bulk of the work takes place.

Police name man who died in Whitehaven fire

Police have confirmed that the man who died in a house fire in Whitehaven is 40-year-old Grant Flyyn.

Police were called to the property in King Street on Thursday evening.

Mr Flynn was taken to hospital, but later died of his injuries.

Police would like to speak to a man who helped them force entry into the flat. He later left the scene without identifying himself. He is described as being a white male, approximately 5ft 9ins tall with blonde spikey hair. He may have been wearing a grey jacket.

Police are investigating the sudden and unexplained death on behalf of the Coroner and are working together with Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service to establish the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.


Whitehaven man jailed for child sexual offences

Rodney Kennedy Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

A 46-year-old man has been jailed for 14 years for sexually abusing three young boys, and possessing more than 34,000 indecent images of children.

Rodney Kennedy, from Whitehaven, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to 14 child sexual offences, and six charges of making and possessing indecent images.

“Rodney Kennedy has today been sentenced to 14 year imprisonment for abusing three vulnerable young boys over a period of almost a decade.

“The sexual abuse of young people strips away their innocence and their trust in adults who they should be able to look up to as future role models. It has long lasting impacts on their lives, not only at the time but well into their adult lives and could have significant effects on all their future relationships.

“The three victims have shown immense bravery in coming forward and taking a stand against their abuser, which resulted in Kennedy pleading guilty to the offences he faced. I sincerely hope that following today’s sentence, they can begin to move on with their lives in the knowledge that justice has been served.

“The CPS and police urge anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the offences took place, to come forward and report it to the police. We are committed to bringing those who have committed such offences before the courts and will support victims in every possible way throughout the process.”

– Katie Nicolson, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West

“I am pleased that Kennedy has been sentenced today for his horrific crimes. His offences were against young children, and I hope that today’s sentence highlights to potential offenders that this inexcusable behaviour will not be tolerated in Cumbria.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the bravery of his victims during what has been an extremely difficult time for them and their families. I would urge anyone who has been victim of abuse to get in touch so we can investigate. All reports are dealt with sensitively and professionally.”

– DC Andrea Davidson

Dog killed in Whitehaven hit and run

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Police are appealing for information after a dog was killed in a hit and run collision.

The black lurcher was hit by an unknown vehicle on Meadow Road in Whitehaven at some time between 7pm and 7:30pm yesterday (16 March).

After hitting the dog, the vehicle failed to stop.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Cumbria police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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