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  1. Monday 17 July 2017

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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 a few lighter notes form around the county, for today. Here's a reminder:

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

Police highlight 'cuckoo' tactic used by big-city drug dealers

Ben Maeder

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria police are targeting the way city drugs gangs move into Cumbrian communities after seven people were jailed for up to 14 years for selling cocaine and heroin in Carlisle today.

Officers say a drugs ring from Merseyside took over a local person's home in tactics known as "county lines" and "cuckooing", and that neighbours may notice this going on elsewhere.

They say one gang member was forced from his house as a result, and the tactic may be one used by other gangs, targeting vulnerable people to gain a base for their business.

Det Ch Insp David Stalker

Det Ch Insp David Stalker says officers could move swiftly if they were tipped off: "We've had some really good success, it's been a cracking team effort," he said.

We're asking for that support from the community, to report suspicious activity, that can be done anonymously through Crimestoppers. We would always treat that information confidentially."

Det Ch Insp David Stalker

Death crash survivors in 'stable' condition

The two people who survived a crash near Millom on Friday, in which two other local women died, are said to be in a stable condition.

One, a third 18-year-old woman travelling with the two who died, was in a critical condition when she was flown to hospital in Preston.

The driver of the other vehicle, a Ford Transit van, who's also from Millom, is being treated for serious injuries in Aintree hospital in Liverpool.

People really feel for each other in times of tragedy and times of trouble, People in Millom and Haverigg rally and try to help and support each other."

Town councillor Fee WilsonFormer Mayor of Millom

PC appeals over Appleby Fair assault finding

A police officer's appealing against a conviction of assault, following an incident at Appleby Horse Fair.

Lindsay Clark is said to have dislocated a driver's finger after an argument over her stopping in a no parking zone.

Clark, 53, from Bolton Low Houses in Wigton, was found guilty in a magistrates' court hearing in May, and ordered to carry out community service and pay compensation.

Today he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court, where he lodged an appeal against conviction, to be heard on 20 September.

Gill takes top job at Cumbria Tourism

Cumbria Tourism has appointed a new managing director, Gill Haigh, who joins from the University of Cumbria where she currently works as the director of marketing and recruitment.

Gill Haigh
Cumbria tourism

Gill will take up the post in September.

She replaces Ian Stephens, who stepped down earlier this year.

Cumbria's weather: Dry and clear

BBC Weather

It will remain dry overnight with clear skies and winds falling light and variable, leading to a few mist patches.

Temperatures will fall to about 11C (52F).

Weather graphic

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

Council ends year with £170,000 to spare

Copeland Council ended the last financial year with a £170,000 underspend, officials say.

Provisional accounts show the authority spent £10.34m of the original £10.51m budget, with the money being rolled over into next year.

Mike Starkie
Mike Starkie

Mayor Mike Starkie said the council had made efficiency savings rather than spending cuts: "We have addressed historic issues, put robust processes in place and continue to become more modern and efficient."

Seven jailed for dealing heroin and cocaine Carlisle

Seven people have been jailed after police cracked a drugs ring which sold heroin and cocaine with a street value of up to £380,000.

The gang took over the home of Christopher Hill, 32, in Toronto Street in Carlisle, and used it as a base for the business in a practice known as "cuckooing".

Hill, who was said to have been exploited, was given a suspended two-year jail term.

Kirsty Cartright, 29, of Millholme Avenue in Carlisle, was jailed for six years and four months, Andrew Beard from Newtown Square in Gretna was given five years, while four other defendants from Southport and Liverpool were jailed for up to 14 years.

All had admitted supplying the drugs in an operation that Judge Peter Davies described as "devastating" for the local community.

Police hunt man who assaulted girl, 14

Police in Whitehaven are trying to trace a man who assaulted a teenage girl on Friday night.

They say he picked up the girl in a light coloured estate car in Duke Street just before midnight.

The man's described as of large build, with short, spikey, grey and brown hair.

'Two fingers' criminal is jailed after kicking PC

A judge at Carlisle Crown Court has told a defendant who breached a suspended sentence that he is "sticking two fingers up at society".

Daniel Roberts, 27, of Gatehead, Great Clifton, was spared prison last December for a drug charge and given a suspended jail term.

But last month, after he was found asleep in a van, he was violent and unruly in a police station, kicking an officer and failing to provide a specimen to see if he was over the drink-drive limit.

Roberts admitted a number of offences, and Recorder Michael Murray jailed him for 15 months.

Council moots relaxing rules for dog walkers

The rules governing where dog owners can walk with their pets in South Lakeland could be relaxed.

Dog fouling poster

The district council is considering allowing dogs access to the edges of football pitches and children's play areas.

Bill Fisher coaches IBIS senior football club, which plays at at Jubilee Fields in Kendal, one of the areas where the restrictions could be eased.

He is not in favour of the changes: "We have a situation at the moment where dog owners are still walking their dogs in spite of the exclusion and we're finding dog faeces all over the pitches."

Teenager in fatal crash 'dreamed of fashion career'

Staff at Kendal College say a teenager killed in a car crash in West Cumbria dreamed of working in the fashion industry.

Caitlin Huddleston was one of two 18-year-old woman from Millom who died in a head-on crash on Friday evening.

She'd been travelling to Kendal College, a round trip of more than 70 miles a day, for a course in business studies.

The principal, Graham Wilkinson, said: "Tutors recognised her knowledge and potential and were confident that she would have achieved her dream to work in fashion had her future not been so cruelly taken away."

