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  1. Friday 28 April 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, weather forecasts, travel reports and other nuggets from around the county for today, and indeed, this week. Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 on Tuesday. 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 holiday weekend. 

Cumbria's weather: Mostly dry and miler than of late

BBC Weather

It will remain mostly dry through the evening and overnight and variable amounts of cloud and light winds. 

It will be a milder night than of late with lows of 5C (41F). 

Weather graphic

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

Barrow maternity unit 'extras' fund passes £50,000

A campaign to raise money for "little extras" for the new maternity unit being built at the Furness General Hospital in Barrow has already passed £50,000 towards its £250,000 target.

Maternity unit under construction
Julie Frankland

The appeal was started in February and is run by the Bay Hospitals Charity. It is holding a walk across Morecambe Bay led by the Queen's Guide, Cedric Robinson, on 6 May.

Child porn 'addict' caught in spite of deleting images

A man has been convicted of viewing child pornography even though he deleted images so police could not recover any of the pictures he downloaded.

Samuel Blackburn, who was 27, was traced through his computer's internet address, or IP, to his then home in Bowness on Windermere. 

He confessed to police: "Yes, it is me", telling them he'd been addicted to viewing images of girls aged 12 since he was also that age.

Blackburn, now living in Bere Regis in Dorset, admitted making indecent images, and two drug charges.

At Carlisle Crown Court  he was ordered to attend an intensive sex offender treatment course, and made subject to the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.

Homeless project helps 70 in first 18 months

The Calderwood House project, set up in a former police station in Egremont 18 months ago, has helped 70 homeless people find somewhere to live.

Calderwood House

Former soldier Chris Lloyd, like many servicemen and women, found life away from the army difficult to adjust to, but says the project helped him find his feet in civvie street.

"They were there to support me, taking me to job interviews, they're just fantastic people, every one of them," he said.

People in the north of the county can see Megan Paterson's report on the project on Look North at 18:30 this evening on BBC1.

Brexit secretary David Davis campaigns in Barrow

David Davis, the Secretary of State for leaving the EU, has been campaigning in Barrow, saying he's confident of achieving "frictionless" trade with Europe.

Labour says Britain needs to stay in the customs union to keep trade with the UK's biggest customers, but Mr Davis said South Cumbrian firms like BAE, GSK and Siemens would benefits from having "a wider market than simply in the European Union."

David Davis

Four jailed after Botchergate pub brawl

Four men, including three from Carlisle, have been jailed after violence flared at The Cumberland Inn in Carlisle.

Tables and pool cues were broken, and chairs thrown, as trouble flared at the pub in Botchergate, just after midnight on in March last year.

Alan Hodgson, 39, from Liverpool, and the three men from Carlisle, Gary Christopher Green, 52, of Mayson Street, Christopher Callum Lowe, 30, of Baird Road and Jonathan Anthony Wall, 40, of Stonegarth, were all jailed for eight months

Jonathon O'Neill, 40, of Rimworth Drive, and Aaron Larmour, 28, of Barrington Street, both Manchester, were given suspended jail terms and unpaid work.

All six had admitted affray in the brawl just before midnight on 18 March last year.

Cumberland Inn

Travel: Crash slows M6 traffic just over border

BBC News Travel

There's slow traffic just south of the Cumbria-Lancashire border after a crash on the southbound carriageway just south of junction 34.  

The wreckage is now on the hard shoulder so it should clear soon.

Farmers plead for dog owners to keep pets on leads

Farmers across the Lake District are on high alert, with their fields full of lambs and increasing reports of sheep-worrying by uncontrolled dogs.

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Rowan, nine, is youngest to take poetry title

A nine-year-old pupil from Ambleside primary school has become the youngest ever winner of the Rydal Mount Wordsworth Prize for young poets.

Rowan being presented with trophy by Christopher Wordsworth

Rowan Ashworth was given the trophy and a £100 prize by William Wordsworth's great, great, great, great grandson, Christopher Wordsworth, who was one of the judges.

His poem, "A Wild Child", beat 200 other entries. Here's the final verse:

Wild is a child who sleeps under the stars

Wild is the child who keeps tadpoles in jars

Wild is a child who fell out of a tree

Wild is the child with their own parking space at A&E

Wild is a child that I would like to be.       

Brunton Park grounds team take the honours again

Carlisle United grounds team of Dave Mitchell, Paul Butler and Matt Henry have won the EFL League Two Grounds Team of the Season award for the pitch at Brunton Park. 

Grass close up.

