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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast, travel reports and the odd lighter touch from around the county, for today and this week. Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 on Monday. In the meantime, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Have a good weekend.

Cumbria's weather: Light rain moving in

BBC Weather

It will become cloudier and breezier overnight with outbreaks of mainly light rain or drizzle arriving from the west.

Temperatures could drop to about 13C (55F).

Weather graphic

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

Council-owned company to bid for homes for families on waiting list

Martin Lewes


Eden councillors have authorised a move which would mean the council controlled housing, without the tenants having the right to buy.

Councillors say there are 900 people on the waiting list, and they voted to support a council-owned company, Heart of Cumbria Ltd, bidding for 86 homes to be built over the next eight years by Persimmon on land by the Carleton Meadows estate in Penrith.

Carleton Meadows

Because the homes would be owned by a limited company, rather than the council or a housing association, they would not be covered by right-to-buy legislation first introduced by Margaret Thatcher's government and supported by national governments ever since.

The homes would be built under the part of Persimmon's planning permission that means they're sold at a discount, or "affordable", so the council can charge a lower rent and still get a commercial return on its investment.

Severe disruption: A595 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A595 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between Orton Road and B5299 John Street.

A595 Cumbria - A595 Wigton Road in Carlisle closed, queuing traffic and delays in both directions between the Orton Road junction and the B5299 John Street junction, because of a building fire.

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

Woman flown to hospital after A590 crash

A woman was flown to hospital by the North West Air Ambulance after her Toyota Rav 4 left the road on the A590 near Greenodd today.

Crashed Toyota
Cumbria Police

The A590 was closed eastbound for two hours while the wreckage was cleared.

The woman was taken to hospital in Preston with head and leg injuries, but these were not thought to be life-threatening.

Play remembers the Carlisle floods (now the theatre's dried out)

The Old Fire Station in Carlisle is staging a performance that explores the experiences of people in Cumbria who have been affected by the floods.

The venue, which itself was severely damaged in the floods, is putting on a production called Rain Will Be Heavy.

It'll run over three days at the end of the month.

Parliament may debate regulation changes after Cumbria zoo animal deaths

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

Parliament may look at changing zoo regulations following the scandal earlier this year over animal deaths and neglect at the South Lakes Safari Zoo.

The Labour MP for Barrow and Furness, John Woodcock, has called on the Leader of the House Angela Leadsom to make time for a parliamentary debate.

John Woodcock

She replied that it "may be worthwhile" to get to the bottom of what led to the deaths and neglect of animals at the South Lakes Safari Zoo at Dalton-in-Furness.

Zoos are currently licensed by the local district council, but some animal welfacere charities have called for a national authority to take over.

We would like to see a greater transparency in the process and perhaps include some individuals form outside the zoo industry."

Chris DraperBorn Free Foundation

£2.5m earmarked for 'natural' flood prevention schemes

Flood prevention schemes on five of Cumbria's rivers have been granted a total of £2.5m to use so-called natural methods, such as restoring bogs, ponds and woodland.

The catchments of the Derwent, Kent, Leven, Eden and Stockdalewath south of Carlisle will all see work to reduce the run-off in heavy rain.

In another project, £30,000, floodplains upstream from Cockermouth with will be improved with new ponds, hedgerows and tree-planting.

Appleby flooding

Sixth member of drugs gang is jailed

The sixth member of a gang who brought what were described as vast quantities of drugs from Merseyside into Carlisle and Penrith in 2016 has been jailed for more than five years.

Joshua Oruche, 23, from Gilbert Street in Liverpool, did not attend when the other five defendants, from Carlisle and Hawick, were sentenced to a total of almost 30 years at a hearing at Carlisle Crown Court last month.

Joshua Oruche
Cumbria Police

Oruche had admitted conspiring to supply cannabis, and offering to supply heroin.

Judge Peter Davies said: "This was a significant amount of cannabis regularly brought, in the summer last year, into this county - and it must stop."

The five other people were jailed for between two years and 10 years.

Little Mix and Bryan Adams on Bitts Park weekend bill

More than 26,000 music fans are expected in Carlisle this weekend to watch Bryan Adams and Little Mix, pictured here at a performance in London this week.

Little Mix
Getty Images

They are performing in Bitts Park. Bryan Adams will be there tomorrow and Little Mix on Sunday.

Anyone attending is being urged to use public transport where possible.

Mayor angered by 'disgrace' of fly-tipping

The Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, has called large fly-tipping in a back alley in Cleator Moor "a disgrace".

Items dumped in Alley
Copeland BC

The items abandoned in the ginnel between Duke Street and Queen street included a fridge, a mattress, a TV, a chair and a chest of drawers.

Mr Starkie said: "Our towns are being blighted by people who have a complete disregard for others."

A Copeland council spokesman said it had so far proved impossible to find whoever was responsible.

