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  1. Updates on Monday 18 December 2017
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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 and other things that catch out eye, for today. Here's a reminder:

We'll do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow. If you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you canemail them to us,send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbriaorhead to our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Police warn iTunes voucher scam 'still going'

Cumbria Police have renewed warnings about a telephone scam where the caller claims to be from the tax authorities at HM Revenue and Customs and requests payment of a tax bill in iTunes vouchers.

Officers say that in the latest incident a woman from the Millom area paid more than £597.

Police also asked retailers to check if asked for a high value in iTunes vouchers by a customer.

“The HMRC website states they would never use these methods to tell you about a tax rebate, a penalty or even to get personal payment information, and they would not request overdue tax to be paid in iTunes vouchers or similar."

Cumbria Police spokesman
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Cumbria Police

Travel: A69 blocked eastbound in Northumberland

BBC News Travel

A pile-up involving a number of vehicles has blocked the A69 eastbound at Haydon Bridge, just past the A686 junction.

Cumbria's weather: Fog, then low cloud and drizzle

BBC Weather

Fog will probably quickly form this evening, becoming quite extensive, but likely to be replaced by low cloud, fresher winds and patchy drizzle by morning.

There's the chance of a frost in some sheltered eastern parts, where temperatures will fall to 0C (32F).

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

A green light for those who help in dark times

The Hoad is the Sir John Barrow monument above Ulverston, in the shape of a lighthouse and it is normally floodlit in the traditional way.

This Christmas, the light is being changed for a purpose.

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New banking alert has saved £50,000 in Cumbria

A new system where bank staff alert police if a customer asks to make an unusual transaction has prevented frauds that would have cost people in Cumbria £50,000.

The Banking Protocol means counter staff are trained to recognise which a customer might be being coerced or tricked and police can attend immediately.

Police logo on van
Cumbria Police

As well as national banks, institutions like the Cumberland Building Society are signed up and since the system started in July, seven people have been arrested and police believe £49,000 in fraud has been prevented.

It’s by working together with law enforcement, and others, that we can make a real difference when it matters most."

Katy WorobecUK Finance

Parents try to launch indoor volunteer play scheme

A community group set up by two parents in Kendal wants to set up an indoor play area in the town.

At least two small business providing soft play or ball pools for pre-school and primary age children have tried but closed.

Now John and Mhairi Helme are holding a public meeting on 9 January at Kendal Town Hall to gather support for a social enterprise, with volunteers

South Lakeland council's leader, Giles Archibald, says he's happy to give the project as much help and advice as possible.

There is nowhere that is informal, continuous through the day and easy to access."

Giles Archibald

Our first step is to get the right premises and pull together a group of volunteers who are committed to making this work. It wouldn’t be about making profits, it would be about delivering a facility which this area desperately needs."

Mhairi Helme

How Cumbrian Christmas pud has a crusading origin

A Cumbrian Christmas food dating from the 18th century was probably influenced by people returning to the county after taking part in the Crusades, according to a food historian.

Ivan Day from Shap says a recipe for Christmas Pottage, a sort of beef soup with sweet ingredients like dates and other dried fruit, was written down at Newbiggin Hall in 1720.

He says it was probably created after soldiers returned to Cumbria after spending time in the Middle East.

Medieval picture of Crusader and Saracen
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Travel: Crash hampers A65 roundabout

BBC News Travel

A one-vehicle accident on the roundabout where the A65 meets the A590 and the A6070 is causing queues.

Adapted trains under test for May roll-out on Lakes line

Trains adapted so they can use overhead electric cables and run under their own power on diesel engines are now being tested before they start on the Lakes line between Oxenholme and Windermere from next May.

The 30-year-old trains have spent their lives so far working in the South England, but need the diesel power adding on because plans to electrify the Cumbrian line were scrapped to save money in July.

County teams must wait to know FA Trophy opponents

BBC Cumbria Sport

Both the Cumbrian teams in the FA Trophy Second Round draw will have to await the results of replays to know who they face.

Workington will have to travel to either Chesham or Weston, while Barrow will visit either Braintree or Brackley.

Violent partner jailed for 22 months after stand-off

A man who assaulted his partner twice in a month and then threatened to cut his own throat in a stand-off with police has been jailed at Carlisle Crown Court.

Stuart Barwise
Cumbria Police

Suart Barwise, 33, of no fixed address, admitted assaulting Katie Murray twice during October, once causing actual bodily harm and assaulting a police officer.

The court was told Barwise had expressed regret for the offences, but Recorder Julie Clemitson sentenced him to 22 months in prison.

Ivan cooks up a Christmas turkeys might vote for

Kerry Parvin


A food historian from Shap, Ivan Day, has been checking through old recipe books for some recipes dating back before the days of turkey and Brussels sprouts.

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Some of the recipes were brought back by soldiers who'd fought in the Crusades, others by the need to preserve food in the days before refrigeration.

New doubts raised over Seaton killing and the last hanging

Sanchia Berg

Today Programme

In this house in Seaton more than 50 years ago, a man died in a crime that would end with the last judicial hangings in Britain.

Black and white pic of house

Even today, the sentence remains controversial, as you can read in a special BBC report here.

More refugees expected as Syrians settle in

More Syrian refugees are expected to come to Cumbria in the new year and Cumbria County Council staff say those who have already made a home here are settling in well.

