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New coach appointed for Whitehaven

Whitehaven RLFC have appointed former Catalan Dragons boss Steve Deakin as their new coach.

The rugby league coach has been given a two year contract at the club.

Steve Deakin, picture in 2005 Credit: Gareth Copley/PA Archive/Press Association Images


11-year-old students get a GCSE in maths

The students, Mia Oakes and Jack Byers, passed their GCSE maths exam five years early Credit: PA

Two students from Whitehaven have proved they're budding brainboxes, after passing their GCSE maths exam five years early.

Mia Oakes and Jack Byers took the exam this summer at the age of just 11 - after their school recommended them for the challenge. They now hope the results will help them in their new secondary schools.

Wood sacked from Haven

Dave Woods joined the team in 2013 Credit: ITV Border

Whitehaven have told their coach Dave Woods that his contract will not be renewed.

His sacking comes at the end of a poor season for Haven who narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship on the last day of the season, when results went in their favour to see them beat the drop in the final minutes.

The hunt for Woods replacement is now on.

Haven survive

Whitehaven have avoided relegation on a tense day of Rugby League.

Haven beat Swinton 44-18 at Leigh Sports Village, but still had to endure a nervous wait to see if results elsewhere would save them.

In the end a late try by Featherstone in their game with Keighley meant that it was the Yorkshire side who drop out of the Championship, with Whitehaven finishing above them by a single point.

Workington Town beat Dewsbury Rams 23-4 to secure a play-off place.

Whitehaven Pushchair Hit & Run

A child in a pushchair has been knocked over in Whitehaven by a driver who failed to stop.

A black Ford Focus driven by a man collided with the pushchair on High Road, Sandwith at around 1pm on Saturday. The child was not hurt.

Cumbria Police is appealing for witnesses to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Crunch time for Haven

It's crunch time for Haven as they battle to avoid relegation. Credit: PA

Sunday sees a crucial game for Whitehaven in the championship as they battle to avoid relegation.

Going into the decisive round of fixtures Haven are in the final drop spot on points difference.

A bonus point or a win will be enough to secure survival for the club if results elsewhere go their way.

Whitehaven travel to the Swinton Sports village to face the already relegated Swinton Lions, while their rivals for survival Keighley and Batley face tough trips to high flying Featherstone and Doncaster.

Should Whitehaven win and either Keighley or Batley lose then the West Cumbrians will avoid the drop.

Phone theft from shop sparks search

Police wish to speak with this woman in connection with the incident Credit: Cumbria Police

A mobile phone has been stolen from a shop in Whitehaven.

On the 18th August a mobile phone was left near the tills, by a customer, in the Home Bargains store on Preston Street.

Police want to speak to the woman in the CCTV picture in connection with the incident.

Anyone who recognises the woman or has further information should contact Cumbria Police.

Concern for missing man in Whitehaven

Richard Manners, 18, is missing from the Whitehaven area Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are concerned for the safety of a missing man from the Whitehaven area.

Richard Manners, 18, was last seen outside the Candlestick pub on Tangier Street, Whitehaven at 10pm last night. He is described as being of slim build, with short brown hair and speaks with a North East accent. It is believed he was last seen wearing a white t-shirt.

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

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