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  1. Updates on Friday 13 May 2016

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Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us. While our live page has finished there will continue to be updates this afternoon and over the weekend on BBC Cumbria, online and on Look North.

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Weather: A dry night, cloudy at first but clearing later

A dry night to come across the region, fairly cloudy at first, but with increasingly clear skies developing. 

Much cooler than recent nights with a touch of grass frost possible inland around Penrith and feeling chilly.

weather graphic

Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).  

Young musician from Cumbria in the running for national title

A saxophonist from Ulverston is preparing to take part in the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. 

Jess Gillam, 17, will become the first saxophonist to play a concerto in the final on Sunday. 

She'll be performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London, in front of 2,000 people as well as the watching TV audience.  

Portrait of Jess Gillam

Meeting with ministers might yet bring more money and powers to Cumbria

Stalled plans to give Cumbria more control over its own affairs still haven't been ruled out. 

Negotiations to devolve more powers and money from central government broke down in March when local council leaders rejected an offer from ministers, because part of the deal involved Cumbria having an elected mayor. 

But the Labour leader of Cumbria County Council, Stewart Young, says a further meeting with ministers is planned for later this month. 

Cumbrian player preparing to lead England against Germany

A young footballer from Cumbria captains the England team in their semi-final against Germany this afternoon. 

Georgia Stanway from Barrow, will lead out her team in the UEFA Under-17 Championships in Belarus. She's told BBC Radio Cumbria there's plenty of optimism that they can reach the final.  

Georgia Stanway competing in a previous match against Germany
The FA

Today's match kicks off at 17:00 and it's being shown on Eurosport.    

Cumbrian man admits blackmail

A man from Penrith has pleaded guilty to a charge of blackmail.  

Andrew Scantlebury, 32, from Brunswick Road, accepted he'd made an unwarranted demand of £3,000 with menaces from another man, with a view to gain for himself or another, or with intent to cause loss to another. 

No details about the offence, committed on 20 January, were outlined during a brief hearing today at Carlisle Crown Court.   

Scantlebury was remanded on conditional bail while background information is prepared.  He'll return to court on 24 June.  

Raising money the hard way

More than £100,000 will be raised in the next 10 days by the Cumbrian charity the Brathay Trust, for its youth work in deprived communities around the country.  

Its "10 in 10" begins today, holding a marathon each day for 10 days, ending with the mass participation Windermere Marathon. 

Runners on a country road in Cumbria surrounded by trees and meadows

Paul Dewar from Cumbria is among those taking part.  He's already cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats and back to Ambleside, and will also be swimming the length of Windermere as well as running the marathons.   

Rare Chinese vase discovered in Kendal fetches £110,000

A rare Chinese vase 'forgotten' for years in a living room in Cumbria has sold at auction for more than £100,000.

The 18th Century Famille Rose Chillong bottle vase, thought to have graced a Chinese imperial palace, was discovered at a Bonhams valuation day in Kendal.

The unnamed owner said the vase was "plonked" on top of some furniture and she took it along at the last minute.

Bonhams senior valuer Chris Jarrey said they were "bowled over" when the vase was unwrapped from the owner's towel.

Rare chinese vase

Music festival to help South Cumbria families affected by life limiting and terminal illness

North West Evening Mail


A family day and music festival takes place tomorrow in aid of a new charity which will support young families affected by life limiting and terminal illness in South Lakes and Furness. 

Banner being held up thanking people for supporting the charity

Mother hopes skate park in memory of son will bring community together

Alison Freeman

BBC Look North

A BMX and skate park has been created in memory of teenager Kieran Goulding who lost his life in a school bus crash on the A66 near Keswick in May 2010.

Kieran’s mum Tracey came up with the idea for the skate park because she believed that it would bring the community together and she could use her son’s name to open doors that might otherwise remain shut. 

It touched people in the area who put anonymous donations through her front door and she worked hard with other parents to create the Kie Park charity.

She has moved away from Whitehaven as she struggled to deal with Kieran’s death and others on the committee continued to push the charity forward.

Tracey says she has to believe that she will see Kieran again as she simply cannot cope with accepting he is gone.

Tracey Nicholson

Weather: Cooling down later

The weather graphic for Glenridding shows it turning much cooler later today into the evening, as much fresher conditions filter down from the North. 

Overnight, it'll be dry and cold, and there could even be a local grass frost developing by dawn. 

Weather graphic for Glenridding

Skate park in memory of crash teenager

Alison Freeman

BBC Look North

A BMX and skate park has been created in memory of a teenager who lost his life in a school bus crash in Cumbria.

