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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 June 2016

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Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

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'Lock your windows and doors' plea

Nearly a third of all the burglaries in Carlisle this year have been from homes that weren't locked. 

Out of 124 incidents in the city so far in 2016, 40 happened at unsecure properties. 

Cumbria Police is urging people to make sure doors are windows are locked overnight and when they're not at home.


Weather: Dry tonight, sunshine and showers tomorrow

Any showers should die out this evening and there could be patches of mist tonight with lows of 12C (54F). Thursday will be a mixture of sunshine and showers. 

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

Bus driver banned for three point turn on motorway

BBC Radio Cumbria

A bus driver has been given a nine-month professional driving ban for performing a three-point turn on a motorway and driving the wrong way up a slip road. 

Mark Ingleton, 35, from Thursby near Carlisle, was told by the Deputy Traffic Commissioner that he'd let himself, his passengers and his employer down. 

In July last year, Mr Ingleton was driving for Reays Coaches and was bringing members of the Whitehaven Rugby League team home after a game in London.

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An accident on the M1 in Northamptonshire had led to delays, and after not moving for about 40 minutes, Mr Ingleton did a three-point turn on the motorway before driving the wrong way up the slip road, into oncoming traffic.

He said he'd come under pressure from passengers to make the manoeuvre, which other drivers had already carried out.

Arrests after Barrow crash

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a crash between two cars in Barrow town centre.

It happened on Abbey Road, near Rawlinson Street this morning. One car was left on its side. The police say "miraculously" no-one was seriously hurt.

Kentmere Unit concerns to be discussed

A group representing patients' views has organised a meeting for people have their say on the future of the Kentmere Unit, a mental health ward at Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital. 

Healthwatch Cumbria says the drop-in event will help the Cumbria Partnership Trust, which runs the facility, listen to concerns.

Kendal's hospital

The trust was told by the Care Quality Commission that the unit doesn't meet necessary standards and the original plan had been to close the ward this month. 

But, after a public outcry, health officials said they would keep it open until a public consultation on mental health care had taken place.

Senior clinicians from the Cumbria Partnership Trust will be attending the meeting on Thursday 30 June between 13:00 and 19:00 at South Lakes Foyer on Stricklandgate in Kendal.

Weather: A cloudy afternoon with sunny spells

Quite cloudy this afternoon with the chance of a shower, but when the sun does get through the cloud, temperatures could reach 19C (66F).

Any showers should die out this evening, and there could be patches of mist tonight, with lows of 12C (54F).


Poppy project is career highlight for blacksmith

A Cumbrian blacksmith is working on what he's called "the project of his career" after being invited to make poppies for a new cenotaph remembering victims of World War One.


Alan Dawson, from Branthwaite near Workington, is one of 13 master blacksmiths chosen from around the world to take part. 

His work will be displayed at Ypres in Belgium, where a number of battles were fought during the Great War.

Alston drawing goes up for auction

A picture of a Cumbrian market town by the artist L.S Lowry is going under the hammer today.

Alston - a pencil and felt tip pen drawing - dates back to 1964 and is expected to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 when it's sold at Bonhams in London later. 

It's currently part of a private collection.

Fewer people out of work in Cumbria

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance or universal credit in Cumbria last month fell by 235 to 4,705.

At 1,150, Barrow has the highest number of claimants.

Job Centre

In all Cumbria's districts, the figure fell and the claimant rate in Cumbria as a whole is below the national average. But claimant rates are above the national average in Barrow, Allerdale and Copeland. 

Nationally, the rate of unemployment in the UK has fallen to 5%, the lowest since October 2005.

Training exercise for crime-fighting dogs

The police dogs which support the work of the county's officers have been hard at work this week...

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Music revellers help boost county's economy

The value of music events in Cumbria has been highlighted with concerts and festivals like Kendal Calling and Maryport Blues helping to create more than 4,000 jobs in the North West.

And a new report says they pumped about £375m into the region's economy in 2015.

UK Music says 1.2 million people visited the region last year, with hotels and other businesses benefiting from the money they spent.

Safety worries at doctors' surgery addressed, inspectors say

Health inspectors say concerns raised at a Furness doctors' surgery which serves more than 1,500 patients have now been addressed. 

The Care Quality Commission visited The Surgery on Parklands Drive in Askam last year and highlighted concerns about infection control and prevention, a lack of emergency oxygen, staff fire training and fire drills. 

Now, the CQC says after a follow-up visit last month these concerns have been addressed.

Travel: Collision in Barrow

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on Rawlinson Street in Barrow. Traffic is coping well in the area.

Keep up to date here.

Met Office issues rain warning

Weather forecasters are warning of heavy downpours in Cumbria tomorrow.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning between 10:00 and 22:00, predicting the possibility of localised flooding and disruption to travel. 

