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  1. Updates on Monday 20 June 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Thank you for joining us for our live updates. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with more news, weather and travel updates.

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Weather: Dry and cloudy

Any remaining showers should clear, leaving a dry but cloudy night with temperatures falling to around 12C (54F).

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

Hospitals improve casualty waiting times

North Cumbria's hospitals are gradually bringing down the waiting times in the Accident and Emergency departments, according to latest figures.

The statistics from NHS England show 88.6% of patients were seen, treated and either admitted or discharged from hospitals within four hours.  The target is 95%, but the national average is 85%.

Morecambe Bay's hospitals came in just below the national average at 84.6%

Sex attacker jailed for five years

A man who admitted a serious sexual assault in Arnside has been jailed for five years at Carlisle Crown Court today. 

Marian Cojocaru of The Promenade, Arnside, was sentenced today for the offence which he committed in December. 

The court heard the victim was left with "numerous" injuries and still suffered flashbacks. 

As well as the prison sentence the 28-year-old was made subject to indefinite sex offender notification requirements and a sexual harm prevention order.

Cheerleaders' choreography high-kicks to national crown

Cumbrian cheerleaders have taken the top prize in the National Cheerleading Championships.

The team twirling, chanting and cheering their way to the top in Manchester at the weekend was the Ullswater Community College Wolves.

New police commissioner checks out his beat

Cumbria's new Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, is starting a series of public consultation meetings around the county to ask people what the force should concentrate on.

Peter McCall and police officer
Cumbria Police

Mr McCall, who was elected earlier this year, will start his tour of the county in Kendal on Wednesday.  He says he'll then prepare a plan setting out his priorities.

Police praise victim of 2001 sex assault

Police have praised the victim for being prepared to go through a court case after a man was jailed for eight years for rape.

When Vincent Hudson, 55, of Loweswater Avenue, Whitehaven, appeared before Carlisle Crown Court in April, he denied drugging and assaulting the boy, who was then 13.

But Hudson was found guilty and today he was jailed for eight years.

Det Con Hayley Carson of Cumbria Police said: “Justice has been served today thanks to the bravery and strength of the victim in being able to tell the story of what happened to him at the hands of Hudson."

Machine replaces ferryman if you pay for Windermere crossing

Ticket machines are being brought in for the Windermere ferry tomorrow.

The roadside machines will take cash or cards for the short crossing, which enables motorists to avoid a journey of more than 10 miles around the north or south of the lake.

Windermere Ferry
Cumbria County Council

Currently fees for the ferry are collected by a staff member, but the county council says the new system will enable the crew to concentrate on operational matters.

Man held after EU referendum 'assault'

A man has been arrested after an altercation in Carlisle city centre over the EU referendum.

Police say a 78-year-old man was struck in the face outside the House of Fraser store in English Street on Sundaymorning. He suffered minor injuries.

A 52-year-old man was arrested, according to police, who are still asking for witnesses to come forward.

Empty homes in flood-hit area of Carlisle affecting businesses

Some of the county's small businesses fear they'll be forced to close because trade has still not returned to the level it was at before December's flooding. 

The Warwick Road area of Carlisle was very badly hit by Storm Desmond with many people still unable to return to their homes.

Business owners say that it has been especially quiet:

People that come to the shop, I find, are from outside Carlisle. There's not many people shopping that live in the town.

Susan DowesBridal wear store owner

There's nothing really to hold visitors here or to hold people who live in Carlisle here really.

Martin CoulthardJeweller

They're both calling on more effort to promote the city and its independent traders.

Wake up Maggie - Brunton Park's rigging for Rod

Rod Stewart plays Carlisle tomorrow night and the preparations are well under way.

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Ex-Carlisle's Hery signs for Stanley

BBC Sport

Accrington Stanley have signed French midfielder Bastien Hery on a one-year contract following his release by fellow League Two club Carlisle United.

Bastien Hery
Carlisle United

The 24-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday and Rochdale man made 25 appearances in all competitions during a one-year spell with the Cumbrians.

His contract at Accrington comes with the option of a further 12 months.

"He's hungry and wants to be successful and in that respect he'll fit right in,"assistant manager Jimmy Bell said.

Eight years for man who drugged and raped boy

A man who raped a 13-year-old boy has been sent to prison for eight years.

Vincent Joseph Hudson, 55, had denied drugging and attacking the teenager, in 2001.

He was convicted at Carlisle Crown Court in April.

