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  1. Updates on Friday 12 August 2016

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished updates for today, and this week. 

We'll be back from Monday with news, travel reports, weather forecasts and an occasional look at the lighter side of Cumbria, from 08:00.

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.

Cumbria's weather: Band of rain moving south

A band band of wetter weather will move through to the south, leaving some broken cloud overnight and one or two isolated showers. 

Temperatures getting down to 14C (57F).

Weather graphic

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

City gives go ahead to 130 homes scheme

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

A controversial plan to build over 130 homes in Carlisle has been approved by the city council. 

Site for new homes

Some locals in the area were worried the land, just off St Ninian's Road in Upperby, was contaminated, because it had previously been used for landfill, and there would be increased traffic.

But the developer's agent says measures will be put in place to address people's concerns. The city council's planning committee has today granted outline permission to build on the site.

Curlews 'benefit from moorland restoration'

Grouse moor owners have been stressing the work they do for other wildlife, on the opening day of their shooting season.

Robert Benson, the Cumbria-based chairman of the Moorlands Association, said around 18,000 hectares (44,479 acres) of peatland had been restored, helping to slow the flow of heavy rain off the uplands into the valley.

Moorlands Association

He said the way grouse moors were managed also benefiited other ground-nesting birds like the lapwing (pictured).

A day off for the mountains

As you might expect, this story from the Far East has caught the eye of the people who run the Kendal Mountain Festival...

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Road closures loom for Penrith gas main work

Several roads in the centre of Penrith will be closed as the town's gas network is modernised.

Northern Gas Networks says it's spending £170,000 on the project that will run through to the end of October.


Brunswick Road will be closed for four weeks from Monday, with the work moving on to Castlegate and Middlegate (pictured).

NGN says shops and other businesses should have pedestrian access maintained, and their staff will be keeping local people informed.

Whitelaw's country seat still up for sale

The former Cumbrian home of the Conservative politician Willie Whitelaw is still on the market, more than a year after it was put up for sale.

H&H King Residential

Ennim, near Penrith, has seven bedrooms and sits in nine acres of grounds.

Viscount Whitelaw, a former Home Secretary in Margaret Thatcher's government, lived there for about 30 years.

He died in 1999, and Lady Whitelaw sold the property two years later. It's now back on the market for £1.7m.

Cumbria's weather: Warm, breezy and rain later

A warm afternoon is forecast, with highs of 19C (66F), but it is quite breezy and rain is expected later. 

 A few showers will linger overnight, and it will remain quite warm, at 14C (57F).

Weather graphic

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

Annual art exhibition to take over the county

Cumbria Live


Next month, numerous locations across Cumbria will play host to unusual and unexpected art work.

This is all part of the annual C-Art exhibition which is co-ordinated by Eden Arts.

It includes more than 110 artists, designers and galleries spread across 80 venues from 10-25 September.

Lake with installation

Travel: Slow traffic in M6 roadworks

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the M6 southbound in the roadworks between junction 36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) and junction 35 A601(M) Carnforth.

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Kendal main road to close for a week of evenings

One of the main streets in Kendal town centre will be closed every evening next week for resurfacing.

Beast Banks

Highways engineers say they're planning to replace the surface of the steep climb from Allhallows Lane to Greenside.

A county council spokesman said noise and disturbance were inevitable. He said the work had to take place in the evenings because the road was so busy during the day.

Lauren faces badminton battles in Rio

In case you didn't catch up with the Olympics badminton result last night, Cumbrian Lauren Smith and partner Heather Olver were beaten 21-17, 24-22 by Malaysia in their women's doubles group C opener in Rio yesterday.

Lauren Smith
Alex Morton/GettyImages

The pair are back in action against Indonesia tonight and Hong Kong tomorrow, and they really need to win both ties.

Beat with a view

They still have bobbies, or police support officers, on the beat in west Cumbria. 

A popular assignment, as you can see.

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Travel: Accident slows M6 southbound

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there's queuing traffic because of an accident on the M6 southbound in the roadworks between junction 36 A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) and junction 35 A601(M) Carnforth.

You can find the latest travel news here.

United 'can show progress' against Argyll

Carlisle United can welcome Jamie Devitt back from suspension for the visit of Plymouth Argyle in League Two.

Keith Curle

Tomorrow's opponents were beaten play-off finalists last season - and the United boss Keith Curle believes the match will be another good indication of his side's promotion credentials this season.

"It's a great opportunity to compete against them and show them how far we've progressed."

Driver freed after M6 crash

A 67-year-old driver was freed by fire crews and flown to hospital with head injuries after a crash on the M6.

Air ambulance taking off
Cumbria police

The crash happened at about 16:30 yesterday, blocking the northbound carriageway and causing long queues.

The Ford Focus was said by police to have rolled three times and landed on the grass verge.  The driver's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Blencathra: Is it still for sale or not?

Martin Lewes


Blencathra has not been marketed since Hugh, Earl of Lonsdale settled his tax bill by other means, but it is still for sale, according to a statement on the Friends of Blencathra website.

Footpath sign to Blencathra
Getty Images/Christopher Furlong

This has led some donors to the appeal to buy the mountain to contact the Charity Commission saying they now want their money back.

