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New £1million sports hall opens at west Cumbrian school

A new sports hall costing more than £1million has opened at a school in Workington. The area's MP visited along with para athlete Simon Lawson for its official opening. Our reporter Graham Stothard was there:

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Man charged with attempted murder after Workington stabbing

Man charged after incident at Derwent Street, Workington Credit: ITV Border

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing in Workington.

It happened inside a house in Derwent Street in Workington. A 44-year-old man was taken to hospital with wounds to his head and body. He has since been released.

The Police say they have charged 37-year-old James Hawman with attempted murder. He is due to appear before magistrates in Workington.

Police concern for missing Workington man

James Benson Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are growing concerned about a 41-year-old man who is missing from Workington.

James Benson was last seen yesterday (27 September) at 12:25pm in the town centre.

He is described as white, 5'11", and of slim build with short black hair and full sleeve tattoos on both arms.

He may be driving a red Ford Transit, registration number: FV04 GZP.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch by calling 101.

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Tale of Macbeth comes to Workington

The performance will take place at Workington Hall Parklands Credit: Workington Town Council

Members of the public are invited to a free performance of Macbeth at the Workington Hall park.

Organised by Workington Town Council and performed by theatre company Oddsocks, the play will be a comedic take on the Shakespearean tragedy.

It will be taking place on Friday 1st September and is described by Oddsocks’s artistic director and performer, Andy Barrow, as “Shakespeare for today. Seriously silly Shakespeare!”

Oddsocks is a theatrical experience for everyone. As actors, we’re putting on a party and everyone is invited. It's theatre that’s highly energetic, full of life and plenty of laughs! It’s Shakespeare, but not as you know it!”

– Andy Barrow, Macbeth performer and Oddsocks Artistic Director

Attendees can also take part in archery, which will be running all afternoon, and in tours by local performing arts company Trellis Arts from 2pm, ahead of the performance.

New mayor for Workington

Workington's new mayor, Cllr. Ann Bales in the middle Credit: Workington Town Council

Councillor Ann Bales was declared the new Mayor of Workington at a ceremony on Friday 26 May, at the Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre,

Cllr. Bales confirmed her chosen charities as 'Cystic Fibrosis Trust' and 'Team Isla', which she will be raising money for over her year in office.

Former mayor, Councillor Joan Wright, raised over £7000 over the year for the charity Myeloma UK.

Councillor Barbara Cannon was announced as Deputy Mayor and Nicola Bales as Mayoress, supporting the Mayor in her duties.

Guests from Workington's twin towns, Selm and Val Du Reuil in France were also in attendance, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the twinning.

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