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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 April 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

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

Cumbrian company creating adventure trail in Europe's biggest park

A Windermere-based company has won the contract to build and operate a new high ropes attraction at Heaton Park in Manchester.

It's said to be Europe’s largest municipal park, covering an area of more than 600 acres. 

The project, which is still awaiting planning permission, will also include a zip safari. 

The company, Tree Top Trek Ltd, has also built an attraction in Ripon in North Yorkshire which is due to open next month. 

Boy swinging on rope

Man denies starting fire that caused £500,000 damage to La'al Ratty workshop

News and Star


Weather: Dry and cold overnight, sunny tomorrow

BBC Weather

It'll remain dry overnight with plenty of clear spells. We could see some patches of frost in rural areas, lows of about 1C (34F). 

Tomorrow should be another settled day with bright and sunny spells, feeling a touch milder with highs of 14C (57F.) 

See the forecast for your area here.

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Tally rises for number of weapons handed in during amnesty

Cumbria Police has received more than 300 weapons from members of the public during a two-week surrender period.

Forces across the North West had appealed to the public to hand in as many unlicensed or unwanted firearms to ensure that they do not fall into the hands of criminals.

In Cumbria, police widened the remit of the surrender to include knives and other weapons.

Weapons handed in included air rifles, shotguns, revolvers, swords and 218 knives.   

Supt Mark Pannone says: “We are lucky in Cumbria that there isn’t a big gun or knife crime issue compared to other force areas, however the fact remains that such weapons can be very harmful in the wrong hands."

Pile of guns
Cumbria Police

Police looking for Carlisle man in connection with drugs offences

Cumbria Police would like to speak to a man in connection with drugs offences.

Thomas Steven Garner, 24, of Stanhope Road, Carlisle, is wanted in connection with conspiracy to supply cocaine in west Cumbria. 

A spokesperson says: “If anyone knows of his whereabouts or has any information that could assist our investigation, please get in touch. Also we would like to appeal directly to Mr Garner, if you hear or see this appeal please contact police.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer in the West Area Drugs Unit or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Thomas Garner
Cumbria Police

Nursing cadets get a taste of working in a hospital environment

Young people in Cumbria are being given the opportunity to see what life is like for nurses in the county.

Carlisle College is recruiting for a second year of nurse cadets to work alongside nurses at Cumberland Infirmary while studying for a qualification that helps them gain a university place. 

Suzanne Wannop, from the college, says the scheme has a number of aims. 

Two nurses
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It's an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned at the college, and also to confirm their career choice. Nursing is not an easy option. Our students need to understand what the role of a nurse is and what the work on the wards involves."

Principal of one of Barrow's colleges believes merger would be good

People who want to know more about plans to merge the Barrow Sixth Form College with Furness College are being invited to a drop-in session later today. 

A consultation started in the middle of last month, and education officials say there's been "broad support" for the plans. 

David Batten, the principal of the Sixth Form College, believes a merger would benefit students. 

He says: "In Furness we've had one college that didn't really offer academic qualifications and another which didn't offer vocational. It'll be good for students to have a blended offer and possibly do a mix of the two types of qualification."    

Barrow 6th form college

Police in riot training exercise with petrol bombs

Officers from the Eden and Barrow areas are being trained into how to deal with riot situations today, including petrol bombs.

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Travel: A69 closed due to overturned vehicle

BBC Travel

The A69 in Hayton is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the A689 junction and the Brier Lonning junction because of an overturned vehicle and an accident involving two cars. 

A diversion is in operation via the A689 and M6 Southbound at J44.  

Get the latest information on the BBC Travel website.

Weather: Sunshine this afternoon but cloudy later

BBC Weather

A sunny afternoon, with highs of 13C (55F) but it will become cloudier later. 

It should stay dry overnight, with a frost in places. 

See the forecast for your area here.

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Your pictures: Stunning photo taken from Skiddaw

This glorious shot was taken by Robin Silvester.

If you've got news 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.    

Sunset from Skiddaw
Robin Silvester

Cumbrian charity gets grant to help people overcome addictions

A Cumbrian charity that helps people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol has been given £75,000. 

The Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service has received the grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation.

