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  1. Monday 8 May 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast, travel reports, and the occasional other nugget from the social networks and the like, for today. Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow morning. 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 evening.

Cumbria's weather: Dry but chilly with a chance of frost

BBC Weather

It will stay dry this evening and overnight but it will soon turn chilly. Under the clearest skies a frost is likely, especially in the north towards Carlisle. 

Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F)

Weather graphic

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

Marina village gets back on course as work starts on new housing project

A ceremony has been held to mark the start of initial work towards creating a Marina Village of new housing in Barrow's docklands.

Line-up of VIPs in hi viz jackets

The development is part of a £100m set of projects that stalled at the start of the austerity cuts in 2010, but the diggers have now moved in to begin the work. 

Dave Pidduck (centre, with shovel), the Labour Leader of Barrow Council which is behind the project, says this is a key stage in the scheme.

St John caravan stolen from Coniston quarry

A caravan being used by St John Ambulance volunteers who were staffing a first aid post at Hodge Close Quarry near Coniston at the weekend found it was stolen when they returned on Sunday morning at 11:00.

It had been unattended since 15:00 on Saturday.

Nursing student wins awards for work on mental health stigma

A nursing student at the University of Cumbria has won a national award for helping to reduce stigma around mental health. 

Zoe Butler, from Kendal, worked with young people to write and film educational materials used in schools as part of a project called The Hot Potato. 

She was given the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award at the 2017 Royal College of Nursing Inspiration Awards - she's in the centre of the presentation photograph below.

Zoe with presentation party at awards
University of Cumbria

Former scoutmaster admits indecently assaulting boys

A former scoutmaster has pleaded guilty to 10 charges of indecently assaulting boys between 1984 and 2000.

Norman Thompson, 66, of Belted Will Close, Wigton, had previously admitted 19 other indecent assault charged and one of making indecent photographs.

Thompson, who'll be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on Friday, was allowed conditional bail to allow him to "get his affairs in order".

But Judge Peter Davies told him: "You can't understand there'll be anything other than a custodial sentence."

Derwent gravel beds emerge in Cockermouth

A little more about the lack of rain over the past couple of months - Trevor Earthy sent us this picture of the River Derwent in Cockermouth.

Cockermouth footbridge
Trevor Earthy

The water company United Utilities says the reservoirs are reasonably full, but those on private water supplies are starting to economise.

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Firefighters called in after smoke detected in station basement

Carlisle station was evacuated and trains were not allowed to stop there after what the fire service describes as "heavy smoke-logging" was detected in a basement.

Fire engines at station

Train services were delayed for up to 45 minutes at one point, but Virgin trains now says there are only "residual" delays.

Travel: Trains stop again in Carlisle, but delays continue

BBC News Travel

An update on the earlier news - trains are now being allowed to stop at Carlisle station, but delays will continue for some time.

Travel: Trains disrupted after fire report at station

BBC News Travel

Trains through Carlisle may be delayed or even cancelled until 17:00 this afternoon after smoke was detected in a basement at the station.

Russian superyacht moors up in Whitehaven

This superyacht is turning a few heads in Whitehaven. The Lady M is thought to be one of the most luxurious pleasure craft ever to visit the port.

Lady M moored in Whitehaven
David Hodgson

Lady M belongs to the Russian billionaire Alexey Mordashov, who made his money in steel and mining. She's 213ft long, has a crew of 14 and can entertain up to 12 passengers with facilities including a helipad.

Her reputed value is $55m (£42.4m).

There's lots of people down, we've had lots of phone calls, berth-holders asking how did we get that in, who owns it, where's it from, where's it going, what are the people doing in Whitehaven - it's the most impressive boat we've had in Whitehaven."

Tony TaylorMarina supervisor

Poppi inquest: Legal aid delay 'unfortunate in the extreme'

The Cumbria coroner, David Roberts, has made it clear that he's angry with the way the Legal Aid Authority has handled the case of Paul Worthington.

Today he announced he was delaying a renewed inquest into the death of the Barrow toddler in 2012 because the authority had only just decided to grant Mr Worthington legal aid, after refusing three applications.

His statement makes it clear there's been a lengthy legal tussle over whether Mr Worthington should be given aid

Mr Roberts said it was "unfortunate in the extreme" that the decision to grant legal aid "was not made, on apparently identical facts and circumstances, many months ago."

The authority has been approached for a response, and we'll bring it to you when it lands.

Curle wants to see 10,000 greet Exeter at Brunton Park

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United have sold almost 3,000 tickets for Sunday's League Two playoff semi-final, first-leg against Exeter at Brunton Park. 

Keith Curle

That's almost a 3rd of the way to the 10,000, minimum that the manager Keith Curle says he wants to see at the game. 

The club expect around 15,000 tickets will be available for the game, if required.

Sean 'the beard' Conway adds Lakes cycling challenge to his extreme adventures

Martin Lewes


One of Britain's best-known adventurers joined 2,500 cyclists riding 112 miles around the Lake District's highest mountain passes at the weekend in the Fred Whitton Challenge.

Sean Conway
Tim Fulford

Sean Conway's magnificent beard has become his trademark as he completes extraordinary feats like the world's longest trialthlon, which involved swimming, running and cycling the length of Britain.

Most of those pedalling their way up one-in-four hills like Wrynose pass wore Lycra.  Sean, as you can see, decided to dress down, in shorts and a check shirt.  

Many thanks to Tim Fulford for the photograph.

Free Whitehaven pitch for would-be market traders

Would-be market traders are being invited to have a go at selling their wares for free.

