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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 other nuggets from around the county, for today and this week.

Here's a reminder of the main developments:

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

Have a very good weekend.

Missing woman found safe

Police say the woman reported missing this morning from her home in Garrigill, Leanne Bower, has been found.

Cumbria's weather: A mainly dry night

BBC Weather

It'll be mainly dry through the evening and overnight with clear spells.

Temperatures will drop to about 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

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

MP launches campaign over water change complaints

Copeland Conservative MP Trudy Harrison has launched a campaign to maintain West Cumbria's Ennerdale water supply until new pipelines are built to replace it.

United Utilities

The water company, United Utilities, is building a new system to supply water from Thirlmere to protect Ennerdale's more sensitive environment.

In the meantime, it's supplying some water from a borehole at Egremont, and consumers have complained of "popping noises" from kettles, and even skin complaints.

United Utilities and the drinking Water Inspectorate both say the water's safe, but Mrs Harrison's started a campaign to return to a full supply from Ennerdale until the Thirlmere project is complete.

Expert review confirms recruiting challenge for Cumbrian hospitals

The trust that runs north and west Cumbria's hospitals says a special review of its problems recruiting anaesthetists has confirmed the problems they face.

West Cumberland Hospital

The numbers of specialist doctors is the main reason why the trust has considered centralising maternity and accident and emergency services at Carlisle, and providing less at Whitehaven.

A review by the Royal College of Anaesthetists has now reported and confirmed the problem.

The trust says: "The review team acknowledges the need to recruit more anaesthetists but also the difficulty in recruiting anaesthetists, particularly to ‘small maternity units with low activity rates’."

Cyclist rides 196-mile challenge in memory of father

An cyclist is planning to complete the Lakes to Dales loop tomorrow after his father died from Alzheimer's disease.

Tony Bolton

Tony Bolton's father had the condition for 10 years and he's now hoping to ride 196 miles in 16 hours.

He says he's inspired by his father's decline.

He declined to the point where he couldn't speak, couldn't recognise me; it's a dreadful condition so we really have to do something about it."

Tony Bolton

Let the sunshine in: Raising the (new) roof at Carlisle station

Work's nearly finished to repair the glazed roof of Carlisle railway station in a project that's already taken almost two years.

Network Rail says the original panes of glass that had started to fall out have been replaced by huge sheets of clear plastic, so the appearance of the listed building changes as little as possible.

Station roof

The original roof, with a span of 50m (54 yards), had lasted since 1847, until in 2015 Network Rail commissioned the £15m project to replace the glass with much lighter plastic.

In a second phase of work, the eight platforms will be reconstructed.

The real story of a footballer's wife, from Jason and Tracey Kennedy

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

Being a footballer's wife includes being uncertain at the end of each season whether you'll have to move, according to Tracey Kennedy, whose husband Jason plays in midfield for Carlisle United.

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In an interview with BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller, the couple talked of how they cope with times such as Christmas Day.

If you missed it you can listen again here and here.

Travel: Crash closes road between Arnside and Milnthorpe

BBC News Travel

A one-vehicle crash has closed the B5282 between Green Lane and Nuns Avenue.

There is a diversion, but police are also dealing with two lorries than have become stuck on the diversion route through Storth.

Cumbria's weather: Sunshine and showers again

BBC Weather

This afternoon will continue to see a mix of sunshine and a few showers. Temperatures will rise to a maximum of 17C (63F).

weather graphic

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

Search continues for a place to care for tragic teenager

Staff from the various agencies involved in the case of a teenager under the care of Cumbria County Council, who's made numerous attempts to take her own life, will be holding a conference call later today to discuss whether any of three possible placements would be suitable.

The 17-year-old girl, known only as X for legal reasons, is due to be released from custody on 14 August, but no suitable unit in Britain has a bed available, a court's been told.

Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the High Court, set a date for a new hearing on Monday in the judgement that became public yesterday.

Sir James, in a very strongly-worded ruling, said staff had been making "frantic efforts to find an appropriate placement" for the girl, and that that lack of suitable services for young people was "disgraceful and utterly shaming."

Mike Prentice, the medical director for the NHS North region, said there were "detailed clinical and social assessments taking place today to ensure the right package of care can be put in place before her release date."

Your pictures: A rainbow over Deanscales

The weather may not be what you expect in August, still, but the effects of the light and showers can be well worth a photograph.

Our thanks go to Weather Watcher Christine Fontjin who took this shot of a double rainbow over Deanscales, near Cockermouth.

Double rainbow
Christine Fontjin

If you want to 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.

Police appeal for help finding missing Garrigill woman

Police say they're concerned for the welfare of Leanne Bower, who's 38, and hasn't been seen since she passed through Alston at 10:30 yesterday.

Leanne Bower
Family/Cumbria Police

Ms Bower left her home in the remote village of Garrigill at 08:00 yesterday and officers believe she may have been heading for the north east.

