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  1. Updates on Wednesday 1 June 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.

'Production fall abroad will help UK milk producers'

An adviser with the National Farmers Union believes there could be a glimmer of hope for Britain's struggling dairy farmers.

Dairies and co-operatives including Arla are dropping the price by around a penny a litre. Adam Briggs said falling production in Europe, New Zealand and Australia is good news for farmers in the UK.

He said there was a belief dairy farmers are now "bumping along the bottom", adding: "The key question is when we're going to see the rise come".


Weather: A cloudy afternoon

A dull afternoon with a little drizzle and highs of 17C (63F) and it'll stay cloudy overnight with lows of 10C (50F).

Tomorrow should be a bit brighter than today, but cooler, with highs of 12C (54F).

weather temperatures

Four thousand sign mental health ward petition

Liberal Democrat leader and Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron is continuing to put pressure on health officials to ensure a mental health ward in Kendal remains open.

Tim Farron

He says he's collected more than 4,000 signatures on a petition opposing the closure of the Kentmere Ward at the Westmorland General Hospital.

Kendal's hospital

The Cumbria Partnership Trust, which is responsible for the ward, says it has to close it this month, because it has been criticised by government inspectors. 

But it says a consultation about mental health provision in South Lakeland will take place, which could mean the closure will only be temporary.

Roundabout set for busy junction

South Lakeland District Council could contribute £300,000 towards the cost of a new roundabout on the A590.

Full council will be asked to approve the payment towards the plans for the Cross-a-Moor junction at Swarthmoor, near Ulverston.

A590 junction

The work is expected to cost just over £6m and it's hoped the rest of the money will come from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Highways England and developers of nearby housing sites. 

Land has been allocated for more than 1,000 new homes in the area.

'Plastic litter could end up in our food'

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

As a new campaign starts encouraging us to think about the amount of plastic wrapping we throw away, a Cumbrian marine biologist has highlighted how it could find its way to our dinner tables.


Sarah Neill, from Grange-over-Sands, said plastic which makes its way into the sea breaks down into tiny pieces, which are then eaten by fish which could end up on our plates.

She said: "Tiny little marine life ingest micro-plastics and then, obviously, bigger species eat those and then bigger species eat many of them and it just accumulates up the food chain, even to the fish that we're eating, so we can end up poisoning ourselves as well."

The Marine Conservation Society is challenging people to shop for a day without buying anything covered in plastic.

beach litter

Could you stop using plastic for a month?

BBC Radio Cumbria

People in Cumbria are being asked, for the rest of this month, to stop buying things that come in single-use plastic packaging.

beach litter

The Marine Conservation Society wants to highlight the damage plastic waste can do to wildlife when it gets into the sea, particularly food packaging like sandwich boxes.

Chris Gomersall is the National Trust ranger for Whitehaven and Ennerdale. He says plastic is so robust and visible that it causes a long-term problem:

I visit the beach regularly with my dogs and I don't think I've come to a beach yet where it's been free of litter."

Update on bringing mining back to Whitehaven

The company that wants to start coal mining again in West Cumbria is holding the first of three drop-in sessions today in Whitehaven. 

West Cumbria Mining hopes to produce what it's called "high quality coking coal" for the steel industry in the UK and overseas and says the sector in Europe imports about 45 million tonnes a year. 

People are being invited to find out more between 14:00 and 16:00 at West Cumbria Mining's office at the Haig Museum Visitor Centre. The Haig Pit in Whitehaven, pictured, shut in 1986 after 70 years with the loss of 3,500 jobs.

Haig Pit

Man jailed for two sex assaults

A man who sexually assaulted two women in South Cumbria has been jailed for a year.

Enrico Annunziata, 24, admitted the first offence and was convicted of a second charge by a jury at Carlisle Crown Court.

Annunziata, of Grosvenor Terrace, Bowness, must also sign the sex offenders' register for 10 years.

carlisle crown court

United name new chief executive

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United have announced the appointment of a new chief executive and chairman of the club's CUFC 1921 Board. 

