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  1. Tuesday 14 November 2017
  2. Woman admits manslaughter of grandmother by neglect
  3. Migrant charities struggle as cause fades from headlines
  4. Cumbrian tourism firms head east to crack China market
  5. United midfielder is out for season after injury

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Martin Lewes


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

Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it again tomorrow from 08:00.

If you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Cumbria's weather: Mostly cloudy with some drizzle on hills

BBC Weather

Skies will remain mostly cloudy tonight with some light outbreaks of rain and drizzle over the hills, before skies gradually clear in the north. Temperatures will fall to about 4C (39F).

Weather graphic

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

Court date set for pensioner accused of attacking wife

A 80-year-old pensioner from Kirkby Lonsdale accused of the attempted murder of his wife will appear before a judge at Carlisle Crown Court later this month.

The charge against Peter Horbury, of New Road, alleges that he tried to murder 78-year-old Patricia Sin Lin Horbury on 26 October.

Mr Horbury was not in court for today's hearing. Mr Justice Turner adjourned the case until 28 November when he will be asked to attend the court.

Barrow MP tells minister of train problems in Furness

The Barrow and Furness MP, John Woodcock, has asked a transport minister to press Northern to provide better replacement bus services when school students have problems because of cancelled trains.

In a written exchange, the minister, Paul Maynard, replied that Northern were already obliged to make "all reasonable endeavours" to secure alternative transport arrangements, but said his officials would raise the concerns with the train operating company.

Northern said in a statement: "When services on the Furness line are cancelled we always seek to provide two coaches to help children get to and from school.

"Of course, these options are subject to the availability of replacement transport in the affected areas."

Pudsey's rickshaw team gets a cheer as it passes

Pudsey Bear

The Children in Need Rickshaw, complete with Matt Baker riding as escort, passed through South Cumbria today.

Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge passes South Cumbria

Tom Lynch from Kendal was there to film them as they passed Crosthwaite primary school, and our thanks to him for sending the footage in.

You can follow them here, as long as they have the right signal, as they end today's stage in Penrith, and ride on tomorrow towards Glasgow, where they're due to arrive on Children in Need night.

Police concerned for missing Jamie

Police say they are concerned for a 25-year-old man missing in the Whitehaven area.

Jamie Johnstone, who's from the town, was last seen walking towards the harbour at 11:00 today, and there is an unconfirmed sighting in Market Place at 14:30.

Jamie Johnstone
Family photograph

Police say he's of stocky build, 5ft 9in and was wearing a grey Slazenger hooded top.

Cumbria's beaches hit the excellent cleanliness targets

The Environment Agency's given two sea beaches in Copeland, and four on the shores of Windermere, three stars and the highest "excellent" grading for cleanliness.

The Copeland beaches are at St Bees and Silecroft.

The Copeland councillor in charge of environmental health, Allan Holliday, said it was very good news for tourists and local people.

It's great that they can be confident the waters are clean and suitable for a bracing walk or a paddle and picnic with the family."

Allan Holliday
Silecroft beach

Rape trial shown video of police interview with girl

The trial of four teenage boys accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in a field in Workington has been shown a video of her being interviewed by police.

The four boys, who cannot be identified because of their ages, all deny two charges of rape and a further sexual offence.

The girl told police she had not met the boys before that night, but they took "50 second" turns to rape her.

She said she would never have consented to any of the sexual acts, adding: "I was thinking 'this seriously hurts'. And I wanted it to stop."

Judge Peter Davies also told Carlisle Crown Court there had been a suggestion that the case involved migrants. "That is not the case," he said.

Alston meeting called on 'care without hospital beds'

People in Alston are being called to a meeting on how people in the town who might once have been cared for at the town's cottage hospital can now be looked after.

Alston cottage hospital

The beds have been closed for months because of staff shortages, but they cannot be formally closed until alternative arrangements have been made.

