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Martin Lewes


That's January properly started: Here's a reminder of some of today's developments.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

You can take part - if you've a photo you'd like to share with the county, or news you think we should know, you can email us,send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, or head to our Facebook page.

Have a very good weekend.

Police welcome murder sentence for boxer's killer

A man who stabbed an award-winning boxer to death in a Maryport street has been given a life sentence for murder, with a minimum term of just under 25 years.

Sean Morrin
Cumbria Police

Sean Morrin, 33, of Nelson Street, stabbed William Richardson a number of times in the head, neck and back after lying in wait for him behind parked vehicles following an earlier argument.

Morrin was found guilty of murder after a week-long trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Det Supt Vicki Ellis said Morrin had been held accountable for "a brutal and premeditated attack, in the darkness, against a man who was not given any opportunity to defend himself".

Barrow sign Jamaican international in time for cup tie

Barrow have signed winger Chris Humphrey on loan from League One side Bury until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old Jamaican international, who has also had spells with Preston North End, Shrewsbury, Motherwell and Hibs, has made 13 appearances for Bury this season.

He goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's FA Trophy tie at Brackley Town.

Chris Humphrey
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Officials warned about 2,924 people

Nearly 3,000 people living in Cumbria are on a county council list of "cautionary contacts", where officials might need to take precautions such as not visiting them alone, it's emerged.

The Press Association asked councils all over England whether they kept such a list, how many people were on it, and why.

Cumbria's with 2,924 names on it, mostly because of records of violence, was among the longest; Dorset had just 12, and many London boroughs had only a handful, such as Camden, with five.

One official suggested the wide discrepancies probably reflected every local authority having its own system for listing members of the public who might be a problem.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and getting breezy

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy ahead with some clear spells, becoming increasingly breezy. The odd spot of light rain or drizzle is possible, with temperatures down to 3C (37F).

Weather graphic

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

RSPCA shuts down inquiry into troubled South Lakes Zoo

The RSPCA has announced it's closing its probe into the South Lakes Safari Zoo.

Zoo sign

The charity's inspectors began their inquiries after a long-running series of problems at the zoo.

Today the charity said the historic nature of of allegations of animal cruelty made gathering evidence extremely difficult, and in light of changes in management and the efforts being made to improve matters, it would close the investigation.

But it warned against complacency, urging Barrow council to ensure licensing agreements are fully enforced.

Man jailed for raising mountain rescue false alarms

A man who repeatedly make fake claims to have been injured in mountain accidents has been jailed for 16 months.

Michael Parry Cuminskey, 23, from Ruby Terrace, Darlington, pleaded guilty to two charges of causing a public nuisance following incidents in Cumbria and Snowdonia in March 2016.

At Caernarfon Crown Court, Judge Huw Rees heard that Cuminskey had been convicted of a similar incident in Scotland.

The judge was told the defendant was a vulnerable young man who had been in care during his childhood and who craved affection and support.

But the judge said only a prison sentence was appropriate as a message had to go out to others who might do the same thing.

£1.5m to be spent on Barrow's roads

A programme of road schemes costing £1.5m is planned for Barrow over the next 18 months.

North Road Barrow

Next month work will start on widening North Road where it passes the back of the BAE Devonshire Dock Hall, where submarines are built in the Barrow shipyard.

Next winter a long list of projects will include improvements to a number of junctions, designed to improve access to the town's waterfront areas.

There are drop-in sessions to show the plans on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week, in Barrow, Barrow Island and Walney.

United 'still looking at new stadium sites'

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Carlisle United chief executive Nigel Clibbens says the club has held "encouraging" talks over their future stadium plans.

Nigel Clibbens

It's understood United are still looking at possible sites for a new stadium in the city, along with the feasibility of remaining at Brunton Park, but Clibbens said he was unwilling to go into too much detail.

We've had a couple of meetings where we've discussed what we need to do, we've got a direction we're going, and we hope in a months time we'll be able to put some more flesh on those bones."

Nigel Clibbens

Thieves tow caravan away in Barrow

Police are trying to track down who stole a two-berth caravan from a house in St Lukes Avenue in Barrow last night.

Officers say it was a a cream-coloured Avondale Wren.

From Canada to Carlisle: 'Axe hurling' crosses the Atlantic
Carlisle's Lumber Lounge allows people to throw axes at targets.

Schoolboy in rape trial tells court girl consented

One of four schoolboys accused of raping a teenage girl in a field in Whitehaven told police said she had consented to sex, a court has been told.

Carlisle Crown Court has been hearing transcripts of interviews by police after the events in a field in Workington a year ago.

The four boys each deny two counts of rape and a third of sexual assault.

This morning the court heard that one of the boys first denied having sex with the girl until he was presented with DNA evidence.

Then he said: "We all had sex with her. We had consent. That was it, really."

The trial continues.

Travel: Roadworks slow A591 traffic again

BBC News Travel

Traffic on the A591 between Kendal and Windermere is being delayed again by temporary traffic lights at Winter Lane, near Plantation Bridge.

