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  1. Updates on Monday 31 July 2017
  2. Sharp rise in calls for help to county's mental health service
  3. Teenager charged after man injured in Wigton

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and the odd lighter moment from the county (today, a power company's tweet about electric eels).

A reminder of the main developments:

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

In the meantime, 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.

Developers say new business base could bring 300 jobs

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Developers behind plans for a new business park on the outskirts of Ulverston say it could bring 300 new jobs to the town.

Rawdon Property Group gave a presentation to town councillors last week, and said public consultation would begin in September.

They say the plans would include Aldi and Marks & Spencer food stores, as well as a variety of offices for consultants, solicitors and an insurance firm.

Building site

A hub including fire service and ambulance stations is already being developed there.

Health trust puts out call for governors

People with an interest in health care in Cumbria are being asked to consider taking on a formal role.

The Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust needs more governors.

The trust covers a wide range of services from school nurses to mental health care, and governors, although they have limited decision-making powers, are expected to provide advice and ideas to the trust's directors.

They are expected to attend six meetings a year, and can develop an interest in a particular area of care, including children and family services or finances.

You can find out more about the work here.

Contractors work nights to resurface Kendal's main roads

Engineers say they're starting work this week on a £2m programme to resurface 13 roads in Kendal, with much of the work being done between 18:00 and 00:30 because of the congestion that would be caused through the day.

Castle Green Road, Kendal

Castle Green Road (pictured) will be worked on over the next 10 nights. Aynam Road, a key part of the one-way system, will be resurfaced, again over 10 nights, starting 29 August.

County councillor Keith Little, the cabinet member resposible for highways, says the timing of the work could be weather dependent.

"We will be working closely with our contractor to ensure these works are done on time but there will inevitably be some disruption and we would advise drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time for journeys,” he said.

David Harrison

David Harrison denied sexual assault but was found guilty following a week-long trial.

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'Menace' jailed for Carlisle city centre thefts

A judge has described a thief with a record of 134 offences as "a menace" as he jailed him for two years.

Darren Farrer
Cumbria Police

Judge Peter Davies had been told that Darren Farrer, 40, from Lindisfarne Street in the city, had:

  • Sneaked into a private area at a coffee bar, stealing cash and raiding a charity box, after staff had given him a free drink;
  • While on police bail, broken into the La Baguette bar and stolen £250;
  • And taken £108 worth of razor blades from Boots.

After Farrer admitted two burglaries and a charge of theft at Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Davies said: "During the month of June you were a menace in Carlisle city centre."

Power cuts black out hundreds of homes

Electricity North West says it's dealing with power cuts in Askam, near Barrow, and Kirkby Lonsdale.

More than 300 properties are affected by the first, and more than 830 by the second.

The company says engineers are on their way.

Travel: Festival fans still adding to traffic around Penrith

BBC News Travel

There are delays around the Kemplay Bank junction on the A66 and on the A6 northbound towards the same roundabout as people leave the Kendal Calling music festival.

Cumbria's weather: Yet more showers

BBC Weather

Showers will continue overnight, though in between the showers clearer skies will develop, allowing it to turn chilly by dawn away from the coast, towards the Yorkshire Dales.

Temperatures will fall towards 13C (55F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are, here. (It'll probably be for more showers...)

'Groping' teacher warned of jail sentence

A 26-year-old teacher has been found guilty of four charges of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13.

Carlisle Crown Court heard David Harrison, of Friar's Garth in Abbeytown, near Wigton, put his hand down the front of the girl's top and rubbed her chest on several different occasions.

David Harrison

Harrison maintained his innocence throughout the week-long hearing.

Judge Peter Hughes adjourned the case for a week, saying he would pass what would "inevitably be a custodial sentence" next Tuesday.

Festival drugs test team checks 50% more deals

Martin Lewes


The Loop, a group that tests illegal drugs at music festivals to see if they're safe, says it checked out 50% more substances at the Kendal Calling event in Cumbria at the weekend.

Drugs test team
The Loop

The Loop allows people to have drugs tested without fear of arrest, and Kendal Calling was the first festival the group attended, last year.

Prof Fiona Meesham, director of The Loop, said 78 festival-goers brought samples of pills and other substances to the drugs test tent, compared with 50 in the first year.

Two sorts of pills prompted alerts on social network, one because it was unusually powerful, the other because instead of the ecstasy it was sold as, it was five times the normal dose of a powerful stimulant.

Prof Meesham said: "We were pleased because more than one in 10 of those we saw either gave their drugs in or destroyed them, and four in 10 said they would take less as a result of the tests."

Jury out in trial of teacher accused of groping girl

The jury in the trial of teacher from West Cumbria accused of groping a young girl has retired to consider its verdicts.

David Harrison is accused of putting his hands down the youngster's top on more than one occasion.

The 26-year-old, from Friars Garth in Abbeytown, near Wigton, has pleaded not guilty to four charges that he sexually assaulted a girl aged under 13.

It must be a slow day at the power company...

Normally Electricity NorthWest uses its Twitter account to tell people what's being done about power cuts, or explain why it's cutting back trees near overhead electricity lines.

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Travel: Festival traffic slows A6 junction at Penrith

BBC News Travel

There are delays around the Kemplay Bank roundabout on the A66 at Penrith because of extra traffic leaving the Kendal Calling festival site.

Work starts to repair Carlisle's Memorial Bridge

Engineers have been explaining the complexities of repairing Carlisle's Memorial Bridge, which provides a pedestrian link across the River Eden to Rickerby Park.

