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  1. Updates on Friday 22 April 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. Have a great weekend. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Monday. 

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: Dry for most of the night, sunshine and showers tomorrow

BBC Weather

Dry in most areas this evening and overnight with variable cloud and clear periods, although there could be showers by morning. Frost in some places as temperatures drop to 2C (36F).

A chilly start tomorrow but for many it will be dry and bright at first. Later there will be sunny spells and scattered showers, turning wintry over the hills. Feeling cold in the freshening northerly breeze. 

See the forecast for your area here.

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Wigton estate agent fraudster Donald Scott jailed for five years

An estate agent has been jailed for five years for taking more than £450,000 from elderly clients in Cumbria.

The judge at Carlisle Crown Court said "devious and selfish" Donald Scott, 62, from Wigton, abused his position of trust to take money from his customers to pay off his own debts.

See the full story here. 

Donald Scott

Warning over possible fake iPhones

Cumbria Trading Standards has issued this warning about doorstep sellers in Barrow.  

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Cumbrian Edinburgh Woollen Mill boss on rich list

The boss of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill is on the new Sunday Times Rich List.

The list is described by the paper as the "definitive guide to wealth in Britain and Ireland".

Philip Day, who lives in Cumbria, is number seven on the list of the richest people in the North West and number 110 on the national list. 

His estimated wealth is £1.05bn, up £300m from last year.  

The North West list is topped by the Duke of Westminster, who is based in the region, and has an estimated wealth of £9.35bn.

Beacon lit in Kendal last night for the Queen's 90th

Thank you to John at for allowing us to share this.  

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Campaign against electricity pylons takes to the fells

People opposed to more pylons being built in the Lake District National Park and across the Duddon Estuary are going to take their campaign up a local fell. 

The groups, Friends of the Lake District and Power Without Pylons, are against plans for high voltage power lines running south from a new nuclear power station near Sellafield towards Barrow. 

The two groups have organised a campaign walk up Black Combe, from where the 50 metre pylons would be visible coming down the national park's coastal boundary, and across the mouth of the Duddon. 

They say National Grid is not responding to demands for the cables to go underground in sensitive landscapes. 

But the company says it "fully recognises" the importance of the National Park and will soon share and consult on detailed proposals for the route. 


MoD says safety is not an issue at Cumbrian firing range

The Ministry of Defence says safety is not being compromised at a Cumbrian firing range, after a union said it was becoming a "death trap". 

Unite says "look out" wardens are no longer employed at Warcop near Appleby because the company that runs the site wants to save money. 

Bob Middleton from the union says: "It's simply left to a warrant officer or sergeant to run the range. They are given a two-hour briefing, that's all they get. They are not experts. It takes three years to train a range warden to use and understand all the procedures."

The MoD says the role is now covered by a member of the army unit carrying out the training - and that safety is not an issue.  

Beacon lit on Scafell last night to mark Queen's 90th

Army cadets from Cumbria put up and lit the beacon to honour the Queen on her birthday. 

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BreakingCumbrian estate agent sentenced to five years in prison

A Cumbrian estate agent who stole almost £500,000 from elderly clients has been jailed. 

Donald Scott, 62, admitted 13 charges of fraud and has been sentenced to five years. 

The judge at Carlisle Crown Court said Scott abused his position of trust to take money from his customers to pay off his own business debts. 

Scott sold his clients' land entitlements, which they used to claim EU subsidies, and kept the profits. 

Your pictures: Sunset over Morecambe Bay

BBC Weather Watchers

This stunning photo was taken near Baycliff on the coast between Ulverston and Barrow. It was taken by BBC Weather Watcher, Kev.

More from the BBC Weather Watchers here.  

sunset over Morecambe Bay

Academy coaches leave Carlisle United

BBC Radio Cumbria

Carlisle United have confirmed that academy coaches Alan Moore and Vince Overson have left the club.

Carlisle United

Mother uses life-saving skills on daughter the day after learning them

A mother from Carlisle saved the life of her 18-month-old daughter the day after learning lifesaving skills. 

Samantha Furmston went to a session run by a first aid trainer from the North West Ambulance Service in February. 

