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Barrow could get new £11 million maternity unit

Plans for new maternity unit follow concern over Furness Hospital Credit: PA

Plans for a new 11 million pound maternity unit in Barrow will go before the NHS trust's board today. It follows recommendations made in the wake of deaths of mothers and babies at Furness General Hospital. If approved the site will have dedicated birthing suites and operating theatres.

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Furness General midwives face disciplinary hearing

Joshua Titcombe

Two midwives who worked at a maternity unit dubbed "seriously dysfunctional" face being struck off after the death of a baby boy.

Catherine McCullough and Gretta Dixon will face a NMC disciplinary hearing will over their treatment of Hoa Titcombe, wife of James Titcombe and mother of Joshua, who died days after his birth at Furness General in Barrow.

Last year an independent report found a "lethal mix" of failings led to the unnecessary deaths of one mother and 11 babies in the maternity unit at Furness.

Police have released CCTV images in relation to an assault on a 63-year-old woman in Barrow

Police would like to locate this man Credit: Cumbria Police

Police have released CCTV images in relation to an assault on a 63-year-old woman in Barrow.

The incident took place on Dalton Road on December 17th.

Police would like to speak to the person pictured in connection with the incident.

Police would like to locate this man Credit: Cumbria Police

Anyone who recognises the individual or who has any information about the incident should contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC 2369 Mottram or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police would like to locate this man Credit: Cumbria Police

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North West's biggest windfarm begins operating

General picture of windfarms Credit: PA

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.

Save our bowling greens - Barrow MP

Bowling greens under threat Credit: ITV Granada Reports

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.

Barrow MP John Woodcock supports bowling Credit: ITV Granada Reports
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