Head groundsman Mr Mitchell has previously won the title of Groundsman of the Year on a number of occasions.

Farming family marks centenary of shorthorn herd on TV

The Robinson family from near Kendal are celebrating 100 years since they registered their dairy shorthorn herd's pedigree, with an appearance on the BBC Countryfile programme this weekend.

Robinson family with Adam Henson

The presenter and farmer Adam Henson filmed a report on how six generations had cared for the herd.

James Robinson is president of the Dairy Shorthorn Society this year, the first member of his family to hold the position.

When you look back on the names on that list going back over 200 years, there's some real stars of the breeding world so it's very nice to be honoured with the presidency for our 100th year."

James RobinsonOrganic dairy shorthorn farmer

Gas firm announces road works plan for summer pipeline switch

Gas mains firm, National Grid, has announced major plans to move a gas pipe on one of the Lake District's busiest roads this summer.

The company says it has to move its pipes from one side of the road to the other, to make way for a new wastewater pipeline being installed by United Utilities.  

Storrs entrance

Temporary traffic lights will be installed across 200 yard stretches, starting at Storrs Hall on 8 May, and reaching Ferry Nab in October.

United Utilities has to close the road while it installs the sewer, and it will be suspending the project through the main tourist season between May and October; National Grid says it can only move its mains in this window.

Floral business celebrates blooming good result

A floral nursery based in South Cumbria has won Best in Show for its display at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.  

Rachel James with trophy
Cath's Garden Plants

Rachel James, who's 20, designed the display that came in ahead of more than 80 nurseries from all over the country.

She started working for Cath's Garden Plants which is based at the Heaves Hotel, when she was 13.

Into the light: Barrow's latest submarine rolls out

The latest of the Astute class submarines being built in the Devonshire Dock Hall at the BAE shipyard in Barrow has been rolled out into public view.

Audacious at night
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The vessel, measuring 97m (975ft) in length, emerged from the construction hall at the rate of 1m (3ft) a minute.

Audacious by daylight
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The nuclear-powered attack boat can fire cruise missiles 620 miles (1,000km).

Audacious will be lowered into the water later.

HMS Astute, Ambush and Artful are already in the fleet with three more under construction inside the huge shed.

Reggie Lambe

Carlisle United midfielder Reggie Lambe triggers a new one-year extension in his contract for next season.

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Travel: Crash slows traffic on A66 west of Penrith

BBC News Travel

An accident has blocked one lane of the A66 between Penrith and Keswick, near the junction with the A5091.

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Northern rail strike: 'Peak passed without incident'

In response to today's industrial action by rail staff unhappy over proposals for drivers and guards, Northern says the morning peak "passed without incident".

It added it had now turned its attention to afternoon and evening services but urged customers travelling later to "think carefully about their plans".

Northern published a revised timetable ahead of the 24-hour strike action by RMT members, which got under way at midnight.

RMT strike action support is 'solid as a rock'

The RMT union says backing for strike action by Northern rail staff is "solid as rock".

General Secretary Mick Cash said: "The public support for our members fighting for safe trains for all has been fantastic and the company should take note of what their own customers and staff are saying about their plans and sit down with the union to negotiate a safe and sustainable solution to this dispute."

The 24-hour strike began at midnight in a dispute over the role of guards on trains. 

Arriva Rail North, which operates Northern, said very few trains would run outside 07:00 and 19:00 and urged passengers to check its strike timetable in order to plan their journeys.  


Weather: Most places staying dry

BBC Weather

There'll be variable amounts of cloud and some good spells of sunshine this afternoon with most places staying dry.

There could be a few light isolated showers, particularly along the coast. Temperatures could be as high as 11C (52F). 

Weather graphic

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

Fire crews tackle Longtown bark blaze

There's been a fire involving 500 tonnes of wood bark in Longtown, north of Carlisle. 

Two fire engines were sent at about 06:00 and the crews spent just under three hours putting it out.

Murdered man's brothers tell of grief

Daniel McMullen, whose killer was jailed today, had two brothers - his twin, Andrew, and Steven.

The twins had lost their mother when they were nine years old.

Andrew said in a statement: "We had a unique bond with each other and nothing will ever be able to compare to that.

“I go and see Daniel every day. Daniel and I were the same person. I don’t know how to carry on my life without him.”

Steven said of his brother: "He was a very popular person and couldn't walk anywhere without bumping into someone he knew.

“I don't think Andrew or I will ever come to terms with Daniel being taken away from us the way he was."

As we reported earlier, Calvin Patrickson has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years following the 7 January murder in Workington.

