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St Michael's congregation mark fire anniversary

St Michael's church in Workington Credit: ITV Border

A west Cumbrian congregation is marking the twentieth anniversary of a blaze which devastated their church.

St Michael's Parish Church in Workington was seriously damaged in the fire in 1994.

The church rebuild was completed and the building was rededicated in 2001.

An Evensong service on Sunday will mark 20 years since the fire.

Man given four and half years for gun-threat offence

Nicky Horsfall, aged 31 has been sentenced to four and a half years Credit: Cumbria Police

A man from Cumbria has been jailed for four and a half years for offences including threatening a man with a replica gun.

Nicky Horsfall, aged 31 from Hillcrest, Northside Road, Workington was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today.

He had admitted threatening a man with a gun and shouting racial abuse at his victim an earlier hearing.

The incident happened on Northside Road in Workington in the early hours of 12th October 2013.

Horsfall had confronted his 24-year-old victim with a black hand gun and had racially abused him during the incident, in which he also ordered him to knee on the floor.

He was later identified from the description given by his victim.

He was also tried for the possession of indecent images and extreme pornography.

“This was a very distressing ordeal for the victim who was in genuine fear for his life. On examination of the gun, which was located at Horsfall’s home address, it was discovered to be a replica. However it was still used in a threatening way to scare and frighten someone.”

– DC Andy Yoxall

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Opinions wanted for new community area

People are being asked to give their opinion on how £75,000 should be spent on a community area.

Allerdale Borough Council have already asked for opinions on what should be inside a new leisure centre in Workington, now they are asking what should be built outside. The council suggest that the community area could be for relaxation or for community adventure.

The consultation closes on 14th September.

To have your say, click here.

£7m unique school opens in Cumbria

Cumbria's newest secondary school has opened for business. Energy Coast University Technical College in Workington is the first of its kind in Cumbria.

The school focuses on engineering and technology and has close links with a range of employers. It's also different from traditional secondary schools in a number of other ways, as Katie Hunter reports.

New school makes 'world of work more accessible'

This model house replicates renewable energy options available in a normal house. Credit: ITV Border

A new secondary school has opened in Workington which specialises in technical studies.

The school, Energy Coast UTC, has several links with local employers.

"It makes the world of work more accessible for students."

– Gary Jones, Head teacher

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Workington teenager missing

Kai Cartwright, 16. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are appealing for information about a missing 16-year-old boy from the Workington area.

Kai Cartwright was last seen on Alexander Close, Workington, at 9:20pm on Tuesday 19 August.

Kai was wearing a dark coloured Adidas hooded top with three blue stripes on the arms, dark jogging bottoms, and black footwear. He is about 5ft 9 " tall, of slim build with short dyed blonde hair and has a diamond earring in his left ear.

Anyone with any information are asked to contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101.

The last men to face the death penalty in Britain

It's the 50th anniversary of the last hangings to take place in Britain following the murder of a man near Workington. Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen were executed for killing laundry worker John West in April 1964.

They're now remembered as the last men put to death by the British justice system.

Ryan Dollard has been taking a look back at the case and its significance to the capital punishment debate.

'So brutal a crime': Why two men were the last to face the death penalty

Today (13th August) marks 50 years since the last hangings in Britain.

The two men who were the last to receive the death penalty were Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen. They were found guilty of robbing and murdering van driver John Alan West in Seaton, near Workington, in April 1964.

Paul Heslop is a True Crime author. He explains why the men were hanged despite few people being sentenced to the death penalty.

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