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  1. Tuesday 22 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Lee Macaulay

All times stated are UK

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

That's all from BBC Cumbria Live for today and our updates have come to an end.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Tonight, there's live coverage of Carlisle United's Carabao Cup Second Round game against Sunderland at Brunton Park on BBC Radio Cumbria FM and Freeview channel 721.

There'll also be coverage of Workington AFC vs Witton in the Evo-Stik Premier League on AM and online.

Here's a recap of today:

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Turning cloudy into the evening with outbreaks of rain that could be heavy and thundery at times.

Light winds and lows of 15C (59F).

Evening weather for Barrow
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No contaminants within west Cumbrian water, says United Utilities

More on the news that United Utilities will provide a softer water to Copeland by taking more of its blended water supply from Ennerdale again.

It followed complaints from members of the public that the hard water taken from boreholes near Egremont was causing kettles to make a popping noise, skin rashes and upset stomachs.

The company has defended the safety of the previous supply provided to homes and businesses in Copeland and told BBC Cumbria that it's taken and tested lots of additional samples at people's taps since the change.

We have thoroughly tested those for a whole range of different chemicals and the Drinking Water Inspectorate have done exactly the same and we've both concluded there are no contaminants in that water.

Jo HarrisonUnited Utilities

Prison for Whitehaven robber who stabbed man in his flat

A man from Whitehaven who stabbed his victim twice during a robbery at knifepoint has been sent to jail for eight years.

Wayne Watt, 42, went to Simon Grears' flat in Whitehaven armed with a 10-inch-long blade and "rushed" at him.

Watt punched the man and stabbed him twice in the leg, taking £10 and fleeing with his partner Kelly Marie Lofthouse, 37.

She had helped Watt to enter the flat but did not know that Watt was carrying a knife.

Watt and Lofthouse, both from Seven Acres, Parton, pleaded guilty to robbery.

After previously admitting counts of racial abuse and drug possession, Lofthouse was given a four year, nine month-long prison sentence.

Plans to demolish business premises for housing approved

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Grahams Garage site in Prospect, West Cumbria
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Councillors have approved a plan to demolish a set of business premises in a west Cumbrian village to make way for houses.

Allerdale Council's development panel had gone against the advice of council officials when it originally approved a plan to demolish the buildings used by three businesses on the Grahams Garage site in Prospect.

Earlier, a meeting of the panel heard that the tenant businesses object to their landlord's plan and claimed it would threaten 11 jobs.

However, the landlord argued that housing was the only viable future for the site and councillors on the panel agreed.

Listen: Carlisle United's 'top flight' captain remembered

Earlier today, it was announced that former Carlisle United captain Bill Green has died aged 66.

This morning, BBC Radio Cumbria listeners heard how he had previously reflected on his time as the club's captain during their only period in England's top football division.

His friend and teammate Les O'Neill also spoke to BBC Radio Cumbria Sport's Paul Newton about the defender:

Former Carlisle captain Bill Green remembered

Former Cumbrian public health director says government not doing enough to stop "health emergency"

BBC Radio Cumbria

A former public health director in Cumbria says that guidelines encouraging fast food and ready meal manufacturers to reduce the amount of calories in their products don't go far enough.

Allerdale, Copeland and Carlisle have some of the highest recorded levels of adult obesity in England

Chart showing obesity levels in Cumbria
BBC

Professor John Ashton says that the guidelines have a weak approach and that it's more important to stop fat from reaching consumers

He said: "We've got to keep the stuff out of the food chain in the first place. We need to encourage children to develop healthy habits by giving them the example of a decent meal every day at school. We've got to restructure the food industry. Saying guidelines to the food industry, you know, it's not very strong is it?"

Water supply change is a 'balance and a compromise' says United Utilities

Running tap
BBC

The water company which supplies Copeland and west Cumbria says it's aiming to supply less than 20% of tap water from controversial hard water boreholes near Egremont.

After meeting with politicians and the Environment Agency, United Utilities says it can provide a softer mains supply by increasing the amount of water extracted from Ennerdale.

Previously, borehole water had, at times, made up 50% of the blended mix that was delivered to homes in Copeland.

The company says the blended supply is a stop gap for the next five years until a pipeline running from Thirlmere reservoir to West Cumbria can be completed.

Four people detained in Cumbria by immigration officers

A Whitehaven business has been warned it faces a potential fine of up to £40,000 for employing two people who are in the UK illegally.

A Chinese man and women were arrested last Thursday by Immigration Enforcement officers at the New Hong Kong Chinese takeaway in Whitehaven.

In a separate incident, two Vietnamese men who entered the UK illegally were detained after they were found working at Hollywood Nails on Pow Street in Workington.

Immigration Enforcement says it's the third time the Workington business has been caught employing illegal workers and the shop was temporarily shut.

