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  1. Monday 1 August 2016

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Martin Lewes


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

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

Have a very good evening.

Minister stresses support for national parks

An environment minister visiting Cumbria to help celebrate the extension of the county's two national parks has stressed the support of Theresa May's government for protecting the nation's best landscapes.

Troutbeck Park farm

Lord Gardiner said the ministerial team he was part of was hugely supportive of the environment: "Yes, we are pro-business and we want agriculture to succeed, so that's very important, alongside caring for the environment. I think that in this country we are well able to have a very high quality environment and an agriculture that is vibrant."

The minister also said he thought Cumbria's two national parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales were "well able to cope with many more people".

Police praise 'sensible' festival fans

Police have praised the "vast majority" of the 23,000 music fans at the Kendal Calling festival for their behaviour.

Band at festival

Officers say they made a number of arrests  for supplying drugs, and "dealt with" people possessing drugs for personal use.

Chief Insp David Bosson said: “Although we did make a number of arrests over the weekend, the number is relatively small in comparison to the large number of people who attended the festival."

Cumbria's weather: Broken cloud but mainly dry

It's likely to remain dry but cloudy this evening with temperatures falling to about 13C (55F). there's just the chance of a shower in the south of the county.

Weather graphic

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

Teenagers 'filmed as lone officer was attacked'

Police say they've recovered video evidence filmed about the time a lone woman police officer was beaten to the ground in Windermere by a drunken teenage girl as other youths looked on.

Detectives investigating the assault have appealed for anyone else with pictures to come forward. 

They've thanked members of the public who went in to help the officer as she was punched on the floor.

The attack was one of a series of incidents, which started with a youth being assaulted in the High Street area at 21:50. 

After the attack, several other teenagers were arrested after they caused further problems.

Walker flown to hospital after slip

A 49-year-old lady from the Middlesbrough area was rescued by the Cockermouth team this morning after she slipped while coming down Haystacks towards Scarth Gap and injured her ankle. 

Helicopter and rescue team
Cockermouth MRT

The casualty was treated at the scene by team members and air ambulance doctors and flown to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle for further treatment.

Guest loco drops in to pull the crowds at La'al Ratty

A star attraction from a south coast railway is visiting the Eskdale and Ravenglass in West Cumbria.

Locomotive being lowered onto tracks
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

The No 7 Typhoon was built in 1926 for the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway. It's the third time the locomotive since 1997.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway’s marketing manager, Rachel Bell, says: “No. 7 Typhoon will be a big draw for us during the summer holidays, as everybody loves a visiting engine."

Top mountaineer takes to water

Martin Lewes


Alan Hinkes is best know for being the first Briton to climb all the 8,000m mountains in the world. 

Not that he's against trying other outdoor pursuits...

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Cyclist flown to hospital after falling off bike

A cyclist was airlifted to hospital after falling off his bike so hard he split his helmet in two.

The crash happened near Thirlmere reservoir at 12:15 on Saturday.

The 29-year-old man was treated for head, neck and back injuries by a crew from the Great North Air Ambulance, before being flown to the Royal Preston Hospital within 20 minutes. 

He arrived in a stable condition.

The Great North Air Ambulance
Great North Air Ambulance

Community takes on running Ulverston's Coro

The running of one of south Cumbria's best-known entertainment venues has transferred to a not-for-profit group today.

Coronation Hall

Ulverston Community Enterprises is now in charge of the Coronation Hall in Ulverston after South Lakeland District Council decided that the venue would have a more secure future in private hands.

The group will be able to apply for grants that were not available to the council. It will also receive some revenue from the town's car parks.

With an eye to the winter: Snow poles on A66 replaced

The snow poles along the A66 between Cumbria and County Durham are being replaced.

Snow plough
Highways Agency

The Highways Agency says the poles provide a vital guide to motorists and snowplough drivers during blizzards.

The work will take 10 weeks, and during that time motorists should expect some lane closures and a 50mph speed limit.

