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  1. Tata Steel announces buy out deal
  2. Passengers rescued from stricken ferry
  3. Dog re-homed after spending four Christmases in a refuge
  4. Updates on Tuesday 12 April 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. Thank you for joining us. 

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county at 08:00 tomorrow.

You can contact us on Twitter where we are @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or using our Facebook page.    

Weather: Rain tonight and more tomorrow

BBC Weather

The rain will continue on and off overnight, with a few heavier spells. The return of mist and fog to many rural areas will lead to a murky morning. Lows of 7C (45F). 

A cloudy day tomorrow with showery rain, highs of 13C (55F).   

See the forecast for your area here.

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Road crash victim reunited with his rescuers

Thomas Knox from Cotehill visited the Great North Air Ambulance Service base in Langwathby to present them with money raised at his 80th birthday party. They came to his aid in 2014.

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Farmers say lynx re-introduction idea is 'flawed'

A possible plan to re-introduce the lynx to parts of Cumbria is flawed and could endanger livelihoods, sheep farmers say.

The big cat has been extinct in Britain for more than 1,000 years but the Lynx UK Trust wants to see them roaming in areas such as Ennerdale and Grizedale. 

The trust says the lynx would help to control deer numbers, and attract tourists. It wants permission to go ahead with a trial, possibly in Cumbria, later this year. 

But Phil Stocker, the chief executive of the National Sheep Association, says: "It could really risk the sustainability of sheep farming which creates such a beautiful environment. It could create welfare problems, bio-security problems. Plus, we just don't think the UK is large enough and wild enough to sustain a genetically viably population of lynx." 

Lynx cub

Travel: Tailbacks on A66 near Warcop

BBC Travel

Police are dealing with an incident on the A66 near Warcop where a HGV which has broken down. The incident near the Branthwaite junction is causing disruption and large tailbacks in the area. Motorists are asked to avoid it at this time. 

See more travel news here.

Cumbrian swimmer at national championships

Cockermouth's Luke Greenbank is in action on the first day of the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow today. 

The 18-year-old goes in the 100m and 200m backstroke at the event, which acts as qualification for the upcoming Rio Olympics.  

Luke Greenbank

Princess Anne celebrates 40 years of local riding for disabled charity

The Princess Royal has been in north Cumbria today to help celebrate 40 years of the Carlisle group of the Riding for the Disabled Association. 

Princess Anne is the national president of the RDA.

During the visit to the Blackdyke Farm Riding Centre just outside Carlisle she watched some of the children on the horses and presented them with rosettes.

Princess Anne

Carlisle Food Bank extending its services

It's hoped a new café at the Carlisle Food Bank will offer more support to vulnerable people. 

The organisation based at the Salvation Army on Nicholas Street says it gave food out to a total of 354 adults and 120 children last month. 

It's now been given £3,500 by Cumbria County Council for a cafe which will be stocked with surplus food from supermarkets and other shops. 

Jessie Luvai, the manager of the food bank, says; "We've started collecting from them surplus items at the end of the day and so we are able to offer pies and rolls and croissants and things like that."

Carlisle Salvation Army

Man sentenced over £14,000 benefit fraud

A man from Whitehaven has been sentenced over a £14,000 benefit fraud. 

Anton Haraldsen, 66, claimed disability allowance on the basis that he was unable to do things such as put on his shoes, walk more than 100 yards and drive. 

But when his physical condition improved, he failed to declare any change in his circumstances. 

He was caught when covert video surveillance showed him playing golf at two courses in West Cumbria. 

Haraldsen admitted a charge of dishonestly failing to notify a relevant change of circumstances and was sentenced to a 12-month community order and a 28-day night time curfew.

Haraldsen, of Jericho Road, was said to be making repayments. 

MPs debating the future of the steel industry

MPs are holding an emergency debate on the future of the steel industry following Tata Steel's decision to sell off its UK operations. 

The firm employs 250 people in Cumbria.

The government says it's prepared to use taxpayers' money to help potential buyers take over parts of the business, but full-scale nationalisation is being ruled out. 

The Shadow Business Secretary, Angela Eagle, told the Commons that ministers had to be more specific on what help they would provide: "Call it what you like, co-investing, part nationalisation, temporary public stewardship. They should spare their ideological blushes and just get on with it."

Steelworks and SOS banner

Rail delays in South Cumbria

An official tweet from Northern train services is warning of delays.

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Shocked pensioner discovers vase is worth up to £80,000

North West Evening Mail


Weather: Showers this afternoon with more rain tonight

BBC Weather

Heavy showers are forecast this afternoon, possibly accompanied by thunder. Temperatures could reach 11C (52F). 

The rain will continue on and off tonight, with lows of 7C (45F). 

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Wet winter has been bad for hedgehog numbers

It's believed the wet winter has claimed the lives of "significant" numbers of hedgehogs in Cumbria. 

Irene Cannon has been running a rescue centre in South Cumbria for more than 10 years. 

She says: "They were being washed away, down the rivers. Their habitat was washed away. The ones that did manage to get on the banking, there was no dry bedding to make another nest, no food." 

She says she usually would expect to help no more than 25 hedgehogs during the winter months, but this year she has been dealing with double that number.  


