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  1. Thursday 17 August 2017

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Martin Lewes


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

Here's a reminder of the main developments:

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

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.

MND paraglider Tony prepares to return to the air over Skiddaw

A paraglider from Keswick who's disabled by motor neurone disease is planning a flight from Skiddaw to raise money for the MND Association.

Tony Thompson flying
Tony Thompson

Tony Thompson, pictured above flying before his illness, and below with his family, hopes to use an all-terrain wheelchair to reach the top of the mountain before flying in a tandem rig with a fellow pilot, Jocky Sanderson.

Tony Thompson with family
Tony Thompson

Tony was diagnosed last December; he now uses a wheelchair, speaks through a computer and needs assistance to eat

Man who engaged girls in lewd online chat is sentenced

A man from Appleby who sought out young girls on Snapchat has been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.

Daniel Bradley, 33, who now lives in Longton Street, Chorley, engaged two girls, one, the court heard, around nine or 10 years old, in a sexual conversation in which he requested explicit photographs.

He also downloaded almost 100 illegal images.

Judge Peter Hughes imposed a three-year community order, telling Bradley he must complete a sex offender treatment course and a rehabilitation requirement, and sign the sex offenders' register for five years.

Cumbria's weather: Blustery with heavy showers

BBC Weather

It'll be a mainly cloudy night in Cumbria with some blustery and occasionally heavy spells of rain or showers moving through.

Temperatures will fall to about 13C (55F).

Weather graphic

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

Appleby station shortlisted for magazine's awards

Appleby Station's been shortlisted for two honours in the Rail magazine awards, with the train operator there up for a third.

The station itself is listed for the small station of the year, while Emmanuel Wright, who works there, is nominated for his oustanding service dealing with staff while rail services were disrupted by the Eden Brows landslip.

The Settle to Carlisle train operator Northern is nominated in the teamwork category for running the steam locomotive Tornado on a timetabled service, the first in England for almost 50 years.

The winners will be announced next month

Tornado at station

Many Cumbrian schools see 'improved' A-level results

Cumbria County Council officials say some of their schools have seen "outstanding individual successes" in today's A-level results.

The A-level system's been changed this year and there were concerns that some students might struggle with the new format, where all the work of two years is tested in exams at the end rather than in coursework as well.

John Macilwraith, the director for children's services, said: “Whilst it is too early to comment on the overall Cumbria picture in detail, many schools are reporting some outstanding individual successes and many are celebrating improved outcomes."

Police release CCTV in hunt for bar brawl men

Police say they want to trace two men caught on CCTV after a disturbance in a Carlisle bar in which one man was hit with a bottle and another with a pool cue.

Two men walking into bar

The assault happened in the Bronx bar in Botchergate on 13 June, and detectives have just released a picture of two men they want to question.

Two men were attacked close to the pool tables, one suffering a broken nose and eye socket.

Schools see turn for better reflected in A-level results

Two once-troubled Cumbrian schools are reporting record A-level results.

Whitehaven Academy

Whitehaven Academy, which was hit by strikes and put into special measures last year, says its students passed all exams at A* - E grades.

The Richard Rose central Academy in Carlisle, which is now rated good by Ofsted, saw a third of exams passed at A* - B.

New twist in Sellafield dispute as company 'bans ballot meetings'

There's been a new turn in the dispute between two of the three trade unions at Sellafield over this year's pay rise, and the company that runs the site.

The employers are proposing a pay rise of 1.5%, which has been rejected by unions representing about half the 10,000 workforce.


The company's told the union Unite that they cannot hold meetings in the run-up to a ballot on industrial action, prompting an angry exchange of press statements.

What is happening here is that the management crackdown includes banning legitimate workplace meetings to discuss the below-inflation pay offer. The management is slavishly kowtowing to the pay diktats of the government."

Graham WilliamsUnite Regional Officer

Unite has already publicly announced their intention to ballot for industrial action. As such, we feel it is in nobody’s interests to disrupt important work on site when their decision has already been made.”

Sellafield Ltd

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Judge 'most satisfied' by outcome for suicidal teenager

The senior judge who warned ministers they might have "blood on their hands" because of the lack of care available for a suicidal teenager has said there has been "a most satisfactory outcome" in the case.

Judge James Munby

Sir James Munby, head of the family division of the High Court, published his scathing judgement after being told no bed could be found for a 17-year-old, who was formally under the care of Cumbria County Council, even though staff believed she'd take her own life within 48 hours if returned to the community.

A bed was found, and today the judge said the girl had now been transferred, adding: 'This is, in all the circumstances, a most satisfactory outcome.'

Fire crews put out blaze in hay barn

Firefighters say a barn at a farm near Wigton was well alight when they arrived after a call at 11:30 this morning.

They say the fire involved hay and straw bales, and was dealt with in the traditional manner with hose reels.

Tracker leads police to stolen digger

An electronic tracker helped police find a digger worth £20,000, that was stolen from Kirkbride, near Wigton.

The tracker showed the found the machine, on a trailer, had not been taken far.

Police found it near a railway line, and officers are now appealing for information.

New trains fill the Sunday gap on Cumbrian coast line

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

Rail passengers will again be able to take a train along the entire route of the Cumbria Coast Line on a Sunday.

At the moment, trains from Carlisle only go as far as Whitehaven, but from May next year, the operator Northern says it will offer services all the way to Barrow.

David Andrews at Whitehaven station

David Andrews, the secretary of the Copeland Rail Users' Group, says the services haven't kept up with increasing passenger demand.

Now we've got a busy line with a big gap leaving towns like Millom completely isolated on Sundays.

