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  1. Tuesday 25 April 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Today was dominated by the fire at an industrial storage building in Maryport.  There'll be more on BBC Radio Cumbria, especially in tomorrow morning's Breakfast with Mike Zeller.  

In other news:

We'll be back tomorrow to do it all again.  As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, 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.

Cumbria's weather: Showers easing, temperature freezing

BBC Weather

Wintry showers will continue this evening for a while.

The northerly wind will ease and there will be a widespread frost with the risk of ice on untreated surfaces and temperatures falling to -1C (30F). 

Weather graphic

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

Flood repairs nearly complete in Kendal's oldest building

The restaurant in Kendal's oldest building, the Castle Dairy, is now almost ready for reopening - 18 months after it was swamped by Storm Desmond.

Castle Dairy
Kendal College

The 14th Century building is now a restaurant run by Kendal College to train apprentices.

The repairs have included installing a new kitchen, and the first customers will be served on 13 May.

The building was probably originally a farmhouse. Its name is thought to be a corruption of the word "dowry".

Barrow all-rounder 'could have England cap'

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

The Barrow cricketer Liam Livingstone, who has just skippered Lancashire to a win in their first match of the season, could be in line for an England call-up.

Liam Livingstone
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Livingstone's career best 168 in the second innings proved a turning point in the game which ended with a 164-run victory over Somerset.

Head coach Glenn Chapple said: ""He's a big occasion player, he's a talking point for further honours in the future, right now he's determined to do well for the team and that's proving very beneficial to us."

Walker, 83 rescued after 12m fall

An 83-year-old woman has been rescued by boat after falling 12m from a footpath at Ullswater. 

Patterdale Mountain Rescue team, which has a fast response boat for rescues along the shores of Ullswater, the air ambulance, a fast response car and a doctor were all called to Hallin Hagg Wood this morning. 

Mountain rescuers say the woman was treated for head, neck, chest and pelvic injuries before what they called a "difficult" rescue onto the boat. She was flown by air ambulance to a trauma centre for treatment. 

Tim Farron: I don't think gay sex is a sin

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says he does not think gay sex is a sin - clarifying a question he had refused to answer several times during the election campaign.

Tim Farron: Politicians shouldn't pontificate on theological matters

In an exclusive interview with BBC News, Mr Farron, who is also MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said the matter had become "an issue" for him during the election. 

In an interview with BBC political correspondent Eleanor Garnier, he said he did not "want to get into a series of questions unpicking the theology of the Bible".

But he acknowledged it had "become an issue", and did not want people getting the "wrong impression" about his views.

"I don't believe that gay sex is a sin," he said.

"I take the view though that as a political leader, my job is not to pontificate on theological matters."

Industrial estate evacuated as blaze erupts

A number of neighbouring businesses near the scene of the fire at an industrial estate in Maryport have been evacuated, including a 3D printing firm, Protopro.

Christine Eaglestone's phograph shows how close the fire was.

The fire close up
Christine Eaglestone

The Maryport fire in its early stages

Our thanks to Jan Fialkowski for this video, which shows fire engines arriving soon after the blaze began.

Even then, huge plumes of smoke were spreading across the town.

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Firefighters expected to be at scene through the night

John McVeigh, the fire officer in charge of fighting this enormous blaze in Maryport has told the BBC that his teams could be fighting the blaze in an industrial storage building throughout the night.

This shot from Cumbria Police gives the scale of the operation and the damage to the building.

Aerial shot of fire
Cumbria Police

Fire cause power cut to hundreds of homes

Electricity North West says the fire at an industrial estate in Maryport this afternoon has caused a power cut that at first blacked out more than 700 properties in the town.

The company has just told us that the number of properties still affected is now down to 40, mostly on the industrial estate.

Fire at Maryport
Fish Baits Angling Supplies

Maryport sealed off as fire blazes

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

BBC reporter Megan Paterson is at the scene of the fire in Maryport and said the pillar of smoke from the fire had been visible from between 20 and 30 miles away.

She said: "Police have told us they're advising people to stay away from the area. We do know though that no one thankfully has been injured in this fire."

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Travel: A596 remains closed past Maryport blaze, trains suspended

BBC News Travel

The A596 remains closed past the scene of the fire on the Glasson industrial estate near Maryport.  

Network Rail says train services are suspended between Maryport and Whitehaven and many Northern Services between Barrow and Carlisle have been cancelled as a result.

