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  1. Barrow man jailed for machete murder
  2. Fatal crash driver 'may have been tired'
  3. Woman killed in digger collision named
  4. New MP Trudy takes to national Conservative stage
  5. Friday 17 March 2017

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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 a few other nuggets from Cumbrian life for today, and this week.  From a busy news day:

One headteacher in the county said money problems were growing to the point where asking parents for help was "on the agenda";

Copeland's new MP Trudy Harrison stepped on to the national stage at the Conservative spring conference;

And over in the Liberal Democrat camp, Tim Farron reacted to George Osborne's new job in journalism by joking that he could take over Viz, and you can find the rest of the conversation here .

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.  

In the meantime, 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 .  

Have a very good weekend.

Cheerleaders step up to raise money for international championships

A Cumbrian cheerleading club, which is one of the best in the country, is raising money to compete in France. 

CFF Infinity

The Workington club, CFF Infinity , won a national competition two weeks ago, which means it is now eligible to enter a competition in Las Vegas. 

But the club couldn't afford the travel expenses, so now it's trying to raise money to compete at Disneyland Paris instead.

Ulverston's leisure centre closer to total rebuild

Residents of Ulverston are a step closer to having a £13m new leisure centre.

Ulverston Leisure centre artist's impression

The plan is for South Lakeland council to combine forces with the town's major employer, GSK, and redevelop the existing centre on Priory Road.

The facilities would include a swimming pool, gym, studio spaces, indoor tennis courts and sports pitches.

Severe accident: A5086 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5086 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between A594 and Crown Street.

A5086 Cumbria - A5086 Goat Brow in Papcastle blocked and slow traffic in both directions between Belle Vue Roundabout and the Crown Street junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Harraby centre wins civic trust praise

The new Harraby community campus has been given a commendation the national Civic Trust Awards .

Library in Harraby
Andrew lee

The development combines a primary school, two nurseries, a community centre and a number of other facilities.

The citation says it creates "a coherent sense of shared community."

Bootle husky business pulls in customers

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

A business offering customers the chance to ride a sort of chariot pulled by huskies has grown big enough to take on trainees.

Siberian huskies helping apprentices learn in Bootle

Police concern for missing Aspatria man

Police say they're concerned for the welfare of 48-year-old Barry Dunn, from Aspatria.

Barry Dunn
Police/family photo

Mr Dunn was last seen at a bus stop at Langrigg on Wednesday and there have been reported sightings in Fleetwood.

Brewery names ale in honour of multi-marathon man

Ennerdale Brewery is naming a new craft ale after a Cleator Moor man who's running 100 marathons in 100 days to raise money for the cancer charity, Macmillan.

Gary McKee

The beer's being offered for the first time at the brewery's own bar in Rowrah on 24 March when Gary will have completed his 70th run.

The London marathon will complete his 100-day challenge.

Appropriately, Marathon Man IPA will be the strongest beer the brewery's made.

Cumbria's weather: Mild, wet and windy

BBC Weather

It'll stay wet and windy tonight - but the rain will ease a little by dawn as the winds die down a bit. Temperatures will rise to 10C (50F) before dropping to 7C.

Weather graphic

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

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Fatal crash driver 'may have been tired', inquest told

Mark McAlindon

BBC Look North

A driver in his 70s may have been suffering from fatigue when his car drifted across the A595 and crashed head-on into a van coming the other way, an inquest heard.

Hayley Murdoch, who was 29, and her grandmother Sheila Dixon, 71, from Carlisle, died at the scene of the crash near Newby Cross in February last year.

Jonah Dixon, Sheila's husband, who was badly injured and now uses a wheelchair was driving that day and has no recollection of the moments before the collision,  the hearing at Cockermouth Coroner's Court heard.

PC Craig Irving, a crash investigator, said it was impossible to say what exactly caused the chain of events, but in his experience such accidents were often caused by drivers suffering fatigue. 

Coroner Kally Cheema concluded that the two women died as a result of a road traffic collision.

Hayley Murdoch and Sheila Dixon
Cumbria Police

Travel: Roadworks slow A66 near Bassenthwaite

BBC News Travel

there's slow traffic through the roadworks on the A66 west of Keswick.

Cumbrian MP spots new opportunity

The former Chancellor, George Osborne, has been appointed the new editor of the London Evening Standard. Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, had this reaction... and it was accepted.

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Travel: Roadworks bring delays at Kendal bypass junction

BBC News Travel

There are delays at roadworks at the Shenstone junction between the A6 and the A591, for traffic leaving Kendal.

Gang sentenced for Carlisle drugs plot

Seven people who plotted to bring drugs into Cumbria have been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court to a total of nearly 31 years in prison. 

Johnathan O'Neil, 28, of Creighton Avenue, and Darren Snowden, 45, of Brookside, Raffles, Carlisle, were jailed - O'Neil for seven-and-a-half years, and Snowden for two years and eight months.

Andrew Berry, 25, of Bower Street, Carlisle, and 30-year-old Levi Howard, of High Cliff, Barrow-in-Furness, pleaded guilty to a cannabis conspiracy supply charge, and were each jailed for two years.

Kathleen Berry, 25, of Brampton Old Road, Carlisle, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis, and was given a community order.

Three other men from Merseyside and Lancashire were also imprisoned.

The drugs ring operated for more than eight months before police arrested them and seized tens of thousands of pounds worth of drugs. 