Kieran Goulding, was 15 when the coach was hit by a car, on the A66 near Braithwaite in May 2010.

Another Keswick School pupil, Chloe Walker, 16, died, as did the car driver - 68-year-old Patrick Short.

Tracey Nicholson, Kieran's mother, organised a number of initiatives to raise funds for the £250,000 facility in Whitehaven, named Kie Park.

Kieran Goulding

More cash to help Cumbria recover after December's floods

A Cumbrian charity which helps people affected by flooding has been given £4.7m from the government. 

The Cumbria Community Foundation's Flood Recovery Appeal has already helped more than 2,300 people with financial support after December's storms. 

Community projects such as the Carlisle Youth Zone have also benefited, thanks to a government matched funding scheme. 

Hundreds of bank branches closed across the UK

More than 600 bank branches have closed across the UK in the last year, with rural areas worst affected, according to figures obtained by the BBC.  

You can find how many banks have been closed in your area using the postcode checker in the story.

Bank closures graphic

Search for fellwalking good samaritans

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team says the family of a man who died on Helvellyn last year wants to contact the other walkers who came to his aid.

They want to say thank you to those who tried to resuscitate him before the rescue team arrived.  

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Silloth Stanwix holiday park death: Two men arrested

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a man died in hospital following a fight at a holiday park in Cumbria.

Robert Gordon, 47, from Kilmarnock, was critically injured at Stanwix Park Holiday Centre in Silloth on 12 March. 

Cumbria Police say the two men, aged 24 and 47, had been arrested before, but the case became a manslaughter investigation after the victim died.  

Picture of holiday park

Almost half of 999 ambulance calls in Cumbria don't need hospital treatment

About 45% of 999 calls in Cumbria don’t result in someone going to hospital, according to the chief executive of the North West Ambulance Service.  

Speaking live this morning on BBC Radio Cumbria, Derek Cartwright said Cumbria got seven new ambulances last year, but the big challenge for his organisation is recruiting paramedics.  

And he admitted "it's difficult to say" if the service in Cumbria will ever be able to answer 75% of emergency calls within the eight-minute national target. 

But he said the service has become better than it's ever been, and he's proud of the work done by the service in the county. 

The people of Cumbria are getting a better and more consistent service than ever before.

Derek CartwrightChief Executive of North West Ambulance Servic

Beached steamer re-floated five months after Storm Desmond

The company which runs Ullswater steamers says it's now managed to get its vessel Lady Wakefield back on to the lake, after she was left literally high and dry by the effect of Storm Desmond in December.  

The delicate operation took two days.  

The Steamer Lady Wakefield supported on air bags
Ullswater Steamers
The "Steamer" Lady Wakefield supported on air bags
Ullswater "Steamers"

Ambulance service in Cumbria has not met response targets in last three years

The North West Ambulance Service has not met national targets of responding to 75% of 999 calls within eight minutes in Cumbria over the last three years. 

The information has been revealed after a Freedom of Information request from BBC Radio Cumbria. 

The North West Ambulance Service says it's because of a rise in emergency calls over that period, leading to ambulances having to wait longer to hand over patients at hospitals.  

Line of ambulances

Cumbrian bluebells in the sunshine

Bluebells, lake and mountain
Weather Watcher Trevor

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Trevor, from Cockermouth, for this beautiful shot combining several elements to make a great picture of the Lake District. 

Lake District badgers to become stars online

A webcam has been set up showing the activities of a group of Cumbrian badgers.  

Cumbria Wildlife Trust says staff from the Glen Rothay Hotel near Ambleside got the idea to share their experiences after years of regular visits from the animals. 

The Trust supplied the camera and will have people at the hotel to give guests more information about badgers. 

Three badgers
Cumbria Wildlife Trust

More details revealed about Moorside nuclear power station plans

People in West Cumbria will find out more this weekend about what would be Europe's largest new nuclear project, if the Moorside power plant gets approval. 

The company NuGen hopes to build three reactors on a site just north of the existing Sellafield nuclear complex. 

Its public event on Saturday in Whitehaven will begin the second consultation phase of the scheme, before any formal plans are submitted to the government, probably next year. 

Driver clocked at 109mph outside Cumbrian primary school

A motorist was recorded driving at 109mph (175kmh) outside a primary school, according to Cumbria police.

The figure was recorded as officers conducted a speed study on a 30mph (48kmh) road in Seascale, after people living nearby had raised concerns. 

However, the device used to record the speed did not have a camera, so the driver's identity isn't known.

Sgt Mitchell Franks, of Cumbria Police, described the motorist's speed as "outrageous".

Photo of street in Seascale outside school

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