Cumbria's weather: Increasing cloud and a risk of showers

BBC Weather

The cloud will continue to build throughout the day  and there's a risk of one or two isolated showers as well. The temperature could reach of 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

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

Parks campaigners greet the sunrise

National parks like the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, which from today cover more of Cumbria, were founded after World War Two, and following a long campaign by the Friends of the Lake District, which was founded in 1934.

Sunrise from Scout Scar
Friends of the Lake District

This morning members rose early to celebrate the extensions to the two national parks, taking this photograph from Scout Scar, in the Lake District, of the sun rising over hills which are now part of the Yorkshire Dales.

Planning rules will lag behind national park extensions

A planning expert's told BBC Radio Cumbria that the tighter restrictions on development that apply in national parks will lag behind the extensions to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales parks that have taken effect today.

Peter Winter spent much of his life working in national park authorities and now advises developers on how to comply with the guidelines.  

He says the guidelines are updated every few years, and it's not until that happens that the new areas will be affected: "In the Lake District South Lakeland policies will apply until they are integrated in two years' time and in the Yorkshire Dales that will take a little bit longer because their policies all currently new, so those will integrate in three or four years' time."

You can hear his full interview here.

Raiders coach tries to block game move

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Head coach Paul Crarey says Barrow Raiders won't be able to get a full side together if the rugby league authorities force them to play York on Saturday, instead of a Sunday.

Paul Crarey

The League One game may be brought forward because York are struggling to find a ground to play at on the Sunday.

But Crarey says players, some of whom work shifts in the BAE shipyard, might not be able to get time off

He said: "Our club's offered our ground if they can't get a ground on the Sunday, some of our fans can't go, it's about us not suffering for something that's happening somewhere else.

The smile that says thanks to the air ambulance

This is Chris Sharples, with his family, saying thank you to the crew of the air ambulance that rescued him last week.

Chris Sharples and family
Chris Sharples

Chris was cutting meat at Long Marton, near Brampton, on 28 July when he sliced into the femoral artery in his groin.

He was given blood before take-off and in the air as the medics on the Great North Air Ambulance flew him to hospital in Middlesbrough for emergency surgery.

This morning he said: "I never thought that in one day, I could have been dependent on so many people. They all have my eternal gratitude, respect and love."

What does this dog owner think will happen next?

Martin Lewes


Sorry if you're eating, but this is almost beyond words. 

As any journalist will tell you, few things provoke more anger among readers, viewers and listeners (and journalists) than dog dirt where it shouldn't be - and this is definitely somewhere it shouldn't be.

Perhaps they believe that the taxpayer foots the bill for a man with a bucket to walk every public right of way in the country, clearing up after the nation's laziest dog owners.

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Public responds to attack on lone female officer

People have been expressing their anger after a lone female police officer in Windermere was attacked at the weekend.

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Police have thanked the members of the public who went to help the officer - she's still off work because of her injuries.

Detectives have appealed for witnesses and any pictures people may have taken of the attack in Windermere High street at 20:50 on Friday.

Travel: Roadworks slow traffic on A66

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing queuing traffic on the A66 east of Penrith. 

It's affecting both directions between the Skygarth Road junction in Kirkby Thore and Crackenthorpe.

You can get the latest travel news here.

Rescue team cleans out famous bivouac cave

Mountain rescue volunteers from the Patterdale team on a training session found themselves cleaning out a cave that was made famous by a BBC programme.

Patterdale MRT at Priest Hole
Patterdale MRT

The BBC programme Secret Britain featured the Priest Hole cave near Helvellyn, which is often used by hill walkers and climbers as an overnight shelter.

The team found the extra publicity had led to a litter problem, as they explained on their Facebook page

Pictured: Kendal Calling rocks historic park

More than 20,000 music fans spent the weekend enjoying a huge selection of music and other entertainment at Lowther Deer Park over the weekend.  

