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  1. Updates on Tuesday 30 May 2017

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By Martin Lewes

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast, and other things that catch our eye, for today. Here's a reminder:

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

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 us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Cumbria's weather: Dry and clear

BBC Weather

It should be dry with plenty of sunshine extending southwards this evening and staying dry and mostly clear tonight.

Light winds and temperatures dropping to 7C (45F).

Weather graphic

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

Photos show just how close rescue was

Finally, three photographs from another witness of the Morecambe Bay rescue show just how close events yesterday at Arnside came to tragedy.

Our thanks to Jamie Smith for sending them to us.

Rescue crosses sands towards casualty as bore is visible behind.
Jamie Smith

The tide is rising very fast: The famous bore, a wave of rising water, is the disturbed area visible behind the casualty, as the rescuer, on a rope, wades across the unstable sand towards them.

Rescuer pulls in inflatble mattress to support casualty during rescue
Jamie Smith

As the waters swirl around them, the rescuer pulls in an inflatable mattress to support the casualty.

Rescuer wades through thigh deep water as casualty is pulled to shore on mattress
Jamie Smith

Minutes later and a second rescuer is thigh-deep in the water as he follows the casualty and the first rescuer to shore, with his colleagues pulling the mattress to safety.

Everybody was very aware of the potential of what could happen if we didn't move as quickly as possible."

Paul CallandBay Search and Rescue volunteer

Travel: Crash slows traffic between Ambleside and Windermere

BBC News Travel

An accident involving two cars and a van has partially blocked the A591 between White Cross Bay and Brockhole.

Rescue witness: We thought they would die in front of us

We've been sent a detailed account of the rescue we reported on earlier at Arnside from the Sands of Morecambe Bay, when four people were pulled to safety minutes ahead of the rising tide.

Ian Roberts was visiting Arnside with his wife when he heard the siren that gives 15 to 20 minutes warning of a tidal bore, a wave that sweeps across the bay at certain times each month.

Mr Roberts said the people out on the sands, who were playing with a dog, did not react to the siren, possibly because some of them were struggling in quicksand: "When I heard screaming I knew what was happening. We thought the person was going to die in front of us."

Rescuer approaches casualty and another rescuer as tide rises
Ian Roberts

Luckily coastguard rescue teams from Barrow and Arnside were training nearby and the Bay Search and Rescue volunteers, who use specialised boats and vehicles, were also close, but as Mr Roberts' picture shows, the waters were swirling about the last casualty as rescuers went to recover them.

Dozens of people on Arnside Promenade watched the rescue, and Mr Roberts said: "We congratulated the team by applauding after the rescue."

Up against it: Wallers compete in dry-stone skills

Thirteen wallers took part in the annual Friends of the Lake District dry-stone walling competition at the weekend.

Adam Clarke from Oldham (right) won the overall top prize and the professional class; Tom Swinhoe came first among the amateurs and Benedict Barnes was first in the novices and juniors.

Three winning wallers
Friends of the Lake District

Appeal court extends sentence for man who groomed boys online

Police have welcomed a longer sentence imposed on a Kirkby Stephen man who pretended to be a girl on the internet to trick boys into sending him intimate images.

Christopher Hodder, 31, of Union Square, was originally jailed for four years, but the Court of Appeal has now said he'll spend five years and four months in prison with a further three years on licence.

Christopher Hodder
Cumbria Police

Hodder was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court earlier this year for a string of offences involving 13 boys.

Det Insp Jenny Beattie said: “Hodder is a predatory, dangerous offender, I am pleased that the original sentence was ruled as being too lenient and that the sentence has been increased."

Drivers warned as the migration to Appleby gets under way

With just over a week to go to the start of the Appleby Horse Fair, police are urging drivers to take care because of slow-moving horse-drawn caravans on country roads.

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On roads like the A684 and A685, the "bow-tops" are allowed to park on the verges, while the larger vans drawn by cars or pick-ups are restricted to temporary transit sites.

Bow-top caravan

Candidates clash over schools funding in Carlisle election debate

General Election candidates standing in the Carlisle constituency have argued their cases for changes in education in the first of a series of debates on BBC Radio Cumbria.