Nigel Clibbens, 48, will take up the role next week. He's described his appointment as an "honour and privilege". 

Clibbens spent seven seasons as chief executive at Championship side Huddersfield Town.

Carlisle United said the appointment is to help improve the efficiency and operations at the football club.

Nigel Clibbens
BBC Sport

In a statement released this afternoon, United said Clibbens will work closely with the existing management team as well as supporters' groups, while player recruitment during the current transfer window will continue with the club chairman Andrew Jenkins and John Nixon in his role as director of external affairs. 

Mosedale wildfire put out

A disposable barbecue has been found near the area where fire crews and mountain rescuers have been battling to bring a wildfire under control.

The blaze, at Mosedale near Keswick, has now been put out, according to Sedbergh-based firefighters who were called to the scene. The fire started on Monday night.

Flookburgh's Bay Search and Rescue was also called in to get water to the site.

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Missing man found safe

Police who've been looking for a missing man say he's been located.

Officers have confirmed Edmund Dolan, 57, from Egremont, is "safe and well".

County needs more volunteers

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

More people in Cumbria are being asked to become volunteers as events are held this week to celebrate the voluntary work that's done by more than one in four people in the UK. 

The county council says it needs more unpaid help to run its community transport service. And nationally, the government says the voluntary sector contributes almost £24bn pounds to the country's economy.

Here in Cumbria, the county council is looking for more people to help operate its voluntary social car and community minibus schemes, helping those get around who can't make journeys by public or private transport. 

It says more than 300 people are already involved, running about 50 schemes throughout the county. The work is unpaid, but expenses are covered.  

Heritage status is used by international tourists

Cumbria's tourism industry is expected to reap the benefits if a bid for World Heritage Site status for the Lake District is successful.

Lake District scene
Lake District World Heritage Bid

Hadrian's Wall, which runs through Cumbria, is already a World Heritage Site, as is Durham Castle and Cathedral.

Jayne Gibson, the World Heritage co-ordinator there, says although the World Heritage brand isn't strong in the UK, it carries a lot of weight among visitors from other countries, who use it to plan where to visit if they're only in the UK for a short period of time.

The result of the Lake District bid should be known in July next year and, if approved, would list the national park among some of the most famous landmarks on Earth, including Australia's Great Barrier Reef and India's Taj Mahal.

Travel: Crash on A66

BBC Travel

There's been a crash on the A66 in West Cumbria, near the turn off for Great Broughton.

The road is partly blocked. Keep to date here.

Travel: Delays on A590

BBC Travel

Expect more delays on the A590 near Levens this morning as grass cutting continues. 

There was stop-start traffic in the area yesterday. One of the lanes of the dual carriageway has been closed between the Brettargh Holt Roundabout and the A5074 junction.

Keep up to date on the roads and public transport here.

British Steel revived as Tata sale completed

The return of the British Steel brand marks a "new chapter" in the industry after completion of the sale of Tata's steelworks at Scunthorpe, unions said.

Greybull Capital has become the new owner of Tata Steel's Long Products business.

Steve Morgan

The business employs 4,800 people - 4,400 in the UK and 400 in France.

It includes the Scunthorpe plant, which makes steel for the rail and construction sectors, and two mills in Teesside and an engineering workshop in Workington.

Blues keeper happy at new additions to Brunton Park

BBC Sport

Carlisle United goalkeeper Mark Gillespie believes the Blues' early work in the summer transfer window is a signal of intent ahead of next season. 

United have signed three players so far - Russell Penn, Joe McKee and Nicky Adams.

Gillespie said: "Getting business done early shows that we're going to attract players and players of a good calibre as well. 

"It's good when you're sat at home and the news comes through that we've signed a couple of players. 

"It gets you excited to come back and to show that, we're hopefully going to challenging at the right end of the table this season."

