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  1. Councillors call for care cash changes
  2. Driver critical after Workington crash
  3. Teenagers arrested after Barrow car chase
  4. Roman helmet returns to Carlisle museum
  5. Friday 7 April 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 eyes around Cumbria, for today and this week.  Here are some of today's main points: 

We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 on Monday, and as always you can  email ustweet us  or get in touch  through our Facebook page

Have a very good weekend.

Park rangers take over 300 miles of paths in dales

Yorkshire Dales rangers have formally taken over responsibility for 300 miles of rights of way in the parts of Cumbria that the national park took over last year

Walkers in Mallerstang

Until the dales national park's borders were changed to include areas like Mallerstang (pictured), the paths and bridleways were looked after by Cumbria County Council.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has opened an office in Orton to provide a base for a newly created Western Ranger team.

It has the task of making sure the footpaths, as well as bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic, are safe and easy to use.  

Penrith Castle at centre of £2.46m park restoration scheme

Plans have been unveiled for a £2.46m restoration programme at Castle Park in Penrith.

Penrith Castle
Eden District Council

The park's attractions include an obstacle golf course built in the 1950s which reflects icons of the time, such as the Blue Streak rocket.

The scheme would restore the golf course, provide a car park, improve access to the castle and refurbish some of the war memorials, which mark the Boer War and both world wars.

The Castle Park Development Group, a partnership set up after a fire in the park in 2012, has now bid for £1.93m from the Heritage Lottery fund.

Northern hopes to run one in three trains during strike

The train operating company Northern says it hopes to run around one third of its usual services tomorrow when guards and drivers who are members of the RMT are on strike.

There'll be some trains between Carlisle and Newcastle, but services between Oxenholme and Windermere, and Workington and Carlisle, will be replaced with buses.

A Northern Rail train
El Pollock

We're well-placed for play-offs says Barrow skipper

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow captain Danny Livesey believes their run-in to the end of the season is "more favourable" than of any of their play-off rivals. 

Danny Livesey
Barrow AFC

The Bluebirds are are three points below the National League playoff places, but four of their remaining five games are against sides currently in the bottom half of the table - including Woking, who are tomorrow's visitors to Holker Street.

Legions expected to see helmet back on show

The Crosby Garrett helmet, one of the most extraordinary archeological finds ever discovered in Cumbria, went back on show at the Tullie House museum in Carlisle today .

It was exhibited there once before and attracted thousands of people to gaze into the evocative eyes modelled almost 2,000 years ago.

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Worshippers return after roof repairs

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The final preparations are being made for the reopening of one of Barrow's churches, 50 years after it was built. 

St Aidans Church

There were fears St Aidan's - Barrow's newest church - would never re-open when problems with the roof were discovered five years ago. 

But repairs have been carried out and a community cafe has been added.

The curate, the Rev Matt Hornby, says the diocese came close to letting the church go, but decided local people needed it: "When we saw the location that it's in, we though it's in a part of Barrow that has a very strong sense of community but no community centre."

St Aidan's interior

Bike racks doubled to try to tempt drivers on to two wheels

The number of cycle racks in Kendal's just been doubled to try to encourage more drivers to forsake their cars.

Lowther Street in the town is the only place in the district which fails to meet air quality standards.

The extra cycle racks cost £16,000 to install. South Lakeland council is also offering up to £1,000 to employers to provide racks for workers.

Bike rack

Lorry pile-up closes road for four hours

Police say they've now reopened the A596 at Glasson Industrial Estate in Maryport after a crash involving two cars and a lorry stopped all traffic just after 11:00.

One of the car drivers, a woman aged 72, was treated at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven for minor injuries, but no-one else was hurt.

Travel: Delays on A590 at Meathop works

BBC News Travel

There are said to be long eastbound delays on the A590 at roadworks between the Meathop roundabout and the A5074.

Excitement grows in South Cumbria over National hope

The racehorse trainer James Moffatt says having a Grand National winner is a lifetime ambition, and he's said to believe Highland Lodge is "made for the race" tomorrow.

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Conservatives criticise 'sabre-rattling' on county care cash

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Writing angry letters to the government about the money for social care is counter-productive, according to the Conservative opposition on Cumbria County Council.

The Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians who control the council are writing to ministers saying the money being allocated for social care for the ageing population will leave a funding gap making it impossible to carry on providing the service.

