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  1. Updates on Friday 10 June 2016

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Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. 

Hope you have a great weekend. We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with all your news, sport, travel and weather. 

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.

Your Cumbrian headlines this afternoon

BBC Radio Cumbria

  • The South Lakes Safari Zoo must pay a £297,000 fine and £150,000 costs after multiple health and safety failings including the death of a zookeeper who was mauled by a tiger when a door was not locked.
  • Two people in Carlisle have received polling cards for the European Union referendum even though they aren't eligible to vote because of a software error, according to the Electoral Commission.
  • A 24 year man from Carlisle has admitted seven sexual offences involving a teenage girl.

Euro 2016: Some essential phrases for your trip to the continent

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

It's first day of the European Championships with hosts France playing Romania in the first game of the tournament later tonight.

Lots of people from Cumbria will be looking to make the trip to the Euros so we got a little help this morning from French teacher Stephanie Green with some phrases that could come in handy when you're out enjoying there enjoying the football. 

Mike Zeller learns some essential phrases ahead of Euro 2016

Boundary row over Lake District community

There's claims that a Cumbrian community could be split in two if proposed changes to local election boundaries go ahead. 

Under the plans, areas of Windermere would move into the same ward for elections to South Lakeland District Council as Ambleside and Grasmere.

Proposed changes to boundaries in South Lakeland
Boundary Commission for England

The leader of the Conservative group on South Lakeland District Council, Ben Berry, says that it risks carving up the town: 

"Surely, Windermere should be kept together. I mean that's simple."

"That's why over 500 people have signed a petition in under 24 hours to say 'let's keep Windermere together'."

His current ward of Windermere, Applethwaite and Troutbeck would become just Windermere with Applethwaite and Troutbeck becoming part of the Ambleside and Grasmere ward. 

For Mr Berry, it's about a bigger principle than the changes to local election wards:

"These boundaries will be used in the future for other changes, whether they're changes to Windermere Town Council's area, Lakes Parish [council]'s area or county council areas," he said.

Navy chief hails partnership between Barrow and Submarine Service

A naval chief has praised the work between Barrow and the Submarine Service on the 15th anniversary of it receiving the freedom of the borough.

Rear Admiral John Weale, Head of the UK Submarine Service, said: "The borough and the Royal Navy have worked closely together for more than a century: from HMS Holland 4 and HMS A1 being laid down in 1902, through the Swiftsure and Trafalgar class boat builds of the 1970s and 80s, and now the town is building our seven 21st Century Astute class submarines - arguably the most capable attack submarine in the world." 

"Having previously built the Vanguard class of submarine, we can anticipate decades of future work as the town readies itself to build the Successor class of submarine, which are due to come in to service in the early 2030s."

All you need to know about Euro 2016

BBC Sport

Whether you're a football fanatic or you'll be watching games without the foggiest over the next few weeks, here's a 90-second guide to this year's European Championships:

Euro 2016 in 90 seconds

There's even more information about this year's tournament on the BBC Sport website.

Weather: Cloudy with a few showers

BBC Weather

A grey murky day for most with outbreaks of light rain and showers.

Light, variable winds with highs around 19C. 

Staying cloudy overnight with a few showers continuing and the chance of mist or fog along the east coast. Lows dropping to 11C.

Saturday will be a fairly similar to today - grey, cloudy with showers and outbreaks of light rain. Highs of 18C.

Tiger death: Reaction from the mother of zookeeper Sarah McClay

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

More reaction now from outside Preston Crown Court where the South Lakes Safari Zoo has been fined £297,500 for breaking health and safety law including failures leading the death of zookeeper Sarah McClay who was mauled by a tiger.

Fiona McClay spoke after the case concluded earlier this afternoon:

This is a message to other zoos that they need to keep up with their health and safety and make sure that everybody does more than the guidelines. They need to do that extra little bit all the time."

We can't function yet with a member of our family missing. We've got to learn how to do that and we haven't got to that stage yet.

Fiona McClayMother of Sarah McClay

Cumbrian man admits child sex crimes

A man from Carlisle has admitted seven sexual offences involving a child.

James Graham, 24, from Victoria Road appeared at Carlisle Crown Court this morning. 

