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£7m unique school opens in Cumbria

Cumbria's newest secondary school has opened for business. Energy Coast University Technical College in Workington is the first of its kind in Cumbria.

The school focuses on engineering and technology and has close links with a range of employers. It's also different from traditional secondary schools in a number of other ways, as Katie Hunter reports.

New school makes 'world of work more accessible'

This model house replicates renewable energy options available in a normal house. Credit: ITV Border

A new secondary school has opened in Workington which specialises in technical studies.

The school, Energy Coast UTC, has several links with local employers.

"It makes the world of work more accessible for students."

– Gary Jones, Head teacher


Workington teenager missing

Kai Cartwright, 16. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are appealing for information about a missing 16-year-old boy from the Workington area.

Kai Cartwright was last seen on Alexander Close, Workington, at 9:20pm on Tuesday 19 August.

Kai was wearing a dark coloured Adidas hooded top with three blue stripes on the arms, dark jogging bottoms, and black footwear. He is about 5ft 9 " tall, of slim build with short dyed blonde hair and has a diamond earring in his left ear.

Anyone with any information are asked to contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101.

The last men to face the death penalty in Britain

It's the 50th anniversary of the last hangings to take place in Britain following the murder of a man near Workington. Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen were executed for killing laundry worker John West in April 1964.

They're now remembered as the last men put to death by the British justice system.

Ryan Dollard has been taking a look back at the case and its significance to the capital punishment debate.

'So brutal a crime': Why two men were the last to face the death penalty

Today (13th August) marks 50 years since the last hangings in Britain.

The two men who were the last to receive the death penalty were Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen. They were found guilty of robbing and murdering van driver John Alan West in Seaton, near Workington, in April 1964.

Paul Heslop is a True Crime author. He explains why the men were hanged despite few people being sentenced to the death penalty.


50 years since hangings for Workington murder

Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen were found guilty of murder in April 1964 Credit: ITV

It has been 50 years since the last hangings in Britain.

Gwynne Evans, from Maryport, and Peter Allen were two of the last men to be hanged. They had been found guilty of murdering a van driver, John Alan West, near Workington in April 1964.

Evans and Allen were found guilty of murdering van driver, John Alan West Credit: ITV

Council approve West Cumbrian school closure

Cumbria County Council have today approved the move to close two failing secondary schools in West Cumbria, in favour of replacing them with a single academy.

Southfield Technology College and Stainburn school in Workington will now close in August 2015, delaying the closure from the end of this year.

The proposed new academy will have 1,200 places for school children.

Teen's prom preparations go the extra mile

Many teenagers spend a lot of time and effort preparing for their school prom, but one 16-year-old from Workington went the extra mile.

Aiden Gregory was given a damaged Mini by his parents when he was just ten, to do up in time for his prom in the years ahead.

After six years of hard work and graft, Aiden was finally driven to the event at Workington's St Joseph's School last week.

Aiden with his dad Mark and the finished Mini Credit: ITV Border
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