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  1. Thursday 11 August 2016
  2. 'Be prepared' call from busy mountain rescue team
  3. Longtown rallies for local badminton star Lauren
  4. Local caving gear firm replaces stolen safety equipment

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As it Happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished providing updates for today. Service will resume at 08:00 tomorrow with Cumbria's latest news, travel reports and weather forecasts.

If there's something you want us to know about, or you've got some pictures you'd like to share, you can let us know on Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, email us at or post on our Facebook page.

Cumbria's weather: Staying rather cloudy with some drizzle

It'll become drier overnight but still cloudy with some drizzle.

It will feel milder with temperatures dropping to around 14C (57F)

Weather graphic

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

Why Herdy enjoys seeing a line-up of crooks

Cumbria's tweeting hill-farmer, James Rebanks, who's gathered 82,000 followers around the world, says he's honoured to have been asked to judge shepherds' crooks at Rydal show.

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Cannabis courier given suspended sentence

A cannabis courier who was caught on the M6 with drugs valued at £40,000 to raise money to pay off his debts, has been given a suspended prison term of 17 weeks.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Mark Bailey, 31, from Partington in Manchester, had been paid £400 for the trip, during which he was stopped near Carlisle.

Bailey, who had no previous convictions, admitted possessing the drug with intent to supply. He was also ordered to complete 260 hours of unpaid work.

Travel: Crash closes A590 near Greenodd

BBC Travel

A collision involving a number of vehicles between Greenodd and Newby Bridge has closed the A590.  There's queuing traffic in both directions.

You can get the latest travel news here.

Animal rescue centre prepares to move to new base

The charity Eden Animal Rescue says it should be moving into a new purpose-built centre next month.

Kennels under constroction
Eden Animal Rescue

Work like building new kennels (pictured) at Moorlands Head Farm, at Newbiggin near Temple Sowerby,  has cost the group £300,000.

The move from the existing base near Shap will mean the centre will be one of the largest in Cumbria, catering for up to 20 dogs, 50 cats, and 16 other small animals.

Heart patients praise rehabilitation team

Heart patients in west Cumbria have praised a service that helps them to return to their normal, daily activities.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven asked a hundred patients what they thought of its work.

All of them said the service was helpful or very helpful. And 7 out of 10 said they had been able to return to their hobbies and activities.

West Cumberland Hospital

'Closed' listing angers restaurateur

A man who runs a restaurant in Penrith says he's lost thousands of pounds in takings after it was wrongly listed on Google as being shut.

Ian McGregor, from the Bangkok Bistro, says the summer season should be his busiest, but he's seen fewer customers recently than he'd expect in February, after search results showed its status as "permanently closed".

The error was corrected yesterday. Google has not made an official comment.

Badminton coach saw Olympian Lauren's potential

Lauren Smith, who grew up in Longtown, makes her Olympic debut later when she plays for Great Britain in the women's badminton doubles.

Lauren Smith
Getty Images

Ben Davidson,from Borders Badminton Club in Carlisle, trained alongside Lauren when they were younger and is now a coach at the club. 

"It was about when she was 11 or 12 she began to make waves in the national team and you started to see a bit of the potential. I think she made the decision quite early to go big with the dream and she worked really hard for it."

Ben DavidsonCoach, Borders Badminton Club

The latest news on Look North

Colin Briggs

Look North

This lunchtime we'll be hearing from Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team who are warning about an increase in call outs.

The team says nearly three-quarters of the ones they've been on so far this month were avoidable.

Join me at 13:30 on BBC One for this and the latest news from the region.

Cumbrian caving firm replaces stolen safety kit

Martin Lewes


The Cumbrian caving equipment firm Lyon has replaced safety gear stolen from a cavern on the Cumbria-Yorkshire border.

The "highline" had been installed by the Cave Rescue Organisation in the Kingsdale Main cave to help people get out of the network if heavy rain on the surface caused an underground river to rise to dangerous levels.

The ropes and dozens of expensive karabiner clips, worth around £900, were deep beneath the fells, and only a caver could have got to them.

Gaping Gill
Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The cave, along with others like the famous Gaping Gill (pictured), is expected to attract some of the 1,000 enthusiasts expected in the area for the Euro-Speleo Congress this weekend, and Lyon said they'd been "alarmed" to hear of the theft.

United must weather Rams onslaught in Cup

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United will face a trip to Championship side Derby County in the EFL Cup following last night's second round draw.

