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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 2016

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Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. 

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us then.

Until then, if you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page

Massive games ahead for Carlisle United

Keith Curle has described Carlisle United's next two games as "absolutely massive" as his side try to reach the League Two play-offs. 

United are four points outside the top seven ahead of games at home to Mansfield on Saturday after Hartlepool at Brunton Park tomorrow night.

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Weather: A wet night to come

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy tonight with some patchy rain at first. 

More persistent rain will spread across the region through the course of the night, perhaps turning heavy at times across Workington and Whitehaven. Minimum temperature 7C (45F). 

Rain will turn lighter and patchier through Tuesday morning with many places becoming dry in the afternoon. Maximum temperature 10C (50F).

Check the forecast where you are.

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Coach firm's staff to reach record level

Wigton-based coach and bus company Reays has announced a recruitment campaign which will take its workforce to the largest it's ever been. 


The family-owned firm is taking on qualified and trainee drivers, mechanics and administration staff because of growth in its coach business.  

It will fill 20 roles, taking its head count to more than 140 people. The company puts the increase in demand down to economic recovery and increasing interest in coach holidays by younger people.

You can hear more on this story on BBC Radio Cumbria's business programme Money Talks at 18:00.

Cox undecided over players' futures

BBC Sport

Manager Paul Cox has not yet made his mind up which players he wants to keep at Barrow next season. 

His side are at home to Braintree tomorrow in the first of just six games left in the National League season.

Cumbria to share Cheshire's chief fire officer

The county council's going to pay £60,000 to share a chief fire officer with Cheshire, it's been announced.

In an arrangement starting tomorrow, Paul Hancock, who has been Cheshire’s CFO since 2009, will also oversee operations in Cumbria following the retirement of Jim Onions, whose annual salary was about £107,000.

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Mr Hancock, who started his fire service career in Cumbria in 1985, said the move will save money and lead to "increased resilience and expertise".

Cumbria County Council will pay Cheshire Fire Authority £60,000 as part of an agreement reached between both organisations. The arrangement will be reviewed in a year.

In 2014, a new fire control centre in Warrington in Cheshire started handling 999 calls from Cumbria.

Police ask drivers to stay away from part of Windermere

Police are warning drivers to stay away from the scene of the accident in Windermere:

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Travel: Serious crash shuts Windermere road

BBC Travel

There's been a serious crash in Windermere. 

Emergency services have been called to Glebe Road, near the junction with the A592. 

The collision happened at about 15:00. The police say one vehicle is involved and the road has been closed. 

Keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel.

Chef hoping to cook up final success

A chef working at the L'Enclume restaurant in Cartmel is one of six people taking part in the final of the Roux Scholarship today. 

Ben Champkin, 23, from Grange-over-Sands, will be judged this afternoon, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in London this evening.

'Hand in illegal weapons and no questions will be asked'

Ben Maeder

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Six police stations in Cumbria are collecting firearms and ammunition that are being kept illegally, or are no longer wanted.

The initiative starts today and runs until April 18. Cumbria Police says the move will stop firearms getting into the wrong hands.


Any kind of active or replica firearm and ammunition can be handed in at police stations in Penrith, Carlisle, Barrow, Kendal, Whitehaven and Workington with no questions asked. 

Cumbria Police will also collect knives and other weapons. 

The last surrender of weapons in Cumbria was in 2014 when 130 firearms and other items were handed in.

'Make rural crime a priority'

An organisation which speaks for thousands of farmers, landowners and other rural voices says countryside crime needs to be a top priority for Cumbria's next police and crime commissioner.

In May, an election will take place to find the person to succeed Richard Rhodes, who's stepping down after one term as the county's PCC.

The Country Land Association, says crimes such as livestock thefts and fly-tipping cost £800m in England and Wales last year.

Bluebirds dig deep at Aldershot

BBC Sport

Barrow recorded a third successive win for the first time since 2011 with a hard-fought victory at Aldershot.

Ben Tomlinson almost sparked the game into life for the visitors with a 12-yard drive against Phil Smith's post.

Flood Re: Talks taking place to make sure businesses get help

Business owners in Cumbria who won't benefit from a new flood insurance scheme have been told that discussions are taking place to try to ensure they get the help they need. 

