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  1. Updates on Tuesday 6 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and the like for today.

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.

Cumbria's weather: Heavy showers moving east and windy

BBC Weather

Heavy showery bursts of rain will continue this evening and overnight, slowly moving away to the east.

The wind will remain strong and temperatures will drop to 9C (48F).

Weather graphic

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

Police investigate violent images sent to homes in Barrow

Police in Barrow are trying to find out who sent letters showing pictures of graphic violence to 14 people who were displaying Labour posters in their windows.

Detectives say they want to hear from anyone else who has received the typed letters.

One person who received the letter was councillor Anita Husband, who said said the letter contained a booklet with pictures as well as what appeared to be quotes from the Koran.

She said: "It is unpleasant and if it got to anyone who was vulnerable it could cause problems. It does have a warning on the letter that the barbaric images should not be seen by children, so people should just put it back in the envelope and give it to the police."

Severe accident: A66 County Durham westbound

BBC News Travel

A66 County Durham westbound severe accident, between A67 and A685.

A66 County Durham - A66 closed westbound between the A67 junction in Bowes and the A685 junction in North Stainmore, because of a serious accident involving two motorcyclist.

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

Appleby tradition could be hit by high waters

The ramp down which horses at the Appleby Fair are led to be washed in the river has been closed because the Eden has been swollen to dangerous levels by heavy rain.

Horses in river at Appleby

Normally only the centre of the river is deep, but officials say the levels have risen and it's in the best interests of public safety to close the ramp.

The group of officials and emergency service representatives who try to keep order at the fair say they'll be reviewing the water levels tomorrow morning. Travellers are asked not to arrive until the fair starts on Thursday but many will already be camping fairly near the town.

Power cut blacks out 1,300 properties in Carlisle area

Electricity North West say just over 1,300 homes and businesses are affected by a power failure in the CA6 postcode area.

The company says engineers are on their way.

Candidates look for social care reforms in 'dementia tax' debate

BBC Radio Cumbria

Candidates for the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency agreed that providing social care for people with dementia or other problems who needed long-term support needed rethinking.

There were accusations of a u-turn by the Conservative leader Theresa May when she appeared to step back from manifesto proposals to make people pay care fees by borrowing against the value of their home to the last £100,000.

Candidates debating

And in a debate on BBC Radio Cumbria today, the Tory candidate James Airey said there did need to be a rethink:

He said: "I want to see much more emphasis on building extra care housing and bungalows and housing units that can be used by people with disabilities, I think there's a lot more support we can give people in the community."

The Liberal Democrat candidate, Tim Farron, said there should be a £72,000 cap on what people paid for their care before the state stepped in.

He said: "We've said we'd put a penny on income tax to raise £6bn every year across the country for health and social care. That would make an enormous difference."

For Labour, Eli Aldridge said his party would put £2.1bn into social care:

He said: "We want to integrate social care back into under the NHS, that would reduce bed-blocking because we have a place for people who would be in hospital to move seamlessly from hospital into social care."

The programme is being repeated at 18:00 or you can listen to it here.

Rain defeats Cumberland and Beds in Minor Counties washout

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Cumberland's Minor Counties game against Bedfordshire at Netherfield's Parkside Road was abandoned as a draw on the third and final day.

Bedfordshire had closed day one on 95 for six, trailing by 157 runs in their first innings with no play possible since Sunday.

Travel: Queues build up in Kendal crash

BBC News Travel

More details about the crash in Kendal we told you about earlier.

There's queuing traffic at the accident at the bottom of Windermere Road in the town - the main route into the town from the western end of the bypass.

Police say it's not a full closure, although that may be necessary to recover the vehicles involved.

Harraby care come gets good ratings from inspectors

Inspectors have praised the way staff at a Carlisle care home look after their clients with dignity, respect, and "a warm and caring manner".

Pennine Lodge

The Care Quality Commission team said it was notable that the care staff knew clients' personal history and families and there were enough people on duty to make sure care needs were met in a timely and unhurried way.

Housing tops agenda in Westmorland and Lonsdale candidates debate

Candidates contesting the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency from all three main parties have been putting forward ways of getting more homes built for local people.

Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, says his party has controlled the local council which has enabled the building of many housing association homes and discouraging second-home-owners also helps.

You can change planning law to make it harder to turn a first home into a second home, and the other thing you can do is increase council tax on second homes."

Tim Farron
Candidates in Westmorland and Lonsdale debate

Mr Farron (above left) at first claimed South Lakeland had built council homes and he was sharply challenged by his Conservative opponent James Airey (above centre).

Mr Airey said more small sites in villages should be given planning consent.

I'm particularly keen on rent to buy schemes where people can, depending on their earnings, start to buy that property that they're living in and eventually own that property, and that money can be ring-fenced and spent on building more council properties."

James Airey

Labour's Eli Aldridge said his party had promised to build a million homes by 2022.

