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Police renew appeal to find David Brannigan

David Brannigan Credit: Cumbria Police

Police have renewed their appeal to the public to help find a missing man from Cockermouth.

David Brannigan, 35, was seen late on Friday night (28 August) by his family at his home in the town.

He was reported missing, and since the police's first appeal they've been contacted by a dog walker, who believes he spoke to him on Sunday (30 August) at around 3:20pm.

This was in the slag banks area at Shorehills in Workington, at the highest point at the Workington cross.

He had an injured right hand that was bandaged, and he was carrying a large clear water canister with a blue screw cap lid.

The area where Mr Brannigan was seen on Sunday is frequented by members of the public, particularly dog walkers, and is not far away from Derwent Howe where local shops and restaurants are located. Did you see him in the area?

We are also keen to establish how Mr Brannigan got to Workington from Cockermouth. Did you give him a lift? Did he get on your bus or in your taxi? Did you seen him hitch-hiking or walking? Has he been in your shop or pub?

Any information, no matter how small, is vital to trace Mr Brannigan’s movements during this time and I urge anyone who could assist this search to come forward.”

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harwood

Articles found near the shore on Monday morning (31 August) led Police to think Mr Brannigan may have entered the water.

But there is still no confirmation of this, and detectives are continuing to pursue numerous lines of enquiry.

Anyone with information should contact them on 101.

Concern for missing 35-year-old Cockermouth man

David Brannigan Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 35-year-old man who has gone missing from Cockermouth.

As part of an on-going search of the water in the Lighthouse area of Workington, Police are looking for David Brannigan, who was last seen on Friday (August 28th) at an address in Cockermouth.

He is described as a white male, of medium build, 6ft tall, with cropped, light brown hair. He has tattoos on both arms, a finger, and on an ankle.

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

Articles found by a member of the public near to the shore at 10am this morning, led Police to believe that Mr Brannigan may have entered the water. We are therefore carrying out a thorough search of the area as a precaution.

However, there is no confirmation that he has gone into the water and we are appealing to anyone who may have seen Mr Brannigan today, or who has any information, to get in touch. We also urge Mr Brannigan to let Police know you are safe and well if you see this appeal.”

– Inspector Richard Smillie


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.

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

Cumbria Police Credit: ITV Border

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

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.

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