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  1. Updates on Monday 5 June 2017

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other nuggets from around the county for today. Here's some of the main points:

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

In the meantime, 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, and be careful tomorrow - there could be some minor flooding.

Cumbrian writer wins travel grant

A Cumbrian poet has won a £2,000 award that will be used to help her travel and get new inspiration for her works.

Emma McGordon from West Cumbria is this year's recipient of the Julia Darling Travel Fellowship, in memory of the writer Julia Darling.

Emma, who has previously been shortlisted as Cumbria Writer of the Year, says she'll use the money to pay for a project that starts with a journey to San Francisco.

Simpson leads England U20s into world semi-final tie

England's under-20 footballers have reached the semi-finals of their world cup, under the management of the former Carlisle manager, Paul Simpson.

Players celebrating victory
KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images

A Dominic Solanke goal gave the side a one-nil victory over Mexico in Cheonan, South Korea, to set-up a semi-final tie with Italy.

Cumbrian butcher shocked by London terror attack

A Cumbrian butcher who sells some of his produce through Borough Market, the scene of the terrorist attack in London at the weekend, says he's shocked and upset by events there.

Airey's farm shop

Airey's, whose farm shop near High Newton is pictured, is one of several high-end Cumbrian food businesses that sell through Borough Market.

Stephen Airey told BBC Radio Cumbria that he'd spent today checking on the safety of his staff because they often visit the area in the evenings as well as work there through the day.

"I talked to one lad who always goes there on a Saturday night but this week he got invited to a barbeque somewhere else, so he didn't go. His friends went, and they escaped through the back door and ran for it."

Mr Airey said he'd had to cancel orders to some Cumbrian farmers for lambs, because the market is closed until at least Thursday.

Vet called in after A590 cattle truck crash

Police say several cattle had to be destroyed and others rounded up after a livestock lorry overturned onto the central reservation of the High and Low Newton bypass on the A590.

A vet was called in to deal with injured animals after the accident at about 11:00 this morning.

The driver was taken by ambulance to the Furness General Hospital in Barrow. There's no word on his condition but it's not thought he was seriously hurt.

Wet night forecast prompts weather warning

The warning of heavy rain across all but the northern parts of Cumbria has been extended through to 11:00 tomorrow morning.

The Met Office says there coule be 40 to 60mm (around two inches) of rain quite widely, with as much as 80mm (three inches) across high ground overnight with a risk of localised flooding.

The Environment Agency's issued flood alerts, the lowest level of warning, covering most of the rivers in the area.

Barrow candidates cross swords on health service funding

The candidates competing to be MP for Barrow and Furness have been debating which party would do best by the local health services, on an election special for BBC Radio Cumbria..

The Conservative, Simon Fell, said his party was committed to an extra £8bn over the course of the next Parliament : "It's a commitment from us and it's in black and white in our mainfesto so we will stick to that."

But Labour's John Woodcock questioned the commitment of the Conservatives to the NHS: "You've got an A&E department here that is bursting at the seams, it is extraordinary how they manage to keep the show on the road but really we are facing a crisis."

Loraine Birchall, for the Liberal Democrats, said she also saw training as the key: "If we do not train people we will not have the staff and that is part of the problem in Barrow, it's jokingly referred to as a 50-mile cul-de-sac, it's hard to get people to come here and stay here."

Candidates for the Green Party and UKIP are also standing in the constituency.

If you missed the programme this morning you can listen to it here, or catch the repeat at 18:00.

Close margins 'don't bother Barrow boss Crarey'

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow Raiders manager Paul Crarey says he's not too concerned by how many points his players are conceding at the moment.

The Raiders have seen heavy defeats to Leeds and Toronto but even their last four wins have been by closer margins than last season.

"You're not going to go through the season and not concede points in modern-day football," Crarey says. "It's just part of the game."

Craven Park
Gates of Craven Park

Five rescued from Kendal car park lift

Fire fighters helped rescue five people from the lift at the Westmorland Shopping Centre car park in Kendal yesterday.

Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary returning to station

Three sailors were rescued when the engine on their boat failed en route to Barrow in Cumbria.

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Date set for La'al Ratty museum opening

The nerw museum at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, known as La'al Ratty, will open later this month, with a whole set of new interactive exhibits.

Two blokes talking about steam engines
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Curators have made videos about subjects such as how a steam engine works, and more than 6,000 exhibits ranging from locomotives to uniforms and photographs will be on show.

The museum will be opened on 24 June by Paul Atterbury, who's appeared many times on the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow, and written a number of books on railway history.

Police renew appeal after 'unexplained' death of elderly woman

Police have renewed an appeal for help explaining the death of an elderly woman from Windermere.

Officers say the woman fell ill on 2 June after walking her dog in the Millerground area and she died later in the Royal Preston hospital.

A spokeswoman said they didn't think the woman's death wa suspicious in any way, but they would like to speak to anyone who saw her, between 12:24 and 13:15 on that day, with a black and brown border collie spaniel cross dog.

Election 2017: MPs quizzed over West Cumberland Hospital
Candidates from the main political parties take to the streets of Workington to face questions from residents.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with more showery rain

BBC Weather

It should be a cloudy afternoon with the rain turning more showery from the north.

Perhaps becoming dry for a time across northern parts.

The southerly winds will freshen and there'll be a maximum temperature of 16C (61F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: A590 blocked as livestock lorry overturns

BBC News Travel

The A590 is closed in both directions between Newby Bridge and High Newton after a lorry containing cattle overturned.

Some of the animals are now injured and they are being transferred to another vehicle.

Merz artist's charity given tribute collage

The charity that cares for the woodland where the modern artist Klaus Schwitters tried to complete his final work has been given a collage by one of the designers of the sleeve for the Beatles album Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

One painting in front of another
Littoral Trust

The work Mickey Merz is pictured in front of the depiction of the Merz Barn wall, the centrepiece of the area devoted to Schwitters' memory in Great Langdale.

It's by Jann Howarth, who worked on the album cover with her late husband, Peter Blake.

Schwitters, a refugee from Nazi persecution, spent the final six months of his life working in the small barn trying to convert its interior into a work of art in the Merz style he invented.

Cumbria flood victims 'need more time to make repairs'

There's a call today for some Cumbrians to be given more time to undertake repairs to their flood-damaged homes because they might otherwise miss out on grants worth thousands of pounds.

One of the main grant schemes has a deadline demanding that work be complete by the end of next month.

But Paul Hendy from the Carlisle Flood Recovery Centre says the demand for equipment and builders is causing delays, and many people are still struggling to make their homes habitable.

He said: "If you don't get your flood protection put on your house by that deadline you're going to lose your grant, and we need to ask the council to really look at trying to extend that as a matter of urgency."

Two hundred households 'still wait for flood repairs'

BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

Two hundred households are still thought to be affected by Storm Desmond, with some still not back in their homes or businesses 18 months since the floods.

Floods in Kendal

Towns across the county saw unprecedented flooding; in Kendal (pictured above) more than 2,000 properties were affected and overall it's thought the damage is costing £500m to repair.

After being flooded for the third time Morag Little, who lives in Carlisle, says it's been harder than ever to get back to some kind of normality

She said: "Last time we were only out five-and-a-half months. This time it's just dragged.

"It did take longer to dry the houses out; we got dry and then next door wasn't dry and because they're not fully dry, it just seeps back.

There's lots of people that haven't done anything. We've come back this time and half our neighbours have vanished."

Woman jailed for breaching order in attack

An Aspatria woman's been jailed for a year for a violent assault on a woman she was banned from contacting.

Susan Williamson, 53, of Brough Street, was given a restraining order after previous attacks on Angela Strong.

But at the start of last month, she punched, kicked and slapped Ms Strong, who was screaming for help.

Recorder John Corless handed down an immediate 12-month prison sentence.

