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Swimmers 'very happy' to be back in Wigton pool

Wigton swimming pool has officially reopened Credit: ITV News Border

Colin Smithson was the first to take plunge this morning at the newly reopen Wigton swimming pool.

The pool was closed by Cumbria County Council last year after it was linked to a chemical leak.

Mr Smithson had been one of many people campaigning to keep the baths open.

He said he was "very happy" to be back.

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Community hope to take over local swimming pool

In these tough economic times, communities are having to take on the running of local amenities.

Many of our shops and pubs are already being run by local people, and now a group may take control of their swimming pool.

The baths in Wigton have been shut since last year following a pollution outbreak, which killed hundreds of fish in a nearby stream.

The council hope to reopen the pool in the next few weeks, but long term the pool looks set to move into local hands. Hannah McNulty reports.

Community plans to take over local pool

A community trust has been formed to look at the possibility of taking over Wigton swimming baths.

The pool has been shut since September as it's believed the pool could be the source of a leak into a nearby beck which killed hundreds of fish.

It's currently run by Cumbria County Council and could be re-opened in the next few weeks.

Alan Pitcher is the head of Trust.

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Local community's plans to take over swimming pool

A community trust has been formed to look at the possibility of taking over the running of Wigton baths.

The pool has been shut since September after it was at the centre of a suspected leak into a local beck.

Cumbria County Council currently runs the baths but wants to hand it over to a trust as it looks to save £80 million.

At a meeting last week, a community trust was formed. Town councillor and local resident Alan Pitcher is running it.

"It's early days but we're looking at the feasibility of running the pool. More than 5000 people a year use it, as well as schools and clubs and it's vital it stays open. The community need to come and use it to keep it open."

– Alan Pitcher, Wigton Town Council

10 years for Wigton teen after armed robberies

A teenager from Wigton has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a number of offences.

19-year-old Conner Newall appeared in Carlisle Crown Court today charged with two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm with intent and dangerous driving.

He stole a phone and car keys from a 51-year-old woman and over £1,200 from Kirkbride Post Office on 8 November 2013.

Armed police were deployed to area and a search began for the vehicle, a dark blue Corsa.

Police located the vehicle heading towards Abbeytown, where it was pursued at high speeds along the B5300 through Allonby, towards Maryport.

It was forced to stop near Prospect on the A596.

Watch their high speed chase in the video below.

Wigton teen sentenced to 10 years in prison

Conner Newall was sentenced to 10 years in prison Credit: Cumbria Police

A 19-year-old from Wigton has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being charged with four offences.

Conner Newall appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today on two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm with intent and dangerous driving.

Newall was charged with four offences including possession of a firearm Credit: Cumbria Police

The offences occurred on the 8 November 2013 across west Cumbria.

At about 1pm police received a report of a robbery of a car where a 51-year-old woman was threatened by Newall with a gun.

She was unharmed and gave him her phone and car keys.

Later, at about 2:20pm, Newall stole over £1,200 from Kirkbride Post Office.

Armed police were deployed to area and a search began for the vehicle, a dark blue Corsa.

Police located the vehicle heading towards Abbeytown, where it was pursued at high speeds along the B5300 through Allonby, towards Maryport.

It was forced to stop near Prospect on the A596.

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