All of the offences involved the same teenage girl. 

He has been remanded into custody before sentencing on 1 July 2016.

Sport: Barrow AFC hope to sign another player on Monday

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow's head scout Paul Ogden has told BBC Radio Cumbria Sport the club hope to sign another player on Monday. 

I've heard it may be a right-back.

It follows the signing of 23-year-old former Cambridge midfielder Liam Hughes after his spell in Scotland with Inverness. 

Tiger death: Zoo has 10 years to pay nearly £300,000 fine

A judge has told a Cumbrian zoo that it can pay back a fine of £297,500 for multiple health and safety failings over the course of a decade. 

It breaks down as an average payment of £29,750 a year.

The offences admitted by the South Lakes Safari Zoo include failings associated with the death of Sarah McClay, 24, a zookeeper who was mauled by a tiger after it pounced through a door that should have been locked in its enclosure.

Zookeeper Sarah McClay, 24
Stephen McClay

The zoo was fined £255,000 for that breach of health and safety law. 

It was also fined £42,500 for another incident in 2014 when a zookeeper fell from a ladder while preparing to feed big cats.

The company also agreed to pay prosecution costs of £150,000.

Sport: New signing for Barrow AFC

BBC Sport

Barrow AFC have made a new signing overnight.

Former Cambridge midfielder Liam Hughes, who's 23, is joining after a spell in Scotland with Inverness.

BreakingTiger death: Zoo fined nearly £300,000 over health and safety offences

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

The South Lakes Safari Zoo has been fined £297,000 over health and safety breaches, including the death of a keeper who was mauled by a tiger and another keeper who fell off a ladder.

The zoo has also agreed to pay £150,000 costs.

Tiger death: Zoo agrees to pay £150,000 prosecution costs

North West Evening Mail


Tiger death: Zoo admits failings but disputes that escape was possible

Tiger death: Defence barrister argues zoo is 'valuable asset'

More from the proceedings at Preston Crown Court where the South Lakes Safari Zoo is due to be sentenced for health and safety offences over the death of a keeper who was mauled by a tiger.

The defence have asked the judge to consider that the zoo is a valuable asset for the area and provides employment when deciding how much it could be fined:

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Tiger death: Keeper's mum says it 'feels as if my own life ended when Sarah died'

BBC North West Tonight's Peter Marshall is also following proceedings at Preston Crown Court where the South Lakes Safari Zoo is due to be sentenced over health and safety offences:

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In a victim statement read out in court, Fiona McClay said that she can no longer sleep and that she blames herself for encouraging her daughter Sarah to take the job.

Prosecutors 'seeking £150,000 costs from Cumbrian zoo'

North West Evening Mail


Hearing resumes for Cumbrian zoo where tiger mauled keeper

BBC Radio Cumbria's Furness reporter Jennie Dennett is following proceedings at Preston Crown Court.

That's where the South Lakes Safari Zoo is due to be sentenced after the company pleaded guilty to health and safety offences in connection to the death of keeper Sarah McClay.

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Cumbrian town marks anniversary of Submarine Service honour

Hundreds of serving and former Royal Navy submariners are expected in Barrow-in-Furness this weekend to mark the 15th anniversary of the town awarding the Freedom of the Borough to the Submarine Service. 

"This strategic partnership between Barrow and ourselves will continue for decades to come."

Rear Admiral John WealeHead of the UK Submarine Service

A parade led by the Band of HM Royal Marines and platoons drawn from many of the boats built in the town will march through the town at 11:00 tomorrow before the town's mayor takes the salute on behalf of Barrow.

The minehunter HMS Ramsey has also docked at the Town Quay and will be open to the public for the weekend.

EU Referendum poll cards sent to non-eligible voters in Cumbria

Poll cards for the EU Referendum have been sent to two people in Carlisle who aren't eligible to vote, according to the Electoral Commission.

Across the country 3,502 people were wrongly sent the cards. The Commission said a software "issue" meant polling cards and some postal votes were sent out to some "non eligible" voters.  

Last week Leave campaigners Iain Duncan Smith and Bernard Jenkin expressed "serious concerns" about the "conduct of the EU referendum and its franchise".

They have written to the prime minister complaining of "many and varied" examples of EU nationals being sent polling cards.

