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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

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 for today, and this week. Here's a reminder:

  • Keswick Convention stepped back from a row with tourist businesses in the town by shifting the dates for next year back from the height of the tourism season;
  • New figures released by Cumbria Police appeared to show that increased penalties were failing to deter drivers from picking up the mobile to make that quick call;
  • And money was found to complete the excavation of a Roman bath house found earlier this year during work at Carlisle Cricket club.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday to do it again. 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 weekend.

Frog lifted from Ulverston loo by RSCPA

It was a first for RSPCA Inspector Chris Towler: A call to a home in Ulverston where the householder was struggling to extract a large frog from a downstairs lavatory.

Frog awaiting rescue

Chris recovered the animal, which was none the worse for its unorthodox arrival in the property, and released it into the nearby canal.

It’s the first time I’ve been called out to deal with a frog in a bog."

Chris TowlerRSPCA inspector

Hospital prepares to clear way for new £30m cancer unit

One of the most prominent buildings at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle will come down soon to make way for a new cancer unit.

Empty north wing of hospital, to be demolished

The five-storey block has been empty for 10 years, and Storm Desmond did so much damage to the building and its electrical systems that it's now condemned.

The new unit, costing between £30m and £50m, will include modern radiotherapy equipment that should mean fewer patients have to travel away for treatment.

This new machine will be able to offer a more comfortable and more extensive treatment than we can at the moment."

Stephen EamesChief executive, North Cumbria hospitals trust

Police appeal after burglars take cash and jewels in Penrith

Police say burglars who searched a house in Beacon Edge, in Penrith, earlier this week, made off with a "significant" amount of cash and jewellery.

Detectives say that two men visited the property on separate days recently, asking what they describe as suspicious questions.

Det Con Joanne French said: "We would like to speak to anyone who has any information regarding this burglary which has left the victim devastated."

Judge lets rugby player avoid ban despite 12 points

A rugby union professional's been spared a driving ban by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court, despite racking up 12 points on his licence.

Christopher Auld, 24, of St Cuthbert's Avenue, Dumfries, who plays for National 1 side Darlington Mowden Park, was banned for six months after travelling at 54mph in a 40mph zone at Kirkby Thore on the A66.

Christopher Auld
Craig McGlasson

Judge Barbara Forrester, sitting with two magistrates, heard Auld's appeal against the ban, on the grounds that it would put his rugby career and a university degree course at risk.

She overturned the disqualification, but said: "If he continues committing road traffic offences at some stage he will lose his driving licence."

Cumbria's weather: A clear, chilly night

BBC Weather

Clear skies and light winds will give a chilly feel overnight, with a risk of some mist and fog forming.

Minimum temperatures will be about 8C (46F)

Weather graphic

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

Cumbria's youngsters show sharp improvement in SATs

Primary school pupils have shown a 10% improvement in their Key Stage Two Standard Assessment Tests, according to figures just published by the Department for Education.

The expected levels in reading, writing and maths were reached by 61% of the pupils, putting the county exactly in line with the national average.

Theatre staff rescue 'orphan' red squirrel

Staff at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick have rescued a baby red squirrel found crawling towards a road near the building.

Baby squirrel

It's thought the animal was about three weeks old when it was found crawling down a tree, and that its mother may have been killed, and it's now being cared for at the Knoxwood animal centre in Wigton.

The plan is to release the squirrel into the wild once it's old enough to look after itself.

Brunton Park joins celebrations

Tomorrow's the first day of the second main festival of the year for Muslims, Eid-al-Adha.

Carlisle United's marked the occasion.

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Clint Hill

Carlisle United are to take another look at defender Clint Hill, who is training with the club, says boss Keith Curle.

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Keswick Convention shifts dates to meet town concern

The organisers of the Keswick Convention, an annual Christian gathering that brings many thousands of people to the town for three weeks every summer, have changed the dates of next year's event after protests from the local tourism industry.

Signer at Keswick Convention
Keswick Ministries

The event has normally been the week before the start of school holidays and the two weeks following, but next year it was set to be completely within the peak holiday season, and many businesses in the town said this would put off other tourists.

Today Keswick Ministries, which organises the convention, said it would return to the previous pattern.

Mayor Susan Leighton welcomed the announcement saying: "I am thankful that the convention has been understanding of the town’s needs, and look forward to a closer working relationship with them in the days and years to come. "

Sounds of life on the bay will entertain coast line passengers

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

Trains running around Morecambe Bay this month will be filled with sounds telling the story of its fishing heritage.

A track called Fleeting will be played in carriages on the Furness Line on Sunday services from Barrow to Lancaster over the next few weeks

The work was commissioned by the Morecambe Bay Partnership to capture the history of the Bay.

Concern grows for missing man in Kendal.

Police say they're increasingly concerned for a 41-year-old man missing from Kendal.

Robert Hodgson

Robert Hodgson was last seen yesterday lunchtime in Burton Road in the town.

He's 6ft with wavy fair hair, and was wearing a t-shirt, blue tracksuit bottoms and a khaki waterproof jacket.

