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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 June 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

We've finished live updates for BBC Cumbria Live for today - 16 June.  We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

In the meantime you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.   

Watch: Restoration in progress after Russian oligarch wrecked a Lake District home

New owners are restoring a listed Lake District house after a Russian oligarch who was later assassinated in Moscow ripped out the original features.

The view from Underscar

Alexander Mineev was reported shot in Moscow in 2014. He bought Underscar, with its spectacular views of Keswick, in 2009.

The project manager who's now restoring it, Michael Leviseur, says: "The decorative arches had all been destroyed, the original flooring had all been overlaid, there'd been paneling put on that wasn't approved, and a lot of stonework had been destroyed."

Weather: Showers dying out

The heavy showers currently peppering South Cumbria should die out this evening to leave a dry night. Temperatures will fall to about 12C (54F).

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You can find the latest forecast for where you are here.

Pupils watch the England v Wales

Well that was quite an afternoon with England beating Wales with the winning goal scored right at the end.

Pupils at Pennine Way Primary School'will have been delighted they were allowed to watch it.

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Cumbrian firms ' equally divided on EU'

A poll by a Cumbrian accountancy firm suggests small businesses in the county are evenly divided on whether they think Britain's better off in or out of the European Union.

The 100 firms questioned by Lamont Pridmore found 45% of respondents wanting to leave - and the same proportion wanting to stay.

Graham Lamont, the accountancy's firm's chief executive, said that left 10% still to make their minds up.

He said: “It is clear that both sides of the debate have muddied the waters somewhat by not always providing clear and relatable facts leaving many SME owners feeling very uncertain about their future."  

Meanwhile, on Wild Cat Island...

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Sophie Neville was in the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons. The film's released in August.

Carlisle drug dealer jailed for five years

A drug dealer caught with heroin valued at £20,000 in his car has been jailed for five years at Carlisle Crown Court.

When police searched the Denton Holme home of Stuart James Kendrick, 34, they found weighing scales, lists of debtors and almost £6,000 in cash, the court heard.

Stuart Kendrick
Cumbria police

Kendrick told the court he was holding the cash for someone else, but Judge Peter Hughes concluded that he'd played a "significant" role, although under the direction of others.

Kendrick admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply, possession of cannabis and possession of criminal property.

New role for Carlisle United director

BBC Sport

Carlisle United's director of external affairs John Nixon (pictured) has been appointed the League Two representative on the Football League Board. 

John Nixon

He replaces Ian Lenagan in the role on the nine-man EFL Board.

Anger at careless repairs to flood-hit homes

There's a warning that sub-standard repair work is being carried out on homes in Cumbria that were hit by the floods. 

The Flood Advisory Service says in some cases valves, airbricks and exterior doors have been wrongly fitted and people need to check that products have been safety tested.

Sarah Marriott from the service said the work that had been done without due care and attention had made her "angry" because homeowners have already "been through an awful lot."

flood damaged items
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Cumbrian writer decides to move office for the match

Suzanne Elsworth is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in the northern Lake District. Normally she works from home or clients' offices...

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Volunteers clean up harbourside

The harbourside in Workington is getting its annual facelift this week.

Harbourside area
Allerdale Council

Volunteers have been clearing litter from the shoreline and painting seats, railings and capstans.  

Weather: Heavy showers easing

A few heavy showers are expected this afternoon, but some parts of the county may have some sunshine. There's a yellow warning for showers and thunderstorms covering the south of the county.  Temperatures could reach 18C (64F).

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You can find the latest forecast for your area here.

Wordsworth prayer book stolen from church

Cumbria Police say a William Wordsworth prayer book dating back to 1835 has been stolen from a church in Grasmere. 

St Oswald's Church was broken into at some time between late afternoon on Tuesday and mid-morning on Wednesday. The book was taken from a glass display cabinet which was smashed.

Grasmere church

Majority of flood claims now paid

The Association of British Insurers says 90% of the 15,000 insurance claims that followed December's storms have now been fully or partly settled. 

More than 6,000 homes and businesses in Cumbria were flooded by Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank. The ABI says the final bill for all flood-related repairs is expected to reach £1.3bn.

Flooding in Cockermouth

Euro 2016: More police for town centres

Extra police officers will be on patrol in Cumbria's town centres for this afternoon's big Euro 2016 match between England Wales.

Police in Barrow used Twitter to ask followers to enjoy themselves responsibly as pubs, including the town's Victoria Tavern (pictured), prepare for a rush of customers to watch the match, which kicks off at 14:00.

At least 36 people have been arrested in Lille in France following clashes between French police and football fans at the tournament.  

Pub in Barrow

Parking tickets start 'for safety' at Carlisle hospital

Drivers who break the rules in car parks at the Cumberland Infirmary will get parking tickets starting next month.

Hospital managers say the penalty - £50 or £25 if paid within 14 days - is to make the car parks "safer".

Stephen Eames, chief executive at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "The police, ambulance service and fire service have been in touch to say they have experienced difficulties recently in accessing the Cumberland Infirmary due to cars parked inappropriately."

