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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 things Cumbrian that catch our eye. A reminder:

We'll be back to do it again from 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

Have a very good evening.

Police take to social networks to warn youngsters about sexting

Police have set up a Snapchat account and recruited media students from Carlisle College in a new campaign to warn young people of the dangers of so-called "sexting".

The students will tell a fictional story of a girl who gets caught out after sending her boyfriend a naked photo of herself.

Police say they'll also be using an Instagram account and a Facebook event as part of  the campaign .  

Cumbria's weather: Becoming cloudy with a chance of rain

BBC Weather

This evening will be cloudy with patchy rain moving in later.  

Temperatures could fall to 7C (45F).

Weather graphic

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

Police seek drivers after man, 67, is assaulted

Police are investigating an attack on a pensioner which left him needing hospital treatment for what are described as "significant facial injuries". 

The incident happened a week ago on Sunday in Aikton, near Wigton, and police are now appealing for witnesses.

Officers say a number of cars are thought to have passed as the 67-year-old man was assaulted.

Court told how 200 child sex pictures were found on man's computer

Police found more than 200 photos and videos of child pornography on a computer at the  home of a 66-year-old man who'd never previously been convicted of a criminal offence, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

David Charles cecil Johnson Craig McGlasson
Craig McGlasson

The court was told David Charles Cecil Johnson, (pictured) from Lowther Gardens, Grange-over-Sands, committed the offences out of "curiosity".

Johnson admitted five offences - three charges of making indecent photographs of a child, one of possessing the illicit material and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child. 

He was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended for two years. 

He must sign the sex offenders' register, complete a rehabilitation order, and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

Man charged with rugby club knife attack

A man has been charged in connection with a knife attack 

It happened at the Roose Pioneers Rugby Club, in Barrow, on 4 March, Cumbria Police said.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with Section 18 wounding and possessing an offensive weapon.

    Midwife who spoke to BBC faces discipline hearing

    A midwife who spoke to BBC Look North about the downgrading of maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, is facing disciplinary action from the Trust which runs it. 

    Bernadette Bowness

    Bernadette Bowness spoke to the TV news programme last week, after it was decided a consultant-led maternity unit would remain for 12 months while a midwife led unit is developed. 

    Hospital campaigners have called the decision "shameful". Neither Ms Bowness nor the trust have commented.

    Kirkby Lonsdale top all English clubs with 91-0 stride into National League

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Kirkby Lonsdale's rugby union club has been promoted into National League Three North in style, beating Eccles 91-0 at the weekend.

    The club's director of rugby Matt Hughes says it is "unheard of" for a town as small as Kirkby Lonsdale to have a team in national level rugby union. 

    Kirkby have won 22 out of 22 games so far this season, and all bar one with a bonus point, a record unmatched by any English club in any league.

    Rail company says plan is working well

    The rail company Northern says its plans to deal with today's strike by the RMT union is working well, and it ran more trains during this morning's rush-hour than originally intended.

    The union says plans to buy trains which can be used for driver-only operations are potentaiully unsafe. The company says it intends to retain staff on trains, but give them more time to look after passengers.  

    Rail replacement buses at Carlisle station.

    Northern has still had to replace more than half its services with rail replacement buses like those pictured at Carlisle, and Paul Barnfield, the regional director, said people should plan their journey home.

    He said: "Services on many routes will start to wind down from mid-afternoon onwards, with very few trains running after 17:00 this evening." 

    Shotgun licence victory for 'short-tempered' farmer

    An investment banker-turned-farmer has got his shotgun licence back after it was taken off him after altercations with people walking across his land. 

    Michael Wentworth Waites, 62, (pictured) fell out with locals after buying the 600-acre £2m Thornthwaite Hall Farm, near Bampton, Cumbria.   

    Michael Wentworth waites
    Craig McGlasson

    The former Deutsche Bank hedge fund manager barred a hunt from his land and accosted walkers who strayed from designated paths. 

    After a number of incdients where Mr Wentworth Waites confronted people, police revoked his licence.

    Mr Waites took his case to Carlisle Crown Court, arguing the gun was important to him for lambing and calving to ward off predators and that he enjoyed shooting. 

