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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016

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Our live coverage across the day

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria Live

Our live updates for Cumbria have finished here for today. 

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

Hopefully, 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 on Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or on our Facebook page

Weather: some showers overnight but a dry start

BBC Weather

The rain that has been around this afternoon will slowly clear leaving a few showers overnight as lows drop to 10C.

It'll be a largely dry day tomorrow with the potential for a few heavy showers. Sunny spells and highs of 17C.

Here's how the forecast pans out for the rest of Thursday in Silloth, you can get the forecast for your local area on the BBC Weather website. 

Evening weather for Silloth

Keep beaches tidy to have a chance in awards says charity

BBC Radio Cumbria

People in Cumbria need to keep litter away from the county's beaches to make sure they're clean enough to get national and international awards, campaigners say.

Not one of the county's beaches has received a Blue Flag or Seaside Award which are given out every year by Keep Britain Tidy to beaches that meet international or national standards of cleanliness. 

The Marine Conservative Society's senior pollution campaigns officer Emma Cunningham told BBC Radio Cumbria that thousands of pieces of rubbish were found on Cumbria's beaches during a beach clean event.

She said: "Last year we had 148 volunteers get out onto your local beaches and they collected over 2000 items of litter just on those eight represented beaches that were part of our survey."

Cumbrian attractions in national tourism campaign

Two of the county's tourist attractions feature in a new national ad campaign to encourage people to holiday at home.

Visit England are putting £2.5m into promoting the UK as the Home of Amazing Moments.

The Llama Karma Cafe near Penrith and Wastwater both feature in a TV ad that will be shown later this month.

Take a look here (it's just a minute long and it's well worth watching to the end for a breathtaking shot of Wastwater):

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New mayor of Allerdale appointed

A councillor from Workington has been made the next mayor of Allerdale. 

Celia Tibble sits on both Allerdale Borough Council and Cumbria County Council as a Labour councillor.

By tradition, the mayor uses their year in office to raise money for their chosen charities.

She intends to support charities which help children with autism and the mental health charity Mind.

Mayor of Allerdale, Councillor Celia Tibble
Allerdale Borough Council

Work to fix Cumbrian fell featured on Countryfile Spring Diaries

People working to fix flood-damaged paths on Catbells near Keswick were featured in today's episode of Countryfile Spring Diaries on BBC One.

Margherita Taylor reported from Cumbria (14m onwards) and the programme, also presented by Keeley Donovan, pictured, is available to watch on BBC iPlayer for 29 days from today.

Cumbrian peer pays tribute to Kindertransport organiser Sir Nicholas Winton

A special service is being held today to remember the man who helped more than 600 children avoid the Nazi death camps, Sir Nicholas Winton.

He could have walked away and he just decided to do it.

Lord Alf DubsCumbrian Labour peer

He helped Jewish children to leave Czechoslovakia on board trains travelling from Prague to London that became known as the Kindertransport.   

Cumbrian Labour peer Lord Alf Dubs was one of the children rescued and speaking to Mike Zeller at Breakfast on BBC Cumbria, he paid tribute to Sir Nicholas (pictured).

He said: "He was a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful man who really saw the problem and said something's got to be done.

"He could have walked away and he just decided to do it.

"A terrific guy."

Sir Nicholas Winton
Sir Nicholas Winton

Outdoor lovers and TV personalities to appear at mountain festival

Two of television's best known outdoors enthusiasts are appearing in Keswick tonight to close the first day of the town's mountain festival. 

Monty Halls and Julia Bradbury will both be talking about their recent adventures to audiences at the Theatre by the Lake this evening. 

Monty Halls is best known for his Great Escapes series for the BBC while former Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury has just completed filming on a new walking series for ITV called "Great Walks with a View". 

Julia Bradbury
The Outdoor Guide/Keswick Mountain Festival/Right Lines Communications

Carlisle woman gets suspended sentence for charity theft

A woman from Carlisle who stole more than £22,000 from a cancer charity has been handed a suspended prison sentence. 

Kate Hetherington, 29, admitted using the money she'd taken from Cancer Research UK to pay off family debts, book city trips and part-fund a Disneyland holiday. 

She pleaded guilty to two counts of theft at Carlisle Crown Court and was given a 20-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Hetherington, from Aglionby on the edge of the city, must also follow a six-month night-time curfew, complete a rehabilitation requirement and pay £22,076 compensation to the charity.

Your photos: Eskdale valley

Thank you to Mike Thompson for emailing this photo to

He took it during a walk through the Eskdale valley earlier this month.

If you have a picture you'd like to share with us, you can also contact us on Twitter @BBC_Cumbria or using our Facebook page.       

A stream in the Eskdale Valley
Mike Thompson

Outgoing Kendal mayor thanks town for support during floods

It's the last day in office for the Mayor of Kendal Cllr Chris Hogg.

He made increasing the number of registered organ donors in the town his priority for the year and donated his own kidney to wife Rachel in February.

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At least 811 people signed up to the register over the year in Kendal while another 2,500 signed up from the surrounding area, according to Kendal Organ Donor Town.

He was also in office while the town was hit badly by December's flooding as well as for much of the immediate clean up and ongoing repairs. 

Cumbria Police consider election expenses probe

Cumbria Police are considering investigating alleged "improper electoral campaign spending".

They have "received no allegations", but are assessing applying for an investigation-extension.

The Conservatives blamed an "administrative error" for not declaring £38,000 of general election expenses for their Battlebus 2015 tour.

It follows a Channel 4 investigation into spending in a number of constituencies, including Carlisle.

The extension must be secured before a year elapses following the filing of the election expenses.