Samantha Furmston and daughter Rosie with Richard Lambert from NWAS

She had not been planning to go as her daughter, Rosie, had been ill for a few days. But she was so keen to learn she went anyway.

The following day, on the way to see an out of hours doctor at the Cumberland Infirmary, Rosie stopped crying and started to go blue.

Samantha says: "I instinctively pulled her out of her car seat and everything that I had learnt from the evening before about choking just kicked in. I then felt her take a deep breath and she started crying. What happened to Rosie just proves that having that training is invaluable and it most likely helped to save my little girl’s life."

Weather: Dry this afternoon and cold tonight

BBC Weather

Staying dry this afternoon with some cloud and sunny spells too. Temperatures up to 13C (55F).

Tonight it will be cold, with lows of 2C (36F) and possibly a touch of frost in rural areas. There will be some showers by the end of the night. 

See the forecast for your area here.

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Video: Young Cumbrian dancer wins place at top dance school

Ioanna Stergiaki from Torver near Coniston, 16, has won a a place at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. 

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Three eggs in the osprey next at Bassenthwaite

There are now three eggs in the osprey nest at Bassenthwaite. 

The female laid the eggs over the last six days. 

The Lake District Osprey Project says they should hatch in five to six weeks.

Osprey on nest

Fraudster to be sentenced next month

A man who stole £40,000 from Cumbria's Britain's Energy Coast will be sentenced next month after admitting a string of deceptions. 

James Cox, 51, was the development agency's finance director until August last year. 

He used the money to buy luxury cars. He then sold the cars and used the cash to buy furniture for his flat.

Carlisle Magistrates' Court heard how Cox had twice been jailed for fraud previously, including for a £2.8m deception in 2000. 

He was remanded in custody until 20 May, when he will be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.

James Cox
British Energy Coast (BEC)

Hairy Bikers continue their series on the pubs that built Britain

Si King and Dave Myers, who's from Barrow, continue their series on BBC Two at 18:30 tonight, looking at pubs with a story to tell. 

If you've missed any you can catch up on the iPlayer.  

Si and Dave are shown how to make rum shrub in Cornwall.

Premiere of film about Cumbrian mountain already sold out

The premiere next month of a film about a Cumbrian mountain has already sold out. 

The film is called 'The Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' and is the sequel to a two hour film about Scafell Pike. 

The film's producer, Terry Abraham, says: "It's difficult to capture it on camera. It's that southern face with those ridges which reach down to Threlkeld and the A66. That is very dramatic but I didn't want to make things too repetitive. But that encourages me to find new perspectives and new angles." 

Publicity image for the film
Terry Abraham

Beacons were lit across Cumbria last night to mark the Queen's 90th

Here's a picture of the beacon at Heversham in South Cumbria. 

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Cumbrian army firing range is a 'death trap' according to union

The army firing range at Warcop near Appleby is a "death trap", according to a union. 

Unite says "look out" wardens are no longer employed there because the company that runs the site wants to save money. 

Bob Middleton, from Unite, says: "Without the range wardens monitoring the behaviour, it's inevitable there's going to be an accident. Whether that be a member of the public or one of our members or someone using the ranges." 

The Ministry of Defence says safety is not being compromised. It says when a training exercise is taking place, firing is overseen by a member of the unit responsible for safety.

Entrance to Warcop firing range

New Zealand rugby team to play in Cumbria

New Zealand will play at Workington's ground in November.

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Weather: Sunny today but colder than of late

BBC Weather

Mostly dry, with the sun getting through the clouds, but cooler than it has been, with highs of 13C (55F).

See the forecast for your area here.  

Weather chart

Your photos: Cumbria from above

Andy Torkington took these photos of Cumbria from the air yesterday.

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Travel: Possible delays in Sedbergh, Ulverston and near Windermere

BBC Travel

Main Street in Sedbergh is closed in both directions between the Howgill Lane junction and the Woodside Avenue junction because of roadworks.

And there are reports of heavy traffic around Ulverston, and between Windermere and Staveley in Cartmel on the A592, but this is only thought to be causing minor delays.

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 another beautiful day out there, although very chilly. 

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.