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  1. Friday 19 August 2016

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Martin Lewes


Updates have now finished for the day, and the working week. 

We'll be back with news, travel reports and a regular weather forecasts from 08:00 on Monday.

In the meantime 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.

Have a good weekend.

Cumbria's weather: Rain dying out, wind picking up

The rain should clear overnight but the winds will start to pick up. Temperatures falling to around 14C (57F). 

There's a yellow warning for strong winds tomorrow which combined with a spring tide could mean some flooding around Cumbria's coast.

Weather graphic

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

'Ten pints' man was Tasered twice, court told

A drunken man was Tasered twice when police were called to a family row at a Carlisle caravan park, a court has heard. 

Andrew Thomson, 29, who'd drunk 10 pints of lager, admitted affray at Hadrian's Camp on 2 July.

Recorder Kevin Grice, sitting as a district judge, handed down a 12-month community order.

Thomson, of Townhead Road, Cotehill, must complete 100 hours' unpaid work and a rehabilitation requirement. He also has to pay £185 costs.

Joshua Titcombe: Nursing watchdog reflects on 'complex cases'

The Nursing and Midwifery Council says it's trying to conclude the series of disciplinary hearings into midwives at the Furness General Hospital "as quickly and as fairly as possible".

The Kirkup Inquiry found 11 babies and one mother died because of a "lethal" series of failings at the Furness General Hospital maternity unity.

One midwife, Marie Ratcliffe, has been struck off in relation to two of the babies, and others have or are facing Nursing and Midwifery Council panels.

This afternoon, the NMC said: "The investigation into the tragic events at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has been lengthy, complex, and has involved multiple agencies and individuals."

Four take charge for derby tie at coachless 'Haven

First team players Dave Allen, Scott Mc.Avoy, Craig Calvert and Carl Foster will take charge of Whitehaven for Sunday's derby game at Workington Town.

It follows the departure of head coach James Coyle and his assistant Gary Broadbent this week.

Joshua Titcombe: The family tragedy that exposed a scandal

The death of Joshua Titcome in 2008 at the age of nine days led to a major inquiry into standards at the maternity unit of the Furness General Hospital, and a series of disciplinary hearings that are still not complete.

Joshua Titcombe
Family photo

Joshua died after being transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Panels for the Nursing and Midwifery Council have heard of missed observations and notes and a failure to call in a paediatrician. Today midwife Holly Parkinson was suspended for nine months.

Earlier hearings in relation to his care cleared two midwives, Gretta Dixon and Catherine McCullough, of any wrongdoing.  Lindsey Biggs is expected to hear in October whether she is to be sanctioned.

Another midwife, Joanne Watts, is scheduled for a hearing expected to take place later this year, and another midwife, who has not been named, is currently being investigated, the NMC said.

Travel: Horsebox crash leaves long delays on M6

BBC Travel

There are still long delays southbound on the M6 near Carlisle after an empty horsebox overturned. All lanes have now been reopened.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Your pictures: Just 24 hours ago, in Wasdale Head

Martin Lewes


Chris Garner enjoyed the good weather with a walk around Wasdale Head.

Wasdale Head
Chris Garner

Nice while it lasted, wasn't it?

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.

Barrow sign defender ahead of Dover trip

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Barrow have eased their defensive concernswith the signing of central defender Dominic Smith from Shrewsbury Town.

The 20-year-old, who made more than 20 first team appearances for the League One side last season, has joined on a youth loan deal until January and will go straight into the squad for tomorrow's game at Dover.

Academy calls for more information after MP raises safeguarding issues

The chain that runs Whitehaven Academy has asked the Copeland Labour MP Jamie Reed for more details of his concerns about safeguarding at the school.

In a letter to the Education Secretary Justine Greening, Mr Reed says parents have told him of "safety fears, safeguarding concerns, a lack of information, profound staff concerns, a falling pupil roll and more".

In a statement issued this morning after a public meeting in the town last night, the Bright Tribe Trust said they'd asked Mr Reed for details of the allegations because "we take safeguarding extremely seriously within our schools and must act immediately to these".

The trust said it had asked for meetings with Mr Reed and the Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, to discuss the other issues raised. 

