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Man assaulted in Whitehaven by group of young people

Entrance to Castle Park Credit: Google maps

A 58-year-old man was assaulted by a group of young people in Whitehaven.

The assault happened on Friday 2nd June at the entrance to Castle Park on Catherine Street, where the group grazed the man's head.

He had confronted them earlier on, around 10pm, after they smashed a glass bottle into a flat window.

Police are looking for a white male, approximately 15 years old, who was wearing a red tracksuit top.

Police are asking for witnesses or anyone with information to email them on 101@cumbria.police.uk or call PC 2344 Bish on 101.

Alternatively anyone can get in contact anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Whitehaven couple found after going missing on holiday

Janine Phelps, 34, and Christopher Graham, 48 Credit: Cumbria Police

A couple from Whitehaven have been found, after they were reported missing while on holiday in Gran Canaria.

Janine Phelps, 34, and Christopher Graham, 48, travelled from Manchester Airport on Thursday 18 May, and were staying at the Las Palmas Hotel.

They were due to arrive home on 25 May 2017, but were reported missing after they were believed to have missed their flight.

Cumbria Police say the couple have now been found.

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Beacon museum to host family workshops

The Beacon Museum Credit: ITV Border

Families in Cumbria can take place in a series of workshops being held at Beacon museum in Whitehaven.

The workshops will include a session on felt-making, using ancient practices.

We are committed to offering great learning experiences here at The Beacon.

These classes are a great way to learn a craft and also understand the connection in style and method to our Black Sheep exhibition, which brings felting to us in a very off-beat and edgy way.

– Alan Irwin, Business Development Manager, Beacon Museum

The flat felting workshop will take place on 29 May and 1 June. The 3D felting workshops will take place on 30 May and 2 June. Both will begin at 1pm and last between two and three hours.

The Copeland Pass gives those living in the borough free entry to the museum during certain periods of the year. It is currently available until 7 July

Beacon museum shortlisted for tourism award

Beacon museum, Whitehaven. Credit: ITV Border

The Beacon museum in Whitehaven, west Cumbria, has been shortlisted for a Cumbria Tourism Award.

The museum received a nomination in the 'Visitor Attraction of the Year' category.

Its visitor numbers have increased by 24%, with over 24,000 visitors over the last year.

This recognition adds to what visitors are already telling us. We hear frequently about how visitors love the new exhibitions and upgraded events. We get excited about innovating and change, so that we remain relevant both for locals and for tourists.

– Elizabeth Kwasnik, museum manager

The Cumbria Tourism Awards will be held on Wednesday, 21st June.

Russian billionaire's yacht leaves Whitehaven

Lady M leaves Whitehaven harbour this morning Credit: ITV Border

Onlookers lined up this morning to watch a £40million super yacht belonging to Russia's richest man leave Whitehaven harbour.

Lady M had been berthed in the town since Sunday evening for a mystery visit to west Cumbria.

The vessel is owned by 51-year-old steel magnate Alexei Mordashov who has an estimated fortune of nearly £13billion and is a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Lady M noses its way through Whitehaven Harbour Credit: ITV Border

Russian billionaire's yacht sails into west Cumbria

The yacht berthed in Whitehaven Credit: Keith Kennedy

A Russian billionaire's yacht has sailed into west Cumbria.

The £40million vessel Lady M, which is owned by Russia's richest man Alexei Mordashov, is berthed in Whitehaven.

Mr Mordashov is a 51-year-old steel magnate with an estimated fortune of nearly £13billion and is a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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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.

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