Dr Craig Melrose from the Cumbria Partnership Trust, which runs the hospital, said: "The Alliance has worked hard to look at how we can provide high quality community nursing to Alston Moor."

The meeting is at the hospital on 18 November.

Grant Holt

Player-coach Grant Holt says the prospect of combining roles at Barrow made it easy to turn down higher division offers.

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Sellafield's tall landmark to go, bit, by bit, by hand

Martin Lewes


One of Sellafield's tallest chimneys is being demolished, one piece at a time, using hand tools.

The stack stands on top of the oldest reprocessing plant on the site, and the top used to stand 122m (400ft) above the ground until a modern, taller, replacement was built.

Sellafield chimney
Sellafield Ltd

It will take until 2020 to remove the chimney, which must be dismantled rather then felled, and preparing for the task has already taken four years.

Each piece will be removed by hand and Stuart Latham from Sellafield Ltd said: "The project demonstrates the challenges of decommissioning the Sellafield site."

Leading county hotelier to be next High Sheriff

Simon Berry, who is chairman and managing director of English Lakes Hotels, has been nominated as High Sheriff of Cumbria for next year.

Simon Berry
English Lakes Hotels

Mr Berry will take over an office dating back 1,000 years, to before the Norman Conquest.

High Sheriffs attend Royal visits and are also responsible for the protection and well-being of High Court judges, as well as being entitled to act as returning officer at Parliamentary elections.

Mr Berry will take up the office next March, after the Queen, in another ceremony, has pricked the list of the 50 new high sheriffs with a bodkin to approve their appointment.

Archeologists dive unexpectedly deep into the past

Archaeologists looking for Viking remains in the Duddon Valley have found something that's 1,000 years older.

They have uncovered remains of a Bronze Age settlement, on land that is thought to have been occupied until at least the 16th Century.

Duddon Local History Group

For two weeks this summer volunteers led by professional archaeologists surveyed and dug into the site, and while there were Viking remains, these were built on top of other, much older structures.

The archaeologists will present their "highly significant" findings today, and they say it sheds new light on early human occupation in the area.

Refugee charities keep collecting

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Cumbrian charities who collect aid for refugees say their work has become more difficult as the media spotlight has moved on to other news stories.

Man loading van with black binliners

Items including sleeping bags, tents, food, toiletries and warm clothes were taken to refugees in Northern France last weekend by volunteers in North Cumbria and Southern Scotland.

But charities in the county say they're having to work hardier to raise funds because the refugee crisis hasn't been in the news.

Dave Wood, from Furness Refugee Support, says there are still thousands of migrants and refugees arriving in southern Europe.

For a mother to put a kid on a rubber boat in the Mediterranean in November because it's safer in that boat than it is on land, then there's still that need."

Dave Wood
Archaeological dig at Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley, Cumbria

Archaeologists uncover remains 2,000 years older than those they were excavating in Cumbria.

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Pudsey passes through South Lakes

Pudsey Bear

The BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge is currently passing between Windermere and Ullswater.

But a little earlier as it was passing Crosthwaite, Tom Lynch took this picture, for which many thanks.

One Show presenter Matt Baker's riding escort on the right.

Rickshaw challenge
Tom Lynch

And here's some more about the rest of the journey today.

View more on twitter

You can keep track of the rickshaw and its escorts here.

Raiders sign prop Riley

BBC Cumbria Sport

Barrow Raiders have signed former Whitehaven loanee Glenn Riley for the 2018 season.

The 25-year-old prop is a former BARLA international who began his career with Warrington Wolves before a spell with London Broncos.

He lined-up against his new club on three occasions with 'Haven last season, including the League One play-off final at Craven Park.

Glenn Riley
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Nicky Adams

Carlisle United winger Nicky Adams is out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury.

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Cumbria's weather: Grey and drizzly

BBC Weather

It will be a generally grey and cloudy day with some outbreaks of rain and drizzle, especially over coasts and hills.

However, the odd brighter spell is also possible for a time.

