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  1. Monday 14 August 2017

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast, and other things that catch our eye from around the county, for today.

Here's a reminder of some of the main developments.

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

Until then, if you have news you think we should know, or 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.

Have a very good evening.

Severe accident: A592 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A592 Cumbria both ways severe accident, at Patterdale.

A592 Cumbria - A592 in Patterdale blocked in both directions at the Patterdale junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Workington woman sentenced for £47,000 benefits fraud

A woman who claimed £47,000 in benefits while having more than £67,000 in savings has been spared jail because of her poor health.

Judge Barbara Forrester was told Mei Ching Yee claimed the money in income support, housing benefit and council tax relief over a six-year period.

Yee admitted failing to tell the Department for Work and Pensions and Allerdale Borough Council that she had capital above the limit.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Forrester was told Yee had started to repay the money, and suspended an eight-month prison sentence for a year.

Copeland's deputy mayor stands down

Copeland's deputy mayor, Labour councillor Lena Hogg, has announced that she's resigning form the authority at the end of the month.

She was elected in 2011, and selected to join the independent mayor Mike Starkie's executive in 2015.

Lena Hogg
Copeland BC

Mr Starkie said: "Lena has shared my vision for the ‘rainbow’ executive, and has always demonstrated how politics can be done differently; people of different parties putting party politics aside for the benefit of our residents."

Travel: Ambleside traffic slow to jammed

BBC News Travel

There's slow traffic around Ambleside's one-way system.

However, an accident near Skelwith Bridge earlier probably isn't to blame.

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Doctors start campaign to reduce strokes toll

Doctors from Cumbria and North Lancashire are planning a combined effort to reduce the numbers of people suffering a stroke by half in the next two years.

Dr David Walker

Dr David Walker from the trust that runs hospitals around Morecambe Bay said there were 605 patients with strokes in the area in 2015.

“People in Lancashire and South Cumbria are more likely to suffer a stroke than in other areas of the country and the local health and care system is determined to change this," he said.

He added it would be achieved by better diagnosis and treatment of risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and helping people reduce their alcohol intake, stop smoking, and eat healthier diets.

Police welcome sentence for 'dangerous online predator'

Police say former camp site manager Timothy Lovatt, who was jailed today for six charges involving images of child sexual abuse, had distributed “some of the most disturbing images of abuse that our officers have ever come across".

Timothy Lovatt
Cumbria Police

Lovatt was arrested after police found the images and evidence of his activities in online chat-rooms, on his computer.

Officers discovered he'd distributed more than 5,000 images, and possessed more than 1,500 of the most serious categories.

Det Con Ryan Parker from the digital investigations unit said: "Lovatt was proactive in his approach to distributing sickening images to other people online."

He was jailed for three years.

His distressing chat history and behaviour depicts him as one of the more dangerous online predators."

Det Con Ryan Parker

Cumbria's weather: Rain setting in again

BBC Weather

Heavier and more persistent rain will spread from the southwest again tonight.

There'll be gentle southwest winds and a minimum temperature of 14C (57F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Roadworks slow traffic on A7 in Carlisle

BBC News Travel

There's slow traffic on the Scotland Road, Carlisle, from Brampton Road to the M6 at junction 44 because of temporary traffic lights.

Judge shocked by man's child sex offences

A judge has jailed a former Lake District camp site manager after hearing he had downloaded hundreds of photos and videos showing abuse of children and babies.

Timothy Lovatt, 57, now living in West End Road in Morecambe, admitted six charges involving the downloading of illicit images and possession of extreme pornography and was jailed for three years..

The judge heard Lovatt, who until recently ran an award-winning camp site near Windermere, had made full admissions to police, confessing that naked children aroused him.

Judge Peter Hughes QC said his crimes were "truly shocking", adding: "It is only a sick and depraved mind that could obtain any pleasure from such material."

Your photos: Glyn catches a glorious sunset over Wigton

Glyn Jones was kind enough to tweet this picture to BBC Cumbria of a clearing sky over Wigton.

Glyn Jones

If you want to share a photo with the county, you can also email them to us, or head to our Facebook page.

Travel: Skelwith Bridge road partly blocked by crash

BBC News Travel

There's slow traffic on the A593 at Skelwith Bridge after an accident partially blocked the road.

Cyclist badly hurt in crash is now in stable condition

A cyclist who suffered a serious head injury in an accident with a minivan near Sawrey on the western shore of Windermere at the weekend is now said to be in a stable condition.

The rider was placed into an induced coma and flown to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance with what were described as life-threatening injuries after the accident on Saturday afternoon.

'Nameless' tarn is without a name no more

A remote stretch of water high above the Eden Valley near Wild Board Fell is to be named on Ordnance Survey maps for the first time.

The tarn
Richard Wosniak

The tarn is mentioned by the guidebook writer A Wainwright in his book, A Pennine Journey as a "small, nameless, stretch of water".

David Pitt, who also writes guidebooks, spent several years trying to find out whether the small lake had a name, which had just not been recorded.

He was eventually told it was called Swarth Fell Tarn, and that name will be on the next edition of the OS map for the area.

David said that it would the the first time a geographical feature had been named on an OS map because of Wainwright, whose books are the best known guides to the Lake District, and it seemed a suitable tribute.

So did the emergency services day include the flying squad?

Martin Lewes


The emergency services had a day of displays at the Energi trampoline park in Carlisle at the weekend.

The fire service, ambulance and police were there, and someone else came flying through as well...

