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  1. Updates on Monday 18 September 2017

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Our live coverage across the day

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting the news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other nuggets that we notice about the county, for today.

Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 tomorrow. If you've got any stories or photos to share let us know by sending us an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

Have a very good evening.

Conservatives attack Kendal car park closure

Conservative opposition councillors have attacked the closure of the New Road car park in Kendal.

South Lakeland councillors closed the area of open land, which has been used for decades as an unofficial free car park, because a report from safety experts said it was dangerous.

Councillor James Airey, who leads the opposition group on the council, said the council was using the report, which had been in the administration's hands since April, as an excuse for closing "what is a lifeline for people who don't have anywhere else to park in Kendal".

The council should be looking at minimising the risk to people using New Road car park, not closing it."

James AireyOpposition leader, South Lakeland council

The mountain rescue 'shout' that set a social network alight

Martin Lewes


A Facebook post about a mountain rescue call-out to help down five members of a large walking group who got separated without a torch has been shared more than 2,000 times.

Nearly 5,000 people reacted to the Patterdale team as they described how they went to seek more information from the leader who'd dialled 999 to call them out, and found him in the pub, tucking into a meal, and more than 500 commented.

Here's a short selection of the more publishable ones...

They should be fined for endangering rescue services who risk their lives helping clowns!"

Bob Tiplady

I'd have made the team leader get out of bed and told the guy who was eating his dinner that they were helping in the search!"

Clare Harvey

What a bloody joke, how you keep your cool in situations such as this I'll never know, thank you for all you do, on behalf of those that haven't the decency to."

Joey Hannah
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Holker Street decision looms on Moore's future at Barrow

BBC Cumbria Sport

Barrow's director are expected to announce this week whether Mickey Moore, the interim manager, will carry on or even be confirmed in post.

The Bluebirds drew 1-1 with Torquay at the weekend, meaning they've won one, drawn two and lost two since Moore took over.

Holker Street

Police warning after frozen lamb is stolen

Police have warned people to look out for frozen lamb being offered under suspicious circumstances after a large quantity was stolen from a Carlisle-based wholesaler.

The meat, packed in white, labelled boxes was taken from West Scottish Lamb Ltd on Brunthill Road early this morning

Maryport cocaine man 'may face jail'

A man from Maryport has been told he may be sent to prison after admitting supplying cocaine and other drug offences.

Karl Moore, 43, admitted supplying cocaine between 27 April and 16 May this year and possessing the class A drug with intent to supply on 8 July. He also pleaded guilty to possessing diazepam and amphetamine.

Moore, from Sycamore Road, will return to Carlisle Crown Court for sentencing on 9 November.

Cumbria's weather: Showers clearing southwards

BBC Weather

Showery outbreaks of rain will clear southwards through the night. Later, mist or fog patches are possible. The lowest temperatures will be about 8C (46F)

Weather graphic

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

From the Carlisle dig: The face of a man who ruled 2,000 years ago, and other trinkets

The teams of professional and amateur archeologists who've been digging into the remains of a Roman bath house found at Carlisle Cricket Club have already started turning up finds.

Various finds from the dig.

They include (clockwise) a coin, a hairpin, a ring with a key for a trinket box and a bone needle.

The bath house was found earlier this year, and the new project is to dig down through the remains to see if anything is beneath them.

Your pictures: Sunny intervals and showers, in one shot

The commonest weather forecast for weeks has involved variations on the theme of showers and sunny intervals.

If you're wondering what that looks like, photographer Malcolm Bawn spotted a sunny interval and a shower passing over Ennerdale Water at the same time, and was kind enough to send us the result.

Malcolm Bawn

If you've got a photo you'd like to share with the county, you can send us an email or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

Yes: Every now and then, firefighters really do still rescue a cat from a tree

After an early shout to help their colleagues at Appleby this morning, Sedbergh's retained firefighters got called out again.

One of their followers was quick to illustrate the encounter!

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Travel: A684 closed tonight near Sedbergh for resurfacing

BBC News Travel

Advance warning for tonight: The A684 between Marthwaite, west of Sedbergh, and Lincoln's Inn Bridge will be closed from 19:00 until 05:00 tomorrow for resurfacing.

It'll be closed at the same time for the next two nights as well, with traffic diverted around Four Lane Ends.

Police probe blaze in former school

An investigation is under way to find out what caused a fire at a former school in a village near Appleby.

Firefighters from Appleby and Sedbergh were called to Edenfold in Bolton just after 06:30. Police officers have also inspected the site.

Joy and relief over Zeus the puppy's rescue

It was sad story with a very welcome ending - as we told you on Friday, Zeus the dog was found safe and well after going missing in the Lake District for two weeks.

The 10-month-old Bordeaux Mastiff fled after being spooked on Place Fell on 31 August, but was found by fell walkers Jez Starkey and Adam Briggs after a social media appeal raised awareness of his plight.

Zeus is owned by Tony McDougall, of Middlesbrough, who had been visiting the Lakes on a day trip.

His brother, David, told us: "He's a keen walker and had taken Zeus with him for company to Place Fell. He was devastated went he went missing and spend as much time as he could looking for him."

Rescuers Adam Briggs (left) and Jez Starkey with Zeus
Jez Starkey

We didn't give up on finding him, but we were starting to think the worst. When the call came to say he'd been found it was amazing."

David McDougall
Ady Zivelonghi

The Egremont Crab Fair, which is held in Cumbria, is presently in its 750th year.

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The Lakes 'locals only' homes rule that can leave out locals

Chris Jackson

BBC Inside Out

Lake District planners admit some restrictions aimed at reserving homes for local people aren't working as well as they should.

