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Martin Lewes


Live updates have now finished for this week on BBC Cumbria Live. 

We'll be back with the latest news, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Monday.

As always - we'd like to hear your stories and see your pictures.  Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.  

And if you want to keep up with the latest on events in France, you can do so here.

Judge completes two days of jailing defendants for 'brazen' drugs plot

Seventeen defendants in a drugs plot that involved cocaine, cannabis and M-cat with a street value of £1m being brought into Cumbria have now been dealt with during a two-day hearing at Carlisle Crown Court.

Judge Barbara Forrester heard the operation was run from a Cheshire jail cell by prisoner Patrick White, using illegally held mobile phones.  

Sixteen people were jailed, with their sentences totalling more than 100 years. A 17th person was given a community sentence, and one other man will be sentenced later.

The judge referred to a statement from a senior police officer, saying: "He says that the extent, scale and execution can only be described as brazen and relentless."

Kendal's oldest building 'still drying out'

Martin Lewes


It's hoped the restaurant in Kendal's oldest building, the Kendal Dairy, will be open before autumn.

Pans covered in mud

The building was flooded to a depth of several feet by Storm Desmond, covering furnishings and equipment in a film of mud.

Part of the floor of the building is on the surface of the Roman road from Kendal to Carlisle, and experts have been drilling holes past it into the ground to assess how wet it is.

The restaurant is run by Kendal College to train its catering students and has a high reputation for its food.

Robert Marshall Slater, head of the catering school, said: "As a restaurateur, I want to be open tomorrow.  But as someone who going to pass that building on to generations in the future we have to be sure everything's right so we're hoping the end of August."

More nuclear waste to be kept in West Cumbria

Permission has been given to increase the amount of low-level nuclear waste that can be stored in west Cumbria. 


The Low Level Waste Repository site near Drigg will now build two new storage vaults, extend a third and build a new cap over the existing storage vaults. 

It says the project will create more than 100 construction jobs and secure existing ones. 

Work's expected to start in 2017, and those in charge of the repository say the plans conform to stringent safety requirements.

Weather: Rain lingering into the night

The rain may lessen briefly this evening, but another area of wet weather will sink southwards over the county tonight.  

It'll be very mild, with temperatures around 18C (64F), but falling towards dawn.

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

Drug dealers jailed after trip to Barrow

Two drug dealers from Greater Manchester have been jailed after being found in Barrow in possession of heroin and crack cocaine.

James Kiernan, 25, of no fixed address, and Daniel Watton, 26, of Copster Hill Road, Oldham, were both sentenced to two years and four months. 

Preston Crown Court heard drugs were found by police searching a building that Kiernan had just left. 

Watton had been seen with Kiernan soon afterwards on the Channelside footpath, and more drugs were found nearby.

Politicians of three parties unite over Nice atrocity

Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs and the leader of the Conservatives on Cumbria County Council have been voicing their feelings over the terrorist attack in Nice.

You can find the latest reports here.

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Fifteen people jailed for £1m cocaine plot

Fifteen people have been jailed for their roles in a plot to transport illegal drugs into Cumbria. 

Eleven people from Carlisle, Barrow and Workington admitted taking part in the operation.

Carlisle Crown Court was told police seized cocaine with a street value of £1m, cannabis and mephedrone from the gang during a six-month period, intercepting couriers as they brought drugs into the county by road and rail. 

Police seek youths who tormented hedgehog

Police in Carlisle are trying to trace five young people said to have been seen kicking, stamping on, throwing and poking a hedgehog in Carlisle yesterday evening.

It happened in Etterby Gardens at about 20:45, and the people involved are said to be about 18 years old.

Travel: Fog slows traffic across high roads

BBC Travel

Police are warning of thick fog on several high stretches of road in Cumbria including the A6 over Shap and the Kirkstone Pass on the A592.

There's also queuing traffic on the A66 at roadworks in the Threlkeld area.

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Traffic warning as agency plans more dredging in Kent

Martin Lewes


Traffic's likely to be disrupted in Kendal as the Environment Agency continues dredging thousands of tonnes of gravel from the River Kent through the town centre.

Kent in spate

The next stage involves the stretch of the river above Miller Bridge, and an area used for car parking on each side of a slipway into the river will be fenced off.

One lane of New Road will also be closed for two to four weeks while the work takes place, starting on Monday. 

About 20,000  tonnes of gravel has already been dug from the river bed.

Poppi Worthington death: Watchdog report 'should be made public'

Demands have been repeated for a report into a 13-month-old girl's death to be made public after prosecutors said no-one would be charged.

Poppi Worthington was found with serious injuries at her home in Barrow, Cumbria, in December 2012.

