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Workington Conservative candidate announced

The Conservative party has announced Rozila Kana will be its candidate in the Labour-stronghold Workington.

Kenyan-born Kana has lived in the UK for twenty-five years and has worked for Lancashire Police for fifteen years. She currently lives in Lancaster with her husband.

Workington has been held by Labour for thirty-six years. Current MP Sir Tony Cunningham took office in 2001 and will stand down at the coming election. His party has yet to announce his replacement.

Only two other candidates have been named so far: Jill Perry of the Green party, and Mark Jenkinson of UKIP.

The Liberal Democrats are expected to announce their candidate on Thursday.

Workington man charged with rape

A man from Workington has been charged following a police investigation into an allegation of rape in the early hours of the morning on New Year's Day.

Daniel Grierson, 19, from Moorfield Avenue, Workington, appeared at West Allerdale Magistrates Court this morning, charged with rape.

He was remanded in custody.

The victim was a 20 year old woman from Workington.

The Police are continuing to appeal for the lady from the Ashfield / Moorclose area, who helped the victim, to come forward.

The victim called at her house in a distressed state in the early hours of the morning on the 1st January, where the lady helped her and drove her to the Fisher Street area.

Detectives believe that she could help the investigation and would like her to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to Workington CID.

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Police looking for Good Samaritan

The police are looking for a Good Samaritan. Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Police want to speak to a Good Samaritan, who helped a woman in the early hours of the morning on New Year's Day.

The woman went to a house in the Ashfield / Moorclose area of Workington, where she was helped by another woman, who then drove her to the Fisher Street area of Workington.

The Police think this lady may be able to help them with their investigation and would like her to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to an Officer quoting reference 161.

Solfest to return

The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria. Credit: ITV Border

One of Cumbria's top music festivals is returning.

Solfest didn't run this year, but organisers have announced it'll be back next August. The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria.

That's a boost for the region's music scene, as last year Cockrock and the Whitehaven Festival were also cancelled.

Town and Warriors to partner in 2015

Wigan Warriors will again partner with Championship side rugby team Workington Town during 2015.

Players from the Wigan team will head to Workington throughout the season to gain vital experience.

Last year several Wigan players including Greg Burke, Connor Farrell and Lewis Tierney spent time at the Cumbria club.

Workington Town will face Wigan Warriors in a friendly on 1st February next year, the final warm-up game ahead of the new Super League season.

"We are delighted that we will be continuing our partnership with Workington Town for the 2015 season.

We have had a number of partnerships over the years but this has undoubtedly been the best. It has been a reciprocal relationship that has seen us both benefit. The main thing for us is that the players have been looked after and have enjoyed playing for the town. We are very comfortable trusting Workington with our players and have certainly seen an improve in those that played there in 2014."

– Wigan Warriors Rugby General Manager, Kris Radlinski

Five years without Bill: 'Time has no meaning'

The widow of PC Bill Barker says 'time has no meaning' when it comes to coping with the death of her husband.

PC Barker, a father of four, died when the Northside Bridge collapsed in Workington in November 2009. He was swept away in the flood water and his body found several hours later.

On the fifth anniversary of the flooding, Hazel Barker has spoken of her families grief and of the support she says she still receives from the public:

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Leisure centre given the go ahead

Plans to build a new swimming pool and leisure centre in Workington has been given the go ahead.

At a meeting today, 12th November, members of Allerdale Borough Council's Executive approved the final design, voted to accept £1.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund, and signed off the total cost to the Council of £9.5 million.

“We had three options when it came to the future of the current leisure centre at Moorclose in Workington which is reaching the end of its useful life. One was to shut it completely and not replace it. Another option was to refurbish what is already on its last legs, and spend more and more. Spending £5 million would only prolong its life for five more years. Or we could build new, state-of-the-art facilities, which cost less to run than the centre we have already. To me it’s a no brainer. We need this new leisure centre.”

– Councillor Michael Heaslip, Portfolio Holder for Locality Services

Local contractors are being encouraged to get involved in the construction.

Furthermore, it's said there is a commitment to arrange visits to the site for hundreds of schoolchildren, as well as apprenticeships and work placements during the construction period.

Industrial accident death - man named

A man who died in an industrial accident in Workington has been named by police as Richard Brown, aged 48 of Bristol Road, Hull.

Police were called at 1:23pm to Howden’s Joinery at Clay Flatts Industrial Estate, on 11th November, following concerns for the welfare of a man due to a work related incident. Mr Brown was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Police and HSE continue to investigate the death. Mr Brown’s family are being supported by officers at this difficult time.

Police confirm man killed in industrial accident

Cumbria Police have confirmed that a man has died after industrial accident in Workington.

Police were called at 1.23pm today, 10th November, following concerns of the welfare of the man after an incident at Howden’s Joinery at Clay Flatts Industrial Estate. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are working with the HSE to investigate the incident.

The Coroner has been informed.

Man dies following industrial accident

It's being reported that a man has died after being trapped under pallets at a joinery company in Workington.

Emergency services responded to the incident at Howden's Joinery at the Clay Flatts Industrial Estate.

The accident happened shortly after 1.30pm today (10th November).

A police spokeswoman described it as an industrial accident and urged people to avoid the area.

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