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  1. Friday 22 July 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Our updates have now finished here for the day, and the week but updates will continue this evening and over the weekend online, on BBC Radio Cumbria and on Look North.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with news and travel reports and weather.

If you've got news you think we ought to know about, or even just a good photograph of our beautiful county, you can share it with us.  You can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Have a very good weekend.

Cumbria's weather: Showers drying out

Showers should die away to leave a fine dry evening apart from one or two scattered showers that may develop over the Pennines.

Weather graphic

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

Police give more details of city centre affray

Police have given more details after an 86-year-old woman was knocked to the ground and injured in Carlisle city centre.

Affray scene

Officers say that at 14:30 yesterday a group of about 10 teenagers and young adults were involved in an altercation with a couple in their 30s.

Punches were thrown as members of the public tried to intervene. At one point a man was seen waving a trowel grabbed from nearby workmen.

The elderly woman, who was caught up in the incident and knocked over, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary and treated for minor injuries. 

Two adults and three teenagers have been arrested and police have asked for anyone in the area at the time to come forward.

Carlisle judge told of leopard skin and ivory charges

A man has appeared at Carlisle Crown Court accused of the prohibited purchase and sale of leopard skin.

Shane David Ball, 27, of Derwent Avenue, Seaton, denies four counts relating to the control of trade in endangered species.

Judge Peter Davies was told the charges related to the alleged prohibited purchase and sale of leopard skin, and the alleged prohibited offering and keeping of elephant ivory for sale.

Mr Ball is due to go on trial in the new year, and was remanded on bail in the meantime.

Cumbria's health commissioners graded inadequate

The body that commissions NHS services in Cumbria has been rated inadequate by NHS England.

Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group is a group made up of local GPs responsible for deciding what hospital services are needed in the county and putting them in place.

The CCG says it's disappointed with the rating, but says there are long-standing challenges in the county's NHS and a lot of work is under way to tackle those issues.

A number of other CCGs elsewhere in the country have also been graded inadequate, and nine have been placed in special measures.

Cathedral Dean welcomes cash to keep the roof on

The Dean of Carlisle Cathedral says a £400,000 grant will help with essential repairs to the lead roof.

Carlisle Diocese

The money comes from a special government fund. The roof is more than eight years old and an inspection last year showed it was failing.

The Very Rev Mark Boyling said: "It is wonderful news to receive a grant which allows this important work to be achieved without delay.

"The help this Government scheme is giving to cathedrals across the country cannot be underestimated."

Travel: Three-vehicle crash closes A590

BBC Travel

Police say a crash has closed the A590 at Swarthmoor. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Seen striding through Grasmere

Why Cumbria police like road safety films from down under

Cumbria's highway police are big fans of the Australian approach to road safety films. Here's a rather strange one.

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Travel: High Street closed in Windermere

BBC Travel

The A5074 High Street in Windermere is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the A591 junction and the High Street junction.

Cumbrian brewery toasts growing sales

One of Cumbria's breweries says its profits have doubled.

The Eden Brewery - based at Brougham Hall near Penrith - saw a rise of 12.5% in turnover.

Jason Hill
Eden Brewery

The managing director, Jason Hill, says the company has grown every year since it started production in March 2012.

There are now plans to export its beer to Japan, as well as France and Sweden.

Cumbria's men ace county tennis contest

Cricket club hopes to attract more women players

A South Cumbrian cricket club is holding an evening to try to attract more women players.

The Lindal Moor Cricket Club event will feature short games with only five overs each way.

Laura Marshall, the club's women and girls development officer, said there was no sense in which the games, with a soft ball, were patronising.

She said: "It's just a bit of fun. You don't want to be using hard balls, some of them won't have played cricket before, and it's just getting them into it, and maybe they will want to progress into playing cricket with a hard ball."

You can hear Neil Smith's report here.

Cumbria's weather: Humid, with some sun, some showers

It will be another warm and humid afternoon with variable cloud and some bright, even sunny, spells. There is the risk of occasional showers, especially in the east where they could be heavy and thundery. Temperatures will rise towards 21C (70F).

