MPs back submarine building in Barrow

MPs and members of the House of Lords met to show their support for the UK's submarine building industry, a key employer in the North West.

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Cumbria Police officer charged with rape

A police officer has been charged with of rape and indecent assault alleged to have been committed in Warwickshire and Cumbria.

Nicholas Doherty, 41, from Barrow-in-Furness, was charged by Warwickshire Police yesterday and will appear before magistrates in Leamington Spa later today.

The Cumbria Police officer was arrested at his home in November last year. He's also been charged with committing an indecent assault in Cumbria in December 1999.

Warwickshire Police said he had been charged with a rape that is alleged to have taken place in Stratford-upon-Avon in February 2012.

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Tearful family of dead soldier thank his platoon

The familly of 23-year-old Kingsman David Shaw who was killed in Afghanistan last January, red out a emotional statement at the end of an inquest into his death.

Kingsman Shaw was on duty at an Afghan Police checkpoint which came under fire when a bullet struck him in the neck. He died 2 days later in hospital.

The inquest concluded that David was unlawfully killed.

Soldier's inquest set to finish

Kingsman Danny Shaw killed in Afghanistan Credit: Ministry of Defence

The inquest into the death of a soldier from Barrow, who was killed in Afghanistan last January, is due to finish soon. The inquest has heard how 23-year-old Kingsman David Shaw, of 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was killed by 'sheer fluke'.

Kingsman Shaw was on duty at an Afghan Police checkpoint which came under fire when a bullet struck him in the neck. He died 2 days later in hospital.

Consultant-led maternity service could stay in Barrow

Consultant-led maternity services look set to stay in Barrow after health bosses recommended not to downgrade the services.

The plans, which would see the consultant let unit saved for the 'forseeable future', are set to be approved at a meeting with the commissioning board this afternoon. It comes after a long running campaign to save the unit from moving to Lancaster.

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BAE Systems may end howitzer prodcution

BAE Systems Credit: PA Images

BAE Systems says it will consult unions on ending the production of the M777 howitzer at Barrow, which could put 200 jobs at risk.

The move comes after the delay of a potential sale of the weapons to India.

A company spokesman said the company would look to redeploy anyone who lost their jobs into its submarine business at the Barrow site, which is currently recruiting.

Exclusive: Mother says other baby deaths at Furness General Hospital could have been prevented

by Elaine Willcox

A mother whose baby died after failures at Barrow's maternity unit has spoken of her overwhelming guilt.

Lesley Bennett says if only she'd known what really happened, other baby deaths could've been prevented.

Last week, an inquest ruled her daughter Elleanor died after a catalogue of medical failings by Furness General Hospital.

But the family were only told the truth nine years later, after a police investigation into a number of deaths at the hospital.

In an exclusive interview, Lesley told our correspondent Elaine Willcox she's been forced to grieve for her daughter a second time.

Barrow part company with head coach Darren Holt

Darren Holt Credit: Barrow Raiders RLFC

Barrow have parted company with head coach Darren Holt, 48 hours after they avoided relegation from the Kingstone Press Championship.

The Cumbrians beat Keighley 24-14 in their last match of the season at Craven Park on Sunday to ensure survival, but that was only their eighth win in 26 matches.

In a statement, the club said Holt was asked to stand down with immediate effect.

"Both parties reached an amicable agreement," the statement added.

"Darren's remaining contract term will be honoured by the club and Darren has requested that a substantial part of his remaining contract will be paid into the floodlight appeal.

"The board of directors would like to thank Darren for his years of dedication to Barrow Raiders both as a player and coach. Everyone on the board wishes Darren all the best in the future."

Two arrested after assault in Barrow

Two people have been arrested after serious assault on a woman in Barrow on Thursday morning.

Police were called after reports a woman had been assaulted.

Ambulance crews found a 38-year-old woman with stab wounds. She was taken to Furness General Hospital and is in a stable condition.

A man aged 34 and a 21-year-old woman woman, both from Barrow, were arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of Section 18 wounding.

Both are still in custody.

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