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  1. Tuesday 2 August 2016

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Martin Lewes


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

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

Video: Protest held over hospital bed closures

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC Newcastle

There are fears a shortage of staff could force the closure of two of Cumbria's smaller hospitals.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said it was facing "severe challenges" due to vacancies, annual leave and sickness.

It said the situation at Maryport and Cockermouth hospitals was "fragile".

A silent protest is being held outside Maryport's Victoria Cottage Hospital, and a campaign to keep it open has attracted 7,000 signatures.  

Cumbria cottage hospitals: Protest held over closure fears

Cumbria's weather: Muggy and drizzly

It'll be a muggy evening with some more drizzle possible.Temperatures are unlikely to fall much below 15C (60F).

Weather graphic

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

Taking the wide view at Bassenthwaite

Judith Denwood sent this panorama from Bassenthwaite Sailing club

Sailing club
Judith Denwood

If you've a picture you'd like to share or news we should know about, you can send it to @BBC_Cumbria, email us at or post on our Facebook page.  

Lacemakers put their best on show

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

Time was when making lace was a major industry in some rural areas.

Farfield Mill at Sedbergh was rather more known for heavier stuff; once its looms made tweeds from the wool of Rough Fell sheep, powered by the waters of the River Clough.

Now it's an art and design centre and it's holding the 40th exhibition of the Lace Guild until September. Here's a couple of the exhibits.

Lace cap
Lace butterflies

Staffing small hospitals 'a real concern' say GPs

The family doctors who run Cumbria's health services through the Clinical Commissioning Group say they've been trying to help recruit staff for the cottage hospitals that serve nine communities in North and West Cumbria.

Recruitment problems and other issues mean three could stop taking in-patients under plans going out to public consultation in the autumn.

Dr David Rogers, who's medical director for the Cumbria CCG, said: “Staffing a small number of beds means a small team, which means if one member of staff goes off it can have a huge impact. The recruitment issues we face are not unique to Cumbria, but are a real concern for us.”

Happy music fans give Kendal calling top reviews

Some of the 23,000 fans and dozens of performers who filled Lowther Deer Park for the Kendal Calling Festival at the weekend have been  giving their reviews, complete with pictures. Here's a selection.

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And the management has responded:

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New parents' partners stay in the night in maternity unit pilot

Staff and new parents at the maternity unit at Barrow's Furness General Hospital are taking part in an experiment where new fathers or other relatives can stay on after the birth.

Nick, Sadie and little Ivor Edmondson

New parents like Nick and Sadie Edmondson are among 30 couples where either the partner or a birthing supporter has stayed over, and staff say the reaction's been extremely positive.

The pilot is part of a national programme to try to improve care given in NHS hospitals.

North photographer on world shortlist for Whitehaven waves

Martin Lewes


Paul Kingston, a freelance photographer with North News and Pictures, has been shortlisted for the title of World Weather Photographer of the Year with this picture of waves breaking at Whitehaven.

You can vote for a winner here.

Waves breaking at whitehaven

Paul's pictures - of weather and other subjects - are widely admired and often make the national newspapers.

Keswick volunteers rescue walker with broken ankle

A walker who slipped coming down Scale Fell on Blencathra and broke his ankle was treated and carried off the hill by Keswick Mountain Rescue Team.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team with casualy and ambulance crew
Keswick MRT

Team members say they "sledged" the casualty down through thick bracken on a stretcher before handing him over to the ambulance service to go to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle.

Work starts to strengthen Carlisle bridge after flood damage

Work is getting under way to repair flood damage to Botcherby Bridge in Carlisle.

A number of parapets that were weakened during Storm Desmond will be strengthened.

The Environment Agency says it wants to make sure the bridge is strong enough to withstand the winter, but its long-term future is still being discussed.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and muggy with some drizzle

The thick layer of cloud across Cumbria will persist and there's also a risk of seeing a scattering of showers and some drizzle throughout the afternoon. 

It'll feel quite muggy with highs of 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

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

Dozens join hospital protest to lobby 'success' team

Dozens of people lobbied senior health officials who visited Maryport Hospital today to discuss whether it should cater for inpatients in future.

Protest lobby

The hospitals one of nine being reviewed by a team called a "success regime", which it trying to sort out health service problems across the area.

The team's "emerging thinking" is that the hospital is too small to staff properly and patients would be better off at home, but local people see it as a key facility for the community.

It's something they value and something they don't want to lose"

Three cottage hospitals 'may lose overnight beds'

Three of the nine cottage hospitals in North and West Cumbria could stop having in-patients in what's described as "current thinking".

Speaking in Maryport this morning Sir Neil McKay, chairman of the success regime team which is sorting out health service problems in the area, said the small hospitals were difficult to staff and patients were better off at home if an integrated care system could be set up.

He said the team's current approach was to take beds out of the hospitals at Maryport, Wigton and Alston, but these plans would not go ahead until after three months of public consultation in the autumn.

Work steps up pace on new shipyard buildings

BAE Systems has signed a £67m contract to add an extension to the huge Devonshire Dock construction hall at the Barrow shipyard.

Artiist's impression of new building
BAE Systems

Allan Day, who's director of the site redevelopment programme, says the first steelwork has already been put up for the building, which will be used for the rest of the Astute programme and for the Successor project to replace Britain's Trident fleet of nuclear submarines.

