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  1. Updates on Friday 26 August 2016

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Martin Lewes


Updates have now finished for Friday, 26 August. 

We'll be back with news, travel and weather forecasts from 08:00 on Tuesday after a break for the bank holiday.

If you've got some news we should know about or a photograph you'd like to share, email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Whether you are working or taking the time off, enjoy the weekend.

Cumbria's weather: A dry night with a chance of mist

BBC Weather

It should stay dry with long clear periods and a risk of some isolated mist and fog patches developing by dawn. Temperatures will fall to 13C (55F).

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The latest forecast for where you are can be found here.

Travel: Holiday traffic building on A66 and M6

BBC Travel

Traffic is now queuing on the M6 on the southbound approach to junction 40 at Penrith, and between the roundabouts on the A66 at Penrith.

The latest travel reports are here.

Long tables laid out for Kendal festival feast

More than 100 yards of trestle tables have been set up for the Jacob's Join feast that will open this weekend's Lakes Alive Festival in Kendal this evening.

Trestle tables
Lakes Alive

Anyone can go to the meal, but they have to bring their own food and preferably something to perform such as a poem to read.  

There's space for 400 people.

Man who battered Whitehaven landlord jailed for assaults

A 24-year-old man from Whitehaven who went behind the bar of a pub in Hensingham and punched the landlord to the floor has been jailed for almost four years.

Jason Starkey
Cumbria Police

Jason Starkey, previously of Patterdale Close, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court and admitted the pub attack, another assault that left a man with a fractured skull, and assaults on three different women.

Recorder Michael Murray jailed him for three years and 10  months.

Public get a chance to place ice sculptures in Kendal festival

Three thousand tiny ice sculptures will be placed around Kendal Castle on Sunday as part of the Lakes Alive weekend.


Minimum Monument, as it's called, was created by Nele Azevedo with the help of dozens of local people in a temporary studio in K Village.

Once the sculptures have been spread over the hill on which the castle stands they will gradually melt.

A powerful reminder of the fragility of our planet and the communities it supports."

Nele AzevedoArtist

Cumbrian hospitals included in cuts report

The trust that runs hospitals in North and West Cumbria's included in a list of parts of the health service facing major financial cutbacks.

The campaign group, 38 Degrees, said today that its investigations had uncovered plans to cut £22bn from NHS spending by 2021.

Cumberland Infirmary

The hospitals trust, and other parts of the health service in the north, west and east of the county, are currently the subject of controversial proposals by the Success Regime, a specialist team set up to find ways of improving the services provided within the available funds.

The 38 Degrees group says it could be in the red by £160m by 2021.

It's a dog's life working from home on a sunny day

Julie Darroch provides PR advice for a number of businesses across South Cumbria. 

But there are some days...

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Police saddle up to reduce motorcycle accidents

Police say they're putting on an operation next week to try to reduce the number of crashes involving motorcycles on Cumbria's roads.

They say there'll be increased patrols of the scenic routes popular with bikers from across the country.

Police logo
Cumbria Police

Sgt Claire Sampson said: "“This operation is not targeting motorcyclists solely, it will also look at the behaviour of other road users. This is to make sure that other motorists are aware of motorcyclists on the county’s roads.

She said there would also be one more BikeSafe course this year, on 4 September.

Cumbria's weather: Sunny and feeling fresher

It should be dry and mostly sunny this afternoon. It'll feel fresher, with a brisk westerly breeze developing. Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

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

Video: The man who made the moon

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

If you want to get a real sense of the scale of the huge model of the moon currently hanging in St Thomas' Church in Kendal, have a look at this video.

BBC Radio Cumbria's Jennie Dennett has been talking to the artist, Luke Jerram.

Luke Jerram

Travel: Four car crash slows A591

An accident involving four vehicles is partially blocking the A591 near Holbeck Lane, between Windermere and Ambleside.

You can find more travel news here.

Travel: Traffic builds up on M6 south near Penrith

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on M6 southbound on the approach to junction 40, A66 (Penrith).

The latest travel news is here.

Body found in Kendal garden

Police say the body of a man has been found in the garden of a house in Rusland Park in Kendal.

There are no suspicious circumstances.

Thirty Cumbrian food producers tickle tongues of Taste awards judges

More than 30 Cumbrian food producers, ranging from brewers and butchers to coffees, chutneys and curry spices, have been named in the Great Taste awards.

More than 400 judges spent 49 days tasting entries earlier this year. The highest-rated, with three stars, was Stringers Beer from Ulverston.

Author's antique shop find led to bomber crew book

A Carlisle building contractor's chance find of a silver wine cooler in an Edinburgh antique shop led him to spend two years researching the history of an American bomber crew from World War Two.