One, who asked to be called Sue, said: "I honestly don't think they're ever going to buy the mountain, it's not for sale."

The Friends say they'll review the position in September.  

John Robson, of the estate's managing agents, said on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning: "We've made it quite clear to the Friends that we would consider an offer that it would have to be very substantial and that is well above the original asking price."

Travel: Roadworks slow traffic in Barrow

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A590 Bridge Approach in both directions in Barrow between the Burnaby Street junction and Craven Park Roundabout, in the roadworks.

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Some 900 visitors cruise into Barrow

About 900 people will be touring South Cumbria today after arriving on the largest cruise ship to visit the town so far, the MS Braemar

MS Braemar
Fred Olsen Cruises

Chris Clouter, who's the port's assistant manager, says the passengers will spend considerable sums of money, and half of them will stay in the town rather than going further afield.

"They'll make use of free shuttle buses and they'll be able to go either to the shops or places like the Dock Museum or Furness Abbey."

Man jailed over social media messages assault

A West Cumbrian man's been jailed for assaulting and imprisoning his partner in a two-day row over messages on social media.

Jack Elliott Murray, 23, of Middlegate, Great Clifton, near Workington, admitted two charges at Carlisle Crown Court.

The court heard he'd slammed his partner against a wall, and grabbed her by the windpipe.

Judge Peter Davies jailed Murray for nine months, saying: "These are a series of offences by a 23-year-old man who should grow up, and grow up fast."

Blencathra row: Charities 'don't have deadline to spend money'

The Friends of Blencathra, set up to buy the Lake District mountain and now facing calls to return some donations, doesn't face any particular legal deadline to achieve its aims, according to charity experts.

The Earl of Lonsdale put the 868m (2,850ft) mountain on the market in 2014 to pay a tax bill, but withdrew it when he raised the money by other means.

The estate says it would still consider a substantial offer, but some donors have gone to the Charity Commission saying they want their money back.

Daniel Fluskey, head of policy at the Institute of Fundraising, told BBC Radio Cumbria: "There's no specific time limit in terms of when you have to either distribute money or make sure you have achieved that purpose; it would be the Charity Commission that would look at the specifics of the case and determine whether it's reasonable that the charity has acted in that way."

You can hear the whole report from Mike Zeller at Breakfast here.

Cumbria's weather: On the fells

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: Plus 13C early and late, rising to plus 18C in the afternoon.
  • Winds: Strong westerly or south-westerly with gusts of around 40mph.
  • Cloud: Persistent down to 700m with occasional fog down to 500m to begin, but these will gradually break and lift through the morning. Cloud will then thicken and lower through the evening, with periods of hill fog expected around 400m and occasional patches as low as 200m in the west..
  • Visibility: Generally good, occasionally turning poor the afternoon and evening in association with heavy rain.

There's a more detailed forecast here.

Colleagues pay tribute to to doctor in Lakes cycle crash

The medical profession's been paying tribute to a noted paediatrician who died in a cycling accident on Newlands Pass.

Simon Newell
Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Colleagues have been remembering Dr Simon Newell, who'd been visiting the Lake District for 30 years and planned to retire to the area.

Dr Sharon English and Dr Cath Harrison, on behalf of the neonatal team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: "Simon was one of the fathers of Leeds neonatology and made a huge contribution to neonatal medicine in the UK."

Cumbria's weather: Dry, warm and sunny

Today should get off to a dry start with some cloud and should stay settled, sunny and warm throughout the day. However, this evening, a band of quite heavy, showery rain will track south. The highest temperatures will be about 17C (63F)

Weather grapic

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

Cavers drop into Dales festival of all things underground

A week-long congress of cavers is being held tomorrow just over the Cumbria border into Yorkshire.

About 1,000 enthusiasts from all over the world will be at the Euro-Speleo Congress to take in lectures and workshops, and visit potholes and caverns around the area.

Gaping Gill
Oli Scarff/Getty Images

One of the most famous, Gaping Gill (pictured), has been provided with a winch by the Craven Pothole Club since 1931, and some 30 other caves across the border area between Cumbria, Lancashire and have been rigged to allow easier access for people at the Congress.

Backers of Blencathra bid say: We want our money back

Some people who have donated £250,000 to a fundraising campaign to buy a Cumbrian mountain have contacted the Charity Commission to say they want their money back.

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The Friends of Blencathra was set up to buy the mountain for the community when it was put up for sale by the Earl of Lonsdale in 2014.

But the tax bill was settled without selling the mountain, and Blencathra is no longer on the market, although the estate says it might consider a substantial offer.

The Charity Commission says all the money raised is still held by the Friends of Blencathra, and is the property of the charity until the appeal to buy the mountain is deemed to have failed.

Feathers fly as grouse season opens

Martin Lewes


Police confirm caravan park pool boy drowned

Police have confirmed a four-year-old boy rushed to hospital after an incident at a swimming pool at a South Cumbrian caravan park, drowned.

The incident happened on Monday at Old Wood Caravan Park near Grange over Sands. In a statement, police said the case had now been passed to the coroner.

Good morning: This is BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live: We'll be providing news, travel reports and weather forecasts through to about 16:00.

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