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Dog's lead set alight whilst tied to pillar

Police are appealing for witnesses after offenders set fire to a dog's lead whilst the animal was tied to a pillar.

The incident happened at about 3pm on Monday 14 April outside the Tesco supermarket on New Bridge Road in Workington.

The dog's owner left the store before the fire got too close and it was not injured.

Police are particularly interested in speaking with two males, wearing grey, who were in the area.

Please contact PC James Thomas at Workington Police Station with any information.


Unemployed man takes new approach to finding work

An unemployed Workington man has been taking his search for work onto the street.

Mark Ostler, who's not had a job for two years, has been parking at roadsides with his own homemade sign asking for work.

Mark Ostler has been unemployed for two years and is taking matters into his own hands Credit: ITV News Border

The 45-year-old father of six says he's applied for hundreds of jobs.He was made redundant from Hydro Ellay Enfield Tubes in April 2012 where he worked as a senior process officer for 15 years.

He has been parking at roadsides with his own homemade sign asking for work Credit: ITV News Border

He said: "It's been the most demoralising two years of my life. I was so desperate for work I decided to see what I could do for myself. I've applied for all kinds of jobs but it's just so difficult to get work in this area.

"Every job opportunity has dozens of people applying. I am a skilled worker and I want to raise my profile. If I have to sit here week in and week out its something I'm prepared to do."

He said: "If I have to sit here week in and week out its something I'm prepared to do." Credit: ITV News Border

He says his efforts have so far not produced a job but is going to carry on and even come up with bigger signs to grab the attention of employers.

Police appeal for help finding missing 15-year-old

15-year-old Tyler Ramage has been missing since 5 April Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are appealing for help to find a missing 15-year-old girl from Workington.

Tyler Ramage, from Seaton, has been missing since 5pm on Saturday 5 April.

She was last seen at her home address.

Tyler is 5 ft 3” tall, of a slim build and has long straight brown hair. She was last seen wearing a green parka jacket, blue hoodie and blue jeans.

Police are asking anyone who as seen Tyler or who knows where she is to get in touch.

Anyone with any information should ring Cumbria Police on 101 and speak to the on duty Sergeant at Workington Police Station.


Plans go on display for new Workington leisure centre

The new Workington leisure centre and swimming pool could look like this Credit: Allerdale Borough Council

A planning application is to be submitted for a new leisure centre and swimming pool in Workington.

The plans will go on public display next week before finally being submitted to Allerdale Borough Council on Monday 14 April.

If planning approval is granted, work is due to begin on the new leisure centre this year on land at Brow Top, in the town centre.

The new facilities would replace two ageing buildings which house the town’s current swimming pool and sports centre at Moorclose.

If you want to see the proposals you can attend one of the public displays:

  • Wednesday 9 April - 11am to 4pm - the former JJB store, Washington Square

  • WorkingtonThursday 10 April - 3pm to 8pm – Workington Leisure Centre, Moorclose

Police appeal for help to trace vandals

Police are renewing their appeal for help in tracing vandals who attacked a community garden in Workington.

Windows were smashed on the Summer house and fencing ripped down sometime between 6pm on Wednesday 26 March and 10am on Thursday 27 March.

“We urge people to come forward with any information that could help us to catch the vandals. The community garden is a new project which benefits everyone locally, to destroy this has a big impact on the local community who have worked hard to get these facilities in place.”

– Sergeant Christine Armstrong, Cumbria Police

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Workington police station on 101.

Entrepreneur wins prestigious award

Only two years after starting her hat and fascinator outlet in Workington, Norah Alderson of Cherry Tree Fashions won the overall prize for enterprise from the development agency, Britain's Energy Coast.

She has expanded into a shop in the town and now employs an apprentice to help make her fashion items. Other winners at the event included West Coast Fish Ltd from Workington, winners of the overall WiSE Award for 2014.

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