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  1. Updates on Tuesday 7 June 2016

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Martin Lewes


Updates for Tuesday 7 June have finished for the day. 

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. 

In the meantime 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: Thunderstorms warning on hills

BBC Weather

There's still a yellow warning covering the county for thunderstorms with heavy rain, hail and lightning, but the latest version says the heaviest showers are mostly likely over high ground.

The showers are expected to die out this evening with temperatures dropping to around 14C (58F). You can get the latest forecast here.

Weather graphic

Sport - Another Cumberland wicket falls

Cumberland are now 166 for 9 in the minor counties fixture at Carlisle. Suffolk are still 42 ahead.

Travel: Slow going on A66

BBC Travel

Traffic's said to be very slow on the A66 eastbound between the Skygarth Road junction in Temple Sowerby and the B6542 junction in Appleby-In-Westmorland.  

Get the latest travel news here.

Sport: Cumberland need 74 to win

Cumberland are now 144 for 8 - still needing 64 to beat Suffolk in the minor counties fixture at Carlisle.

Cyclist in A66 crash "critical"

A cyclist injured in an accident on the A66 was today said to be in a critical but stable condition in hospital in Newcastle.

The 41-year-old from Carlisle suffered head injuries in the accident with a van near Penruddock yesterday afternoon.

Lakes railway 'shocked' by arson attack

Martin Lewes


The company that runs a tourist attraction railway in the Lake District that was badly damaged by an arsonist says it's still repairing some of the damage. 

The man who started the fires was jailed today.

Lake District Estates runs the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, also known as La'al Ratty, which carries hundreds of thousands of people every year the seven miles from Ravenglass to Boot.

The damaged engineering works after the fire

Today Ben Taylor, 24, from Seascale, was jailed for 10 years at Carlisle Crown Court. 

He'd denied five charges of arson, three at the railway including one fire that wrecked the engineering shed (pictured).

Chief executive David Little said staff were saddened and shocked by the fact Taylor had been a railway employee.

"The fire caused extensive damage, destroying the workshop and some heritage locomotives within it, at a cost of over £550,000. 

"Rebuilding and restoration work is now almost complete although the most badly damaged of the locomotives, River Esk, has had to be re-engineered almost from scratch and has still to return to service," he said.

New bid to trace four suspects for fell fire

Cumbria Police are continuing to appeal for information following the wildfire on fellside near Keswick last week. 

It's thought a disposable barbeque caused the blaze which affected a large area near Mosedale. The police say a silver hatchback with four men inside was seen leaving the area last week.  

Fellside on fire
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

Fire fighters from as far afield as Sedbergh and volunteers from Keswick Mountain Rescue team fought the fire over two days.

Cumbrians asked to help write history

People living in Cumbria are being asked to help piece together the histories of some of the county's most ancient, and important buildings, sites and landscapes. 

Furness abbey

Historic England, the government agency that looks after buildings such as Furness Abbey (pictured), wants people to share their knowledge, in the hope it'll flesh out the history of some more recent buildings. There are more than eight thousand places on the organisation's list for Cumbria. 

We just think there's an awful lot of knowledge to be shared, a lot on information to be learned, and we're looking forward to doing so now."

Rosie RyderHistoric England

Record-attempt team seeks kit to count the pie-chuckers

Sport: Cumbrians chase Suffolk total

Cumberland's cricketers had scored 86 for 4 at lunch in the Unicorns Championship match with Suffolk at Carlisle today.  

The visitors had set the Cumberland team a total of 208 - the lead is down to 122.

Rural wisdom from the Cumbrian farmer who told the world about Herdwicks

Arsonist who 'nearly destroyed' La'al Ratty railway is jailed

An arsonist who caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage at a popular Cumbria visitor attraction has been jailed for 10 years. 

Benjamin Taylor, 24, (pictured) was working at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, known as the 'La'al Ratty' when he started blazes on three separate dates at the site within the space of four months.  

Benjamin Taylor
Cumbria Police

The largest of the fires set by Taylor, in March 2013, caused almost £600,000 damage to an engineers' workshop. It was said to have "almost destroyed" the business.

Taylor had denied starting these fires, and two others at the Whitehaven home of his then girlfriend. But after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court, he was convicted of five arson offences.

Judge Peter Hughes QC told Taylor, of Whole House Road, Seascale, he was guilty of "bizarre and dangerous behaviour".

Special summer treats at a Cumbrian wildlife park

Animals at a Cumbrian wildlife park are being given special treats during the hot weather.

The Lake District Wildlife Park near Bassenthwaite has been inundated with visitors during the fine weather.

And the keepers have come up with some innovative ways of keeping the animals cool.

You'll be amazed how much a monkey likes an ice lolly full of fruit or a meerkat likes an ice lolly with locusts and meal worms frozen into it

Richard RobinsonLake District Wildlife Park near Bassenthwaite
Monkeys eating at the Lake District Wildlife Park
Lake District Wildlife Park

Hen harrier breeding season 'very poor' says RSPB

It is set to be a 'very poor' year for hen harriers, with only a handful of nest attempts so far, the RSPB said.