Lightning could be an additional hazard, it says.


Boy, 10, attacked in Barrow

The police are appealing for witnesses after a 10-year old boy was attacked by four youths in Barrow.

It happened on School Street on the afternoon of Friday 27 May. 

 Cumbria Police says a car had to stop for the victim who was in the road.

School Street

New radio drama stars fictional house

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

A fictional country house in Cumbria will be the setting of a new BBC Radio 4 comedy series starting today.

The crumbling "Plum House" is the formal home of a fictional poet, the terrible George Pudding. 

The show stars Simon Callow, Jane Horrocks and Miles Jupp. The co-writer Ben Cottam once spent time working in Grasmere's Dove Cottage, but he says it was much better run than his comedy creation!

Plum House

Music means millions

Music tourism brought £375m to the North West last year, according to a new report.

Kendal Calling

UK Music, a campaign group which represents the music industry, says 1.2 million people visited the region last year, coming to Cumbria for events including Maryport Blues Festival, Kendal Calling and Stepping Stones in Carlisle.

The figures suggest music events create more than 4,000 jobs in the North West.

'Loss of athletics facility is devastating for the sport'

BBC Radio Cumbria

An Olympic athlete has raised serious concerns about the provision of athletics training facilities and coaching in Cumbria, warning the "fragile" structure that's in place for sport here is in danger of disappearing altogether.

Sheepmount damage

Gwenda Ward, who lives near Cockermouth and competed in the 1964 Tokyo games, says there's a crisis that needs to be addressed with more investment and a new approach.

She also says the loss of the flood-damaged Sheepmount track in Carlisle - one of the county's major athletics facilities - now out of action for six months, is having a "devastating impact on the sport".    

Sheepmount damage

Carlisle City Council says the future of the facility is unlikely to be known for at least another two months, but it's hoped it will reopen on a limited basis in the next three weeks.

Cambodia genocide: Victim's sibling relives his torture and murder

The Cumbrian sister of the only Briton to be tortured and murdered by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia is speaking about the death of her brother for the first time in more than 35 years.

Cambodia genocide

In 1978, John Dewhirst was travelling with a friend when they were captured by the Khmer Rouge when their boat strayed into Cambodian waters. 

John Dewhirst's sister, Hilary Holland from Castle Carrock, told Mike Zeller at Breakfast: "It's important to understand the nature of the trauma of the survivors, like me, because it's not to do with the fact that your loved one is dead, it's remembering the weeks, and in some cases months, of unspeakable torture that they endured before they were finally murdered."

Pol Pot

The genocide carried out by Pol Pot, pictured, and his Khmer Rouge regime caused the death of around two million people during their murderous four-year regime. The last two surviving leaders are on trial.

MP's marathon effort supports diabetes charity

Copeland's Labour MP has raised more than £2,650 for charity by running the London Marathon earlier this year. 

Here he is thanking Joe Murdock, Sellafield Convenor for the GMB, for a donation.

He says the money is going to the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.

Jamie Reed
Jamie Reed

I am incredibly grateful to those kind and generous people who have contributed to my effort. Research into working towards a world without Type 1 Diabetes is a cause very close to my heart, and together we will get there."

Jamie ReedCopeland MP

Sister of Cambodia 'Killing Fields' victim speaks out

BBC Radio Cumbria

A Cumbrian woman, whose brother was captured, tortured and killed by the Khmer Rouge, is calling for the Cambodian genocide to be part of the national curriculum.

The last two surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge are currently on trail for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Civilians in Cambodia

Hilary Holland from Castle Carrock wants the murder of her brother John Dewhirst, along with two million Cambodians in the 1970s, to be remembered:

I feel very strongly that people need to either remember or learn just what happened in Cambodia and understand the trauma of the country that's been left behind..."

Hilary Holland

A UN tribunal is trying to uncover the truth behind the "Killing Fields" atrocities, in which at least 1.8 million Cambodians were killed between 1975 and 1979.

School 'graduation' events for church school pupils

Nearly 600 primary school children will take part in Carlisle Cathedral's first leavers' services to mark their move to secondary school over the next three days.

Staff and students from 35 church schools across the county will take part in the celebrations over the. It's hoped they'll become annual events.

Carlisle Cathedral

Dog attacked in Barrow

Cumbria Police is asking for the owner of a dog which attacked another dog in Barrow to come forward.

Officers say a "pitbull type-looking dog" attacked the other animal on Channelside near Furness College on Monday evening. 

The dog's owner was described as slim and about 40 years old, and was wearing jeans and a hoodie.

Travel: No major disruption

BBC Travel

There are no reports of any major problems on the county's roads or public transport this morning.

Keep up to date here.

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Broken cloud and sunny spells today, with the chance of a few showers and temperatures around 19C (66F).

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

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Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

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