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  1. Tuesday 26 July 2016

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Martin Lewes


Updates are now finished for the day. 

We'll be back with the latest news, travel reports and weather forecasts from 08:00 tomorrow.

If you have news or pictures you think we should add to the mix, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Cumbria's weather: Heavy showers moving in

Showers are moving in this evening which could be heavy at times. It'll be a fairly mild evening, with temperatures dropping towards 13C (55F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Roadworks cause delays in Lakes and city

BBC Travel

Two of the main roads out of Carlisle have roadworks causing problems this evening.  

Warwick Road, the A69, is congested in the Brunton Park area and London Road, the A6, between Eastern Way and Brook Street.

And in Windermere, the repairs to the collapsed sewer in High Street are continuing for the rest of the week.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Highway patrol finds it heavy going

Coroner: New Poppi inquest must be detailed

Cumbria's senior coroner David Roberts has been explaining why he wants to call a number of witnesses to a new inquest into the death of a Barrow toddler who died in unexplained circumstances.

The death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington in 2012 has already been the subject of a lengthy court hearing, at the end of which the judge concluded her father Paul had sexually abused her before her death.

In a note setting out his agenda for a pre-inquest review this week, Mr Roberts reflects on advice from the Chief Coroner for England that "all lawful steps should be taken to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort".

But he concludes: "The unfortunate history of  this matter,  including  the  shortcomings  of  the  first  inquest,  does  support  the  need  for  the  fresh  inquest  to  be  as  thorough  as  it  can  be,  and  to  be  seen  to  be  so."

He goes on to say he also wants to call a number of witnesses, including medical experts who've disagreed in the past about post-morten findings.

County's first free school hits money trouble

Cumbria's first free school has been served with a "notice to improve" because of concerns about its financial management.

Chetwynde School in Barrow, which was a fee-paying school before switching to the scheme two years ago to avoid closure, must now seek approval from the Education Funding Agency before spending any money.

In a statement, the school says the transition to free school status has been "challenging" and it welcomes the "increased support and monitoring", but adds it has "already gone a long way to meet the requirements".

Man with £5,000 in cash jailed

A man found in Workington with £5,000 in cash in his coat pocket has been jailed for two years, after a judge concluded the money was connected with drug dealing.

Andrew Phillip Webb,  41, of Greenside Close in Liverpool, admitted possessing criminal property.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Webb was in a car stopped for going the wrong way down a one way street in July last year.

Judge Peter Davies ordered the money to be confiscated and said: "These are serious offences, - they merit serious punishment."

Mental health ward 'should stay open' says trust report

A mental health ward in Kendal threatened with closure because it doesn't meet modern standards may be allowed to stay open after all.

Westmorland General Hospital

A petition against closure gathered 7,000 signatures, and the Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron has campaigned for the ward to stay open.

A report going before trust directors this Thursday says the risks of closing the ward would be greater than keeping it open, so it should not close; but that the longer term aim should still be a 'more fit for purpose service'.

Mr Farron said: “We have long argued that although the ward is not ideal, it is much better than the alternative, and the Trust has now recognised this. 

"Their paper highlights a number of ongoing concerns with the ward, and the trust should now focus on addressing those."

This U-turn by the trust is a huge victory"

Tim FarronMP for Westmorland and Lonsdale

How green is this valley...

The forecasters are offering sunny intervals and showers this afternoon, with heavier rain this evening. 

That combination can produce a lovely light, as Shirley Hudson found in this shot of the Eden Valley.

Eden Valley
Shirley hudson

If you've a photo you'd like to share, or news we should know, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Maryport athlete races into Rio squad

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Maryport wheelchair racer Simon Lawson has been named in the Paralympics GB team for the Rio 2016 Games.

Simon Lawson

Lawson is part of a 54-strong squad announced earlier today that includes the likes of Hannah Cockroft and David Weir.

Sunbeds probe found most passed checks

An investigation into sunbed parlours in Cumbria found most complied with safety laws, according to trading standards officers.

Thomas Coex/Getty

Checks elsewhere in the country have found many sunbeds exceed the safety limits for ultra-violet radiation of 0.3 watts per square metre.

But officials who visited 34 tanning studios and other outlets in the county found only a few irregularities.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy, some sun, and some showers

Forecasters expect some cloud around this afternoon but also some brighter skies. 

Later there could be some scattered showers ahead of a band of heavy, showery rain making its way in from the west. 

The highest temperatures should be about 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

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

Coroner wants to hear from Poppi Worthington's father at new inquest

The father of a Barrow toddler who died in unexplained circumstances at the age of 13 months will be called to an inquest explain what happened, a coroner says.  

Cumbria's senior coroner David Roberts confirmed he wants to call Poppi Worthington's dad Paul when he opens a new inquest into the child's death later this year.

Earlier this year a judge said he believes Mr Worthington sexually abused Poppi before she died.  

He has always denied this.

Poppi Worthington
Family photo

The confirmation came in an agenda for a pre-inquest hearing to be held this Friday.

The hearing is to allow solicitors, including those representing family members, to discuss what information a new inquest should hear.

At a previous hearing in March, Mr Worthington's solicitor said that if he was called to give evidence he should be allowed to do so by video because he could be in danger if called in person.

The pre-inquest document, released today, makes no reference to this.

Paul Worthington
Kelvin media

Potter's most famous work in birthday auction

A first edition of Beatrix Potter's most famous work is going under the hammer at a London auction house, on the 150th anniversary of the writer's birth this Thursday.