In January, a judge ruled she had been sexually assaulted by her father, Paul Worthington, who denies any wrongdoing.

Barrow Labour MP John Woodcock said it was "completely unacceptable" the police watchdog report remained unpublished.

Poppi Worthington
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Curle ponders squad halfway through friendly trials

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United's pre-season friendly performances have given manager Keith Curle some selection quandaries for the forthcoming League Two campaign.

Keith Curle

The Cumbrians have played pre-season matches against Queen of the South, Kendal, Workington and Warrington so far, with four more games scheduled.

United have made eight new signings during the summer in a bid to improve on last season's 10th place finish.

Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria: "The starting XI is nowhere near selected. There's been lots to look at and much food for thought."

Osprey takes to wing for first time

An osprey chick at the Bassenthwaite nest has taken her first flight. 

The young osprey - named 'Bega' - took the leap of faith on Wednesday. She'd been preparing by flapping her wings for some time.

Lake District Osprey Project

Two weeks ago the young osprey was fitted with a satelite tracking device so staff at the site can follow her when she moves further afield towards the end of August. This technology will help to provide information on the route she takes and where she ends up.   

GP practice gets better rating from inspectors

A GP practice in Whitehaven's made a number of improvements to counter criticisms after an new visit from inspectors.

Medical centre

The Lowther medical centre had been graded as inadequate on an earlier visit. Inspectors found staff hadn't been properly checked before employment or trained, the management of medicines wasn't safe and systems for monitoring how patients got on were insufficient.  

It's now classed as 'good'. Sue McMillan, deputy chief inspector of general practice in the north, said: "The practice has been able to make improvements, and is now providing a safe and clinically effective service."

Weather: Rain, heavy over hills, through the afternoon

Further spells of rain will continue through the afternoon, heavy over the hills with hill fog. 

The main rain band will ease but patchy rain or drizzle will continue to affect the county. 

Temperatures will reach 17C (63F). 

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Travel: Road south of Windermere closed after accident involving horses and car

BBC Travel

The A592 is closed both ways with queueing traffic after an accident involving a car and horses outside the Storrs Hotel between Greenstiles Park Turn Off and B5360.

You can find the latest travel  news here.

Businessman says shop will now stand up to floods

A Cumbrian businessman who is re-opening his flooded shop today says it's in a far better state now to cope with any future floods. 


Storm Desmond sent flood water several feet deep surging down Wildman Street in Kendal, where Nigel Byrom has a family business. 

But its been rebuilt so a future inundation would leave only cleaning and redecorating to be done.

He says the refurbishment and flood-proofing work has taken months, but it'll all be worth it if the worst happens.

He said: "If it ever comes again, and you can't stop the rain, we hope we'd be back in business not in weeks or months but days."

Lake 'Lady' prepares for first voyage after flood repairs

Martin Lewes


The Lady Wakefield, one of the graceful passenger vessels that carries tourists up and down Ullswater, is going back into service today for the first time since Storm Desmond.

Lady Wakefield in a field
Ullswater Steamers

The vessel, built in 1949, had to be driven ashore to avoid sinking after the storm and has since been repaired after five months resting on farmland.  

Nick Smith from Ullswater steamers explains here what needed to be done

Nick Smith from Ullswater Steamers shows off the repairs made to the M.V Lady Wakefield.

Barrow gets £250,000 to help youngsters succeed

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A project in Barrow is being given £250,000 to help the town's young people achieve their full potential. 

Figures reveal below average scores for children leaving primary school there, and fewer people than expected go to university. 

The money is coming from the National Lottery and will be spent over three years, building on work that has already been going on in the town.

Travel: Weather make driving difficult on Lakeland pass

BBC Travel

There's a warning of hazardous driving conditions on the A592 Kirkstone Pass between the Troutbeck junction and the Hartsop junction because of fog and rain.  

You can get the latest travel news here.

Nice attacks: Workington MP says twin town bonds 'so important'

The Workington MP Sue Hayman, who's visited the twin town of Val-de-Reuil with a delegation, said the Nice atrocity shows just how important international links are.

A lorry ploughed through a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city.

She said: "I am proud to stand in solidarity with the people of Val-de-Reuil and to be able to call them my friends.

"Only by standing together, with our friends in France and around the world, will we have the strength to make sure the terrorists can never win."

Nice attacks

Watch: Youngsters learn first aid skills

Youngsters in the village of Burton-in-Kendal are spending the last day of term learning life-saving skills.

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They're also getting talks on stranger danger from local police officers.  

The local pub, the Kings Arms, paid for the cost of the day.

