The North West's biggest off shore windfarm will begin operating today in Cumbria. 108 turbines located 20km off the Barrow in Furness coastline will power 280,000 homes. The project has been supported by two of the largest installation vessels in the world and the UK's first purpose built offshore wind facility at Belfast Harbour. Over 1,000 people have been employed on the project.
Artful, the third Astute class submarine being built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy, has successfully completed her first ever dive.
The milestone is in preparation for sea trials next year.
Barrow-born millionaire businessman Paul Casson has been successful in his bid to buy the town’s football club, subject to FA approval.Read the full story ›
Barrow MP John Woodock is campaigning to protect bowling greens later by making a speech to fellow MPs in Westminster. He says the greens are under threat from council cut-backs and private landlords selling out to developers.
The family of a dad-of-two from Barrow, who has been missing for more than two years, say they are still hoping he will come home.
The appeal came on the day Tony Bond would have been celebrating his 42nd birthday.
Tony went missing on November 9, 2012. Extensive searches were conducted in the area at the time, including local outbuildings, waste ground, reservoirs and the Furness coastline - but there have still been no positive information or confirmed sightings.
Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi said: “We want to be able to tell the family what has happened to Tony. They are desperate to know if he is safe and well or know his whereabouts whatever the circumstance.
“Tony left two children, Kai and Devon who still ask when their daddy will be returning home. It is a difficult situation for his family, who just want to have some closure.
Tony’s appearance may have changed from the picture, he may have lost weight or grown facial hair but we appeal to the public if they have any suspicions that they may have seen Tony, to contact us immediately.
“Tony is loved by his family and they hope that one day he will just walk through the door.
“We continue to believe Tony is still alive and may have left because of personal problems. It our wish that he just makes contact to let us know he is safe.
He is described as white, 5ft 10’ with mousey coloured shaved hair, and a rugged complexion. He was last seen in Schneider Road, Barrow in Furness, about 11pm wearing a black T shirt, blue denim jeans and a red ‘Berghaus’ type jacket.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police watchdog the IPCC are investigating a crash which claimed the life of a motorcyclist near Barrow.Read the full story ›
850 new jobs are being created at BAE in Barrow as the site gets ready to build Britain's next generation of nuclear submarines.
The £300 million investment could mean a thousand more jobs from 2016 too - if the government goes ahead with plans to replace the Trident nuclear deterrent.
Defence giant BAE Systems is to invest £300 million at its site at Barrow, to "transform" its submarine building capabilities.Read the full story ›
Defence giant BAE Systems is to invest more than £300 million at one of its sites, at Barrow in Cumbria, to "transform" its submarine building capabilities.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:
"Barrow has a proven track record of designing and building submarines with a battle winning edge for the Royal Navy.
"The next generation nuclear-deterrent submarines that will be built in Barrow will be the largest and most advanced submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy.
The £300 million of infrastructure work that will take place over the coming years will not only protect 6,000 highly skilled jobs at the site, but also provide hundreds of additional construction jobs."
The BAE Systems site Barrow-in-Furness is to undergo a major £300m transformation.
The defence contractor has released a video of what it hopes to achieve.