BreakingBaby Joshua Titcombe: Midwife suspended for nine months

A midwife involved in the care of a baby who died following failures at the Furness General hospital has been suspended for nine months by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Earlier this week, the chairman of the NMC panel said Holly Parkinson was in denial about the consequences of her actions, and her fitness to practice was impaired.

The baby was Joshua Titcombe, and a subsequent campaign by her father James led to the exposure of failures in the maternity unit that had led to the deaths of 11 babies and a mother.

Mr Titcombe has been reacting to the news:

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Rowers pull more members in and need more space

A Cumbrian rowing club says that so many people have joined it needs help to house its essential equipment.

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

At the moment, Lakeland Rowing Club rents space at the Derwentwater Marina in Portinscale. But there are now 60 members - five times as many as three years ago.

BreakingTravel: M6 Southbound blocked by crash

BBC Travel

The M6 is blocked and there's queuing traffic southbound between Southwaite Services and J41, B5305 (Catterlen), because of an accident and an overturned vehicle.

You can find the latest travel news here.

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Met Office issues wind warning for tomorrow

The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning - the lowest level - for tomorrow.

It says there could be localised gusts of 50mph, particularly near showers.  

The wind will coincide with the monthly high tides, so the coasts of Cumbria could see tidal flooding.

You can see the warning in full here.

Veteran on cocaine assaulted pregant partner, court told

A court's heard how a former soldier attacked his pregnant partner while he was high on cocaine and alcohol.

Judge Barbara Forrester heard Russell Burns, 30, admitted assaulting Jennifer Carr at her Whitehaven home, causing her actual bodliy harm.

After reading background information and hearing mitigation, Judge Forrester suspended a 32-week prison sentence for two years.

Burns, of Colliers Way, Whitehaven, must complete 120 hours unpaid work, a rehabilitation requirement and a three-month night-time curfew. 

He must also attend a "building better relationships" course.

Academy chain replies to Mayor's criticism

Bright Tribe Trust, the group that runs Whitehaven Academy, says it's "mystified" by some of the allegations made by a local MP and the Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie.

After a public meeting last night, Mr Starkie said this morning that Bright Tribe was not communicating enough about a recent change of principal, and had lost public trust.

This morning the trust said: " Although we had to initially wait to communicate the changes in leadership within the school, we wrote to all parents on 9 August to confirm these changes and at the same time advised them of parent surgeries which we are holding on 31 August and 1 September.

"In addition to this, we sent a further letter to parents on 16 August which answers many of the concerns raised by parents. 

"We have also tried to communicate directly with parents who had expressed concerns and we have requested a meeting with the Whitehaven Academy Action Group, of which they declined."

Travel: Queues as tourists head out of Lake District

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A590 eastbound between Brettargh Holt Roundabout in Sedgwick and the M6 junction 36 in Crooklands.

You can find the latest travel news here.

PCC: I'm looking for the money to recruit more police

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner says the police might be able to recruit more officers when he's reviewed the financial position.

Peter McCall was speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria on his 100th day in office.

Police funding graphic

Mr McCall said he was speaking cautiously but it might be possible "to put something back in terms of manpower".

"As long as we don't see the swingeing cuts that were proposed late last autumn, then the financial position is not great but it's much better than we anticipated it might be," he added.

PCC plans new command centre for the next crisis

Cumbria's new police and crime commissioner says the county needs a strategic command and control centre to organise the response to events such as widespread flooding.

Peter McCall
Cumbria Police

Peter McCall, who's spent 100 days in office, was speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria's The Hot Seat this morning.

He said the response of authorities was generally very good but it could have been made "even slicker".

I see that as a major operations room, purpose-built, where the various agencies can plug in when we need them to."

Peter McCallPolice and Crime Commissioner

Amazon star from Cumbria says cast were best friends

Martin Lewes


One of the stars of a new film of the children's story, Swallows and Amazons, which goes on general release today, has been talking about how much she enjoyed filming.


Hannah Jayne Thorp (left) played Peggy Blackett, the younger of the Amazons.

"The biggest memories are the ones I've had with the rest of the cast and how I've become so close to them and they're now some of my best friends," she told Mike Zeller at Breakfast on BBC Radio Cumbria.

You can hear the interview - and she's a remarkably self-possessed young lady - here.

You won't have felt this - but there's been an earth tremor

There's been an almost imperceptible earth tremor in Cumbria.

