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  1. Updates on Tuesday 26 September 2017
  2. How rail firms spent £1m on electrification plan before it was cancelled
  3. Health trusts urge people to get flu jabs
  4. Cumbrian chemists offer fast HIV tests

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting the news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and the odd other item that catches our eye, for today. Here's a reminder:

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to do it again. As always, if there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Have a very good evening.

Burglar banned from parts of Maryport for five years

A Maryport man who admitted two counts of burglary at West Cumbria magistrates court has been banned from parts of the town for five years.

James Thompson, 37, from Station Inn, admitted stealing nearly £200 from a shop in Curzon Street, and breaking into a shop in Senhouse Street.

James THompson
Cumbria Police

Thompson was jailed for 21 weeks and made subject to a criminal behaviour order meaning he cannot enter those streets for the next five years.

Thompson was the second offender in west Cumbria to be given such an order this month; Sgt Lorraine Murphy said both men were serial offenders and it should give a respite to the local businesses they targeted..

These types of offending can have a devastating effect on businesses."

Sgt Lorraine Murphy

New Catbells car park scheme to go before planners

Martin Lewes


Controversial proposals for a car park in a field near a popular Lake District fell go before national park planners next week.

Cupboard Field, Catbells

Landowner Mike Anderton wants to surface a field as parking for 65 cars on a road alongside Derwentwater, but he's seen several previous applications turned down.

He says it would reduce the risks caused by prolific parking along the narrow road, and Cupboard Field, as it's called, has been used for a number of years for parking on some days of the year.

But objectors say the car park would be out of place on the fellside, and the report going before the meeting says that although it might solve a long-running problem, this doesn't overcome the impact on the landscape.

Cumbria's weather: Largely dry, becoming breezy

BBC Weather

It will stay largely dry overnight with variable amounts of cloud. By dawn it will turn breezy, especially around the coast.

Temperatures will fall to about 12C (54F)

Weather graphic

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

Judge warns of jail sentence after attack on pensioner

A Carlisle man who attacked a pensioner has been warned he may be jailed after he admitted wounding with intent, threatening to kill, and damaging a window.

Stephen Taylor, 53, from Pennine Way was remanded in custody until 27 October when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

Brendan Burke, mitigating, said he would offer "powerful psychiatric" evidence before Judge Tony Lancaster passed sentence.

The judge ordered a report on Taylor's condition, but said this didn't mean any prison sentence would be suspended.

Sellafield union to strike tomorrow in pay row

Members of the GMB union at Sellafield say they will strike tomorrow in the latest stage of their campaign to improve a 1.5% pay rise.


The union represents some 3,000 workers at the plant; Unite, which represents another 2,000, has also balloted for strike action with the result due on Monday.

Sellafield Ltd says Prospect, the union for the majority of the workforce, has accepted the salary settlement, and the company's priority is to keep the site safe and secure..

Police seek missing teenager

Police say they're concerned about Abbie Webster, last seen on Currock Road at 20:20 last night.

Abbie Jade Webster

Abbie's described as 5ft 4in, and was wearing a grey crop top and jeans.

National Fitness Day - ready to join Darcey, Rio and co tomorrow?


Darcey Bussell and Rio Ferdinand help promote National Fitness Day 2017

Tomorrow is National Fitness Day, a scheme that aims to get the whole nation moving a bit more at home and in the workplace.

There are some big names taking part and loads of ways to get involved in your area - here are five of the best...

Travel: Roadworks slow traffic on A590

BBC News Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A590 through the roadworks at Lindal, between Ulverston and Barrow. Temporary traffic lights are in operation.

Mail marks the making of a World Heritage Lake District

Millions of letters and parcels sent this week will be stamped with a special postmark celebrating the Lake District's World Heritage status.

Royal Mail says the postmark will go on all stamped mail sent Second Class on Wednesday and First Class on Thursday.

The status is awarded by the cultural arm of the United Nations, Unesco,

The Lake District secured World Heritage Status in July, joining the likes of the Great Barrier Reef and Stonehenge.

Cumbria's weather: getting brighter

BBC Weather

It'll continue to brighten up with some sunny spells developing and for many it will stay dry, with a light southeasterly wind and a maximum temperature of 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

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

Kendal traders get new radios for theft alert system

Shopkeepers in central Kendal are being issued with new radios linking them to each other as well as the police, so they can pass warnings to each other.

Insp Paul Latham said 15 criminals had been caught this year because of the Shop Watch scheme, with three of those prosecuted accounting for more than one third of the shoplifting offences reported to police so far this year.


Police probe £16,000 motorcycles theft

Four motorcycles worth a total of £16,000 were stolen from a garage in the village of Aldingham, near Ulverston.

Police say the thieves struck early on Friday morning.

Fire crews called to second blaze in Barrow Island flats

Fire crews from Barrow and Walney were called to a fire in the attic of Egerton Court, immediately above a flat that initially caught fire early on Friday.