Memorial Bridge
Cumbria County Council

The suspension bridge, which was put up in 1922 as a memorial to citizens who died in World War One, was closed in June after problems were found in a number of joints and anchor points.

Engineers say the structure requires special care to make sure the bridge remains stable during the repairs.

The work is expected to take three months and cost £300,000.

Woman, 19, remanded on attempted murder charge

A 19-year-old woman has been remanded in custody by magistrates in Carlisle charged with attempted murder.

Zoe Adams, of Brindlefield in Wigton, was arrested after a 17-year-old boy was found with chest wounds on Saturday evening.

She's due to appear before Carlisle Crown Court on 4 September.

The injured boy is said to be in a stable but serious condition in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Cumbria's weather: Even more sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

There'll be more sunshine and showers this afternoon, with temperatures rising to 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

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

Cumbrian MP calls for more mental health services, as calls for help rise

The Labour MP for Workington, Sue Hayman, has called for better mental health services in the county, saying many patients have to travel outside Cumbria for treatment.

Sue Hayman

BBC Radio Cumbria's seen figures showing the number of people seeking help from crisis teams rose by 10% in a year to 2016, and today the government announced a programme to recruit more staff at a cost of £1bn.

Mrs Hayman said she'd heard of patients being sent to Aberdeen or Northampton for treatment; the Cumbria Partnership Trust says this is for particularly specialist treatment.

It's pretty clear that the county doesn't have enough beds to support our people who need help with mental health."

Sue HaymanMP for Workington

Cumbria police shed highway patrol officers

Figures obtained by the Press Association suggest there are about 40% fewer police highway patrol officers on Cumbria's roads, compared with 10 years ago.

The news agency said today that in 2007, there were 121 dedicated road traffic officers in the county, and that this dropped to 92 in 2012 and 72 this year.

Police logo
Cumbria Police

Police concerned for missing Barrow man

Police are trying to trace Sam Hickey, from Barrow, who was last seen at his home on Abbey Road on Friday lunchtime.

Samuel Hickey

He's 6ft 2in and was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, t-shirtQuite........ and jeans.

Officers say they're concerned for his welfare and they've appealed for sightings.

His family has set up a Facebook page appealing for help finding their son, who they say abandoned his car in Ulverston.

RL: Raiders overrun 'Haven to take second place

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow Raiders are back up to second place in League One and just three points behind leaders Toronto after winning 15-2 at Whitehaven.

Paul Crarey
Barrow Raiders

I thought we were outstanding. We came here and did exactly what we said we were going to do, carried it out to the letter."

Paul CrareyCoach, Barrow Raiders

Police question man, 34, over cyclist crash

Police trying to trace the driver of a car involved in a collision in Ulverston that left a cyclist with life-threatening injuries are this morning expected to question a man arrested in Manchester at the weekend.

The 30-year-old was initially held in relation to a robbery in Lancashire, which police say was linked to the Ulverston collision, and he is now in custody in Cumbria.

The crash, involving a black VW Polo, and a 24-year-old cyclist from Ulverston, happened last Wednesday; the car was recovered nearby soon afterwards.

Officers say the cyclist is still in a critical condition in hospital.

Teenager charged after boy, 17, is injured in Wigton

A 19-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing in Wigton on Saturday evening.

Police say a 17-year-old youth was found with chest wounds at a house in Brindlefield at about 22:30, and taken to the Royal Victorian Infirmary in Newcastle, where today his condition is stable, but still serious.

Officers say Zoe Adams, 19, from Brindlefield, is due to appear before magistrates in Carlisle this morning.

Detectives say they're keen to speak to anyone with information about the incident who has yet to come forward.

Weather on the fell tops: Patchy mist in passing showers

Temperature at 3,000ft: 7C;

Wind above 2,000ft: Fresh to strong south westerly with gusts up to 40mph;

Cloud: Cloud occasionally lowering to 2,000ft, patchy cloud above 2,400ft in the afternoon and evening;

Visibility: Very good outside the cloud with distant hills visible. Short, temporary reductions as any showers pass over.

Ambulance crews had a busy weekend, apparently...

Martin Lewes


Simon Walton is a paramedic in the county, who occasionally tweets about the work.

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Kendal Calling sounds another note of success

Thousands of music fans are heading home after a seeing some of the country's biggest music stars perform in Cumbria.

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The Kendal Calling festival took place near Penrith over the weekend, attracting more than 12,000 fans to see names like The Stereophonics and Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys.

More people call for help with mental health problems

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

The number of people needing support from Cumbria's mental health crisis teams has increased by 10% in a year, with more than 6,000 people referred to the service in 2016.

Partnership trust logo
Cumbria NHS Partnership Trust

The crisis teams offer help and support to people who are facing extreme distress, and are in a sense the mental health equivalent of A&E.

The latest available figures given to the BBC show that in 2015, 5,757 referrals were made, a figure that rose to 6,364 in 2016.

Staff at the Cumbria Partnership Trust, which looks after mental health services, believe the increase in demand is caused by economic social pressures, and a reduction in the stigma associated with mental health problems.

It could be around your housing, or you're just struggling with money, these things are the things that trigger something inside you."

Paul FarmerChief executIve, Mind
Carlisle Crown Court

The 45-year-old failed to pay the funds into a bank after collecting £7,600 in cash and cheques.

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Cumbria's weather: Continuing showery with sunny intervals

BBC Weather

It will be another day of sunshine and showers, these heaviest inland with a risk of hail and thunder.

Around the coasts it will be drier, but breezy, although on the whole winds will be lighter than on Sunday.

Temperatures could reach 19C (66F).

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.