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  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 February 2017

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By Martin Lewes

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other items from around the county for today. Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it again tomorrow from 08:00. As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page

MP's fury after she's told to leave Number 10 petition 'at the gate'

BBC Radio Cumbria

Workington Labour MP Sue Hayman says she's making an official complaint after she went to No 10 Downing Street to hand in a petition and was told she would have to leave it with security staff at the gate.

The petition, with 30,000 signatures, was against changes to health services in west Cumbria.

Sue Hayman

Sue Hayman told BBC Radio Cumbria she and a constituent from Copeland were stopped at the entrance: "We were told by police officers we would have to wait. A security officer came out and said we would not be allowed to go down to the door.

"I asked him why and he said 'today is not a good day'."

Ms Hayman said she was given no further explanation despite booking with the Prime Minister's office to deliver the petition. 

We asked Downing Street for an explanation, and a spokesman referred us to the Metropolitan Police. The Metropolitan Police said it would not comment on security arrangements for Downing Street.

Homeless charity gets council backing for town centre 'community hub'

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A "one stop shop" for vulnerable young adults will be created in Barrow, after planning approval was given for the conversion of a former furniture shop in the town centre. 

Former Youngs Store in Barrow

Project John, which helps homeless people, needs a bigger headquarters and wants to create advice space and a café where the 16-to-25-year-olds it supports can learn workplace skills.

It has already raised nearly £1m to rebuild the former Youngs furniture store on Cavendish Street.

Cumbria's weather: Wet and windy

BBC Weather

It'll be windy this evening and overnight with the rain extending eastwards and continuing through most of the night. Temperatures could drop later to 4C (39F).

Weather graphic

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

Your pictures: Spotted, a spring lamb

We asked about signs of spring earlier, and here's another - a lamb born just a day or two ago at a farm in Skelsmergh, just outside Kendal.

Rebecca Atkinson

Our thanks to Rebecca Atkinson, and if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.   

Meeting the candidates in the Copeland by-election
Labour have held the seat for more than 80 years but with a majority of just 2,500 over the Conservatives, the party's long rule is under threat.

Merseyside drug dealer jailed

A teenager sent to Kendal by a Merseyside drugs gang to sell heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed for six years.

Thomas Crehan
Cumbria Police

Thomas Crehan, 19, from The Shires, St Helens, admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in Kendal, and two similar offences in Merseyside and Cheshire at Liverpool Crown Court.

After sentencing, PC John Renshaw said officers had used evidence from Crehan's phone to establish he was making regular visits to Kendal. Crehan was arrested near Beast Banks possessing drugs with a street value of more than £500, and £640 in cash.  

PC Renshaw said: “All too often people from the Merseyside area think that they can get away with coming to Cumbria to conduct criminal activity, but we will keep reinforcing the fact that they will not get away with it."

Cumbrian hospital petition handed in at No 10

A petition with 30,000 signatures gathered by campaigners against changes to health services in west Cumbria has been handed in at No 10 Downing Street today.

West Cumberland Hospital sign

Proposals by the Success Regime, a management team brought in to reduce costs and increase efficiency, could result in consultant services being taken from the West Cumberland Hospital and centralised in Carlisle, 40 miles away. 

Computer cold-callers take £400,000 in scams

Figures compiled by Action Fraud suggest more than £400,000 was lost by people in Cumbria between April and September last year to computer cold calling scams.

The total was taken in just 66 reported offences, mostly by callers pretending to be from computer companies and offering to fix problems.

Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall, said: "Many of those who suffer losses are elderly or vulnerable people who fall victim to so-called phishing scams in which they are persuaded to hand over passwords and bank account details."

Power firm stands by for Storm Doris day

Electricity North West says it's putting extra engineers on stand-by for Thursday, when the fourth named storm of the winter, Doris, is forecast to bring strong winds to the region.

Power engineer getting out of van
Electricity North West

Currently the strongest winds are expected over Lancashire, but the Met Office says the track may change. Snow is also forecast on high ground.

Two sentenced for gang attack in street

Two men have been sentenced for their involvement in an attack that left their victim coughing blood in a Kendal street and needing surgery.

Jordan Jenkinson
Cumbria Police

Jordan Jenkinson (pictured) 23, formerly of Romney Gardens in Kendal, and 24-year-old Christopher Procter, of Hayclose Road, admitted causing Callum Machon grievous bodily harm in the attack.

Jenkinson also admitted a number of seprate drugs and driving offences and was jailed for two years and four months. Procter was handed a two-year suspended sentence.

Ulverston locals given chance to discuss flood claims

BBC Radio Cumbria

People affected by unexpected flooding last August, which some blame on flood prevention work that was taking place at the time, will get a chance to question the Environment Agency about what happened this evening.

Torrential rain led to flooding in several areas of Cumbria, but the agency later published a statement explaining its work in Ulverston, claiming the flooding would have been worse without it.

The meeting takes place at Coronation Hall at 18:00.

Police link river car to teenage thief

Police have released more details of the circumstances surrounding a car found in the River Eden in Carlisle earlier today.

The red Nissan Note was stolen after its keys were taken in a burglary early on Monday morning, police said.