Watch: Demonstrators outside Maryport Hospital

Martin Lewes


Dozens of people gathered outside Maryport Cottage Hospital this morning to oppose the closure of beds because of staff shortages there.

BBC Radio Cumbria's political reporter Bob Cooper was there and posted this video on Facebook.

Lords Rake 'still needs care' after leaning pillar falls

Mountain rescuers say the Lords Rake gully, between Scafell and Scafell Pike, still needs care after a rock pillar that has leaned across the ravine for about 10 years finally crumbled and fell.

Lords Rake
Wasdale MRT

The huge rock and jumble of boulders just behind this member of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team is all that now remains of the impressive chockstone, as it was known.

Mike Gullen, one of the team leaders, said: "As always, people walking in such areas should remain vigilant for falling rocks and go out suitably dressed and experienced for such a route."

Why North Cumbria's cottage hospitals are on the edge

The trust that runs the cottage hospitals in nine communities across North Cumbria says it's struggling to recruit staff, with only one qualified nurse on duty at times.

The worst position is at Alston where 59% of posts are vacant. 

On Friday the Cumbria Partnership trust announced that the hospital would only provide day services, with four patients being discharged or moved to Brampton.

But at Maryport more than 50% of posts are unfilled, with a serious position at Cockermouth. 

Claire Molloy, the trust chief executive, says the situation can only continue for a few more weeks, adding: "We are beginning to see the signs of stress in our staff due to the additional demands being placed on them.”

Your photos: Ewe with a view

The Herdwick sheep of the Lake District can live out in all weathers, but they do look happiest when it's warm and dry.

Campbell Sheppard from Darlington saw this one taking in the view from Helm Crag above Grasmere and sent us the photograph.

Ewe on Helm Crag
Campbell Sheppard

We're always happy to see your pictures: you can send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page.  

Kendal Calling 'leads way in preventing drugs deaths'

The drug testing system run at the Kendal Calling music festival may have helped reduce the risks of deaths from substance misuse, it's been said today.

Hardwicke Circus at Kendal Calling

Christian Pay, from Millom, died last year when he was just 18, after taking a contaminated drug at the festival.

But this year, drug users were encouraged to make use of a "drug testing hub" on site, and on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning, his friend, Jordan Blackburn said this could have saved Christian's life:

I know that people are going to be taking drugs, so if there are tents there to test the drugs, that's amazing."

Terrorists could strike in Cumbria as easily as in any major UK city

North West Evening Mail


Terrorists could strike in Cumbria just as easily as they could in any major UK city, police say.

Police Federation secretary Paul Senior spoke out after news that the force could lose more firearms officers to be deployed to other areas.

Suzanne calls foul over Pooh Sticks problem

National Trust rangers leave a bucket of sticks near one bridge in the Lake District so children can throw them into the stream on one side, and see which one floats out the other first - the game of Pooh Sticks, invented by the writer A.A. Milne in his stories about Winnie the Pooh.

But the writer Suzanne Elsworth says the gesture's being misunderstood...

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UKIP leadership hopeful awaits ballot paper decision

A UKIP MEP for the North West is waiting to see if he can stand for the party leadership, even though his application missed the deadline.

Stephen Woolfe

Steven Woolfe was supposed to have submitted his papers and pay a deposit by noon on Sunday, but says he encountered technical issues with the party's website.

It's not clear when party officials will announce whether or not he can be on the ballot paper.

Yesterday he admitted failing to disclose a drink-driving ban when seeking election as a police and crime commissioner.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and muggy

Forecasters expect little in the way of brightness for most of the day today.

There's also at risk of a scattering of showers and some drizzle throughout the afternoon. 

It'll feel quite muggy with temperatures reaching 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

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

Police probe after body found on road

The body of a man was found in West Cumbria last night.

Police were alerted by a member of the public who found him on the B5301 between Aspatria and West Newton just after 17:00. 

Officers say the man is in his 50s. His death is being treated as "unexplained" but not suspicious.

Poised rock finally tumbles on Scafell route

Martin Lewes


For several years a huge rock has been poised to fall down a gully called Lord's Rake on the route between England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its neighbour, Scafell.

The word is: It's finally fallen!

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And the "before" picture....

Lords Rake chockstone before it fell

Campaigners march for 'fragile' cottage hospitals

People are on the march in two towns in Cumbria today because they're worried that some of the county's smaller hospitals will close. 

Maryport hospital

Health officials are blaming staff shortages at Maryport, where ribbons have been tied on fences (pictured above), and in Cockermouth, for what they say is a "fragile" situation where some beds may be closed.

Campaigners will demonstrate in Maryport this morning and this afternoon, protesters are expected to gather outside a meeting of health officials in Penrith to protest about the temporary closure of the hospital in Alston. 

Last week, its services were moved to Brampton.

Travel: Roadworks in Carlisle and Whitehaven, and rail problems in Scotland

BBC Travel

Roadworks continue on Warwick Road, the A69, in Carlisle, and Inkerman Terrace in Whitehaven, which is one-way only.

On the railways, a broken down train at Carluke is affecting services on Scotrail and Virgin West Coast between Lanrak and Glasgow.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


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

Top of the agenda as I start is concern for the future of cottage hospitals across the north of Cumbria, with demonstrations planned.

If you're invvolved in that - or anything else you think is worth sharing - 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.