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  1. Cumbria 'worst for delayed hospital discharges'
  2. Bank to close in eight Cumbrian communities
  3. Search for 'crashed paraglider' called off after nothing is found.
  4. Poet's fans bid to buy his home for posterity
  5. Thursday 23 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 other things that catch our eye from around the county, for today.

Here's a reminder: 

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

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.

Changing of the guard at Workington lifeboat station

Work has started adapting equipment at Workington lifeboat station to accommodate the new Shannon Class vessel, Dorothy May White.

But the first job was to get the existing Tyne Class Sir John Fisher out of the way, so in what must have been a nostalgic moment, she was lowered into the water for the final time.

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The Dorothy May White arrives on 5 April on the lunchtime tide.

Do you recognise these distinctive items of garden furniture?

Campaigners disappointed by council decision on children's hospital care

Campaigners fighting to save hospital services in West Cumbria have criticised the way  yesterday's Cumbria health scrutiny committee was run. 

A statement from the group, We need West Cumberland Hospital, says members are relieved the committee has asked for the future of maternity services be reviewed by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

But it said members were hugely disappointed that a proposal to send in paediatric services wasn't supported at the end of the meeting. 

They also say they fail to understand how the committee could allow several members to leave the meeting before the final vote was taken.

This afternoon a Cumbria County Council spokesman said the rules had been set out at the start of the meeting, but they would review the procedures follow and consider whether further action was needed.

Stobart group plans stock market debut

The Cumbrian-based company Eddie Stobart has announced plans to float on the London Stock Exchange in a listing that would value the logistics group at over £550m. 

Eddie Stobart lorries
Eddie Stobart/PA Wire

The firm, which started in haulage but now runs a wide range of transport operations including airports and flights, expects to raise around £130m from the initial public offering (IPO) next month, with the cash used to fund growth and pay down debt.

The chief executive Alex Laffey said: "An IPO is an exciting next step for the business that will give us a strong platform for further growth."

Police: Rise in child sex crime may just be reporting change

There's been a rise in the number of child sex offences recorded by police in Cumbria. 

The children's charity, the NSPCC, has published figures which show that it recorded 538 suspected sexual crimes against under-18s  - last year there were 429 the year before. 

The NSPCC says the rise could be down to improvements in recording methods, and more victims speaking out following the high profile of other cases.

Cumbria's weather: A clear, cold night

BBC Weather

It should stay dry and mostly clear through this evening and overnight. It will be colder than last night, with a fairly widespread frost and a minimum temperature of 0C (32F).

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

Thief offered shelter took children's Christmas presents

A thief given shelter for the night after locking himself out of his own home, stole two tablets given to children who lived there as Christmas presents and trashed a living room, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

Lee Wilson, 30, of Crosthwaite Court in Workington was high on valium at the time, as he had been when he burgled a flat in Whitehaven last year, injuring a householder who caught him in her home.

Wilson admitted burglary and theft; Judge Barbara Forrester told him the offences were "mean" before jailing him for 21 months.

Lee Wilson
Cumbria Police

Travel: Crashes delay traffic near Grasmere and on A595

BBC News Travel

The narrow Red Bank road is blocked by an accident before Broadgate near Grasmere.

The A595 is partially blocked after a four-vehicle crash at Rosehill,  with delays in both directions.

Police call off paraglider search

Martin Lewes


Police have called off a major search that began after a report that a paraglider had come down near Isel in North Cumbria.

The operation started after a report from a member of the public just after 09:00 this morning, near the Lakes Distillery.

The search involved officers on the ground, a police helicopter, a drone, and Cockermouth mountain rescue volunteers.

This afternoon officers said they'd found nothing, and no one had been reported missing.

They said they'd still like to hear from anyone who had been paragliding in the area this morning, or who had other information

Carlisle hope to find new form at Crewe

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle will be looking at getting back to winning ways this weekend when they host Crewe. 

United have lost five of their last six matches, and haven't scored a goal in over nine hours of football. 

Meanwhile Barrow travel to Solihull Moors with the play offs still in reach. 

Boy arrested after police called to boarding school

A teenage student at Sedbergh School was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault last night after staff reported an incident involving two pupils.

Police were called to the co-educational boarding school, which has more than 500 pupils, just after 19:00 last night.

Sedbergh school gate

Eight more Cumbrian communities to lose banks

Nat West says eight of its branches in Cumbria will close later this year.

The bank says most have seen a drop of at least 30 per cent in business as more people do their business on the internet.

Nat West Ambleside

Nat West says the branches in Egremont and Ulverston will close in September, and those in Ambleside (pictured), Cockermouth, Grange over Sands, Keswick, Millom and Wigton will go in October.

The bank says it's contacting customers, and will put staff into the branches to train them on digital banking; all the branches are close to post offices where some business can be transacted.

Cumbrian health boss witnessed Westminster attack

Jackie Daniel, the chief executive of the trust that runs hospitals in South Cumbria, was at a meeting with MPs in Westminster yesterday.

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Hospitals boss: We'll send staff out to care for patients at home

The man in charge of hospitals in North Cumbria says inpatient beds in cottage hospitals in Maryport, Alston and Wigton, won't be closed until systems have been set up to provide the same care in the community.

The cottage hospital beds are due to go under plans proposed by the Success Regime because the trust is struggling to staff them; a county council scrutiny committee's considered referring these to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, for review, but decided not to.