But the Tory leader, Councillor James Airey, said this was the wrong approach: "A recognition of the extra money that government had put into Cumbria, a quiet polite ask for more money and a recognition that we're prepared to work with government to solve some of the  issues around social care and we might have got somewhere."

Travel: A596 still closed after crash

BBC News Travel

Police say they're still clearing debris and spilled fuel from the road after the accident between a car and a lorry at Maryport on the A596, near the Glasson Industrial estate.

The magic of lambing fills Cumbria's fields

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The final month of lambing time is now under way in the county.

The exact date depends on when the shepherd arranged the liaison between tup and ewe last autumn and varies according to breed.

And the higher up the hill and the harder the weather, the later a farmer will arrange for his lambs to arrive.  

Cumbrian trainer hopes for National glory

A Cumbrian racehorse could win tomorrow's Grand National .

Aintree course

Highland Lodge is being trained by Jimmy Moffatt, who is based in Cartmel near Grange-over-Sands.   

Jimmy says that although he's dreamed all his life of training a winner, not getting too excited is the "best strategy".

It doesn't do the horse any good, it certainly doesn't do my team any good and it doesn't do me any good either. All sorts of things can go wrong beforehand so it's not a time to flap."

Jimmy MoffattTrainer

Weather: Still mainly cloudy

BBC Weather

Today should remain dry but mainly cloudy. Where the sun breaks through temperatures could reach 15C (59F), but it'll be cooler in most areas where the cloud persists. 


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

Travel: A596 closed by crash at Maryport

BBC News Travel

The A596 has been closed after a crash involving a lorry and a car between Ewanrigg Road and Ryehill Road at Maryport. 

More care cash needed, county council says

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

People in Cumbria will not get the care they need if the government doesn't find a sustainable way to fund the care system, according to the county council.

Councillors decided  a letter would be sent to ministers, calling for proper funding

Labour and the Liberal Democrat members, who run the council, voted in favour of the proposal. The Conservatives abstained - acknowledging there was a problem with social care funding, but saying the government should be given credit for going some way to addressing it.

Carer's hands
Getty Images

Four held after Barrow car chase

Four teenagers were arrested after a car chase in Barrow.

Police were called to Mardale Grove just after 16:15 yesterday after a report of a Ford Focus being driven dangerously.

In the pursuit that followed at least one other vehicle was damaged at the junction of Salthouse Road and Cavendish Dock Road.

Four youths, aged between 15 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle-taking.  Three were from Barrow and one from Wetherby. No one was hurt.

Roman cavalry remembered as helmet returns to Cumbria

The Romans will be remembered in style throughout this summer, with the Crosby Garrett helmet going back on display at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle from today.

Crosby Garrett helmet

The ceremonial helmet was found under farmland in 2010 , and is now in private hands, but is back in the museum as part of events along the length of Hadrian's Wall  running through until September.

Chaps dressed as Roman cavalry on horses
Ben Blackall

Art recalls the soldiers who trained among the dunes for war

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

The soldiers who trained along Cumbria's coastline for life in the trenches along Cumbria's coast line will be remembered this weekend. 

Close-up of artwork

A memorial has been created by the Barrow arts collective, Art Gene. 

It's called One for Sorrow - and is a memorial gate, leading onto the North Walney Nature Reserves, which was used as a training area.

Weather on the fell tops: Cloud clearing a little

Temperatures at 3,000ft: About 1C. 

Winds: Moderate or fresh westerly. 

Cloud: Widespread at 2,200ft, becoming occasional through the morning and more confined across western part of the park. 

Visibility: Mainly good, dropping to moderate in any rain or drizzle. 

Freezing level: Above the tops. 

Driver critical after van crash

A driver is in a critical condition in hospital after the van he was driving left the road and hit a wall in Workington. 

It happened at Hall Brow just before 19:00 yesterday. The driver was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Cumbria's weather: Mainly cloudy

BBC Weather

Today should remain dry, but cloudy across western and some northern areas. 

In the sunnier areas it will feel warm. 

Temperatures could reach 15C (59F). 

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Slow going through the Lakes

BBC News Travel

Heavier than usual traffic is causing delays through the A591 at Cooks House Corner in Windermere, and around the Compston Road junction in Ambleside.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning. We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and the odd highlight from the county's social media from around the county through the day.

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