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  1. Updates on Monday 15 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Martin Lewes


Live updates have finished for today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

If you see something you think we should know about, you can send in news and pictures using Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page

Have a very good evening.

Cumbria's weather: Dry and warm, getting chilly tonight

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry, warm evening but then a chilly night with a chance of mist patches. The lowest temperatures will be about 12C (54F).

Weagther graphic

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

Coniston team called twice in 24 hours

Volunteers from the Coniston mountain rescue team have answered two call-outs in the past 24 hours, both involving female walkers with ankle injuries.

Yesterday lunchtime they helped a woman who'd fallen on Swirl How.  She was flown to the Furness General Hospital in Barrow by the North West Air Ambulance.

This morning the team helped a woman with a suspected broken ankle after she fell on The Scrow, above Coniston. She was stretched to the team's base and then to an ambulance for transport to Barrow.

The annual report of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association shows injuries to the ankle or lower leg are by some distance the most common suffered by people rescued on the fells.

Your pictures: Making hay while the sun shines

Martin Lewes


With a weather forecast like the one for the next couple of days, there'll be many scenes like this one near Morland, south of Penrith, caught by Shirley Hudson.  

Thanks, Shirley

Tractor turning hay
Shirley Hudson

If 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.

Travel: Windermere Ferry breaks down

BBC Travel

The ferry's not operating on Windermere in Bowness between the Bowness junction and the Far Sawrey junction, because of emergency repairs.Traffic will have to detour around the northern or southern ends of the lake.

You can get the latest travel news here.

Penrith man 'had hammers in affray'

A man from Penrith's admitted having two hammers in an incident in the town.

Zane Aaron Tinkler, of Stricklandgate in Penrith, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today and admitted affray and threatening behaviour with an offensive weapon on 23 June.

Judge Peter Davies remanded Tinkler, 24, on conditional bail until he appears for sentencing on 5 September

Travel: Queues after traffic lights fail at Eamont Bridge

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A6 in both directions in Eamont Bridge at the Skirsgill Lane junction because of a traffic light failure. 

There's congestion to Kemplay Bank Roundabout and to the B6262 junction.

Among those caught up was the BBC Radio 4 Farming Today presenter Caz Graham.

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You can find the latest travel reports here.

Bermudan skipper's winner for Carlisle 'just the start'

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Manager Keith Curle says there's still more to come from Carlisle United's weekend match-winner Reggie Lambe.

Reggie Lambe
Carlisle United FC

The Bermudan captain's goal helped United beat one of the League Two promotion favourites Plymouth at Brunton Park. 

And Curle says he's enjoying working with Lambe: "There's something that I see in him that he's nowhere near maximised his potential."

Police advisory group seeks younger members

A group that advises police in west Cumbria says it's trying to recruit new members, especially young people.

Police logo
Cumbria police

The group helps the police find out more about the impact of their work on the community, particularly at times of serious incidents.

Young people are under-represented in the group and the West Cumbria superintendent, Gary Slater, says there's an opportunity to extend the membership.

Farmers debate future of subsidies outside EU

A leading Cumbrian farmer says he and most of his colleagues agree that the current European system of subsidies for farmers will have to change once Britain leaves the EU.

The National Farmers Union is holding meetings around the country to see what sort of change is called for.

The one thing that everyone agrees on is that the system we have now is broken. It needs to be better targeted at those who produce the food and the environment."

Les ArmstrongCumbrian farmer

James Rebanks, whose tweeted explanations of how hill farming works have attracted a huge global audience, has been making his opinions clear.

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The government has guaranteed the current system of support will be kept until 2020.

But most farmers would argue they need to be able to see further into the future.

We've got to understand what sorts of support may or may not be there and I think this is an exciting time, to be honest."

Alistair MackintoshRavenglass farmer

'No further action' after holiday camp death

Two men arrested after a man died in hospital following a fight at a holiday park in Cumbria have been told they'll face no further action. 

Stanwix Park

Robert Gordon, who was 47 and from Kilmarnock, was critically injured at the Stanwix Park Holiday Centre in March. 

The men, aged 24 and 47 - both from Silloth - had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Teenager admits Workington sex attack

An 18-year-old man from Workington's admitted a violent rape in the town last month.