Here's a few of the pictures from the images gathered by the BBC at the festival.

Folk singers
Crowds in sunshine

Rural crime jumps 5% says insurance firm

Rural crime cost the county nearly £250,000 in 2015, figures suggest.

That's an increase of 5%, according to the insurer NFU Mutual, which has produced its yearly Rural Crime Report.

Quad bikes, livestock and farm tools were among the items most likely to be stolen, it said

How part of Cumbria is still Yorkshire - and from today, it's bigger

Until the administrative county of Cumbria was established in 1974, the area around Sedbergh was part of North Yorkshire

But in one way that area never stopped being part of God's own county; it stayed part of the Yorkshire Dales national park, which was run as a part of North Yorkshire County Council using the old boundary over the top of the Howgill fells.

Howgill Fells

With little difference in the landscape north and south of this artificial border, conservationists campaigned for years for an extension, although businesses fearing tighter planning restrictions always had more doubts.

Today, after a lengthy process of planning inquiries and consultation, that extension takes place, and appropriately enough, on Yorkshire Day, a bit more of Cumbria becomes also part of Yorkshire.

Police appeal for missing woman from Carlisle

Police say they're concerned for Emma Cook, 33, from Carlisle, who has not been seen since 18:30 on Saturday 23 July.

Emma Cook
Cumbria Police

Emma, who's 5ft 5in with long brown hair, was last seen in Newtown Road.

Cumbria's weather: Cloud increasing, but mainly dry

Cloud will gradually build throughout the morning from the West and there's a risk of one or two isolated showers. 

Temperatures should rise to about 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

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

National parks spread across county in 'unfinished business'

More people in Cumbria are now living in a national park, with extensions to both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District taking effect this morning.

Map showing national park extensions
Google/Natural England

The Lyth Valley, Sizergh, Brigsteer and Borrowdale have all been added to the Lake District park

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has increased in size by a quarter, taking in the Orton Fells, Barbon and Casterton, and extending to the edge of Kirkby Lonsdale.

Campaigners say it's "unfinished business" because the original boundaries were drawn on county borders that cut through the middle of special landscapes.

Childhood friends organise music gig in memory of Millom woman

North West Evening Mail


Two life-long friends are planning a musical extravaganza to raise money for a charity that was set up in memory of a young woman.  

Michael Kellett, of Crown Street in Millom, has teamed up with childhood friend, Ben Smith, to organise a special music event in memory of his sister, Alex.

Couple with photograph of Alex Kellett
North west Evening Mail

PC attack: Police describe drunken teenagers

We've more details on the attack on a lone female police officer in Windermere High Street.

Windermere High street

Police say the officer was approached by a teenage boy who'd been viciously assaulted at about 21:50 on Friday night.

She was then surrounded by other teenagers and attacked by a drunken and aggressive 15-year-old girl who punched the officer while she lay on the ground. 

Police have thanked  members of the public who came to her help. 

A number of young people have been arrested.

Teenagers arrested after attack on female PC

A lone female police officer was thrown to the ground and repeatedly punched in an attack by a drunken 15-year-old girl in Windermere, police say.

Police logo
Cumbria Police

It happened in High Street on Friday evening but police only made full details available to the media this morning.

They say the woman officer is still off work because of the injuries she sustained.

A 15-year-old girl and other teenagers have been arrested and released on bail.

Travel: Main Road into Whitehaven goes one way

BBC Travel

Traffic going into Whitehaven is being diverted this morning because Inkerman Terrace, one of the main roads into the town, is having work done on pavements. 

Drivers heading out of town are unaffected.

In Carlisle, there are still roadworks on Warwick Road. 

The roadworks on London Road are finished, but that's still very busy with people avoiding the Warwick Road delays.

You can find the latest travel news for where you are here.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning, on 1 August 2016 - and for those of us living in the parts of Cumbria that were once administratively part of Yorkshire, and in spirit, of course, still are, Happy Yorkshire Day.

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