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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 September 2017

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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, for today.

Here's a reminder:

We'll be back, with good news and bad, from 08:00 tomorrow.

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

Have a very good evening.

Morecambe Bay and Duddon nature protection zones are combined

Two international protection zones covering Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary have been combined from today because of their importance as feeding areas for migrating birds.

Morecambe Bay
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The RSPB says the area supports 40,000 seabirds, including a number of species which have declined over the past decade such as the Sandwich tern, the common tern, and the little tern.

The designation's under European legislation, which expected to be copied into British law under the ;legislation currently being debated in Parliament.

Environment Minister Therese Coffey said: "We already have one of the strongest track records in the world when it comes to looking after our precious marine environment, and today's designations will strengthen our blue-belt of protected areas."

Hospital shop volunteers step down after 'inspirational' 23 years

A couple who've worked with the Royal Voluntary Service for 23 years have been praised for their work at a party to mark their retirement.

Phyl Harrison (in the grey RVS fleece in the middle at the front) and Roy Harrison (in the beige jumper to the left of the middle)

Phyl Harrison (pictured centre) and Roy Harrison (centre left), from Leece, said they'd enjoyed every minute of the work.

Barry Rigg, from the Morecambe Bay hospitals trust, said their work was "an inspirational achievement and we can't thank them enough".

Travel: A590 very slow after Newby Bridge crash

BBC News Travel

Traffic's very slow past the garage at Newby Bridge where the road's partially blocked by an accident.

Arthur Warwick

A man serving a life sentence in England is convicted of raping a girl and abusing two others in Scotland.

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Police warn dealers after 'key gang member' is jailed

A member of a drugs gang that transported heroin and cocaine from Merseyside into Barrow has been jailed for four years and 10 months.

William Dodd
Cumbria Police

William Dodd, 27, from Barlow Lane, Kirkby, had previously admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Police said he'd been in a drugs gang known as Joey, and that a number of people from Barrow have already been jailed for their involvement.

He was instrumental in setting up this criminal enterprise and assisted in recruiting lower level dealers who he would send from Merseyside to Cumbria, with the sole purpose of supplying class A drugs. The streets of Cumbria are safer now that Dodd is behind bars."

Police spokesman

Cumbria's weather: Persistent rain clearing

BBC Weather

The more persistent rain should soon clear away east to leave clear spells and blustery showers, with strong westerly winds continuing.

Temperatures will drop to about to 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

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

Roofer fails to overturn Asbo for overcharging pensioner

A roofer has failed to overturn an anti-social behaviour order imposed after he charged a West Cumbrian pensioner £1,000 for work worth £100.

The 10-year Asbo, along with 18 months' youth detention, was imposed on Charles Henry Rico Evans in 2009 after he admitted two counts of fraud.

Carlisle Crown Court was told Evans, who had not committed any further crimes, needed the order revoked so he could find work to support his family.

But after hearing Evans had been offered work that wouldn't be affected by the Asbo, Judge Peter Davies said it should run its course.

Travel: Delays after two crashes on A590

BBC News Travel

Police say there have been two separate accidents on the A590 at Newby Bridge, causing delays.

Police in line for awards after students join in sexting dangers campaign

A campaign to warn young people in Cumbria about the dangers of social media has been shortlisted for a national award.

Students from Carlisle College were invited to takeover Cumbria police's Snapchat and Instagram accounts to tell the fictional story of a girl who was sexually exploited by her boyfriend.

A film was then made, and put on the force's Facebook account.

The campaign has been shortlisted in the UK Public Sector Communications Awards, where the force has also been nominated for two local awards.

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Man back in court for missing probation meetings

A Cumbrian man who missed probation service meetings after he assaulted his partner has been brought back to Carlisle Crown Court.

Anthony William Moorhead, 25, of Graham Street, Longtown, was sentenced in January for the attack which left Amy Sellars with a head wound.

He was told to go on a course and undertake rehabilitation.

He admitted missing three probation meetings and was told to return to Carlisle Crown Court next month for reports.

Barrow RL boss confident as team flies to Canada

BBC Cumbria Sport

Barrow Raiders head coach Paul Crarey believes the "pressure is off" his side as they prepare to face league leaders Toronto in Canada at the weekend.

The Raiders are all but mathematically guaranteed a second-placed finish in League One this season, which would guarantee home advantage in the play-offs.

Paul Crarey

Police called to home after man found dead

Police say they don't think there's any suspicious circumstances around the sudden death of a 65-year-old man at his home on West Shore Park, on Walney Island.

Police were called to the property at about 10:30 today.

Travel: Breakdown slows A66 near Brough

BBC News Travel

A broken-down car is partly blocking the A66 near Brough and traffic is queuing in both directions.

Jeweller hopes to revive town's metalwork skills

A jeweller in Keswick is hoping to revive some of the skills for which the town was once famous.

Tea service
Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House

The Keswick School of Industrial Art trained local people to make decorative metalwork such as this tea service for 100 years before it closed in 1984.

Brian Fulton is now planning to open a workshop, shop and cafe which could also act as a training centre.

Lancashire special constable accused of child sex offences

A special constable has been accused of engaging in online sexual activity with an underage girl while on duty.

Lancashire Police HQ

Jack Baxter, 22, is charged with attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act and misconduct in public office.

Mr Baxter, who works for Lancashire Police, is due to appear before Preston magistrates later.

He was arrested in November after an investigation by the force's online child abuse investigation team.

The officer, of Victoria Road, Ulverston, is currently suspended.

Cumbria's weather: Becoming wet and windy

BBC Weather

Periods of occasionally heavy rain will develop into the afternoon and evening, along with strengthening winds.

Temperatures will rise towards 16C (61F).

