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  1. Updates on Monday 18 April 2016

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Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us then.

Until then, if you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page

Weather: Feeling chilly overnight

A generally cloudy start, but with some clear spells, especially in the north and east. 

Winds becoming light allowing some isolated mist or fog patches to form around Windermere and the lakes. Feeling chilly. 

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Minimum Temperature: 1C (34F).  

Coming up on Money Talks tonight

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Join me for Money Talks from 18:00 on BBC Radio Cumbria, where I'll be looking at the business of movement. 

My studio guests tonight are Stuart Goodman from independent sports shop Chivers Sports and Karen Douglas De Fenzi from De Fenzi Movement. 

And I'll be looking at community-run pubs and farmers voting on Europe.

Red cards and injuries cause headache for United

Carlisle United could be without as many as four players for tomorrow night's match at home to Luton in League Two. 

Forward Hallam Hope and defender Mark Ellis, both pictured, are definitely out after both were sent off in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Cambridge. 

But Michael Raynes and Charlie Wyke could also miss out after limping off with injuries at the weekend.

mark ellis
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hallam hope
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Cheers! Award for police station turned pub

A Lake District pub which used to be a court building and police station has won a national award for its design.


The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, in Keswick, won the "Conversion for Pub Use" category in awards run by the Campaign for Real Ale, Historic England and the Victorian Society.

Formerly the town's magistrates' court and police station, the building was empty for several years before the chain Wetherspoons turned it into a pub.

New water pipeline to be funded by £500m loan

Cumbria's water company is getting a £500m loan to help improve its water network.

United Utilities will use some of the money to build a pipeline to link West Cumbria to Thirlmere, pictured, and the rest of the region's water network because it needs to stop taking water from Ennerdale for environmental reasons. 

The 18-year loan, from the European Investment Bank, is part of a £3.5bn investment by United Utilities.


Barrow to make historic contract offer to forward Cook

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow will offer striker Andy Cook a new contract which will make him the highest-paid player in the club's history this week, but they want an answer before the season ends a week on Saturday against Wrexham. 

The Bluebirds have also told BBC Radio Cumbria Sport there's been no approach for manager Paul Cox, who was linked with his former club Notts County last week.

Barrow says there's a substantial buy-out clause in his contract.

Paul Cox

Valuable rings snatched from Barrow jewellers

Police in Barrow are hunting a man who snatched two gold rings worth £9,000 from a jewellers shop. 

It happened on Saturday afternoon, but the information has only just been released by Cumbria Police.

Cumbria Police
Cumbria Police

Officers say the man, who had thinning blond hair, didn't use any force or a weapon in the Goldsmiths store on Portland Walk. 

After grabbing the rings from an assistant, he ran off towards Dalton Road and then Greengate Street.

Bobbies with a view

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

There are worse things to have to look at when you're at work!

Check out this tweet from police in the south of the county.

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'Man had 62 indecent images of children'

A man from Carlisle who was found with 62 indecent images of children on his computer has been given a suspended prison sentence. 

Carlisle Crown Court heard how police found the photographs on Robert Jackson's laptop, some of children as young as five. 

Jackson, 32, of Alexander Street, admitted downloading the pictures between 2010 and 2014. He was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Carlisle Crown Court

Cockermouth swimmer awaits Olympic fate

BBC Sport

Swimmer Luke Greenbank faces a nervous wait to see if he's a wildcard pick for this summer's Olympics in Rio. 

Luke, 18, from Cockermouth, won the 200m backstroke at the British Championships last night, but not in the Olympic qualifying time.

Hairy Bikers on the road again

A new television programme will discover the history of the Lake District through its pubs. 

The Pubs that Built Britain starts on BBC Two tonight. 

It'll be presented by the Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers, who's from Barrow.

Hairy Bikers

The trig pillars that helped map Great Britain

Ordnance Survey (OS) is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the triangulation pillar, most often known as a "trig pillar" or "trig point" - a welcome sight to many a walker as they reach the peak of their walk.

Few people can resist a trig pillar photo. Aleks Kashefi-Mofrad managed a pistol squat on his recent visit to High Seat in the Lake District.

Trig point in Cumbria
Aleks Kashefi-Mofrad

Is your dog chipped yet?

If you've still not had your dog micro-chipped, here's a reminder from South Lakeland District Council.

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Weather: Turning cloudy with drizzle at times

A bit cloudy this afternoon with drizzle at times, light to moderate winds and highs of 11 C (52 F).

