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  1. Wednesday 27 July 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Live updates have now finished for the day.  We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, travel and weather.

You can send in news and pictures using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page.  

Weather: Dry overnight, showers tomorrow

BBC Weather

We should continue to see broken cloud and sunny spells throughout the afternoon. Highs of 18C (64F).

Overnight, the dry weather will continue with things staying relatively clear. Temperatures getting down to 13C (55F).

Tomorrow, cloud will build through the morning ahead of some showery rain that will affect the region for much of the day. 

We could see one or two heavier bursts at times as well as the odd break before things start to settle down in the evening. Feeling cooler with highs of 16C (61F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

weather graphic

Flood-hit Staveley firms hit with illegal signs fine threat

More on the story now that traders in a flood-hit village say they have been threatened with fines of up to £2,500 unless they remove illegal 'open for business' signs.

Businesses have placed banners on verges along the A591 close to the Staveley junction near Kendal, in Cumbria, in a bid to attract trade.

Firms said they had seen a dip in trade since Storm Desmond in December.

The Lake District National Park Authority has suggested a compromise of a single shared sign.


Tour of Britain: 'Inspiring' for the city

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Carlisle will host the beginning of Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain. It will start at 11:00 on Monday 5 September, it's been announced today.

The route has been planned to include some of the areas worst hit by December's floods. 

The cyclists will ride from Carlisle to Kendal, on a 117-mile course taking in Penrith, Cockermouth, Keswick and Ambleside.

Race organisers met in Carlisle earlier today and Colin Glover, leader of Carlisle City Council, described the event as "inspiring" for the city.

Colin Glover

'Serious player' in drugs plot jailed

A 25-year-old Carlisle man has been jailed for nine years after admitting conspiring to supply heroin.

Stuart Hardy, from Scalegate Road, was intercepted by the police last August as he travelled on the A66 with £20,000 worth of the class A drug.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Hardy was "senior in the hierarchy" and a "serious player" in a conspiracy that saw more than a kilo of heroin smuggled into the county.

Stuart Hardy
Cumbria Police

Weather: Cloudy with sunny spells

BBC Weather

We should continue to see broken cloud and sunny spells for a while although some thicker cloud develop throughout the afternoon. Highs of 18C (64F)

Overnight, this dry weather continues with things staying relatively clear.  Temperatures getting down to 13C (55F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

weather graphic

How Beatrix Potter is helping to save Britain's hedgehogs

Her anthropomorphic tales of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and Squirrel Nutkin have made Beatrix Potter one of Britain’s best-loved authors, for children and adults alike. 

But it is one spiky animal in particular which perhaps owes most to the writer who would have celebrated her 150th birthday tomorrow.

One of her most famous books features a very prickly character, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle the hedgehog washerwoman but as well as being staple bedtime reading, the story also changed our attitude to the garden visitor.

Ecologist and author Hugh Warwick explains more here.

The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle book cover and photo of hedgehog

Your photos: Sun rises through the trees

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Kev' from Baycliff for this photograph he took this morning.

If you'd like to become a BBC Weather Watcher you can sign up here.

BBC Weather Watcher photo

Super 8s fixtures announced

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Workington Town will get their round of Super 8s fixtures under way at Oldham on Sunday 7 August. 

They'll also be away on the final day with a trip to Halifax on 18 September.

Whitehaven get their Super 8s campaign going at home to Bradford Bulls on 7 August before facing Swinton at the Recreation Ground on the final day.

The two West Cumbrian sides will meet at Derwent Park on Sunday 21 August.

Workington man jailed for crime spree

A man from Workington has been jailed after a crime spree across three Cumbrian towns.

Darren Hilland, 35, tried to hide stolen goods in his trousers in Whitehaven's B&M store in May and broke into a garage on the same day.

At Carlisle Crown Court, he admitted seven offences included thefts in both Wigton and Workington as well as possessing two offensive weapons.

Hilland from Lakeside View in Workington was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

A second man, Andrew Monkhouse, 39, admitted jointly committing the Wigton crimes. Monkhouse, of Sarsfield Road, Workington, was jailed for three days having already spent time in custody.

Last chance to find out more about plans for nuclear power station

The last public event where people can find out more about plans for a nuclear power station in West Cumbria takes place today.