Flood Re, which starts today, has been set up by the Government and insurance companies to reduce cover costs in flood-hit areas. It will be funded by a levy of about £10.50 on all household premiums across the country. 

The chief executive of Flood Re, Brendan McCafferty, said a public consultation last year did not suggest businesses were finding it difficult to get affordable insurance. 

He told BBC Radio Cumbria's Kevin Fernihough talks are taking place between the government and the insurance industry to look at how businesses can be given more support.

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Stokes will bounce back... In time

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"Unfortunately for Ben Stokes, whenever there is a World Twenty20, that final over will be shown. For as long as he is playing T20 cricket, it will be flying around. He will have to get over it.

"He is a very competitive and strong-willed and he is a very talented cricket. He will get over it, but it will take a while.

"Maybe one day when he is retired, he will think he has been involved in something pretty special at Eden Gardens, but it will take a long time to get there."

Keeper Gillespie 'will make amends for Portsmouth mistake'

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United boss Keith Curle expects goalkeeper Mark Gillespie to make up for his error in the Portsmouth game when the Blues face Hartlepool tomorrow night. 

United were on for a fine point in their push for the League two play-offs, when Gillespie fumbled a shot into the path of a Portsmouth striker for the winning goal.

The Voice singer Jolan speaks of 'bizarre' rise to fame

Caroline Robertson

BBC Radio Cumbria presenter

Cumbria's latest music star says it has been quite difficult to get to grips with his new-found fame. 

Jolan Gidney-Craigen, from Moor Row, a village near Whitehaven, is one of four artists who've made it through to Saturday's live final of BBC One's The Voice. 

Jolan, 22, told me it's been an interesting time for him and his family.

Jolan on The Voice

"It's bizarre, I think; they're not used to it, the same as I'm not. We just live in a small town and all of a sudden you're singing in front of a good few million people, so it's weird.

"I think it's probably more weird for them than it is for me because I'm the one on stage and they have to see what people say about me."

You can hear my chat with Jolan from 14:00 this afternoon on BBC Radio Cumbria.

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Weather: Bright but showery

There may be a few bright spells this afternoon, but there'll also be showers, which could be heavy and thundery. Temperatures could reach 12C (54F).

Get a five-day forecast for your area.

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Dozens of dogs shot in five years over 'sheep worrying'

BBC Radio Cumbria

At least 30 dogs have been shot by landowners in Cumbria for worrying livestock over the past five years. 

That's according to figures collected from 15 police forces by BBC Radio 4's Farming Today programme. 

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They show that in England and Wales 305 dogs have been shot over the last five years - more than one a week. 

Legally, dogs which pose a threat to livestock can be shot, but the incident must be reported to police within 48 hours.

Steel crisis: Unions set to hold emergency talks

Union leaders will meet to discuss the steel industry crisis later as efforts continue to save thousands of jobs.

Shop stewards from steelworks across the country will hold emergency talks in London to help prevent Tata Steel's Port Talbot plant from closing.

The company employs more than 250 people in Cumbria at Shap and Workington.

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Flood meeting in Carlisle

Ways of reducing the risk of flooding are being discussed in Carlisle tonight.

The meeting at the Crown and Mitre Hotel at 19:30 will consider the impact of the floods and what, if anything, can be done to prevent them in the future. 

'Flawless' Cumbrian singer reaches The Voice final

Cumbrian singer Jolan Gidney-Craigen has made it through to the final of the BBC's The Voice. 


Jolan, from Moor Row near Whitehaven, impressed the voting public with his version of Prince's Purple Rain. 


Mentor Ricky Wilson described Jolan's performance as "flawless" and said his talent was "endless". 

Boy George, another of the talent show's coaches, said: "What a great song choice. You don't hear songs like that on these shows so it's great to hear a Prince song. You're an amazing singer." 


The Voice final is on BBC One on Saturday. The winner receives a £100,000 record contract.

England greats praise Stokes after agony in India

BBC Sport

Cumbria's Ben Stokes could not hide his despair as the West Indies' Carlos Brathwaite hit four sixes off his bowling to clinch the World Twenty20 final.

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But the England all-rounder has received the support of former skipper Michael Vaughan and batsman Kevin Pietersen. 

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Officers will be available to talk about any concerns or issues people have.