    Upholding his appeal, Judge Hughes said Mr Waites was "short-tempered and easily provoked", but on no occasion had a shotgun been involved.

    New Workington leisure centre in line for awards

    A new west Cumbrian leisure centre has been shortlisted for two building awards. 

    New leisure centre
    Allerdale Borough Council

    Workington Leisure Centre has been nominated for the regional Best Public Service Building and Best Large Commercial Project categories in the LABC Building Excellence awards

    The winners will be revealed during a ceremony in Gateshead next month.   

    Out-of-hours health service gets a public thumbs-up

    Cumbria's out-of-hours doctor service has had a "very positive" verdict in a study carried out by Healthwatch Cumbria, which represents patients in the county.

    The Cumbria Health on Call, or CHOC service was set up by local GPs.  Healthwatch put out a call for comments and received 1,676 responses.

    David Blacklock from Healthwatch said the response "clearly demonstrates that their hard work is making a real difference when people need it the most”. 

    You can read the report here.

    Your pictures: Getting the ducks in a row

    Tracey Laing spotted these Muscovy ducks posing in front of Skiddaw, while she was walking near the village of Braithwaite, and was kind enough to send us a picture!

    Muscovy ducks on a gate
    Tracey Laing

    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 .  

    Cyclist flown to hospital after crash

    A cyclist suffered head and facial injuries when she was struck by a car near Kirkby Stephen.

    Helicopter with crash scene in background

    The cyclist, whose injuries were said not to be life-threatening, was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle.

    Keith Curle

    Carlisle United must 'scrap and fight' to cope with pressure of the League Two promotion bid, says manager Keith Curle.

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    Cumbria's weather: Dry and bright

    BBC Weather

    It should be a dry and bright day with variable cloud and sunny spells, the best of which will develop from the north this afternoon. There'll be gentle westerly winds and a maximum temperature of about 10C (50F). 

    Weather graphic

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

    Coach 'proud' of first performance against Canadians

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Whitehaven were beaten 24-10 by the Toronto Wolfpack in the first ever meeting of the two rugby league sides yesterday. 

    The Canadians - the first trans-Atlantic side to play in Britain - are hot favourites to win League One, and are the RFL's latest experiment as they try to expand the sport's global appeal. 

    Despite the defeat 'Haven coach Carl Forster was delighted with how his side competed.

    We knew as long as we stuck to our game we'd be with them. I can't be any more proud of the lads."

    Carl ForsterCoach, Whitehaven RL

    Footpath planned along line of 'dry' canal

    A new all-weather accessible footpath is going to be created between Kendal and Natland, along the route of the Lancaster Canal. 

    Canal bridge in middle of field
    Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership

    Work could start on the £184,000 project in the autumn, following the line of the canal even though much of it is dry, or filled in.

    The Lancaster Canal Partnership hopes to extend the trail to Lancaster - and then eventually to Preston, where the canal begins.  

    Campaign groups have pressed for years for the canal to be reopened , but apart from some lengths cleared by volunteers, no overall scheme has ever neared fruition.  

    Severe disruption: A595 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A595 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between Walls Drive and Birkby turn off.

    A595 Cumbria - A595 in Ravenglass closed in both directions between the Walls Drive junction and the Birkby turn off junction, because of a broken down lorry and recovery work.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

    Weather on the fells: Improving later

    • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 3C. 
    • Winds: Strong westerly gusting 35mph becoming southwesterly gusting 45mph Cloud: Patchy above 2,500ft becoming widespread at 1,000ft this morning, then lifting and breaking this afternoon.
    • Visibility: Becoming poor this morning then mainly good this afternoon. 
    • Freezing level: Above the summits.

    The Lake District rangers who report on winter conditions on the high fells say a thaw is continuing at all levels.

    Your voices: Views on the rail strike

    Martin Lewes


     BBC Radio Cumbria:Views from the public on the rail strike

    Surely train guards are there for the customers' safety and benefit and should be maintained. Or how do you stop violence, ticket avoidance and unruly behaviour?"

    Rob from Kendal, email to BBC Radio Cumbria

    Thameslink has been using driver-only trains for approximately the last 30 years with no problems."

