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  1. 'Predator' gets 10 years for child sex offences
  2. Barrow appeal for women who can't afford sanitary protection
  3. Surge in applications for final week of flood grants
  4. Pensioner dies after Grasmere mobility scooter accident
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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports and the odd brighter touch from the social networks for today and this week.  A reminder:

A Barrow paedophile was jailed for 10 years for offences that effectively distributed child porn around the world;

The collections of the Mountain Heritage Trust, documents and memorabilia telling the story of British Climbing, found a home in Cumbria ;

And the rescue volunteer who was himself rescued by his colleagues and an air ambulance, and raised thousands of pounds to say thanks.

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

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 good weekend.

Police commissioner: Don't be complacent, but be cautious about reaction

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner is urging the county not to become complacent following the recent terror attack in London, but he's warned against giving all police officers firearms. 

Peter McCall

Peter McCall who served in the Army for 34 years, says despite there being no specific threat to Cumbria, members of the public should report any suspicious activity.

Cumbria has come up in previous terrorist investigations; Members of the gang who failed to carry through a suicide attack on 217 July 2005 were found to have been involved in training camps in the Lake District .

But Mr McCall says a balance needs to be struck about making changes in response to the attack such as arming every police officer.

Police release CCTV shot after burglary

Police wish to speak to this man in connection with a burglary in Ennerdale Drive in Barrow.

CCTV pic
Cumbria Police

He was seen close to a house that was burgled at just before 13:00 yesterday.

Tweeted picture captures a rather mysterious pattern...

Lots of you have tweeted nice pictures as the sun came out this afternoon, but this exchange suggests a bit of a mystery.

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If you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can   tweet us  here.

Penrith teenagers fly to Danish boxing international

Teenagers from Penrith have travelled to Denmark to compete in a national amateur boxing tournament. 

Boxers training

They're from from Penrith Elite Amateur Boxing Club and the youngest competitor is 12 and the eldest is 17.

They are taking part in Hvidovre Box Cup, which includes young boxers from various parts of Europe.

The team will box against fighters from Finland, Holland, Germany, Spain and others, with the finals on Spain.

Windermere knife man threatened to 'cut off' police officer's head

A man from Windermere who threatened to cut off the head of a police officer has been sent to prison.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how officers went to Anthony Grogan's home on Thornbarrow Road to serve a community breach warrant, but the 25-year-old refused to let them in. 

He wielded a knife, threw items out of the house, then threatened the police officer.

He also held a blade to his own throat, the hearing heard. 

Eventually, a negotiator and Grogan's solicitor persuaded him to give himself up. 

He admitted a number of charges including affray and criminal damage and was jailed for 21 months. 

Cumbria's weather: A clear night with a touch of frost

BBC Weather

It will be dry, clear and cold tonight with a touch of frost, particularly in rural areas.  The lowest temperatures will be about 0C (32F).

Weather graphic

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

How a Barrow paedophile distributed child porn around the world

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Martin Lahiff was caught when he incited what he thought was a child to commit sexual acts online .

He was talking to an undercover police officer and his home was raided the following day.

Officers found more than 1,100 threads on his computer where, sometimes pretending to be a girl himself, he would film one girl performing a sexual act, and then show the film to another girl, encouraging her to go further.

The resulting films were distributed to other paedophiles around the world.

"He is incredibly dangerous. He's dangerous to people anywhere, all over the world," says Det Con Ryan Parker, of Cumbria Police. 

"The psychological problems this causes children - they have been abused basically."

It doesn't have to be physical abuse to cause long-lasting damage, and Lahiff has done that to hundreds of children."

Det Con Ryan ParkerCumbria Police

How 'incredibly dangerous' paedophile was trapped in computer chats

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Martin Lahiff, the Barrow man who was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for inciting children to commit sex acts online so he could film them, was tricked by undercover police officers.

The case reveals the work of Cumbria Police's digital media investigation unit.

There, officers join the internet chatrooms where they suspect paedophiles may be stalking children and wait for others to strike up suspicious conversations that turn to sexual matters.

Det Con Ryan Parker, of Cumbria Police, says Lahiff was seen to be chatting and sending indecent videos.

He was chatting to what he thought was a child online. Luckily he was talking to one of our undercover officers."

Det Con Ryan Parker

Cumbria provides a new home for mountaineering's history

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

The Mountain Heritage Trust, which holds a huge collection of documents and items from the history of British mountaineering, is officially opening its new archive building today in Cumbria.

The aim is eventually to have a permanent display at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre near Threlkeld.  

Typical of those whose possessions contribute to the collection, is Joe Tasker who vanished during an expedition to Everest in 1982.   

terry Tasker with climbing jacket

Joe's sister, Terry Tasker, says her family has passed on a large number of Joe's former possessions.

One of the items was a typewriter box that held all his diaries that as you can imagine was very emotional for us to look at. They've come to the archive as well."


'Predator' gets 10 years for child sex offences

A 26-year-old Barrow man who incited children as young as 12 to perform sex acts online, which he could then share worldwide, has been sent to prison for 10 years.

Martin John Lahiff
Cumbria Police

Appearing at Preston Crown Court, Martin Lahiff, of Storey Square, admitted 16 offences including making indecent images of a child.

