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  1. Monday 27 February 2017

Live Reporting

By John Bowness

All times stated are UK

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John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

We've now finished this service of news, travel, weather, and other things that take our fancy around this county for today.

We'll be back to do it all again starting at 08:00 tomorrow: 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

The Lion and the Lamb in Lakeland

This great photo tweeted by Grasmere Primary School today shows clearly why a famous Lakeland landmark got its alternative name.

Picture of Helm Crag, or the Lion and the Lamb
Grasmere Primary School

Helm Crag, that dominates the valley above the village, is often known by its nickname the Lion and the Lamb - and you can really see the shape of both in this picture.

The school tweeted the striking image as a welcome back for its pupils after half term, describing them as "roaring like lions, gentle as lambs". 

Thirlmere reservoir £300m pipeline plans go on show

Details of a pipeline to safeguard drinking water supplies in west Cumbria are to go before the public .

United Utilities is to construct a 62-mile (100km) pipeline from Thirlmere reservoir to homes and businesses in the Whitehaven, Egremont, Maryport, Cockermouth and Wigton areas.

The £300m project also includes a new water treatment works, two service reservoirs and a pumping station.

Thirlmere reservoir
UNITED UTILITIES

A series of events starting next week will give people the chance to view the route.

Work is due to start in the spring and be complete by 2020.

Attack on woman was 'exceptional in its brutality', court hears

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

A Carlisle woman died in an attack that was "exceptionally brutal", a murder trial at Carlisle Crown Court has heard.

Miklow Verebes is accused of murdering his partner Melinda Korosi, originally from Hungary, who was found at her home in the city with extensive head and neck injuries.  

The prosecution told the court that when officers arrived at her home on Orton Road, Mr Verebes was beside her badly injured body. 

The 29-year-old, also from Hungary, was covered in her blood, and told officers "it's too late, she's dead". The police were called by neighbours who'd heard Ms Korosi screaming and seen Mr Verebes enter her home, the jury heard. 

At a previous hearing he pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter because of a "loss of control". The prosecution said he now claimed that someone else murdered his partner, and that he made that previous admission because he was "frightened of the real killer".

Mr Verebes denies murder and three charges of rape. The trial continues.

Your photos: St John's in the Vale

Tony Deall sent us this photo taken on an atmospheric morning near Threlkeld. 

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 .

Threlkeld
Tony Deall

Carlisle woman died in 'brutal' attack, court hears

The jury in a murder trial has heard how a woman died in an attack which was "exceptional in its brutality". 

Melinda Korosi, originally from Hungary, was found with extensive injuries to her head, face and neck, at her home on Orton Road in September. 

It's alleged she was attacked by her partner Miklos Verebes, two days after he'd been released from prison, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Mr Verebes, 29, and also from Hungary, denies murder and three charges of rape. 

The trial continues.


          Melinda Korosi was found critically injured at her home in Orton Road
BBC

Police appeal following two-vehicle M6 crash

Police are appealing for information after a two-vehicle crash on the M6.

At 19:15 on Thursday, a Suzuki Baleno and a BMW 520 collided on the northbound carriageway, near to Burton-in-Kendal services.

Five casualties were treated at the scene by emergency services before being taken to hospital. The motorway was closed for six hours.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cumbria Police.

Sun and cloud over the Barbon Fells

BBC Weather Watchers

This shot from South-East Cumbria shows part of the the landscape that's recently been brought within the extended Yorkshire Dales National Park. 

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Chipoyl for posting it this morning. 

Sun and cloud over the Barbon Fells
Chipoyl

Cumbrian sailing volunteer given national award

A man who's been involved in organised sailing on Ullswater for more than four decades, has been given a national award for his contribution to the sport.  

David Clarke, who started at Ullswater Yacht Club as a teenager in the early 1970s, has been described as a "maritime hero"  for his work.  


          Award winner David Clarke, with crew, on a training boat on Ullswater
Ullswater Yacht Club

He was nominated for his service to the club, and his work in setting up the Ullswater Sailing School that's trained more than 1,200 people since 2013.

Simpler recycling 'should increase rates'

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A simpler recycling system should help to decrease the amount of waste that goes to landfill, according to Barrow Borough Council. 

According to figures obtained by the BBC's Inside Out programme , Cumbria overall looks unlikely to meet a target to recycle half of its waste by 2020. 

And with only 31% of their waste recycled, both Barrow and Copeland are among the worst nationwide.

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We'll have a single bin in which to put recycling material, and a bin for the normal sort of household rubbish. And everything goes in that one bin - apart from glass, because obviously there's health and safety issues there."

