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  1. Wednesday 3 August 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Our updates are now finished for today. 

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

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Weather: Showers overnight and unsettled tomorrow

BBC Weather

Cloudy with some scattered showery rain overnight. Lows of 15C (59F).

Tomorrow looks like being very similar to today but it should be less windy. 

Sunshine and showers throughout the day with one or two of these showers turning potentially heavy. Turning a little cooler with temperatures in the high teens.

See the forecast for your area here.

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Hosts of Wordsworth's daffodils at London station

Euston Station was adorned with daffodils earlier today as part of a new campaign to encourage the public to see the Lake District as ‘Wordsworth Country’ once again. 

Commuters were encouraged to sit in a daffodil garden and take selfies.

The Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere wants to raise awareness of the many sites of natural beauty in the Lake District that inspired William Wordsworth. The area was known as 'Wordsworth Country' as early as the 1820s.

There were also impromptu performances of his most famous poem ‘Daffodils’, led by comedian and Grumpy Old Man star Arthur Smith.

Arthur Smith reading a poem to a young boy surrounded by daffodils
Wordsworth Trust

Police appeal for information after three-year-old is hurt

Police are appealing for information after an incident on Shaddongate in Carlisle this afternoon.

Officers were called to the scene following reports that a silver car had collided with a three-year-old boy. The child received what are described as minor injuries.

The female driver initially stopped at the scene but then left. Officers are keen to speak to her.

Any witnesses or anyone who can assist in the investigation should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police logo

Staff at Carlisle's hospital say they're 'not treated with respect'

Staff at Carlisle's hospital have been telling the BBC they are undervalued and overworked and not treated with respect.

They say the low morale at the Cumberland Infirmary has been made worse by the introduction of car parking fines. 

The two nurses who have spoken to the BBC want to remain anonymous.

One says: "Everyone feels stressed out and I think it's having a definite impact. Some days I've gone in and haven't been able to focus on the task in hand. They wonder how mistakes happen. They end up giving disciplinary threats when really there're a lot of factors that cause these mistakes."

We asked the North Cumbria NHS Trust to respond to these concerns but in a statement it said it prefers to talk to staff members directly but that it hopes the parking situation will improve with the opening of a new car park this winter.

Cumberland Infirmary

Dad accidentally stabs himself in the groin while making a chicken curry

North West Evening Mail


Lakes accident blackspot 'more dangerous' after boulder fall

A teetering boulder which plunged down a steep Lake District gully has made an accident blackspot even more dangerous, mountain rescuers are warning.

The 15 tonne rock, known as Chockstone, has been wedged at the top of Lord's Rake leading up to the Scafell Pike plateau since 2001 when a pillar broke off from the rock wall. 

But in the last few days the pillar plummeted down the ravine, making the area more dangerous.

Lord's Rake
Richard Warren

Richard Warren of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue team said volunteers were called out to the spot around four times a year and four people had been killed there in the last two decades.

He said: "The boulder fall has dislodged a lot of rocks so scramblers must take care, even wear helmets.

"In fact if they see anyone ahead of them in the gully, they should turn back because of the danger of rocks falling." 

Lords Rake
Wasdale Mountain Rescue

Three men jailed for drugs offences at Kendal Calling

Three men have been jailed for a total of 13 years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs at last year's Kendal Calling music festival.

The conviction followed an investigation by police after the death of 18-year-old Christian Pay who was at the event.

Michael Mountfort, 42, from Manchester was given seven years, Luke Fraser, 21, also from Manchester, was given four years and eight months and Simon Chapman who's 21 and from Race Grove in Millom was jailed for 16 months.

Family's isolation ends with new bridge

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

A Cumbrian farming family that has felt isolated since the winter storms is now reconnecting with the rest of the county.

Storm Desmond swept through Low Bridge End Farm in St John's in the Vale, just north of Thirlmere, in December.

It destroyed a bridge which linked the farm to the main road. 

Sarah Chaplain Brice says it's taken eight months to get planning permission to build a new bridge:

For the planners we needed an environmental survey, a scoping survey, a flood risk assessment and a tree root survey. It just leaves you a bit speechless really!"

Low morale at Cumbrian hospital 'putting patients at risk'

Some of the nurses at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle say they're looking for new jobs because of low morale, which they believe is putting patients at risk.

They say parking fines, which were introduced last month, are the last straw, causing more stress for staff who are already feeling over-stretched.

The nurses concerned have asked to remain anonymous.

One said: "There's a shortage of staff everywhere and I think a lot of people who haven't thought of it before are thinking about new employment. 

"It's easier to work closer to home where they don't have the stress of all this going on."

In a statement, the North Cumbria NHS Trust says extra parking is being introduced this winter and managers will be talking to staff about their concerns.

Cumberland Infirmary main entrance

Your photos: Kendal Calling from the air

The Kendal Calling festival might be over for another year but we couldn't leave it without sharing this great photo.

It was taken by paramedic Jamie Walsh from the Great North Air Ambulance.

Aerial shot of Kendal Calling
Jamie Walsh

Weather: Rather unsettled this afternoon and evening

BBC Weather

Rather unsettled this afternoon with some heavy downpours and quite a lot of cloud.

Strong westerly winds mean that we could see some very blustery conditions throughout the afternoon but feeling warm in the sun with highs of 18C (64F).

Tonight it will be cloudy with some scattered showery rain. Showers should lose their momentum as we make our way into the early hours of tomorrow morning. Lows of 15C (59F).

See the forecast for your area here.

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Carlisle United trying to clarify future investment

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United have revealed they will demand a resolution to the club's ongoing "mystery millionaire" saga in the next few days.

