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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 August 2017

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Our live coverage across the day

Martin Lewes


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

A reminder:

We'll be back to tell you how that went, and cover the rest of the county's developments, from 08:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime, 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.

Have a very good evening.

Cumbria's weather: Showers clearing to a fine cool night

BBC Weather

Showers should soon die out this evening with a fine and chilly night to follow, as skies clear.

Fog may form across some rural parts, with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Trains delayed at Carlisle by trespasser

BBC News Travel

Trains are being delayed by around 10 minutes on the West Coast Main Line through Carlisle because of a trespasser on the line.

Cumbria's tenant farmers call for protection in Brexit changes

The chairman of Cumbria's commoners, farmers who share grazing on the uplands, says young people need to be given a better future on the land in any changes after Britain leaves the EU.

The current system under the Common Agricultural Policy gives farmers a payment based on the area of land they work, and enforces pan-European standards on issues such as animal welfare, so there's no unfair competition.

Joe Relph

Joe Relph, chairman of the Federation of Cumbrian Commoners, says graziers must carry on being protected in that way after Britain leaves.

The imported food has got to have the same animal husbandry and the same rules that we're having to work with here, because otherwise it's not a level playing field."

Study starts to see to see if house mouse is in decline

Scientists studying Cumbria's wildlife believe the species living closest to humans may be the one they fail to report most often.

House mouse
Tullie House

The Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre has received only 29 reports of the humble house mouse in the past 15 years.

John Martin of the Cumbria mammal group says the species may be in decline, or it may be that people simple don't report sightings.

He said anyone who's seen a mouse, dead or alive, should contact the centre with details so a better record can be built up.

Grimsby boss 'scouting new job in Barrow'

BBC Cumbria Sport

BBC Cumbria Sport understands the former Grimsby Town manager Marcus Bigknot was at a Barrow AFC training session today.

Marcus Bigknot

The Bluebirds have been in search of a new manager since the departure of Paul Cox, and the club's expected to make an announcement tomorrow.

Police speak of growing concern for teenager

Police say they're increasingly concerned for a teenager from Lancaster who's thought to have travelled to Windermere or Bowness.

James Dobson
Lancashire Police/Family

James Dobson, 15, left his home just before noon yesterday and it's not known whether he's alone or with a friend..

Det Sgt Trevor Walker of Lancaster Police said: “We are extremely worried about James."

Councillors meet to vote on a cull in their numbers

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Plans to cut the number of councillors in Copeland from 51 to 33 will be debated tonight.

The reduction being discussed at a meeting at the Copeland Centre has been proposed as part of a boundary review.

Copeland centre, Whitehaven

The independent elected mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, pledged to reduce the number of councillors when he was first elected in 2015.

The plan's been backed by both the Labour and Conservative groups on the council.

Travel: Mowers slow traffic on A66

BBC News Travel

There's heavy traffic in both directions on the A66 near Appleby because lanes have been closed to allow grass cutting.

Legal move means domestic violence job open only to women

Copeland council's gained a special dispensation so it can stipulate that a new job to help victims of domestic violence will only be open to women.

The authority's got a grant of £88,000 from a government project to take on a staff member for two years and provide some temporary housing to victims.

Stock picture

Cumbria police attended just over 1,000 calls to domestic violence incidents in the borough last year and mayor Mike Starkie said the new post was a direct response.

Research published in Cumbria earlier this month showed nearly 10,000 domestic abuse cases across the county as a whole, of which about 2,300 were reported by men.

Curle open to deal as transfer deadline nears

BBC Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle is hoping to do business today, the last day of the transfer window for league teams, before the 23:00 deadline.

He has two targets, a loan and a possible permanent deal, in mind, and he's understood to want to add a defender and a forward.

Keith Curle

If the right person, the right deal for me, for the club and obviously for the player, line up, then we'd look to move."

Keith Curle

Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells and a few showers

BBC Weather

There'll be sunny spells and a few showers this afternoon, with highs of 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

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

Dog-walkers warned after sheep is killed

A sheep has died and others have suffered serious injuries after being attacked in Gilsland, east of Carlisle.

Police say it happened between 17:00 on Sunday and 09:00 on Monday.

Officers say there have been other similar incidents in the area in recent weeks and are warning walkers to keep dogs on a lead near livestock.