The charity says the money will allow it to reach more people, and to help them to get their lives back on track.

Beer glass

Navigation markers that helped to map Britain celebrate 80 years

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

There were once about 6,500 trig pillars, built by the early surveyors at OS, including in Cumbria.

The pillar was devised to provide a solid base for the theodolites used by the survey teams and to improve the accuracy of the readings obtained.

See the full story here.

Aleks Kashefi-Mofrad on a trig pillar on High Seat, Cumbria, in the Lake District.
Aleks Kashefi-Mofrad

Weapons handed unlikely to be connected to crimes, say police

Cumbria Police believes the county's streets are now safer after more than 100 weapons were handed in during a two-week drive. 

The items included shotguns, air rifles, knives, swords, flares and cross bows. 

But Supt Mark Panone says officers don't believe the weapons are connected with any crimes.

"These are weapons that were being held as unwanted antiques or trophies of war. People realised it was a really responsible thing to do, to get rid of weapons that may have been lying around the house," he said.


Your pictures: Sunshine in the Eden Valley

BBC Weather Watchers

This lovely photo of mum and baby was taken earlier this morning by BBC Weather Watcher SDN near Kirkoswald.

More from the BBC Weather Watchers here.

Sheep in a sunny field

Clampdown on cars parking outside schools

Officers in South Cumbria are on the look-out for people parking incorrectly outside schools. The police in Kendal and Ulverston are involved.  

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Barrow dad's sacking sparks social media storm

North West Evening Mail


Proposals to merge Barrow's two colleges

Plans to merge the Sixth Form College in Barrow with Furness College will be discussed today. 

Education officials say it would offer more choice to students by offering both academic and vocational courses. 

A consultation period runs until the end of this month. 

A public meeting will take place at the Sixth Form College between 17:00 and 19:00 this evening. 

Cumbria's pubs on TV tonight

Cumbria's pubs, and their place in the county's history, are being explored in a new BBC television show presented by The Hairy Bikers.

Tonight's edition of The Pubs that Built Britain includes the Wasdale Head Inn at the foot of Scafell Pike.

They'll also be looking at the state-management scheme in Carlisle which brought the pubs under government control during World War One.

Dave Myers, the Hairy Biker from Barrow, says: "It's only recently in Carlisle they've been unable to uncover the frontages of the pubs. Like betting shops were all walled-up and made to look uninviting, in Carlisle it was the same thing with pubs and now they've found some wonderful Victorian-style tiled frontages."   

If you miss it you can catch up using the Iplayer here.

Hairy Bikers

Cumbrian charity wins national award

A charity that helps some of Cumbria's older residents to maintain their independence has won a national award. 

Age UK in South Lakeland beat more than 400 other organisations to win the GSK Impact Award. 

The judges said they were especially impressed by the group's Compass Assessment Tool that identifies people in need of more support from all agencies.  

The charity has been given £30,000 as part of the award.

Air rifles, shotguns and knives handed in to police

Air rifles, shotguns and knives have been handed in to Cumbria Police during a weapons drive this month. 

The county's police force has been working with other forces across the North West for the last two weeks.

Since 4 April, people have been encouraged to come forward with any firearms and ammunition that's being kept illegally, or that's no longer wanted, to stop dangerous items getting into the wrong hands. 

Cumbria Police also extended the move to include knives and other weapons. 

So far 104 items have been handed in, including shotguns, air rifles, knives, swords, flares and cross bows. The amnesty came to an end at 00:00 last night.   


Weather: Cold but bright this morning

BBC Weather

A chilly start, but a bright morning and it should stay dry. 

The sunshine will continue into this afternoon but it will become cloudier later in the day. 

Temperatures up to 12C (54F). 

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Travel: Delays possible in Carlisle and Ambleside

BBC Travel

Warwick Road in Carlisle is closed in both directions and diversions are in place after an accident between the Greystone Road junction and the Eldred Street junction.  

And the traffic lights aren't working on the A591 Rydal Road in Ambleside near the Greenbank Road junction. Approach with care.  

See all the latest details here.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning and welcome to our updates on Tuesday 19 April. A lovely but frosty morning in many places. I had to defrost the car for the first time in ages.  

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.