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  1. Updates on Friday 29 April 2016

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Our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Our live updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. 

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Hopefully, you'll be able to join us then. 

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

Weather: Showers dying out overnight, with sunshine tomorrow

BBC Weather

Showers into this evening but dying out overnight, then turning largely dry with clear spells. A frost developing with temperatures below freezing. 

A frosty start tomorrow but dry and bright with plenty of sunshine. A few afternoon showers, especially in the east. 

See the forecast in your area here.

Weather chart

Man found guilty of starting fires at Cumbrian tourist attraction

A man has been convicted of starting three separate fires at a Cumbrian tourist attraction.

The largest of the blazes set by Benjamin Taylor, 24, caused £500,000 worth of damage to an engineers' workshop at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway..

Carlisle Crown Court heard that the impact was so severe it "almost destroyed" the business, which is home to the popular "La'al Ratty" line.

La'al Ratty

Taylor, who worked at the premises as an engineer, started two other fires on the site. He was also responsible for two more at a house in Whitehaven where he had lived with his girlfriend and her family.

Taylor had denied being responsible for any of the incidents, which happened in late 2012 and 2013.

Jurors had heard Taylor, of Whole House Road, Seascale, started the fires in a desperate quest for attention. He will be sentenced in June.

Your pictures: Snow-capped fells

Thank you to Carol for sending this lovely snowy scene. It's in the Crinkle Crags area of the Lake District.

If you've got a picture you'd like to share with us, get in touch on Twitter where we are @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or using our Facebook page.

Snowy fells
Carol Grayson

Video: Gleaston Castle survey

The castle is in the Furness area and its origins have always been a little shrouded in mystery.

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Carlisle United VP steps down over Hillsborough tweets

Here's the full story on a football club official who, after coming under fire for tweets mocking victims of the Hillsborough disaster, has stepped down.

The messages appeared on the account of Andy Bell, a vice-president of Carlisle United, on Tuesday but were soon deleted.

Mr Bell claimed his Twitter account had been hacked.

The club branded them "disrespectful" while the official supporters' club called on him to provide evidence he had been targeted.

They were published on the same day the Hillsborough inquests ruled the 96 people were unlawfully killed in the stadium tragedy in April 1989, as Liverpool took on Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final.


Man jailed for robbery at knife point in Carlisle

A man who pointed a knife at two terrified victims has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Martin Bainbridge, 33, confronted staff in three businesses in Carlisle in early March.

Bainbridge first attempted to rob a Bargain Booze in the city and later targeted the Pizza Hut restaurant off London Road. 

He also went to the Peking Chef on Petteril Bank Road and seized what turned out to be an empty cash bag.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Bainbridge, latterly of Port Road, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to robbery and two attempted robberies.

CCTV images of suspect in shops
Cumbria Police

Tennis: Davis Cup trophy in Carlisle

The Davis Cup trophy is in Carlisle today.

Great Britain's men won the tennis trophy for the first time in nearly 80 years in 2015.

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Offshore drilling set to begin as part of nuclear power station construction

North West Evening Mail


Warning of possible phone scam in Eden area

Eden District Council is asking people to be vigilant after it received reports that a telephone scam may be operating in the area.

People have received calls from individuals claiming to be a council officer and offering people home improvement services funded through flood recovery money. 

The callers are then trying to arrange visits to people’s homes.

The council says if people have any doubts about the validity of the call they should ring Cumbria Police on 101. 

Two Cumbrian students through to final of national hairdressing competition

Two hairdressing students at Kendal College have got through to the final of a national competition.

Sophie Knowles and Lizzie Braithwaite competed against 18 other regional finalists at the UK Wella Xposure 2016 Competition.

The event is aimed solely at hairdressing students.

Lizzie says: “I couldn’t believe it when they called out my name! I was very overwhelmed but felt proud of what I had achieved. I cannot wait to experience the final in London."

The final will be held in June.

Model Saskia with Sophie Knowles
Kendal College

Carlisle United vice-president steps down after Hillsborough tweets

A vice-president of Carlisle United Football Club, Andy Bell, has stepped down after comments about the Hillsborough disaster appeared on his Twitter page. 

In a statement, Mr Bell said he was severing his ties with the club to help preserve its positive reputation. 

He also confirmed that he would withdraw his sponsorship but continue to be a Carlisle United supporter.

Brunton Park

Cumbrian hospice marks its 25th anniversary

A Cumbrian hospice is marking its 25th birthday with the hope that it will still be going strong in another 25 years. 

The Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle was originally set up to support people with terminal illnesses and help them die with dignity. 

It now offers day care, family services and support for children with life-limiting illnesses. 

Chief executive Bill Mumford says: "The work we do is very important for people. We support them at their most vulnerable time and their families. When we think of the children it's their brothers and sisters and grandparents too." 

Hospice logo
Eden Valley Hospice

Cumbrian castle 'originally built as grand home'

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that suggests a castle in Furness was probably built as a grand home for the local lord of the manor. 

The ruins of Gleaston Castle date back more than 500 years. 

Early results from geophysics testing of the land within the curtain walls are pointing towards a residential, rather than military, use. 

Weather: Wintry showers this afternoon but they will die out tonight

BBC Weather

Wintry showers this afternoon, with northerly winds and highs of 8C (46F). 

Although the showers will continue this evening, they will die out tonight, and temperatures will dip to 2C (36F), allowing a frost in places. 

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Cumbrian councillor urges government rethink over academies

The leader of Cumbria County Council has urged the Education Secretary to abandon plans to force all schools in England to become academies.

