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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Dressing gown photo sparks Cumbrian search

A woman who dashed across a road in her dressing gown and slippers to take a photograph prompted a large-scale search involving police, the coastguard and air and mountain rescue teams.

Cumbria Police received a concerned call from a member of the public just after 8am yesterday to say the woman was running towards the beach at Aldingham near Barrow.

Officers including dog handlers were sent to find the woman.

The hunt was stepped up as they found no sign of the woman in the secluded location. The officer leading the search, Inspector Kevin Spedding, issued an appeal for her to come forward.

Soon after the woman contacted the inspector via his Twitter account and also Cumbria Constabulary’s Twitter page to confirm the woman in question was her.

Mr Spedding said: “There was a perfectly innocent explanation. However, we are grateful to the members of the public who alerted us.”

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