Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Thursday 20 April 2017
  2. Runner dies during fell race
  3. Ten arrested over cup-tie violence
  4. Lake District ospreys lay three eggs
  5. Housemaster 'did not have foot fetish'
  6. Windermere sailors question use of moorings
  7. Flood victims 'returning to homes without the basics'

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast and other nuggets from the county for today. Here's a reminder:

We'll do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow. In the meantime, if you have pictures to share or news we should know about, you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.  

Have a very good evening.

Weather: Staying mild and cloudy

It'll stay mild and cloudy through the night with the odd spot of drizzle in the west and temperatures of around 9C (48F).

Weather graphic
BBC

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

Penrith car chase ends with arrest - and a fixed penalty for a gawper

Police arrested a woman on suspicion of a number of offences, including dangerous driving, after a chase through Penrith.

As the aftermath caused congestion in the town, one driver also attracted attention.

View more on twitter

Bassenthwaite osprey lays three eggs

The pair of ospreys that have returned to the nest at Bassenthwaite have produced three eggs.

Ospreys with eggs
Lake District Osprey Project

The eggs were laid over the course of a week by the female, who's known by her ring number of KL.

Cath Johnson, of the Lake District Osprey Project, said: “This is the fifth year these particular ospreys have returned to Bassenthwaite and they’ve had 15 eggs in that time, so they are a very successful pair.”

You can watch the birds and see the eggs, when they're not being sat upon, here.

Ten held over violence at Tranmere-Barrow FA Trophy tie

Three men from Cumbria are among 10 arrested after violence broke out in a pub during a match between Tranmere Rovers and Barrow.

The game, on 25 February, was an FA Trophy tie at Tranmere's Prenton Park ground.

The incidents leading to the arrest are said to have happened in the pub of the same name next door to the stadium.

The three men from Barrow were all aged 45, while the seven arrested from the Wirral were 21-50.

Prenton Park pub
Google

A statement issued by Merseyside police said the 10 had been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

Sedbergh housemaster denies sexual interest in feet

A housemaster accused of assaulting two pupils while they lay in bed has told Carlisle Crown Court he has no sexual interest in feet and was only checking on the youngsters' welfare.

Christopher Griffin, 58, is alleged to have stroked the feet of two teenagers at Sedbergh School for sexual gratification on various dates in 2015 and 2016. He denies five charges.

Today Mr Griffin, who now lives in Ingleton, North Yorkshire, said one complainant was "difficult" and he added he had to check on his presence: "I have just shaken his feet to see if he was there."

He said the second complainant had been ill: "I quietly spoke to him, I didn't get a response. I needed to find out if he was still alive so I shook his feet."

The trial continues.

Christopher Griffin
PA

Flood volunteers charity folds

A Cumbrian charity which was formed to help victims of the 2015 winter floods says it will be forced to close by the end of the month.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was originally known as Eden Flood Volunteers. It says the closure will lead to job losses for five members of staff.  

In a letter posted online, the charity says that it can not continue to operate without funds and run into deficit.

National chain picks up Windermere hotel as directors retire

One of the most prominent hotels on the shores of Windermere has been bought by the national chain Thwaites.

Langdale Chase from the air
Thwaites

The directors who have owned the hotel for the past 25 years are retiring, although managing director Thomas Noblett will remain as an adviser for a while.

The Langdale Chase dates back to 1895. Built as a family home, it has been a hotel since 1930 and has 29 bedrooms, staff accommodation and spectacular views across the lake.

Thwaites, established as a brewer, now owns a number of pubs and hotels across the Lake District and 300 properties nationally.

MP enjoys mental relaxation before general election

You would think the MP for Penrith and the Border might have more pressing concerns, but Rory Stewart likes to keep up other interests in life...

View more on twitter

Kendal directors to mull £100,000 investment offer

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Figures behind a consortium proposing to invest in Kendal Town football club have revealed they are prepared to put in £100,000 to improve facilities at the club's Parkside Road ground and increase the first-team budget. 

Parkside Road stadium
BBC

The club say they are prepared to discuss the proposals at their next committee meeting, although they haven't revealed when that will be.

Current chairman George Gudgeon said it would be after the end of the season.   

Weather: Cloudy but warm

BBC Weather

It will remain largely cloudy for most with a few spells of sunshine breaking through at times.

Feeling quite warm in places, highs of 15C (59F) are expected.

