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  1. Updates on Friday 18 August 2017

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast and travel reports for today and this week.

Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it again from 09:00 on Monday.

In the meantime, 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 good weekend.

Environment Agency does some belt and braces bagging

The sight of Environment Agency staff putting out a line of sandbags could be worrying, although there are no weather warnings for this area.

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There is a slightly elevated risk shown for Monday, but you can use the link on the tweet to keep an eye on things.

Cumbria's weather: Turning drier with brisk winds

BBC Weather

Most places will turn drier overnight, although the brisk wind will see a few showers continue, mostly over the North Pennines.

Minimum temperatures will be about 11C (52F)

Weather graphic

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

Top stone-skimmers head for Windermere national championship

The All-England Open stone Skimming Championship returns to Windermere tomorrow.

People skimming stones
South Cumbria Rivers Trust

Those taking part include reigning champion Ron Long, colloquially known as the Old Tosser, former champion Kevin Waltham, current Shropshire championships champion Alex Lewis and women’s skimmers Charlotte Greenaway and Heather Ashton.

Only Lakeland stones can be skimmed, they can be no more 3in in diameter, and they must skip on the water's surface a minimum of three times.

Travel: Accident slows traffic on A596

BBC News Travel

An accident's causing delays on the A596 at Branthwaite Road, Workington.

Police seek witnesses after Barrow pub attack

Police say they're looking for two men after an altercation in a Barrow pub left a third man with a broken rib.

Both men are described as stocky, one between 20 and 30 with mousey brown hair, the other aged 40 with grey hair.

They'd become involved in a row with a couple in the Cross Keys pub in William Street last Sunday, and the assault happened outside.

Rail firm hits back at new strike call in guards row

The train operating company Northern has reacted angrily to a new strike called by the rail union RMT for the start of September.

Alan Chaplin, the company's managing director, said the strike was timed to coincide with the end of the summer holidays and people returning to work and school.

It will damage the region’s economy, significantly disrupt our customers’ lives, and impact local businesses.

Northern is prepared to guarantee jobs and current pay for all our conductors for the next eight years, until the end of our franchise. Our offers to discuss every detail on the future responsibilities and training for on-board colleagues have been rejected by RMT. "

Alan Chaplin

The RMT has always insisted that the guard's role in checking platforms before closing doors is vital for safety, and Mick Cash, the union's general secretary said the company was simply trying to bulldoze its plans through.

It is that flagrant disregard for the safety issues at the heart of the dispute which leaves us with no option but to press on with the campaign of strike action."

Mick Cash

Tips for a special parkrun weekend


It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

Katherine Grainger's five steps to parkrun

Spanish businessman 'shocked' by Barcelona atrocity

A Spanish businessman who runs a restaurant in Carlisle has been speaking of his shock at the terrorist attack in Barcelona.

Francisco Aparicio, who runs Lorca in Botchergate, said his first concern was for his friends.

They are all right, they weren't in the city centre, but those sorts of attacks you can't predict. It makes you feel insecure in the street."

Francisco Aparicio

Crash blocks west Cumbria coast road at rush hour

Police say the A595 may be closed for some time after an accident at Blackbeck roundabout which blocked the road in both directions.

It's likely to cause serious delays for workers heading north from Sellafield.

'Mystery athlete' to join in Carlisle 'thank you' run

A mystery star from the world of athletics will be taking part in a park run in Chances Park in Carlisle this weekend.

It's part of a national event, to say thank you to people who have supported community sports projects through the National Lottery.

Greg Rutherford
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The Olympic gold medal long jumper Greg Rutherford is taking part in an event in Milton Keynes, but he told BBC Radio Cumbria this morning he was "sworn to secrecy" about who will be appearing in Carlisle at 09:00.

Severe accident: A595 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A595 Cumbria both ways severe accident, at Hardgates Road.

A595 Cumbria - A595 Yeorton Brow in Blackbeck closed and queuing traffic in both directions at Blackbeck Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

Your pictures: Wind and surf on the Silloth shore

We're grateful to Brian Ashworth for sending us this view of the wind and sea piling onto the strand at Silloth. The hill is Criffel, in Dumfries and Galloway.

Brian Ashworth

If you want to share your photos with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Theatre calls for votes in 'welcome' contest

Keswic's Theatre by the Lake has reached the public vote stage in a regional award for being welcoming.

Theatre by the Lake
Theatre by the Lake

The vote, in the north west category of the UK Theatre Awards, runs until Tuesday 19 September.

Cumbria's weather: Showers and windy

BBC Weather

The showers will continue and there may be more organised rain arriving from the west later. It will be windy.

Temperatures could reach 16C (61F).

Weather graphic

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

Charity says men less willing to complain of partner's violence

A charity dealing with male victims of domestic abuse says they are far less likely to tell anyone if they suffer bad treatment.

The Mankind Initiative says 40% of men told no one in an official position, compared with 12% of women.

Dr Liz Bates of the University of Cumbria has just published her initial findings in a study of men abused by female partners.

She says many men didn't feel they could ask for help:

Those who did appeal for support told me the services were geared more towards helping women and they felt they weren't taken as seriously."

Christmas Day car chase driver jailed

A driver who led police on a high speed chase through Carlisle at lunchtime on Christmas Day has been jailed for eight weeks.

Lee McCutcheon, 26, of no fixed address, eventually crashed and then had to be chased on foot through gardens.

Today at Carlisle Crown Court he admitted dangerous driving, having no insurance, failing to cooperate with a drugs test and possessing cannabis.

Judge Barbara Forrester added eight weeks to the jail sentence McCutcheon is already serving, and banned him from driving for 18 months after his release.