The court heard officers from Cumbria Police's digital media investigation unit found more than 300 images of children, many in the most serious categories, and evidence of chat threads with children.

He was jailed for 10 years, placed on the sex offenders' register for life and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

Det Insp Jenny Beattie, of Cumbria Police, said: "Lahiff is a dangerous predator who spent a lot of time committing these sickening child sex offences and has rightly been brought to justice."

Man, 87, dies after scooter overturns

Police say an 87-year-old man who suffered serious head injuries after his mobility scooter overturned near Grasmere, has died.

The accident happened yesterday afternoon at about 16:00 on Red Bank Road, a steep and winding lane between the village and the Langdale valley.

He was flown to hospital in Preston, but died later yesterday evening.  Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses.

Travel: West Coast Main Line trains disrupted by accident

BBC News Travel

There are delays of up to 90 minutes on the West Coast Main Line between Cumbria and London, after a person was hit by a train near Stafford.  Some replacement buses are running.

Severe accident: A595 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A595 Cumbria both ways severe accident, at Dunmail Drive.

A595 Cumbria - A595 Wigton Road in Carlisle blocked and slow traffic in both directions at the Dunmail Drive junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Mountain-biker raises £3,900 for air ambulance

A mountain-biker rescued by the Great North Air Ambulance after he crashed in the Lake District, has raised just over £3,900 for the service in gratitude.

derek Tunstall, handing over cheque

Derek Tunstall, who volunteered for 30 years with the Cockermouth mountain rescue team, suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung when he fell on Ullock Pike, near Bassenthwaite.

Members of his team and Keswick were also called out.

Derek raised the money by riding 210 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay in six days; he's also raised money for the two teams.

Travel: A590 still delayed by roadworks

BBC News Travel

Roadworks on the A590 at Meathop and Lindal, where completion of flood-prevention work at the dip has now been delayed by a week, are once again causing delays.

Cumbria's weather: Feeling warm and mostly sunny

BBC Weather

It'll feel warm this afternoon, with lots of sunshine and temperatures reaching 12C (54F)

Weather graphic

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

RL: Whitehaven travel south for Challenge Cup tie

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Whitehaven host Oxford in a re-arranged Challenge Cup tie on Sunday instead of playing Hunslet as originally planned. 

Tomorrow,  Barrow Raiders host Hemel Stags having signed former Whitehaven player Ryan Duffy on a two year contract.  The kick-off is at 18:30.

Sellafield police put on a high profile

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary says it'll be adopting a more visible profile at Sellafield after the Westminster attacks.

Gates at Sellafield

In a statement to BBC Radio Cumbria, the specialised police force said it wants to make it clear to anyone with hostile intent that the nuclear sector is well-protected and no easy target.

All CNC officers are firearms officers, a distinction shared in the UK only with the Ministry of Defence police.

Long legs and big, big eyes: Zoo shows off latest attraction

A rare giraffe has been born at the South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton-in-Furness. 

The Kordofan giraffe, which is vulnerable to extinction in the wild, was born on 21 March.

Kordofan giraffe
South Lakes Safari Zoo

Earlier this month, zoo founder David Gill was refused a licence to continue running it amid concerns over animal welfare.

Cumbria Zoo Company Ltd (CZCL) wants to buy the zoo and end its connection with Mr Gill.

The zoo's new management says inspectors visited last week for their new licence application to be considered later this year.

Barrow charity highlights women who can't afford sanitary protection

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

It's claimed that women and girls in Barrow are struggling to afford sanitary protection. 

The Barrow Community Kitchen , which provides meals for people on low incomes, says it has been told about girls who have missed school because they can't afford to buy pads or tampons.  

Towels and tampons on shop shelf

Barrow's Food Bank  is also appealing for donations of sanitary products and toiletries.

You feel awful. You want to be able to provide comfort for your kids and for a girl, that's basic.

Gaina Beck Barrow Community Kitchen volunteer

Weather on the fell tops: Light winds, good visibility

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: - 2C, rising to 2C. 
  • Winds: Light winds, mainly northeasterly, veering southeasterly in the afternoon, then southwesterly later. 
  • Cloud: Patchy cloud around 2,000ft, mainly in the east. 
  • Visibility: Good, locally poor in any hill fog patches. 
  • Freezing level: 2,000ft at first, rising above the tops later.
View down Brown Cove from helvellyn

The Lake District rangers who report from the top of Helvellyn on winter conditions and took the photo above, say it should be a magnificent weekend, but full winter equipment, including crampons and an ice axe, and the knowledge to use them, are essential.

Cumbria's weather: Dry and noticeably warmer

Martin Lewes


After a chilly start it will be a dry day with patchy cloud and sunny periods and noticeably warmer with highest temperatures of 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

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

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Rush for grants in final month of flood resilience scheme

The number of people applying for flood resilience grants in Cumbria has more than quadrupled in the final month. 

The Carlisle Flood Recovery Centre says it's now getting up to 50 applications a week. More than £10m in grants has been approved so far. The deadline for applications is next Friday. 

There's a guide to all the main schemes here.

Door with flood gate
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning. 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 ustweet us  or get in touch  through our Facebook page  .