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  1. Thursday 4 May 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, weather forecasts and the occasional other nugget, for today.  Here are some of the main points:

Polling in the county council elections continues until 22:00, and we'll bring you the results from early tomorrow, along with the rest of the news, weather forecasts and the rest.

Have a very good evening.

Cumbria's weather: Cool and dry overnight

BBC Weather

Dry conditions will persist overnight with some patchy cloud and clear spells. 

It will stay breezy, but there may be a touch of frost in some sheltered spots. 

Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F)

Weather graphic

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

Wheelchair basketball player picked for Team GB

Nathaniel Pattinson, who plays with the CWSC Panthers basketball team, has been picked to play for Great Britain in the under 23 world championships in Toronto in June.

Nathaniel, who's 21, has played wheelchair basketball since he was 12 for the Cumbrian team. The Panthers hold the National division One Basketball title.

Nathaniel Pattinson
CWSC Panthers

Kirsten finds the cloud beneath the silver lining...

Kirsten Shaw regularly tweets about walking, running and wild swimming in Lakeland.

She is though, sensitive to the jealousy of friends who are stuck at work elsewhere in the country...

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Man given suspended sentence for downloading child porn

A man who downloaded scores of indecent pictures of children, some in the most serious category, has voluntarily sought specialist help, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

David Ogilvie, 63, of Housesteads Road in Carlisle, was said to be disgusted with himself. He'd previously admitted four charges involving 161 images.

The court was told he was previously of good character

Judge Peter Hughes suspended a 16-month jail term for two years and imposed a rehabilitation requirement and a £5,000 fine. 

Appeal for sightings of 'vanishing' vole

People in Cumbria are being encouraged to keep a look out for water voles. 

The People's Trust for Endangered Species says that numbers have been dropping in the last 30 years because of a loss of habitat, pollution and the introduction of the predatory American Mink. 

The charity wants people to get in touch with any sightings.

Water vole

Double-booking shunts Sunday football final to Whitehaven

The Cumberland FA's Sunday cup final this weekend been moved to Whitehaven after the original venue, Gillford Park in Carlisle, said it was double-booked.

The match, between Arroyo Arms and Salutation, both Carlisle teams, kicks off at 11:00.

The Cumberland FA chief executive, Ben Snowdon, said they'd done their best to find a closer venue, but would be paying the travel expenses for both clubs and entry would be free.

Museum remembers the Dambusters engineer who started in Barrow

A new exhibition looking at the life of engineer Sir Barnes Wallis, who started his career at Barrow working on aviation, has been created at the Dock Museum in the town.

The museum and the charity, The Barnes Wallis Foundation, have been given £16,000 of lottery money to put the project together. 

Barnes Wallis
Getty Images

The exhibition will look at his work, his life and how his work is still relevant today. 

Cyclist hurt in ice cream van crash

A cyclist was flown to hospital with serious injuries this morning after an accident involving an ice cream van.

It happened at about 09:00 at Hill Fall in Ulverston. The A5087 was closed for several hours after the accident.

Police say the man's now being treated in the Royal Preston Hospital. His injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening.

Travel: Four car crash slows Penrith motorway junction traffic

BBC News Travel

A collision involving four cars at the Skirsgill interchange above junction 40 on the M6 is causing delays on the A66.

Roadworks delayed to keep the road open to voters

Overnight work to resurface the main road through Garsdale, which was due to start at 20:00 this evening, has been delayed for three hours because it would have delayed voters getting to a polling station in the village hall.

A county highways official said some electors might have faced a lengthy diversion to get around the road closure.

Voting in the county council elections is due to continue until 22:00.

Dog walker rescued after pet pulls him down banking

A 63-year-old walker has been rescued after his dog pulled him down a bank near the boathouse on Crummock lake shore.

Volunteers from the Cockermouth mountain rescue team were called and treated him for leg, arm and head injuries before helping him to an ambulance.

Crummock Water

Call for more volunteers to aid emergency services on night-time streets

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Cumbria's emergency services are extending the use of volunteers to ease the burden of night time revellers. 

Street angels
Street Angels

New figures show the night time economy accounts for half of all calls to the police on some town centre streets; in Barrow, where a new scheme's being set up, almost all these incidents are in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings.   

The project is recruiting "Street Angels", similar to the Street Pastors who patrol in Carlisle's main streets and Whitehaven, but those taking part do not have to be Christians.

They'll offer help to people who are distressed, the worse for wear, or simply need a pair of flip-flops to walk home because they're too drunk to manage in the high heels they set out in.

There's a meeting this evening in Barrow, but those attending have to register in advance.

Nurses in night attire to push campaign

Nurses and other medical staff in Cumbria's hospitals have been in pyjamas rather than uniforms today, as part of a campaign to encourage patients not to spend too long in bed.

It is thought some patients become bed-ridden simply because they don't get mobile as soon as possible after treatment.

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Listen: Tragic family raises funds for suicide charities

BBC Radio Cumbria

The family of a Brampton woman who took her own life has been describing how it wants to help other families experiencing the same heartache. 

Eden Finney was just 19 at the time of her death last June.

A number of fundraising events - including a Butterfly Ball this summer - are taking place to raise money for charities such as Mind and Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, also known as SOBS. 

