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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Staff evacuated at west Cumbrian call centre and supermarket

Hundreds of staff were evacuated from a Whitehaven call centre and the town’s Tesco store closed as high tide approached.

The United Utilities centre, on the North Shore, sent staff home as a precaution, and shoppers were evacuated from Tesco.

Despite huge waves crashing against the harbour, there were no reports of major flooding.

A spokesperson for Tesco said it would remain shut until they could be sure of the safety of the building.

Ben Hobson, of Seascale, was out taking pictures along the village’s shoreline.

He said: “I took pictures above the normal promenade and the waves were soaking me up at that level. The tide had also briefly come into the car park leaving debris everywhere.”

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