It happened at Uldale on the northern edge of the Lake District on 1 August, but it was so slight, just 0.4 on the Richter scale, that the British Geological Survey has only just released details.

Such minor tremors can only be measured by the most delicate instruments.

New PCC wants public to report suspicions by app

Cumbria's new Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, says he wants people in the county to be able to use a mobile phone app to report issues such as crimes or suspicious vehicles to the force.

Peter McCall

Mr McCall, who's clocked up 100 days in office, was talking on BBC Radio Cumbria's Hot Seat programme.

He told Mike Zeller that he was hoping to make the process from reporting to investigation to court digitised, so people could see as much information as possible about what was being done with the information they'd provided.

"The technology's already out there, most of us have a smart phone these days so it's not a big leap and I'd like to see us progress that during my term."

New coin features Lake District beauty spot

A new coin has been struck by the Royal Mint, featuring the Lake District.

Lake District Coin
Royal Mint

The coin's made of sterling silver and has a face value of £5.

The Lake District scene - and others at The Giant's Causeway, Snowdonia and the White Cliffs of Dover, were first painted in watercolour by the artists Glyn Davies and Laura Clancy, before being engraved with a rarely-used process to add colour.

Farmers tweet their long days to an audience of millions

Martin Lewes


James Robinson, who has an organic dairy farm in South Cumbria, was one of dozens of farmers who tweeted through the day yesterday about what they were doing; in his case, reseeding a field with grass for his cattle.

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It gathered an impressive following...

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Travel: Debris prompts M6 warning

BBC Travel

There's debris on the road on M6 southbound between J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) and J35 A601(M) Carnforth. Approach with care.

You can get the latest travel reports here.

Cavers keep newly discovered pothole location under wraps

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Cavers who say they've explored a previously undiscovered cavern to the east of Kirkby Lonsdale say they're keeping the location secret while they make it safe.

Potholer descending into cave
Frank Pearson

The group's named the cave Perilous Pot, and say it's below a fell called Gregareth.

They hope to establish whether it's linked to the 60 miles of the Three Counties cave system, the longest in the British Isles, which has entrances in the same area.

'You might be arrested, now' - Swallows stars reflect on the changing world of childood

Today a new film of the famous adventure story Swallows and Amazons goes on general release.

The children in the original story were allowed to sail off unsupervised to camp on an island.

Their father's view, from his overseas naval posting, was that the responsibility would do them good.

"Better drowned than duffers, if not duffers won't drown," he says in a telegram.

Alex Stanger went to meet two of the actors and found them in pensive mood.

Swallows and Amazons sails into cinemas

Meeting hears concerns about Whitehaven school

Concerns about the running of a West Cumbrian school have been voiced at a public meeting.

Jamie Reed in Commons

Copeland's Labour MP Jamie Reed has written to the Education Secretary Justine Greening about fears raised by parents of students at the Whitehaven Academy.

The claims he makes have not been corroborated and the Bright Tribe Trust, which runs the academy, has declined to comment.

This morning the Mayor of Whitehaven, Mike Starkie, who was at the meeting, told BBC Radio Cumbria the academy had lost the trust of parents:

The disappointing thing really is that there's clearly a lack of communication coming out of Bright Tribe, I think they really need now to pitch up in the area and answer some of the concerns."

On the fells: Windy with hill fog

  • Temperature at 3,000 feet: 10C (50F)
  • Wind: South easterly 30-35mph, but gusting to 40-45mp in late morning and early afternoon.
  • Cloud: Patches above 700m at first, falling to extensive at 500m with patches to 300 m in the south west.
  • Visibility: Moderate in rain, poor in heavier rain.

Swallows film expected to give tourism a fair wind

The new film of the children's novel Swallows and Amazons is expected to attract more tourists to the Lake District.

Swallows sailing boat onto beach

The original story by Arthur Ransome was set on a lake based on Coniston and Windermere, and the movies was filmed on those locations and Bassenthwaite.

We hope to see an increase in bookings and trade across the county.”

Rachel TysonHead of marketing, Cumbria Tourism

Cumbria's weather: Here comes the rain again...

BBC Weather

It will turn increasingly cloudy, with outbreaks of rain spreading across Cumbria towards the north east. Heavy spells of rain are likely this afternoon. It'll be blustery later with temperatures rising to 17C (63F).

Weather graphic

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

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning: 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.

Have a good day.