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Workington Railway Exhibition attracts hundreds

Hundreds of model train enthusiasts are expected to attend the annual Workington Railway Exhibition this weekend.

Aimed at everyone young to old, from Thomas the Tank Engine lovers to those who build replica railways. There is something for everyone at the event at the Energus building in Lilyhall.

On Sunday live steam train rides on a specially laid track outside the venue will be available for everybody.

Hundreds attend the annual Workington Railway Exhibition Credit: ITV Border
The Workington Railway Exhibition attracted all ages Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria tax office closures will 'save taxpayer money'

HMRC has explained the closures. Credit: PA

The UK's tax authority has explained the decision to close two tax offices in Cumbria, with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

Offices at Lillyhall and Carlisle are expected to close by 2018.

HMRC says its workforce in the North West is spread across 24 offices, and that to modernise it needs to close some of these.

Instead, it will have two regional centres, in Liverpool and Manchester, which it says will save the taxpayer money:

HMRC is committed to modern, regional centres serving every region and nation in the UK, with skilled and varied jobs and development opportunities, while also ensuring jobs are spread throughout the UK and not concentrated in the capital.

HMRC has too many expensive, isolated and outdated offices. This makes it difficult for us to collaborate, modernise our ways of working, and make the changes we need to transform our service to customers and clamp down further on the minority who try to cheat the system.

The new regional centres in Liverpool and Manchester will bring our staff together in more modern and cost-effective buildings in areas with lower rents. They will also make a big contribution to the economy of the North West region providing high-quality, skilled jobs and supporting the Government’s commitment to a national recovery that benefits all parts of the UK.”

– Lin Homer, HMRC’s Chief Executive

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Hundreds of tax jobs facing axe in Cumbria

Hundreds of jobs will be lost in Cumbria. Credit: PA

HMRC has announced it plans to close 139 local tax offices, including ones at Lillyhall in Workington, and in Carlisle.

The closures:

  • Lillyhall - to close in 2018, with the loss of 200 jobs
  • Carlisle - to close in 2017/18, with the loss of 123 jobs

It's part of a plan to replace local offices with 13 regional hubs, and the new centres are expected to open in the next five years.

Speedway champion: "Without this place I wouldn't be able to achieve anything"

Speedway world champion Kyle Bickley has raised £1500 Credit: ITV Border

Speedway world champion Kyle Bickley from Workington has raised more than £1600 after vandals damaged the track where he trains. It wasn't insured so Kyle Bickley set up a go fund me page to contribute towards the repair costs.

Vandals caused more than £70,000 worth of damage to the Northside Speedway track where he has trained since he was eight.

Kyle says some of the young people who train at the track will miss out if it is not returned to its former condition

You can watch the full report on tonight's Lookaround with Pam Royle and Ian Payne at 6pm.

Energy Coast college re-opens after illness

The college was closed. Credit: ITV Border

A college in Workington has re-opened, after it was closed, and the emergency services called, because of a sudden outbreak of illness.

The Energy Coast University Technical College in Workington had to be evacuated on Thursday.

Emergency services were called, and one pupil was taken to hospital and later discharged.

Tests did not find any cause for the problem, but it has been suggested the illnesses were caused by a virus.

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Energy Coast College evacuation: Statement from Principal

Energy Coast University Technical College, Lillyhall, Workington. Credit: ITV Border

A college in West Cumbria will remain closed today after a mystery illness affected dozens of students.

An emergency situation was declared yesterday afternoon at The Energy Coast University Technical College and the college was evacuated when a number of pupils were struck down with headaches and other symptoms.

The College has so far released this statement:

Following yesterday's precautionary evacuation of the College and based on the advice of relevant agencies, the College will now be closed on Friday 25th September to allow further safety checks to be undertaken.

For your reassurance, no issues were found in the building on Thursday afternoon and the safety and security of our students and staff was ensured at all times.

We anticipate the College will be open as usual on Monday. For further updates please keep an eye on our Website and Social Media.

– Gary Jones, Principal & Chief Executive

College to remain closed after mystery illness

A college in West Cumbria will remain closed today after a mystery illness affected around a dozen students.

An emergency situation was declared yesterday afternoon at The Energy Coast University Technical College and the college was evacuated when a number of pupils were struck down with headaches and other symptoms.

One student was admitted to the West Cumberland Hospital and two were seen by nurses at the Workington's Community Hospital's walk in centre.

Gary Jones, Principal at Energy Coast University Technical College, said at one point yesterday a student was "calling for the first aiders every 15 minutes".

The source of the illness has not yet been traced but engineers are today checking all appliances and gas mains in the building.

The college was given a deep clean yesterday evening.

None of the students that were affected are now considered to be at risk and those that were seen by medical professionals are recovering.

The college is likely to reopen on Monday.

We are holding further meetings today but the situation is under control. We have closed the college as a precaution. If it is a bug, it will help that there are no students in for the next three days. We have decontaminated the college but tests on students that were affected have so far proved inconclusive.

– Gary Jones, Principal at Energy Coast University Technical College

Workington College evacuated after students fall ill

East Coast University Technical College. Credit: ITV Border News

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service are continuing their investigation into an incident at the Energy Coast University Technical College, Lillyhall, Workington.

Police were called at approximately 2.10 this afternoon (September 24) following concerns that a number of students were feeling unwell. One person was taken to West Cumberland Hospital and has since been discharged.

As a precautionary measure the Energy Coast Technical College has been evacuated and roads were closed for approximately an hour.

17-year-old Sam Moore was one of the 360 pupils sent home yesterday afternoon:

All I heard was to evacuate the building so all of a sudden everyone was brought out from their classes and lined up and registered on our sports field. Everyone was accounted for and we were relayed further information as soon as the staff knew it.

– Sam Moore

All students and staff at the college were accounted for and are safe.

A multi-agency response group was established to deal with this incident and the building was closed down so a thorough assessment could take place. Our enquiries are ongoing to ensure the safety of students and staff when returning to the college and to establish if there were any causes for the condition of the students.

– ick O’Key, Area Manager at Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service

We are working with the Fire & Rescue service to assist in their enquiries. The college remains closed until we receive clearance to safely reopen. All staff and students were accounted for and were evacuated as a precaution. Updates regarding when the college will reopen will be available to students and parents on our Twitter handle @energycoastUTC.

– Gary Jones, Principal at Energy Coast University Technical College

Anyone who feels unwell is asked to seek medical advice by calling NHS on 111.

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