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  1. Updates on Tuesday 25 July 2017

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We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that might catch our eye for today.

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

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Jury hears Cumbrian teacher made girl feel 'uncomfortable'

A girl who was allegedly touched inappropriately by a teacher told police that he made her feel "uncomfortable", Carlisle Crown Court has heard.

David Harrison, 26, of Friars Garth, Abbeytown, denies four charges of sexually assaulting a girl aged under 13.

Today the jury was shown footage of an interview she gave to police in which she alleged that on several occasions he had "put his hands down my top".

Giving evidence over a video link, she used two small mannequins to demonstrate where Harrison had allegedly placed his hands while sitting directly behind her.

Harrison denies he touched the girl inappropriately in any way.

The trial continues.

Man attacked with wheel wrench at Cumbrian beauty spot

A man attacked another man with a wheel wrench after an argument about a dog that was off its lead, police say.

Cumbria police said it happened the Friday before last, at about lunchtime on Birkrigg Common, near Ulverston. Details were only released today.

Birkrigg Common near Ulverston
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The victim, who's 31, suffered bruising to his arm after the attacker drove up to him and got out of a white Vauxhall Astra van.

The assailant had earlier approached the other man for having a dog that wasn't on a lead.

Cumbria police are looking for a man who's white, in his 50s, with grey short stubble.

Cumbria police waiting for recovery after A590 crash

Officers have tweeted this photo showing the aftermath of a crash on the A590 in South Cumbria.

They say only two cars were involved and it's a "miracle" nobody was seriously injured.

The road's reported to be partially blocked between its junction with the B5278 at Haverthwaite and the A5092 at Greenodd.

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Housebuilder to pay for archaeological dig

The housebuilder, Fred Story, says he will help to pay for a major archaeological dig in Carlisle that could reveal more about the city's Roman history.

Exploratory work on the site of a proposed new pavilion at Carlisle Cricket Club uncovered remnants of a Roman bath house that was used by an elite cavalry unit in the Stanwix area.

It was immediately declared to be of "national importance" with hopes it may become a tourist attraction.

Cumbrian man given suspended sentence for jaw-breaking attack

A Workington man who broke his friend's jaw in two places with one punch in an "unprovoked attack" has been spared an immediate prison sentence.

Last month a Carlisle Crown Court jury convicted Ritchie Townsend, 24, from Newlands Gardens, of grievous bodily harm.

The court heard he'd hit Dean Greenhalgh with an uppercut that lifted him off his feet and knocked him briefly unconscious.

After the incident last July, Mr Greenhalgh needed plates fitted to his jaw.

In court today, after Judge Tony Lancaster heard that Townsend, who's due to become a father, was "gradually maturing", he imposed an 18-month suspended sentence, plus rehabilitation and a night-time curfew for six months.

Man found dead in West Cumbria

A man's been found dead in Whitehaven.

Police had been called at about 05:20 to what they've called a report of concern for the welfare of a man at an address in Main Street, Hensingham.

The man was confirmed to have died, and officers are not treating his death as suspicious.

Cumbrian pupils honing their skills out on the water

A Cumbrian primary school in the heart of the Lake District has posted some great end-of-term pictures of its pupils who've been learning to sail.

It says they've progressed well beyond the beginners' level:

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Five rescues in 24 hours for Cumbrian mountain rescuers - and a battery warning

One of the county's mountain rescue teams says it's undertaken five rescues in less than 24 hours.

Probably the most dramatic dealt with by volunteers from Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team involved a man who they managed to locate remotely by using a function on his smartphone.

Satellite view showing casualty location
Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team

But after the man's phone battery then died because he'd used it to post on social media before rescuers reached him, the team leader has warned people not to waste their battery power in a crisis.

If you have contacted the emergency services you must save your battery life on your phone for essential calls between the rescue team and yourself. Do not use your phone for anything else and do not phone other people. You need to keep the line free for the rescue team. I cannot stress enough that this may save your life."

Mike BlakeyTeam Leader, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team

The team has posted some videos taken during yesterday's first incident beside Dove Crag, including this one showing the helicopter winching operation.

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Police and family's concern over missing Silloth man

Cumbria police say there's concern about a 37-year-old man who's been missing from Silloth for three or four days.