Farmers get chance to question 'natural flood management'

Farmers from across Cumbria will be meeting Environment Agency officials and the Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart today to try to find common ground on the role of landowners in flood management.

The agency is keen to encourage a system called "slowing the flow", by allowing land to flood in open countryside or in the headwaters, holding water back after heavy rain so it won't overtop defences in towns downstream

Flooded fields
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The Environment Secretary Michael Gove told farmers at two conferences this week that he envisaged government payments giving more support to activities such as flood management.

But Adam Day from the Farmer Network, which is organising the meeting in Carlisle today, says developing flood plains can cause problems.

The fact that many of those measures will readily and deliberately allow farmland to flood is a cause of concern because once the flood recedes the land is often covered with gravel or silt, or even worse."

Adam Day

Zip wire controversy attracts more than 2,300 comments

Lake District planners say they've had more than 2,300 comments on controversial plans for two sets of zip wires across Thirlmere.

The comments, both for and against, could total more than 2,500 before the end of today.

Officials say they are hoping to have the scheme considered at a meeting on 7 February, but will announce on 24 January whether they will have waded through the postbag in time for that date.

An online petition has gathered more than 12,000 signatures.

Illegal cigarettes 'stolen from Trading Standards store'

Cumbria Police have confirmed they're investigating the theft of cigarettes and tobacco from a fire station in Carlisle at the end of last year.

A video published online by Cumbria Trading Standards had shown the location of a container storing seized tobacco and cigarettes at Carlisle East Fire Station.

Carlisle East fire station

Cumbria County Council say thieves broke into a different container on the same site by cutting a hole in the side of it and were able to get away with the contents, but that remaining containers have now been moved, and the video is no longer available.

Cumbria's weather: Dry, but feeling cool

BBC Weather

It will be largely dry with some sunny spells breaking through.

The wind will freshen through the afternoon, making it feel quite cool, with temperatures up to about 6C (43F).

Weather graphic

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

Chris Humphrey

Bury loan Jamaica international winger Chris Humphrey to National League side Barrow for the remainder of the season.

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RSPCA investigates second cat 'poisoning'

RSPCA investigators say two cats belonging to a family from Swarthmoor, near Ulverston, were poisoned with a powerful insecticide.

Bruno, one of the poisoned cats.

Smudge and Bruno (pictured), who were both owned by Dawn Milburn, were found dead five days apart in September.

A third cat, thought to be a stray who was being fed by Dawn, hasn’t been seen since the beginning of December.

The cats were both found to have a highly toxic substance called bendiocarb in their system, and the RSPCA says it also has a report of two cats being poisoned less than 1.5 miles away in November.

Deliberately poisoning cats causes extreme and unnecessary suffering for which there can be absolutely no excuse."

Inspector Malwina GasiorekRSPCA

Injured dog walker rescued after fall down bank

An injured dog walker was rescued by firefighters after she fell 15m (49ft) down a muddy bank at Raygarth, just outside Kirkby Lonsdale.

Fire crews setting up roped access

The crews, from Kendal and Ulverston as well as Kirkby Lonsdale, spent 45 minutes lifting the woman to safety on a spinal board before she was taken to hospital by ambulance paramedics for treatment to a knee injury.

Council delays decision on Penrith HQ scheme

Eden councillors have decided they need more time to consider a proposal to abandon trying to sell their office at the Mansion House in Penrith.

Mansion House
Eden District Council

The authority's been trying to sell the building for some time, with a price tag of £1m, but has found no takers.

The plan had been to invest £2m to convert the premises into homes and a business centre, using the income to pay for modern accommodation for council staff, but at a meeting last night councillors said they wanted more time to consider the decision.

Dame Edith from Whitehaven, and why she's famous in India

Martin Lewes


This is Dame Edith Brown, who was born in Whitehaven in 1864 and went on to open Asia's first medical training for women.

Dame Edith Brown
Beacon Museum

She is the subject of an exhibition opening at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven this weekend.

Dame Edith was one of the first women to be awarded a medical scholarship at Cambridge University.

She went to work as a medical missionary in the Punjab, and the medical school she established is now one of the largest hospitals in India.

Gallery's show of Monet's haystacks is a first for Cumbria

A painting by the famous French impressionist artist Claude Monet is on display in Cumbria, and it is thought to be the first time a work by him has appeared in the county.

Money's haystacks
National Gallery of Scotland

The painting of haystacks in the snow is on loan to the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal until April; the work is on loan from the Scottish National Gallery.

It's one of 30 haystacks pictures created by the painter, who studied them across the seasons to catch the changing light.

Northern train passengers hit by third strike

Passengers on Northern Rail services around Cumbria are being asked to check before they travel, because of the third strike this week.

Members of the RMT union are staging a walkout over the role of guards on trains.

Northern is hoping to run 60% of its services but expects some people will face delays

Northern train
Northern Rail

Arts chief wants to spread the money around

The chief executive of the Arts Council says he wants to ensure the whole county benefits from funding, not just Carlisle and the Lake District.

