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Fifth arrest in Workington teenage rape inquiry

Police investigating the rape of a 15-year-old girl in Cumbria have made a fifth arrest.

Earlier this week four teenage boys were arrested as part of an investigation into an alleged attack in Workington.

Last night, one of those arrested - aged 13 - was released without charge.

Police were also granted more time to question the three other suspects - two are aged 13 and the other is 14.

There are now two 13-year-olds and two 14-year-olds in custody.

The incident is believed to have happened near Cloffocks car park in Workington. Credit: ITV News

An incident involving a 15-year-old girl is believed to have happened near Cloffocks car park, Workington, between 7.00pm and 7.20pm on Tuesday 3 January.

Cumbria Police continue to appeal for anyone with information about this incident, who has yet to come forward, to contact them or Crimestoppers.


Driver bailed after 79-year-old pedestrian dies and another critically injured in Workington crash

The crash happened close to the Dunmail Park shopping centre Credit: ITV Border

A 79-year-old pedestrian has died and another has been critically injured after a collision involving a car in Workington.

The two women were on foot on the A596 around Dunmail Park in Workington the incident happened at about 1920 on Saturday evening.

The 79-year-old was taken to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where she died.

The 35-year-old was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where her condition is described as 'critical'.

The 46-year-old driver of the car was uninjured. He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on bail. Cumbria Police say he is assisting with their enquires.

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The collision site is next to Dunmail Park Shopping centre which has a superstore and retail units on site. There's a 40mph speed limit on the busy main road outside the entrance to the centre. There are also two bus stops on either side of the road and a pedestrian crossing in the middle.

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


Construction on £15million nuclear begins

Credit: Lakes College

The start of construction on a £15million nuclear college is being made on land near Workington today.

The National College for Nuclear will be built on the site of the Lakes College at Lillyhall.

The facility is part of a national programme to provide skilled workers in strategic industries and will train students in specific areas of nuclear operations.

Workington MP questions flood Minister

Labour MP for Workington, Sue Hayman, pressed the floods minister today about money owed to local authorities to help pay for damage caused in last year's floods.

In her new role as Shadow Minister for Flooding and Coastal Communities, Mrs Hayman said Allerdale Council is owed nearly £220,000 by the UK Government.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Therese Coffey, said she would look into the matter.

Opening of new Workington leisure centre delayed

ITV Border had an exclusive look inside the new leisure centre. Credit: ITV Border

The opening of a new £11 million leisure centre in Workington has been delayed.

The state-of-the-art facility at Brow Top in the town centre had been due to open to the public at 10am on Saturday 3 September.

However, due to "a small number of snagging and technical issues" relating to facilities including the learner pool, the opening date has been delayed.

It is a blow for this to happen so close to the centre's opening date. However we have said all along that we want to provide the best facilities for the people of Allerdale and we want a little more time to get things sorted.

This is a very complex and technical building and our most important priority is quality - we want to get this right first time and get the very best value for money.

– Alan Smith, Leader of the Council

Cumbrian dancer wins place at top ballet school

Sophie-Leigh Sill Credit: ITV Border

An 11-year-old girl from Workington has been selected to attend one of the world's top ballet schools.

Sophie-Leigh Sill triumphed over thousands of dancers to land one of only 12 places at the Royal Ballet School in London.

She began dancing just three years ago:

Sophie-Leigh is very emotionally connected to the music. She doesn't dance to the music she dances with the music and that's a very very special quality that you cannot teach, you can't give a child they have to have it in their inner spirit.

– Karen Starkey, Principal at Starkey School of Theatre Dance
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