Dave Pidduck Labour leader of Barrow Borough Council

Severe weather warning for ice in Cumbria tonight

BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice for several areas including Cumbria.  

Ice is expected to form overnight, leading to difficult driving conditions on untreated roads and slippery conditions on pavements. 

Weather map of Northern England
BBC Weather

Forecasters say showers will affect many parts of the UK today, with some continuing overnight and into Tuesday morning, when temperatures will also fall below zero in some areas.

The showers will fall as rain, sleet and hail at low levels, but as snow over hills, where several centimetres of snow may accumulate. 

Cumbria's black policing pioneer to feature in TV drama

BBC Inside Out

The story of the country's first ever black policeman, who served in Cumbria, is being turned into a TV drama.

Comedian Lenny Henry is researching the story of John Kent, who made history when he started his beat in Carlisle in 1837.

Lenny Henry
BBC

Aftab Khan is from AWAZ Cumbria, the county's support group for black, minority and ethnic communities, which has been telling John Kent's story in schools. 

He told BBC Radio Cumbria that the group was often told Cumbria did not have many people from ethnic minorities - but that's not entirely true if you look back into history.

Even if we go further back, from Roman times, the first black settlement was in Burgh by Sands near Carlisle."

Aftab KhanAWAZ Cumbria

Man taken to hospital after serious A595 crash

A man's in hospital following a serious crash on the A595 at Mealsgate in North Cumbria.  

The collision between a black Ford Focus and an HGV tipper truck happened just after 07:30.

Map of Mealsgate
Ordnance Survey

The 22-year-old driver of the Focus was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with serious injuries. No-one else was hurt.

The road is closed between both junctions with the B5299. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Glenridding Beck flood gravel removal begins

The removal of thousands of tonnes of gravel dredged from a flooded river more than a year ago is under way .

Glenridding Beck, in the Lake District, burst its banks three times  during storms in December 2015 .

More than 14,000 tonnes of gravel was removed from the river in a bid to reduce the risk of further flooding.

The material has been stored on Jenkin's Field, next to Ullswater.

Gravel and stones being removed from Glenridding Beck
Getty Images

Andy Brown, from the Environment Agency, said: "We would like to apologise to the community and visitors to Glenridding for the noise and increased traffic which will be caused by the work.

"We are doing everything possible to minimise the disruption and complete the clearance as prompt and efficiently as possible to minimise the impact."

Carlisle Utd remain 3rd in League Two after Portsmouth defeat

BBC Sport

Saturday's match saw an initially close contest at Brunton Park, until a 73rd-minute goal from Portsmouth's Gary Roberts.

It was followed by two more for the visitors, ending any hopes for Carlisle of salvaging something from the game.  

The Blues were dogged by injuries, one casualty being their skipper Michael Raynes who was forced off in the 36th minute.  

But they're still 3rd in League Two behind Plymouth Argyle and Doncaster Rovers.

After the rain, the light

BBC Weather Watchers

After a very wet weekend in Cumbria, this beautiful shot of golden light tinging the underside of clouds was posted late yesterday from Cockermouth by BBC Weather Watcher, Trevor.

Clouds with golden light, Cockermouth
Trevor

Fall in Cumbria's recycling rates

BBC Radio Cumbria

It's feared that Cumbria is in danger of failing to meet the government's target for the amount it recycles .

All six districts in the county have seen reductions in the the proportion of waste they recycle, from the 50% requirement that's demanded by 2020. 

Barrow and Copeland are among the worst areas in the country, recycling only a third of household waste.

Rubbish
BBC

Lake island is given to National Trust

The island which helped inspire the creation of the National Trust has been given to the organisation after more than 100 years in private ownership .

Sitting within Grasmere, in Cumbria, Grasmere Island came to the attention of a dismayed Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley when it was sold in 1893.

Canon Rawnsley, along with Sir Robert Hunter and Octavia Hill, went on to found the conservation group in 1895.

The island has been gifted to the organisation in a will.

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Weather: Cold with sunny spells and wintry showers

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be colder, with frequent showers throughout the day. Although it will be less windy than yesterday.

The showers could be heavy and wintry at times, particularly over higher ground, with a possibility of some hail.

Maximum temperature 6C (43F).

Lisa Gallagher
BBC

A595 closed at Mealsgate in North Cumbria

One of the county's key A roads has been closed "until further notice" following a crash at Mealsgate.

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A595 blocked both ways

BBC Travel

The A595 at Mealsgate is blocked both ways due to accident involving two vehicles near the B5299.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

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 16:00.

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 .