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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

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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