The boy was said to have been "absolutely tormented" later in his life by the attack. He forced himself to believe it had not even happened before eventually telling his mother what had occurred.

Sentencing Hudson, of Loweswater Avenue, Whitehaven,  Recorder Michael Murray told him: "Only immediate custody is appropriate."

Vincent Hudson
Cumbria Police

Sport: Success for Rugby League's Barrow Raiders

BBC Sport

Whitehaven paid the price for Dave Allen's first half red card as they lost 30-18 at Featherstone. 

Elsewhere in the Rugby League championship, Leigh made nine tries in their 54-12 victory over Workington Town. 

League One's Barrow Raiders achieved a comprehensive 62-4 win over Hemel Stags which boosts their hopes of making the play-offs. 

World pie record smashed at Ulverston festival

Just over 1,000 people took part in a huge pie fight to break a world record at Ulverston's Another Fine Fest.

People taking part in the largest shaving cream pie fight world record attempt in Ulverston
Jennie Dennett

The previous record was set in Belfast in 2015.

[It was] a moment of pure joy when the pies started to fly

Ceri HuttonTeam Pie

Weather: Fells forecast

  • Temperatures at 3,000 ft: About 7C. 
  • Winds: Westerly 20-25mph gusting 35mph, but easing to 15mph and becoming more southwesterly later in the evening. 
  • Cloud: Periods of fog down to 500m across the western parts of the park, but this will lift and break through the morning to leave most fells fog free, though with a risk of occasional patches down to 700m in any showers. 
  • Visibility: Good or very good, but may fall to moderate again in any showers. 
  • Freezing level: Above the tops.

Weather: A cloudy start with sunshine to come

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It was a cloudy start to the day with a few isolated showers.

But it should be a dry day for most with lots of bright, sunny spells developing this afternoon.

Light to moderate southwesterly winds.

Highs reaching around 18C (64F).

New national newspaper made in Cumbria publishes first issue

A new newspaper which will provides a "distinctly northern perspective" on news stories has gone on sale for the first time this morning. 

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24 will fill a large gap in the regional market by providing a northern take on the national headlines.

Miller HoggChief Executive of CN Group Ltd

The newspaper is called 24 - The North's National and is being produced in the county by the CN Group who also publish the News and Star, the North West Evening Mail and The Cumberland News.

The paper will cost 40p and be on sale in an area spanning Preston to Lockerbie and from Workington to Hexham. 

EU debate: More on democracy in the European Union

An audience member says that the system of electing Members of the European Parliament is more democratic and proportional than the system for electing Members of Parliament.

"We elect our MEPs by something approaching a democratic system, proportional representation. We elect our Westminster MPs by a non-democratic, non-proportional system. How can we compare those two? ... We have a Conservative government who got 24% of the vote. That cannot be called democracy."

Responding to the point, UKIP Cumbria chairman and leave campaigner Fiona Mills says: "I actually agree with every word you said. Yes, our MEPs are democratically elected using a proportional system but the fact is they have limited powers. 

"The powers lie with the commissioners. I totally agree that our Conservative-elected government is not democratically elected, we need proportional representation in this country and I would absolutely clamour for that. But the fact is the Conservatives did get the most votes in this country and they are in Government."

EU debate: Final question on democracy

Government by the people for the people. Directives in the European Union are made by 28 unelected commissioners. Can the panel please tell me what is the European Union's definition of democracy?

Raymond HallCockermouth

Adrian Rawlinson who is campaigning to leave the European Union says that the "unelected commissioners" can be influenced and lobbied by big corporations which leads to many decisions being made which support big businesses and not small businesses.

Remain campaigner Bill Lowther says that some lobbying can be expected but that being part of the EU offers the UK more influence than it would get from being "outside the club". 

EU debate: More on EU funding for Cumbria

More on that question asked about the funding that Cumbria receives from the European Union:

£3bn comes back into the rural economy. Cumbria looks the way it is because farmers invest that money in land management and they deliver on the environment and they deliver affordable food. Quite frankly take [EU funding] away and who's going to produce that food.

Alistair MackintoshNFU Cumbria delegate and remain supporter

But an audience member disputed his take on the agricultural funding Cumbria gets from the European Union:

It doesn't work, Alistair, it's broken, we all know that ... The question is can it be fixed in Europe and can it be fixed by this Government? Now there's a lot of people who say the Government won't support food production in this country, I think that's absolute tosh ... a lot of [EU funding] goes to landowners not working farmers.