Barrow candidiates: Furness must make sure submarine benefits are spent wisely

The UK's nuclear weapons and the submarines that will carry them in the future has dominated the BBC Radio Cumbria debate between candidates for Barrow and Furness.

Artists' impression of new submarine

For Labour, John Woodcock says the important point was for the town to maximise the investment made in the area from the money the contracts to build the new submarines will bring.

He said this hadn't been done in the past.

Lots of money came into the town and lots of people did very well, but terrible pockets of deprivation remain."

John WoodcockLabour candidate, Barrow and Furness

Simon Fell, the Conservative candidate said: "What we have to look at is how we start to use the money that's coming into the area, vast sums of money, to actually tackle some of the longer-term problems we have."

Alan Piper, for UKIP, said his party was 100% behind nuclear weapons and Barrow, adding: "While we have countries like North Korea, getting rid of weapons of mass destruction is a fantasy."

Lib Dem Lorraine Birchall said she wanted the submarine contracts for Barrow, saying: "But we need to look at the bigger picture, bringing higher-paid jobs to Barrow so everybody can benefit."

But Rob O'Hara for the Green Party said the town should look elsewhere for jobs: "Most of it at the moment seems to focus on it become a beacon in the country for renewable energy."

Barrow Labour candidate: I'd call for a challenge to Corbyn

The Labour candidate in Barrow has called for Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour party to be challenged.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria's election debate, John Woodock, who is defending the seat and has a majority of 795, said that if he was elected and gave Labour a majority of one, he will "simply not support him as Prime Minister".

He added: "If you got this fantasy situation, what I would do is that I would demand that Labour change their leader and get someone who could be a credible Prime Minister."

You can see a full list of candidates in Barrow and Furness and other reports on the constituency, here.

Lifeboat gives two-hour tow to powerboat after breakdown

The Barrow lifeboat, Grace Dixon, went 25 miles out into the Irish Sea after a call for help from a motorboat with engine failure.

She spent more than two hours towing the stricken vessel back to Walney channel.

Lifeboat towing motorboat

The lifeboat was called at 13:25 after the boat broke down on passage from the Isle of Man back to Barrow, and it had arrived with the broken-down boat just over an hour later.

Once the lifeboat crew had established the engine problem couldn't be solved at sea, the power boat was taken under tow and was finally handed over to the inshore lifeboat, Vision of Tamworth, at 18:25, to be taken to a mooring.

Weather on the fell tops: Cloud down, wet and windy

Temperature at 3,000ft: 8C;

Wind: Gale force southwesterly, gusting to 65mph at first, easing fresh to strong southerly, gusting 40mph;

Cloud: Extensive at 1,300-2,000ft with patches down to 800ft on south facing slopes;

Visibility: Mainly moderate, occasionally poor and briefly good in the north this afternoon;

Freezing level: Above the summits

Black Sail
BBC/Mark Elliott

Our thanks to Mark Elliott, for this picture from Black Sail youth hostel in Ennerdale. He says the weather was lovely for most of the time when he did this walk!

Horse rider flown to hospital after fall

A woman has been flown to the Major Trauma Centre in Newcastle after falling from her horse at Cumwhinton, near Carlisle.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called yesterday morning and the woman, who's thought to be in her 40s, had suffered a serious head injury.

Ambuland and air ambo next to horse jumps.

Cumbria 's weather: Warning posted for heavy rain

BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudy day with spells of rain spreading from the west, heavy enough at times to prompt a Met Office weather warning.

There'll be a freshening southerly wind and temperatures going no higher than 16C (61F).

Weather graphic

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

Barrow election candidates line up for debate

Politicians hoping to become the next MP for Barrow and Furness will be debating the issues on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning.

In no particular order, they are Rob O'Hara for the Green Party, Simon Fell for the Conservatives, Alan Piper for UKIP, Loraine Birchall for the Liberal Democrats and John Woodcock for the Labour Party.

The programme starts at 09:00; if you miss it you can listen again here or catch the repeat at 18:00.

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