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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 August 2017

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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

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.

Police officer morale: Response from Deputy Chief Constable

BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria Police has responded to the Police Federation's survey which found that almost 87% of the Cumbrian officers who responded said they felt morale in the force is low and that more than 70% wouldn't recommend joining the force.

The force has told BBC Radio Cumbria that no-one is available to interview today, but they have sent this statement from Deputy Chief Constable Michelle Skeer:

“Every day, police officers operate in a dangerous and stressful work environment that involves putting themselves in harm’s way to keep people safe, and as employers we have a duty to help officers manage the impact this has on their psychological health and wellbeing.

“A force-wide wellbeing strategy has been introduced which concentrates on the individual and offer a range of support programmes. Bespoke training has also been issued to managers in order to identify any wellbeing issues at an early stage.

“We will continue to regularly review our approach to the wellbeing of our staff to support them in their role.

“It is no secret that all police forces are working through a challenging financial time, however our officers and staff remain committed to keeping the public safe.”

Weather: Mostly dry evening with a risk of thunder overnight

BBC Weather

A generally dry evening, but showers becoming more widespread and heavy through the early hours, with the risk of thunder.

Under clear skies it will turn chilly with patchy fog in some areas.

Lows of 9C (48F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

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BBC

Council leader 'will resign' if people think there was delay in closing carpark

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

The leader of South Lakeland District Council says he'll resign if people feel he should have closed a popular car park even sooner after a report found it was unsafe.

Liberal Democrat Giles Archibald was speaking at today's cabinet meeting that voted unanimously to end unlawful parking on common land in Kendal beside New Road from the middle of next month.

During the meeting he was asked why he hadn't closed the site immediately if the concerns were so serious.

Mr Archibald said the delay was to look at alternatives and allow the cabinet to take the decision but if that delay was a misjudgement, he'll stand down.

Police release CCTV images of men wanted in connection with till thefts

These men are being sought after money was snatched from two supermarket tills.

Both thefts took place last Friday - £400 pounds was taken from a till in Booths in Ulverston and £100 from Asda in Barrow, while staff were being distracted.

Police say the two men are not believed to live in Cumbria and other similar offences have been reported across the country.

CCTV of men wanted in connection with supermarket thefts
Cumbria police

Three quarters of police officers 'wouldn't recommend joining'

More than 70% of police officers in Cumbria say they wouldn't recommend joining the force, according to a survey by The Police Federation.

And almost 87% of the officers who responded said they felt morale in the force is low and more than half said their own morale was also low.

There were 487 Cumbrian police officers who responded to the survey which is about 44% of the force.

You can find out more about the national story here.

Generic photograph of police officers
BBC

Your photos: Blue skies by the coast

BBC Weather Watchers

Lovely to see some blue sky. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Cumbrianblues' from Parton (the one near Whitehaven) for sharing this photo taken today.

If you'd like to become a BBC Weather Watcher you can sign up here.

Photo from Parton
BBC Weather Watcher 'cumbrianblues'

Council to end free parking on common land at New Road in Kendal

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A decision to ban free parking on a large area of common land in Kendal has been confirmed by South Lakeland Council.

Its cabinet voted unanimously to keep vehicles off the the land at New Road from the middle of next month.

The council leader, Liberal Democrat Giles Archibald, told the meeting that after an independent report said parking there was unsafe, the council had no option.

Opponents say the decision's been taken too hastily and without prior consultation.

It is now hoping to create a riverside park on the site instead, this is an artist's impression of what it could look like:

Artist's impression of what riverside area could look like
SLDC

Councillors discuss future of Carlisle's Civic Centre

The future of Cumbria's tallest office block, which was seriously damaged during Storm Desmond, is being discussed by senior councillors.

During the floods in 2015, nearly five million litres of water had to be pumped out of the Civic Centre in Carlisle, which is the home of the city council.

Now there are plans to demolish the council chamber to make way for more car park spaces.

Instead, a new chamber would be built which could also be hired out.

A decision will be made by the full council in September.

Civic Centre in Carlisle
BBC

Police fears over football match smoke bomb

Rob Makepeace

BBC Radio Lincolnshire sport

You may have seen that a blue smoke bomb was thrown onto the pitch just before the full-time whistle in Lincoln City's Saturday game against Carlisle.

The police have just issued a statement saying that it could have been a very dangerous situation had it landed in the crowd.

smoke
Lincolnshire police

It's a crime to take a flares or smoke bombs into a football ground - some of the pyrotechnics contain dangerous chemicals and burn at incredibly high temperatures.

Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West oversees the Lincoln City home games, he says the force takes it very seriously:

If this had landed in the crowd it could have caused panic and we could have had a real problem on our hands"

Asst Ch Con Shaun WestLincolnshire Police

Plans to end decades of free parking on common land in Kendal being discussed

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Plans to end decades of free parking on common land in Kendal have been debated by councillors this morning.

South Lakeland Council's ruling Liberal Democrats say a report found that it's not safe for people to park at the New Road site.

But Conservative councillors say although safety is important, the proposals are too hasty and there hasn't been enough consultation.

An online petition asking the council to reconsider its plans has attracted more than 480 signatures so far.

A decision is expected today.

Registering a death in Cumbria is quicker than other parts of country

It's quicker to register a death in Cumbria than in most other parts of the country.

By law, all deaths - except those that need investigating by a coroner - must be registered with the local authority within 5 days.

In Cumbria it was about 77% last year, but five years ago it was more than 80%.

In England and Wales 2015/16, 187,605 deaths were registered after the five-day legal limit, a 70% rise on 2011/12, General Register Council (GRC) figures show.

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Matt Cardy

Mother of teenager who died taking ecstasy doesn't blame friend that bought it

The mother of a teenager from Millom who died after taking ecstasy says she doesn't blame the friend who bought the drug for him.

Christian Pay was 18 when he took the drug was at the Kendal Calling music festival two years ago.

One of his friends, Jordan Blackburn, also became seriously ill, another friend - Simon Chapman - was later sent to prison for supplying the drug.

Speaking in a new BBC Three documentary Christian's mother Debbie says “He [Simon] blamed himself for what happened to Christian.

"It’s not his fault, I, personally for one, think it’s wrong that he did get arrested. In my eyes he’s not a criminal, he’s just another one of them kids that bought drugs like kids do every day. But got caught.”

Debbie Pay
BBC

'Worrying about crime affects more than 15,000 children in Cumbria'

It's estimated that more than 15,000 children in Cumbria are worried about becoming victims of crime and this fear means they are significantly less happy.

The research, by the Children's Society, also suggests that a similar number are concerned about money.

The charity has published its Good Childhood Report after researching the views of children in the north west aged between 10 and 17.

It's now calling on the government to address its estimated funding shortfall for children's services which is predicted to reach £2bn by 2020.

Generic photo of child
BBC

Watch seals live at Walney

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

I just had to share this. I promise I haven't spent the last five minutes watching the seals live at South Walney Nature Reserve ;)

Cumbria Wildlife Trust have a live webcam set up - you can go aww for yourself here.

Seals at Walney
Cumbria Wildlife Trust

National Trust criticised by hunt supporters over changes to policy

BBC Radio Cumbria

The National Trust is being criticised by hunt supporters in Cumbria after it made changes to its policy.

Hunting animals with dogs is illegal, but hunts can still set a trail for hounds to follow.

The association for trail hunting in the Lake District, the Central Committee of Fell Packs, says it has been told to lay trails without using animal scent.

But it says this would involve years of re-training for the hounds.

It also claims that by insisting dates and locations are published in advance, it will be easier for anti-hunt campaigners to "intimidate" participants.

The National Trust didn't have anyone available for interview this morning.

But the charity says it welcomes hunting under the new rules, which ensure it is legal and consistent with its conservation aims.

Donovan Hetherington

Donovan Hetherington brandished a scalpel and threatened to cut a woman up like a piece of meat.

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Today's fells forecast

BBC Weather

If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells today, here's the forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 7C (45F)
  • Winds: Moderate westerly gusting 20mph
  • Cloud: Occasional patches around the summits
  • Visibility: Very good or excellent, moderate in showers
  • Freezing level: Above the summits
George Glasson

George Glasson repeatedly stamped on his victim's head and attacked another man with a rock.

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Family of teenager who died taking ecstasy talk about grief

BBC Three

The death of a young man from Millom who took ecstasy is the subject of a new BBC documentary.

Christian Pay was 18 years old when he took the drug at the Kendal Calling music festival, near Penrith, two years ago.

In the film on BBC Three his friends say they have been left "scarred" by what happened.

The eight-part series 'One Night of Ecstasy' is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.

Here is the first episode:

Excitement builds amongst close knit friends for the defining festival of the summer.

Weather: Sunny and mostly dry with a scattering of showers

BBC Weather

After a chilly start, it will be a fine, sunny and mostly dry day.

A few light showers may develop during the day, but with light winds it will feel reasonably warm in the sunshine.

Highs of 16C (61F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

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BBC

Welcome to our live coverage

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good morning. We'll be keeping pace with the news, travel reports and the weather forecast, and finding a few other items of interest from around the county, through to about 16:00.

You can be involved too - if you have a photograph you'd like to share, or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.