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Man suffers serious head injury after Whitehaven assault

The assault happened opposite the Whittington Cat pub. Credit: Google Maps

Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in Whitehaven, which has left a 37-year-old man with life-threatening injuries.

The assault happened around 12am on Tuesday 14 August, opposite the Whittington Cat pub on Lowther Street.

The man, from Whitehaven, suffered a serious head injury after being punched and falling to the ground.

Officers attended the scene and arrested a 34-year-old man from Cleator Moor on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

The injured man was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle but has since been transferred to the RVI at Newcastle.

His condition is critical but stable.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

The injuries suffered in this assault are extremely serious. It is important that anyone who witnessed what happened and has yet to come forward does so immediately.

We are also particularly keen to hear from anyone who drives a vehicle with a dash-cam and who was in the area at the time. The footage they have could be extremely important to our investigation.”

– Detective Inspector Matt Scott

Weather: A mixed day

Today will be mostly cloudy, with limited bright spells.

Some light and patchy rain and drizzle is also likely as we head into the afternoon, and it will feel humid.

Maximum temperature 21 °C.

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Carlisle City Council paid £290,000 more than expected for Harraby cycle circuit

Work underway on the cycle circuit in March 2017. Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle City Council has had pay almost £290,000 more than expected to build a new cycle circuit in Harraby.

The cycle track, which opened in January 2018, cost a total of £1 million.

It was supposed to cost £800,000 with most of the money coming from the sport's governing body and only about £35,000 from the city council.

But delays and problems with ground conditions added £250,000 to the cost, and the authority failed to claim it back from the developers, VMC, according to a report published for next week's executive meeting.

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Weather: HEAVY SHOWERS

Showers will become more widespread and often heavy and thundery by Monday afternoon.

Some locations will see heavy downpours, with 20 to 30 mm of rain in an hour.

Lightning and hail may also prove disruptive. Many areas may miss the downpours and stay largely dry, however.

The showers will ease by late evening.

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Man attacked in front of family in Dumfries supermarket car park

The attack happened in the Morrisons Store car park on Brooms Road. Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 43-year-old man was attacked in a Morrisons Store car park at the weekend.

It happened at the store on Brooms Road in Dumfries, just before 4pm on Saturday 11 August.

The man, from Kirkcudbright, was returning to his car when he was struck over the head with an unidentified weapon.

He suffered cuts to his head and was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

He's since been released from hospital and is recovering at home.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

This was a completely unprovoked attack, in broad daylight in a busy supermarket car park and as yet we are unsure what the motive for the attack was.

The man we want to trace is described as being anywhere between 5'5" and 6' tall, of medium build and was wearing a dark blue coloured long sleeved hooded top and jeans.

We are reviewing CCTV in the area and appealing for anyone who may have been in the car park either before or after the attack to get in touch with us if they saw anyone fitting this description."

– Detective Constable Scott Ruddick

Police warn after four reports of sextortion

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Cumbria police are issuing advice on what to do if a person believes they're a victim of sextortion.

It comes after officers received four reports of the crime over the weekend.

Sextortion is a cyber-enabled crime in which a victim is lured into performing sexual acts in front of a webcam. Unbeknown to the victim, their acts are being recorded and the criminal will then use the footage to blackmail them.

Offenders can be based in any part of the world even though they may appear to be local.

Anyone who feels they may be victim of sextortion are asked to call police on 101.

If you feel you may be a victim please do not panic. We ask that you cease communicating with the offender and contact police at the first possible opportunity so we can investigate your case thoroughly and sensitively. In no circumstance should you consider paying, if you do this it may only lead to further threats or demands.

Also please do not delete any correspondence, let officers conduct their investigations in order to safeguard you and other potential victims.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Helen Harkins
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