Nugen, the company behind proposals for three nuclear reactors at Moorside, next to Sellafield, is holding a drop-in event at Whitehaven. 

The event started at 11:00 at the Civic Hall and people can talk to Nugen representatives and find out about the project. 

 It's the last in a series of events as part of a second consultation, before the company seeks planning permission for the plant next year.

National Park defend decision about temporary signs

The Lake District National Park says it's not acted heavy-handedly after sending letters to some south Cumbrian businesses warning them to take down advertising signs or face fines of more than £2,000.

The authority's faced criticism from businesses in Staveley near Kendal who put up the signs to draw in passing trade after a bridge in the village was destroyed by the winter storms.

This is an example of the sort of sign that needs to be removed:

Sign on roadside

Here are examples of signs that are allowed:

Sign on bridge

The National park says it's sympathetic to Staveley traders but temporary signs should be removed to reduce the amount of "clutter" on the roadside and that "one shared sign would be better" .

Here is a link to the National Park's advertisement control policy.


GSK: UK still 'attractive' post Brexit as it invests £275m

The pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline has announced a £275m expansion of its UK manufacturing sites - but none of the new investment will come to its site in Ulverston.

GSK says the UK remains an "attractive location" despite the vote to leave the EU.

The company will expand its operations in Barnard Castle, Hertfordshire and Scotland.

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In Ulverston it is already investing £330m building a biopharm manufacturing facility.

Carlisle United drawn against Rovers in EFL Trophy

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United have been drawn with Blackburn Rovers, Fleetwood Town and Oldham Athletic in Group D of the new-look EFL Trophy.

Each team will play each other once, either home or away, with the top two sides progressing through to the knockout stages.

Read more here.

Your photos: Beautiful start to the day in Ambleside

BBC Weather Watchers

Lovely start to the day in Ambleside this morning. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Ambleside Maggie' for this photograph.

If you'd like to become a BBC Weather Watcher you can sign up here.

View from Ambleside
Ambleside Maggie

Pop duo speak ahead of Kendal Calling

Cumbria Live


From Radio 1 airplay to entertaining Eliza Doolittle, jangle pop duo Her's have made quite the impression on the music front. 

Lauren Page speaks to the boys about festival life and getting starstruck ahead of Kendal Calling.

Cumbria Live

Today's fells forecast - light to moderate winds

If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells today, here's the fells forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 8C (46F).
  • Winds: Light to moderate northwesterly.
  • Cloud: Patchy cloud, mostly above the fells.
  • Visibility: Good.
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.

Tour of Britain: Find out more about Cumbrian stage today

We'll find out more about the Cumbrian stage of the 2016 Tour of Britain today.

Race organisers will be explaining the route between Carlisle and Kendal today at the city's Old Town Hall.

Some of the world's best cyclists will pass through the communities that were hit worst by winter's flooding during the 188.2km stage in September.

Busy week for mountain rescue team

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team says it's been involved in six call outs in the last six days.

Yesterday afternoon 16 team members were called to a couple of walkers above Buttermere. The pair had managed to get themselves off the hillside.

Then last night they helped the Wasdale team look for another walker. He was found after 23:00 at Black Sail Youth Hostel.

Council pledges to rebuild bridge after floods

Replacing the bridge in Staveley which was demolished after flood damage is a priority after villagers said they feel forgotten, Cumbria County Council says.

The demolished bridge in Staveley

Weather: Sunny spells after a damp start

BBC Weather

Today is starting on a rather cloudy and damp note with some mist and murk over higher ground.

But throughout the morning, this thick cloud should start to thin and break revealing some brighter skies and sunny spells that will continue into the afternoon. 

Highs of 18C (64F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

Weather graphic

Park warns traders over temporary signs

BBC Cumbria

The Lake District National Park is telling traders in flood-hit Staveley to remove temporary signs promoting the area, or risk a fine.

It says it wants to talk to businesses rather than see them fined, but will allow only one sign to be displayed for the village:

Warning letter
The Lake District National Park

Travel: A590 closed due to accident

BBC Travel

The  A590 Ulverston Road is closed both ways and there's queueing traffic due to an accident involving two vehicles between Main Road and Pennington Lane.

Congestion is to Rufus Lane and is affecting traffic between Ulverston and Barrow.

Get the latest travel news here.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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.