For the Conservatives, John Stevenson said schools had improved under the Conservative government and was bringing in a different formula for funding.

You can have two schools in different parts of the country, with very different budgets, so the government is bringing forward proposals for a fair funding formula."

John StevensonConservative candidate

But for the Liberal Democrats, Peter Thornton argued that there was simply not enough money, saying: "We'll invest almost £7bn extra in our children's education."

UKIP's Fiona Mills said her party believed in different schools to suit youngsters with different aptitudes, such as grammars for academic pupils, adding: "It means that people from working class families can have that opportunity because their parents won't be able to send them to posh private schools; we also want more technical training, vocational training."

Ruth Alcroft, the Labour candidate, said she had huge concerns about what was happening: "At the moment there isn't enough money."

I've been talking to head teachers who are having to make redundancies. Children are losing access to teaching assistants and being taught in bigger classes."

Ruth AlcroftLabour candidate

You can hear the programme again here, and it will be repeated at 18:00.

Brunton Park favourite Adams commits for another year at Carlisle

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United's Player of the Year Nicky Adams says he intends to remain at Brunton Park next season.

United saw two players - Jabo Ibehre and Michael Raynes - leave the club last week but Adams told the club's official website he's happy to remain with a year left on his current deal.

Nicky Adams
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Cafes listed in guide for breast-feeding mums

Martin Lewes


A new guide's being drawn up listing cafes and other businesses which will welcome breast-feeding mothers.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal to discriminate against mothers who need to feed their baby.

South Lakeland council set up a register after a pilot in Ulverston proved successful, and businesses taking part are able to display a sticker on their windows.

Pink breast feeding logo

Lights go back on in Barrow

Electricity North west engineers say they've now reconnected all the 2,432 consumers in who lost power because of an underground cable fault earlier today.

Former pilot loses latest fight over house in Appleby

A former pilot who was ordered to hand a farmhouse to his ex-wife after an acrimonious divorce has lost the latest round of a long-running legal fight.

Peter Elliott was told his home in Appleby, Cumbria, should be handed to Leonie Butler so it could be sold.

Mr Elliott wanted the Court of Appeal to consider his case. But a judge dismissed his attempt at a hearing.

Master Marie Bancroft-Rimmer said he had established no basis for challenging an earlier ruling.


In that hearing in August, Mr Justice Keehan analysed the case at the Family Division of the High Court in London.

He was told Mr Elliott had been ordered to leave the farmhouse and concluded that Mr Elliott, who was then 49, had failed to comply with that order.

He said Mr Elliott was in contempt of court and imposed a six-month jail term. Mr Elliott was subsequently arrested.

Council team counts times it swooped on fly-tippers

Copeland council officials dealt with 321 incidents of fly-tipping last year, an average of more than one every working day.

The volume of work was revealed in figures published by the authority about the work of all its enforcement teams.

The officials also dealt with dog fouling and barking pets, littering and anti-social behaviour.

Meet Paul: The man for whom there's always something on at the movies

Paul Donaldson from Carlisle has just started a cult movie club for people as obsessed with film as he is.

Films at the Harraby Community Theatre will all be from his own huge collection, the second he's amassed after the first was destroyed in the 2005 floods.

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Barrow teenager's song for Manchester is shared by hundreds

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A teenager from Barrow has seen a song she wrote after the Manchester terrorist attack shared by hundreds of people on Facebook.

Megan Doherty,19, and a student at Furness College, was alerted to the events at the Manchester Arena when a friend who was there posted on social media.

"it's so close to home because the main target audience there is children, teenagers and families, so it's even more heart-breaking," she told BBC Radio Cumbria.

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Kendal player named for Argentina tour

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Kendal-born back-row forward Mark Wilson has been named in England's 32-man rugby union squad for next month's tour to Argentina.

The 27-year-old Newcastle Falcons player, who began his career with Kendal, impressed selectors when he off the bench in England's 28-14 win over the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.

Mark Wilson
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Roadworks warning for hospital traffic

The road leading to the West Cumberland Hospital will be closed for periods of time this summer as major repair work is carried out.

Cumbria County Council says the route needs significant repairs, which could take up to 10 weeks to complete.

Homewood Road

Highways engineers say emergency access will be maintained at all times, but they say other traffic will have to follow diversions and could face delays.

Cumbria's weather: Showers clearing

BBC Weather

The showers will clear to the south this afternoon with the best of the sunshine spreading from the north.

There'll be moderate westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

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

Constabulary cuddles?

An arts project has left some unusual street signs around Penrith, and one found a new lease of life at the weekend, according to Alan Cleaver.

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BreakingPower cut hits Barrow area

Just under 2,500 consumers have been affected by a power cut in the Barrow and Walney areas, according to Electricity North West.

The company has apologised and says engineers are on the way.

Carlisle candidates debate flood help

Ways to make sure Carlisle doesn't suffer more disastrous floods were top of the agenda when the city's Parliamentary candidates debated on BBC Radio Cumbria ahead of next week's General Election.

The defences put up after the 2005 floods clearly failed... We need a proper solution to this."

Fiona MillsUKIP candidate, Carlisle.

Peter Thornton, the Liberal Democrat candidate, said many people believed rivers should be better managed, saying: "We need to remove some of this gravel and get the rivers flowing better."

But he accepted this should only be done in the right locations, a point made by Labour's Ruth Alcroft, who said: "It just isn't appropriate in some places, it can cause further problems, it can make roads collapse."

We've got to look ahead, and the government has allocated £25m for Carlisle defences, I know that the Environment Agency are working on this."

John StevensonConservative candidate, Carlisle.
Candidates debate

The programme will be broadcast again at 18:00 this evening.

Railway supporters protest as scenic line adverts 'block the views'

The campaign group Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line say adverts on train windows are blocking out the very views many passengers have come to see.

Window advert on train
Friends of Settle Carlisle Line

The vinyl adverts are on almost half the windows of every train, according to the rail group, and will be there for the next three months.

View from inside the train
Friends of Carlisle Settle Line

So far the train operating company Northern has made no comment.

Watch: Sculptor uses boulders from hotel building site to create art trail

Kerry Parvin


The £16m project to expand the Low Wood Resort on the shores of Windermere involved digging into a hillside, and huge boulders were unearthed.

The hotel decided they could be put to good use, and called in sculptor Shawn Williamson.

Shawn Williamson creates sculpture trail by Windermere.

Weather on the fell-tops: Wet, then much colder

Temperature at 3,000ft: 7C falling to 3C;

Wind: Moderate to fresh south or southwest veering westerly increasing strong gusting 45mph;

Cloud: Patches above 2,500ft, lowering to 1,500ft in the rain, lifting and breaking this afternoon;

Visibility: Moderate or good but poor at times in heavy rain, becoming very good mid-afternoon;

Freezing level: Above the summits.

Four rescued from tidal bore in Morecambe Bay

Four people stuck in quicksands on Morecambe Bay were rescued just before the tide swept across the area.

Volunteer teams from the Arnside and Furness Coastguards, who were training nearby, rescued two of them, and they and the Bay Search and Rescue brought the other two to shore as the tidal "bore" came through.

The man, woman and two teenagers were reported in trouble near Arnside soon after 13:00 yesterday and a number of people watched the rescue from the Promenade; Erin from Gado Gado was kind enough to send us this video

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Cumbria's weather: Grey with showery rain

BBC Weather

It'll be a mostly cloudy morning with some patchy low cloud in places at first.

There will be a few showery bursts of rain, turning heavier for a time late morning and early afternoon.

Temperatures will rise in the warmest places to about 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Roadworks slow A66 near Keswick

BBC News Travel

There is heavy traffic on the A66 between Bassenthwaite and Keswick because of a lane closure in the roadworks.

Carlisle candidates line up for studio debate

BBC Radio Cumbria

The four candidates contesting the Carlisle parliamentary constituency in the General Election are on air from 09:00 this morning in the first of the BBC Radio Cumbria debates.

They are, in no particular order, Peter Thornton for the Liberal Democrats, Fiona Mills for UKIP, John Stevenson for the Conservatives and Ruth Alcroft for Labour, with the BBC's political reporter Bob Cooper in the chair.

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 us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.