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Search for missing Barrow woman

Laura Littleton Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are searching for a woman missing from Barrow.

Laura Littleton, aged 35, was last seen at approximately 10am on Friday 27th April in Bath Street. Laura is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build with dark brown very long, straight hair.

Officers are appealing for anyone with any information contact them by calling 101 or via email to

John Woodcock MP speaks from scene of terror attack in France

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock has spoken to Grenada Reports after he was on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, when a man went on a rampage in a truck killing 84 people.

Mr Woodcock, who travelled to Nice for a short break, said panic and fear had spread throughout the crowds as the attack unfolded.

I was on the Promenade des Anglais watching the fireworks for Bastille Day. Then we left and all of a sudden, people started running.

– John Woodcock MP


Concern for missing Barrow teenager

Credit: Cumbria Police

Police in Cumbria say they are concerned for the welfare of a 16-year-old girl from Barrow who is missing.

Madeleine Wilkinson was last seen on Currock Road in Carlisle on Saturday (June 25th) at around 6.30pm.

She is white, 5ft 1in tall, of slim build, with long dyed black hair. She was last seen wearing a grey jumper and pink t-shirt, blue jeans, Nike trainers and had a large brown handbag.

It is believed she may have caught a train and travelled to either the Blackpool area or Bradford.

Police want anyone who has seen her to call Cumbria Police on 101.

Officers also urge Madeleine to let them know she is safe and well.

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.

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.

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