David Andrews

Your pictures: Raven steaming beneath the clouds

Quintin Smith was kind enough to send us this picture of the MY Raven, one of the Ullswater steamers, at Pooley Bridge.

It's yet another demonstration that clouds as well as sunshine are good ingredients for a picture of the Lake District.

SY Raven at Pooley Bridge.
Quintin Smith

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.

Keswick's Abbie Scott starts in Women's RU group decider

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Keswick's Abbie Scott starts for England in their Pool B decider against the USA at the Women's Rugby Union World Cup in Dublin today.

The former Sedbergh School pupil plays her club rugby for Darlington Mowden Park.

Abbie Scott
Getty Images

Sedbergh School was famous when it was a boys school for producing top rugby internationals such as Will Carling, and has continued the tradition since it became co-educational in 2000.

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, between J37 for A684 and J38 for A685.

M6 Cumbria - M6 partially blocked and heavy traffic northbound between J37, A684 (Kendal) and J38, A685 (Tebay), because of an accident.

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

Cumbria's weather: Breezier but mostly dry

BBC Weather

Becoming breezier this afternoon with a couple of well scattered showers, but staying dry for most with plenty of warm sunny spells and temperatures up to 21C (70F).

Weather graphic

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

Flood work completed after months of road delays

Work to reduce the chances of the A66 being closed by flooding is complete, after delays on the main route to West Cumbria through most of this year.

Highways England

Part of the £7m project involving raising the whole dual carriageway by 1.5m (5ft) near Bassenthwaite Lake to prevent the road being inundated as it was in 2015 and 2009.

Stone 'fold' protects tree named for its lonely home

Martin Lewes


A stone "treefold" (as in sheepfold) is being built on a common near Kirkby Stephen to protect the remains of the Dowly tree.

Andy Mason building treefold

The sycamore that has stood alone on Little Asby Common for many years is now only a dead stump, and the reason for its name (Dowly is Cumbrian dialect for lonely or sad) probably relates to its isolated location.

But the conservation organisation Friends of the Lake District, which owns the common, is planning to replant a tree there next year, and the fold will protect it from the weather and deer while it's a sapling.

The fold, built by the master waller Andy Mason and carver Pip Hall, is part of a larger project that will see six other trees in unusual places protected as well.

Government's top lawyer praises Cumbria hate crime record

Cumbria's commitment to fighting hate crime against people with disabilities has been praised by the Solicitor General, the Conservative MP Robert Buckland, on a visit to the county today.

A hate crime is the term used when someone is abused because of their race, religion, disability or sexuality.

Robert Buckland

The Solicitor General will speak to the Crown Prosecution Service and meet representatives from the mental health charity, Carlisle Mencap.

He told BBC Radio Cumbria Mencap in the county had a Home Office grant to develop education helping people with disabilities to recognise and report when they were abused.

Far too many people with disabilities suffer in silence and we need to give them the tools, to empower them, to come forward and make a complaint where they're they vicitim of this kind of crime.

It's worse than bullying, this is very often systematic manipulation of people's lives."

Robert BucklandSolicitor General

Cartmel restaurant sliced from top spot in food guide ranking

The L'Enclume restaurant in Cumbria has been knocked into second place in the list of the Uk's best restaurants.

L'Enclume, in the village of Cartmel, had been at the top of Good Food Guide's list for five years.

Although it scored 10 out of 10 again this year, the judges decided to give the top spot to the Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall.


Weather on the fell tops: Bright and breezy with showers

Temperatures at 3,000ft. Up to 10C.

Winds: Fresh or strong southwesterly, gusts 40mph.

Cloud: Scattered cloud around 2,500ft, occasionally more widespread down to 1,500ft at first and in any showers later.

Visibility: Good, locally moderate in any showers and poor in hill fog.

Three Cumbrian firms named for underpaying staff

Three Cumbrian firms have been named in the latest list of employers published by the government for failing to pay the national minimum wage.

  • The Unstuffy Hotel Co, which owns a hotel in Windermere, underpaid three staff to a total of £2,877, under the owners who were in charge until last year
  • Sharps Media Group in Barrow-in-Furness failed to pay £2,946 to two staff
  • L & K Group, which owns auction marts in Kendal and Lancaster, failed to pay one worker just under £668

The list does not say whether the failures were the result of errors or intentional low wages, but business minister Margo James said: "Common errors made by employers in this round included deducting money from pay packets to pay for uniforms, failure to account for overtime hours, and wrongly paying apprentice rates to workers."

Power cut blacks out 886 in Whitehaven

North West Electricity engineers are dealing with a power cut that has cut off 886 homes and businesses in Whitehaven.

Cumbria's weather: Turning dry, with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Turning drier with sunny spells developing, once the rain and low cloud has cleared to the east.

Weather graphic

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

Conservatives are struggling, Corbyn tells Carlisle

The Conservative government is struggling to survive day by day, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told a crowd of people in Carlisle last night.

Corbyn seen between umbrellas

Mr Corbyn was ending a day in the county where he'd also been to parts of West Cumbria.

He told the BBC:

We have a government without a majority, dependent on the DUP to survive, found a billion pounds to bail out bits and pieces in Northern Ireland, nothing for social care around the rest of the country, nothing for the crucial infrastructure needed in the whole country.

This isn't a government that is confident or sustainable, this is a government that's trying to survive day by day."

The Conservative MP for Carlisle, John Stevenson, earlier said the city had done well, seeing more jobs and new houses built under his party.

Travel: Coast line trains delayed by signals hitch

BBC News Travel

Trains on the Cumbria Coast Line have been running up to 30 minutes late because of a signal problem at St Bees. The disruption should be clearing about now.

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.

If you or yours are getting A-level results today, we hope they were what you were hoping for.

As always, 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.