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School gas leak caused by damaged service pipe

Westfield Primary School in Workington was closed for a second day after gas leak.

Pupils were told not to attend today as the property was left with no heating or kitchen facilities.

Engineers from the Northern Gas Network were called to the school to fix the problem.

“Our engineers found that gas was escaping from a damaged service pipe outside the building. Upon routine inspection inside the school, a further gas escape was located on the internal pipework and was made safe pending repair by the school’s own plumbing contractors. Emergency repair work to the service pipe was immediately undertaken and our engineers worked around the clock to restore the gas supply to the school finishing at 7.30pm last night, Wednesday 5 March.”

– Mark Lawson, Northern Gas Networks Emergency Officer

The school should be reopened tomorrow.

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New care home for Workington despite council cuts

Last week we brought you news of the cutbacks needed in Cumbria to allow the county council to manage its dwindling budget.

But despite the cuts councillors have approved a £5million new care home in Workington.

It will provide 40 apartments for people with dementia and is designed to allow couples to stay together when one needs support.

Tim Backshall reports.

Head teacher steps down from Workington school

The head teachers of Workington senior school that had been put into specials measures has stepped down.

Lynda Dalkin told staff and pupils at Southfield Technology College that today would be her last day in charge.

Southfield was put into special measures last month, along with Stainburn school, after Ofsted reports.

They are both due to close at the end of this year, opening as a single academy next January.

The head of Stainburn school, Chris McGarth also stood down last week.

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England's cricketers finally claim win in Australia

Ben Stokes hit 70 with the bat before taking four wickets to be crowned man of the match as Australia's cricketers finally tasted defeat. Credit: Ross Swanborough/AAP/Press Association

England's much-maligned cricketers finally have reason for small cheer after the one day international (ODI) team recorded a rare victory to avoid another embarrassing whitewash on their tour of Australia.

Alastair Cook's side went into the game in Perth 3-0 down to Australia in the already surrendered five-game ODI series, which followed the 5-0 Ashes humbling of the Test team.

But the tourists finally outplayed their hosts, hitting 316-8 before bowling Australia out for 259 to claim a 57-run win.

Read: England cricketers save a man from suicide attempt

Police appeal following Workington burglary spree

Police in Workington are appealing for witnesses after a number of properties were broken into over a three day period.

Homes were targeted on Queen Street, Honister Drive, Harrington Road, Senhouse Street, Princess Street and on Corporation Road.

Items take in the properties that have been broken into include cash, electrical items and credit cards.

The incidents occurred between 9th and 11th January and police are looking into a link between the incidents.

"Officers are proactively encouraging people to be security conscious and ensure that doors and windows are locked."

– Cumbria Police spokesperson

Anyone with any information can contact Cumbria Police on 101 and speak to DC Phil Sharpe. Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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