The aim is half of them to be affordable homes, and this is allowing young people to stay in the area."

Eli Aldrigdge

Severe accident: A5284 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5284 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between Caroline Street and Queen's Road.

A5284 Cumbria - A5284 Windermere Road in Kendal blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Caroline Street junction and the Queen's Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Silence in reflection on the London attacks

Police around Cumbria took part in the silence at 11:00 to consider the London attacks at the weekend - the picture below is in Workington.

During the attack a number of officers, one of whom was off-duty, were injured as they confronting the terrorists.

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Cumbria's weather: Continuing wet, becoming windy as well

BBC Weather

The rain will be heavy and persistent at times. Strengthening westerly winds will become strong and gusty and it will feel cool with a maximum temperature of 15C (59F).

Weather graphic

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

Founder of troubled zoo says he wants to challenge licence decision

The man who founded the South Lakes Safari Zoo has told the BBC he wants to go back to court to look again at the decision to strip him of his licence.

David Gill

David Gill's application was rejected by Barrow Council in March amid animal welfare concerns at the attraction in Dalton-in-Furness.

A new company called Cumbria Zoo was given a four-year licence to run the zoo last month.

In an interview to be broadcast on BBC North West Tonight at 18:00 this evening, Mr Gill claims inspectors had not raised the issues before.

How come it's suddenly bad? I've had a licence for 23 years and nobody's ever suggested this in the past."

David Gill

Performers cheer up young patients in Cumbrian hospitals

Sick children in Cumbrian hospitals and hospices are being cheered up by some fairy-tale favourites.

The Starlight Children's Charity's UK Storytime tour is in the county acting out tales and performing songs.

Performers in costume

Yesterday they were in the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and the Eden Valley Hospice. Today, it's the turn of The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

'June Monsoon' wind and rain carry on in county

Meterologists say up to three inches of rain have fallen in parts of Cumbria because of a low pressure area crossing the north of England.

A Met Office warning for heavy rain expired at 11:30, to be replaced by one for strong winds, gusting to 60mph until 22:00.

Alan Goodman, a forecaster for the Met Office, says it's "a little bit unusual for this time of year."

"The June monsoon has struck again, unfortunately," he said.

Environment staff warn of algae on lake

The Environment Agency says people should still avoid going into the water, or allowing dogs to swim, near Millerground on Windermere, after blue-green algae was detected.


The algae is not uncommon - it blooms in warmer weather and when it washes up close to shore it can cause stomach upsets and skin irritations to people and animals.

It normally disperses in wet or windy weather.

Travel: Crash slows traffic on A590 into Barrow

BBC News Travel

An accident is causing delays on the A590 Park Road near the Fairway Hotel in Barrow.

Hospitals staff to fall silent for London atrocity

Staff at hospitals across Cumbria will be among those observing a national one minute of slience today at 11:00 after the terrorist attack in London at the weekend.

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Power back on in Penrith

Electricity North West says all homes affected by the power cut in Penrith earlier are now reconnected.

Weather on the fell tops: Wet and wild

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 4C;
  • Winds: Fresh southeasterly becoming strong to gale force northwesterly gusting 55mph, occasionally severe gale force gusts 65mph;
  • Cloud: Extensive down to 1,600ft lifting to 2,300ft late in the day;
  • Visibility: Mostly moderate or poor improving mostly good later;
  • Freezing level: Above the summits;

Cumbria's weather: Wet again, with flood alerts

BBC Weather

It will be another cloudy and wet day. Westerly winds will become strong and gusty and it will feel cool with a maximum temperature of 15C (59F).

There's a weather warning for the rain and rivers in parts of the county are under a flood alert at the lowest level.

Weather graphic
River level for Victoria bridge in the centre of Kendal, showing river rising.
Environment Agency

This is the river level gauge for Victoria Bridge in the centre of Kendal, showing it just into the alert levels.

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

Penrith power cut: Some lights back on

Electricity North West engineers say just over half the customers cut off by a power failure in Penrith this morning have now been reconnected. The remaining 467 should be back on by 09:30.

Candidates square up for Westmorland and Lonsdale

Candidates for the Westmorland and Lonsdale Parliamentary seat from the three main parties will be debating the issues on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning.

Tim Farron for the Liberal Democrats, Conservative James Airey, and Eli Aldridge for Labour, will be joined by an independent candidate called Mr Fishfinger.

The programme starts at 09:00 and if you miss it you can hear it here, or listen to the repeat at 18:00.

Penrith homes and businesses hit by blackout

Nearly 1,000 homes and businesses are without power in and around Penrith this morning.

Electricity North West says 986 properties are affected after a fault on its network and engineers are on the way to fix the problem.

Travel: Shepherd required for West Coast Main Line

BBC News Travel

Sheep on the line are delaying trains between Oxenholme and Penrith on the West Coast Main Line through the county.

There's a delay of up to 15 minutes on Virgin and Transpennine services.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning. 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.