Cumbrian families face big bills for back-to-school

More Cumbrian families may be having to find hundreds of pounds this month to stock up on new school uniforms and other back-to-school supplies.

Some secondary schools in particular are demanding more formal uniforms, although legally a child can't be kept out of school if their family cannot afford branded clothing.

School children
Getty Images

Cumbria County Council does offer means-tested grants that can go some way towards the cost of school uniform, of £25 for primary school aged children and £35 for secondary-aged children, and some schools organise second-hand sales.

The government says that schools should select items that can be purchased cheaply with compulsory branded items "kept to a minimum".

Engineers aim to fix village water leak soon

United Utilities engineers say some 50 customers were affected by low water pressures after a leak in the village of Old Hutton, near Kendal, earlier.

Emergency water is being brought in and the company says all supplies should be restored by this afternoon.

Travel: Police warn of heavy showers

BBC News Travel

Police say heavy showers in a few parts of Cumbria are causing surface water problems on roads.

Your pictures: Big skies over the Vale of Keswick

Martin Lewes


When the cloud that's dogged the county recently does break, the views are all the better, and our thanks to Christine Duff from Tynemouth for this huge view from Clough Head over Derwentwater.

Big view across Derwentwater.
Christine Duff

If you have a photograph you'd like to share, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Travel: Accident slows traffic in Penrith

BBC News Travel

Police are dealing with a collision on the A592 Ullswater Road in Penrith, near Clifford Road.

Northern Rail staff set to walk out again

Staff from Northern Rail will be striking again tomorrow and on Monday in their dispute over the role of guards on trains.

The company runs a number of services around the Cumbrian Coast and between Carlisle and Settle, and also runs services from Teesside to Tyneside.

Northern says it hopes to run about 900 services, but trains will be replaced with buses on a number of other lines.

Engineers find source of water problem

United Utilities engineers say they believe they have traced the reason for some people in Cumbria losing their water supplies.

A team is now investigating a leak on Middleshaw Crescent in Old Hutton, near Kendal.

The company says it's sorry for any trouble low water pressure (or no water at all) has caused customers.

Memories of Diana, from the founder of a charity born in Cumbria

The man who founded a charity in Cumbria to clear landmines across the world has been remembering the support he had from Diana, Princess of Wales, who died 20 years ago.

Lou McGrath and his brother Ray set up the Mines Advisory Group in Cockermouth 25 years ago.

He says her involvement for MAG and other charities was crucial in getting governments to ban the munitions.

We tried to push forward a ban on the use, production, and export, and it was only when Diana came on board, the British government declared a moratorium.

Diana near minefield
Getty Images

Within one year of her involvement, which sadly was after her death, we were able to sign the mine ban treaty."

Lou McGrath

Travel: Accident on Workington bridge

BBC News Travel

There's been an accident on the A596 at Workington Bridge.

Water company investigates slow flow in Kendal

United Utilities says it is investigating reports of low water pressure in Kendal.

The company says water is coming out of taps more slowly than usual or not at all - but it does not yet know the cause.

Zip wire firm in public consultation cross-fire

A company that wants to install two zip-wires across Thirlmere in the Lake District is holding a consultation event this evening.

Already, about 1,500 people have sent their comments on the project. many on social media run by the company behind the plan, Treetop Trek.

They include views from both sides:

This is a National Park, not an amusement park."

A great idea, hopefully it generates business for the area."

Map showing proposal
Cass Associates

Irresponsible without additional infrastructure."

Another great way for people to do something active and enjoy the beautiful surroundings."

Staff from the company will be at swirls car park near Thirlmere between 16:00 and 18:00 this evening.

Weater on the fell tops: Generally good visibility

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 13C.
  • Winds: Light westerly with the odd moderate gust.
  • Cloud: Occasional 2,300ft overnight and in the morning but clearing later.
  • Visibility: Generally good, but dropping to moderate or poor in heavy showers.

Cumbria's weather: Heavy showers to the south, mist to the north

BBC Weather

There'll be heavy showers in the south of the county at first, drier with a few mist or fog patches in the northern half.

The mist will clear, and things will brighten up for most, although there's a chance of more showers later.

Weather graphic

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

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting the news, travel reports and a regular 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.