Mark Gillespie
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'I may not survive next 12 months', dairy farmer says

With the news that from today dairy farmers will be getting up to a penny less a litre for their milk, it's predicted more of them will be forced to leave the industry in Cumbria.

Farmers used to get 30p for every litre they produced, but that's dropped to below 20p.

Ian Potter, an independent dairy industry commentator, says the recovery will be slow and many farmers' livelihoods may not survive.

Milk in supermarket

A dairy farmer in south Cumbria has told BBC Radio Cumbria his mounting debts mean he's unlikely to make it through the next year.

He told Mike Zeller at Breakfast: "When the milk price drops, it drops in pennies and two pences. When they start giving us it back it goes up in half pences. If the milk price came back up tomorrow, and we were all getting 30 pence again like we should be doing, it would take me probably two years to get out of debt."

Cows in a field

Q&A: Milk prices row and how the system works

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

The struggles facing dairy farmers is something you'll have heard a lot about on BBC Radio Cumbria.

Industry leaders warn they're being forced out of business because of the low price of milk, with global overproduction and a Russian ban on EU food imports contributing to the slump.  

This BBC article explains a bit more about how the system works.


'Milk price drop won't sink any lower'

Cumbria's dairy farmers are being told milk prices are unlikely to fall any further but that recovery is going to be slow. 

Today, dairies and co-operatives including Arla and Yew Tree Dairy are dropping the price by about a penny a litre. 

Ian Potter, an independent dairy industry commentator, told BBC Radio Cumbria this morning he believes prices won't fall any lower, but the days of getting 30p a litre for milk may never return.


Racing at Cartmel this afternoon

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

There's racing at Cartmel today, where the first race of a seven-race card gets under way at 14:20. 

The going is good following a dry night overnight.

Wildfire: More pictures of blaze near Keswick

Firefighters from Sedbergh have been helping tackle the wildfire which is still burning at Mosedale.

They've tweeted these dramatic pictures from the scene.

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Man, 18, held in sex assault investigation

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was sexually assaulted in Barrow.

An 18-year-old woman reported being grabbed and thrown to the ground in Risedale Road at about 18:00 on Bank Holiday Monday. 

She managed to struggle free before running to the Co-op store in Roose Road. 

Cumbria Police want to talk to another woman who was near the shop at the time, and to a dark-haired man in his 20s or 30s who was also nearby. 


New milk price blow to farmers

BBC Radio Cumbria

A Cumbrian farmer says he's unlikely to make it through the next 12 months as further cuts in the price of milk are announced today.

Arla, whose Lockerbie dairy is supplied by a group of north Cumbrian farmers, will be paying its suppliers 1p a litre less and Yew Tree Dairy, which also has many Cumbrian suppliers, is also dropping its price. 


A south Cumbrian farmer spoke anonymously to BBC Radio Cumbria this morning, revealing that while he has to make £14,000 each month to cover bills, he's getting just over £9,000 for his milk production at the moment. 

If it wasn't for the help of our suppliers, people we buy our dairy cake (feed) off, fertiliser off and vet bills and all that, if they weren't helping us by letting us pay what we can when we can there would be a lot more people out of business, because obviously we've got £4,000 less a month to go round to the same people."

Anonymous farmer from south Cumbria

Fire still burning in countryside near Keswick

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

A wildfire between Penrith and Keswick is still burning this morning, more than a day after emergency services were called.

Howard Winter

Firefighters were called to Mosedale on Monday evening where about five hectares of heather was on fire.

Howard Winter

Six specialist teams have been involved in keeping the fire under control using beaters and hand-held jets.

Mountain rescue volunteers have also been supporting the fire crews. The fire service says it's not safe to tackle the fire at night, but its teams are back on site this morning.

Weather: Cloudier today

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy day with some light rain or drizzle possible this morning. 

A moderate north-easterly breeze, and highs of 18C (64F).

Find out what the rest of the week has in store.

Weather map

Good morning and welcome to our live updates

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome to our updates on Wednesday 1 June as we bring you all the day's news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria.

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.