Reds and Kendal take first steps on road to Wembley

BBC Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds will be hoping for their first win in six games when they travel to Evo-Stik One side Scarborough tomorrow in the FA Cup.

The Reds have drawn their last three, having lost the previous two.

Kendal are also on the road in the FA Cup, at fellow Evo-Stik One side Hyde United.

Allerdale 'workshop' films go on show

The final screening event of the Allerdale Film Farm takes place this evening.

Workshop attenders looking at film
Allerdale Film Farm

A number of films created during 10 days of workshops will be shown.

They've been created by specialist film artists across the UK, alongside young people keen to learn about film in West Cumbria.

It begins at the Prospect Village Hall at 19:30.

Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells and chance of a shower

BBC Weather

There's an afternoon of of sunny spells and the outside chance of a shower ahead. temperatures could reach 17C (63F)

Weather graphic

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

Your pictures: When it pays to look behind you...

Martin Lewes


Gary McKeating was looking the right way at Workington Kite Festival when one dog came down towards another.

Dog and kite dog in close conjunction
Gary McKeating

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

Former Grimsby boss steps in to help at Holker Street

BBC Cumbria Sport

Former Grimsby manager Marcus Bignot will assist interim-boss Mickey Moore for the first time when Barrow host Boreham Wood in the National League tomorrow.

The 43 year-old's joined on a temporary basis, while the Bluebirds decide how best to proceed, following the shock resignation of manager Paul Cox.

Moore and Bignot have previously worked with each other at both Grimsby and Solihull.

Marcus Bignot

Ulverston man's death 'not suspicious'

Cumbria police have confirmed that the sudden death of a man last Thursday in Ulverston is not being treated as suspicious.

The man's body was found when emergency services were called to Weston Avenue just after 01:00.

Police say they are worried about potentially hazardous substances at the house, and some items have been sent for testing.

Emie, seven, races over the bumps to BMX stardom

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A seven-year-old girl from South Cumbria has been named the British number one for her age in the sport of BMX Racing.

Emie Seward, from Millom, led from the beginning of the race.

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Drivers flout mobile phone law in spite of larger penalties

Drivers in Cumbria are continuing to break the law by using their mobile phones behind the wheel, in spite of tougher penalties.

Driver with mobile phone
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In March changes were brought in which doubled the maximum penalty to six points and a £200 fine.

A Freedom of Information request submitted by BBC Radio Cumbria has revealed that since those changes, 165 people have been caught.

Council and businessman dig deep so archeologists can carry on excavating

Funding to continue an achaeological dig at the Roman baths found under Carlisle Cricket Club earlier this year has been secured.

Archeologists at bath house

Excavation work to uncover a 4th Century Roman bath house, discovered in May, is expected to cost £30,000.

Local businessman Fred Story has already contributed £20,000, and Carlisle City Council has now agreed to add the other £10,000.

Cyclist injured in crash near Newby Bridge

A cyclist came off his bike and suffered serious head injuries near the bobbin mill in Finsthwaite, near Newby Bridge, last night.

The accident happened at about 21:00, and friends cared for him until the emergency services arrived.

The rider, who's 48 and from the Windermere area, was taken by ambulance to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and then transferred to the royal Preston Hospital.

Police, who say they don't believe his injuries are life-threatening, have appealed for witnesses.

Windermere makes an early start on autumn mists

Colin Shelbourn, the cartoonist for the Westmorland Gazette and other publications, watched as Windermere filled with mist. Winter is coming, was his sad conclusion.

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Weather on the fells: Cool with showers

For meteorologists it's the first day of autumn, and if they're up on the fells it will feel like it.

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 6C.
  • Winds: A moderate to strong northerly breeze.
  • Cloud: Occasional patches down to around 1,950ft in any showers.
  • Visibility: Temporarily reduced around showers, and down to a few hundred yards in early fog patches.

Labour councillors block move to cut Copeland numbers

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A move to reduce the number of councillors in Copeland by almost a third was rejected last night.

The elected mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, had made a commitment to reduce the ranks, and an independent report called for the roll of elected members to be reduced from 51 to 33.

Copeland councillors at meeting

But at a meeting last night, the Labour group voted against this, saying it would leave local people under represented..

Despite the defeat, the report will go to the Boundary Commission, which will announce the size of the council in October.

Cumbria's weather: A chilly, misty start, then sunny spells

BBC Weather

It is a chilly start to the day with some most and fog patches.

That will be followed by a day of sunny spells and scattered showers, with temperatures reaching about 17C (63F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Northern train passengers urged to check before travel

BBC News Travel

Train services operated by Northern, including Cumbria's coast railway line, the Lakes Line, the Settle-Carlisle and Newcastle-Carlisle, are affected by a strike in the continuing dispute over the role of guards.

Some lines have a limited service, others have buses, and there's more information here.

Good morning: This is BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be keeping pace with the news, travel and weather forecasts through the day, and maybe glancing at the lighter side of life as well.

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.