Poppi's aunt: 'Her father can't prove he's done nothing wrong'

Paul Worthington, accused by a judge of abusing his 13-month old daughter Poppi before she died in 2012, has so far made no comment on a decision by prosecutors not to bring charges over her death.

It's been reported that he's left the Cumbria area.

Tracy Worthington

But his sister Tracy Worthington says police failures to retain enough evidence for a trial means her brother cannot clear his name.

She said: "He knows he hasn't done anything, but it's so hard proving it." 

Of the decision not to prosecute anyone over Poppi's death, she said: "I can't say it's a relief because he knows he hasn't done anything. He said it's just one hurdle of many he's still got to knock down." 

Home Secretary 'must step in to ensure Poppi lessons are learned'

The new Home Secretary Amber Rudd must step in to ensure lessons have been learned from the Poppi Worthington case, Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock says.

Yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service announced there was not enough evidence to prosecute anyone over the death of the Barrow toddler in 2012, despite of a judge's ruling that she'd been sexually abused.

Jerry Graham

Cumbria Police's Chief Constable Jerry Graham said the police inquiry, in which evidence had been lost and interviews delayed by months, had been flawed from start to finish.

But he said staff had been retrained and work with child safeguarding specialists had been strengthened.

This morning Mr Woodcock said: "What we have here is the chief constable, sincere absolutely though I've no doubt that he is, passing a clean bill of health on his own organisation, and that simply isn't good enough.

"It requires intervention from our new police commissioner... but also from the new Home Secretary."

She has to take a grip of this now because the damage which has been done to our confidence in the police force given the scale of these failings is enormous."

John Woodcock MP

Council abandons plan to move HQ

Eden District councillors have dropped plans to move to a former Co-op store in Penrith, and put the sale of the Mansion House (pictured), which currently houses some offices, on hold.

Mansion House

The council wants to reduce its property ownership in Penrith to save money.  It was planning to extend the Town Hall, but delayed that while moving into the former Co-operative on Burrowgate was investigated.

Last night councillors were told that would cost too much, and interest from possible buyers on the Mansion house had not met expectations..

Council leader Kevin Beaty said: "Any single site plans will be put on hold. 

“The council will now review the current and future accommodation needs of the council and report back to members before the end of this year."

MP caught up in Nice attacks tells of chaos

The people of Nice are trying to get back to normality following the terror attack which killed more than 80 people last night, an MP caught up in the chaos has said.

The Labour MP for Barrow, John Woodcock, had left the Promenade des Anglais just before a  lorry ploughed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day at about 23:00 local time.

He told BBC Radio Cumbria: "We were very fortunate to have left the promenade when we did.

"We couldn't understand what was happening and kept asking people what was happening. The people we saw were frightened because people were running.

"But today, as you would expect just as London did in the day after the 7/7 attacks, people are getting up and going to work.

"But a lot more people are watching TV, and there's many more radios on."

French newspapers

Weather: Cloudy, outbreaks of rain moving in and easing later

It's a cloudy morning and a belt of rain will move across the county through the day. Temperatures will rise to around 18C (64F)

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

BreakingMP 'left Nice promenade minutes before terror attacks'

An MP left the Promenade des Anglais in Nice only minutes before the terror attacks last night, it has emerged.

Labour Barrow MP John Woodcock was with his family watching the fireworks celebrating Bastille Day but left shortly before a lorry ploughed through the crowd, killing more than 80 people.

He told BBC Radio Cumbria: "We were out watching the fireworks last night, it was a lovely atmosphere, and we were just making our way home, and suddenly more and more crowds were running past us in different directions.

Nice terror attack

"We didn't see anything except the panic of people fleeing and many, many police cars coming in the opposite direction towards the Promenade des Anglais.

"Lots of people were bewildered and not sure where they were running too.

"We just happened to be staying in a pretty typical complex of flats and as we were coming into that first gate a couple tailgated behind the back of us.

"We spoke to them and they were worried, people were being told to get off the streets, we invited them and their boy into our apartment and we turned on the telly and realised with horror what had happened.

John Woodcock

BreakingBarrow MP escapes Nice terror attack by minutes

The Barrow and Furness Labour MP John Woodcock was in Nice last night and left the Promenade des Anglais only minutes before last night's terrorist attack, BBC Cumbria has learned.  

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Travel: Congestion heading south out of Carlisle

BBC Travel

Slow traffic's reported southbound on the A6 between Eastern Way and the M6 at junction 42.

You can get the latest travel reports here.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live.

We're aware your thoughts are probably in France this morning. You can keep up with the latest news from Nice here.

We'll be providing updates on Cumbria's news, travel and weather through to around 16:00.

As always - we'd like to hear your stories and see your pictures.  Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.