John Brown, from the Carlisle branch of SOBS, told BBC Radio Cumbria that it can be extremely difficult for families to come to terms with loss through suicide.

You can hear the interviews with Mike Zeller at Breakfast here.

Your pictures: The time when the woodland floor turns blue

Martin Lewes


It's the height of the bluebell season, and Allan Smith was kind enough to send us this picture from Dovecote Woods at Muncaster Castle.

Allan Smith

Next on the woodland stage will be the wild garlic, with its white flowers and smell like an Italian restaurant.

If you want to 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.        

Cumbria's weather: Sunny and warm out of the wind

BBC Weather

It'll be sunny but with a keen northeasterly breeze. In shelter, it will feel warm with temperatures rising to 15C (59F).

Weather graphic showing unbroken sunshine

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

Sellafield may be Prince Philip's final official stop in Cumbria

The Duke of Edinburgh, who's just announced he will stop public visits this autumn, was last on official duty in Cumbria last year, with a private tour of Sellafield (pictured).

Duke meets workers at Sellafield
Sellafield Ltd

In 2008 there was a public visit when, along with the Queen, he visited a number of locations including the Beacon Museum at Whitehaven.

For many years the Duke was a regular competitor at the Lowther Carriage Driving Trials, but these were always seen as private and personal visits.

It is not known whether any more trips to Cumbria are planned over the next few months.

Barrow revellers 'drain police resources'

Night-time revellers in Barrow are draining emergency service resources with unnecessary call outs, according to Cumbria Police. 

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Latest figures show that on Cavendish Street alone, more than half of all calls can be linked to the night-time economy between Friday night - as in the tweet above - and Sunday morning. 

Now, Cumbria Police is recruiting volunteers to help relieve some of the pressure, through a group called Street Angels.     

People have had far too much to drink, they've lost their phone or their keys or their friends. they're waiting for someone to come and pick them up, they can be emotional or upset about something that's happened that night, and we need to find other ways we can deal with that

Supt Rob O'ConnorCumbria Police

Reds hold on to Cumberland Cup with extra-time goal

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds retained the Cumberland Cup last night with a 2-1 extra-time win over Penrith at Brunton Park. 

The Reds had to come from behind after Martyn Coleman's deflected effort put Penrith ahead before Scott Allinson's equaliser before half-time. 

David Symington scored the 118th minute winner that saw Workington win the cup for a second successive season.

Cumberland Cup
Cumberland FA

Public get chance to advise on West Cumbria maternity recruitment

People in West Cumbria can go to two drop in sessions later this month as part of moves to avoid downgrading maternity services in the area.

Proposals to reduce maternity at the West Cumberland Hospital to a midwife-led service were put on hold earlier this year and the Clinical Commissioning Group ordered a 12-month project to improve staffing problems.

The sessions will be at the Carnegie Theatre in Workington on 16 May.

West Cumberland Hospital

Search launched for new £106k-a-year Cumbria fire chief

News and Star


Council bosses have launched a search for a new fire chief for Cumbria after ending an agreement that saw the post shared with Cheshire.  

Weather on the fell tops: Gin-clear air and very windy

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: Around 1C in the morning rising to 5C in the afternoon, falling to 0C by midnight. 
  • Winds: Strong northeasterly, gusts to gale force at 50mph. There was a Helm wind in the Pennines yesterday, with very strong gusts.
  • Cloud: Patches above 500 metres at first, otherwise very little expected through the day. 
  • Visibility: Excellent with distant peaks easily seen. 
  • Freezing level: 900m at first rising above summits by day.

'Pause' for N-plant planners while company changes settle down

Parts of the project to build a new nuclear power station in West Cumbria have been "paused" after a number of changes in the partnership developing the plans.

Artists' impression of power station

NuGen, the company set up to build the plant, was originally co-owned by a French firm, Engie, and the Japanese technology giant Toshiba, whose US subsidiary Westinghouse would provide the reactors.

But Engie pulled out last month, and Toshiba has major financial problems, with Westinghouse under bankruptcy protection.

NuGen chief executive, Tom Samsom, has indicated he is "110 per cent sure" the Moorside project will progress, but a spokesman said the company was undertaking a strategic review of its options. 

Severe accident: A5087 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5087 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between Watery Lane and Argyle Street.

A5087 Cumbria - A5087 Hill Fall in Ulverston closed in both directions between the Watery Lane junction and the Argyle Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Cumbria's weather: Sunny and warm out of the breeze

BBC Weather

Any early cloud soon clearing in the morning to leave a dry day with plenty of sunshine. 

There will be a keen northeasterly breeze, however it will feel warm in the sunshine in any shelter, and generally temperatures should reach 15C (59F). 

Weather graphic

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

Three held after armed police raid Barrow home

Three people have been arrested by armed police in Barrow last night, after reports that occupants of a house in Ormsgill might have had a gun. 

Broad Close

Two men from Barrow and a woman from Milnthorpe are being questioned on suspicion of possessing a weapon.

Police later confirmed that an imitation firearm was recovered from the house on Broad Close, and said there was no threat to the public.

Polling stations open in county elections

There are 84 county council seats up for election in Cumbria today.  

Polling stations opened a couple of hours ago, and will stay open until 22:00.

There are lists of candidates for the whole county here.

Polling station sign

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be bringing you news, weather forecasts and travel reports 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.