Jack Ian Walker admitted rape, attempted rape, another sexual assault and causing grievous bodily harm. He also admitted a separate charge of common assault on the same day.

No further details about the attack were given at the brief hearing this morning.

Judge Peter Davies remanded Walker, whose address was given as Dean Street in Workington, in custody and asked for background information to be prepared for a hearing on 7 October.

Climbers home after avalanche on 'savage mountain'

Two Cumbrian mountaineers had to abandon an attempt on the world's second highest mountain after an avalanche swept away their camp.

Paul Etheridge from Newby Bridge, and Pete Brittleton, who lives near Penrith, were part of the first British team in 12 years to attempt to climb K2, which towers 8,611m (28,251ft) above the border between Pakistan and China.


The mountain's one of the most dangerous high peaks, known as the "savage mountain", because of its altitude, the difficulty of the climbing, and the risks of bad weather and avalanche.

You can hear the two climbers talking on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning here.

Last chance to watch: What can go wrong on 'killer summit'

If you enjoyed listening to the interview with Paul Etheridge from Newby Bridge, and Pete Brittleton, who lives near Penrith, today's the last day you can see this TV documentary about the mountain on iPlayer.

Travel: Roadworks slow A66 traffic

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A66 westbound between the B6412 junction in near Temple Sowerby and Kemplay Bank Roundabout in Penrith in the roadworks area.

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Blood bikers from Cumbria recognised for saving hospitals thousands of pounds

North West Evening Mail


Union asks farmers for ideas on subsidies after Brexit

Cumbria's farmers are to be asked how any new subsidy scheme should work, after the UK leaves the European Union.

The current scheme pays farmers depending on how much land they use, with an extra set of payments if they adapt their methods to encourage natural flora or fauna.

The government has said it will continue the area payments scheme until at least 2020, and the National Farmers Union is planning meetings all over the country to see whether its members want changes.

Archie's misty morning makes a pretty picture

Martin Lewes


Archie Workman may bill himself as "the UK's dullest man" because of his fascination with cast iron drain covers. 

But when he's out on his rounds as a lengthsman in South Cumbria, he does see some lovely scenery.

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Weather forecast for the fells

Temperatures at 3,000ft: Around 12C in the morning, rising to 21C in the afternoon sun.

Winds: Light southerly or south easterly.

Cloud: Hills will be fog free for the whole day.

Visibility: Generally very good, with excellent views across the park. However a risk of some poorer visibility in the morning mist.

There's a more detailed forecast here.

Many 'missing out' on chance of flood money

Only one in five of the households that could apply for money to help protect their homes against flooding has done so, according to the local authorities that run the scheme.

Flood debris in skips
Getty Images/Christopher Furlong

More than £1m has been given to people in Cumbria for work such as installing flood-resistant doors or raising electricity sockets.

The Flood Resilience Grant Scheme provides grants of up to £5,000, and the deadline for claims is April.

Man held after car crashes into shop

A 23-year-old man has been arrested after a car overturned in Barrow and hit a shop on Dalkeith Street.

It happened just after midnight. No one was injured.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Cumbria's weather: Dry, sunny and warmer

There should be plenty of fine, dry and bright weather with warm sunny periods and light to gentle southerly or south-easterly winds today. Feeling warmer than yesterday for most with temperatures rising to 21C (70F).

Weater graphic

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

Gas holder passes into history

Penrith's gas holder is going to be dismantled after being a part of the town's skyline for 75 years

Panrith gas holder

Gas holders were originally built to smooth out peaks in demand. At times of low demand, they expanded to hold more gas, which was then released when more people started cooking or switched on their heating.

But Northern Gas says modern ways of running the network mean it can now cope without them. The project to dismantle the one in Penrith is costing £480,000.

Travel: Barrow street closed as police probe acident

BBC Travel

Dalkeith Street in Barrow-In-Furness is closed in both directions between the High Street junction and the Buccleuch Street junction because of accident investigation work.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


And a lovely sunny morning it is - although with a slightly autumnal mist in the valleys. 

We'll be updating you with the news, weather forecast and travel reports through until 16:00.

If you've got a photograph of those misty valleys, or a news story, email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.