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Staff shortage forces bed closures in Workington Hospital

A staffing shortage has temporarily closed four hospital beds in Workington Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

A staffing shortage has temporarily reduced the capacity of Workington Hospital.

Four of the fourteen beds normally in use have been closed, leaving just ten available.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says the situation has resulted from an "exceptional combination of circumstances" including an unplanned shortage of nurses.

It says the beds will reopen when the vacant positions are filled.

152 jobs at risk in Workington

152 at the Eastman factory in Workington are at risk Credit: ITV Border

152 jobs could be lost if an Eastman factory in Workington closes.

Employees have been informed that there will be a consultation period regarding proposals to close the Eastman Workington acetate tow manufacturing site.

The closure is reportedly the result of changes in the global demand for acetate tow.

The company says decisions about how to proceed will be made based on what best serves the global acetate tow business and Eastman.

Workington Conservative candidate announced

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The Conservative party has announced Rozila Kana will be its candidate in the Labour-stronghold Workington.

Kenyan-born Kana has lived in the UK for twenty-five years and has worked for Lancashire Police for fifteen years. She currently lives in Lancaster with her husband.

Workington has been held by Labour for thirty-six years. Current MP Sir Tony Cunningham took office in 2001 and will stand down at the coming election. His party has yet to announce his replacement.

Only two other candidates have been named so far: Jill Perry of the Green party, and Mark Jenkinson of UKIP.

The Liberal Democrats are expected to announce their candidate on Thursday.

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Workington man charged with rape

A man from Workington has been charged following a police investigation into an allegation of rape in the early hours of the morning on New Year's Day.

Daniel Grierson, 19, from Moorfield Avenue, Workington, appeared at West Allerdale Magistrates Court this morning, charged with rape.

He was remanded in custody.

The victim was a 20 year old woman from Workington.

The Police are continuing to appeal for the lady from the Ashfield / Moorclose area, who helped the victim, to come forward.

The victim called at her house in a distressed state in the early hours of the morning on the 1st January, where the lady helped her and drove her to the Fisher Street area.

Detectives believe that she could help the investigation and would like her to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to Workington CID.

Police looking for Good Samaritan

The police are looking for a Good Samaritan. Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Police want to speak to a Good Samaritan, who helped a woman in the early hours of the morning on New Year's Day.

The woman went to a house in the Ashfield / Moorclose area of Workington, where she was helped by another woman, who then drove her to the Fisher Street area of Workington.

The Police think this lady may be able to help them with their investigation and would like her to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to an Officer quoting reference 161.

Solfest to return

The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria. Credit: ITV Border

One of Cumbria's top music festivals is returning.

Solfest didn't run this year, but organisers have announced it'll be back next August. The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria.

That's a boost for the region's music scene, as last year Cockrock and the Whitehaven Festival were also cancelled.

Town and Warriors to partner in 2015

Wigan Warriors will again partner with Championship side rugby team Workington Town during 2015.

Players from the Wigan team will head to Workington throughout the season to gain vital experience.

Last year several Wigan players including Greg Burke, Connor Farrell and Lewis Tierney spent time at the Cumbria club.

Workington Town will face Wigan Warriors in a friendly on 1st February next year, the final warm-up game ahead of the new Super League season.

"We are delighted that we will be continuing our partnership with Workington Town for the 2015 season.

We have had a number of partnerships over the years but this has undoubtedly been the best. It has been a reciprocal relationship that has seen us both benefit. The main thing for us is that the players have been looked after and have enjoyed playing for the town. We are very comfortable trusting Workington with our players and have certainly seen an improve in those that played there in 2014."

– Wigan Warriors Rugby General Manager, Kris Radlinski
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