Man admits posting indecent images of teenage girl

A man from Penrith has admitted posting indecent images of a 17-year-old girl on social media. 

Michael Nowak, 24, from Mill Street, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday. 

The judge adjourned the case until next month, and ordered Nowak to sign the sex offenders' register.  

Planners to discuss proposals for new hotel in Cockermouth

Plans for a Premier Inn hotel and restaurant on the outskirts of Cockermouth will be considered by planners in Allerdale today. 

The hotel chain wants to knock down the Shepherd's Hotel and Sheep and Wool Centre and build a hotel with 80 bedrooms. 

The scheme is recommended for approval, subject to conditions. 

Only one letter of objection has been submitted, along with two letters in favour of the development. 

Premier Inn sign

New fears for Cumbria's hedgehogs

The wet winter has led to new fears for Cumbria's hedgehogs, which are already in decline. 

The rain washed away hibernation nests, and hedgehog rescue centres have been nursing the animals through the winter. 

It's feared some hedgehogs were drowned outright, while others died after floods destroyed their nests and there was no new dry bedding to be found. 

Irene Cannon from Dalton in Furness, who fosters hedgehogs from across South Cumbria, has had more than 50 in over the winter.  


Your pictures: The Langdale Valley at Sunrise

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Gareth Candlin took this fabulous photo of the morning mist lying at low level in the Langdale Valley at sunrise.  

Share your pictures with us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or using our Facebook page.         

Langdale Valley
Gareth Candlin

Innovation 'is the UK's trump card in steel'

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Ahead of the Commons debate on the UK steel industry later, Chris McDonald, chief executive of the Materials Processing Institute - which works with the steel industry - has been on.

He's asked if plans by Greybull, which yesterday bought parts of Tata's UK steel business, including the site in Workington, to revive the British Steel name will boost sales. 

"This is not about nostalgia," Mr McDonald insists. "Greybull are really strong businessmen and they understand the value of a brand and the British Steel brand is one of the strongest brands in the steel industry .

"What it really stood for in the past was around quality and innovation and technology and really innovation is the UK's trump card in steel. We've heard a lot of negative things about steel, but in the UK we've got very strong research in universities, research institutes like ourselves and so on and that's where we can have an advantage."

Your pictures: The Royal Scot near Whitehaven

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Thank you to Derek for this lovely photo of the Royal Scot at Corkickle near Whitehaven. She is emerging from the Bransty Tunnel.

Share your pictures with us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or using our Facebook page.       

Royal Scot locomotive
Derek Skillicorn

Workington Town chairman backs head coach

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

The chairman of Workington Town, Mark Fryer, is confident head coach Phil Veivers can turn around their disappointing run of form.

Town lie four points adrift at the bottom of rugby league's Championship with just one win from their 10 games following Sunday's 52-6 home defeat by Featherstone.

Workington Town ground

Concerns over possible return of lynx to Cumbria

Concerns are being raised again about the possibility of re-introducing lynx to parts of rural Cumbria. 

The big cat has been extinct in Britain for 1,300 years. 

The Lynx UK Trust wants to bring them back to areas such as Ennerdale and Grizedale but some people in the farming community have reservations.

The trust says the UK could support up to 400 of the cats and that they'd help control deer numbers and thus protect forests. As a result they could be worth up to £70m to the UK economy. 

But the National Sheep Association fears the re-introduction could damage the livelihoods of sheep farmers, saying it could lead to "completely unjustifiable" losses.   


Motorist tells of road rage horror after being side-swiped by driver

North West Evening Mail


Princess Anne in Cumbria today

The Princess Royal will visit Cumbria today to help celebrate 40 years of the Carlisle Riding for the Disabled Association.

Princess Anne is the association's president and she'll be watching riding demonstrations at the event at Blackdyke Farm near Carlisle. 

Princess Anne

Debate in Parliament over future of steel industry

An emergency debate on the future of Britain's steel industry will take place in the House of Commons today. 

The Shadow Business Secretary, Angela Eagle, requested the three-hour debate and won the backing of MPs last night. 

Meanwhile, unions and a west Cumbrian development agency say the former Tata Steel plant in Workington could have a solid future if its new owners invest in it. 

Greybull Capital has bought part of Tata Steel's UK operation, including the Workington site.

Dog re-homed after spending four Christmases in a refuge

A dog that's spent the last four Christmases in an animal refuge in Cumbria has finally found a new home.

The black bull lurcher arrived at the Animals' Refuge in Wetheral near Carlisle just before Christmas 2012, and was named Mr Jingles. 

But now he has a new home with a police officer from Cockermouth. 

Mr Jingles
Animals' Refuge

Weather: Dull and wet today

BBC Weather

A dull start with outbreaks of rain this morning, becoming heavier this afternoon. 

There could be thunder later and temperatures are expected to reach 11C (52F).  

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Travel: Two accidents on roads in Cumbria

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M6 southbound between J37 (A684 Kendal) and J36 (A590 Kirkby Lonsdale) because of an accident.  

Also, the exit slip road is partially blocked southbound at J38 (A685 Tebay) because of an accident.  

See all the latest travel news here.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning, it's Tuesday 12 April 2016, and I'll be bringing you live updates of the county's news, sport, weather and travel until 16:00.

You can get in touch via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or using our Facebook page.