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  1. Updates on Tuesday 1 August 2017

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and an occasional nugget from the lighter side of county life, for today.

Here's a reminder:

We'll do it again from 08:00 tomorrow. 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, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Cumbria's weather: Showers fading, rain later

BBC Weather

Showers will fade overnight leaving a cooler, drier night with clear spells, before cloud thickens later bringing some rain in the south by dawn. temperatures will fall to 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

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

Carlisle sign Latics forward and Reds keeper for half-seasons

Carlisle United have signed Liverpool keeper Shamal George and Wigan forward Sam Cosgrove (pictured) on half-season contracts.

Sam Cosgrove and Keith Curle

Cosgrove developed his skills with Wigan, and also played a number of loan spells with other clubs including Barrow.

He's been on trial with with Carlisle through the summer, and manager Keith Curle says the young player's being given an opportunity to show he's got a future in the game.

Shamal George has been signed on a half-season loan deal from the Reds, where he was spotted in 2009, and Carlisle's coach Simon Tracey describes him as "a real prospect".

Rail union bids to get train electrification back on track

A rail union's launched a campaign to get rail electrification plans reinstated for a number of routes, including the Lakes Line from Oxenholme to Windermere.

Last month Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that rather than spend £16m to allow electric trains to use the line, he wanted to introduce hybrid trains on the Cumbrian tracks and two other lines, including one in South Wales.

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, is meeting Swansea West's Labour MP Geraint Davies to start a campaign to get the government to reverse the decision.

Station sign

Coroner: Hospital delays contributed to woman's death

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

An inquest has heard how a 21-year-old woman from Wigton died at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary after doctors failed to spot she had a stomach ulcer.

Cumberland Infirmary

The hearing heard how Tessa Harker died on 6 March last year from a heart attack after suffering from sepsis as a result of a perforated ulcer.

The trust's internal review found that warning signs that Miss Harker's condition was deteriorating were missed.

The assistant coroner Dr Nicholas Shaw recorded a verdict of death by natural causes exacerbated by delays in treatment.

College rolls out new courses for top bakers

Kendal College is setting up more courses in bakery and patisserie to take advantage of the interest created by TV programmes such as The Great British Bake-Off, and growing demand from small craft businesses.

Baker at work
Kendal College

The college has a strong reputation for training chefs, and Graham Wilkinson, the principal, said there was scope to improve smaller bakeries.

Michael Bell, the managing director of Bells of Lazonby, said he'd sent students on a course at Kendal and been impressed.

The course is delivered in a really practical way and our students have brought the knowledge and the skills back into their work with us. ”

Cycle thieves warned they may face jail

Two men are awaiting sentence at Carlisle Crown Court after admitting stealing bicycles worth £5,200.

Cameron Rowe, 18, of Heather Bank, Cleator Moor, and Andrew Blamire, 29, of no fixed address, admitted stealing two bikes from one man and a tandem from another, attempting to burgle a garage and breaking into a shed between 2 September and 5 September last year.

Blamire was remanded in custody; Rowe was granted bail, but Judge Peter Davies told him that all options, including prison, would be open when he passes sentence later this month.

BT says four in 10 have upgraded internet links

The telecoms company BT says 40% of Cumbrians who are now within reach of a fibre connection to the internet have upgraded their online contracts to take advantage of it.

Openreach van

Connecting Cumbria, a government-funded project to provide faster broadband speeds to the majority of the county, has been running fibre optic cables to roadside boxes, with only the final stretch being by the copper cable that carries far less information.

The basic connection speeds up the link to a certain extent, but to take full advantage, businesses and householders have to upgrade their contract with an Internet Service Provider as well.

Today BT said 40% of the 122,000 homes and businesses that had a fibre connection to the nearest roadside box had taken advantage of the 80Mbps that was potentially available.

The Queen gets two more 'deputies' in Cumbria

Two new Deputy Lords Lieutenant of Cumbria have been announced.

Retired acting Air Commodore Peter Anthony Smith from Carnforth is currently chairman of Age UK South Lakeland and served with the RAF from 1965 to 2001.

And Sarah Dunning from Kirkby Stephen is chair of the Westmorland Family which runs motorway services on the M6 at Tebay and the M5 in Gloucester.

The Lord Lieutenant, currently Claire Hensman, and her deputies represent the Queen on formal occasions, organising Royal visits, making nominations for awards and honours, and undertaking other duties.

Inquest hears of woman given wrong diagnosis over five days

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

An inquest has been hearing how a patient died at the Cumberland Infirmary five days after going for treatment for extreme stomach pain.

Tessa Harker from Wigton had seen five different doctors at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary over a three-day period last March, and they believed the 21-year-old care worker was suffering from severe pancreatitis.

A CT scan, taken the day before she died, showed doctors a 7cm square hole in her stomach which led to peritonitis.

The inquest continues.

RL: Injured 'Haven forward leaves squad early

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Whitehaven have parted company with forward Dave Allen by mutual consent.

Allen, who joined the club three years ago from Widnes Vikings, has missed all the season through an ankle injury and had indicated he would retire from the game at the end of the current campaign.

Dave Allen
Whitehaven RLFC

University urged to improve teaching as it celebrates first decade

The University of Cumbria is celebrating its 10th birthday with a promise to improve its teaching.

University sign

The university was formed by merging a number of smaller institutions, including the Carlisle College of Art and St Martins College.

The editor of the Times Educational Supplement told BBC Radio Cumbria that the government rated teaching at Cumbria as bronze, and that would have to improve.

The pro-vice chancellor, Sandra Booth, said the picture was not all gloomy, adding:

We're one of the leading providers of teacher education in the UK, and we're a significant provider of health education, but we do need to attract more people in.