Researcher finds 'sobering' details of domestic abuse of men

The University of Cumbria researcher who looked into the incidence of woman abusing men in domestic relationships says she'd like to raise awareness of how widespread it is.

Dr Liz Bates
University of Cumbria

In an article for the university, Dr Liz Bates said she also found incidents of what's called "gaslighting": Manipulation where persistent denial, contradiction or lying is used with the aim of forcing a former partner to question their own memory and sanity.

Women can physically hurt men, they can cause long-lasting damage in a psychological and physical way, and we do need to take men's victimisation more seriously."

Dr Liz BatesUniversity of Cumbria

You can hear her interview with Mike Zeller on BBC Radio Cumbria, where he also talks to a victim of abuse, here.

Travel: Holiday traffic builds up on Penrith motorway junction

BBC News Travel

Traffic leaving the M6 at junction 40 is queuing back on the slip road and in both directions on the A66 because of the volume of holiday traffic.

County sides start FA Cup campaigns

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Two Cumbrian sides start on the ground floor of the FA Cup tomorrow.

Kendal Town are at Harrogate Railway, and Penrith host Whitley Bay.

It'll be a tough game, they've had a relatively good start, it's the FA Cup, they'll be desperate to beat us, we're not expecting an easy game."

Dave FosterManager, Kendal Town

Man who admitted grooming children spared 'richly deserved' jail term

A judge who told a South Cumbrian man he "richly deserves" a jail term for his grooming of young people over Skype has imposed a community sentence instead.

Alan Capstick, 45, of Dale Avenue, Kendal, contacted boys and girls knowing they were under 16 and suggesting he was in his mid-20s.

Capstick changed his plea to guilty on nine charges on the second day of his trial, and Carlisle Crown Court heard he was "truly ashamed and deeply sorry".

Judge Peter Hughes said a three-year community order and a series of orders requiring treatment and rehabilitation would be "more constructive".

He also ordered Capstick to pay £1,200 costs.

Winter is coming: Curle keeps shopping

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says he already has one eye on the January transfer window after admitting the club failed to "sufficiently push on" during the January window over the past two seasons.

Curle is keen to add add least one new player before the current window closes later this month but says he is already planning ahead.

In my opinion we haven't been proactive enough in the last two January windows."

Keith Curle
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Borders Railway

Councillors are urged to reaffirm their backing to extend the line in the Scottish Borders on to Carlisle.

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Watch: Two collies into national championship, and not a sheep in sight

Cara and Twister, two rescue dogs, are about to compete in the British Flyball Association Championships.

They were rescued and trained by handler Derrick Archibald who set up Carlisle Canines, the first ever flyball club in Cumbria.

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Carlisle's new signing is a flier on the wing

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

Meet Buzz, Carlisle's new signing, a winger with a fine turn of speed and the ambition to keep it clean on and off the pitch.

Buzz the Harris hawk

The Harris hawk has been hired to reduce the amount of mess caused by pigeons and seagulls.

Matthew Bond says his son, a birdwatcher, came up with the idea.

I'm trying to find a solution to prevent having to spend more and more money on cleaning seats, which lets the club put that money into players."

Matthew BondSito Cleaning

Weather on the fell tops: Cold and windy

It's a bit of a wild day on the fells.

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: About 7C.
  • Winds: Strong to gale force westerly, gusts 55mph.
  • Cloud: Broken cloud at 2,300ft, occasionally more widespread down to 1,500ft.
  • Visibility: Good, falling moderate or poor in showers, very poor in hill fog.

Warning to those who feed gulls

A Cumbrian council's urging people not to feed seagulls and warning it may prosecute people who do so persistently.

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Copeland officials have put out a leaflet advising people how to stop the birds colonising rooftops and getting in rubbish bins.

The council says it is legal as a last resort to use a licensed pest controller, but it starts by asking not to feed the birds.

Penalties could be issued against those who persistently cause a nuisance by feeding seagulls."

Copeland council leaflet

Fringe festival sets city alight (luckily, many shows are at the Old Fire Station)

Martin Lewes


Carlisle's second Fringe Festival starts today, with 11 days of music, comedy and street theatre.

Champagne Supernova

This year's event includes a Cumbrian market, an international market and the historic pageant, which has been re-routed to include more of the city.

The city council is in charge of the event, along with the Electric Theatre Workshop.

There will be some indoor performances at The Old Fire Station.

Fire crews stand by after rain causes minor flooding

Firefighters were called to Welsh Road, Carlisle, soon after 03:00 after a heavy rain shower threatened to flood homes.

A spokesman for the fire and rescue service said the waters soon receded.

Cumbria study reveals the male victims of domestic violence

About a quarter of complaints of domestic abuse in Cumbria are made by men, according to figures from Cumbria Police.

A freedom of information request showed that last year, there were 9,650 reported incidents - and of those, 2,300 came from men.

Researchers from the University of Cumbria questioned 161 men who had suffered physical abuse at the hands of partners or ex-partners.

They found they suffered verbal bullying, physical and sexual violence; 40% had not told anyone until asked by researchers anyone, compared with 12% of women victims.

Sad man

Travel: Flood slows traffic between Carlisle and Longtown

BBC News Travel

Water on the road near the Lynebank House Hotel on the A7 at Westlinton has partially blocked the road and traffic is very slow.

Cumbria's weather: Blustery with heavy showers

BBC Weather

There'll be sunshine and blustery showers, some of which are likely to be heavy with a risk of thunder.

It will also be a windy day generally, the winds especially gusty near showers and it will feel cool, with temperatures of about 16C (61F).

Weather graphic

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

Good morning: This is BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast, and whatever lighter items catch our eye from around the county, through until 18:00 or so this evening.

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.