Copy of first edition of Peter Rabbit
Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions

The first edition of the Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of only 250 copies printed.  

It's expected to make at least £25,000.

It's one of 100 items being sold by a Lake District collector, John Cawood.  

The auction's being handled by a London company, Dreweatts and Bloomsbury

Travel: Roadworks slow traffic in Carlisle and Windermere

BBC Travel

The sewer repairs in High street in Windermere are causing severe delays. The work's expected to last all week.

And there's also very slow traffic on the A6 London Road into Carlisle between Eastern Road and Brook Street, because of roadworks. 

The A69 Warwick Road is also affected by roadworks in the Brunton Park area.

You can get the latest travel reports here.

Chance to see the new plastic fiver

The new plastic £5 note which is being made in Cumbria is on show today, ahead of its launch in September.

Featuring the image of Sir Winston Churchill, it will be made of plastic rather than cotton paper

Does new plastic fiver survive the wash?

 People will get to see it at the Metro Centre in Gateshead.

New row takes off over hen harrier conservation plan

A national agreement to try to manage hen harrier populations has failed, according to the RSPB.

Hen harrier
RSPB Images

The Hen Harrier Action Plan, supported by a number of groups, was published in January after long-running negotiations between shooting groups and conservationists.

There've been claims, denied by shooting estates, that game keepers persecute the birds, and in April video emerged of an armed man apparently using a decoy to attract a hen harrier.

After a second incident in May, the RSPB withdrew its support from the government plan

Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, said she was 'disappointed' by the decision and stressed there are elements of the plan yet to be investigated before the project can be judged a success.

Question for the Met Office: Will that wettest, warmest December of the floods be repeated?

Met Office scientists are studying figures dating back hundreds of years to see whether the record-breaking rains that flooded Cumbria last winter are more likely to happen.

Floods aerial

The Met Office has just published its State of the UK's Climate 2015 report, saying that as well as Storm Desmond's rainfall in Cumbria, December across Britain was the warmest and wettest on record going back 350 years.

The scientists, based in Exeter, say statistics confirm that Britain's climate generally is about a degree warmer than it was in the middle of the last century.

But Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the National Climate Information Centre, says they need to sort the effect of that from natural variations in the weather.

"We do see historical periods where we get clusters of significant rainfall events, so we want to understand that and unpick the role of our changing climate when we try understand what risks there may be going into the future," he said.

County's teams continue pre-season warm-ups

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United continue their pre-season preparations with a behind-closed-doors friendly at Bury today.

The club are also hoping to secure another loan deal for Newcastle defender Macaulay Gillesphey, who spent most of last season at Brunton Park. 

Barrow's pre-season continues with the visit of League Two Accrington Stanley to Holker Street, Workington host Queen of the South, managed by former Reds boss Gavin Skelton, while Penrith host Milnthorpe Corinthians.

Power firm foots £500,000 bill to keep hamlet lights on

Electricity North West is spending £500,000 to provide a reliable electricity supply to 11 properties in one of Cumbria's most remote communities.

Team laying cable with Scafell Pike behind

The company's started work on laying new cable, including a two mile stretch under Wastwater, to supply people living in Wasdale Head.

The new cable's being laid after a fault four years ago meant the community relied on generators for ten months, until temporary repairs could be made.

GP group that buys health services for Cumbria 'should be split'

Cumbria's key health care organisation - rated 'inadequate' last week - says that splitting itself in two would be good way to improve care in the county.

The Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, established as part of a national reform to put family doctors in charge of ordering hospital and other services for each local area, was established as part of national reforms in 2013.

But the trust that runs hospitals in South Cumbria also operates the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, so it has to meet the needs of the Cumbria CCG and the North Lancashire equivalent.

The doctors say this leads to "significant duplication" and it would be cheaper and more efficient to have two groups, following the boundaries of the Morecambe Bay and North Cumbria hospitals trusts.

Everything is in place for a Cumbrian festival return

News and Star


Search in Cockermouth after reports of woman falling off bridge

Emergency services searched an area of Cockermouth for two hours last night after reports that a woman walking a dog may have fallen into the river from Gote Bridge.

Emergency services on Gote Bridge
David Fryer

The alarm was raised at about 23:30. 

The search, which also included a coastguard helicopter and mountain rescue volunteers, was called off when nothing had been found by 01:25, and it's not expected to resume today.

Travel: Roadworks slow rush hour traffic in Carlisle and Windermere

BBC Travel

In Carlisle, roadworks at the Greystones Road junction on the A69 Warwick Road caused chaos at times yesterday and probably will do again today.

In Windermere, repairs to a sewer collapse in High Street mean this key access to the village is closed in both directions. Locals have told us this causes delays around the immediate area.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Walker, 63, injured in High stile fall

A 63-year-old woman from Carlisle suffered head injuries when she fell while walking on High Stile near Buttermere.

Rescuers watching air ambulance
Cockermouth MRT

Volunteers from the Cockermouth team were called, along with the Great North Air Ambulance and she was flown to hospital in Preston.

Cumbria's weather: Broken cloud and scattered showers

Forecasters expect a bright start with broken cloud and sunny spells, but with the risk of seeing some scattered showers. 

Temperatures could rise to to 18C (64F) at best.

Weather graphic

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

Good morning. Welcome to our live coverage

Martin Lewes


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

If you have news or pictures you think we should add to the mix, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Have a good day.