We are where we are as a small, young university but we are investing in improving teaching."

Cumbria's weather: Fewer showers, some sunshine

BBC Weather

Some showers may continue this afternoon, but there'll be sunshine in some places.

Temperatures could reach 17C (63F).

Weather graphic

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

Caution urged over Ulverston shops plan

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

There's concern over proposals to alter plans for a new business park on the edge of Ulverston.

Rawdon Property Group says development of the Beehive site is only viable if an Aldi supermarket and Marks & Spencer foodhall can be built.

Building site

But the site is designated by planners for commercial rather than retail use, and Colin Pickthall, the leader of Ulverston town council, says planners should be cautious about relaxing the guidelines.

He said: "What if we give way on this and change the designation of the site to retail; what's then to stop every development area from losing its power?"

Drink-driver who crashed into house gets suspended sentence

A 62-year-old driver who crashed into a house and then punched a bystander who tried to detain him has admitted a string of charges at Carlisle Crown Court.

Alan Baker, of Main Road, Flimby, was more than twice over the drink-drive limit and had already hit two parked vehicles in his Jeep Cherokee, which he later claimed had been stolen, the court was told.

He pleaded guilty to charges including dangerous driving, drink-driving, failing to stop after an accident and assault.

Judge Peter Hughes told Baker his behaviour had been "absolutely appalling", and banned him from driving for three years; he suspended a 15-month prison sentence because of the defendant's declining health, but imposed a rehabilitation order and a night-time curfew.

Kendal estate residents celebrate as new play area is opened

People living on the Rinkfield estate in Kendal are celebrating the opening of a new play area after a successful £80,000 fundraising drive.

Residents and mayor at play area.

The chairman of South Lakeland council, councillor Eric Morrell, officially opened the play area.

Gary Tomlinson, the chairman of the Rinkfield community group, said it had taken four years to raise the money, adding: “This play area was the idea of a few young people who told us exactly what they wanted. I’m really pleased we had the patience, enthusiasm and support to see it through.”

Bits of Egremont need knocking down, says Mayor of Copeland

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Egremont needs some dilapidated buildings knocking down to make the town more attractive, according to the independent elected Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie.


Mr Starkie says that with the Moorside nuclear plant and other developments planned at Sellafield, about £20bn of investment will be made in the area and the towns must be tidied up to make the most of it.

It should never have been allowed to get into the condition it's got into but there is a plan in place to make sure that changes."

Mike StarkieMayor of Copeland

Weather on the fell tops: Improving this afternoon

Temp at 3,000ft: 8C;

Wind above 2,000ft: Moderate to fresh southwesterly gusting 25mph;

Cloud: Extensive above 2,000ft), lifting to 2,500ft through this afternoon;

Visibility: Poor or very poor in showers, improving very good this afternoon.

Man remanded in custody over cycle crash charges

A Manchester man has been remanded in custody after a crash in Ulverston which left a cyclist with life-threatening injuries.

Lamp post with police tape

John Edward Burns, 30, from Sycamore Road, Manchester, made no plea to charges including causing serious injury by dangerous driving, taking a car, assault and robbery, on Wednesday 26 July.

He was remanded by Barrow magistrates to appear at Preston Crown Court on 1 September.

Police appeal after man robbed in Carlisle bar

Police are trying to trace three men who robbed a customer in the toilets of a Carlisle bar early this morning.

Bronx Bar in Botchergate, carlisle

They took £70 and a mobile telephone after assaulting the 46-year-old man, causing minor injuries, in the Bronx Bar in Botchergate at about 01:30.

Police say one man has been detained for questioning, and they've appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

First response to mayor's 'demolition' call in Egremont

This morning the mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, said some derelict buildings in Egremont should be cleared to improve the area.

One Carlisle resident has urged caution:

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Missing Barrow man found safe and well

Sam Hickey, who was reported missing at the weekend when he disappeared from his Barrow home, has been found.

A new generation finds the spirit of Woodstock and Glasto at Kendal Calling...

While the mud of this year's Cumbrian music festival is still draining, some people may remember a lad whose relaxed attitude to the traditional weather at such events went pretty viral...

Lad sitting in deckchair surrounded by mud
Rachel Simpson

After BBC Radio Cumbria shared the picture on its Facebook page, it quickly clocked up nearly 25,000 views and more than 270 likes.

Man charged after cyclist critically hurt in crash

Police investigating a crash in Ulverston six days ago that left a cyclist critically injured have charged a man from Manchester with seven offences.

John Burns, 30, of Sycamore Road, Manchester, will appear before Barrow magistrates later to face allegations including dangerous driving, causing serious injury, robbery and aggravated vehicle taking.

A5087 junction with Park Road

The cyclist, who's 24 and from Ulverston, is still in hospital with what police say are life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a VW Polo.

Cumbria's weather: Guess what - sunshine and showers...

BBC Weather

Another day of sunshine and showers.

Some of the showers will be heavy with hail and thunder possible. There'll be moderate southwest winds and a maximum temperature of 20C (68F).

Weather graphic

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

Pumps run to clear water for repairs to ancient bridge

Work starts today to carry out the final stage of repairs to a historic bridge near Penrith.

Brougham Old Bridge was badly damaged by Storm Desmond and has been closed ever since.

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Travel: It's wet south of the border

BBC News Travel

There's been some flooding south of the Cumbria-Lancashire border, on the A6 through Carnforth, after heavy rain, and there's probably more surface water about on other roads.

There's also been a report of an accident southbound on the M6 at junction 36, the main Kendal turn, although traffic is said to be coping well.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning: We'll be keeping pace with the news, travel reports and the weather forecast, and finding a few other items of interest from around the county, through to about 18:00.

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