Weather graphic

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

Second Sellafield union to ballot on strike

A second trade union at Sellafield is to take a vote on industrial action over a pay rise.

Earlier this week, the GMB union voted to walk out in the dispute over the 1.5% increase, and now Unite is to ballot its members at the plant, starting on Wednesday.

A statement from Sellafield Ltd, said the two unions together represented less than half the workforce and Prospect, which represented the rest, had accepted the offer.

We believe that a no-strings attached 1.5% pay increase is fair and reasonable. "

Sellafield spokesman

Barrow MD: Bignot not in line for manager's job

BBC Cumbria Sport

Barrow's managing director Andrew Casson appears to have ruled-out the possibility of Marcus Bignot becoming the next Bluebirds manager.

The former Solihull and Grimsby boss linked-up with his friend Micky Moore at Holker Street last month to help assist him in his bid to earn the job on a full-time basis.

But Casson said he thought Bignot was simply helping a friend.

If we didn't give Mickey the job, I don't know whether Marcus would take it just because of the relationship they have."

Workington lifeboat tows in yacht after loss of power

The Workington lifeboat Dorothy May White was launched last night to help a sailor whose yacht had electrical problems.

Workington lifeboat
RNLI/Peter Inglis

The Spanish sailor and his vessel were towed to a berth in Whitehaven Marina.

Village pharmacist talks of threat to rural patients

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The pharmacist in Hawkshead has been talking of a threat to businesses like his because of cuts in support they get from government.

The village narrowly escaped losing its GP practice because of similar reductions in funding aimed at helping services in rural areas.

Hawkshead pharmacy

Simon Butterworth, who runs the pharmacy, says even with the influx of tourists, it's difficult to make the business pay, and there are many demands on his service then aren't financially supported.

A lot of that work is unfunded, minor ailments, minor injuries, we look after people, we get virtually nothing for doing that."

Simon Butterworth

Villagers turn out to 'find a fix' session

Around 30 people in Staveley went to the first session of a "repair cafe" where volunteers with skills such as electrical repairs to help mend items that might otherwise be thrown away.

Blokes fixing something.

Sewing and bicycle repairs were also on offer at the event, which is part of a South Lakeland council project to reduce household waste.

New call for the North to have a single voice

The Government is being asked to put more money into Cumbria's infrastructure as part of the Northern Powerhouse policy.

The Institution of Civil Engineers is publishing a report calling for a "clear strategy".

It says the north's potential could be unlocked by projects that address a shortage of housing and increase productivity.

Darrell Matthews, the regional director, says he'd like to see a Council of the North created.

Think of the power we can have if we're going back to government and saying this is what the north wants, these are the priorities, this isn't just about different cities bidding against each other or rural areas, this is about everybody."

Police promise more attention to local problems

Cumbria police say they've restructured the local police teams to enable "to focus more on neighbourhood issues and problems".

Six additional inspectors will be put in charge of a larger number of neighbourhood teams.

Chief Supt Andy Towler said it would enable them to bear down on anti-social behaviour and similar matters.

Weather on the fells: Needs appropriate clothing

As some fell walkers say: No such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing.

Temperatures at 3,000ft: About 8C.

Winds: Fresh or strong west or southwesterly, gusts gale force at 50mph.

Cloud: Extensive cloud 2,300ft (700m), with patches down to 1,300ft (400m).

Visibility: Moderate or good, falling poor in heavier rain and hill fog.

Travel: Slow going through Ulverston

BBC News Travel

Traffic is facing delays of up to 10 minutes on the A590 through Ulverston at Tank Square, according to the sensors.

Lakes village that dodged loss of GPs faces new health threat

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

People in Hawkshead are celebrating the opening of a new doctors' surgery this week, but it's emerged the village pharmacy could now be threatened.

Hawkshead GP waiting room

The family doctors in Hawkshead avoided closure through the loss of government payments for small practices, by joining forces with the practice in Ambleside.

This week a new surgery, paid for largely through local fundraising, starting taking patients.

But now the village pharmacy is facing the loss of government funding, and Dr Kaye Ward says this would mean local people facing the same lengthy journey to fill a prescription, that they would have had to make had the surgery closed.

It would be dreadful, because one of the points of being here would be lost, people would still have to travel and that's one the biggest issues round here."

Dr Kaye Ward

Good news: Price of a pint in Cumbria

The cost of a pint of beer in Cumbria is among the cheapest in the country, averaging £3.38.

The Good Pub Guide says the average pint across the country now costs £3.60, up by 13p on last year.

The cheapest, at £3.31, were found in Herefordshire and Yorkshire, and the most expensive was in Surrey, where it cost £4.40.


Mike Neville, face of local TV in North Cumbria, dies

Mike Neville, who presented the local BBC programmes in North Cumbria for many years, has died.

Many viewers in the county protested when Mike left BBC Look North after 32 years to present for the independent company, Tyne Tees.

Mike, who was 80, had been fighting cancer. His family said he died peacefully in hospital.

Here's a tribute.

Former regional broadcaster Mike Neville dies at the age of 80

Keswick convention gives visitors more time to see area

Organisers of the Keswick Convention have agreed more changes to help the local economy.

Thousands of people attend the Christian gathering every year, but local business owners say the delegates spend on accommodation, but very little else.

Next year, there will be more free time built into the convention's schedule to encourage people to visit local attractions.

The convention had already changed the dates of the events in coming years, so only two of the three weeks fell into the peak holiday season.

Signer at convention service
Keswick Ministries

Cumbria's weather: Rain moving in

BBC Weather

There may be some early brightness in the east but it will be cloudier in the west where a few showers are likely.

Cloud will increase later in the morning with periods of occasionally heavy rain arriving.

Weather graphic

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

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be here through the day, posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast, and anything else that takes our fancy from around the county.

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