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Vandals damage Workington speedway track

Vandals caused more than £100,000 worth of damage at Workington speedway training track Credit: ITV

Vandals have caused more than £100,000 worth of damage to a Speedway training track in Workington.

A fire in the club house and slashes to the safety barriers have meant the team of volunteers have cancelled the Under 16 British Youth Championship, the biggest meeting on their calendar.

Paul Bickley, a volunteer a the track, said:

We are hoping we can repair some of the damage quickly and get the meeting rearranged. This track is for kids and I can't understand why anyone would target kids. It can't be an accident as walls for the new pits were smashed and the safety barriers slashed as well as the fire. We are going to do our best to get up and running as soon as possible as we know what it means to the kids that use it.

– Paul Bickley, Volunteer at
Safety barriers were slashed by vandals Credit: ITV

WATCH: Jane Pit memorial

Recent times and plans have been revealed for a permanent memorial to honour those who lived and died working in the mining industry in West Cumbria.

There were hundreds of pits employing thousands of men and even children.

And serious accidents involving large losses of life were not uncommon.

Paul Crone has been to Workington to see how plans for the memorial are progressing.

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Plans to erect memorial to the Jane Pit miners

Mining was once a huge part of the Cumbrian economy. Credit: PA

There are plans to create a permanent memorial to miners at the Jane Pit in Workington.

The project , which is at an early stage, is being led by the town council who want to recognise the sacrifices of the pit workers.

The site closed in 1875.

WATCH: Workington Hall restoration works

Workington Hall Credit: ITV Border

It's a grade one listed building with a special place in the heart of West Cumbria.

But in recent years Workington Hall has been closed because it was deemed a danger to the public.

Around £250,000 has been spent on initial repairs.

Specialist conservation architect Jenny Gillatt who is supporting the restoration is hoping the repair works will allow the hall to reopen to the public in the near future.

Tune into Lookaround at 6pm tonight to see ITV Border's full report on the restoration works taking place at Workington Hall.

Man assaulted in Workington

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Police are investigating an assault on Oxford Street, Workington, earlier this morning.

The assault took place arond 6am when a Workington man was walking along Oxford Road.

He was thrown to the ground, punched and kicked, suffering minor injuries.

The suspect is described as being a white male, aged in his mid-twenties, of small build with short dark hair.

Detective Inspector Dan StQuintin from Cumbria Police said:

We require the public’s help in tracing who is responsible for this alleged unprovoked attack. If you were in the vicinity of Oxford Road at this time, we would like to hear from you.

The victim suffered minor injuries but is understandably shaken by this incident.”

– Detective Inspector Dan StQuintin

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101

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Workington Hall revamp

Workington Hall Credit: ITV Border

Work to restore a historic west Cumbrian building is going well according to Allerdale Borough council.

Workington Hall has been closed to the public in recent years after falling into severe disrepair, but the council are working with a local heritage group to develop a sustainable plan for it's future.

Pedestrian seriously injured in Workington crash

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A pedestrian has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Workington.

The 49-year-old man was struck by a black VW Golf on Harrington Road at around 4:15pm today.

He was taken to hospital in Preston by air ambulance. While his injuries are described as serious police say they are not thought to be life threatening.

Harrington Road remains closed and motorists and pedestrians are being asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Concern for 'frail and weak' missing man

Police are appealing for information after a frail man has been reported missing from Cumbria.

Adrian William Park was last seen at his home at Orchard Close, Seaton in Workington.

He is 50 years old, 5ft 10 and described as being very skinny, frail and weak, with shoulder length dark brown grey straggly hair and a scruffy beard.

He was last seen wearing a dark green jacket, cargo shirt, dark smart trousers and dark, smart footwear

Cumbria Police are very concerned for his wellbeing and ask anyone with information to contact them.

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