To celebrate the national "Love Your Local Market" campaign, Copeland Borough Council is offering a pitch at Whitehaven Market on 18, 20, 25, and 27 May, at no charge.

Those selected will be provided with a stall, so all they need to do is bring along the products they wish to sell.

It’s a chance for all those who’ve maybe thought about setting up a stall in the past to come and have a go at no cost."

April GarnerMarkets development officer at Copeland Council

Queue builds for Carlisle play-off tickets

Those tickets are still going like hot cakes down at Brunton Park; there could be a capacity 15,414 crowd for Sunday's promotion play-off against Exeter.

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Mountain biker flown to hospital after forest crash

A 15-year-old boy suffered multiple injuries in a mountain bike crash in Whinlatter Forest.

Volunteers from the Keswick mountain rescue team gave initial first aid and then called for help from a Coastguard helicopter that was refuelling after other rescues in the area.

The aircraft, Rescue 936, landed in a narrow forest road, and the boy was flown to the Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.

Helicopter and mountain rescue ambulance
Keswick MRT

Cumbria's weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It should stay mostly fine this afternoon, with temperatures reaching a high of 13C (55F).

Weather graphic

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

Lovebirds fly in from Africa

A romantic tryst awaited BBC Radio Cumbria reporter John Bowness when he went to interview a member of the Sedbergh Community Swifts group this morning.

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The group provides special nesting boxes for the birds, which spend almost all their lives on the wing apart from when they are breeding.

Businesses work on plan to restore derelict Carlisle hotel

There's a new plan to turn a derelict Victorian building in Carlisle back into an hotel. 

Hotel covered in scaffolding

Carlisle City Council has spent more than £150,000 on shoring up the Central Plaza Hotel by Carlisle City Council since it closed in 2004. 

Now, the Carlisle City Centre business group says it wants to turn the site into an hotel with 56 beds, bar, restaurant and a heritage centre, which would tell the story of Carlisle's state management of pubs, which started during the First World War and lasted until the 1970s.    

Poppi inquest delayed until later in the year

The new inquest into the still unexplained death of Poppi Worthington, the Barrow toddler, has been adjourned again.

Poppi Worthington
Family photo

A first inquest was quashed after lengthy legal proceedings; a second inquest was due to start on 15 May, but in a statement released this morning, the senior coroner for Cumbria, David Roberts said it would now start on a date to be determined between October and December.

He explained that Poppi's father, Paul, had at first been refused legal aid to be represented at the hearings, even though the conclusion could have serious implications for him.

This decision, the coroner said, had only just been reversed after a court challenge by Mr Worthington's legal team, leaving too little time for them to prepare for a hearing this month.

River levels falling, but no drought fears yet

Months of relatively dry weather have led to falling river levels across the county, but conservationists and the water supply company say there's no cause for concern yet.

Eden Bridge

April was exceptionally dry in parts of Cumbria, after a relatively dry winter, and river beds are starting to emerge in places like Eden Bridges in Carlisle.

Sean Robinson from United Utilities says reservoirs are at a good level but it's still important that people are sensible with their water: 

"We had that wet period February, beginning of March, which let our reservoirs replenish, but what I would say is, make sure you use water wisely."

Walker flown to hospital after Striding Edge fall

A woman suffered multiple injuries when she fell around 30ft from Striding Edge on Helvellyn yesterday.

Volunteers from the Patterdale and Penrith teams treated her at the scene, before she was taken off the fell by a Coastguard helicopter.

That crew then transferred the woman to the North West air ambulance at Patterdale playing fields, and she was flown to the Royal Preston hospital.

A second walker who fell and broke her ankle nearby was also rescued soon afterwards.

Striding Edge

Tickets fly for Carlisle promotion play-off - and it's Exeter again, and again

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

More than 2,000 tickets were sold within hours for the first leg of Carlisle United's play-offs, at home against Exeter next weekend.

End of match

United will be going for a repeat for their performance against the Grecians on Saturday, which ended with United winning 3-2.

The first leg at Brunton Park is next Sunday evening, before Carlisle head off again for the long journey down to Devon for a third end-of-season encounter with the same club.

Police say 70-year-old crash victim was local man

Police say the man who died in a car crash near Duddon Bridge on Saturday, was John Baxter, who was 70 and came from nearby Ulpha.

The accident, which only involved Mr Baxter's vehicle, happened at Bank End on the road from Duddon Bridge to Ulpha.

Weather on the fell tops: Mostly fine, a little mist

Temperatures at 3,000ft: 0C at dawn, lifting to 4C for a time during afternoon. 

Winds: Strong northeasterly winds gust 35-40mph, some gusts 45-50mph on highest summits, reducing to 30mph by dusk. 

Cloud: In north and east occasional spells 1,650ft, especially on northeast facing slopes around Skiddaw, Helvellyn and other higher summits, but only odd patches around Scafell Pike. 

Visibility: Generally excellent with distant ranges visible. 

Freezing level: Around 900 metres lifting above summits.

Talks start to build council coalition after elections

Cumbria's three major political parties are expected to start talks about who will run the county council.

Last week's elections failed to return any party with an overall majority, but Labour lost seats and the Conservatives gained to become the largest single group. 

Votes being counted

In the recent past the solution has been either for talks with the third largest group, the Liberal Democrats, to form a programme that both parties can support, or for the largest single group of councillors to form a minority administration, getting support from the other parties from vote to vote.

However, given the proximity of the general election, agreement may be delayed until afterwards.

Cumbria's weather: Patchy cloud, but mostly fine

BBC Weather

There'll be some patches of cloud, but it will be another fine day with good spells of sunshine for most, with temperatures reaching 13C (55F).

Weather graphic

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

Good morning: This is BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


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