Ballot papaers
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Your questions answered on the EU Referendum.

Barrow Raiders secure loan deal for Harper

BBC Sport

Winger or centre Eze Harper is joining Barrow Raiders on a month's loan from Championship leader Leigh Centurians.

He's played first-team rugby league for Leigh this season and joins the Raiders in time for their League One match at London Skolars tomorrow, which could move them into the top three with a win.   

Travel: A595 closed between Thursby and Red Dial

BBC Travel

The A595 is closed in both directions between the Thursby roundabout and B5304 Red Dial.

It's for resurfacing work but the road should reopen in time for the evening rush hour. 

Drivers are being diverted along the A596 and A594.


Your Cumbrian headlines this morning

BBC Radio Cumbria

  • A review has called for people in isolated parts of Cumbria to get better support after the deaths of two elderly people. In 2014, an 80-year-old woman who had dementia was suffocated by her husband who was in his 80s, who later took his own life. 
  • People living in Windermere are unhappy about boundary changes that would split the community into two for local elections. 
  • The Bishop of Carlisle will be attending an national service of thanksgiving in London this morning to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday. It's in his role as Clerk of the Closet to the monarch.

HMS Ramsey comes to Barrow

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here's the minehunter HMS Ramsey, which is in town to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Submarine Service receiving the Freedom of the Borough here. 

HMS Ramsey in Barrow-in-Furness

Members of the public will be able to take a look around the vessel this weekend while it is docked at the Town Quay.

The ship is made of glass-reinforced plastic, which means it is less susceptible to mines that are made to trigger when they detect a traditional metal hull.

Travel: Lane closures on the M6

BBC Travel

There's still one lane closed on both carriageways of the M6 between J41 and J42 for Carlisle South.

Emergency repairs are still taking place after a lorry crashed through the central barrier on Wednesday afternoon. 

Drivers face negotiating narrow lanes on Oxford Street at Cheltenham Street in Barrow.

It's after a large hole appeared in the road there last week but traffic is said to be coping well. 

Find out the latest travel news before your journey on the BBC Travel website.

Sentencing expected in Sarah McClay tiger mauling case

A zoo in South Cumbria where a keeper was mauled to death by a tiger is expected to be sentenced later today for health and safety offences. 

South Lakes Safari Zoo pleaded guilty to two counts under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in relation to the attack at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday. 

In 2013, Zookeeper Sarah McClay, 24, from Barrow-in-Furness was pounced on in the keeper's corridor of the tiger house in the zoo at Dalton-in-Furness which was known at the time as the South Lakes Wild Animal Park.

Sarah McClay, 24
Stephen McClay
Sarah McClay

The company has admitted that it failed to ensure the health and safety of employees like Sarah McClay who worked with big cats and also that it failed to ensure the health and safety of members of the public. 

Zoo owner David Gill, 55, faced individual charges on the same allegations which came with the prospect of a jail sentence but the prosecution offered no evidence against him.

He was found not guilty on both charges. 

It's expected that the company will be fined as part of their sentencing later today. 

Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: About 10C. 
  • Winds: Light to moderate southwesterly. 
  • Cloud: Cloud above the fells at first, lowering through the morning to 2,300 feet (700m), with patches developing down to 1,000 feet (300m) in rain. 
  • Visibility: Moderate, falling poor in rain and very poor in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: Well above the summits.

Thousands expected at Cumbrian open water swimming weekend

More than 10,000 swimmers are expected to swim in Windermere for this year's Great North Swim, which starts today.

A new 10km race has been added to this year's event, which is being held at the Low Wood Bay Hotel on the shore of Windermere. 

Open water swimmers
Dan Vernon/The Great Run Company

In the run up to last year's weekend, BBC News found out why open water swimmers keep coming back to England's largest lake.

Weather: A cloudy start for a grey day

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy start to the day with a few bright spells at first.

It's set to be a grey murky day for most with outbreaks of light rain and showers.

Light, variable winds with highs getting up to 19C. 

North East and Cumbria weather forecast

Hello and welcome to our live coverage

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

It might be cloudy out there but don't worry, it's still warm.

We'll be with you until 16:00 to cover all the news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Cumbria.

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.