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  1. Thursday 18 August 2016

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished updates on the news, travel reports (very quiet on the travel front today) and weather forecasts for the day. Service resumes at 08:00 tomorrow.

If you take a photograph you want to share or want to pass on some news, you can contact us using Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page

Cumbria's weather: A dry evening and night, then rain

It should stay dry this evening with variable cloud and lows of 14C (57F). 

Make the most of the evening; heavy rain will move in tomorrow.

Weather graphic

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

Baby death midwife's fitness to practice 'impaired'

A midwife involved in the birth of Joshua Titcombe, whose death nine days later started the exposure of a long-running scandal at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, still does not accept the impact of her actions, the chairman of a midwifery inquiry said today.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council panel was told last month that Holly Parkinson failed to look after Joshua properly, causing him to lose a significant chance of survival.

Joshua Titcombe
Family picture

Joshua was one of 11 babies to die needlessly at the hospital; a campaign by his father James led to a major inquiry into maternity services there.

Today the panel chairman Stuart Gray said Ms Parkinson's fitness to practice was impaired. 

The panel will now decide whether she should be be struck off or face a lesser sanction.

Five sentenced for Britannia Club Boxing Day brawl

Five men involved in a violent fracas on Boxing Day in a Carlisle club have been given suspended prison sentences and ordered to do unpaid work.

Club Britannia

Carlisle Crown Court was told the trouble began in the Club Britannia snooker room, and spread to an adjoining area. 

Fists flew and one man had a bottle smashed over his head.

Christopher Cook, 26, of Bower Street, Carlisle; Michael Norman, 35, Seatoller Close, Carlisle; Carl Purvis, 21, Reeds Lane, Wigton; Sean Cutting, also 21, of East Norfolk Street, Carlisle; and Carl Haugh, 28, of Bassenthwaite Street, Carlisle, all admitted affray.

How the newspapers reported on A-level results day

Watch: Flood-hit school celebrates A-level results

Mark McAlindon

BBC Look North

Trinity School in Carlisle was swamped by floodwater last winter, so students had big problems in the final year of their studies for A-levels.

Students at Carlisle's Trinity School pick up their results. Mark McAlindon reports.

See how hen harriers are tagged

Raider who wrecked village shops is jailed

A burglar who wrecked two shops in the same Cumbrian village on the same night, leaving the owners frightened they'd be raided again, has been jailed for 18 months.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Michael Green, 24, from Anders Driver in Kirky, near Liverpool, left a trail of destruction in the Little Bakery and the village store in Endmoor, near Kendal.

But Recorder Kevin Grice was told Green injured himself in the process, leaving blood that meant he was traced by his DNA.

Green admitted two charges of burglary, adding to what Recorder Grice said was an "unattractive record".

Now you've got those A-levels....

Martin Lewes


Most of the attention on A-levels results day concentrates on people going off to university and the like.

But for some, it's a recruitment opportunity!

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And if you're wondering while some of the vowels in Morecambe Bay have been removed, it's part of a government campaign to recruit more blood donors.  The missing letters are A, B and O - blood groups.

Cumbria's weather: Warm and mostly sunny

Another lovely afternoon to come with thin broken cloud but more prolonged spells of sunshine.

Temperatures should reach about 23C (73F).

Weather graphic

And those who can are making the most of it, as rain and strong winds are forecast for tomorrow.

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

Fundraisers shown what their efforts have paid for

Volunteers with a charity that raised £42,000 to help breast cancer patients have been given a tour of new equipment at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, paid for with their donations.

Father and daugher being shown equipment

The group included Ian Ritson and his daughter Isabelle, who got involved with the Think Pink group when Isabelle's mother Karen was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago.  Karen died last year.

The money paid for new ultrasound equipment which means patients can be seen and sometimes treated at the West Cumbrian hospital.

Swallows and Amazons: The real background of the children who inspired Ransome

The story of four children in the 1930s who set off in their sailing boat one summer to reach an uninhabited island in the middle of Coniston Water was based not on the British children of a Royal Navy officer, but on a family from Syria.

Still from film

Arthur Ransome's famous story about the Walker children - John, Susan, Titty and Roger - is being retold in a new film that comes out tomorrow.

But the quintessentially English children of the film look nothing like the four youngsters who initially inspired Swallows and Amazons. 

They were Taqui, Susan, Mavis (known to her family as Titty) and Roger Altounyan, an Anglo-Armenian family who lived in now war-torn Aleppo in Syria.

The Altounyans met Arthur Ransome while on holiday in the Lake District in 1928, and it was their experiences of learning to sail that gave him the idea for his story.

Seeing the county from above

The staff at the Great North Air Ambulance Service often get to see what our region is like from up above.

Here are some of the photos they've shared:

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Big load will slow traffic on A66

Police are warning of delays on the A66 on Saturday, while an abnormal load is moved from the M6 at Tebay to Calder Bridge.