The fire on Friday is being investigated by police as a case of arson. The cause of this morning's fire is still being investigated.

Events for youngsters help cut bad behaviour in Carlisle

Police say there was a sharp drop in reports of anti-social behaviour in parts of Carlisle during a series of events.

Summer splash event in Upperby
Cumbria Police

The Rock Youth Project, the YMCA and other local people put on events called Summer Splash in a number of Carlisle suburbs, and Brampton and Longtown, with money coming from the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cumbria County Council.

Police say reports of anti-social behaviour were down by 19% in the east of the city, and 44% in the west.

This is great. I am a firm believer that tackling crime and antisocial behaviour is not just about policing, and this is a good example of what can be achieved when we all work together."

Peter McCallPolice and Crime Commissioner

Bus drivers' union in pay strike talks

Talks to avert strike action by some of the county's bus drivers are being held this lunchtime.

Some 300 Stagecoach drivers in Cumbria voted to take industrial action next Monday, after rejecting a pay offer.

The Unite union will meet with Stagecoach managers in Carlisle at 13:00.

Duchess to open new fabric design centre

A fabric company in Carlisle that's nearly 200 years old is getting a royal visit today.

The Stead McAlpin design centre will be officially opened by the Duchess of Gloucester.

The company, which employs about 100 people, supplies companies such as John Lewis and Argos.

Hand cutting fabric
Stead McAlpin

Cumbrian chemists to offer fast HIV test

More than a dozen pharmacies in Cumbria are going to offer a new HIV test which gives results within minutes of the person taking it.

HIV virus

Fewer than 200 people in the county have HIV, but the number of late diagnoses is higher than the national average.

Catherine Meyfroidt, a sexual health nurse in Cumbria, says it'll offer a discrete alternative to a GP's surgery or a hospital clinic.

People with late diagnosis have ten-fold increase in death within the 12 months of being tested but they also have a high risk of developing HIV related illnesses like pneumonia."

Catherine Meyfroidt

United aim to carry better form into Stevenage match

BBC Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United could move back into the top half of League Two with a win at home to Stevenage tonight.

Midfielder Jason Kennedy could come into contention after being rested in Saturday's 5-0 win at Crewe.

United skipper Danny Grainger admitted Saturday's win had lifted some of the pressure on the team - but says they need to carry that form into tonight's game.

Danny Grainger

One game isn't going to decide the season, we know that we need to work hard in every game."

Danny Grainger

Lakes line improvements 'vital to tourism industry'

Better trains on the Lakes line are vital for the national park's tourism industry, according to one leading businessman.

Train at Kendal station

Northern Rail is now planning to bring in so-called "flex" trains, which can operate on electrified lines and under their own diesel power, after the government scrapped electrification plans for the line to Windermere.

The electrification of lines in the Manchester area means diesel-only services will soon become very restricted.

Nigel Wilkinson, the managing director of Windermere Lake Cruises, says the flex trains are a stop-gap which won't fit into the regional rail network as well.

It makes common sense to electrify through to Windermere, to have electric trains running the while way through."

Nigel Wilkinson

Health trusts urge people to take the flu jab

Two of Cumbria's health trusts are appealing to people vulnerable to flu to get vaccinated,after what they describe as a "heavy" season abroad in Australia and New Zealand.

The North Cumbria hospitals trust which runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven, and Cumbria Partnership Trust, which runs mental health services, say they aim to vaccinate record numbers of staff this year.

Last year, North Cumbria gave the jabs to more than three quarters of frontline staff - while the partnership vaccinated more than 60%.

Person blowing nose
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Lakes line electric plans cost £1m before axe fell

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

The plan to electrify the Lakes line between Oxenholme and Windermere cost £1m before it was cancelled, BBC Radio Cumbria has learned.

Oxenholme sign

Electric trains were supposed to be running on the Lakes line later this year, and campaigners said they would be better for the environment and allow more frequent direct services to Manchester Airport.

But earlier this year, three years after the proposals were made, they were replaced with a plan to bring in trains that could run on both diesel and electric power.

The original plan estimated the cost at £17m, but Network Rail says that had jumped to just under £41m by July.

Weather on the fell tops: Hazy

  • Temperature at 3,000ft: 9C.
  • Winds: Moderate southeasterly gusting 20mph.
  • Cloud: Patchy around 2,600ft.
  • Visibility: Rather hazy.
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Travel: Fog lingers on some roads

BBC News Travel

Patches of dense fog are causing problems for drivers this morning.

This is the shot from the Cumbria Highways webcam at the top of Shap on the A6.

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Cumbria's weather: Mild with fog patches to start, then brightening

BBC Weather

It will be a mild but dull and damp start with patches of fog and some drizzle in places. It will gradually brighten with some sunny spells developing. there'll be a light southeasterly wind and a maximum temperature of 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

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

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Martin Lewes


Good morning: We'll be posting the news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other lighter touches from around the county until 18:00.

You can get involved: If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook or on Twitter.