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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 May 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. 

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

Women sought in connection with forged Scottish bank notes

Forged Scottish £20 notes have been used in various shops in Barrow, police say.

All the incidents happened in early April.  

The women pictured in this CCTV image are described as having a Liverpool accent, and officers are keen to identify and speak to them. Anyone who recognises them, or has any information about the incidents, should call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two women on CCTV
Cumbria Police

Rare Chinese vase makes £110,000 at auction

A rare vase owned by a woman in Cumbria has sold for £110,000 at auction, well over the original estimate.

The woman, from Kendal, who wishes to remain anonymous, had no idea of its worth when she decided to take it to be valued by Bonhams auctioneers. 

She was told that the vase is incredibly rare, and that, more than 200 years ago, it may have graced a Chinese imperial palace. 

The original auction estimate was £80,000.


Hopes that new industrial heritage trails will attract new visitors

Industrial heritage trails will be developed along part of the C2C cycle route in west Cumbria thanks to an £850,000 Lottery grant.

Sections of the route run along the line of former railways which were used by the local mining and coal industries.

The grant will be spent on restoring industrial features and conserving natural habitats.  

Nikki Wingfield from Sustrans, the cycling charity which manages the C2C, says: "Hopefully it will bring the history alive for people and make them stop and think about what they can see. We have 15,000 people who tootle through on the C2C every year but we want to slow them down a bit."

Rock crusher on the C2C

Man cleared of serious sexual assault

A man from Kendal who was accused of a serious sexual assault has been acquitted. 

Carlton Robert Taylor was on trial at Carlisle Crown Court for one charge relating to an alleged incident in the Kendal area 25 years ago. 

The 58-year-old from Peat Lane had denied the charge, telling the police under interview  the claim was a "pack of lies". 

A jury of nine men and three women returned a unanimous not guilty verdict today.

Weather: Dry tonight, cooler tomorrow

BBC Weather

Thicker cloud will build overnight, although it will remain dry. Lows of 8C (46F). 

Cloudier conditions will sink from the north throughout the day tomorrow. Feeling fresher, with highs of around 12C (54F).  

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

RAF base marking 40 years is 'part of the local community'

It's 40 years since the Royal Air Force took over RAF Spadeadam in North Cumbria. 

The military base on the border of Cumbria and Northumberland covers 9,600 acres and provides training to aircrews from around the world. 

It was originally a test site for the ballistic missiles programme, Blue Streak, in the 1950s. 

Wing Commander Rory Henderson-Begg says: "The Blue Streak project resulted in a lot of houses being built locally for the workers. 

"Our families' quarters are still in Brampton and all our families are integrated into the local schools and wider community."

Helicopter over Spadeadam

Your pictures: Sunrise in Broughton in Furness

Thank you to Andrew who's sent us this gorgeous photo taken this morning. It's the Coniston range viewed from his garden near Broughton in Furness.

If you've got 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.    

Sunrise over Coniston fell
Andrew Read

Cumbria's new Police and Crime Commissioner admits many 'don't care' about his job

Cumbria's newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner says one of his roles will be to better inform the public about what he does. 

Conservative Peter McCall starts his four-year term today after winning the election last week. 

He says there's a lack of knowledge among the public about the role: "A lot of people don't care and that is the sad reality. 

"But what that says to me, as I start this job, is that there is a lot to do to inform people about the role." 

PCC logo
Cumbria PCC

Yellow line appears on Cumbrian fell in the name of art

It's creating quite a stir.

A strip of yellow material has appeared on the shore at Wastwater. It has parts of a poem attached to it along its length.

It runs from an oak tree on the hillside down to the water and is meant to make people think about the place of trees in the landscape and in our lives.

The artwork is the idea of two Cumbrian artists, Harriet and Rob Fraser.

Line of yellow on a hillside
Adrian Strand

Weather: Sunny this afternoon, dry overnight

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be dry and sunny. 

Thicker cloud will build overnight, although it will stay dry. Lows of 8C (46F). 

See the forecast for your area here.

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Carlisle to Settle line could be closed for up to a year

Repair work to one of Britain's best known rail routes, the Carlisle to Settle line, which suffered a major landslip, could take another year to complete. 

The damage during the winter storms closed the line between Appleby and Carlisle, although there is a replacement bus service. 

Passenger numbers have dropped by 75%. 

Simon Evans from Network Rail says: "We've got a huge challenge on our hands. The line has slid one and half metres from where it should be. We understand people's frustrations but we simply can't reopen this line until it's safe." 

Train crossing viaduct

Baton travels through 26 countries and to the top of Lakeland fell

A baton that has visited 26 countries will be taken to the top of Scafell Pike today.

It's part of celebrations to mark the 300th birthday of the Royal Artillery. 