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New hospital unit frees up beds

BBC Radio Cumbria

The trust which runs Carlisle's struggling hospital says it has freed up about 150 beds a month for seriously ill patients, with the introduction of a new unit to treat people with less serious conditions.

Cumberland Infirmary

The Medical Procedures Unit at the Cumberland Infirmary has been open for six months and now treats about 210 day patients every week. 

This means those patients don't need to be admitted to wards, leaving beds free. The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust says it has been a huge success.

Farmers consider EU position

The National Farmers Union is meeting today to decide what position, if any, to take on the EU referendum. 

Members have been holding a series of votes on the issue at county level.


How do we encourage more young people to stay in Cumbria?

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

There's a plan to encourage Cumbria's young people to pursue careers in the county, rather than choosing to leave. 

Carlisle Youth Zone is launching a new project called Get a Future today, which it also hopes will raise the aspirations of those under the age of 21.


Keeping young people in Cumbria after their studies has always been a challenge. It's hoped this new three-year scheme will help nurture talented, enthusiastic young people and match them with suitable, local employers, hopefully on a path to a dream career. 


Accountancy firm Armstrong Watson is the first to get on board, but Carlisle Youth Zone wants others to get involved, to offer a broader range of opportunities and experiences.

It says the project will raise aspirations, and get young people to think ambitiously about their future - in Cumbria.

Sport: Whitehaven edged by Broncos

BBC Sport

A fine performance from Whitehaven wasn't enough to stop them from losing 16-12 at home to London Broncos in yesterday's Championship rugby league.

They're now 11th in the table.

Bombing survivors mark anniversary with Cumbria floods donation

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Did you see this story on our website over the weekend?

A former West Cumbrian couple, badly injured in the terrorist attack at the Boston marathon, have donated £10,000 to the county's flood appeal. 

Cumbria Community Foundation

Eric and Ann Whalley, originally from Cockermouth and Maryport, said the support of people back here in Cumbria was vital in their recovery after the 2013 atrocity (pictured below) so they wanted to do something in return. 

Boston bombings

School places: How to appeal

While the vast majority of parents in the county, 96%, will be able to send their child to the school they want in September, some will be disappointed when they receive emails this morning.

There is an appeals process for anyone who isn't happy.

School places: 'Speak up as soon as possible if you're unhappy'

BBC Radio Cumbria

The county councillor in charge of education in Cumbria says parents who don't get the school place they want for their child should make their views known sooner rather than later.

Emails are being sent to more than 4,500 parents this morning.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria, Clare Feeney-Johnson said: "My recommendation, really, is talk to the team at your earliest convenience, ring them up, talk to them, talk to the school, they really are very, very helpful and will help them through the whole process."

Former shipyard boss rules out building wind turbines in Barrow

In-Cumbria Magazine


Government minister in Brussels for steel crisis talks

Business Secretary Sajid Javid (pictured) is meeting ministers and business leaders from 30 countries in Brussels today to discuss the crisis in the global steel industry. 

They're hoping to agree measures to curb over-production, especially in China.

Last week, a workshop employing 225 people in Workington was sold by Tata Steel as part of a larger deal. But 28 people who work at the firm's operation at Shap are waiting to hear what the future holds for them.

Sajid Javid

Firefighters tackle Barrow wildfire

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service have given us some more information about that wildfire we told you about earlier.

Crews spent nearly two hours putting out a large wildfire near the docks in Barrow. Five fire engines, including from Broughton and Grange, were called to Salt House Road at just after 17:30 on Sunday.

They found 150m of heather, grass and bracken alight and the fire was spreading. Hose reels and beaters were used to douse the flames.

Grass fire in South Cumbria

Firefighters in Furness were called to put out a large grass fire last night. 

We're contacting Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service for more details.

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Number of parents getting preferred primary school place 'goes up'

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

More parents have been given their preferred choice of primary school this year, according to Cumbria County Council.

Today, about 4,600 Cumbrian children will get their allocation and find out which school gates they'll be skipping through come September.

Yarlside Academy

The council says 96.3% have their first choice, which is up 1.6% on last year and better than the national average. 

But it's a tense morning for those awaiting news of places at oversubscribed primaries like Yarlside in Barrow. 

Weather: Sunshine after a dull start

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a cloudy start to Monday, but it will be mostly dry with some brighter spells and just the odd spot of drizzle. Maximum temperature 11C (52F).

Remember, you can find out what the weather is going to be doing later in the week by checking out a five-day forecast for your town here.

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Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome to our updates on Monday 18 April.

We'll be keeping you up to date with all the day's news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria.

If you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.