Weather graphic
BBC

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

Runner dies during Loughrigg Fell Race

A runner, aged 37 and from Cumbria, collapsed and died on a fell face near Ambleside last night.

It happened during the annual Loughrigg Fell Race, a four-mile run organised by the Ambleside Athletic Club from Rothay Park, in Ambleside, to the top of a local fell.

Other competitors, some with medical training, and members of the Langdale Ambleside Rescue Team tried unsuccessfully to revive the man. He was declared dead by a member of the team that arrived from the Great North Air Ambulance.

Organiser Ben Abdelnour said the runner had collapsed on the open fell rather than on the steep ascent from the village. He added his thoughts were with the man's family and friends.

Manager Hewson confident as Reds nail play-offs place

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds confirmed their place in the Evo-Stik Premier play-offs, with a 2-0 win over Ilkeston at Borough Park last night.

Goals from Sam Joel and Conor Tinnion secured the Reds' eighth win in nine games, and Reds manager Dave Hewson was elated with his team's performance.

He is looking forward to the team continuing their promotion push.

Ball with Evostik logo
Evo Stik League

We go into it confident that we can beat any team in the league on our day."

Dave HewsonManager, Workington Reds

Football club fears for future as flood drainage repairs fail

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A football club in the Eden Valley fears its future may be in doubt because its home pitch can't be used. 

Appleby pitch
BBC

Appleby Football Club's ground was repaired following damage caused by Storm Desmond, but a pitch inspection last week ruled it unsafe to play on. 

The club will now have to play the season's remaining matches in Penrith, while Eden Council arranges more repairs. 

The council says the arrangement is temporary and it hopes the work will give Appleby a better quality pitch for next season.  

Squirrel charity appeals for funds

A charity that protects red squirrels in north Cumbria says its work is under threat because of financial problems. 

Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group is one of a number of organisations around Cumbria set up to preserve the native red, which is threatened because grey squirrels, which were imported from the USA, out-compete the smaller British species and carry a virus against which it has no defence.

Red Squirrel
PA

The group says it spends £100,000 a year employing five rangers who monitor squirrel numbers, feed the reds and control the greys. 

It adds red squirrel numbers are increasing in areas around the town, but without the work of the rangers they'd probably disappear.

Weather on the fell tops: Foggy in the west

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 4C
  • Winds: Moderate to fresh westerly breeze, gusts 35mph 
  • Cloud: Spells of hill fog around 1,500ft in the west, lowering at times in the drizzle 
  • Visibility: Good, falling to moderate at times moderate in any patchy rain and poor in hill fog 
  • Freezing level: Above the tops

Flood evacuees 'forced back too early'

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Hundreds of flood victims are back at home but living without things as basic as a toilet or a kitchen, according to a flood recovery group. 

Jackson Street
BBC

It's nearly 18 months since the floods swamped Jackson Street. The water has long since receded, but at least one resident there says she's gone back to a home without a working bathroom.

Official figures say 95% of families have moved back into their properties. 

But Paul Hendy from the Carlisle Flood Recovery Centre says at least one in 10 of them may have been forced back too soon because of insurance money coming to an end or substandard rental homes. 

It's been horrendous. I've literally been going swimming so I could take a shower."

Debbie KirsoppJackson Street resident

Windermere sailors question use of lake mooring buoys

Concerns are being raised about how safe it is for longer boats to be moored on some parts of Windermere. 

Boats on Windermere
Getty Images

South Lakeland Council says it's responding to demand by allowing vessels as long as 14m (45ft) to use the lake's swinging moorings, such as those pictured, where boats tie on to buoys anchored to the lakebed.

But the Windermere Lake User Forum says it's been told by the council that the swinging moorings are only strong enough to hold smaller boats. 

A report going to a meeting tomorrow says there are just under 4,000 powered vessels registered to use the lake, and there's been a sharp increase in the number of boats being launched from the Ferry Nab public slipway.

Travel: West Coast Main Line trains getting back to normal

BBC News Travel

West Coast Main Line services are said to be running normally out of Euston this morning after yesterday's trackside fire, but there could still be delays.

Weather: Mild and grey

BBC Weather

It'll be a mild, cloudy morning and misty over the Cumbrian fells first thing. Temperatures will reach about 15C (59F).

Weather graphic
BBC

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

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

We'll be rounding up the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county through until 16:00.

We'd also like to share your stories and photos. You can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page