Maryport fire 'devastating'

The fire in Maryport is in a building used by SIS Pitches, which makes artificial surfaces for sports grounds.

The company's managing director Gerard Knight told BBC Radio Cumbria that the fire is in a storage building rather than the manufacturing centre.

He said it was not clear what had started the fire but that all workers were out of the building.

Mr Knight said it was "devastating"

"We were busier than ever with pitches", he said.

Maryport fire from a distance

This is stock of yarn and stock of material that's been damaged, so our manufacturing facility is still going."

Gerard KnightManufacturing Director, SIS Pitches

The BBC's Megan Paterson said the smoke was visible from up to 30 miles away.

Maryport fire: What we know so far

Martin Lewes


Fire crews are tackling a large fire on an industrial estate this afternoon.

Emergency services were called at 13:38 to the fire on the Glasson estate at Maryport.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has sent at least eight appliances and an aerial ladder platform.  

Maryport fire
Jan Fialkowski

The Cumbrian Coast railway line, which passes close to the scene, is now closed, with train services suspended between Maryport and Workington.

The A596 is closed, with traffic diverted on to minor roads. People have been asked to avoid the area and keep doors and windows closed if they are at home.

Other nearby buildings have been evacuated. It's not clear whether this includes homes.  

The fire is in a storage building used by SIS Pitches, which makes artificial surfaces for sports grounds across Europe.

One director said it was "absolutely devastating", but everyone was out of the building.

Severe disruption: A596 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A596 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between Hutton Place and Grasslot Street.

A596 Cumbria - A596 in Maryport closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Hutton Place junction and the Grasslot Street junction, because of a building fire.

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

Buildings evacuated as Maryport fire rages

Buildings on the Glasson Industrial Estate in Maryport are being evacuated as the fire there sends huge plumes of black smoke across the town.

Police say people in the Maryport area should keep windows closed and stay away from the scene.

Maryport fire 'in artifical pitch factory'

Cumbria Fire Service says the blaze is in a building used for making synthetic turf.

A company at the Glasson Industrial Estate, SIS Pitches, makes artificial turf for sports fields.

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Travel: Trains suspended on Coast line because of fire

BBC News Travel

Network Rail now says trains are suspended between Maryport and Workington because of the fire on the Glasson Industrial Estate.

BreakingEight fire engines at big Maryport blaze

Eight fire engines and a turntable ladder have been sent to a big fire on an industrial estate in Maryport.

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The blaze, which one local report says involves tyres, has brought trains to a halt on the neighbouring Cumbrian Coast rail line.

Travel: Fire delays coast line trains

BBC News Travel

Trains between Carlisle and Barrow on the Cumbrian Coast line are being delayed by around 20 minutes because of a fire near the tracks at Maryport.

Smoke in the sky at Maryport
Michael Armstrong

Cumbria's newest MP makes maiden speech

The new Conservative MP for Copeland, Trudy Harrison, is making her maiden speech at Westminster.

Trudi Harrison in Commons

She began by paying tribute to her predecessor, Jamie Reed, and discussed the role of the nuclear plant at Sellafield - saying it has an "international reputation" - before moving on to highlight the area's shipbuilding history.

"History provides confidence in our ability to export our knowledge and products across the globe," she said, "which should be an asset ahead of Brexit."

She also thanked her family, including four teenage daughters, for their help. 

Cumbrian B&B owners compete for 'friendly' title

Five Cumbrian bed and breakfasts are among the 24 finalists competing for a national award. 

They have been shortlisted in the AA Hospitality Awards, in the friendliest B&B category.

The winner will be announced on 8 May. 

Weather: Showers and a bitter wind

BBC Weather

A bitter, brisk northerly wind will make it feel cold, although temperatures on low ground could reach 10C (50F). 

There will be scattered, possibly thundery, showers and some sunny spells with the showers falling as hail, sleet and snow over higher ground, such as the Lake District, and possibly to lower levels too. 

Weather graphic

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

Driver freed after truck swerves off M6

BBC News Travel

The driver of this lorry had to be freed by firefighters after his vehicle left the M6 near Carlisle and ended up in a field

M6 crash scene
Cumbria Roads Police

The driver, who is 67 and from Northern Ireland, was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary for minor injuries.

One lane of the M6 southbound will be closed for crash barrier repairs between junctions 43 and 44 until tomorrow night.  

Travel: Crash slows A69 near Brampton

BBC News Travel

The A69 is partially blocked, and there's queuing traffic, near the junction with the A6071 just outside Brampton.

