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Police investigate sexual assault of 14-year-old girl by man in Whitehaven

The teenage girl was approached on Duke street in Whitehaven Credit: Google maps

Police are investigating the report of a 14-year-old girl being sexually assaulted in Whitehaven, Cumbria.

The girl picked up by a man in a car on Duke Street some time between 11.45pm and midnight on Friday 14 July.

The man sexually assaulted the girl in the light-coloured large estate vehicle.

He is described as around 40 years old, of a large build, with rough skin. He had very short spikey grey hair with dark brown parts and spoke with a local accent.

Anyone who witnessed the vehicle approach the teenager on Duke Street or who has more information is urged to contact the police on 101 or by emailing, asking to speak to DC 2305 Rae, citing incident number incident number 2 of 15 July 2017. Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Whitehaven town to go through 'clean-up blitz'

The 'clean-up blitz' is in addition to regular street cleaning services provided by Copeland Council Credit: Copeland Borough Council

Copeland Council and Whitehaven Town Council have teamed up for an "intensive clean-up" "targeting the whole town centre". The councils say they will focus on the main shopping areas of King Street, Duke Street, Tangier Street and Market Place.

It is being done in advance of what they call a busy summer period in town.

Our team does an excellent job every day, in terms of cleaning our streets, picking up litter and emptying bins. Our resources are stretched and we have a large borough to concentrate on, and I commend our staff for their work. This intensive blitz will build on that good work and will concentrate on Whitehaven town centre ahead of a busy time for the town. We’re happy to be working in partnership with Whitehaven Town Council on this project to make the town look its best for our residents and visitors."

– Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland

14-year-old boy arrested in connection to Whitehaven bomb scare

Morrisons in Whitehaven Credit: Google maps

A teenager has been arrested in connection with a bomb scare incident at Morrisons in Whitehaven.

An evacuation was done by store management yesterday, Monday 10 July, following an anonymous caller telling police that there was a bomb in the store.

The store was searched by specially trained officer, but no suspicious items were found.

Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy, from Whitehaven, following enquiries conducted as part of a malicious communications investigation.


New wildlife exhibition goes on display in west Cumbria

Credit: Copeland Borough Council

A 'wild' exhibition, focused on snakes, will go on display at the Beacon Museum at Whitehaven.

It will include interactive displays, games and specimens for visitors to see.

There will also be live snake-handling sessions on the Saturdays, throughout the exhibition which will be up from 8 July to 6 September.

Visitors can learn about all types of snakes, from the Burmese python to colourful milk snakes to the anaconda.

It's another major coup for The Beacon to attract such a high-quality exhibition. I'm sure it will prove hugely popular for young and old alike."

– Councillor Mark Holliday, Portfolio Holder for The Beacon

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 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.

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

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