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  1. Updates on Thursday 22 June 2017

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Weather: Drier and fresher tonight, rain arriving tomorrow

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly dry and fresher night with plenty of clear spells at first however cloud will begin to thicken during the early hours. This may give some light rain across the far northwest of Cumbria by dawn.

Lows of 13C (55F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

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Barrow hospices expands furniture sales warehouse

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

South Cumbria's St Mary's Hospice has opened a much larger warehouse selling donated furniture in Barrow to help fund its in-patient and day services.

The former Agrilek factory will also house day services for people in Barrow once building work is completed.

St Mary's Hospice needs almost £3m a year to run its inpatient centre in Ulverston as well as day services across the area. Part of this comes from its charity shops.

St Mary's Hospice furniture warehouse
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Cumbrian singer to play Glastonbury on Sunday

A woman from Cumbria will be performing at Glastonbury this weekend.

Nicola Hogg, who's originally from Barrow and now based in London, will play at the festival on Sunday.

She's getting to play after her original song Flow won the songwriting Award at the Gigs Mayor of London competition.

You can listen to her winning song here.

Furness College lands 'silver' in new ratings system

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The degree level courses offered at Barrow's Furness College have been given a silver award in a new ratings system for higher education.

The college was praised by Teaching Excellence Framework for "consistently exceeding" national quality requirements and scored "excellent" for ensuring students go into highly skilled employment after their studies and for the academic support offered.

The University of Cumbria has been given a bronze award in the same assessments.

Furness College students
Furness College

Convicted child sex offender from Barrow to go on trial accused of having contact with children

The Mail


Police concerned for missing woman thought to be in the Workington area

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 38-year-old woman.

Donna Jennings is from Derbyshire but it is believed she is in the Workington area.

She was last seen on Walker Road, Workington, after being dropped off by a taxi late yesterday evening.

It is thought that she could be wearing leggings and a loose jacket.

Donna Jennings
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BreakingHGV driver cleared of causing death by dangerous driving

A man has been cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.

Nigel Stevens, 55, had faced two charges after a crash near Wigton on 6 November 2015 and claimed the life of 53-year-old van driver David Mitchell.

At the time, Stevens was attempting to reverse a HGV off the B5305 in darkness and into a farm entrance near his Greenrigg Cottages home.

Nigel Stevens
Craig McGlasson

His trailer was "across both carriageways" when Mr Mitchell, from Waverton, collided with it, suffering fatal head injuries.

Stevens admitted causing Mr Mitchell's death by careless driving but denied doing so dangerously.

Today after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court he was unanimously acquitted of the more serious charge.

Stevens will be sentenced for careless driving on 21 July.

Investigation into Barrow fire finds the cause is 'undetermined'

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A five-month investigation into the fire that gutted a listed building in Barrow has concluded there is no evidence it was started deliberately.

Traces of petrol were found in the former House of Lords club, but not at the seat of the fire, and an explanation for the fuel that was found.

Cumbria Police says the cause of the fire is "undetermined".

House of Lords club

Police concerned for missing 13-year-old boy

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 13-year-old boy who was last seen yesterday evening.

Ciaran Robinson, from Wigton, is believed to be in the Carlisle or Wigton areas.

He was last seen on Brookfield Avenue in Wigton and is thought that he could be wearing a dark hooded top with dark tracksuit pants and black trainers.

He may also be carrying a black ruck-sack.

Ciaran Robinson
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History of Barrow on show this evening

Documents from the early history of Barrow go on show this evening.

Photo from Cumbria Archive Service
Cumbria Archive Service

The archive centre, in the town's main library, is holding an open evening at 19:00 to mark 150 years since Barrow was granted its own Borough.

There's also a photographic competition, to encourage people to submit images of the town's streets

Photo from Cumbria Archive Service
Cumbria Archive Service

Weather: Turning brighter this afternoon

BBC Weather

The cloud should gradually thin to allow some sunny spells to develop later in the day. It will be breezier than of late across Cumbria and it will feel much cooler than yesterday for many.

Highs of 18C (64F).