Killer plunged knife into victim's chest

Fuelled by drink and drugs, Calvin Patrickson sent a text to a pal warning he was going to stab murder victim Daniel McMullen, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Patrickson (pictured) went into the kitchen to grab a knife before plunging it more than six inches into his friend's chest on 7 January.  

Calvin Patrickson
Cumbria police

Today, Patrickson, 22, from Newlands Garden in Workington, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years, after admitting murder.

BreakingWorkington man gets life for murder

Workington man Calvin Patrickson has been jailed for life over the murder of Daniel McMullen, with the judge at Carlisle Crown Court recommending a minimum term of 18 years.

The two had spent the evening in January drinking with others before going back to Mr McMullen's flat, where Patrickson knocked over candles in memory of his host's mother.

Mr McMullen, 29, punched Patrickson, and Patrickson then took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed McMullen to death.

The 22-year-old, of Newlands Gardens in Workington, admitted murder.

Daniel McMullen was found at a property on Beech Court

Carlisle skipper signs up for next season

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United captain Danny Grainger (pictured) and midfielder Luke Joyce have signed new contracts with the club.

Danny Grainger

Both players should be involved when United take on Newport in their penultimate game of the League Two season tomorrow.

A win could move them back into the play-off places while defeat could see them miss out.

Protest march to oppose school cuts

News and Star


A protest against cuts to schools in Cumbria is being organised. The March For Fair Funding For Schools will take place in Penrith on Saturday, 6 May from 14:00.

Organisers have expressed concerns over a new national funding formula being drawn up by the government.

Police hunt boys with fake £20 notes

Police in Windermere say they had a number of calls yesterday about two youths aged about 12 who were trying to pass fake £20 notes.

Officers say the pair may still be active and they're alerting shopkeepers.

Community fund still has £1.5m for flood victims

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria's Community Foundation says it's still able to give grants directly to flood victims who need help.

Jenny Benson from the foundation was speaking on the day that another charity, the Penrith-based Community Emergency Response Team, closed because it was running out of money.

Furniture in Cert store

The foundation gave CERT, which still has a warehouse full of furniture and other goods, more than £100,000.

Around 300 people are thought to be still unable to return to homes hit by Storm Desmond or the floods that followed.

The fund is still able to support individuals with hardship grants and resilience top-up grants, so I'd encourage anyone who's still out of their homes, and we know there are many, to apply to the foundation.

Jenny BensonCumbria Community Foundation

Weather on the fell tops: Cloud increasing later

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: Around 3C
  • Winds: Northerly 15mph at first, becoming light for much of the day, then increasing in the evening to southwest 20mph 
  • Cloud: Patches above around 2,300ft in the morning, bases rising to around 2,950ft in the afternoon but cloud becoming more extensive
  • Visibility: Very good beneath the cloud, but falling to moderate or poor in any showers 
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Time and money run out for Eden flood support charity

Volunteers at a Cumbrian flood relief charity say funding has dried up even though there are still hundreds of people who need help. 

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The Community Emergency Response Team - or CERT UK - was set up as Eden Flood Volunteers in Penrith during the floods of 2015.

It went on to support people around the county.

There are hundreds that have moved back home, their homes are in bits, they're a building site. Please don't let those families be forgotten."

Sue DustCERT volunteer

How the rail strike affects services around Cumbria

Today's Northern rail strike will affect services on all routes in Cumbria, with the exception of some on the West Coast Main Line.

Picket line at Carlisle station

The firm has published detailed strike timetables for the line from Lancaster through Barrow and Whitehaven around the coast, between Carlisle and Newcastle, on the Settle-Carlisle service, and between Oxenholme and Windermere.

These Northern workers at Carlisle station are among those taking industrial action over plans for drivers to operate train doors and guards to become on-board supervisors.

Weather: Chilly start, spells of sunshine

BBC Weather

It'll be a bright but chilly start, followed by good spells of sunshine with most places staying dry. Highest temperatures will be around 11C (52F). 

Weather graphic

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

Strike hits Northern rail services

A 24-hour strike on Northern rail services has begun in a dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union walked out at midnight over changes due to come into service in 2020.

Arrive train

Northern has warned travellers its routes would be "extremely busy" but said it expected to operate more than 40% of its normal timetable.

The row is over drivers being in charge of operating the doors, and guards being changed to on-board supervisors.

Arriva Rail North, which operates Northern, said very few trains would run outside 07:00 and 19:00 and urged passengers to check its strike timetable in order to plan their journeys.

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll  be posting other 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.