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... which explains everything apart from why the PCSO set off like a greyhound after the free-runner!

How watch schemes help Cumbria bear down on rural crime

The insurance business run by the National Farmers Union says rural crime cost the county £600,000 last year, but that's down from more than £700,000 in 2015.

National figures published today by NFU Mutual suggest the statistics across the country show no improvement.


But statistics gathered in Cumbria by Farmwatch, a rural version of Neighbourhood Watch, suggests members were little more than half as likely to be affected by crime as the general population.

Amanda Wallbank, the NFU Mutual insurance agent in Appleby, says a scheme called Countrywatch Eden is proving successful.

We've built relationships between the police and rural people, and we've got a Facebook page that's going well, and it's just making people more aware."

Amanda Wallbank

Drunken burglar stole from disabled victim

A burglar who broke into a disabled woman's home was caught because a neighbour had photographed her entering the flat, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Faye Wardle, 26, from Mitchell Avenue, Northside, Workington, admitted burglary and was given a suspended nine-month jail term.

The court heard the resident in the flat was tetraplegic after a neck injury, and now felt her security had been taken away. The stolen items were returned.

Wardle, the court was told, was intoxicated at the time of the offence and had since shown "genuine remorse".

Cumbria's weather: Grey, wet and breezy

BBC Weather

It will be grey, wet and breezy through much of the afternoon, with outbreaks of rain at times. Temperatures could reach 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

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

Your pictures: All around the blooming heather, in the Langdales

BBC Weather Watchers

One of the meanings of the word ling, is heather, and Lingmoor was living up to its name when Eddie Caisley from Morpeth visited at the weekend.

Eddie Caisley

Our thanks to Eddie, and 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.

Tourists called on to help fund footpath repairs

An organisation which carries out footpath repairs in the Lake District, which is celebrating its 10th birthday, says tourists should be asked to contribute more to the work to keep trails in good order.

Long Stile

Fix the Fells recruits volunteers and raises money to repair wear and tear like this, pictured, on Long Stile.

Some hotels and guest houses contribute to a voluntary scheme dating back to 1994, by adding £1 to the bills of visitors who are prepared to support the scheme, but Joanne Backshall, from Fix the Fells, says the footpaths are now deteriorating more quickly than they can be repaired.

She says that the World Heritage Site designation is likely to bring more visitors.

I think it's only reasonable to expect them to contribute to the maintenance of the area they're coming to enjoy."

Joanne Backshall

Ulverston's dummy artist takes a day in the Lakes

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

Ulverston boasts a guerrilla street artist who swoops on places every now and then, leaving a trail of plaster-cast people.

Plaster person n sun lounger at Coniston.

He's called LoKi, and he's been in the Lake District, at Coniston and Claife Heights.

Plaster person painting

Attacker jailed for unprovoked assault on man waiting for bus

A Whitehaven man serving a suspended sentence for assault has been jailed for 18 months for a second attack.

Peter Ellwood, 33, of Seven Acres, Parton, was said to have been in a "drug-induced psychosis" when he headbutted, punched and kicked Abbas Emdadi-Zarnagi, who was waiting for a bus.

Peter Ellwood
Craig McGlasson

Carlisle Crown Court heard Ellwood suffered mental problems, had heard voices, and believed he was being stared at and followed.

Ellwood admitted assault causing actual bodily harm after Mr Emdadi-Zarnagi believed he might be killed.

Cumbria bucks national rural crime figures

Thefts from farms and other rural properties cost Cumbria more than £600,000, according to figures gathered by the National Farmers Union insurance arm, NFU Mutual.

But the statistics suggest a downward trend, unlike the national picture, which shows a 20% rise for the first half of 2017.

Police tape in thistle
Getty Images

Figures from the annual National Farmers Union rural crime report puts the cost of crime in Cumbria's countryside at £615,000 last year, compared with £735,000 in 2015.

The report says an increase in high tech CCTV systems and tracking devices on tractors is helping to beat the thieves, but it suggests a lack of police in remote areas is leading to longer response times.


Copeland Council says people caught "persistently" giving gulls foods could face penalties.

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Weather on the fells: Cloud low and poor visibility

Temp at 3,000ft): Up to 10C.

Wind above 2,000ft: Strong southerly gusting 40mph easing fresh gusting 30mph.

Cloud: Extensive around 2,000ft with patches down to 1,000ft.

Visibility: Moderate or good below cloud, falling poor at times


Tom Parkes scores the winning goal as Carlisle United take all three points from their trip to Cambridge in League Two.

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Sellafield workers start strike vote

About half the workforce at the Sellafield site are starting a vote on industrial action today.

Members of the GMB and Unite unions are unhappy with a 1.5% pay rise coming into effect next month.

The company says the award is "fair, reasonable, and affordable", and has been accepted by other staff.


Busy weekend for county's firefighters

Martin Lewes


Firefighters in Cumbria had a busy weekend with vehicle fires in Millom and Carlisle, a garden fire in Barrow and a kitchen fire in Aspatria.

Firefighters were also called out late on Saturday to a gorse and bush fire in Barrow.

National League

Barrow move above opponents Woking in the National League table following a victory at Holker Street.

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Cumbria's weather: In a word, wet

BBC Weather

It'll be a mostly cloudy day with rain spreading from the southwest, heaviest and most persistent at first this morning, and a maximum temperature of 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

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

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria News

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast, and the odd other nugget from the county, through the day.

You can get involved: If you have news you think we should know, or 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.