Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Thursday 1 September 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

Martin Lewes


Updates have finished for the day. We'll be back from 08:00 with news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast.

If you've a photograph to share with us or news we should know, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

Fire crews take sides off barns to save them from blaze

Firefighters took the sides off two large barns to get at blazing hay this morning.

They'd been called at about 06:00 to a farm at Waverton, near Wigton, and found about 100 tonnes of hay and straw alight inside one barn, with the fire starting to spread to the other.

Seven fire engines, including a ladder platform, were called to the scene, but because the long barns only had an entrance at one end, the crews took the panelling off the side to get to the flames.

Station manager Will Richardson said they also had to deal with a swirling wind which could have spread the blaze.

Cumbria's weather: Rain clearing in the small hours

There'll be rain in most places, heaviest over higher ground. 

It should clear from the north-west in the early hours, with lows of 15C (59F).

Weather graphic

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

City to seek financial help to restore Sheepmount track

We've more on the announcement earlier that the Sheepmount sports facilities in Carlisle will be restored where they are, rather than replaced in a less flood-prone area.

Sheepmount running track

The Carlisle City Council leader, Colin Glover, says they'll be installing a running track that will be more flood-resilient; but the council will have to seek Sport England funding because the insurance won't cover the cost.

Mr Glover said work would not have to wait on any formal decision from the council to start work on the track, which is the county's premier athletics facility.

Bridge repairs should be complete this month

County highways engineers hope to reopen Sprint Bridge, east of Burneside, by the end of this month.

The bridge arch was twisted by floodwater last winter, and repairs have been delayed because heavy rain brought river levels up again over the past few weeks.

The bridge is on the route used by heavy vehicles from Burneside to the A6.

You can find a list of all the flood repairs on Cumbria's roads here.

Last of the summer's winding path

It's the first day of autumn, in meteorological terms, and Robin Cooper caught this view of the Old Man of Coniston before the cloud rolled in.

Coniston Old Man, with winding footpath in foreground
Robin Cooper

In a county that can sometimes have a different season at each corner, we always like to see your pictures.

Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

City leader: Reinstating Sheepmount stadium is best option

The leader of Carlisle City Council, Colin Glover, has been talking about the announcement this morning that the Sheepmount sports stadium would be repaired rather than replaced elsewhere in the city.

Damage st Sheepmount stadium

The pitches, buildings and running track were badly damaged in the floods and there have been complaints about how long it's taken to get the site partially reopened, and a suggestion that the Carlisle City Council-owned venue should be moved to somewhere less likely to flood.

But Mr Glover, the Labour leader of the city council says the council will now fully reinstate the complex:

It became very, very evident that to move the facility could easily mean that we end up with something that wasn't as good. It could perhaps be a training facility rather than a competition facility."

Colin GloverLeader, Carlisle City Council

Landowners discuss line to take on Brexit

Members of the Country and and Business Association meet in Penrith tomorrow to discuss what changes they'd like to see in farming and environmental policies after Britain leaves the European Union.

Dorothy Fairburn, the north regional director, says it is a "once in a generation opportunity to shape the future of the industry".

Firefighters bring barn blaze under control

Firefighters are still at the scene of a barn fire near Wigton which began earlier on this morning.

Seven fire engines were called to the fire in Waverton which has now been brought under control.

Crews are now working to dampen down and remove straw from the barn to prevent the fire from restarting.

Carlisle artist's Manhattan study wins watercolour award

Janet Kenyon, a Carlisle-based artist, has won a national award for a painting of Manhattan.

Gridlock Manhattan
Janet Kenyon

Her painting of the skyscrapers, called Gridlock (Manhattan), was awarded the Smith and Wlliamson Cityscape Prize in the Sunday Times watercolour competition.

Janet wins £1,500, and her painting will be part of an exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London and other venues this autumn.

Hunt begins for more Beatrix Potter pictures

There could be unknown original illustrations by Lake District author Beatrix Potter waiting to be discovered, it emerged on the day a previously unseen story was published.

The story she wrote, called The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, is on sale for the first time after the manuscript was found in 2013.

Illustration of Kitty with gun.
Frederick Warne and Co/the V&A Museum

The book includes illustrations by Sir Quentin Blake.

The only original illustration from the manuscripts shows Kitty going hunting, but Olivia Ahmed from the House of Illustration, who helped Sir Quentin curate an exhibition of the pictures, told BBC Radio Cumbria there could be others.

"Very recently another illustration came to light. It's incomplete, but it's almost there, which makes us think there may be more. It's incredibly exciting," she said. 

Cumbria's weather: Red sky in the morning...

This shepherd's warning captured spectacularly by Chris Garner from Seascale, of sunrise over Wasdale Head this morning, is holding true today.

Chris Garner

It will cloudy this afternoon with a strong breeze and some outbreaks of rain. Highs of 18C (64F).

Weather Graphic

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

City council promises flood-hit stadium 'will be refurbished'

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle City Council will reinstate Cumbria's main athletics venue, ending doubts about its future, the city council said today.

Flood damage at Sheepmount

The Sheepmount stadium was flooded in December and is still only partly open for training.

There's been disquiet over the length of time repairs have taken amid suggestions facilities should be moved to somewhere less likely to flood.

But today Carlisle City Council's Labour leader Colin Glover told a meeting he and his team want to  reinstate the Sheepmount fully and make it more flood resilient, adding any other option would be more expensive and not as good.

BBC iPlayer: Viewers now need TV licence to watch catch-up

Some news now about the way in which many people watch the BBC:

All iPlayer users must now have a TV licence to watch BBC programmes - whether or not they watch shows live.

The new rules, which will close the so-called "iPlayer loophole", came into effect this morning.

