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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.

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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.

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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Milk thefts in Allerdale

Police are investigating a spate of milk thefts in Allerdale.

Officers say thieves have been targeting homes in Silloth and Wigton over the last five months.

One suspect was seen jumping from a car to garb a bottle on a doorstep before running back to the car and driving off.

One of those said to be responsible for the thefts is said to be aged between 16 or 17 and of a slim build. He was seen in a grey hooded jacket.

Police ask that anyone with any information should call them on 101.

Cumbrian haulage firm staff sentenced for tachograph fraud

The director, manager and six drivers at a Cumbrian haulage firm have been jailed for a combined total of seven years for falsifying tachograph records.

William Ross was director of Ross International and Ross International Haulage Ltd which were based in Wigton, Cumbria and Bellshill near Glasgow.

He was jailed for two years for running companies where staff drove for longer and with fewer breaks than the law requires.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Ross's "right-hand man" was Robert Robertson.

He was jailed for 18 months. Six drivers received sentences ranging from six to eight months while nine others received suspended sentences.

All the defendants were disqualified from driving. Sergeant Graeme Hodgson told ITV Border the punishment reflected the "nature of the offences".

'Plastic' bank notes bring 80 new jobs in Wigton

80 jobs will be created in Wigton at a company that will produce the Bank of England's new five and ten pound notes.

Innovia Security will spend 20 million pounds on a new factory to make the bills in 2016.

The first new-style polymer-plastic five pound note will feature the face of Winston Churchill.

A year later the polymer ten pound note featuring Jane Austen will come into circulation.

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