Wine cooler
David Price

The wine cooler was engraved with the names of 18 men, the crew of a US Air Force B-17 from the 388th Bombardment group, which had won the trophy for their performance in September 1944.

After tracking down surviving members of the crew and their families in the United States, David wrote  A Bomber Crew Mystery, The Forgotten Heroes of 388th Bombardment Group. He'll be signing copies in Waterstones in Carlisle tomorrow.

Paying the ferryman by machine stirs up a storm on lake

A new roadside payment machine for passengers on the Windermere Car Ferry has caused delays and confusion, according to local people.

Drivers queue to pay at machine

Drivers now have to get out of their cars and queue to pay at the machine, when before they paid a crew member on board the car ferry as it made its brief crossing over the narrowest part of Windermere.

Critics say the number of crossings has been reduced and extra staff were needed to help passengers use the machine.

Traffic handling is chaotic and dangerous. The remarkably resilient crew are now forced to handle customers driven to frustration and anger."

Alex BrodieLocal businessman

A county council statement said: "The ticketing machines were intended to provide a simple, easy-to-use system, but the introduction at this busy time has led to some challenges."

In hindsight, phasing it in at a quieter time of year would have been preferable."

County council spokesman

A breezy day on Derwentwater

BBC Weather Watchers

It looks like the perfect sailing day in this photograph by Christine Duff looking across from Friar's Crag to Catbells.

Derwentwater and Catbells
Christine Duff

Christine sent her photograph in to BBC Weatherwatchers. You can join in Britain's most popular conversation by signing up too.

Courts starts reclaiming crooked lawyer's gains with £1

A lawyer jailed for a series of frauds has been ordered to hand over £1 while police continue investigations under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Stephen Ellis, from Howgill near Sedbergh, was sentenced to five years in prison last December after he admitted 11 charges, including nine of fraud, in which he plundered more than £142,000 from clients.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Barbara Forrester was told police were committed to reclaiming the assets, but they had to wait until bankruptcy proceedings were concluded.

Walking in the Moon: Kendal festival to start with giant picnic

The weekend Lakes Alive festival in Kendal will start with a giant "Jacob's Join" picnic on a long banquet table being set up this afternoon by the River Kent, with people invited to bring their own pop-up feast.

Moon with artist
Luke Jerram Lakes Alive

This is Luke Jerram, the artist whose inflated Moon is currently filling part of St Thomas' Church. He's presenting a show called Museum of the Moon, with music and talks.

Moon in church
Luke Jerram Lakes alive

Barrow winger believes Bluebirds can do better

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Barrow winger Lindon Meikle says he can understand fans' frustrations following last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Dover, but he believes the Bluebirds have made a solid start to their National League season.

The Bluebirds boss Paul Cox was involved in a brief exchange with unhappy supporters at the final whistle, but Meikle is confident they can build on their seven-point return.

The Bluebirds host Braintree tomorrow with a trip to North Ferriby on Monday.

Beneath the light of an umbrella...

Another part of the Lakes Alive festival in Kendal this weekend means people can go to a workshop tomorrow afternoon and then be part of a dancing flashmob in the evening.

Umbrella Project
Cirque Modern Lakes alive

It's an art installation by a group called Cirque Modern.

Meeting is final chance to debate future of flooded home

People in Appleby have their last chance this morning to visit a drop-in event about the future of a flooded care home in the town.


Cumbria County Council is considering whether to close Edenside residential care home or refurbish it after last December's flooding.

The residents who were moved out then are still living in a home in Penrith.

Council officials say they're concerned it will flood again.  It wants to hear the views of residents, families, and other people at Appleby library from 10:00 until noon.

Whitehaven Market gets £66,000 to set out better stalls

Plans to revitalise one of Cumbria's town centres by transforming its market are moving forward.

Whitehaven Market

Copeland Council is planning to buy 30 new stalls for Whitehaven market, which currently has just six regular traders who provide their own stalls. 

This week the council accepted a grant of nearly £66,000 to buy new stalls and to market special events, including a continental market in late September.

I think it could bring a vibrancy back into the town, bring people back into the town."

Mike StarkieMayor of Copeland

Moon rises in Kendal church

This large and inflatable model of the moon is in a church in Kendal for a weekend arts festival. 

We'll have more on the events later, but for the moment, here's a picture:

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Cumbria's weather: Fine, dry with some sunshine

There should be plenty of fine, dry weather today with broken cloud but also some good spells of sunshine. 

It'll feel pleasantly warm in the sun with moderate westerly winds and temperatures reaching 19C (66F).

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 updating you with the news, weather and travel reports through until about 16:00 this afternoon.

If you've got some news we should know about or a photograph you'd like to share, email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.