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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 13 June 2017:
  2. Cumbria's MPs give verdicts on stability of government
  3. Man arrested in Barrow after street closed for several hours
  4. Plans to introduce long-lost species of plants and animals
  5. Corrosion closes historic Cumbrian footbridge for up to six months
  6. People invited to comment on future of Yorkshire Dales National Park

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Cumbrian teenagers given awards for domestic violence intervention

Two Workington schoolgirls have been given certificates and cash after they called police and tried to stop a violent attack at a house in the town.

Emelia Austin, 15, and Kacey-leigh Wildgoose, 16, had been walking past a house on Milburn Street last October where through a glass door panel they saw James Allan Butler assaulting his partner by kicking, choking and biting her while he was drunk and on drugs.

Emelia knocked on the door to try and stop the attack, while Kacey-leigh phoned police and relayed what was happening.

The judge who later sentenced Butler said he'd been like a "savage" animal, and directed that the two girls should be commended.

Emelia Austin (second left) and Kacey-leigh Wildgoose outside Carlisle Crown Court with Cumbria's High Sheriff Alistair Wannop and His Honour Judge Tony Lancaster
Craig McGlasson

As both girls were given their awards at Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Tony Lancaster (right) said the commendations were "richly deserved".

And Emelia said they acted on impulse to do the right thing.

It was just instinct really, because if we had left it, God knows what would have happened to that woman."

Emelia Austin

£4.6m scheme to improve Cumbria's roads

Changes are being planned for roads and junctions across Cumbria as part of a multimillion-pound project.

The county council has been given £4.6m of government money to carry out the work, aimed at reducing congestion and improving access to jobs and housing developments.

The first project, expected to start early next year, will involve creating an extra lane on a section of one of the busiest routes into Carlisle, Warwick Road, between Montgomery Way and Eastern Way.

Part of plans for changes to Warwick Rd in Carlisle
Cumbria County Council

That work's expected to start early next year.

Other changes include widening a road in Workington, improving access to development sites in Barrow, widening an approach to a roundabout in Penrith, and other projects.

Details about those schemes are still being finalised.

Work starts that could bring lost plants and animals back to Cumbria

A group of organisations have started working together to look at reintroducing some plants and animals to south Cumbria.

Nearly £200,000 of lottery money will fund the project, involving the University of Cumbria, Natural England, the Forestry Commission and Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Picture of Cumbrian landscape
University of Cumbria

The plan is to look at how best to restore the landscape, and bring back lost species. It's said to be long overdue because of the types of animals and plants that are dying out.

You are actually alive in the middle of a mass extinction.....as bad as the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. We're definitely to blame for doing it. So you have to think of things you can do, that at least ameliorate some of it."

David HarpleyCumbria Wildlife Trust

Cumbrians living in Yorkshire Dales asked for views on National Park

People living in the Cumbrian part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being invited for the first time to have their say on its future.

Satellite view of South East Cumbria showing some of the places involved
BBC

Two drop-in sessions are being held, one in Orton today and another in Barbon next week.

The organisers are keen to hear what people love about the National Park, and get their thoughts on how it could be improved.

The Yorkshire Dales last year expanded its boundary, so that 28% of its land is now in Cumbria.

"Inspirational and determined" police officer being given national award

A Cumbrian police officer who's been described by her bosses as an "inspiration", will receive a national award today.

Portrait of PC Debbie Hall at work
Cumbria Police

PC Debbie hall has been recognised by the British Association for Women in Policing for her "determination to serve the community" while being treated for cancer, and raising money for cancer charities.

Lake District caravan destroyed in overnight fire

A static caravan has been destroyed by a fire in Windermere in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters were called to Rayrigg Road at about 00:15 to find the caravan well alight, with gas cylinders that had to be cooled before being removed from the area.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service says its crews were at the scene for about two hours.

Repairing town hall clock tower will take almost six months

Restoring Kendal's Town Hall clock tower will involve replacing 80 eroded sandstone blocks and carvings, and take almost six months of work, according to South Lakeland District Council.

Picture of Kendal Town Hall clock tower
Google

Some of the stonework dating back to 1892 is crumbling, and was made worse by Storm Desmond.

Scaffolding will go up around the site on Sunday, but the council says public entrances to the building will be maintained throughout.

Plan for 7 fewer councillors in Allerdale

Allerdale could soon have fewer councillors under a new electoral plan.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations.

Map showing final proposals for ward boundaries
Local Government Boundary Commission for England / Ordnance Survey

There's been a public consultation to draw new boundaries for wards in the borough to be represented by 49 councillors, which is seven fewer than at present.