It will be less cold, with temperatures of about 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

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

United midfielder Adams is out for season

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United have been dealt a major blow today after last season's player of the year Nicky Adams was ruled out for the rest of the season after he sustained a knee injury against Yeovil at the weekend.

Nicky Adams
Carlisle United

The club say the results of an MRI scan on Adams' knee have been forwarded to specialists in London, who will advise the club on the extent of the injury tomorrow.

The 30-year-old, who was on the four-man shortlist for League Two Player of the Year at last night's North West Football Awards, said he was "heartbroken" on his Twitter account this morning.

Adams swept the board at season's Player of the Year awards - scoring three times and recording 14 assists - the third highest in the division, and has made 21 appearances this season.

BreakingGrandaughter admits killing woman, 91, by neglect

A woman's admitted manslaughter by neglect after the death of her 91-year-old grandmother in a caravan near Cockermouth last year.

Maude White was said to be covered in bed sores and crying in pain in her final days.

Jacqueline Fairclough, 43, of Wyndham Hall Caravan Park at Cockermouth, was jailed for three years.

County project leads way in preventing diabetes

About 250 people living in South Cumbria and Lancashire will be among the first to try out the latest technology aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes.

Just six areas have been chosen to try out a digital version of what the NHS calls its Diabetes Prevention Programme for those at high risk of developing the disease, often because of their lifestyles.

People taking part will fill out a self-assessment form online before a health advisor calls them to develop a tailored plan.

They'll then get support and guidance using a smartphone app, wearable technology such as smartwatches that keep track how many steps they have taken and regular phone calls with health advisors.

Tourist bosses fly out to crack the China market

Representative from Cumbria's tourism industry are travelling to China to secure lucrative contracts in what they say is a growing market.

Mountain Goat bus
Mountain Goat Bus Company

Stephen Broughton, one of the owners of the tour bus company Mountain Goat, says visitors from China make a bigger contribution to the business in the winter.

The Chinese market seems to be one that isn't seasonally orientated, they come throughout the winter."

Stephen Broughton

Weather on the fell tops: Improving

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 5C.
  • Winds: Strong westerly gusting 30mph decreasing moderate west then southwesterly.
  • Cloud: Extensive above 1,300ft and patches down to 800ft in the west, becoming more broken through the day especially across northern fells.
  • Visibility: Poor improving moderate or good.

Travel: Signals hitch delays Barrow trains

BBC News Travel

An earlier signals problem is still causing delays of up to 40 minutes on trains between Lancaster and Barrow.

Rickshaw rocks through Cumbria for Pudsey

Pudsey Bear

The main cycling challenge raising money for Children in Need reaches Cumbria today.

Rickshaw challenge route and times

Setting off from Morecambe this morning, The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge will cycle past Windermere, over Kirkstone Pass and along Ullswater to finish the day in Penrith.

You can track them here.

It's part of a nine-day effort for the team of six, including presenter Matt Baker, to make it to Glasgow from London in time for the BBC Children in Need Appeal show on Friday.

Travel: Police reopen Cleator Moor Main Street

BBC News Travel

Police say the A5086 through Cleator Moor Main Street is now open after the earlier accident.

Two in hospital after A590 crash

Two people were taken to hospital after a crash on the A590 at Newby Bridge near Ulverston last night.

Firefighters had to use cutting equipment to free a women from one of the cars following the collision just before 16:00.

Both casualties were flown to hospital by air ambulance.

Cumbria's weather: Brightening after a cloudy, damp start

BBC Weather

It will start cloudy with some hill fog and patchy light rain and drizzle.

The weather will gradually turn drier and brighter from the north through the day with sunny spells developing, gentle westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Cleator Main Street blocked by collision

BBC News Travel

Cleator Moor Main Street, the A5086, is blocked at Ehen Hall after a collision involving two vehicles.

The road is closed until further notice.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting the news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that might come along in the county, through until about 18:00.

As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.