James Duffy
Cumbria police

James Duffy was last seen at the Apple Tree Pub in Carlisle, and officers think he might have been staying in a city hotel.

He's about 5ft 9in, and walks with a limp. He has tattoos on his arms and neck saying Jessica, Alfie, Callum, Jack and Sky.

Not returning home is said to be very much out of character for James, which Cumbria Police say has caused concern for his family.

More Roman remains to be sought at city's cricket club

Mark McAlindon

BBC Look North

A Cumbrian businessman has agreed to pay for a major archaeological dig that could unearth new evidence of Carlisle's rich Roman history.

Exploratory work on the site of a proposed new pavilion at Carlisle cricket club in May (pictured) discovered remnants of a Roman bath house used by an elite cavalry unit stationed in the Stanwix area.

Excavations on site in May 2017
BBC

It was immediately designated as being of national importance, and there are hopes it could become a tourist attraction.

Now the house-builder Fred Story has announced he will help pay for a month-long dig in September, to fully open up the site and find out what's there.

New £200k Vision Centre in Barrow

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

People with limited vision in South Cumbria will be able to get help from a new centre.

The former Blind Shop on Cavendish Street in Barrow was renamed as the Vision Support Centre two years ago, and after a fundraising campaign almost £200,000 has been spent turning it into the new facility so it can host a range of new services.

Outside of the Vision Support Centre in Barrow
BBC

It's expected it'll be used by 800 of the 5,000 people in the area who have sight problems.

Moving a multi-agency clinic from the Furness General Hospital will allow faster access to equipment such as specialist magnifiers and lighting. There's also a sensory room for children, and training for people with visual impairment and for other professionals.

Inside the Vision Support Centre in Barrow
BBC

The Vision Support Centre says the "unique" facility will bring "massive benefits" helping people lead a more independent life.

Stories to be researched about Penrith's war dead

Work has begun to bring to life more than 200 names on a war memorial in Cumbria.

The community group Penrith Remembers is using a £10,000 Heritage Lottery grant to find out about the 204 soldiers whose names are engraved on the memorial at Castle Park.

Picture of the war memorial plaque at Castle Park in Penrith
BBC

The project will lead to the publication of a book, as part of plans next year to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War.

Cumbria's weather: Fine before rain arrives overnight

Today it'll be generally fine with plenty of sunshine across all parts, the best of these likely around the coasts. In the sunshine and light winds it will feel warm.

Tonight will begin dry with clear spells, however cloud will thicken through the early hours with rain arriving by dawn. Winds will gradually strengthen but it should stay mild.

Here's today's weather graphic for Coniston:

Weather graphic for Coniston
BBC Weather

The Fells Forecast: mainly dry and bright with light winds.

Here's the Lake District Weatherline forecast for today:

Remaining dry across most places during the day with bright or sunny intervals. A few isolated and slow-moving showers may develop in the afternoon before dying out in the evening.

Visibility: Outside any cloud there will be good views of the fells, locally poorer in showers.

Cloud Free Hill Top: 70%. Patches of cloud above 400m in the morning then above 800m in the afternoon and evening.

Here's today's weather graphic for the fell tops:

Graphic showing forecast for the fell tops
Lake District Weatherline

Teacher denies sexual assault charges

A Cumbrian teacher who's accused of sexually assaulting a girl under 13 over several months has gone on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Concerns were raised when the girl told people, including her mother, that David Harrison, 26, from Friars Garth in Abbeytown, had touched her inappropriately.

Mr Harrison denies all four charges. The trial continues.

Hate crime in Cumbria sharply up during last six months

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Hate crimes in Cumbria have risen sharply during the last six months, according to the latest figures from Cumbria Police.

More than 200 incidents were reported, which is 27% up on the same period last year.

Cumbria Police says hate crimes or incidents are those where someone's targeted because of their disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status.

They can include physical attacks and damage to property, or bullying, threats, or even abusive gestures.

There were 205 in Cumbria in the six months to the end of June, compared with 161 in the same period last year. But during the whole of 2016 the county had 314, which is about 10% down on the whole of 2015.

Cumbria Police says many such incidents are crimes and will be prosecuted.

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We'll be keeping you up to date with the news and travel reports, posting a regular weather forecast, and adding a few more interesting items from the county, until about 16:00.

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