Weather graphic

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

Your photos: Mountaineer likes moody sky

The climber Alan Hinkes, the only Briton to have climbed all the world's mountains over 8,000m, is also a top photographer. He's just posted this "moody" shot of the sky above Helvellyn.

Helvellyn from a distance
Alan Hinkes

If you've a pictures you'd like to share, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Mental health charities offer new helpline service

Cumbria's five branches of the mental health charity Mind have combined efforts to provide a new advice service.

Mindline Cumbria will provide information about what services and support is available or to listen when people are distressed or worried.

Police concerned for missing man

Police say a missing Appleby man may have travelled to Liverpool by train.

Dean Fargher
Cumbria police

Dean Fargher, who's 25, was last seen at Penrith railway station yesterday morning. Police say they're concerned for his welfare.

Whitehaven festival company brings down curtain

The company behind the Whitehaven Maritime Festival and a number of other events is being wound up.

Whitehaven Festival

The directors, most of whom have other jobs, say they simply don't have time to devote to the operation.

The company director Gerald Richardson says there will still be big events in the town but the biggest are simply too large a commitment for people to do in their spare time.

"There's also the continued difficulty in finding sponsor partners. Every year the event got bigger so every year the costs got bigger."

Top officer's anger over 'police' scam criminals

One of Cumbria's senior police officers has been speaking of his "anger" towards people who pretend to be police officers to con money out of elderly people.

Supt Rob O'Conner told BBC Radio Cumbria: "People purporting to be from New Scotland Yard, and asking them to go to the bank immediately, withdraw money, transfer money, telling them they owe money and if it’s not paid the police will become involved and that really, really angers me."

Supt O'Conner was speaking as new figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales suggested that one in 10 of the population had now been a victim of some kind of fraud.

Nearly six million offences involved computers misuse.

Cumbria's teams stay local for pre-season ties

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow and Carlisle United meet in a friendly at Holker Street tomorrow as the two sides continue their preparations ahead of the new season.

Workington look rather further for their friendly action tomorrow - at home to West Auckland Town.

Penrith travel to Carlisle City.

Carlisle cathedral gets £400,000 grant

Carlisle Cathedral has been given a £400,000 grant towards building repairs.

Carlisle cathedral

The grant is one of a large number from a government fund set up as part of commemorations for World War One. This is the second time the fund has given money to Carlisle's Cathedral.

The latest round of funding was announced by the culture secretary Karen Bradley.

So far there's been no comment from the cathedral, but it's understood the money will be spent on repairs to the building and roof.

Cash-strapped council pays out £120,000 in Cumbria school compensation claims

North West Evening Mail


Organisers explain why Holker Garden Festival is ending

The organisers of the Holker Garden Festival say the event is coming to an end after 24 years because there are so many other similar events on the calendar now.

Garden fest

Lucy Cavendish, the chairman of Holker group, said: "Horticultural and other outdoor events have proliferated in an already congested early summer season. This has put the festival’s long term prospects in jeopardy."

She said the estate wanted to develop a fresh programme of events across the estate.

Pensioner admits killing driver on M6 hard shoulder

A pensioner has admitted his dangerous driving was responsible for the death of a woman on the hard shoulder of the M6.

Christine McGuire
Cumbria Police

Christine McGuire, 67, (pictured) who was a retired nurse from Stranraer, died when her car was struck near Penrith on 7 January 2015.

Appearing at Carlisle Crown Court, Colin McLachlan pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. He had previously denied the offence.

McLachlan, 74, from Kilmarnock, will be sentenced in September.

Cumbria's weather: Showers, then drier

BBC Weather

There's a risk of showers for a while this morning, but after that there should be some sunny spells. Temperatures should rise to about 21C (70F).

Weather graphic

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

Good morning: This is BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be keeping you up-to-date with the news, travel and weather forecasts through to 16:00.

If you've got news you think we ought to know about, or even just a good photograph of our beautiful county, you can share it with us.  You can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.