Inquest hears how two women died in A595 crash

An inquest has heard how a car carrying members of three generations of the same Carlisle family veered across the A595 and crashed into a van, killing a woman and her granddaughter. 

Hayley Murdoch, 29, and Sheila Dixon, 71, died in the collision near Carlisle in February last year. 

Ms Murdoch's three-year-old son was seriously injured.

Witnesses have told the hearing this morning that the car, driven by Sheila Dixon's husband, Jonah, ended up in the hedge  

A verdict is expected this afternoon. 

Hayley Murdoch and Sheila Dixon
Cumbria Police

Barrow man sentenced for killing friend with machete

A Barrow man's been jailed for a minimum of 16 years for killing a man he'd spent the day with watching football and going to the pub.

Damien Hill
Cumbria police

Damien Hill, 45, of no fixed address, attacked 35-year-old Guy Hamilton in his home, slashing his jugular with a machete, on 30 April last year.  

Mr Hamilton was able to dial 999 to call for help and stagger into the street before dying from his injuries.

Hill was found guilty by a jury at Preston Crown Court today.

Mr Hamilton's parents, Liz and Kevin, said afterwards: "We feel the sentence is appropriate - justice has been done for our son Guy.”

Cumbrian launch for national tourism week focuses on food

A Cumbrian hotel's been picked to start a week of events to promote holidays in England.

Guests including Lady Penelope Cobham, who chairs the marketing organisation Visit England, are at the Sharrow Bay Hotel on the shores of Ullswater for the launch.

The group will also be touring a number of food producers in the Eden valley.

I shall certainly be going back to London a few pounds heavier."

Lady Penelope CobhamChairman, Visit England

Question Time heading to Carlisle

The BBC television show, Question Time is coming to Carlisle later this month. 

David Dimbleby on Question Time

It will be filmed at the Sands Centre on 30 March. 

People who want to be in the audience should  go to the website .

Cumbria's weather: Rain setting in for the day

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of heavy rain will spread down from the north west along with strong winds. Temperatures will peak at about 10C (50F). 

Weather graphic

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

Copeland MP Trudy 'inspired' by MP's talk of 'ordinary families'

The newly-elected MP for Copeland, Trudy Harrison, has been speaking at the Conservative Party spring conference.

Trudy Harrison

Mrs Harrison told the conference that she won the seat from Labour not because of the shortcomings of the opposition but because the Prime Minister, Theresa May, was speaking for "ordinary working families".

She said she'd only joined the party after hearing what Mrs May had said on the steps of Downing Street when she took over last year.

Theresa May is speaking for ordinary working families and they are listening. The prime minister’s plan for our country tackles the issues that they’re concerned about. "

Trudy HarrisonMP for Copeland

One drive in customer who didn't drive out

Cumbria's traffic police take a meal break. The constable's hunch that it's worth checking the credentials of the driver in front, apparently doesn't.

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Schools warn: We may have to ask parents for cash help

Headteachers in Cumbria are warning that they may have to ask parents to contribute towards the cost of their children's education. 

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The Education Policy Institute has been looking at the impact of the government's proposed new National Funding Formula, and  you can read the report here .

The report says the average secondary school could face a drop in funding of an average of almost £300,000, by 2020.     

I'm aware of other schools around the country that have asking for termly or annual contributions to the basic running of the school. That is certainly something that is on the agenda."

Paul Buckland Head teacher, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith.

Superstore bids for added flood protection

The supermarket chain Sainsbury's is hoping to win planning consent for flood defences around its Carlisle store.

Planning officers have recommended that Carlisle councillors approve the scheme on Caldewgate, which would protect the building, but not the surrounding car park.

A report being discussed today says a number of people living nearby have expressed concern that the scheme could 'push' water towards their homes.

Councillors will be given extra details from the Environment Agency about how far this concern is justified.


Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J41 for B5305 and J42 for A6.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J41, B5305 (Catterlen) and J42, A6 (Carlisle South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Curle hopes to strengthen squad for Mansfield

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United could have two new players in their squad for tomorrow's trip to Mansfield in League Two. 

Manager Keith Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria Sport he's trying to sign a defensive, central midfielder. 

The United boss has also confirmed he's signed the forward he told us he was after on Tuesday night, but he declined to name either of the players until formalities were complete.

Weather on the fell tops: Gnarly

Temperatures at 3,000ft: 1C, rising to 3C. 

Winds: Strong to gale force westerly, gusts 55mph. 

Cloud: Widespread cloud 2,000ft, lowering to 1,000ft at times. 

Visibility: Moderate or poor. 

Freezing level: 3,000ft (900m) at first, rising above the tops.

The Lake District rangers who assess winter conditions on the fells , say they couldn't find a view on top.

Fogy Striding Edge

Cumbria's weather: Rain moving in again

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly but dry start for most with some bright spells before cloud increases through the morning. 

Outbreaks of heavy rain will spread down from the north west along with strong winds. Temperatures will rise to about 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

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

Police name victim of A6 digger crash

A woman who was killed in a crash on the A6 near Shap has been named as Rebecca Quail.

The 25-year-old from Penrith, who is known as Becca, died in the collision on Wednesday.

Becca Quail
Police/family photo

She was driving her Citroen car south towards Shap summit when she was in a collision with a trailer carrying a mini digger.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning; We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things of interest from around the county through the day.

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