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  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 May 2016

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Our live coverage today

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, 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 on Tuesday. 

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.

Weather: Turning cloudy with strong winds

BBC Weather

Turning cloudier through the afternoon as a band of rain passes through the county from the east. 

Spells of rain will get lighter but continue overnight with brisk winds. Lows dropping to 10C. 

Tomorrow starts off cloudy and grey with rain that could be heavy at times. Highs up to 16C.

Evening weather

Coming up on the News Hour with Adam Powell

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

I'll be with you from 17:00 on BBC Radio Cumbria to round up all the local, national and international stories in the news today:

  • Six months on from Storm Desmond, we'll hear from tourism businesses after a bumper Bank Holiday weekend.
  • Find out more about BBC Radio Cumbria's EU referendum debate.
  • Hear about the county's public toilets - one set in Whitehaven's had to close three times in 24 hours because of vandals.

Your photos: Glenridding flood defence work continues

The village of Glenridding was pushed into the national headlines when it was repeatedly hit by the winter floods that began six months ago this week.

It's much better weather there today though as this photo from the village's outdoor shop, Catstycam, shows. You can see work continuing to improve Glenridding Beck's flood defences.

Flood defence work on Glenridding Beck

We visited the village for this video, which is part of an ongoing digital project following the county's recovery after the floods.

Glenridding's recovery after the floods

Police searching for missing man in West Cumbria

Cumbria Police are urging Edmund Dolan, 57, to contact them or his family. He was last seen on 27 May.

Missing person Edmund Dolan
Cumbria Police

Mr Dolan was spotted driving a grey Subaru with the registration plate DK59 SSJ and has been described as 5ft 11in (1.55m), of medium build with short grey hair, a beard and blue eyes. 

Officers think he was wearing a short-sleeved shirt, jeans and black shoes.

Anyone who has seen him is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101, quoting log number 68 from 31 May.  

Public toilets hit by vandalism in west Cumbria

The public toilets in Whitehaven's Market Hall have been closed three times in 24 hours after acts of vandalism. 

Whitehaven Market Hall

Items associated with drug abuse were discovered, along with cigarette burns, and damage to the security alarm. 

According to Copeland Council, it will cost around £350 to repair the damage. 

Cumbria remembers the Battle of Jutland

Today marks the anniversary of the biggest naval battle of the World War One, the Battle of Jutland. 

A ceremony is taking place today in Orkney to pay tribute to more than 8000 sailors who died during the battle.

31st May 1916: HMS "Lion", left, is shelled and HMS "Queen Mary", right, is blown up by German shells during the Battle of Jutland.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Four of the warships that were involved in the battle were built at Barrow-in-Furness.

The British population thought that these vessels would keep Britain safe forever and we know from the First World War that hope was very much misplaced.

Sabine SkaeCurator, Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness

Flood land repairs finished in Lake District village

Land that was damaged by the Winter floods in Grasmere has been repaired according to the Environment Agency.

It says that it removed more than 12,000 tonnes of gravel from a section of the River Rothay since February.

Work to remove gravel in Grasmere

Firefighters spend hours tackling moorland fire in north Cumbria

Firefighters from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spent four hours putting out a fire at Mosedale near Penrith. 

Two more wildfire units from Ambleside and Keswick were called out just after 17:00 yesterday.

Water jets and beaters were used to extinguish the fire. 

Five-year match ban for for Carlisle FA Cup tie race abuse

A football fan has been handed a five-year banning order for racist abuse directed at players during Carlisle United's FA Cup tie with Everton.

Owen Newbury, 18, admitted racially aggravated harassment following Everton's first goal in the fourth round tie at Brunton Park in January.

Newbury, of Skinburness Drive, Silloth, was given a five-year banning order at Carlisle Magistrates' Court.

He was also ordered to carry out 140 hours of community service.

Brunton Park

Weather: Turning cloudier this afternoon with some rain

It will turn cloudier through the course of this afternoon with some rain, perhaps heavy at times, reaching eastern parts of the county such as Kendal or Penrith.

weather graphic

 Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F). 

Tourists coming back to towns hit by Storm Desmond

BBC Radio Cumbria

Figures show that visitors are returning to Cumbria in similar numbers to last year suggesting that the county's tourism industry has overcome the devastating effects of the floods.

This week marks six months since Storm Desmond hit Cumbria - damaging roads, homes, properties and fields. 

Speaking to Mike Zeller at Breakfast this morning, one of the directors of Cumbria Tourism, Nigel Wilkinson said that it was a very good Bank Holiday weekend for the county.

He said: "It was really busy and really encouraging. It was very much business back to normal."

Tourists in Keswick at the Spring Bank Holiday weekend
Tourists in Keswick at the Spring Bank Holiday weekend

Michael Davison, from Silloth's Ice Cream Factory, thought that this year could go on to be even busier than last year:

He said: "So far the signs are looking good...This bank holiday that's just gone...was a lot busier, there was a lot more people here than last year, so that's got to be a good sign."

Your photos: Sunrise at Catbells

Each day a photograph is chosen to feature as England's big picture in a gallery selected from photographs sent in from around the country.

Craig Breakey took this image of the sunrise at Catbells, near Keswick.

Sunrise at Catbells
Craig Breakey

Travel: more problems in south Cumbria

BBC Travel

There's stop-start traffic both ways on the A590 between the M6 J36 for Kirkby Lonsdale and the Brettargh Holt Roundabout for the A591.

One lane of the A590 is closed for grass cutting.

It's also causing congestion on the slip road leaving the M6 northbound at J36.

M6 J36 Northbound sliproad

Weather: high tech forecasting technology

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Just in case you need a reminder of the lovely weather in Cumbria this morning.

Here's our forecaster Owain Wyn Evans making it clear on Twitter:

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It might not last though, sadly.

