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  1. Cumbria flood appeal tops £10m
  2. Climbing centre welcomes 'Olympic sport' announcement
  3. Locals aim to catch Kendal speeders on camera
  4. Police appeal for witness after driver dies
  5. Thursday 4 August 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


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

You can can send in news you think we should know, or pictures you'd like to share, using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page

Have a very good evening.

Cumbria's weather: Showers dying out and clear spells developing

High pressure should build from the south west tonight, dispersing the showers and giving some clear spells.

Temperatures should fall towards 12C (54F).

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

Bag stolen from ambulance is recovered: Police issue description

Police say the bag stolen from an ambulance in Workington yesterday has been recovered, although some of its contents are missing.

Officers say pills that were in the bag could be fatal if taken. They've also issued a description of a man they want to trace: skinny, with a shaven head, and about 5ft 8ins tall.

The theft happened as the paramedics from the ambulance were trying to save a patient's life. The patient's treatment was not affected, police said.

Union 'dismayed' as housing association sheds jobs

The trade union Unite says 64 jobs could be lost at the Riverside Housing Association in Carlisle.

The jobs are said to involve skilled tradespeople such as bricklayers and plumbers and the union says the association's trying to reduce its workforce to a smaller number of multi-skilled employees.

Riverside said the association had started consultation over the job losses, but no decisions had yet been made.

The job losses follow a 1% cut in rents imposed last year, which the association says will cost it £30m over the next three years.

MP says he'll carry on Staveley bridge campaign

Westmorland and Lonsdale Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron has welcomed news of an early replacement for a flood-damaged bridge at Staveley, near Kendal, but says it's still taking too long.

Mr Farron said he believed the completion date could still be brought forward.

Steveley Bridge

For some local businesses, Easter might not come soon enough. There are still eight months until the bridge will be finished, meaning the village will have been cut in two for well over a year."

Tim FarronMP for Westmorland and Lonsdale

Carlisle United mourns Russell Coughlin

Russell Coughlin, who played for Carlisle United from 1980 until 1984, has died at the age of 56.

He is believed to have collapsed at the wheel of his car in the city yesterday, and died shortly afterwards.  

Russell Coughlin
Carlisle United

Coughlin made 130 appearance for Carlisle United. He started his career at Manchester City, and during his career appeared for Blackburn Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Blackpool, Shrewsbury, Swansea, Exeter City and Torquay United. 

The club has tweeted condolences to his friends and family.

Olympic sport - we're up for that, says Kendal climbing wall

Martin Lewes


Staff at the Kendal climbing wall, which is the highest in England, say they're hoping to train potential members of the UK team after the International Olympic Committee announced that the sport would form part of the Tokyo games in 2020.

Climber on Kendal wall
Dave Willis

Three events are planned; route climbing (pictured), bouldering and speed climbing.

Jeremy Wilson, who owns the Kendal Wall, says he's considering creating a speed-climbing wall to meet Olympic standards and says the centre can already cater for the other disciplines.

Cumbria's weather: Showers dying out

It should be largely dry this afternoon with plenty of bright and sunny spells developing.

The odd isolated, heavy shower is still possible, though. Temperatures should rise to about 20C (68F).

Weather graphic

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

Staveley bridge replacement 'by next Easter'

The replacement of the flood-damaged bridge on the main road into Stavelely, near Kendal, has been brought forward five months after local protests.

Old Gowan Bridge, Stavelely

But it will still be next Easter before the Gowan Old bridge (pictured) is reopened.  Local business people say they're losing trade because visitors are being put off.

David Brockbank, who owns the Staveley Mill Yard where a number of businesses are based, said: "This is a huge improvement in time frame, which will be of enormous benefit to the community and businesses in the village."

Gritting teams gear up for ice and snow

We know it's still summer, but Cumbria's gritting teams have almost finished their plans to cope with a freezing winter. 

Gritter spreading
Cumbria Highways

Each year Cumbria Highways spends an average of £3.7m gritting just over 120,000 miles of roads.

All of our salt barns are full, we hold 23,000 as well as another 4,000 tonnes of salt if we need it."

Karl MelvilleSenior manager, Cumbria Highways

Downspout problem gets the boot

Travel: Roadworks hold up traffic on A590

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic in both directions of the A590 at Swarthmoor, in the roadworks area.

You can find the latest travel updates here.

Kendal speeders in their camera sights

People speeding through Aynam Road in Kendal are being targeted with speed guns by annoyed residents.

They plan to pass on the car registrations of speeders to the police, who run other schemes across Cumbria.

Speed gun

It's already pretty well established that there's a problem and I don't understand why they haven't done something about it. There's been numerous crashes on the road, there's already enough evidence."

Simon BoltonAynam Road resident

Barrow 'set to sign defender'

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Barrow are set to complete their tenth signing of the summer today.

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport understands a central defender who played twice in the Championship last season for his club will sign a deal with the Bluebirds in time for the start of the new National League season this weekend.

Video: Rescue team helps brothers down Great Gable scree

Two brothers who lost track of a footpath in thick fog on the 899m (2,949ft) high fell Great Gable yesterday were helped down a steep mountainside by volunteers from the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team.

Mountain rescue team helping man
Wasdale MRT

The two were walking in high winds and heavy rain, and found themselves on a scree run of loose steep rock called Little Hellgate.

The team members posted this film of two members battling the wind as they helped one of the lads down.

Police seek witness to road death

Cumbria Police say they're keen to speak to a witness who stopped at the scene of a road accident where a man died..

It happened yesterday afternoon just after 17:30 when a grey Vauxhall left the Kingstown Road in Carlisle.

The emergency services tried to resuscitate the 56-year-old driver but he died shortly afterwards.

£10m raised, £5m handed out by flood fund

An appeal started after Storm Desmond and successive waves of bad weather inundated Cumbria has passed £10m.

Flood debris outside house
Getty/Christopher Furlong

Cumbria Community Foundation began the flood recovery appeal the weekend that the floods began last December and raised £1m in under five days. 

The fund has given out grants worth £5m and is still encouraging people affected by the floods to apply for a grant, even if they've already had one.

Locals take aim for Kendal speeders

People living on one of Kendal's main streets are the latest in Cumbria to use speed guns to try to slow down the traffic.

Aynam Road

The Speedwatch group is being set up on Aynam Road, a one-way street by the River Kent that has seen a number of accidents, two of them fatal, since 2013.

The registrations of cars exceeding the speed limit significantly will be passed on to police, although drivers will only be warned at first.

Travel: Broken-down train delays services

A broken-down train between Carlisle and Whitehaven is causing delays on the Cumbria Coast line. Disruption's expected to ease after 09:00

Cumbria's weather: Scattered showers and a lot less windy

There'll be a few scattered showers across the north east and Cumbria this morning, but it'll be largely dry with plenty of bright and sunny spells developing.

The winds should be much lighter today.

The odd isolated, heavy shower will remain this afternoon, with temperatures reaching 20C (68F).

Weather graphic

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

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


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

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