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  1. Updates on Friday 17 June 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

That's it for our live updates for BBC Cumbria Local Live for today.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00. Have a good weekend.

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

Weather: Fog patches tonight but brighter over the weekend

BBC Weather

A mostly clear night with some patches of isolated fog tonight. Lows of 10C (50F). 

Things will settle down for the weekend with some good spells of sunshine possible. There will still be the odd isolated shower around but these will be few and far between. 

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Warnings over online blackmailing

People in Cumbria, who use social networking and online dating sites, are being targeted by blackmailers.

Cumbria Police say there have been three cases in the last 24 hours of fraudsters pretending to be young women using social media sites. 

They encourage their victim to send compromising photographs or images of themselves, which they threaten to show to the victim's family and friends, unless they make a cash payment. 


Giant pie fight planned for Cumbrian town

An attempt will be made on the world record for the largest foam-pie fight in Ulverston tomorrow.

The town is the birth place of the comedian, Stan Laurel.

The current record stands at 869 people ibeing involved and organisers hope they will get more than 1,000 tomorrow.

Young farmers given the chance to study abroad

Young farmers in Cumbria are being offered the chance to learn about farming practices across the world, with a new scholarship.

The opportunity from the Cumberland Agricultural Society is for people aged under 30 and aims to increase their skills and encourage them to remain in the industry. 

George Brown, who is 25 and is a farm manager, says he benefited from time in New Zealand. 

"I learned very geeky things about grass. I was so lucky to work for amazing people doing that."

Cows in field

Cumbria needs more family doctors

Cumbria is being warned that it must attract more young GPs as a recruitment drive starts.

A report for the Success Regime, which is trying to improve services for patients, shows a shortage of 20 doctors and that some posts have been vacant for more than two years. 

But Millom is bucking the trend after a video starring local children pleading for a new GP was successful in attracting a new doctor to the town. 

GP surgery

Lessons 'have been learned' over death of six week old boy

The Local Safeguarding Children Board says lessons have been learned after Kye Kerr was found dead at his home in Harraby in Carlisle in July 2011. 

His father was charged with manslaughter but was cleared by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court last year. 

A serious case review, published today, has found that "insufficient professional curiosity" had been shown about the family. 

A point also made in the Poppi Worthington review, published on Monday.

Meanwhile, the most recent inspection of the county's children's services saw improvement from the previous ratings of "inadequate".

Cumbria's children's services criticised over six-week-old baby's death

Cumbria's Children's Services did not show enough "professional curiosity" in a case where a young child died, according to a report.

Kye Kerr was six weeks old when he was found dead at his home in Harraby in Carlisle in July 2011. His father was charged with manslaughter but was cleared by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court last November. 

A serious case review, published today, has found that earlier assessments of the family had been inadequate and the information wasn't shared properly with other agencies. 

It also found that "insufficient professional curiosity" had been shown, despite the history of the family. 

Plea to Three Peaks walkers to take their rubbish home

It's hoped that people taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge this summer will show respect for Cumbria's fells. 

Tens of thousands of pounds are raised for charity each year, as people tackle Ben Nevis in Scotland, Snowdon in Wales and Scafell Pike in the Lake District. 

But some of the participants leave behind tonnes of rubbish. 

Richard Warren from the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association says : "It's not all down to them but I guarantee that if you were to go up on Sunday there will be a lot of rubbish on the mountain and a phenomenal amount on the valley bottom."

Cumbria Tourism

Weather: Cloudy this afternoon with fog patches overnight

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be cloudy with the odd shower, and fresher than yesterday with highs of 14C (57F).

There will be a few fog patches overnight, with lows of 10C (50F).  

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Status Quo will perform in Cumbria despite Rick Parfitt's absence

It has been confirmed that Status Quo will perform at the Rock On Windermere charity show tomorrow, despite guitarist Rick Parfitt being in hospital.

He's had a suspected heart attack and is in hospital in Turkey. But his management team says he wants the show, which will raise money for the Cumbria Flood Appeal, to go ahead. 

Freddie Edwards, the son of band member John 'Rhino' Edwards, will stand in .

Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi
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Former scout master faces sex offence charges

A former scout master has been charged with child sexual offences dating back to the 1980s.

Norman Thompson is accused of 27 offences that are alleged to have taken place in the Aspatria and Silloth area.

The 65-year-old, from Wigton, will appear before West Cumbria Magistrates Court later.

Barrow colleges merger approved

A merger between the Barrow Sixth Form College and the Furness College has been formally approved.

The idea has been on the table since October last year. 

The Sixth Form has debts of £500,000, but the move would allow these to be written off. Education officials say students will benefit, because they will be offered a better choice of both academic and vocational subjects. 

Barrow 6th form college

Stolen prayer book was 'irreplaceable'

A stolen prayer book which once belonged to William Wordsworth has been described as  "irreplaceable" by a church warden.

The book, dating from 1835, was taken from St Oswald's Church in Grasmere at some point between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Church warden Sonia Rickman said the poet was associated with the church, and the theft was a "great loss".

St Oswald's Church

New Saturday parking rate in Ulverston to encourage more visitors

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

It's hoped a new cheap weekend parking rate in Ulverston, which begins tomorrow, will encourage more people to visit and spend more time and money in the town centre. 

The new rate - charging £1.20 for a full day every Saturday - will get its first use this weekend for visitors to the comedy festival Another Fine Fest.

Parking charges in Ulverston

Your pictures: An atmospheric shot of West Cumbria

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watcher, Cumbrian Stargazer, for this wonderful and moody photo taken near Haile in West Cumbria yesterday evening.

See more from the BBC Weather watchers here.

Clouds over field

Cumbrian footballer hails England win

The Cumbrian footballer, Georgia Stanway, who plays for Manchester City and England's under 17s has been giving us her reaction to England's 2-1 win over Wales at Euro 2016.

She says "It was a very important win for them. Roy Hodgson made the right decision to bring the subs on, they both changed the game and scored!"  

Georgia Stanway

Cumbrian life in all its forms

The police have been dealing with some rather unusual traffic this morning!

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Cumbrian MPs pay tribute to Jo Cox

Vigils have been held for the Labour MP Jo Cox who was stabbed and shot in her West Yorkshire constituency yesterday.

Cumbria's MPs have been paying tribute, including the Conservative MP for Carlisle John Stevenson.

He says: "First and foremost this is a family tragedy. There are two young children wondering why their mum hasn't come home. A husband who has lost his wife. I think it's incredibly sad because all she was doing was her job." 

Jo Cox

Weather: Dry with occasional showers today

BBC Weather

A damp morning, but then mainly dry, but cloudy, with just the odd shower. Temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Woman in critical condition after car and motorbike collide in Lake District

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after a car and a motorbike collided on the A591 near Thirlmere at 18:00 yesterday.

The motorbike was ridden by a 55-year-old man. His passenger, a 48-year-old woman, was taken to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough with a serious head injury. The man has minor injuries. Both are from Cornwall. 

The car was driven by a 28-year-old woman from North Yorkshire. She and her passenger were not injured. 

Travel: Delays possible in and around Ulverston

BBC Travel

Theatre Street in Ulverston is closed eastbound from the B5281 Queen Street junction to the Benson Street junction because of an unsafe building.  

Also, there are temporary traffic lights and drainage works on the A590 in Lindal in Furness and around the Carley Lane junction.  

See all the latest details here. 

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

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

I'll be keeping you in the loop today. A grey start where I am but still a nice walk into work this morning.

You can can contact us with your news and pictures via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.