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  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 August 2017
  2. Walker dies in Helvellyn fall
  3. Work starts on new old peoples. home in Carlisle

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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.

Here's a reminder:

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

In the meantime, if you've got a story, 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.

Cumbria's weather: Mainly dry and cool

BBC Weather

It'll be generally dry overnight with variable cloud amounts and some clear spells making for a cool night in places, with a minimum temperature of 9C (48F).

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

Campaigners remember a peer's passion that kept Ullswater on the level

A slate plaque has been unveiled today to mark the work of campaigners who stopped Manchester Corporation raising the level of Ullswater by about 3ft to enable more water to be taken.

The protests included a petition to the House of Lords which prompted a speech said to be one of the finest in modern history. You can read it here.

The present Lord Inglewood, whose father played a prominent part, said: "Lord Birkett's powerful speech, deeply felt and eloquent, is rightly considered one of the finest in modern Parliamentary history and undoubtedly saved the lake for all people for all time. He died of a heart attack a few days later."

Lake District World Heritage Bid

Under this Bill it can be taken for a certainty-everybody with any experience of Lakeland knows it-that these lovely shores of Ullswater, where people picnic, where the ponies come down, will be just sterile shores like one sees at Thirlmere.

Lord BirkettHouse of Lords, 1962

Date set for plea on Maryport murder charge

A man accused of murdering a boxer from Maryport has been told he'll be asked to enter a plea in November.

Sean Morrin, 32, from Nelson Street in Maryport, appeared over a video link at the Carlisle Crown Court hearing.

He's accused of killing William Richardson, 34,of Elizabeth street in Maryport.

Mr Richardson died on 9 August after an incident in Senhouse Street the previous day.

Judge Peter davies remanded Mr Morrin in custody until the November.

Travel: Accident closes Seaton High Street

BBC News Travel

An accident involving a car and a pedestrian has closed Seaton High Street in both directions.

Police probe flare thrown at Carlisle-Lincoln match

Police are investigating after a flare was thrown on to the pitch at the Lincoln City match with Carlisle at the weekend.

Goal keeper standing on flare

Carlisle lost the match 4-1.

A police spokesman said they had "zero tolerance" for flares.

Community urged to apply for windfarm fund grants

Community groups and charities near one of the county's windfarms have just one week left to apply for a share of £66,000.

The money is available from a fund set up by the developers of the Hallburn Wind Farm near Longtown, north of Carlisle.

There'll be six turbines which will generate enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 10,000 households.

The fund is expected to generate more than £1.6m in grants over the 25-year life of the wind farm.

Posing for the 'wanted' poster...

This guest house customer appears to be looking straight at a CCTV camera.

Now police are looking for him after money was taken from the till at the Ellerthwaite Lodge in New Road, Windermere.

Man in guest house reception and breakfast area.
Cumbria Police

Police have just released the picture from film of the incident on 28 July.

Travel: Lane closure slows Kendal one-way system

BBC News Travel

A lane closure in Aynam Road in Kendal is causing very slow traffic in this important part of the town's one-way system.

Rescue team reflects on 'challenging weekend'

Martin Lewes


Mountain rescue volunteers from the Patterdale team say they had a difficult weekend, dealing with a fatal accident and a second call to a walker suffering life-threatening injuries in falls from the same area of Helvellyn.

In the first accident on Sunday morning, a man walking with his wife and two children fell 650ft to his death from Striding Edge.

Mike Blakey, the team leader said it was a particularly sad rescue: "The family was well-equipped and this was simply a tragic accident."

Patterdale MRT

A man seriously injured in a fall yesterday, also from the ridge, is today being treated in the Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he was flown by a coastguard helicopter which battled strong winds and thick fog to get to the rescue scene.

The team dealt with two other, less serious, call outs later yesterday.

Your pictures: Dawn through the eye of a Celtic cross

The weather may not have been brilliant over the weekend, but at dawn on Sunday it was just about perfect for Jonathan Boxshall to catch this sunrise on the flank of Skiddaw.

Celtic cross with sunrise behind
Jonathan Boxshall

Our thanks to Jonathan for send it in. 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.

Cumbria's weather: Fairly cloudy

BBC Weather

A fairly cloudy afternoon is in prospect with a few bright or sunny spells developing at times.

Compared with recent days it will be much fresher, but winds will be light so in any sunshine it will feel pleasant, with temperatures about 15C (59F).

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

Repairs start of bridge built to remember the fallen

Work to repair a Carlisle footbridge which was closed because of safety fears starts today.

The Rickerby Park Memorial Bridge, built to honour the fallen of World War One, is expected to reopen later in the year.

Cumbria County Council

Structural problems with the bridge, which was opened in 1922, were discovered earlier this summer.

Work to repair the link across the River Eden between Stanwix and Warwick Road is costing about £300,000.

Travel: Delays persist after train breaks down

BBC News Travel

Virgin Trains West Coast says there are still delays of up to two hours on services between Penrith and London after a train broke down in Lancashire earlier.

How cuddling a horse helps autistic youngsters

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

One of the first equine centres offering help to children with autism has opened in Cumbria.

Staff member with child on horse.

Unicorns and Rainbows at Pennington says its sessions can help children to develop confidence, communication skills and focus, well as strength and balance.

Sessions are designed for each child's needs and include time around and on the horse, including hugging it while sat bareback, which can be very calming for agitated children..

Campaign to protect lake is remembered, 55 years on

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A Cumbrian campaign to save Ullswater from being turned into a reservoir in the 1960s is being remembered today with the unveiling of a plaque on the lake shore.


Manchester corporation wanted to raise the level by several feet but opponents argued that as Haweswater and Thirlmere had already become reservoirs, Ullswater should remain in its natural state.

In a campaign taken all the way to the House of Lords, the campaign stopped the lake level being raised, although water is still occasionally pumped from Ullswater to the Haweswater system.

National League

Barrow and Maidenhead United share the spoils in a draw at Holker Street in the National League.

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Not just a life of crime at Kendal police station

Martin Lewes


The first tweet of the morning from the day shift at Kendal custody unit gives an interesting picture of modern-day police work

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Work due to start on Carlisle £6m care home

Work starts today on a new care home on the site of the old Morton Park school in Carlisle.

Former primary school, site of new home

The £6m project is part of a programme to replace nine county council-run units with three new care homes.

Parkview Gardens in Barrow opened earlier this year, and work to build the third is expected to start in Copeland in the next few months.

Ennerdale Water with low water levels in 2010

United Utilities will restore the traditional softer water blend in west Cumbria following complaints.

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One man dies and second badly hurt in two days on Striding Edge

A walker died in a 650ft (215m) fall from Striding Edge on Helvellyn on Sunday, and a second man was seriously injured in a similar fall yesterday.

Rescue team with Rescue 199 landing
Patterdale MRT

Mountain rescue volunteers from Patterdale praised the crew of a coastguard rescue helicopter for what it described as "an astounding job at getting as close as possible to the team in atrocious flying conditions" in the rescue yesterday.

Photographs on the Patterdale rescue team's Facebook page showed the area shrouded in thick mist.

National League

James Hardy's second-half header clinches Fylde's win over Barrow and their first home victory in the National League.

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Cumbria's weather: Patchy drizzle, soon clearing

BBC Weather

A little patchy light rain and drizzle in the south will soon clear with sunny spells extending southwards.

There'll be gentle westerly winds and it'll feel fresher than yesterday, with a maximum temperature of 17C (63F).

Weather graphic

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

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


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