She was travelling in a red Vauxhall Astra, registration YH12 XFO.

Specialist polish reveals new history of Furness hoard

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Part of the Furness Hoard of Viking treasure is revealing its full shiny glory for the first time in more than 1,000 years after specialist cleaning.

Shiny Hoard
Dock Museum

The Furness Hoard of Viking era silver coins, ingots and jewellery was discovered near Stainton in 2011.

The cleaning has transformed corroded coins to their shiny original state, revealing for the first time in which king's name they were minted, and more about the history of the hoard and the Furness area at the time it was buried.

Sabine Skae, the curator of the Dock Museum, says the coins look as good as new:

This is Athelstan, you couldn't tell this before, but now you can see his crown, his nose, his lips, his full face."

Fresh faces take field at Brunton Park as new season kicks off

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United begin the new season tomorrow at home to Swindon, who were relegated from League One last season.

The Wiltshire side have made 10 signings as they prepare for life in League Two - while as many as seven new players could make United debuts for Keith Curle's team

Keith Curle

The players that we've brought in have added a dynamic that we were missing last season, in my opinion."

Keith CurleManager, Carlisle United

Travel: Roadworks slow traffic through Ulverston

BBC News Travel

Traffic is said to be very slow through Tank Square roundabout in the centre of Ulverston, on the A590.

There are long-term roadworks taking place between Ulverston and Swarthmoor.

Weather on the fell tops: Getting better through the day

Once again, the better conditions on the Lake District hills will be later in the day.

  • Temp at 3,000ft: 9C.
  • Wind above 2,000ft: Strong westerly breeze gusting 34mph.
  • Cloud: Periods of cloud above 1,500ft at first but becoming more occasional around midday as cloud lifts to around 2,500ft. During the afternoon and evening just patches of cloud affecting the summits.
  • Visibility: Difficult navigation conditions are expected through the first half of the morning with periods of cloud above 1,500ft with visibility on lower slopes affected by rain. Visibility improves through the morning and becomes generally very good.

General rubbish 'contaminates half council's recycling'

Used needles, nappies and doggie bags are among the items contaminating recycling bins in Barrow.

FCC Environment, the borough council's contractor dealing with the waste, says only half of the waste it's collecting for recycling can be reused because so much general rubbish is being put in red recycling bins and bottle boxes.

The contractor for Barrow Borough Council says people are getting better at sorting their waste since the system changed in April but still general rubbish is turning-up in the recycling.

Green box
Barrow Borough Council

Man seriously injured in Carlisle assault

Police say a man found in Botchergate in Carlisle at about 01:00 this morning had been the victim of a serious assault.

The victim, who's in his 50s, is being treated in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Gallaghers with CPSO's outside

Police say they'd like to talk to anyone in the area of Gallaghers Irish Bar at the time.

Cycle lane trial debated on key route into Kendal

Critics of a cycle lane which is to be trialled in a busy Kendal street say it'll create traffic jams extending to the edge of the town.

Wildman Street, Kendal

Cumbria County Council is planning an eight-week trial of the lane in Wildman Street this month to see if it can link with others to provide a way to pedal right through Kendal.

People running shops in Wildman Street say it'll cause congestion on the Shap and Appleby roads, two key routes into Kendal, if the street is narrowed from two lanes to one.

Peter Thornton, a cabinet member for Cumbria County Council who uses the road every day, says the street's regularly restricted to one lane by delivery vehicles anyway, so he's not convinced it will be "a catastrophe".

This isn't something we're going to press on with at all costs for weeks on end, if it doesn't work we're going to take it away."

Peter ThorntonCounty councillor

Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells and just the chance of a shower

BBC Weather

There will be a mix of sunny spells and and the chance of mostly light showers.

It'll stay breezy with temperatures up to 19C (66F) in places.

Weather graphic

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

'Three possible beds' found for suicidal teenager at centre of care storm

Officials at NHS England say they're considering three possible beds where a suicidal teenage girl, under the formal care of Cumbria County council, might be cared for.

The case has highlighted the lack of facilities for the most seriously mentally ill teenagers and young people across the country, with England's most senior family judge saying the lack of provision is "disgraceful and utterly shaming".

Sir James Munby

Sir James Munby, president of the family division, has held a number of hearings into the girl's future, including one in June in Kendal.

The girl, known only as X, is subject to a court order which runs out in the middle of this month, but medical staff at the unidentified unit where she's now being cared for say that without detailed supervision and treatment she will take her own life.

Dr Mike Prentice, who's the medical director for the NHS North region, says a number of options have now been identified and work to explore those is taking place today.

Sir James, in an order published yesterday, said that while she is waiting to be found a bed, X must be supervised by eight staff, two within reach, at all times, and must be subject to detailed measures to ensure she has no access to anything that might allow her to harm herself or other people.

Good morning: This is BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting the news, a regular weather forecast, travel reports, and anything else that catches our eyes from around this county through today.

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.