Softer water supply for west Cumbria

More on the story we reported earlier that Copeland would be getting a softer water supply again after complaints about mixing water from Ennerdale with hard borehole water.

According to United Utilities, the decision was made at a meeting between United Utilities, the Conservative MP for Copeland Trudy Harrison, the independent Mayor of Copeland Mike Starkie, the Environment Agency, the Drinking Water Inspectorate and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

All our tests have consistently shown the water to be of the usual high quality, but we have taken on board the concerns of our customers who said they didn't like the harder water.

Martin PadleyWater and Scientific Services Director, United Utilities

Our residents have been very concerned over the changes to the water supply, and many have been unhappy about the 'harder' water they are receiving... I am pleased that our drinking water will be a softer blend, balancing the wishes of the community with the environmental impact.

Mike StarkieIndependent Mayor of Copeland

Lake District peaks among most popular for walkers

The Lake District's summits feature in a list of most popular areas for walkers, cyclists and runners in Britain.

Ordnance Survey compiled the list by dividing Britain into square kilometres and counting the number of downloaded routes that passed through each square.

Snowdon's summit came top and the Lake District took eight of the top 20 in the list with Scafell Pike highest.

You can see the full list here.

Scafell Pike from Wasdale
Cumbria Tourism

Walker with broken leg rescued

Walker with broken leg is rescued from Ennerdale Valley
Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

A woman who broke her leg while walking in the Lake District has been flown to hospital in a Coastguard Rescue helicopter.

The Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out to help the 63 year old woman who had been walking up the Loft Beck footpath at the head of the Ennerdale Valley when she was hurt.

She was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for further treatment.

Water company to provide softer water in West Cumbria again

Ennerdale Water
BBC

People living in Copeland are going to get softer water through the taps again from their water company United Utilities.

The company had been criticised by the Mayor of Copeland for a 'lack of communication' about changing the water supply to a mix from Ennerdale Water blended with harder water from boreholes near Egremont.

United Utilities says that people living in the area will get a blend of soft water throughout the year with a smaller proportion of borehole water.

The company says it may have to increase the proportion of borehole water in times of drought if water levels in Ennerdale become too low.

The current supply will be used until 2022 when the new Thirlmere reservoir pipeline is switched on.

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J40 for A66 and J39 for B6261.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J40, A66 (Penrith) and J39, B6261 (Shap), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Weather: Sunny and mostly dry

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry this afternoon in most places with the odd shower later on.

Light winds and top temperatures around 23C.

Weather: North East and Cumbria

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Cumbria's morning headlines

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here are the headlines from across BBC Cumbria this morning:

  • People in Copeland will now get a softer blend of water following an earlier change by water company United Utilities.
  • Former director of public health in Cumbria Professor John Ashton has told BBC Cumbria that current obesity levels represent a 'public health emergency'.
  • Former Carlisle United captain Bill Green has died, aged 66.

Businesses could make way for homes in West Cumbrian village

Grahams Garage site in Prospect, West Cumbria
BBC

Business premises in the West Cumbrian village of Prospect could be knocked down so that houses can be built in their place.

The landlord of a site known as Grahams Garage wants to demolish the buildings there and build up to 20 houses.

The plan could threaten 11 jobs with an MOT garage, upholstery business and used caravan business needing to find new premises

Allerdale councillors agreed with the plan in June against the advice of their planning officials.

The council's development panel will make a final decision later today.

Cumbrian man's view of the eclipse

Did you catch a glimpse of yesterday's solar eclipse?

Some parts of Western Europe, including the UK, got to see the Moon take a 'nibble' out of the Sun as it set.

Over in the United States, onlookers got to see the total eclipse though and that included Stan Collins from Staveley near Kendal.

He travelled around the country looking for the best place to watch the eclipse and here's a photo he took through his telescope yesterday

Total eclipse of the sun
Stan Collins

Carlisle United's 'top flight' captain dies

BBC Cumbria Sport

The man who captained Carlisle United during their only season in England's top division has died aged 66.

Defender Bill Green made 119 appearances for the club between 1973 and 1976 and helped lead the club to be promoted to the former First Division in May 1974.

Former Carlisle United captain Bill Green
BBC

Weather: Fresh winds on the fells

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours today:

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: Up to 14C
  • Winds: Moderate to fresh southeasterly winds gusting to 30mph later
  • Cloud: Extensive down to 400m (1,300ft) at first, lifting and breaking to leave patches above 600m (2,000ft)
  • Visibility: Poor becoming good
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Weather: Mild and murky to start

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A mild but cloudy start to the day with a bit of drizzle in places and some hill fog.

Sunny spells will develop throughout the day for a dry afternoon with the risk of an odd shower in places.

Light winds and highs of 23C (73F).

Morning weather for Barrow
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Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

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