Staff car park at hospital
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

The penalty will apply to staff, patients and visitors, and will be issued for vehicles parked in areas where they shouldn't, including in disabled spaces if the driver hasn't got a blue badge. The trust is expanding the amount of parking at the hospital.

Boxing: Conroy ready for title fight

BBC Sport

Barrow boxer Liam Conroy says he's in the best shape of his life as he prepares to fight for a junior world title this weekend. 

Conroy, 23, fights for the WBC World Youth Silver Light Heavyweight crown at Preston Guild Hall on Saturday night.

Stan Laurel's birthday remembered

It's 126 years since one of Cumbria's best-known international exports, Stan Laurel, was born in Ulverston.

The world famous comedian (pictured below left) was one half of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy (also pictured) and is known for his film appearances.

He's being remembered at Ulverston's Laurel and Hardy Museum where visitors can celebrate his life with a slice of cake.

Laurel and Hardy

Russian millionaire's former home restored

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Local tradesman are restoring a Lakeland home to its former glory. 

Underscar Manor was built in the mid 19th century on the slopes of Skiddaw overlooking Derwentwater.

Many of its original features were lost when it was bought by a Russian millionaire. It's now owned by the Cumbrian-born businessman Jonathan Brown. 

It' hoped the restoration work will be finished by the end of the year.

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Crash witnesses asked to come forward

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

The police in Barrow are asking anyone who saw a crash in the town centre yesterday to contact officers.

Two people arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving have been released on bail after the collision, near where Abbbey Road and Rawlinson Street meet.

Two cars were involved in the crash, at about 10:30. One car was left on its side but no one was seriously hurt.

Rugby league legend Jackie Reid dies aged 87

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Tributes have been paid to one of the most recognised names in Cumbrian rugby league, Jackie Reid MBE, who has died at the age of 87.

Reid, who began his rugby career with Egremont, was a member of the Whitehaven team which famously beat a touring Australian side in 1956 before going on to be added to the Rugby League Roll of Honour in 2011. He was named president of the British Amateur Rugby League Association in 2012.

County ready for England v Wales

Cumbrian football fans are preparing to cheer on England in the crucial Euro 2016 match against Wales this afternoon.

Some employers are allowing their staff to watch the match, which is being seen as a must-win game if England are to progress in the tournament.

England v Wales
Rex Features

Scott Garson, the practice manager at the legal firm Cartmel Shepherd, which has offices in Penrith, Brampton and Carlisle, said: "Although we don't have a special screening in our offices we do allow staff to stream live on social media, so from two o'clock this afternoon we're more than happy that our team are able to access it on their mobile devices.

"For us, it's really a sort of common sense approach about it all. There are some sports fans and they will want to keep track of the game this afternoon. Not many people have put in holiday forms, I must say, but they certainly will be allowed to sit at their desks and watch it."

England training

The match is live on BBC One from 13:30.

'Homes will flood again if repairs aren't done properly'

BBC Radio Cumbria

Homeowners whose properties were flooded in December are being warned careless work is being carried out on some properties.

Flood damage in Glenridding

The Flood Advisory Service says flood resilience products, like airbricks, are not being installed correctly.

It has also seen evidence of sub-standard work involving gas or heating vents being covered, something which could pose a carbon monoxide risk.

Paul Hendy, from the Flood Recovery and Advice Centre in Carlisle, told BBC Radio Cumbria: "If they don't get these products fitted correctly they're going to flood again. 

"The very fact of the product is to give people protection, whilst it won't give them 100% protection, at the end of the day you have to make sure that those products are installed correctly."

Your pictures: Sunrise at Baycliff

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A gorgeous sky first thing in Baycliff, but some more heavy, thundery downpours are expected today.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Kev for this.


'Cumbria not the right place for lynx reintroduction'

Writer and environmental campaigner George Monbiot (pictured) has told BBC Radio Cumbria that plans to bring the lynx back to Cumbria are flawed.

George Monbiot

The Lynx UK Trust is trying to raise £50,000 to pay for the first phase of a project to reintroduce the big cats, which roamed the county's fells centuries ago.

But George Monbiot told Mike Zeller at Breakfast that Cumbria doesn't have enough woodland to support a genetically-viable population. 

It would be a lovely dream to have them there, and maybe one day in the distant future that could be possible but, right now, there are simply are not enough woods and, without woods, the lynx has nowhere to go."

George MonbiotEnvironmental campaigner

Could the lynx be back in Cumbria next year?

The lynx could be reintroduced to the Cumbrian countryside next year.

That's the claim being made by the Lynx UK Trust, which wants to place up to six at sites in northern England as part of efforts to repopulate the big cat, which has been extinct in Britain for 1,300 years.    


After a meeting with interested parties, it says it'll try to raise £50,000 to pay for the first stages of the project, which will include consultation with local people.

The Lynx UK Trust says the animals' reintroduction would bring economic benefits through "rural regeneration" and help control deer numbers, but sheep farmers are concerned they'd lose their flocks.

Weather: Thundery showers and sunny spells

Another day of sunny spells and showers today, these thundery at times and slow-moving, so road flooding is possible in places. Temperatures could reach 18C (64F).

A Met Office yellow warning for rain is in place between 10:00 and 22:00.

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Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome to our live news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cumbria on Thursday 16 June.

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