Cleator Moor council has written to people living in the area to publicise the council's bulky waste collection service.

Fire crews free boy from cattle grid

Equipment usually deployed to free casualties from crashed cars was used by Appleby firefighters after a teenager got his knee trapped in a cattle grid.

A spokeswoman said the youth was apparently little the worse for his experience.

Project to care for 'hidden gem' park gets £20,000 grant

A scheme to improve Nobles Rest, a park which has been described as a "hidden gem" in Kendal, has been given a £20,000 grant by South Lakeland Council.

Nobles Rest

The money will be used to do drainage work and extend footpaths.

John Wright, the chairman of the Friends of Nobles Rest, said: "Those who do come here to walk and relax know it floods, so an important aspect of the enhancement work will be to improve the drainage to provide a better, drier surface and allow it to be enjoyed all year round.”

Travel: A590 blocked by crash near Greenodd

BBC News Travel

The A590 is closed eastbound near the junction with the A5092 after a one car accident.

Beth flies out for hammer contest

Beth Lishman, an athlete from west Cumbria, has a busy few days coming up.

The hammer-thrower is competing in the Deaflympics in Turkey. It looks as if she's rather excited!

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Village remembers WW1 hero with commemorative stone

The heroic actions of a World War One soldier from Cumbria are being recognised.

Lance Sgt Tom Mayson from Silecroft was awarded the Victoria Cross after he single handedly attacked and captured two German machine gun posts in 1917.

Whicham Parish Council has helped to arrange a commemorative stone in the village to remember him.

It will go on display after a short service, at the end of the month.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy, witch patchy light rain later

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy afternoon with temperatures of 19C (66F).

There will be patchy light rain by this evening.

Weather graphic

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

Count as the butterflies flutter by, says Sir David

Sir David Attenborough is encouraging people in Cumbria to record sightings of butterflies.

The latest research shows that even the most common species have significantly declined in recent years.

It's hoped that this year's warm weather could see an increase in the population.

Sir David Attenborough with butterfly count guide
Butterfly Conservation

Sir David, who is President of Butterfly Conservation, which runs the annual count, says it's important to get a clear picture of what's going on.

Events are happening at Brantwood near Coniston, Hay Bridge near Ulverston, and in Windermere.

Barrow sign Notts County's French defender

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Former Notts County defender Thierry Audel has signed a one year contract with Barrow.

The 30-year-old Frenchman can play in the right or centre of defence and has played more than 100 games in England since joining Macclesfield.

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Rare bird has best breeding year in a decade on Cumbrian island

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Conservationists are celebrating the best breeding season in a decade for one of Cumbria's most threatened seabirds.

Little terns only breed in the county at Hodbarrow near Millom and Foulney Island near Barrow, which is managed by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Sarah Dalrymple from the Trust says she believes the secret was giving the chicks better protection from predators, people and the sea.

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Saline bag investigation: Trust says no patients affected

A woman has been arrested as part of an investigation into saline bags being tampered with at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

An investigation was started in January.

In a statement North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "The Trust can confirm that a member of staff has been arrested in connection with the incident and we continue to support Cumbria Police with their investigation.

"it is important for the Trust to reiterate that there has been no patient harm or adverse effects related to this incident.”

BreakingPolice arrest hospital worker in saline bag tampering inquiry

A woman has been arrested following a police investigation into saline bags being tampered with at the Cumberland Infirmary.

The 24-year-old woman from Wigton is being question on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice and appearing to contaminate goods.

The North Cumbria hospitals trust says the woman is a member of staff.

The bags were found by staff in January, and police say they and the hospitals trust are continuing to investigate what happened.

Cumberland Infirmary

Weather on the fell tops: Windy

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 8C.
  • Winds: Fresh or strong southwesterly.
  • Cloud: Broken, occasionally widespread cloud around 2,500ft.
  • Visibility: Good, occasionally poor in hill fog.

Cumbria's weather: Becoming bright and dry

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry with bright or sunny spells eventually, although rather breezy with slim chance of isolated light showers.

Temperatures are heading towards 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

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

Why Tim Farron kept quiet about quitting leadership through election campaign

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has revealed he decided to resign from the leadership of the Liberal Democrats two weeks after the general election was called, although he said nothing publicly until after polling day.

Mr Farron - the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale - told BBC 5 Live he could not see a way of remaining leader after facing criticism about his religious views on homosexuality in the opening days of his party's campaign.

"I thought there isn't a way forward out of this without me either compromising or just causing damage to the party in the long run," he said.

"But I thought right, you've got to put that in a drawer, don't talk to anyone else about it, get on and do as good a job as you can."

Tim Farron: Why I cried after quitting

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning. We'll be posting the news and weather, warning of major travel problems and keeping an eye out for a lighter moment as well, until about 18:00.

As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.