Conservative battle bus in Carlisle

Weather: Mild with a band of rain

BBC Weather

A band of rain will spread across the county from the west with light to moderate southwesterly winds. Highs of 17C.

That rain will slowly clear, but there'll be a few showers remaining overnight and lows of 10C.

The forecast turns wet this afternoon in Silloth, you can check your forecast using the BBC Weather website.

Afternoon forecast for Silloth
Afternoon forecast for Silloth

Girl winched from mud in Morecambe Bay

A twelve-year-old girl has been rescued by the Coastguard and the RNLI. 

Two girls were reported as missing on the sands yesterday evening.

One was found and brought to shore but the second was discovered stuck waist deep in mud at Hest Bank on Morecambe Bay.

Two coastguard teams, a RNLI hovercraft and the coastguard search and rescue helicopter all helped to free the girl before she was winched to safety:

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Furness midwives accused of baby death failings

Two midwives have appeared before a misconduct hearing in connection with the death of a newborn baby.

Joshua Titcombe died nine days after his birth at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria in October 2008.

Lindsey Biggs and Holly Parkinson are accused of not calling a doctor when his condition deteriorated and keeping inadequate notes.

Both deny all charges, apart from Ms Parkinson admitting not documenting advice about three-hourly observations.  

New leader for South Cumbrian council

Liberal Democrat councillor Giles Archibald has been chosen as the new leader of South Lakeland District Council.

He was appointed at the council's Annual General Meeting held last night in Kendal and has taken over from outgoing leader Peter Thornton. 

The Kendal Fell councillor was previously responsible for economic growth, town centres and small businesses on the council's cabinet.

Cllr Giles Archibald
South Lakeland District Council

The full cabinet includes:

  • Deputy leader Councillor Sue Sanderson
  • Economy Councillor Graham Vincent
  • Housing and Innovation Councillor Jonathan Brook
  • Culture and Wellbeing Councillor Chris Hogg
  • Finance Councillor Peter Thornton
  • Environment Councillor David Fletcher

Councillor Ben Berry will lead the council's opposition Conservative Group.

No Cumbrian beach makes the grade for clean awards

BBC Radio Cumbria

Not one of Cumbria's beaches is considered good enough to gain a national or international award.

The charity Keep Britain Tidy administers the international Blue Flag and the national Seaside Awards which judge beaches on water quality, cleanliness and facilities. 

Blackpool's South Beach is the closest beach to Cumbria to receive one of the awards, a Seaside Award. 

Football: Barrow player gets England call up

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Barrow forward Jordan Williams has been named in the England C squad that will face Slovakia Under 21 on 5 June.

The England C squad represents the country at a non-league level and is made up of players from outside the Football League. 

The game at Sutton's Gander Green Lane is a qualifier for the International Challenge Trophy

Your photos: Bluebells near Kirkby Lonsdale

Thanks to Tony Bolton for sending in this photo of the woodland just next to the River Lune at Barbon near Kirkby Lonsdale from his trip there on Saturday. 

Here's hoping we get at least a few hours of weather this nice today!

If you have 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.         

Woodland near Barbon, Kirkby Lonsdale
Tony Bolton

Mini-triathlon and Wainwright wander to start mountain festival

A mini-triathlon for schoolchildren living around Keswick and a wander that takes in six great Lake District fells are some of the first activities in this year's Keswick Mountain Festival.

The sold-out Wainwright Wander includes a trip to Haystacks, the final resting place of Alfred Wainwright's ashes. 

Primary school children will also be taking part in a 25m swim, 1km cycle and 400m run as part of the mini-triathlon starting this year's festival. 

Weather: Today's fells forecast

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for the daylight hours: 

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: About 5C. 
  • Winds: Light northwesterly, backing southerly and increasing fresh or strong by late afternoon, gusts 45mph. 
  • Cloud: Patchy cloud at 1,600ft (500m) becoming more widespread, with patches down to 1,000ft (300m) in the southwest. 
  • Visibility: Generally good at first, falling moderate or poor in rain and very poor in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: Above the fells.

Milestone reached by Cumbrian festival

It's the tenth anniversary of the Keswick Mountain Festival. 

This year's festival starts today and ends on Sunday and more than 17,000 people visited the event in 2015.

We'll give you a flavour of what's going on today in Keswick through the day on BBC Cumbria Live. 

The 2015 Keswick Mountain Festival Village on Crow Park
Keswick Mountain Festival/Right Lines Communications

Weather: A dry start but rain on the way

BBC Weather

Starting off dry today with some patchy mist and fog on high ground.

Clearing quickly and bringing some sunny spells before thicker cloud reaches Cumbria bringing a band of rain with it. 

Highs today of 17C.

Here's how the weather will look in Silloth this morning. If you're not there, why not check out your own local forecast using the BBC Weather website?

Morning forecast for Silloth

Travel: Roadworks in Ulverston

BBC Travel

Not much to report on the county's roads this morning. 

In Ulverston, the A5087 The Ellers is closed in both directions between the Tank Square Roundabout and Lund Road for roadworks which are expected to continue until 6 August.

Brougham Bridge in Penrith, Gowan Old Bridge on the main street of Staveley near Kendal and Sprint Bridge in Burneside all remain closed following damage from the December storms. 

Traffic could get slightly busier today around Keswick for the first day of the four-day Keswick Mountain Festival

There's also a dedicated car park for festival goers with a shuttle bus service at Braithwaite off the A66 near Scotgate Caravan Park.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria Live


It's a bit grey out there in Carlisle but you'll probably be ditching the big coat later on when temperatures get up to 17C.

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