You can get a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

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Jury retires to consider verdict in HGV fatal crash trial

The jury in the trial of a Cumbrian man accused of causing death by dangerous driving has retired to consider its verdict.

Nigel Stevens, 55, from Greenrigg Cottages near Wigton, faces two charges.

At Carlisle Crown Court he admitted causing the death of David Mitchell by careless driving but denies that his driving was dangerous.

Carlisle Crown Court

A Cumbrian housing provider reassures tenants about fire safety

A Cumbrian social housing provider with 3,500 properties in the county is reassuring tenants about fire safety after the Grenfell Tower fire.

Home Group says the insulated panels and render used as part of energy efficiency measures on their properties are fire resistant.

Mark Henderson, chief executive, said: “Although the cause of the Grenfell Tower fire has yet to be confirmed much of the investigation appears to be on the type of cladding used on the outside of the building. I want to be clear that we do not use this cladding on any of our properties in Cumbria".

'Major improvements' to Met office Mountain Forecasts

The Met Office says it has made "major improvements" to its Mountain Forecast.

The service aims to provide forecasts for peaks and upland areas across Great Britain, including the Lake District.

The Met Office said it would be able to give more detail in its area-specific forecasts for weather conditions in three-hourly periods. The service has been updated for the summer walking season.

It also follows research commissioned by the Met Office that suggests more than half the people in the UK who head outdoors have been caught out by bad weather.

Walkers in the Lake District
National Trust

Work begins to repair Kendal clock tower

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Work to repair weather damage to the Victorian clock tower at Kendal Town Hall has begun.

Safety barriers had to be put up after 80 sandstone blocks and a number of carvings were damaged during Storm Desmond.

South Lakeland Council says the work will take 24 weeks and should last for another 100 years.

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Police appeal for missing Kendal man

Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing Kendal man.

Linnley Caulcrick, 28, was last in contact on Tuesday at around 09:00.

He is described as Afro-Caribbean, with short, black hair, and is deaf.

Police believe he may be or may have been in the Lancaster area.

Linnley Caulcrick
Cumbria Police

Watch: Meet the Gyrfalcon chicks born last week

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

Birds of prey are thriving at a sanctuary just outside Penrith.

The Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre has been breeding birds and offering visitor days for more than 20 years.

The latest chicks born there include falcons, barn owls, snowy owls and harris hawks.

These Gyrfalcon chicks were born last week:

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Police continue to search for missing teen

Cumbria Police are still searching for a missing 14-year-old boy who's thought to be in the Carlisle area.

Alfie-Lee McIntosh, from Lancashire, has been missing since 12:15 on Monday.

Yesterday police thought he was with another teenager, who's now been found.

Separately, we shared an appeal from the police about another missing 14-year-old boy, who's also now been found.

Alfie-Lee McIntosh
Family photo

Weather: Today's fells forecast

BBC Weather

If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells today, here's the forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 9C (48F).
  • Winds: Moderate north westerly turning westerly then increasing fresh to strong southwesterly this evening.
  • Cloud: Periods of cloud above 700m with patches on lower slopes in the morning but cloud clears from most of the fells during the afternoon.
  • Visibility: Misty conditions early morning with nearby hills appearing faint but improving during the morning with most distant ranges clearly visible in the afternoon and evening.
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.

Listen: The man and his mule who walked across England

BBC World Service

Hugh Thomson is a British travel writer and explorer who has been on many expeditions to Peru in search of ancient Inca ruins.

For his latest adventure, though, he chose to stay much closer to home.

He set off with a mule called Jethro to walk across the north of England - from the Lake District to the Yorkshire moors, using old drovers' roads and mule tracks that have fallen into disrepair.

He told Anu Anand where mules come from.

Hugh Thomson and his mule Jethro walked across England's north using dilapidated roads.

Weather: Rather cloudy at first, brighter later

BBC Weather

It will be a damp start for some, but the cloud should gradually thin to allow some sunny spells to develop later in the day.

It will be a breezier day than of late across Cumbria and it will feel much cooler than yesterday.

Highs of 18C (64F).

You can get a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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