That band of rain is heading our way with a chance of some heavy downpours too.

Find the full forecast for your area on the BBC Weather website.

Second endangered red panda moves into Cumbrian wildlife park

A Cumbrian nature reserve has welcomed another red panda.

Charu, a young male, has moved to Bassenthwaite's Lake District Wildlife Park having previously been at Dublin Zoo.

Park bosses hope he may mate with their female red panda, Meili, who arrived from Whipsnade Zoo three years ago.

We've been patiently waiting for this day for years.

Richard RobinsonPark manager, Lake District Animal Park
A Red Panda
Lake District Animal Park

Weird rules: How a Cumbrian council proposed banning weather chat at work

Have you heard the story of a council in Norfolk which is due to repeal a ban on woman taking off their hats during meetings unless they have permission from the mayor? 

Well, this story on the BBC News website has reminded us about the time in 2011 that Carlisle City Council wanted workers to clock off before they discussed the weather, babies, pets or holidays.

The rule was included in an email sent to 31 employees and sparked outrage amongst staff and trade unions. 

Headlines: Tourism, flood repairs and charity grant

BBC Radio Cumbria

Here are the stories listeners to BBC Radio Cumbria are hearing about this morning: 

  • Figures suggest tourists are coming back to the county, six months after the devastation caused by Storm Desmond.
  • Work to repair land damaged by the floods in the Lake District village of Grasmere has finished according to the Environment Agency.
  • The county's new Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, is giving The Well Communities Project £96,000 over the next two years to help drug and alcohol addicts in Barrow. 
A digger working on the River Rothay
Environment Agency
The Environment Agency removing gravel from the River Rothay in Grasmere

Barrow sign Preston North End defender

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Barrow have completed the signing of defender Nick Anderton following his release by Preston North End.

The 20-year-old had two successful loan spells with the club last season.

He turned down offers from two other Football League clubs to sign the two-year deal to be the Bluebirds' fifth new addition this summer.

Carlisle teenager wins national vodka bottle design competition

News and Star


A vodka bottle designed by a Carlisle teenager is set to appear in supermarkets across the country.

The limited edition bottle, representing gay pride and equality, was the creation of Luke Harding, of Botchergate.

Luke Harding from Carlisle
CN Group

Your photos: Clear skies in Egremont

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weatherwatcher JohnJay for his photo from Egremont this morning. 

If you'd like to share your photo with the rest of the county today, you can send it to us by email or get in touch using social media where we're @BBC_Cumbria or Twitter and BBC Cumbria on Facebook. 

The view near Egremont

Floods six months on: Figures suggest tourists coming back to the county

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

A director of the group representing the tourism industry has told BBC Radio Cumbria that the recovery is well under way, six months on from Storm Desmond

Last year, tourism brought more than £2.5bn into the local economy.

There were warnings earlier this year that the sector was losing hundreds of millions because of flood damage. 

We're more or less back to the level in the month of May that we achieved last year, which is massive relief given what's gone before.

Nigel WilkinsonDirector, Cumbria Tourism

Travel: One lane closed on M6 between J41 and J42

There's one lane closed between J41 for Wigton and J42 for Carlisle South on the M6 Northbound.

We've been told by Cumbria Police that it's because a vehicle has hit the central reservation.

BreakingTravel: Collision on the M6 northbound near J41

Cumbria Police are reporting that a collision on the M6 northbound carriageway near Junction 41 for Wigton is likely to cause delays for drivers.

We'll bring you more details as we get them.  

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Man taken to hospital after mountain fall

Colin Briggs

Look North

A man has been taken to hospital with head injuries after falling on a Lake District fell.

The 64-year-old man fell down a steep rock section near the summit of Catbells (pictured below behind Derwentwater) yesterday lunchtime.

Both the Keswick Mountain Rescue team and Great North Air Ambulance Service were called to assist the man from Essex.

He was then flown to hospital in Carlisle by the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance after being found to have non-life threatening injuries. 

Derwent Water looking towards Catbells

Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for today: 

  • Temperature at 900m: 5C rising to 8C.
  • Max wind above 500m: Northerly to northeasterly 35-40mph, with gusts to around 55mph across the tops. 
  • Cloud: Occasional over 700m, but a few patches down to 500m at times, especially across the eastern ranges. Most western summits will be clear during the day. 
  • Visibility: Generally good, but during the late evening deteriorating to moderate in any rain. 
  • Freezing level: Above the tops.

Weather: Bright and breezy

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A bright start with plenty of sunny spells but also quite blustery in places. 

There's rain on the way from the west which will be heavy at times getting into the afternoon.

Highs today about 19C (66F).

Weather: North East England forecast for May 31

Find a detailed outlook for your area on the BBC Weather website.

Travel: Accident at Crooklands near M6 J36

It's looking fairly standard on the county's roads this morning with heavy traffic in the usual places. 

There are reports of an accident on the A6070 at the A65 / A590 Crooklands roundabout. 

We've had reports that the road isn't blocked though and that traffic is coping well as recovery work goes on.

It seems to be affecting drivers near Junction 36 for the M6 motorway.

Crooklands roundabout near J36 M6

One lane is also closed on the A590 between M6 J36 for Kirkby Lonsdale and the Brettargh Holt Roundabout for grass cutting but traffic is coping well.   

Bear in mind, there could be delays on the A66 between Penrith and Brough because of this year's Appleby Horse Fair.

It officially begins on Thursday but slow moving horse drawn vehicles could be heading towards Appleby earlier than that. 

Good morning and welcome to our live updates

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome to our updates on Tuesday 31 May.

We're here to keep you up with all the day's news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria until 16:00.

There was barely a cloud in the sky on my walk into work today and hopefully that's a similar picture where you are. 

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.