Labour's Stewart Young has written to Nicky Morgan claiming the government's white paper would threaten some rural schools and the viability of small Cumbrian communities. 

In response, the Department for Education said the proposals were the "next step in ensuring every child had access to excellent schooling, while putting control into the hands of teachers".

Stewart Young

Your pictures: A snowy scene at Tarn Hows

Thank you to Ian Ally for this serene photo of Tarn Hows in the snow.

If you've got a picture you'd like to share with us, get in touch on Twitter where we are @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or using our Facebook page.  

Tarn Hows
Ian Ally

Former Barrow cop defrauded £24,000 from friends and family

North West Evening Mail


Cumbrian film-makers hope to boost Nepal's tourist trade

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

It's hoped a music video produced by two Cumbrian film-makers can encourage tourists back to Nepal.

Richard Johnston and Niall McLoughlin from Penrith spent two years making the film and are using it to commemorate the anniversary of the earthquake there. 

The friends have recently returned from Copenhagen where they were invited by the Nepalese Tourism Board to talk about their project.

Watch the film here.

Publicity still
Richard Johnston and Niall McLoughlin

Ulverston man says his charity challenge is 'unhinged'

An endurance athlete from Ulverston is about to set off on what he's calling the ultimate triathlon - cycling, swimming and running 1,600 miles over 21 days. 

Paul Dewar is raising money for the Cumbria-based youth charity, the Brathay Trust.  

He says he likes a physical challenge but admits his latest idea is "unhinged". 

He aims to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats and then back to Windermere. He will then swim the length of Windermere before doing the Brathay "10 in 10", which is 10 marathons in 10 days. 

Banner outlining charity challenge

RSPCA warns dog owners after swan is attacked

The RSPCA is warning of the dangers of dogs being off their leads near wildlife after a swan was badly injured in Cumbria.

Although the incident wasn’t witnessed, vets believe the swan, which had severe injuries to its neck, was attacked by a dog in Bowness-on-Windermere earlier this month.

RSPCA inspector Will Lamping says: “It was very lethargic and blood and tearing wounds were clearly visible around its neck. I took the swan straight over to Kendal College Animal Rescue Centre where they cared for it until it was able to be released.”

He added that owners should always keep their dog, no matter how predictable they may feel they are, on a lead around wildlife to avoid things like this happening.

Injured swan

Anniversary of line closure will be marked this weekend

The closure of a railway line 40 years ago will be remembered this weekend. 

At the time tt was feared that the loss of the Haltwhistle to Alston branch line would increase the sense of isolation felt by some communities. 

John Moore is a volunteer driver with the South Tynedale Railway in Alston, which now uses part of the old line. He says people feared it would be the death of the community. 

"They had coffins, empty coffins, lined up on the platforms and as the trains came past they loaded them onto the trains as a sign of how it was going to kill the local economy and it did. In that day not everyone had a car, transport was difficult." 

South Tynedale Railway

Voting on new Police and Crime Commissioner next week

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

In a week's time Cumbria will have a new Police and Crime Commissioner. 

Elections are taking place next Thursday. 

The successful candidate will follow in Richard Rhodes' footsteps and will be expected to set policing priorities and hold the Chief Constable to account. 

But Jon Tonge, a professor of politics from Liverpool University, says: "I wouldn't say their implementation has been a success. They barely got a mandate with the abysmally low turn out at the last election. No-one knows really knows what they do."

PCC logo
Cumbria Police

Man arrested after rape in Carlisle park

A man has been arrested by police investigating the rape of a woman in a Carlisle park.

The woman, 19,was assaulted after meeting a man in the city centre and walking with him to St James' Park.

Cumbria Police says it happened in the early hours of Thursday, between 03:50 and 04:30.

A 23-year old man from Peterborough has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is being questioned by police.

Police officer outside park

Bad weather for sheep

Writer and sheep farmer, James Rebanks, sees the recent snow as more of a challenge than most.   

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Man charged with racist behaviour after Carlisle game

In case you missed it last night - A man has been charged in connection with alleged racist behaviour directed at players at Carlisle United's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Everton.

Owen Newbury is accused of racially aggravated harassment following Everton's first goal in the match, held at Brunton Park on 31 January.

The 18-year-old from Skinburness Drive, Silloth, will appear before North Cumbria magistrates on 31 May.

Brunton Park

Cumbrian MP calls for strong action in Labour Party row

The Labour MP for Barrow and Furness, John Woodcock, says strong action is needed over claims of anti-Semitism in his party. 

Fellow MP Naz Shah and the former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, have both been suspended on suspicion of making derogatory comments about Jewish people. 

Some have accused the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, of not acting quickly enough.

John Woodcock says: "I think the important thing now for everyone in the party from Jeremy Corbyn downwards is to stop down-playing this issue. We have to show now there is no tolerance of this."

Naz Shah MP

Weather: Showers likely throughout the day

BBC Weather

The Met Office is warning of snow showers until 10:00 this morning, mostly on higher ground, but also at lower levels. 

This afternoon will remain showery, with northerly winds and highs of 8C (46F). 

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Travel: Corney Fell road blocked

BBC Travel

The Corney Fell Road in West Cumbria is blocked near the A595 junction because of snow.  

See all the latest travel details here.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning. It's a damp and chilly morning where I am but no sign of the sleet and snow that was threatened overnight.

I'll keep you up to date with all the news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria today. 

If you've got a story to tell or a picture you'd like to share with us, get in touch on Twitter where we are @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or using our Facebook page.