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Ben Stokes thanks fans after West Indies defeat

Cumbria's Ben Stokes has thanked England cricket fans for their support after England lost the World Twenty20 final in India.

Stokes, who was visibly upset after the match, was widely praised for his performances throughout the tournament.

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Great North Air Ambulance blood scheme saves lives

The lives of 18 people have been saved after an air ambulance charity which serves Cumbria started carrying blood on board its helicopters. 

The figure includes patients who've been helped both in our county, the north east and North Yorkshire.

Since being introduced a year ago, medics have performed 60 transfusions, a third of which were deemed to have been of critical importance to survival.

One of them was carried out on 17-year-old James Atkinson from Hesket Newmarket, near Caldbeck, who was treated after a road accident.

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Great North Air Ambulance

Road crash victim 'owes life' to Cumbria air ambulance

The Great North Air Ambulance says more lives are being saved in Cumbria because blood is now being carried on its helicopters.

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Great North Air Ambulance

Volunteers from the Cumbria and Northumbria Blood Bikes charities deliver the blood in cool boxes to its base at Langwathby, near Penrith, 

The Great North Air Ambulance says allowing medics to carry out blood transfusions, usually at the scenes of emergencies, can buy time. 

Great North Air Ambulance

James Atkinson, 17, from Hesket Newmarket  says he owes his life to the charity after he was given blood on one of its helicopters following a road accident:

It's a debt that I'll never be able to pay back to them because everything that I do from now on is kind of because they were there and did what they did."

James Atkinson

Flood Re won't benefit everyone

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

While the introduction of a new flood insurance scheme for high-risk areas might be good news for many people, it is also attracting criticism because not everyone will benefit. 

Houses built after 2009 will not be covered and businesses are also excluded.

The scheme has also been criticised by a group of MPs, who say it does not offer good value for money.

Flood scheme designed to help homeowners get cheaper cover

Before Storm Desmond battered Cumbria, some people whose homes were flooded could not get insurance because they couldn't afford to pay the premiums.

Flood Re is designed to change that as insurance companies can pass on any flood risk to Flood Re.

Carlisle flooding

Flood Re chief executive Brendan McCafferty says consumers should benefit from greater choice and more competition:

This should make flood cover more affordable and accessible to those in high flood risk areas over time."

Brendan McCaffertyChief executive, Flood Re

'Ben Stokes not to blame for England defeat'

BBC Sport

England cricket captain Eoin Morgan says Cumbria's Ben Stokes is not to blame for their World Twenty20 final defeat to the West Indies. 

Ben Stokes
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Stokes, who grew up in Cockermouth where he developed as a young cricketer, bowled the last over with the Windies needing 19 to win, only for Carlos Brathwaite to smash four sixes off the first four balls. 

Morgan said: "It's not his fault. We're all in this together, we enjoy our wins and we suffer with our losses so the pain will be shared tonight."

Stokes was comforted by team mate Joe Root, pictured, after the defeat.

Weather: A dull morning with showers later

It's a dull start to the day across the county with fog in places. There will be showers this afternoon, some heavy and thundery. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Remember you can keep up to date with the forecast in your part of Cumbria for the next five days.

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New flood insurance scheme to cut bills by hundreds of pounds

The much-talked about Flood Re, a new insurance scheme for people living in high flood-risk areas, comes into force this morning.

Kendal flood damage

It's designed to save people in places like Kendal, pictured, hundreds of pounds on their insurance premiums.

The extra cost will be covered by an industry levy of £180m a year.

Initially 17 insurance companies are taking part in the scheme. If necessary, they can pass on any flood risk to Flood Re, which has been funded by the insurance industry as a whole.

Four arrested in 'slavery' probe

In case you missed it yesterday- Police in Barrow have arrested four men on suspicion of slavery.

They were held under the Modern Day Slavery Act after a 68-year-old woman reported she had been assaulted.

Cumbria Police said initial inquires focused on a post office in Oxford Street in the town but found no connection to the alleged offences or a link with the suspects.

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Travel: Flooding on A590

BBC Travel

There are reports of flooding on the road at Lindal in Furness.

It's on the part of the A590 where water regularly gathers during rain, between London Road and Green Lane.

Keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome to our updates on Monday, 4 April.

As another working week starts across Cumbria, we'll be keeping you up to date with all the day's news, sport, weather and travel until 18:00.

If you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page