    Mike, by text to BBC Radio Cumbria

    Who will you pay if you're buying a ticket on the train?"

    Several callers to BBC Radio Cumbria

    I'm totally in support, it means job losses I believe. I appreciate what the chaps are trying to do."

    Les, rail passenger at Carlisle station Rail passenger at Carlisle station

    I feel uneasy. There can be incidents nowadays that need someone other than the driver for customer service and safety."

    Liz, text to BBC Radio Cumbria

    Armed police spark zoo escape rumour

    An operation by armed police in Dalton last night sparked rumours that wolves had escaped from the South Lakes Safari Zoo.

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    It's understood police were responding to reports of a man with a handgun in the area. Nothing was found in a two-hour search.

    Rail union wants second person on trains

    The union taking strike action on Northern trains today, the RMT, says guards are trained to be able to help passengers in the event of trouble on a train, or a derailment.

    Northern says new technology means guards aren't needed for jobs such as checking doors are clear and envisages conductors spending more time with passengers.

    Picket line at station

    Speaking at Carlisle station this morning Craig Johnston from the union (pictured right) said: "These new trains will be configured so they can be driver-only operated or conventionally operate with a guard, which will mean there'll be a second person on every train.

    "That's all we're asking for, a second person who's safety-qualified and operationally qualified to be able to assist an emergencies."

    Rail firm insists train doors can be controlled safely by driver

    Rail companies say they want train conductors to have more time to help passengers on the trains.

    Liam Sumpter, regional director for Northern, says: "Driver-only operations are on 30% of services now, particularly those down south, so it's already in place, and the independent rail regulator as well as the Railway Safety Standards Board have both said it's at least as safe as the current method of operation."

    Travel: Accident disrupts A595 at Calder Bridge

    BBC News Travel

    An accident's partly blocked the road on the A595 northbound at Calder Bridge, before Hardgates Road.

    Rail strikes: RMT picket line at Carlisle Station

    Why Southern strike has spread to Northern trains

    Today's disruption stems from a long-running dispute over whether trains can safely be run if guards do not play a part in closing train doors when services leave stations.

    Guards, who are members of the RMT union, say modern trains are busier and longer than in the past and cannot be safely run by one person .  

    Train operating companies say modern technology means this is no longer the case and point to services such as London Underground.

    Trains across a wide area of the south of England, operated by Southern, have been badly hit by strike action for months.

    Sim Harris, from the magazine Rail News, says there was no proposal to change to driver-only operation in the Northern franchise area until this year.

    "I think the catalyst for this may have been the start of the new Northern franchise in April. The new Arriva-owned Northern does have in its franchise to extend driver-only operation."

    Cumbria's weather: Cloudy increasing through the morning

    BBC Weather

    After a chilly start, cloud will soon increase from the northwest this morning with maybe a little patchy light rain and drizzle for a time. Temperatures will rise to about 10C (50F).

    Weather graphic

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

    'Very limited service' from Barrow to Sellafield and Lancaster

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Trains have left from Barrow towards Sellafield and Whitehaven this morning and towards Lancaster, but signs are warning of a very limited service.

    "There are far fewer trains on the Furness Line towards Lancaster than there are heading north this morning.

    "There's no sign of any bus replacement service here at this stage of the day and those notices that are here, are not really making it clear what's running and when."

    There are more details on Northern Rail's website .

    Travel: A595 slowed by lorry breakdown

    BBC News Travel

    The A595 is partly blocked near Muncaster Castle, by a broken-down lorry.

    Train firm puts out bus and rail timetables for strike day

    BBC News Travel

    Around 40% of northern trains will run today, as staff strike over the work of guards on trains .

    There will be train timetables for Barrow through to Lancaster and Workington and Carlisle across to Newcastle

    There'll be bus services from Windermere to Oxenholme and Workington to Carlisle.

    You can find an updated list of all services here .

    Welcome to is BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    Good morning: We've opened shop a little early this morning to keep you up to date with the strike by the RMT union affecting Northern rail services.

    We will of course also be posting other news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that take our fancy from around the county, until about 17:00.

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