The baton, which has been designed to reflect the organisations' history, has criss-crossed the globe in the last year. 

Major Tom Wade from the 5th Regiment Royal Artillery says: "We'll get it up Scafell at hopefully 16:00 and back down and then drive it to Snowdon. 

"At which point it will be taken to the top of Snowdon and a light gun will fire a salute. Then it will be handed over to some cadets who will take it down to the bottom on a zipwire."

Royal Artillery baton
Royal Artillery

CCTV image released in attempt to find suspected shoplifter

Cumbria Police is appealing for information after a shoplifting incident in Ambleside.

It took place on Thursday 7 April at Boots Chemists in Ambleside at 11:50.

Police say a number of cosmetic products were stolen.

Anyone who recognises the woman in the photograph or has any information about the incident, should call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

CCTV image of woman in shop
Cumbria Police

RAF base in Cumbria celebrates 40th birthday

A military base in north Cumbria is marking a big anniversary today. 

It's 40 years since the Royal Air Force took ownership of RAF Spadeadam which sits on the border of Cumbria and Northumberland near Gilsland. 

RAF Spadeadam is the only facility in Europe where aircrews can practice manoeuvres and tactics against a variety of threats and targets. 

The site's first connection with modern defence was in the late 1950s when it was chosen as the site of the test establishment for the Blue Streak rockets.

RAF plane over Spadeadam

Lottery money to preserve wildlife and history along local cycleway

Nearly £860,000 of lottery money will be used to enhance a section of the C2C cycleway in west Cumbria.

The money will be used to conserve wildlife habitats and preserve the area's industrial history. 

Part of the C2C runs along the route of former railway lines which were used by the local iron and mining industries. 

Industrial remnants, including an iron ore crusher, will be restored and memories, uncovered by a history project last year, will be posted along the route.

The cycleway is used by 15,000 people each year.

Map of C2C

Investigations into 'never events' in Cumbria's hospitals

Investigations are going to be carried out by Cumbria's Healthwatch after it was revealed that a total of 22 so-called "never events" happened at hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven over the last three years. 

"Never events" are classed as serious incidents that are wholly preventable. It can include things such as objects being left inside a patient after surgery.  

A Freedom of Information request showed there were 15 such events at the North Cumbria hospitals trust and seven at the Morecambe Bay trust. 

Staff in operating theatre

Sue Stevenson, the chief operating officer of Healthwatch, which represents patients, says: "These things shouldn't happen at all. I'm more concerned to find out what is being done to address them to make sure they don't happen again, properly understanding why those things happen in the first place."

Both Cumbrian hospital trusts say "never events" are unacceptable and are always investigated thoroughly. 

Future of Keswick Jazz Festival unclear

This year's 25th Keswick Jazz Festival is expected to be the biggest yet. 

But the long-term future of the festival is unclear, after the Theatre by the Lake which runs the event, said it wasn't able to continue to do so after this year.  

Today sees the first of four days of performances at a dozen venues around the town. 


Man in hospital after assault in Barrow

A man is in hospital with serious head injuries after being attacked last night in Barrow. 

The 28-year-old was assaulted in Schooner Street at about 23:30. 

Another man was seen running from the scene towards the bridge to Walney Island.

Cumbria's new Police and Crime Commissioner sets out his priorities

Cumbria's newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner says tackling the policing budget will be his first priority. 

Peter McCall, who stood for the Conservatives in the election last week, takes over from Richard Rhodes today.

It'll be his job to set Cumbria Police's priorities and to hold the chief constable to account for the next four years.

He was in the army for many years before standing for election.

Peter McCall

Weather: Dry and bright today

BBC Weather

Another dry and bright start to the day with a moderate or fresh north easterly breeze. Highs of 20C (68F).

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Huge drop in passengers using Carlisle to Settle line

There are concerns after a 75% drop in passengers using the Carlisle to Settle rail line. 

Since February buses have replaced the service on the part of the line north of Appleby. This is due to damage caused by the winter storms.

Around 500,000 tonnes of earth shifted as the ground became unstable two miles north of Armathwaite. 

The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line say, that in spite of the damage, the railway is still "open for business". It's offering a discounted fare to encourage more people to travel along the route. 

It's thought it could be up to a year before the line is fully open again. 

Damage on rail line

Travel: Delays possible in Ulverston

BBC Travel

A reminder that the A5087 (The Ellers) in Ulverston is closed in both directions between Tank Square Roundabout and the Lund Road junction, because of roadworks.  

The A591 between Keswick and Grasmere is now open again. It reopened yesterday after five months of repair works following the winter floods. 

There are still some other bridge and road closures following the floods. 

See all the latest details for your area 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 Thursday 12 May. It's another gorgeous morning where I am, I hope it's the same for you.

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

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.