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  1. Updates on Thursday 5 May 2016

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Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

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 tomorrow. 

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.

Your photos: Langdale Pikes

Photographer Carmen Norman has sent us this breathtaking shot of the Langdale Pikes, taken from Holme Fell.

We love seeing your pictures from across the county. You can send them via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page

Langdale Pikes
Carmen Norman

Scam calls: 'Police never ask people to transfer money'

Fraudsters pretending to be the police have conned vulnerable people in Cumbria out of £30,000 in the last week.

Targeting the elderly, the criminals give what they say is a collar number, warrant ID and crime reference.

But Cumbria Police stress: "The police would never ask you to hand over or transfer money." 


Sgt Wayne Dixon said: "If you are ever unsure if a call from the police is genuine, ask for the person's name and collar number then hang up. 

"Using a different phone if possible, as like in this case the caller may still be linked to yours, dial 101 and ask for that specific person - if they are genuine, the Communications Centre will be able to put you through to them."

Scam calls: Elderly woman loses £13,000

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Another Cumbrian pensioner has been targeted by fraudsters who've already deceived other elderly people in the county, stealing tens of thousands of pounds from them.

phone scam

In the latest case, yesterday, an 86-year-old woman from Barrow transferred £13,000 to the bank account of someone who called her and pretended to be a police officer from New Scotland Yard. 

She was told police had someone in custody for using her card and she had to transfer money to them. 

In cases in the last week, criminals have stolen more than £30,000 from elderly people in Cumbria, with at least five incidents reported, including in Cartmel and Barrow.

Crash victim identified

Police have released the name of a woman who died in a crash on the A66 near Stainton last month.

Helen Threlfell, 37, from Clifton near Penrith, died in hospital in Newcastle on Sunday.

On April 15, the car she was driving was involved in a collision.

'Ultimate triathlete' Paul to pass through home turf

A pub landlord aims to pedal through Cumbria today on the fourth day of an ultimate triathlon - cycling, swimming and running 1,600 miles in 21 days. 

Paul Dewar from Ulverston is riding north from Lancaster to near Ayr as part of a Land's End to John O'Groats to Windermere cycle ride. 

He'll then swim England's longest lake before running 10 marathons in a row. 

You can track his progress here.


How the BBC reports on the elections

Ever wondered what the BBC can and can't report about the elections?

Here's Ric Bailey, the BBC's chief adviser for editorial standards, on the details:

Strict rules mean the BBC, like other broadcasters, isn't allowed to report details of campaigning while the polls are open.

In all national elections, the BBC is required by electoral law to adopt a code of practice, ensuring fairness between candidates.

The basic principle behind due impartiality in political coverage is set out in the agreement accompanying the BBC Charter.

This requires the BBC over time to "give due weight and prominence to all the main strands of argument and to all the main parties".

Read more from him here.

'Man acted as lookout as flood-hit homes were burgled'

A drunk man who kept lookout for a looter and then stole items himself during the Cumbria floods has appeared in court.

Police called to Carlisle's Warwick Road area on 9 January saw Alistair Bradshaw with items taken from a shed.

Carlisle street

Animal welfare course proving popular

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

There's been a surge of interest in people who want to lean how to care for injured animals, Kendal College says. 

It runs a wildlife centre, which accepts cases referred to it by other organisations including the RSPCA.

The college says more than 60 students are enrolled on courses linked to the rescue centre. Last year there were 40.

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'Drop in visitors was expected'

Cumbria's biggest tourist attraction says visitor numbers are down compared with a year ago.


Nigel Wilkinson is the managing director of Windermere Lake Cruises, but also chairs the Lake District Business Task Force.

He said he expected a downturn, but that the industry is looking forward to a more positive future and people are determined to spread the message that Cumbria is open for business.

We're now looking at a very positive view of the future, we've got the summer ahead, we're all set up, the recovery work has been completed and we've just got to get out, communicate that message to both the domestic and the international market. We're a resilient bunch, we're good at doing it, we've just got to pull together and get on."

Nigel WilkinsonLake District Business Task Force

Travel: Signalling problems cancel trains

BBC Travel

There are some problems on the trains this afternoon.

Buses are replacing services between Oxenholme and Windermere because of signalling problems.

Keep up to date on the roads and public transport here.

More victims of fraudsters

There's another warning about a scam in the south of the county

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Star Wars fan climbs Scafell Pike then gatecrashes wedding

A Star Wars fan completed a challenge to climb Britain's highest peaks while dressed as a stormtrooper - then gatecrashed a Star Wars wedding.

Ashley Broomhall

Ashley Broomhall, 28, from Whitchurch in Shropshire, walked up and down England's Scafell Pike yesterday in four-and-a-half hours.

Ashley Broomhall

He tackled Snowdon in Wales and Ben Nevis in Scotland last year.  

Election 2016: Polling stations open across Cumbria

Voting is taking place in council and police and crime commissioner elections in Cumbria and across the country.

A third of seats are up for grabs on South Lakeland District Council and Carlisle City Council.


Weather: Some sunshine this afternoon

We should get some sunshine later this afternoon and temperatures will reach 15C (59F).

It will stay dry tonight and tomorrow will be dry, with hazy sunshine and highs of 18C (64F).

Get a five-day forecast for your part of Cumbria.

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Bridges made Carlisle flooding worse, report finds

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A report into last winter's floods in Carlisle has found some bridges made the situation worse.