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Darren Henley is in the county on a two-day visit: He has been looking around Carlisle, and today will go to Ambleside.

Mr Henley says the county has the potential to become a world leader, but says he wants to come back to Cumbria, to see how other areas, such as West Cumbria, can play a greater role in preserving the county's cultural heritage.

Weather on the fell tops: Very poor visibility

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 0C, temporarily up to 2C.
  • Winds: Strong south to southeasterly, gusts 40-45mph later.
  • Cloud: Some valley fog lingering all day, further cloud around 1,500ft.
  • Visibility: Very poor in valley and hill fog, occasionally moderate.
  • Freezing level: 2,000 - 2,600ft.

Ice axe and crampons are essential for safety on the high Lake District fells, according to the Lake District national park Weatherline report.

Man with ice axe on Swirral Edge

County engineers: We can't patch all the potholes

Cumbria highways engineers say they simply don't have the resources to repair potholes as soon as they develop.

The authority says says there were 6,600 potholes reported to them since March last year, and 1,800 are still unfixed; engineers work at the rate of about 30 a day, and so far £4.7m has been spent.

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BBC Radio Cumbria posted a film of repairs on the station's Facebook page, although the response of readers was not entirely enthusiastic.

Staveley, repairs lasted maybe six weeks."

Rob Boother

At the very least the hole should be cut back all around with a grinding disc to get to virgin tar."

Jon Stockwell

Cumbria's weather: Low cloud breaking up

BBC Weather

There will be low cloud and dense fog in some parts, but it should break up as the wind increases.

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Northern trains disrupted by guards row strike

BBC News Travel

Northern train services are being disrupted for the third time this week by a strike by members of the RMT union, over the role of guards.

The company says it hopes to run about 60% of normal services between 07:00 and 19:00, and there will also be replacement buses for some services.

You can find how services are affected on your line, here.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live for Friday, 12 January 2018

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.

Today: Zip wires, badgers and blowing across Antarctica

Martin Lewes


I'm signing off now, but any major breaking stories should be added to the feed automatically until we're back at 08:00 tomorrow. Today's main points:

We'll do it again from 08:00 tomorrow. You can take part - if you've a photo you'd like to share with the county, or news you think we should know, you can email us,send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, or head to our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Sex offender warned of 'inevitable' prison

A man from Windermere who admitted five charges of sexual assault against a child has been warned he faces an "almost inevitable and substantial" prison term.

Christopher Poole, 55, of Whinfield Road, was said to have committed the offences against the same person during the 1990s.

Recorder Julie Clemitson adjourned the case until 23 February for reports to be prepared by the probation service and on what James Hayworth, mitigating, described as "mental health concerns".

Poole was released on bail.

Kaylam Megson

Kaylam Megson hit his friend with a hammer after finding "sexually explicit" texts on his mother's phone.

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Cumbria's weather: Mist patches and cloudy

BBC Weather

Mist and fog patches are likely to re-form overnight, with the weather generally remaining mostly dry but cloudy and temperatures down to 1C (34F).

Weather graphic

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

Starting time: Cumbrian MP starts his new job going behind bars

Martin Lewes


Some MPs and political reporters were surprised when the Cumbrian MP Rory Stewart was moved in this week's reshuffle from a job in the Foreign Office dealing with Africa, which seemed to suit his experience and interests, to the Justice ministry where he's been put in charge of prisons and the probation service.

He started his work with a visit to his new territory.

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Cumbria's explorer completes 'brutal' Antarctic epic

The Cumbrian explorer Leo Houlding has been talking about getting back to his family after three months in Antarctica.

Leo Houlding on kite-ski

Leo said the trip, which involved climbing the remote Spectre mountain, hauling sleds loaded with supplies up a glacier for 100 km, and then kite-skiing 1,600km across the frozen continent in 57 days, had been tough, but the team of three "had a ball out there at the end of the Earth."

"There's only one opportunity in life, to do things like this, it's a hugely expensive, hugely demanding expedition."

I couldn't have done it without the support of my wife Jessica, it's going to be nearly three months that I've been away and I won't do another trip that long for a long time, it's been brutal missing the kids."

Leo Houlding

Hospitals trusts miss two of three targets

Both the trusts that run hospitals in Cumbria are missing two of their three main targets, according to a new tracker published by BBC News.

The North Cumbria trust and the Morecambe Bay trust both missed targets for dealing with A&E patients within four hours, and for carrying out planned operations and other care within 18 weeks.

But both exceeded the target of starting cancer care within 62 days of patients being referred in 85% of cases.

Man jailed for hitting mother's lover with a hammer

A man used a hammer to attack his mother's lover after discovering sexually explicit messages on her mobile phone, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

Kaylam Megson, 21, of no fixed address, hit Ashley Duffus on the temple and then two or three times on his ribs in a house in Buttery Well Lane in Kendal last October.

Kaylam Megson
Cumbria Police

Megson admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for two years.

Recorder Julie Clemitson said: "Hitting somebody with a hammer in this way could have been so much worse."