The load will start moving at around 10:00. You should be able to track its progress here.

Growing numbers get good grades but worries continue over debt

Schools in Cumbria say they're seeing excellent A-level results today but there remains fears increasing costs will put people off going to university.

Students at William Howard school collecting results

At the William Howard school in Brampton, the head of sixth form David Bones says he's expecting the rising fees students will have to borrow to pay to eventually bite.

I expect that will start to have more of an impact on students doing apprenticeships, going directly into employment from sixth form but the impact so far hasn't been that great. It certainly has been is uppermost in people's minds as they work through the process."

David BonesHead of sixth form at William Howard School

Councillors vote 'no confidence' in health changes team

Councillors in Allerdale have passed a motion of no confidence in the team brought in by NHS England to sort out the problems in the area's health services.

The Success Regime is proposing a number of measures such as removing beds from smaller hospitals, including Maryport, Wigton and Alston.

Maryport hospital protest

Public protests have already been held against this plan.

Allerdale councillors, whose area covers Maryport and Wigton, passed a motion expressing "extreme concern" and calling on the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to investigate the impact on local people.

The £25m task that still remains to repair Cumbria's roads and bridges

Cumbria County Council officials say they've signed the first of a series of contracts which will see £25m spent repairing 350 damaged bridges or stretches of road.

Old Gowan Bridge

One of the biggest slices of business goes to the Cumbrian company Thomas Armstrong Holdings, which will be rebuilding the Gowan Old Bridge in Staveley, and 77 bridges in the west of the county.

Cumbrian rescue team features in new TV series

The volunteers of the Langdale Ambleside mountain rescue team feature in a new BBC TV series that started last night.

Coastguard helicopter crew

Skies above Britain, on BBC 2, looks at the different worlds of work in the skies above us and last night looked at the missions carried out by Coastguard helicopter crews. 

You can see section looking at a mountain rescue here.

Fire deaths rise in England prompts 'postcode lottery' claim

The number of people dying in fire-related incidents in England has seen its biggest percentage increase in 20 years.

Data published by the Home Office shows 303 people died in fires in 2015-16, a 15% increase on the previous 12 months.

Fire services in Cambridgeshire and Cumbria had the highest fatality rates.

Fire Service Minister Brandon Lewis said there had been "a long term downward trend" in fire deaths.

Fire graphic

A-Levels: Carlisle call centre opened at Cumbria University

The University of Cumbria's one of a number opening up call centres to help students whose A-level results are worse - or much better - than they expected.

It's a process called "clearing", and happens every year.

Signy Henderson, the deputy dean at the university, says that while students applying through the year can only make a limited number of choices, the options are much wider now.

"There is no limit on the number of choices you can make, there's no limit to the number of universities or courses you can inquire about. 

"Clearing operates to match applicants who aren't yet placed for whatever reason, with the available places in universities."

'Lost' garden revealed around ruined Cumbrian hall

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

A Cumbrian garden has been brought back to life after years of being neglected and over-grown.


Kirklinton Hall near Carlisle was built in the 17th Century and is now in ruins, but the owners have spent four years restoring the gardens.

Owner Christopher Boyle says they had to clear tonnes of rubble to reveal the terrace in front of the house, and lift a thick carpet of grass and other vegetation to reveal the gardens.

You can see more pictures here.

Fine day forecast on the fells

Here's the forecast for walkers and climbers: 

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: About 10C
  • Winds: Moderate south-easterly.
  • Cloud: Occasional patches around 700m at first, this lifting above the summits throughout the morning.
  • Visibility: Generally good or very good.

Shipyard prospects tempt more students as A-level results come in

Martin Lewes


The growing number of apprenticeships on offer at the BAE shipyard in Barrow in Cumbria is attracting some students who might otherwise have gone to university, according to the principal of Barrow Sixth Form College.

Students collecting results

As students arrived at the college, David Batten said: "The university experience is still very attractive to students, and so that's something that students are still going for, but we have noticed an increasing number going for higher apprenticeships because of the local economy."

Earlier this year the government confirmed Britain would continue to have a nuclear deterrent carried in Barrow-built submarines, guaranteeing work at the shipyard in the 2030s.

Allerdale agrees to cut council seats

A Cumbrian council has taken steps to reduce the number of councillors, saving more than £24,000 a year.

The Local Government Boundary Commission will soon be reviewing Allerdale's ward boundaries to try to even out the number of voters they each represent.

Last night councillors agreed that they are going to recommend that the number of councillors should be cut from 56 to 48, and new boundaries would be discussed at a later date.

Cumbria's weather: Enjoy it while it lasts

BBC Weather

There may be some thin broken cloud but there should be more prolonged spells of sunshine today.

Temperatures should reach about 23C (73F).

The fine weather's forecast to break tomorrow.

Weather graphic

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

Good morning: This is BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be bringing you news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast through to about 16:00.

If you take a photograph you want to share or want to pass on some news, you can contact us using Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page