Carlisle's Curle close to completing squad for new season

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Both Cumbria's senior football team managers say they're close to completing their squads for the new season.

Carlisle boss Keith Curle says he expects to pick the best of his trialists by the end of the week, with three having impressed him, one by scoring two goals in two friendlies.

Today Curle was testing his players as a day of military-style training in the Lake District.

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Travel: Roadworks cause delays through Ulverston

BBC News Travel

Junction improvements are expected to cause delays on the A590 at Daltongate, in Ulverston, until 20 August.

There's a lane closed for widening, new crossing facilities and new streetlights.

Bus passengers 'may have seen sex assault'

Passengers on a bus from Dalston to Carlisle may have seen a sexual assault, according to police.

Detectives have appealed for anyone who was on the 75 Reays service at about 15:30 on Friday.

They say a boy aged 14 approached and then sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl.

Detectives say they're particularly keen to talk to a woman who's believed to have seen what was going on and spoken to the boy.

Police publish CCTV shot of women sought after Carlisle assault

Police investigating an attack on a woman in Carlisle back in May have released a still from CCTV of two women they want to trace.

Grainy CCTV of two women
Cumbria Police

The assault happened on Citadel Row just before 02:00 on 19 May, when the victim was knocked to the ground and kicked by two women.

Both were wearing pink dresses; one has long blonde hair and the other, long brown hair.

Headteacher: School left deeply shocked

The headteacher of Millom School has been paying tribute to two former pupils who died in a crash at the weekend.

One, Caitlin Huddlestone, left the school two years ago, the other, Skye Mitchell, left this year.

Skye had already gained prominence by coming third in Miss Great Britain, and for a campaign she waged against bullying; she was about to start a degree in broadcast journalism at Salford University.

Cailtlin left the school two years ago.

Caitlin was a credit to her family and the school. She was engaging, courteous and graceful, softly spoken, yet quietly determined."

Skye represented exactly what we would want our young adults to be, motivated, responsible, outward-looking and committed."

Matthew SavidgeHeadteacher, Millom School

Cumbria's weather: Sunny and warm

BBC Weather

There should be largely unbroken sunshine across the county this afternoon, with temperatures reaching up to 24C (75F) in places.

Weather graphic

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

Police use unmarked car in mobile phone crackdown

Cumbria's police have been keeping an eye out for drivers using mobile phones around the suburbs of Carlisle.

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County warned of thunderstorm downpours

A yellow warning's been issued for thunderstorms with heavy rain later this week, in the southern part of the county.

The warning from the Met Office says many places will miss the storms on Wednesday morning, but the most intense downpours could dump up to 6cm (2in) of rain in less than three hours.

A hard day out for Carlisle's players

Martin Lewes


Carlisle United's squad have been given a day out in the country.

But it's not a day off; it's a training day run by a company called Cassius Camps, and it started with three minutes of press-ups.

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Archaeologists seek teams with time to save threatened remains

Archaeologists have appealed for volunteers to help record historical remains that are threatened by coastal erosion around Morecambe Bay.

CITiZAN representatives with ruin

The national Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network project says the area has a wealth of historical features, from ancient fish traps, wrecks and old jetties to military installations, but some could be lost with one storm.

Events yesterday and today are giving volunteers advice on how to use a mobile app to record details of archaeological sites.

Today's event is in Ulverston, and applicants must book here; it's at 11:45.

Work starts on bridge that collapsed after Storm Desmond floods

Work to rebuild a bridge that was destroyed by Storm Desmond is getting under way today.

Bell Bridge, between Sebergham and Raughton Head, was nearly 250 years old when it collapsed into the River Caldew more than a month after the flooding in December 2015.

Remains of Bell Bridge
Cumbria County Council

Engineers say they're using as much of the original stone as possible, but the new bridge will be strengthened with steel beams and reinforced concrete.

It should open in November.

Weather on the fell tops: Fine

Temperatures at 3,000ft: 12C.

Winds: Gentle westerly turning northerly this evening.

Cloud: Periods down to 2,300ft in western Fells with 40% of the tops cloud-free, becoming 100% through the morning.

Visibility: Good away from any cloud, becoming very good.


GMB members say they are not paid enough, but Sellafield says they get more than civil firefighters.

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Engineers on way to Whitehaven power fault

Electricity North West says it's despatched engineers to trace a fault that's cut power to about 114 homes in Whitehaven.

Cumbrian town mourns teenagers who died in crash

A Cumbrian school is opening books of condolence this morning after two former pupils died in a car crash and a third was seriously injured.

Skye Mitchell

Skye Mitchell from Millom and her passenger Caitlin Huddleston, both from Millom and aged 18, died on Friday night when the car Skye was driving collided with a van on the A595 near Bootle.

Another 18-year-old woman, who was also a passenger in the car, is in a critical condition in hospital.

The driver of the van is described as stable.

Both women were pupils at Millom School, and the headteacher Matthew Savidge said the deaths were "a tragedy that has left us deeply shocked and saddened".

Millom School will do everything we can to help the community grieve for and, when ready, celebrate the lives of Skye and Caitlin."

Matthew SavidgeHeadteacher, Millom School

Cumbria's weather: Becoming sunny and very warm

BBC Weather

There may be a little patchy cloud this morning, but it should become sunny and very warm.

Weather graphic

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

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be keeping up with the news and travel reports, posting a regular weather forecast, and dropping in the odd other nugget from the county, through until about 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.