The "persecuted" birds are the focus of a government plan to increase their numbers across moorlands in England.

The charity said "human interference" could be a factor for the lack of nests and cited a recent incident involving an armed man in the Pek District.

Raptor Persecution UK, a conservation group, said the plan was not working and the RSPB should withdraw support.

The action plan, launched in January by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and supported by organisations including the RSPB and the Moorland Association, was set up to revive the bird's fortunes.

It followed the disappearance of five male hen harriers from sites in Lancashire and Cumbria, in 2015, leading to the collapse of nests.

Hen harrier

Cricket: Cumberland chase victory target of 208 against Suffolk

Cumberland have been set a target of 208 to win their Minor Counties Championship game against Suffolk at Carlisle's Edenside ground.

Resuming this morning on 133 for 8, Suffolk were only able to add nine runs to their overnight score.

Cumberland have started the run chase, but have lost a wicket. The latest score is 29 for 1.

Cricket at Edenside

Postcards from celebrities boost flood relief project

More than 200 artists and celebrities have sent postcards to Kendal to help raise money for the town's flood relief centre.

Contributions have come from all over the world. The artworks will be sold with all the proceeds going to help the flood victims using the centre.

Celebrities taking part include Richard E Grant, Derren Brown and Noel Fielding.

Self portrait by Richard E Grant
Kendal Flood Relief Centre

Warning: Beware of the dangers of outdoor swimming

When the weather's hot, there can be a big temptation to jump into the nearest stretch of open water. But the RNLI is warning people to take extra care.

Despite the sunshine, the water in our lakes and rivers can be very cold, and people jumping in can get into serious difficulties.

The RNLI organises free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for the county's children. There are sessions this summer at Rayrigg Meadow in Windermere.

Children playing in water

Bed-blocking delays may continue 'up to five years'

Delays in releasing elderly patients from hospital could continue for up to five years, NHS England boss Simon Stevens has warned.

So-called bed-blocking is estimated to cost the service about £820m a year.

A recent report by the National Audit Office said delays in discharging patients from hospitals in England had risen by nearly a third over two years.

Bed blocking graphic

Mr Stevens told MPs the number of blocked beds may not reach zero soon because of social care pressures.

Bed-blocking occurs when a patient is deemed medically well enough to be released from hospital, but something else delays their discharge.

More than a million days of bed occupancy were lost to other patients last year.

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust was in the top 10, figures show.  

South Lakeland 'well on the way' to delivering 1,000 affordable homes

Getting on the housing ladder can be tough. In South Lakeland, there are almost 3,000 people on a list waiting for an affordable home.

But the council says it's 'on target' to keep its promise of building 1,000 affordable homes for rent by 2025. The latest figures show more than 240 have been built in the last two years.

We're determined to do more. We expect to see a significant increase in the number of affordable houses to buy and to rent."

Giles ArchibaldLeader of South Lakeland Council

Carlisle United look to make more signings

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United's head of recruitment, Lee Dykes, says the club is working hard to complete another signing this week.

Two wingers - Reggie Lambe from Mansfield and Jamie Devitt from Morecambe - were added to the squad yesterday.

United have targeted two forwards and two defenders on top of the five new additions already brought in since the end of the season.

Carlisle United's Head of Recruitment, Lee Dykes

Weather: Another fine day, but some very heavy showers around

BBC Weather

Another bright day in most parts. We'll see some very warm sunshine, but beware that showers will develop - these will be heavy in places with possible torrential downpours, hail and thunder.

It'll feel humid into the evening too.  

June 7 weather

Check the forecast where you are.

Cumberland 'up against it' versus Suffolk

Cumberland have a lot of work to do in their Minor Counties Championship game against Suffolk at Carlisle's Edenside ground.

The visitors will resume at the start of day three on 133 for 8 - that's a lead of 198 - with spinner Toby Bulcock taking 5 for 40.

That was after Cumberland were bowled out for just 144.

Cricket at Carlisle's Edenside ground

Local co-operatives 'contribute almost £50m to the Cumbrian economy'

New figures suggest that co-operatives in Cumbria, which are owned by local people, contribute as much as £50m to the local economy.

The report from the group Co-operatives UK points to more than 100 co-operatives in Cumbria which involve about 38,000 people.

They include farming co-operatives, wind energy companies and community-owned pubs and shops. 

The Old Crown, Hesket Newmarket

Barrow AFC bring Macclesfield skipper to Holker Street

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

It's been a busy few months for Barrow AFC. They've completed their eighth signing of the summer by bringing in the Macclesfield Town captain, Paul Turnbull, on a one-year deal.

The 27-year-old, who's had spells with Northampton, Stockport and Lincoln, made 39 appearances for Macclesfield last season and was out of contract with the Moss Rose club.

Paul Turnbull, signed by Barrow AFC from Macclesfield Town

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Morning! Welcome to our updates on Tuesday 6 June 2016.

The weather could almost be a carbon copy of yesterday - warm with lots of sunshine, but some very heavy and thundery showers around, so keep that brolly close to hand.

We'll bring you news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cumbria across the day.

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