Botcherby Bridge

More than 2,000 properties across the city were affected following December's record rainfall.

Cumbria County Council's report, which looks at ways of preventing future flooding, says Botcherby Bridge, pictured, obstructed the river water, causing flooding in Warwick Road, while flood debris blocked one of Eden Bridge's arches leading to problems upstream. 

Carlisle flooding
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The report also says problems were caused when pumping stations lost power. One of several recommendations includes reviewing the city's bridges, better protecting pumping stations and extending existing flood defences.

Candle factory deal is 'strong fit'

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Wax Lyrical, based in in Lindal-in-Furness, has been sold to the homeware company Portmeirion. 

Wax Lyrical factory

It started out as Colony Candles and was saved from mounting losses when it was purchased by Mike Armstead a decade ago. Now it makes pre-tax profits of more than £2m. 

For Portmeirion, Wax Lyrical is a "strong strategic fit" with the combined group accessing a larger customer base, while it says it can also offer "significant growth opportunities" for Wax Lyrical's products. 

The current MD at Lindal, Joanne Barber, pictured, will stay on heading up the 122-strong workforce.

Last year, the company announced a £1m investment to meet growing demand.

managing director
Wax Lyrical

Furness candle firm sold

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Lindal-based candlemaker Wax Lyrical has been bought by the homeware company Portmeirion. 

The £17.5m deal puts the Furness manufacturer in the same stable as Spode, Royal Worcester and Pimpernel. 

More follows.

Why tourism is big business

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

It's impossible to travel around Cumbria without bumping into tourists.

What they mean to the county is massive. The industry is worth £2.2bn to the economy and provides work for 56,000 people, who live, work and spend here.

This summer is a big test for the sector, as it tries to push the message that, 'despite those horrible scenes of devastation you saw on your television screens in December, Cumbria IS open'.

Visitor numbers are down at some tourist attractions, including retailers who rely on people visiting for a day. Some say the A591 being out of action is to blame, so it's reopening next week can't come soon enough for them.

Travel: A quiet morning so far

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

I've just been looking at our latest travel information and roads and public transport are looking fine so far this morning.

You can get the latest here.

Ex-convicts serve up sandwiches

Former prisoners who are recovering from alcohol and drug addictions are running a mobile catering van outside the police station in Barrow. 

The charity The Well is behind the idea, which it hopes will help to prepare the ex-offenders for the world of work, and improve their relationship with the police.

catering van

'Use pharmacists to ease GP pressures' plea

Cumbria's healthcare problems could be eased if people only went to their GP when necessary, according to one of the county's pharmacists. 

The comment was made by Ben Merrimen, following a parliamentary debate about the future of the NHS in Cumbria. 

His views have been supported by Dr Craig Melrose, from the North Carlisle Medical Practice. He told BBC Radio Cumbria there's been a rise in the number of people asking for doctors' appointments, and the profession was "under pressure".


Missing girl found

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Some good news to bring you on the eight-year-old girl who went missing in Barrow.

Cumbria Police have told us she has been found safe.

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BreakingMissing Barrow girl

More details from the police...

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BreakingYoung girl missing in Barrow

Police in Barrow are asking people for help finding a missing eight-year-old girl.

We've contacted Cumbria Police for more information.

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Flood-hit Keswick 'ready for tourist season'

Cumbria's tourism businesses are reporting mixed fortunes, several weeks since the start of the tourism season.

The industry is worth £2.2bn to the county's economy and employs nearly 60,000 people.

Keswick, a traditional tourist area, was badly hit by flooding in December, but Martin Lancaster, who owns the Glendale Guest House, there says things are getting back to normal:

There's still a bit of clearing up to do but, in the main, everything is open, ready, the visitors are coming back and the season's starting."

Martin LancasterGlendale Guest House

United set deadline for fans who want to invest

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United have given supporters six months to raise more than £250,000 to be part of a new investment in the club. 

One million new shares have been made available by CUFC Holdings, which has the majority shareholding in Carlisle United, with a minimum of 253,700 shares offered to CUOSC, United's official supporters club. 

CUOSC have been given 20 days to accept the offer and six months to raise the money. In a statement released last night, CUOSC said they were "unclear on the finer details and wider implications" of the proposal.

Brunton Park
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A591 closure affecting visitor numbers, tourism official says

BBC Radio Cumbria

Keswick Tourism Association has been speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria this morning about the mixed picture for the town's businesses. 

Linda Furniss from the organisation said day visitors were down because of the closure of the A591, but accommodation providers were benefiting from people who've booked a longer stay.

The road linking the southern and northern Lake District is due to open next week, five months after it was damaged during Storm Desmond.

A591 damage

Weather: Cloudy at first, brighter later

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Mostly dry today, but there could be a few spots of rain around. Winds will be brisk but should ease and it will brighten up for a while later, with highs of 15C (59F).

Get a five-day forecast for your part of Cumbria.

weather graphic

Election 2016: Polling stations open across Cumbria

Polling stations have opened for local council elections in Carlisle and South Lakeland, where a third of seats are up for grabs.

The county is also choosing its new police and crime commissioner. 

Polling stations opened their doors at 07:00 and will close at 22:00.

ballot box

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome to our updates on Thursday 5 May.

We'll be keeping you up to date with all the day's news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria until 16:00.

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