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Dummy protest over potential maternity cuts

A garden fence in Cleator Moor, decorated with dummies in support of the campaign Credit: ITV Border

A campaign group is hanging children's dummies in public places around Whitehaven to protest about possible cuts to maternity services in west Cumbria.

Several options are currently being considered for the future of the West Cumberland Hospital including transferring some maternity services to Carlisle.

The hospital previously removed the dummies and said they will continue to do so.


Doctors' surgery completes turn around

A Doctors' surgery labelled inadequate and placed in special measures by the care quality commission last October has completed a dramatic turn around to be rated 'good' in it's latest inspection.

Lowther Medical Centre in Whitehaven has over ten thousand patients and staff say they are delighted that their hard work has been recognised.

WATCH: Full report on medical centre's improvements

Police appeal for help tracing missing Whitehaven woman

Missing Linda Liddell Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are appealing for help tracing a missing 45-year-old woman from Whitehaven.

Linda Liddell was last seen at James Street in Whitehaven by her family at 10.30am yesterday. She is believed to be in the Carlisle area.

Linda is described as 5ft 5inch tall, of a slim build, with long dark hair. She was last seen wearing black ankle boots, light denim dungarees and a green/khaki parka.

Police are concerned for Linda’s welfare and appeal to anyone who has seen her to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to the duty sergeant.


Whitehaven restaurant fined for food safety offence

The customer suffered from a peanut allergy. Credit: PA

A restaurant in Whitehaven has been fined £10,000 for serving a customer suffering from a peanut allergy a meal containing peanut protein.

Nurul Hoque, owner of the Akash Tandoori on Tangier Street, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,585 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge at West Allerdale Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to an offence under the Food Safety Act 1990.

The offence came to light after a complaint from a local resident, whose son was taken to hospital after suffering anaphlaxic shock after eating a takeaway from the restaurant.

The court heard that when the meal had been ordered, it had been specified that he suffered from a nut allergy.

Cumbria County Council Trading Standards sampled the same dish and found it contained peanut protein.

The Public Analyst confirmed that there was sufficient quantity to present a real hazard to anyone who suffered from a nut allergy.

This sentence should act as a warning that cases like this are treated extremely seriously by the courts. The restaurant was aware of the issues surrounding allergies, having completed a Food Safety Questionnaire in December 2014. The defendant was put on notice twice (18 April and 29 April) and despite this a customer was still put at risk on 12 May 2015.

– John Greenbank, Trading Standards Manager
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