Speaking at last night's fans forum broadcast live on the BBC Football website, the chairman Andrew Jenkins said the club would send a letter calling for clarity as a "last throw of the dice". 

It comes 442 days after they first announced an approach from an agent of the potential investor.

Carlisle united ground

UKIP leadership: Steven Woolfe excluded from race

UKIP leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe has been excluded from the contest to replace Nigel Farage.

The party's NEC said it decided by a "clear majority" that Mr Woolfe - seen as the frontrunner - was "ineligible as a result of a late submission".

North West MEP Mr Woolfe had blamed computer problems for missing the deadline on Sunday.

On the final ballot are MEPs Jonathan Arnott, Bill Etheridge and Diane James, councillor Lisa Duffy and activists Phillip Broughton and Elizabeth Jones.

The winner of the contest is scheduled to be announced on 15 September.

BreakingNorth West MEP barred from UKIP leadership race

North West MEP Steven Woolfe has been excluded from the race to become UKIP leader, the party says.

More to follow.

More on theft from ambulance in West Cumbria

Cumbria's ambulance service says it's "shocked and appalled" that while crews were dealing with a patient in Workington this morning, their response bag was stolen.

A man was seen going into the back of an ambulance in Scafell Avenue just before 07:00. 

He then removed the bag, which contained medical equipment.

The ambulance crew was performing CPR on the patient, who was suffering from a cardiac arrest.


Unusal load on Barrow's roads

The town's shipyard builds submarines for the Royal Navy.

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Busy day for local mountain rescue team

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team got more than they bargained for when they were called out yesterday afternoon.

They were looking for two women who had got lost in the mist on the Glaramara ridge when they heard whistles nearby alerting them to a second incident.

A walker had fallen on the side of Hind Crag and hurt themselves.

The team called out the coastguard helicopter to winch the casualty out and take them to hospital.

Casualty being winched up to helicopter
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

Bag stolen while paramedics do CPR

The North West Ambulance Service have just sent this tweet.

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More than 40 caught driving under the influence

Cumbria Police caught 43 drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a recent month-long campaign.

Some 327 people were breath-tested. The total number of those who either tested positive or refused to provide a test was approximately 13%. 

Of those who failed, 18 were following a collision.

The force says this year’s campaign prioritised checks which have led to an increase in the percentage of people who were caught.

A spokesman says: “The fact that 18 people were found to be over the limit following a collision is alarming. 

"If people continue to drive whilst they have alcohol or drugs in their system it will only be a matter of time before we are dealing with the fatal consequences."

Breath test machine

Plaque to be unveiled honouring Cumbrian-born comedian

A plaque is going to be unveiled in Glasgow in memory of Stan Laurel, who was born in Cumbria.

The comedian, who was one half of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, was born in Ulverston.

His family moved to Glasgow when he was still a child. 

 His plaque will be mounted on the wall of a tenement block at Craigmillar Road, where he spent some of his formative years.

Stan laurel

Hospital campaigners threaten legal action

Campaigners in Cumbria are warning of legal action if beds in their local hospital are permanently closed.

Alix Martin is a member of the group that's trying to prevent the permanent closure of hospital beds in the Alston Community Hospital.

She says legal advice could be sought on the grounds that people's human rights would be "trashed".

The Success Regime, which is reviewing healthcare in most of Cumbria, says it's still talking to patients and hospital staff about its plans. But says it believes some people could receive better treatment at home.

Alston town centre

Barrow abuse victim tells how she considered taking her own life

North West Evening Mail


Carlisle Pageant gets its own fringe event

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

There's a new addition to the Carlisle Pageant this year.

It's called the Carlisle Fringe, and will be a showcase for street theatre and outdoor performances that'll take place outside the Old Town Hall. 

All of the performances will be free.

The pageant, which celebrates the history of Carlisle, will take place between the 20th and 29th of this month.

Giant puppets in Carlisle

UKIP leadership candidates to be named today

UKIP will unveil its list of leadership candidates in the running to succeed Nigel Farage today.

A spokesman said "one final round of checking" was needed, after officials met on Tuesday to discuss eligibility.

It is considering whether North West MEP Steven Woolfe can run after he missed the deadline and revealed he did not disclose a drink-driving ban when he stood to be a police commissioner in 2012.

North East MEP Jonathan Arnott and Bill Etheridge MEP are also in the race. 

North East UKIP activist Philip Broughton, Huntingdonshire councillor Lisa Duffy and Elizabeth Jones have also put their names forward, although there continues to be uncertainty about whether prominent MEP Diane James has applied.

UKIP leadership candidates

Weather: Heavy showers possible but warm in any sun

BBC Weather

A cloudy start to the day with some patchy drizzle first thing. 

However, we could see some very heavy, potentially thundery showers today.

Turning breezier with strong westerly winds but feeling warm in the sun with highs of 18C (64F).

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Morale at Cumbrian hospital is 'low'

Two nurses who work at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle say they're looking for jobs elsewhere because morale at the hospital is so low.

The nurses say some people are having to do far too much overtime, and that busy shifts are often covered by minimal staffing. 

They say the added stress created by the threat of new parking fines is making things worse.

The North Cumbria NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, says it will talk to staff about their concerns and hopes the parking situation will improve with the opening of a new car park later this year.

Cumberland Infirmary

Travel: Delays possible in Whitehaven

BBC Travel

The A5094 (Inkerman Terrace) in Whitehaven is closed inbound between the A595 junction and the Foxhouses Road junction, because of roadworks.

See here for all the latest details in your area.

Welcome to our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning. Breezy but mild as I walked to work this morning. The noise of the wind in the trees was lovely.

I'll be keeping you up to date with Cumbria's news, travel and weather until about 1600.

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.