Keswick new homes with fell behind

New homes in the Lake District are usually only given planning permission with a local occupancy restriction, meaning they must be a main residence rather than a second or holiday home.

But a BBC investigation has found that while some local people say they have benefited because it has helped them to buy a home, others say the rules have stopped them moving just 10 miles down the road.

You can hear more on Inside Out tonight in the north of the county at 19:30 on BBC One, or on the BBC iPlayer.

Carlisle attacker 'could face life sentence'

A Carlisle man who admitted taking part in trouble at Carlisle Conservative Club could face a life sentence because of his previous record, the city's crown court has been told.

Martin Woodhead, 32, of Chatsworth Square, his 31-year-old broiher David Woodhead, of Parkside, and his sister Samantha Woodhead, 30, also of Parkside, all admitted various assault charges after the attack on 12 August.

The two men were remanded in custody to await sentence, with their sister given bail.

The court heard that because Martin Woodhead had served an indeterminate public protection sentence for violence in the past, he was a "candidate" for a life term.

Car park row: Top councillor promises search for alternative

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A leading South Lakeland councillor has promised a search for alternatives for commuters whose free parking on a town centre site has been closed.

Barriers at New Road

Barriers went up on the area next to New Road, which has been unofficially used as a car park for decades, this morning after a report to South Lakeland council said it wasn't safe to use.

But councillor Giles Archibald, the Liberal Democrat leader on South Lakeland council, told BBC Radio Cumbria that he accepted there'd been a lot of public opposition, and there would be be more consultation about what happens next on the land.

You can hear the full interview here.

I am personally committing to recommending to council that we use money that we get from the development of houses in Kendal for infrastructure, that we use that money to build a new car park and it should be free."

Councillor Giles ArchibaldLeader, South Lakeland District Council

Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells and showers

BBC Weather

Sunny spells and showers will drift down from the north in a light breeze, but it will feel pleasant in the sunshine with temperatures of 14 C (57F)

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Tractor fire closes A75 near Annan

BBC News Travel

A tractor on fire means the A75 has been closed just over the border into Scotland, between the A7020 Powfoot, and the B725 at Carrutherstown.

Gill aims to boost visitor economy as she takes over top job

The new managing director of Cumbria Tourism says she wants to encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more.

Gill Haigh
Cumbria Tourism

Gill Haigh is responsible for marketing an industry estimated to be worth £2.7bn, supporting more than 60,000 jobs.

The former journalist, who lives near Kirkby Lonsdale, is a former director at the University of Cumbria and used to run tourism services for Lancaster City Council.

Rescuers irritated by group lost on fells in the dark

Martin Lewes


A Lake District mountain rescue team says the leaders of a large walking group seemed unconcerned when some of the walkers got caught without maps or torches.

Volunteers from the Pattterdale team, many called from their own evening meals for the rescue, say they found a group leader tucking into his dinner when they went to ask him for information.

Holly Groocock

Lake District rescue teams regularly see a spike in calls after dark at this time in the year because walkers don't take the shorter days into account.

Mike Rippon from the team said several walkers were helped down after becoming separated from the group of 76, but the organisers seems unconcerned, and the group members themselves didn't have the necessary kit.

They were basically benighted without torches, maps, compasses, pretty ill-prepared to be fair."

Mike RipponDeputy leader, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team

Busy night shift for the beat bobbies...

More than the usual quantity of booze-fuelled disorder meant it was a busy night for the police in west Cumbria.

The professional sense of humour was clearly getting tested when one of the officers put this on the news feed.

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Shaun Miller hits a spectacular late equaliser as Carlisle United snatch a point at home to Barnet.

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Ageing population means Cumbria will see higher dementia rate

Figures from the Alzheimer's Society show that about 11,000 people in the county will have been diagnosed with dementia by 2020.

The county has more people over 65 than the national average, and this means it will also be above the national average for cases of dementia.

Weather on the fell tops: Mainly good visibility under the cloud

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 5C.
  • Winds: Light to moderate northerly.
  • Cloud: Cloud bases mainly above the summits generally, but lowering to 2,300ft, with patches lower for eastern aspects at times.
  • Visibility: Good or very good with distant hills clearly visible.

Drivers diverted as Kendal car park is closed

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Hundreds of drivers in Kendal are having to find somewhere else to park this morning as an area used as a car park for decades has been closed.

Sign at car park

Barriers went up last night on the common land beside New Road, where up to 200 motorists a day have parked for free.

South Lakeland council says it has no choice but to close the area because of a report which highlighted safety concerns, and promised to provide parking elsewhere at low cost.

But there's been an angry reaction from some drivers, who've questioned the accident record in letters to the local paper.

National League

Byron Harrison struck late for Barrow to deny Torquay a first win of the season as it ended all square at Holker Street.

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Cumbria's weather: Brightening up after a murky start

BBC Weather

It's a fairly grey and murky start to the day in places with some mist and fog, and even a light shower, but it'll brighten up.

There'll be a light breeze, but it should feel pleasant in any sunshine with highs of 14C (57F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Resurfacing work shuts main road into Keswick

BBC News Travel

The A591 Chestnut Hill on the southern side of Keswick is closed for resurfacing until 28 October. Cars and vans can use the St Johns in the Vale Road, but HGVs have a longer diversion.

And if you commute into Kendal, parking is no longer available on New Road.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting the news, sport, weather and travel from across Cumbria until 18:00.

You can get involved: If you've got any stories or photos to share let us know by sending us an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.