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Man charged with attempted murder in Dalton

A man has been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Dalton-in-Furness.

42-year-old Timothy Davis Nickson was arrested after an attack involving an axe on Thursday 22 June.

Emergency services were called to Broughton Road at around 8.00pm.

A 46-year-old man who was arrested in connection has been released while the investigation continues.

Third man arrested in connection with Dalton axe attack.

Armed officers in Dalton 'for incident' - not escaped animals

Police in Dalton have responded to rumours on social media that armed officers were called out to deal with two escaped wolves.

Barrow Police say no animals have escaped from South Lakes Safari Zoo, instead telling a local newspaper they'd responded to a call reporting a sighting of someone with a gun.

After several hours of searching nothing was found and the team was stood down.

Inquiries are said to be continuing.


Police search for man in connection with drugs find

John Atkinson Credit: ITV Border

Police appeal for members of the public to keep an eye out for John Atkinson as they try to determine his whereabouts.

They're asking for anyone with information to come forward.

The 34 year old, is wanted in connection with the discovery of a substantial amount of drugs found at a property on Westway, Barrow-in-Furness, on 31 July.

It is believed that he is in the Egremont area.

Detective Constable Cheryl Smith from Cumbria Police said:

We would like to speak to Mr Atkinson at the first possible opportunity in connection with this incident.

If anyone knows of his whereabouts or has any information that could assist our investigation, please get in touch. Also I would like to appeal directly to Mr Atkinson, if you hear or see this appeal please contact police.

Information on any vehicles Atkinson is using would be also helpful to our enquiries.”

– Detective Constable Cheryl Smith, Cumbria Police

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101.

Industry launches campaign to attract graduates to South Cumbria

Industrial leaders have launched a campaign to attract skilled workers to relocate to South Cumbria.

BAE, Siemens, GSK and Kimberley-Clark have created a website to collectively boast about the beautiful area they're based in.

They argue that although South Cumbria is best known for its natural beauty and the tourist hotspots of the Lake District, it's also an important hub for manufacturing and industry.

BAE Systems Maritime employs almost 7,000 people at its submarines division in Barrow-in-Furness, while GSK is investing £350m in building a new biopharm facility at its site in Ulverston.

This is an exciting time for GSK at Ulverston. We are investing in developing the existing cephalosporins factory and the new biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility will be the first new GSK factory in the UK for almost 40 years. However, we need to attract people with specialist skills from across the UK and overseas. This is a great area to live and work. The Lake District helps to ensure an unrivalled quality of life. We also have thriving communities and fantastic schools.

– Phil Wilson, Site Director of GSK in Ulverston

Siemens Subsea, which has major expansion plans, employs almost 500 people at its manufacturing HQ in Ulverston and Kimberly-Clark employs almost 400 at its paper mill in Barrow-in-Furness.

The NHS in South Cumbria and Furness College, which is building a new advanced manufacturing and engineering centre, are also supporting the scheme.

“Our workforce has grown by a staggering 65% since 2011 and our future expansion plans allow us the opportunity to grow even further, bringing with it many career development opportunities in advanced engineering. The area offers a great balance as a location to live and work. For example, my commute into work every day takes in the scenic coastal route overlooking Morecambe Bay. And at the end of the working day, it is very easy to take advantage of the beautiful countryside."

– John Collins, chief financial officer at Siemens Subsea

The Furness Economic Delivery Plan estimates the area will have at least £20bn of investment in the next 15 years, which could create around 25,000 jobs in engineering, project management, IT, healthcare and education.

The website, has information about career prospects in the area, the lifestyle and leisure opportunities.

Rare turtle found in Cumbria dies

The Kemp's Ridley turtle's health deteriorated. Credit: ITV Border

A rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, which washed up on the Cumbrian coastline, has now died.

It was being cared for at the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport.

The endangered turtle outlived several others that had been found in Europe, but had stopped eating, and was losing weight.

It passed away just half an hour before it was due to be moved to the Lakes Aquarium in Windermere, which has specialist feeding equipment.

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