Previously, only viewers who were watching shows as they were being broadcast required a licence.

That meant it was legal to watch content after broadcast via the catch-up service without paying the annual £145.50 fee.

The changes to the rules are expected to particularly affect younger people, who are more likely to consume content on smartphones or tablets than via traditional television sets.

There's more info for students here.

Got all that? Great. Now you can watch last night's Great British Bake Off:

Carlisle United boss 'missed out on two' as transfer window closes

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle saw the transfer window close last night without adding to the squad that he'd said before the start of the season was too small.

Keith Curle

Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria Sport he'd had two players in his sights, but failed to make the deals.

He hasn't said any more about the players he was hoping to bring to Brunton Park.

Elsewhere Premier League Clubs spent £1.1bn, a record amount for the summer window.

Charity for blind people puts Cumbrian hotel up for sale

A Windermere hotel that has specialised in entertaining blind guests for decades is going up for sale.

The Windermere Manor is one of three hotels in a chain run by Action for Blind People.

Windermere Manor
Rob Wilkinson

The charity says it's looking for other operators to take over the Manor, the Clliffden in Teignmouth, and the Lauriston in Weston-super-Mare, after projections showed it would have to find £350,000 in running costs and £600,000 for refurbishments over the next three years.

Mark Layton Reeves, who was visiting the Cliffden, said: "It will fragment a community of blind people who love and enjoy meeting up every year, sharing our experiences, supporting each other and helping each other cope with their disabilities."

Volunteers sought to dig into industrial history

Volunteers are being sought in South Cumbria to help with excavating and surveying an ancient bloomery forge.

Cunsey Forge

The study of Cunsey forge (pictured during a previous investigation when rubble was cleared) will be led by experienced archeologists, and no prior knowledge is needed to help out.

The forge is one of the scattering of remains of the iron industry across Cumbria, and the dig this month is part of Ruslands Horizons, a community project to make the most of the heritage of the Rusland valley.

Pokemon Go joins traditional entertainment on La'al Ratty

Martin Lewes


Surely steam engines and glorious landscape are reasons enough to visit La'al Ratty?

But the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway have just discovered there are more attractions than they'd previously thought, lurking about the platforms...

View more on twitter

Instructors show 500 the ropes on Ullswater to celebrate sailing triumph

A Cumbrian sailing club has claimed a British record for the largest number of people trying out sailing in a single day in one place.

Sailing instructors at the club
Ullswater Yacht Club

Ullswater Yacht Club near Pooley Bridge says 507 people took part in taster sessions with 21 of its instructors, during an event to celebrate Team GB's success at the Rio Olympics.

They were joined by two members of the British Sailing Team, Anna Carpenter of the 470-class, and Jack Wetherell who sails Lasers, who took gold medal cyclist Philip Hindes out on the lake.

Another insurance check, another car seized...

Cumbria's highway patrol regularly checks whether drivers are insured. They have a Twitter feed to get the word out.

View more on twitter

Beatrix Potter's lost story of 'Kitty-in-Boots' steps into the limelight

The world is getting a new, and previously-unpublished, story from the Cumbrian author Beatrix Potter today.

Illustration from new story
Quentin Blake

A publisher found references to The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots in 2013, and manuscripts were then traced in the Victoria and Albert Museum..

The story is being published today, more than 100 years after it was written, with illustrations by Quentin Blake. 

Dame Helen Mirren has lent her voice to an audiobook version.

Cumbria's weather: A fine, dry start

It should be a dry and fine start with decent spells of sunshine at times.

It'll become breezy, cloudy and eventually wet later.

The maximum temperature should reach 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

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

Cumbrian mountaineer leads team into the unmapped heart of Asia

An expedition led by a Cumbrian mountaineer is half way through a trip to climb several previously unconquered peaks in central Asia.

Climber on mountain
Adrian Nelhams

Speaking over a satellite phone, Adrian Nelhams from Kendal told BBC Radio Cumbria they've climbed a number of peaks in Kyrgystan, where there's no record of ascents before, and some do not even have names.

"We're climbing these routes by different ridges or faces, and when we get to the summit, we're making sure that the spot heights are accurate and we're also giving names to these summits," he said.

North Cumbria hospitals hit target for scans wait

Staff at hospitals in north and west Cumbria have dealt with 99% of patients waiting for diagnostic tests within six weeks - meeting a government target for the first time in three years.

The figures from July involve nearly 4,500 patients booked in for MRI, CT and ultrasound scans.  For some of the scans, every single patient was seen within the time prescribed.

Weather for fellwalkers: Wind increasing, visibility falling

Here's the weather forecast if you're heading for the fells:

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 6C.
  • Winds: Fresh westerly backing and increasing strong southwesterly with gusts 40mph by evening.
  • Cloud: Generally patchy cloud above the fells, but with increasing cloud around 1300 feet(400m) later in the day.
  • Visibility: Good, falling moderate or poor in rain and hill fog later.

Cumbria's care home shortage means a three-hour drive

A Cumbrian woman's been talking about the round trip of at least tree hours she faces to see her partner, because of a shortage of specialist care homes for dementia patients in South Cumbria.

Old hands
Getty Images

Mick Beer from Dalton in Furness was transferred to a nursing home near Blackpool earlier this year because there was nowhere that could take him in the whole of Cumbria.

His partner, Kathleen Cullen, says he's not the only Cumbrian being treated out of the county, and it's not acceptable.

On some days we had a reasonable run down, it would take just over an hour and a half. And on days when the traffic was bad and the roadworks were bad it would take over three hours."

Kathleen Cullen

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


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

As always - we'd like to hear your news and see your pictures.  

Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook