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  1. Main points for Friday 19 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 this service of news, a regular weather forecast, travel warnings and other things that catch our eye, for today and this week.

We'll be back to do it again on Monday from 08:00. In the meantime, if you've anything that you'd like to share, such as a news story or photo, you can tweet @bbc_cumbria, email, or get in touch via our Facebook page.

Have a very good weekend.

Cumbria's weather: Rain clearing later

BBC Weather

It will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle slowly clearing north-eastwards overnight.

Temperatures will fall towards 8C (46F).

Weather graphic

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

Second osprey hatches at Bassenthwaite

A little while ago, we told you that the first of the osprey eggs at Bassenthwaite had hatched.

Staff at the Lake District Osprey Project confirmed to BBC Radio Cumbria this afternoon that a second chick was making an entrance.

You may be able to see it on the webcam here.

Bypass built for Keswick's washed-out railway walk

Lake District rangers have opened a by-pass so people can once again walk most of the Keswick Railway footpath.

The path has been closed since the floods of Storm Desmond swept away two major bridges and 200 yards of track.

Wrecked bridge
Rob Freestone

The diversion takes walkers off the old track bed, up a ramp, and on to another footpath, crossing an area of wet woodland on a causeway and linking to another existing right of way.

The national park authority projects ranger Scott Henderson said: "“We all look forward to the entire pathway being fully reinstated and are working hard to achieve this."

Benefit fraudster must pay back £12,000 or face jail

A fraudster convicted of claiming nearly £16,000 of benefits he wasn't entitled to has been told he must pay back more than £12,000 or serve a prison sentence.

Terence Daniel Mitchell, 45, of Almery Drive in Carlisle, was given a suspended sentence at Carlisle Crown Court earlier this year when he admitted fraudulently claiming £16,000.

Today he appeared before the court again at a proceeds of crime hearing, where he was found to have available assets of just over £12,000.

Recorder David Swinnerton directed Mitchell to pay the money within three months, or he would be sent to prison for seven months.

Woman freed from upturned car

Firefighters freed a woman from her overturned Renault Clio on the A689, near the A69 roundabout at Brampton.

Police say they'd like to hear from anyone who saw the accident just before 10:00 this morning, or who saw the vehicle in the few moments before it rolled over.

The woman was taken to hospital in Carlisle, but it's not thought she was badly hurt.

Transport plans put to voters in the North East and Cumbria

In the run up to the General Election, the BBC has been asking a informal panel of voters their views on various issues.

The latest one was transport, following Labour's manifesto proposal to re-nationalise the railways.

It prompted a mixed response from these people across the North East and Cumbria ....

  • Peter: "Re-nationalising the railways is a good idea. It will, over time, give the ability to remove the French and German companies and others from running our services."
  • Leslie: "I think the companies that are running them now do a good job. If it was nationalised it would be like going back to the seventies."
  • Anthony: "A superb idea as long as they can provide the funds to pay for it without raising taxes or more borrowing."
  • Brian: "May work if efficiency and cost are controlled. It is good to have a stable and integrated system but it must remain reliable and cost effective."
  • Kay: "I think the railways should be renationalised and bus services too."
  • Robin: "Not in favour. I can remember the shambles that was British Rail. Would concentrate power in the hands of unions and make it more likely that there would be an increase in industrial action."

Barrow council cuts Sunday clean-up to save money

Rubbish dropped by Saturday night revellers in the streets of Barrow will have to wait til Monday, as Sunday street cleaning is dropped in a new contract.

Litter in street

Barrow Borough Council says the round, along with free kerbside collections of garden waste, has been cut in its new contract with FCC Environment as it tries to meet Government budget cuts of £2.7m.

The waste collection service's assistant director Keith Johnson says householders will still get a weekly rubbish or recycling collection, though the day may change as contractors shift from a five-day to a four-day operation.

Travel: A66 closed for next few hours after crash

BBC News Travel

The A66 across the Pennines is likely to be closed until much later this evening after an accident that brought down power cables across the road just over the border into Yorkshire.

The collision involved two cars and a lorry at Ravensworth near the Fox Hall Inn.

Shaun sculpts boulders by the lake shore as part of hotel expansion

Workington sculptor Shawn Williamson has been retained by the Low Wood Resort to create a sculpture from the huge boulders removed from the hillside behind the hotel during a £16m development at the site on the shores of Windermere.

Otter sculpture
Shawn Williamson

The boulders weigh at least a tonne, and eventually there will be 14 in the water along the shoreline. So far Shawn has completed eight.

House ransacked in jewellery theft

A house close to junction 41 on the M6 was thoroughly searched and an engagement ring described as "similar to Kate Middleton's" was among the items stolen in a burglary, Cumbria Police said.

The ring, with a large sapphire surrounded by 12 diamonds, was in the haul taken between 6 May and 13 May. A collection of vintage metal Girl Guide badges was also stolen.

Kendal festival boss has his own mountains to run up ... and down ... and up ... and down ....

Clive Allen is the director of the Kendal Mountain Festival, and so normally helps other people tell their stories of challenge, hardship and achievement.

Today he's pursuing his own story on the famous Lake District running challenge - at least 42 peaks including all the highest in the Lake District in 24 hours.

View more on twitter

Travel: A66 closed after crash east of Stainmore

BBC News Travel

The A66 has been closed by a three-vehicle crash just over the border into North Yorkshire, near the Fox Hall Inn at Ravensworth. There's congestion and queuing traffic in both directions.

Bassenthwaite ospreys hatch first chick

Staff at the Lake District Osprey Project say one of the eggs laid in the Bassenthwaite nest has hatched, and the chick has been fed for the first time.

Two ospreys looking at chick

Three eggs were laid between 11 and 17 of April.

Ospreys have nested at Bassenthwaite since 2001; they've been joined by other breeding pairs in various parts of Cumbria including Foulshaw Moss, Roudsea Wood, and Esthwaite Water.

Heroin dealer must pay £17,000

A drug dealer who's thought to have brought more than a kilo of heroin into Cumbria has been told to pay back £17,000.

Stuart Hardy - currently serving a nine year sentence for drug offences - has been deemed by Carlisle Crown Court to have the money available.

Recorder David Swinnerton calculated Hardy made more than £50,000, and could still face further court action under the Proceeds of Crime Act if it's found he has more money.

If Hardy doesn't pay within three months, nine months could be added to his prison sentence, the hearing was told.

Engineering apprentice Abigail wins national award

Abigail Stephenson, a hydraulic engineering apprentice at Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon in Kendal, has won a Young Engineer of the Year award in a national specialist industrial scheme.

Abigail Stephenson at work
Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon

Abigail's now working in design and research at Gilkes - a leading manufacturer of hydro-power equipment and hydraulic pumps - after learning a number of basic engineering skills on the shop floor.

She was given the award at the annual Pump Centre conference.

Your pictures: The ageless sunset over Burgh marshes

Cumbria does good sunsets, especially on the big skies around the coast or over the mosses. Mary Wright was kind enough to share this with us.

Sunset over Burgh Marsh
Mary Wright

If you've a photograph that you'd like to share, you can tweet @bbc_cumbria, email, or get in touch via our Facebook page.

Cyclist seriously hurt in Windermere crash

A cyclist suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries when he was hit by a car at the junction of the Crook Road and the A5074 near Windermere yesterday evening.

The rider, who was 45, was treated at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary after the collision.

Police say it's possible the driver of the car involved, a silver Mercedes which was also carrying a female passenger, didn't realise he'd struck the cyclist. Officers are now trying to trace him.

Cumbria's weather: Spells of rain moving in from east

BBC Weather

Cloud will gradually thicken from the east bringing some showers or longer spells of rain for a time this afternoon, turning heavy at times. Temperatures will rise to 14C (57F).

Weather graphic

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

Cyber-attack staff 'worked above and beyond the call of duty'

Health service staff across the north of England have been praised for the way they kept services going after the cyber attack last week, which meant they couldn't access information on patients stored on computers.

Cyber attack screen shot

Managers at the Northern Clinical Commissioning Group Forum - which brings together the GPs who organised much of the NHS - have also thanked patients, who helped take some of the pressure off the service.

Dr neil O'Brien, who chairs the forum, said staff had worked above and beyond the call of duty to maintain the operation.

He said: "How we have responded to this situation just shows how our whole NHS community is greater than the simple sum of its parts."

Carlisle boss Curle meets club over future ambitions

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

The Carlisle United manager Keith Curle has indicated he wants more money to strengthen his squad after promotion hopes were dashed, and has suggested he may leave if he doesn't get it.

United fell 2-0 behind but managed to draw level, before conceding a goal in the final minute of their play-off semi-final at Exeter.

Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria he'll meet club officials this weekend to discuss the future, saying: "It's an opportunity for the football club to tell me what the plan is, where is the club going, where are the aspirations."

Keith Curle

This is my career and if the football club can't match my ambition, then it sometimes you've got to say thank you, I've enjoyed my time, but it's time to move on."

Keith Curle

Striding Edge: The dog's eye view

Kerry Parvin


We get sent some lovely videos, but few equal this, tweeted to us by Melissa Harrison and Ant Young, who've just been to the top of Helvellyn with Scout.

This is what going up Striding Edge on Helvellyn looks like to a dog.

If you or your pet want to share pictures or videos, you can tweet @bbc_cumbria, email, or get in touch via our Facebook page.

Copeland hunt for cable-dumpers

Fly-tippers who targeted an area of west Cumbria twice in a week are being warned they could face jail.

Copeland Borough Council

Copeland Borough Council says cables and wiring were dumped in the same spot between Pica and Asby.

People caught fly tipping could face an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison.

Weather on the fell tops: Showers later

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 3C rising to 6C for a time.
  • Winds: Variable 5-10 mph.
  • Cloud: Occasional or occasional patches forming above 1,650ft over the eastern fells later in the evening.
  • Visibility: Generally very good or excellent, but locally poor at first in any mist patches, and reducing moderate at times in showers.
  • Freezing level: Above the tops.

Police crack down on Wigton's unruly teenagers

Police say there's a growing amount of crime and anti-social behaviour in Wigton, and they're asking parents to make sure they know where their children are.

Water Street Car Park

Officers say large groups of youngsters aged between 12 and 17 are gathering in the town centre on most evenings - some driving vehicles dangerously around Water Street Car Park - and there have been incidents of theft, criminal damage, drug use and arson.

Insp Richard Smillie said: "Anyone found to be committing crime or causing anti-social behaviour will be dealt with robustly and if necessary taken home or arrested".

Cumbria's weather: A bright start, then cloud thickens

BBC Weather

After a chilly, dry and bright start in places, cloud will gradually thicken from the east with showers or longer spells of rain developing.

Weather graphic

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

Last-minute goal dashes Carlisle promotion hopes

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Exeter City pipped Carlisle at the post last night with a goal in the dying seconds of extra time in the League Two play-offs.

The Blues had equalised close to the end of normal time, making the score in the second leg two-all, but Exeter's Jack Stacey, who'd never scored for his club before, put the Devonian side through in the 95th minute.

Carlisle celebrating after John O'Sullivan's equaliser
Rex Features

The manager Keith Curle's comments after the match were mainly in praise of the hundreds of fans who travelled the 350 miles to Exeter.

I know that the players appreciate the backing the Carlisle supporters give their team, because you don't just turn up on a Saturday on an off chance to see Carlisle.

Keith Curle

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning: On the day Carlisle United get used to the idea that there's no promotion this year, we'll bring you the news, a regular weather forecast, travel reports and an occasional excursion to lighter matters, through to 18:00.

If you've anything that you'd like to share, such as a news story or photo, you can tweet @bbc_cumbria, email, or get in touch via our Facebook page.