It will be the second time the two sides have met in the competition in two years, with Derby running out 2-0 winners at Brunton Park back in August 2014.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and breezy with drizzle

It's expected to stay cloudy with some drizzle and quite a strong westerly wind this afternoon. Temperatures will reach about 17C (63F).

Weather graphic

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

MP calls for action as Cumbrian hospitals miss cancer targets

North West Evening Mail


Cancer patients in Cumbria are facing longer waits for initial treatment than other parts of the UK, new figures reveal.

Copeland MP Jamie Reed has been appalled by the figures and is calling on health secretary Jeremy Hunt to take immediate action to ensure patients receive the treatment they deserve.

Travel: Car hits tree on A595

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on A595 in both directions in Hallthwaites between the Chapel Brow junction and the A593 junction, because of an accident involving a car which has hit a tree.

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Longtown rallies for local badminton star Lauren

The Cumbrian badminton player Lauren Smith starts her Olympic adventure this afternoon when she joins partner Heather Olver in the first women's doubles group C match.

Lauren Smith
Alex Morton/Getty Images

Lauren grew up in Longtown and Vikki McGregor, who owns the Graham Arms pub there, lived next door to her.

"The town, the community, is so behind Lauren, this is such a small town so it's huge," she says.

Cumbria Labour members debate leadership

Members of the Labour party in Cumbria are picking their choices for who should lead the party.

The Penrith and the Border and Westmorland and Lonsdale's constituency parties have already nominated Jeremy Corbyn - the results of the votes in Barrow and Carlisle are expected this week.

Sheelagh Delaney, the Secretary of the Penrith and the Border CLP, says Jeremy Corbyn has reinvigorated the party and people who used to tell canvassers that all politicians were the same are now joining.

This is change happening and perhaps change is a good thing."

Sheelagh DelaneySecretary, Penrith and the Border Labour Party

Fifth man admits Boxing Day affray at Carlisle club

Five men are expected to be sentenced later this month for their involvement in violence at a club in Carlisle on Boxing Day. 

Britannia Club
Craig McGlasson

This follows trouble at Club Britannia, on Lowther Street.

One of the men, 35-year-old Michael Norman from Carlisle, pleaded guilty to a charge of affray when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday.

The other men - 21-year-old Carl Purvis from Wigton and 21-year-old Sean Cutting, 28-year-old Carl Haugh and 26-year-old Christopher Cook, who are all from Carlisle, all admitted affray at earlier hearings.

Cumbria's weather: The fells forecast

  • Temperatures at 3000ft: Plus 12 Celsius early and late, rising to plus 18 Celsius in the afternoon.
  • Winds: Strong westerly or south-westerly with gusts of 35-40mph.
  • Cloud: Persistent down to 500m with occasional patches down to 200m particularly in the west. Possibly breaking up slightly for a time in the evening.
  • Visibility: Generally moderate in rain, possibly poor at times in heavy rain or drizzle. Becoming good as rain clears towards the end of the period.

There are more detailed forecasts here.

Vending machine raw milk boosts Kendal farm

A Cumbrian farmer has won national recognition for his diversification into raw milk.


Richard Park, from Low Sizergh Farm near Kendal, sells the milk through a vending machine in the farm yard.

He's picked up a National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award. He told BBC Radio Cumbria that the idea came about as a way of trying to cope with low milk prices.

There's only a small proportion of our milk, but it has done well and it is making a difference."

Richard ParkFarmer

Rescued walkers 'need better preparation'

One of the Lake District's busiest mountain rescue teams says three quarters of its call-outs so far this month could have been avoided if walkers had taken the right clothing or kit, or been better prepared.


Volunteers from the Wasdale team, which covers England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, have answered 12 calls so far this August but, in all but four, people had not taken basic steps.

Bob Smith, editor of the online magazine Grough, says: "We don't want to discourage people from going on the fells, the mental and physical health benefits are obvious, but people do need to prepare themselves."

Cumbria's weather: Improving but still a chance of drizzle

The last of the overnight rain should move off to the east, but it will remain quite cloudy with the risk of a little drizzle. There'll be quite a strong westerly wind and temperatures should reach about 17C (63F)

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 posting the news, travel reports and weather forecasts for this beautiful if (this morning) rather soggy county, through to about 16:00.

If you've got some pictures you'd like to share, or there's something you want us to know about, you can let us know on Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, email us at or post on our Facebook page.