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Four arrested after Whitehaven sandstone theft

Four people have been arrested in connection with the theft of sandstone bricks in Whitehaven.

A 39-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, both from Whitehaven, were arrested with two men from Frizington, aged 34 and 49. All four have now been released on bail.

Police were called to a property in Moor Row at about 4pm on Sunday, 27 July.

A 65-year-old man reported he had disturbed three men and a woman removing sandstone blocks from the external wall of his property.

The suspects are said to have left the scene in a blue Seat Leon which was later stopped by police.

Officers are keen to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident.

Anyone who has any information should call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

An extra £50,000 needed to restore Whitehaven Harbour

The harbour was badly damaged in last December's storms Credit: ITV News Border

Another £50,000 is needed to restore Whitehaven Harbour.

It was hit by storms last December, and most of the damage has now been repaired thanks to a grant from theEnvironment Agency.

But further inspections have found a crack in the North Pier, and Harbour Commissioners now say they now need extra funding to complete the work


Sellafield worked becomes bowls champion

31-years-old Ben Sherwen has become the European Flat Green Bowls champion Credit: Sellafield Ltd

A crown green bowler from Whitehaven has won the European Flat Green Bowls championship.

At only 31-years-old, young bowler Ben Sherwen took the prestigious title home after claiming victory at the Co-operative funeral care European Flat Green Bowls Tournament in Blackpool.

As well as the prestige of becoming the European champion, winning the European Masters event has provided Ben with a tour card into all of the World Bowls tour televised ranking events for 2014/2015.

One such event is the World Indoor Bowls Championships which will feature players from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


Hospital Trust: 'New hospital is something to celebrate'

The North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust which runs the West Cumberland Hospital say the £90 million redevelopment marks a new era in healthcare for West Cumbria and will be completed in five months.

Our clinical departments will move into the new hospital in spring 2015 and the modern facility offers many state-of-the-art services including seven operating theatres and an integrated emergency floor....the new hospital is something for the local community to celebrate and we look forward to providing high quality care in a modern environment.”

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, medical director for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Over 100 expected at Whitehaven hospital protest

Over 100 campaigners are marching through Whitehaven in protest at changes to the West Cumberland Hospital.

They're concerned services could be moved further away and have gathered over 6,500 signatures on their petition over the last month.

"People should be able to get the best treatment possible at the West Cumberland Hospital, rather than travelling to Carlisle or even Newcastle. Travelling that far could mean the difference between life and death."

– Siobhan Gearing, 26-year old campaigner

North Cumbria NHS Hospital Trust is drawing up its plans for the next 5 years. It needs to save £30 million and says current spending would leave a gap of another £20 million.

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