The county has promised to accept 285 as part of the government's resettlement programmeand 65 have already settled in.

Rob Cartner says they're learning to speak English and some have got jobs.

We have education for the adults, eight hours a week and that's minimum, and they're all engaging in that and enjoying it, but the kids, because they're in school and living the experience with other kids, they're loving it."

Rob CartnerCumbria County Council

Curle says January transfers will be critical

BBC Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says the January transfer window will be "crucial" in United's fight to win promotion from League Two.

His side were beaten 2-1 at home by struggling Port Vale at the weekend and Curle says new players are needed.

We need better, we need to improve, we need to go back to the demand that are put on the players, today's performance and result is not what we're after."

Keith Curle
Keith Curle

Travel: A6 closed after High Hesket crash

BBC News Travel

The A6 between Carlisle and Penrith has been closed after a crash at High Hesket. Traffic is heavy and the Stagecoach 104 service is also delayed.

Severe accident: A6 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A6 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between Calthwaite Turn Off and B6413.

A6 Cumbria - A6 in High Hesket partially blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between the Calthwaite Turn Off junction and the B6413 junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Police blame ice for spate of bumps

Police say the roads have been icy again in Cumbria this morning.

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Cumbria's weather: Dry, bright and a little milder

BBC Weather

This afternoon will remain dry and bright across Cumbria, with plenty of sunshine which may turn a little hazy at times.

It'll be milder, with temperatures in places up to 7C (45F).

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

Travel: Trains slowed on main line while bridge is checked

BBC News Travel

Trains between Oxenholme and Penrith are being slowed slightly under a bridge near Lambrigg after reports that it might have been hit by a small car.

Engineers are expected to check it shortly.

Reds leave Hartlepool dangling in cup upset

BBC Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds are in today's FA Trophy second round draw after one of the cup upsets of the weekend.

The West Cumbrians beat Hartlepool, who are only just relegated from the Football League.

Scott Allison got a late goal to take the Reds through 1-0 against a side from two divisions above them.

Zip wire row is Lake District defining issue

Martin Lewes


The resignation of the filmmaker Terry Abraham from a post with the newly-established Lake District Foundation is the latest step in a debate fought out on social networks for several weeks.

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Treetop trek

Lake District National Park policy supports zip wires in wooded areas, but not on the open fellside. You can read all about the plans and make comment on them here.

The Friends of the Lake District say the wires stretching more than a kilometre across the lake, with people sliding down them at high speed, would be "wholly inappropriate": Business groups say it is the sort of development essential to attract a new generation of visitors.

Such schemes have defined how people see the future of the Lakes for several years, which is why Sarah Sandley, director of the Lake District Foundation, says the charity has to stand aside from such controversies.

There are people with lots of different interests in the national park and if we got involved with all of these debates it has a real risk of detracting from our main purpose of raising money."

Sarah Sandley

Engineering giant wins 10-year Sellafield contract

The engineering giant Babcock has won a 10-year contract to provide specialist handling and storage equipment for Sellafield.

The nuclear reprocessing and waste storage site has asked the firm to provide "complex, bespoke equipment" for the long term work of cleaning up and decommissoning buildings dating back to the 1950s.

The first three years alone could be worth up to £95m.

Sellafield decommissioning
Sellafield Ltd

Police step up patrols after Millom robbery

People in Millom are being told that an increase in police officers in the town is a precaution, following an armed robbery.

Police say a woman was threatened by a man with a the Post Office on St George's Road on Friday afternoon.

The robber, who took an unspecified amount of money, is described as being about 6ft tall and wearing a black hooded top and scarf.

Millom Post Office

Weather on the fell tops: Thaw brings avalanche risk

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: About 1C.
  • Winds: Gentle to moderate southerly/south westerly.
  • Cloud: Periods of cloud above about 2,500ft. During the evening cloud developing above about 1,500ft.
  • Visibility: Very good or excellent with some good panoramic views of surrounding fells, becoming several kilometres in any rain later. However visibility may be a few hundred metres or less in valley fog.
  • Freezing level: 1,000m.

The rangers' report for the Lake District Weatherline says the thaw could result in avalanches, warm waterproof clothing is essential, and a drop in temperatures could make things extremely icy.

Cumbria's weather: Generally bright but cold in places

BBC Weather

The day will start with frost and some patchy fog across Cumbria, which may be slow to clear.

Otherwise, it will be a generally bright day, although rather chilly, with the warmest places getting to 7C (45F)..

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

Barrow leak cuts water supplies

United Utilities engineers are on their way to attend a water main leaking in Dover Street, Barrow, which the company says has cut supplies or reduced pressure to a number of homes in the town.

Filmmaker Terry quits charity post over zip-wire controversy

A Cumbrian filmmaker says he "wrestled with his conscience" before resigning from a new charity on its opening day.

Terry Abraham had been appointed an "ambassador" for the Lake District Foundation, but he resigned at the opening event because it refused to share his opposition to a zip wire attraction being planned for the Lake District.

Terry Abraham

Mr Abraham said the foundation's neutrality "stands in conflict" with his own beliefs that a proposed zip wire across Thirlmere would be in the wrong place.

The foundation, which is taking over fundraising on a large scale for work such as footpath maintenance and environmental work, says it has to take a neutral position and not campaign on either side of controversial issues.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning: We'll be keeping up with the news, travel and weather 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.