Otters 'coming back in strength in Cumbria'

Otters are becoming a conservation success story in Cumbria, according to experts in the county.

This film was tweeted by Kendal businessman Rich Flight earlier this year.

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David Harpley, from the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, says they can be seen across the whole of the area.     

Siddick Pond in Workington, off the bridges in the middle of Carlisle, our South Walney Nature Reserve, all over the place really."

David HarpleyCumbria Wildlife Trust

Teenage girl attacked at Kendal Castle

A 14-year-old girl has been punched, kicked and had stones thrown at her by a gang of youths in Kendal. 

Police say she was attacked within the castle ruins and at the exit to the grounds.

Officers have appealed for witnesses to the attack, which happened on Friday evening.

Young Barrow chemists shine with national contest silvers

Three students from Barrow Sixth Form College have been presented with silver awards in a national competition - the UK Chemistry Olympiad.

Chemistry students
Barrow Sixth Form College

Ben O’Flynn,  Zachariah Briant and Brad Hayton-Mulveyare completing their A-levels at the Rating Lane campus.

The head of chemistry, Brian Gibson, said the awards put them among the top students in the country.

“The questions are degree standard. They have done extremely well."  

Apprentices train sports coaches about asthma danger

Apprentices from the Ulverston GSK pharmaceutical factory have been training sports coaches about asthma attacks after a local youngster died from the condition.

Sports coaches

The apprentices delivered a presentation about dealing with attacks to local sports coaches at the weekend. A series of other presentations are planned across the county.

Josh West, a talented footballer from Ulverston, died from an asthma attack at the age of 11 in 2016.

I originally had the idea for the campaign as a project we could do as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, but now it has grown into something much bigger.”

Sam CoulsonGSK apprentice

Your pictures: Those April (snow) showers

There's nothing quite like a snow shower in the sunshine to make an exceptional picture.

Our thanks go to Anna Robinson for sending us this one, taken yesterday afternoon, from Langwathby looking towards Cross Fell.

Passing snow shower over Cross fell
Anna Robinson

Farmers with lambs will have mixed feelings, though. David Billinge caught these ewes with lambs near Kendal.

Sheep in snow
David Billinge

If you take a picture to match these today, you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.     

Weather on the fell tops: Windy and wintry

Temperatures at 3,000ft: -5C rising to -2C 

Winds: Gale force north or northeasterly gusting 60mph 

Cloud: Patchy cloud at 2,300ft occasionally lowering to 1,500ft in snow showers 

Visibility: Very good or excellent, poor in showers 

Freezing level: 650ft rising to 1,600ft

Terry Abraham

Many thanks to the Cumbrian film-maker Terry Abraham for sending in this picture of Blencathra, the subject of his latest documentary.

If you catch a good photo today, you can you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.     

Manager Hewson: Reds did not deserve to be knocked out

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds suffered play-off disappointment for a third consecutive season last night - going down to a 3-2 extra-time defeat at Stourbridge after the game finished 2-2 in 90 minutes. 

Jordan Archer's 97th-minute goal which sealed the win for the home side was Workington's fifth game in the space of 10 days. 

Manager Dave Hewson said his squad was distraught.

Villagers watch as their main road bridge takes shape

The village of Staveley, between Kendal and Windermere, has been waiting more than a year for the Old Gowan Bridge to be rebuilt after it was badly damaged by Storm Desmond.

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Campaigners go to law to try to save Alston hospital beds

Health campaigners say they've taken legal advice to try to prevent the closure of inpatient beds at a north Cumbrian hospital.

They've sent a formal letter about the plan to the doctors that make healthcare decisions for north Cumbria

Alston Hospital

Inpatient beds at Alston are temporarily closed due to staffing problems, but following the Success Regime consultation officials decided the unit's six beds should eventually close permanently - along with those at Wigton and Maryport community hospitals. 

Alston Moor Health Campaign Group says the consultation did not including an option to keep all inpatient beds open. However, the North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group says it believes the process has been carried out in an appropriate manner. 

Weather: Cold with wintry showers developing

BBC Weather

It'll be a cold and frosty start with showers developing as a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow. 

There'll be fresh northerly winds and it will feel cold, although there'll be a maximum temperature of 10C (50F). 

Weather graphic

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

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting the county's news, a regular weather forecast, travel reports, and other things that may catch our eye, through to 18:00.

As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.