Les ArmstrongKirkoswald

EU debate: Third question on EU funding for the county

Cumbria has benefited from considerable EU funding and will continue to benefit if we continue to remain in the EU. Where will this replacement funding come from if we leave?

Zena Bergmann from Ulverston

Labour MEP Julie Ward says that the county does benefit from EU funding because Cumbria is included with other regions like Cornwall and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland which are "poorer and more peripheral and further away from our capital city, London".

She says the North West region has been a net beneficiary of regional development funding and that she doesn't believe a "London-centric government" would behave in the same way.

UKIP Cumbria chairman Fiona Mills says there is no EU funding and that it is our funding given back to us. 

She says it would be better to keep it for ourselves and to let our elected MPs decide how that money is used so "we can be in control of our own destiny".

EU debate: More on the economic impact of leaving

More now on that question about the economic impact of leaving the European Union:

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EU debate: second question on economic cost of leaving

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The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition's Carlisle secretary Brent Kennedy says that there's no basis in the forecasts produced by bodies such as the International Monetary Fund and the Treasury which show leaving the European Union would affect the economy. 

He says that the people have to fight to get better working conditions and not expect "bureaucrats in Brussels or Westminster" to give them away.  

Labour MEP Julie Ward, who supports the remain campaign, says that £65bn of capital has already left the UK since Boris Johnson announced he would be campaigning to leave the European Union. 

She says that banks including HSBC are very concerned about the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union.

EU debate: 20,000 people living in Cumbria not born in UK

BBC Radio Cumbria's political editor, who chaired the debate last week, is offering his analysis on Twitter.

He's dug up the population estimates produced by the Office of National Statistics for the county:

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EU debate: First question on immigration

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Remain supporter Bill Lowther says we have to tackle the issues of immigration but be careful as immigrants play a vital role in the National Health Service.

Adrian Rawlinson, who wishes to leave the European Union, says that the fundamental issue around immigration is control and that the UK would be in a better position if it could control the number of immigrants from the European Union. 

Travel: Train delays between Barrow and Foxfield

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to 10 minutes on Northern services between Barrow-in-Furness and Foxfield.

It's because of a problem with a level crossing at Askam that means trains are having to run at a reduced speed on all lines.

Delays are expected to continue until 10:00, according to Northern.

Get the latest updates before you set off with BBC Travel.

EU debate: Who's on the panel?

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Here's the panel for BBC Radio Cumbria's EU debate:


  • Fiona Mills - UKIP Cumbria chairman and Vote Leave campaigner.
  • Brent Kennedy - Carlisle secretary of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition which is campaigning to leave the EU.
  • Adrian Rawlinson - Managing Director of Marl International in Ulverson which manufactures LEDs and exports to Europe and other countries. 


  • Julie Ward - Labour Member of the European Parliament for North West England whose office is in Workington.
  • Alistair Mackintosh - Cumbrian delegate for the National Farmers' Union and farmer in Ravenglass
  • Bill Lowther - the former head of the films and packaging arm of the international company UCB and from Wigton. 

Listen to our EU debate from 09:00

BBC Radio Cumbria

There are only four days until the country goes to the polls to decide if we will remain a part of the European Union or vote to leave.

Last week, BBC Radio Cumbria held a referendum debate at the North Lakes Hotel in Penrith to talk about the issues for people in the county to help people make that all important decision. 

From 09:00, you'll be able to hear that debate by clicking the play button at the top of the page or listening to BBC Radio Cumbria on your radio.

Cumbria's headlines this morning

BBC Radio Cumbria

  • Some Cumbrian small business owners fear they'll be forced to close because trade hasn't picked up following December's floods. 
  • A cyclist has suffered serious injuries after hitting a dry stone wall on the road known as The Struggle near Ambleside (pictured)
  • The first edition of a new national newspaper produced by Cumbrian publishers CN Group, called 24 - The North's National, has gone on sale.
The Struggle at the top of Kirkstone Pass

Travel: roadworks on A65 near Kendal

BBC Travel

Nothing too out of the ordinary when it comes to travelling around the county this morning. 

It's a busy morning on some of the major routes around Kendal and Windermere but traffic is moving. 

There are temporary traffic lights on the A65 Main Street near the Enyeat Road junction at Millness in the south of the county near to Crooklands. 

It's to allow work on a gas main there. 

The A65 at Millness

Get the latest updates before you set off with BBC Travel.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

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

It's a grey start but at least it should be dry in most of the county. There are even a few sunny spells on the way too. 

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