Officers believe the incident may be linked to an incident on the same night at Landsdowne Court, less than a mile away, where a boy aged about 14 was seen trying to break into two houses.

How Cumbria's health plans fit into national picture

Cumbria's not alone in facing unpopular proposals to change health services: BBC research has found nearly two thirds of local plans to reshape NHS services in England involve hospital closures or moving treatment to a different site.

Hospital sign
Getty Images

About a third of the proposals would mean a reduction in the number of hospitals offering emergency care. The ideas are designed to rethink how resources are used as patient demand increases. 

Proposals include changes to maternity and emergency care in north and west Cumbria, with a separate plan covering South Cumbria.

Your pictures: Frogs leave sign of spring joy

Andrew Hetherington from Cumwhinton has spotted frog spawn in his garden pond, a sure sign, he says, that spring is round the corner.

Let's hope it survives Storm Doris, which the Met Office is now forecasting will bring snow on high ground for Thursday.

Frog spawn
Andrew Hetherington

If you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.  

Credit union seeks better future in merger

A Cumbrian credit union which faced an uncertain future soon after it started is hoping to resume services again by April. 

The South Lakeland Credit Union had to deal with high set up costs and a lack of volunteers. 

It's now merged with Edensave in Penrith to become the Eden and South Lakeland Credit Union.

Cumbria's weather: Rain setting in

BBC Weather

Cloud will increase from the west with rain arriving through the afternoon, becoming heavy and persistent.

Gentle southwest winds will increase this afternoon with a maximum temperature late in the day of 12C (54F). 

Weather graphic

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

Bus customers name Lakes as best-loved destination

The Lake District's been named the UK's best-loved free visitor attraction in a survey by the coach company National Express.

Castlerigg Stone Circle
Getty Images

It asked a thousand people for their favourite destination - Hadrian's Wall and Castlerigg Stone Circle (pictured) also make the list. 

20-20 vision forsees top-table place for Kirkby

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club's head coach John Pickthall believes the club will go on to win the North One West League after winning 20 matches out of 20 this season.

Pickthall said: "There's always a danger of dozing off but it's up to us as coaches and the senior members of the first team squad to keep us going. There's no place for complacency whatsoever."

Travel: A590 jams persist at Levens roadworks

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic at roadworks on the A590 between Meathop and Levens.

College leader celebrates shipyard's new training centre

Staff at Furness College, where BAE shipyard apprentices currently get their classroom training, have welcomed the announcement of a new £25m centre.

Artist's impression of new centre
BAE Systems

The centre's designed to train the best part of 1,000 apprentices, and upgrade the skills of other shipyard workers to deal with the new Dreadnought class nuclear-armed submarines now being designed.

Together with about £50m investment at Furness College, we're seeing a once in a lifetime response to skills for the future. This is unprecedented in the country."

Mark NicholsonDeputy principal, Furness College.

Mother-of-two who died in crash named

A woman who died in a two-car crash at the weekend was Lauren Filer, who was 27 and lived in Annan, Dumfies and Galloway.

Ms Filer was the mother of two young daughters.  

Lauren Filer
Family photograph

Cumbria Police have thanked the large number of members of the public and first responders who helped at the scene of the crash, on the A689 between Carlisle and Brampton.

Your pictures: By the dawn's early light

Low light shows off landscapes to their best, and if you want an example, just look at this shot of Burthwaite Heights and Ling Fell in the northern Lake District.

It's by Dean Ward, who tweets lots of lovely photos as Wainwright Baggings.

Dawn over Burththwaite Heights and Ling fell
Dean Ward

If you have a photograph you'd like to share, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.  

Car in Carlisle river: Police search area

Police have confirmed no one's been found in the car discovered in the River Eden in Carlisle at first light this morning.

Car in river

They've thanked the large number of people who rang in to report the vehicle, near Trinity School's playing fields, and said emergency services were now searching the area.

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Weather on the fell tops: Becoming wet and windy

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: Rising to 4C. 
  • Winds: Strong west southwesterly gusting 35mph this morning increasing to gale force gusting 60 to 70mph.
  • Cloud: Extensive this afternoon from 1,600ft.
  • Visibility: Generally good or very good becoming moderate or poor this afternoon.
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.

The report from the rangers who check on conditions on the high fells is here.

BreakingCar found in river by Carlisle park

Emergency services are examining a car found in the River Eden near Brampton Road in Carlisle.

It's understood no one has been found in the car, but a search of the surrounding area has started.

Cumbria's weather: Fine and dry, rain later

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine start to the day with plenty of sunshine. Cloud will increase from the west with rain this afternoon. 

Temperatures will top out at 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

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

Today's commute 'leads on to better things'

For years, traffic on the A590 between Ulverston and Barrow has been regularly disrupted by flooding at the Lindal dip. And for the past few weeks, there have been queues as the road has been lifted and moved sideways to try to reduce the problem.

This morning BBC Radio Cumbria's reporter Neil Smith has something to celebrate...

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Travel: Roadworks slow traffic on A590 and A595

BBC Travel

Two sets of roadworks likely to cause hold-ups again today. On the A590 between Meathop and Levens, and on the A595 at Egremont.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning. We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that take our fancy from around the county until about 18:00.

As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.