Today figures compiled by the BBC showed Cumbria has the worst problem of delayed discharges from hospitals in England , and campaigners against closing the beds in the three communities say they're part of the solution.

Stephen Eames, the chief executive of the North Cumbria hospitals trust, says plans are being laid to repace lost capacity: "What we're looking at is using beds in the home supported by professional staff, and other care workers, to make sure that more people in those communities can be treated there."

We're very clear that we're not going to close any beds in community hospitals until those alternative arrangements are in place."

Stephen Eames Chief executive, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

Helicopter joins search after reports of paraglider 'in difficulties'

A police helicopter's been brought in to help with a search in Cumbria for a paraglider pilot who may have got into difficulties. 

Cumbria police say they were called soon after 09:00 this morning by someone who'd seen a paraglider coming down quickly in the Isel area, near Bassenthwaite Lake. 

No-one's been reported missing and the aircraft crew hasn't spotted anything. 

Officers on the ground are continuing to search. Anyone who may have seen anything is being asked to ring Cumbria police.  

Your pictures: Before it all melts...

The sudden snowfall yesterday was a nuisance to many people, but for the youngest of Gill Henwood's dogs, it was an entirely new adventure.

She was kind enough to send us this photograph of all three of her pets having a ramble win the white stuff in Grizedale Forest.

Dogs in snow
Gill Henwood

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Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells with a chilly wind

BBC Weather

There should be sunny spells this afternoon. A rather chilly northeasterly wind will continue, strongest across hills and coasts with temperatures rising to about 10C (50F). 

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

West Cumbria maternity row referred to health secretary

Martin Lewes


Just to round up some coverage we ran yesterday; Plans to keep consultant led-maternity services at Whitehaven Hospital, but only for a year before another review, are to be referred to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

The county council's health scrutiny committee, which was reviewing all the proposals agreed by the clinical commissioning group and the Success Regime, feared the unit could still be reduced to a midwife-led service.

Hospital sign

Councillors had considered referring other proposals, including the way children are cared for and the closure of beds at cottage hospitals in Wigton, Maryport and Alston.

But after a meeting late yesterday afternoon, this move was dropped.

The usual procedure is for the Secretary of State to set up an independent panel of clinical experts to report on the issues.

Cumbrian who organised drugs ring from cell fails to get sentence cut

A former Egremont man's failed to get his 13-year sentence reduced, after he was caught organising a large-scale drugs operation from his prison cell. 

Patrick White, who's 25, had admitted conspiracy to supply drugs valued at £900,000, as well as possessing a mobile phone while he was already in prison last year for other offences. 

He'd been given 12 years for the drug-related crimes and a further year for having a mobile phone in jail. 

 Appeal judges rejected his argument that the sentence was too harsh.

One L-driver who may not have made a good start

Cumbria's highway police sometimes feature in TV programmes showcasing their work.

This may make part of a future episode.

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Poet's society hopes to buy his home

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The home of the Millom poet Norman Nicholson could be opened to the public as a tourist attraction. 

A bid will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to buy the house where he spent all but two years of his life.

House where Norman Nicholson lived

The former family shop on St George's Terrace has been on the market for many months.

The Norman Nicholson Society wants to renovate the building and open it fully as a tourist attraction and as a base for the study of Nicholson's poetry, all of which was crafted in his room in the attic with views of the fells.

I thank God for a lifetime spent in that same town."

Norman Nicholson1914-1987

Weather on the fell tops: Gnarly at first

Temperatures at 3,000ft: -2C. 

Winds: Severe gale force northeasterly, gusts 70mph, becoming fresh or strong, gusts 40mph during the evening. 

Cloud: Widespread cloud at first down to 1,000ft, breaking and lifting above the fells by afternoon. 

Visibility: Poor in early rain, hill snow & hill fog. Improving good later. 

Freezing level: 1,600ft, lowering to 1,300ft.

The report from the top of Helvellyn by Lake District park rangers speaks of extended blizzard conditions and unstable snow slopes, and recommends careful route planning.

Councils fall silent to mark Westminster atrocity

Council offices in Cumbria have lowered flags to half-mast and have been asked to observe one minute's silence at 09:33, the start of the Parliamentary day.

It is in respect to those who died in Wednesday's attack in London.

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A mixture of dry spells and rain

BBC Weather

It will be a mostly dry but chilly start to the day with any rain gradually easing through the morning.

Turning brighter in the afternoon with light winds making it feel pleasant in the sunshine.

Weather graphic

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

Cumbrian hospitals 'worst for discharge delays'

Susie Moss

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Figures compiled by the BBC show that Cumbria has the highest rate of what is known as "bed blocking", in England. 

Hospital corridoor
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Bed-blocking is used to describe when beds are occupied by patients well enough to return home or to other care, but when the necessary social services aren't ready to receive them.

Staff in Cumbria's social care system say that because the county has a high proportion of older people, there's more demand on services.

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The full national statistics are here.

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP pays respect to emergency services after attack

Cumbria MP and Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has spoken of his sadness about those killed in  the attack in London yesterday.

Four people died, including police officer Keith Palmer a woman in her 40s, a man in his 50s, and the attacker. 

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Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that catch our eye 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 us , tweet us  or get in touch  through our Facebook page