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Opening of new Workington leisure centre delayed

ITV Border had an exclusive look inside the new leisure centre. Credit: ITV Border

The opening of a new £11 million leisure centre in Workington has been delayed.

The state-of-the-art facility at Brow Top in the town centre had been due to open to the public at 10am on Saturday 3 September.

However, due to "a small number of snagging and technical issues" relating to facilities including the learner pool, the opening date has been delayed.

It is a blow for this to happen so close to the centre's opening date. However we have said all along that we want to provide the best facilities for the people of Allerdale and we want a little more time to get things sorted.

This is a very complex and technical building and our most important priority is quality - we want to get this right first time and get the very best value for money.

– Alan Smith, Leader of the Council

Cumbrian dancer wins place at top ballet school

Sophie-Leigh Sill Credit: ITV Border

An 11-year-old girl from Workington has been selected to attend one of the world's top ballet schools.

Sophie-Leigh Sill triumphed over thousands of dancers to land one of only 12 places at the Royal Ballet School in London.

She began dancing just three years ago:

Sophie-Leigh is very emotionally connected to the music. She doesn't dance to the music she dances with the music and that's a very very special quality that you cannot teach, you can't give a child they have to have it in their inner spirit.

– Karen Starkey, Principal at Starkey School of Theatre Dance

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'No words' as thief steals paramedic's response bag

North West Ambulance Service. Credit: ITV Border

North West Ambulance Service says a thief has stolen equipment from one of its paramedics, while they were trying to save someone's life.

The organisation sent out this strongly worded tweet, condemning the theft.

Workington lifeboat rescues fisherman

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Lifeboat crew rescued an injured fisherman a mile off the west Cumbrian coast yesterday.

Workington RNLI's boat, SirJohn Fisher, was launched shortly before 4:30pm to go to the aid of a crew member from the Maryport fishing boat, Bruno.

The man had suffered a serious injury after his hand became trapped in his vessel's anchor chain.

After being given first aid at the scene he was transferred to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

Workington sex assault latest: Man charged

A man's been charged with sex offences following an alleged assault in Workington.

The 18-year-old, who's from Workington, is accused of a number of offences in relation to sexual assault, rape and assault of a 58 year old woman.

He will appear before West Cumbria Magistrates Court tomorrow, 18th July.

The alleged offences took place in the Church Street area of the town on Friday evening.

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Alleged sex attack on dog-walker in Workington

A teenager has been arrested in connection with an alleged violent sexual assault which left a victim was serious head injuries.

An incident happened between 10:15pm – 10:30pm on Friday in the area of Church Street, Workington.

The victim, a 58 year old woman, was walking her dog in a grassed area near Church Street / North Watt Street and Dora Crescent, when she was attacked and then sexually assaulted.

She was taken to Cumberland Infirmary to be treated for her injuries.

A man, aged 18, has been arrested and detained for questioning.

Scene of alleged sexual assault Credit: ITV Border

“We are appealing for information to assist with our investigation. It is believed that the attacker may have been disturbed by a person walking in the area, so we are urging anyone in the area at the time, or anyone who may have any information to call us - no matter how trivial the information may seem it could be important for our investigation. This is a serious assault, and I am appealing to the local community to help us with our ongoing investigation. The victim is being supported by specially trained professionals at this difficult time.”

– Detective Inspector Dave Pattinson, Cumbria Police

Seven arrested in Workington drugs crackdown

Seven people have been arrested. Credit: ITV Border

Seven people have been arrested in Workington as part of a crackdown on drugs.

Police searched a property on Newlands Gardens yesterday (7 July), and seized a class A drug, believed to be heroin, worth a street value of £8,400.

The following seven people were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs:

  • A 47-year-old man from Workington
  • A 44-year-old man from Workington
  • A 38-year-old man from Workington
  • A 36-year-old man from Workington
  • A 22-year-old man from Workington
  • A 22-year-old man from Liverpool
  • A 16-year-old boy from Liverpool

All have been bailed until September 2016.

Man charged with attempted murder after 15-year-old stabbed in Workington

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A man has been charged with attempted murder and common assault after a 15-year-old girl was stabbed in Workington.

Adrian Fallows, 39 of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, is due to appear at Carlisle Magistrates Court today.

The incident in happened in the Barepot area on Wednesday evening.

The girl was initially taken to Cumberland Infirmary and then transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Police would like to speak to anybody who was in the area at 9.25pm on Wendesday.

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