Severe accident: A591 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A591 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between Amboth Turn off and B5322 Back Lane.

A591 Cumbria - A591 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Amboth Turn off junction in Wythburn and the B5322 Back Lane junction in Legburthwaite, because of an accident involving four vehicles. Diversion in operation - the minor which runs at the other side of the Thrilmere Lake, however this road is unsuitable for large Vehicles.

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

Two men arrested after two others injured in Barrow

Two men, aged 18 and 20, have been arrested in Barrow on suspicion of assault, after an incident on Penrith Place in the town centre yesterday.

Penrith Place street scene
Google

It's alleged a metal bar and knuckle-duster were used in the assault at about 15:30. A 19-year-old man suffered a suspected broken arm and another man suffered injuries to his face.

Cumbria Police say there was an earlier 'altercation' between two groups near The Last Orders pub on the corner of Rawlinson and Greengate Street.

Street scene showing the Last Orders pub
Google

Search for threatening man with metal bar

A man threatened a group of young people with a metal bar in Kendal, police said.

It happened at about 21:45 yesterday in the area of the New Road car park.

New Road car park pictured from Miller Bridge
Google

The group were sitting in a white car when the man went towards them waving the pole.

The police are appealing for information.

Historic but corroded Cumbrian footbridge may be closed for six months

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A historic footbridge in a Cumbrian park could stay closed for up to six months after parts of the structure were found to have corroded.

The Memorial Bridge in Rickerby Park in Carlisle was shut at short notice on Friday.

Picture of sign and cones showing bridge is closed
BBC

Now Cumbria County Council says its middle section will have to be cut out and taken away and a new piece will be made made and lifted into place.

The bridge has spanned the River Eden since 1922, when it was put up to commemorate those who died in the First World War.

Striking Sellafield contractors back at work

About 1,100 contractors who walked out of the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria last week have returned to work.

The workers, including scaffolders, electricians and mechanics, walked out on 7 June in a row over working conditions.

The Unite union, which represents the majority of the workers, said it was in talks with management.

A spokesman for the site said security and operations had been unaffected.

Sellafield
PA

'Downed aircraft' lifeboat call-out after beacon set off accidentally

Barrow's lifeboat was called out to reports of a downed aircraft yesterday.

The Grace Dixon responded to a call from the Coastguard at Holyhead to investigate a possible incident in the Morecambe Bay area.

Ten volunteer crew responded but after a short time the call-out was cancelled. It was understood an emergency radio beacon had been activated by accident, while an aircraft was on the ground.

Cumbrian MPs: May is severely damaged, and party is rallying round her

MPs in the county have been giving their verdict on the stability of Theresa May's government as it's expected she'll meet the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party today, as she seeks a deal to enable the Conservatives to govern.

The PM has faced criticism for calling the General Election in which she lost her party's majority.

Workington's Labour MP Sue Hayman has called for Mrs May to consider her position, saying she has lost all authority and credibility.

Sue Hayman
BBC

I think she gambled the country's stability for party political gain, so I think that she really needs to look at whether or not she should stand down.

Sue HaymanLabour MP, Workington

But Rory Stewart, the Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border, has said colleagues are supporting the Prime Minister.

Rory Stewart
BBC

What she'll see is people very much getting behind her. We did get considerably more seats than the Labour Party, we do have an obligation to govern, and certainly we don't want Jeremy Corbyn running the country.

Rory StewartConservative MP, Penrith and the Border

Fells forecast: Cloud extensive this morning, lifting later

Temp at 900m (3,000 ft): 8C

Winds above 500m (1,600ft): Fresh southwesterly

Cloud: Extensive above 500m (1600ft) this morning, lifting and breaking this afternoon

Visibility: Moderate or poor becoming good

Freezing level: Above the summits

Man arrested after Barrow street closed for hours

A man in his 50s was arrested in the early hours in Barrow after an incident which saw a street closed for several hours.

Police were called to Broad Close at 07:15 following concerns about a man threatening to harm himself.

Street view of Broad Close in Barrow
Google

A police negotiator was called, along with the ambulance and fire service and neighbouring homes were evacuated before the incident ended.

Weather: A cloudy day but some sunshine later

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be rather cloudy today with patchy light rain during the morning and fog over the hills.

The rain will clear from most places during the afternoon and there will be some late afternoon sunshine, most likely over the hills.

Maximum Temperature: 17C (63 F).

weather graphic
BBC

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John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

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