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  1. Thursday 21 July 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Updates have finished for the day here on BBC Cumbria Live.  We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, keeping you up to date with the news, travel reports and weather forecasts.

If you have news or pictures, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Have a very good evening.

Cumbria's weather: Mostly dright and bright

The weather for the evening will be mainly dry and bright, with just the chance of a shower.

Temperatures will fall towards 17C (63F)

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Accident causes delays in Workington

BBC Travel

Cain Street in Workington is partially blocked in both directions between the B5296 Mossbay Road junction and the Iredale Crescent junction because of an accident.

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Bite victim was vaccinated after vandalism row, court told

A man from Aspatria who bit a women in the ear has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Lee Williams, 27, pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court to assault causing actual bodily harm.

The judge was told an argument over a vandalised vehicle erupted into violence.The victim later had to be vaccinated against hepatitis B after staff learned that Williams was a "known misuser of drugs".

Williams, from Springkell, Aspatria, was given a 15-month jail term suspended for two years, a 12-week curfew and a two-year restraining order.

Pensioner injured in city affray

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

An elderly woman who was caught up in what police describe as an affray in Carlisle, has been taken to hospital.


Police say the alarm was raised at about 14:40. A number of officers went to West Tower Street where according to bystanders, a group of youths had attacked an individual.

The elderly woman was said by police to have suffered significant injuries.  

Officers said three people had been arrested and inquiries are continuing.

Garden festival blooms for final time

Holker Hall has announced that its garden festival, which could claim to be the premier horticultural event in the county's calendar, will not happen again.

Holker Garden Festival
Holker Hall

The garden festival has been going since 1992, attracting hundreds of exhibitors over the years, and tens of thousands of visitors.

Lucy Cavendish, the chairman, said horticultural and other events had proliferated in the early summer, putting the show's long term prospects in jeopardy. The hall wanted to develop a fresh programme of events.

"We took the view that it was better to end now on a high," she said. 

Moorside nuclear plant: What happens next

Within a few weeks this artist's impression will be updated when the detailed design of the new plant is compiled from entries to a competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Moodside artists impression

Then next year a planning application will be made under a new system.

The site is on the border of the Lake District national park authority, in Copeland Borough Council. 

Normally these authorities would consider the plans, in a process that would take several years.

But because it's defined as a nationally-important project, it'll be dealt with under legislation passed in 2008 by a panel of planning inspectors.

Anyone will be able to register and comment on the plans, although the system's been criticised as lacking democracy.

The final decision will be taken by a government minister, normally within 12 months.

Pokemon players told: Watch out for real animals

A farming organisation's worried that people playing Pokemon Go, a new smartphone game that uses mapping technology to place a game in the real landscape, could mean people get distracted around farm animals or machinery.

The Country Land and Business Association says that some of its members are concerned that Pokemon Go players could be led off public footpaths onto private land.

Police team following 'numerous lines' in sex assault inquiry

Police have made public more details in their hunt for the man who sexually assaulted a woman in Carlisle early this morning.

The attack happened on Victoria Viaduct at about 02:00 as the woman walked towards Denton Holme.

The main was initially friendly, but when she declined his advances, he attacked her, and then ran towards English Street.

Det Sgt Cath Pattinson said: “The victim was uninjured but is understandably shaken by what has occurred. Specially trained officers are supporting her at this time.”

When constabulary duty's to be done...

A PCSO's life can clearly be a happy one.

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Navy launches investigation into sub collision

The Royal Navy says an immediate investigation's begun into how the Barrow-built HMS Ambush collided with a cargo ship close to Gibraltar.

A statement from the Ministry of Defence said there was some external damage but no one was hurt.

Astute Class graphic

The Astute class submarines are Britain's newest and most expensive submarines. Ambush is the third of the class; three more are under construction in Barrow and a fourth will eventually complete the fleet of seven.

Ambush's commander or senior officers could be punished if the investigation finds anyone at fault. The first of class, HMS Astute, ran aground off Skye in 2010, and its skipper, Andy Coles, was later removed from command.

Cumbria's weather: Bright and mainly dry but cooler

The afternoon will be mainly dry with some sunshine in places. It will feel fresher but still pleasantly warm in sunshine. There may be just a few showers in places. Temperatures will rise to about 19C (66F)

Weather graphic

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

County calls for more roads spending as part of nuclear project

Cumbria County Council's asked for a big increase in spending on roads, railways and ports as part of the Moorside nuclear power plant project.

Three new reactors are planned next to Sellafield in plans being developed by a company called NuGen.

Today a Cumbria County Council meeting signed off a response calling for "significant additional investment" in infrastructure and training to make sure as many jobs as possible will be taken by Cumbrians.

Council leader Stewart Young said: "The sheer scale of this nuclear project is unprecedented for Cumbria and in fact unprecedented for the UK. To ensure that everyone benefits we need a guarantee from Government or NuGen, or both of extensive additional investment."

New plans revealed for hospital refurbishment

The redevelopment of Whitehaven's Cumberland Infirmary will see parts of the old building refurbished, it was announced today.

The work will see breast screening, cardiology, mortuary, renal, maternity and a vascular laboratory move back into the old hospital by the spring of next year.

New West Cumberland Hospital

The first phase of the new £90m West Cumberland Hospital opened late last year, but the second phase of the redevelopment was halted when costs increased beyond the approved amounts.

Nuclear plant debate focuses on road and rail plans

The debate over whether a new nuclear power plant should be built in West Cumbria centres on whether the road and rail network is adequate.

The campaign group Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment says the site, next to Sellafield, presents a number of problems.

One of the major ones is how on earth are they going to deal with the substandard infrastructure, the road and rail here in West Cumbria. There's nothing in the consultation document that shows they've mastered that."

Martin ForwoodCumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment

The company putting the plans forward, NuGen, says dealing with these issues now form a major part of plans going on show at an event in Penrith today.

They'll be able to see this time that we're really focusing on a rail-based strategy with a major investment in rail infrastructure, a major investment in a port actually at the site."

Fergus McMorrowPlanning and consultation manager, NuGen

Flooded hotel plans an opening party

The Glenridding Hotel, inundated by floodwater four times last winter, has had to put its opening date back because of the amount of work needed. 

But it's clearly going to be a bit of a celebration when it does...

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Mental health trust seeks public 'governors'

The health trust that runs mental health and community care services in the county is looking for members of the public to act as governors.

Governors are supposed to represent the public interest and hold directors to account.

The Cumbria Partnership trust is holding drop in sessions in Penrith, Barrow and Kendal over the next two days for potential candidates with nominations closing on the 28 July.

Decision day for flood group's base

Cumbrian flood volunteers will find out today if they can stay in the Penrith building that's been their home since January.

Industrial unit

Eden Flood Volunteers used the building to collect household items to help those affected by the winter storms.

County councillors are meeting this morning to discuss extending the group's rent-free lease for another 12 months.

Pensioners disturb raider who stole £4,500

Pensioners in Kendal disturbed a man in their house and after he made off found £4,500 had been stolen, police say.

Det Con Tom Pearman said the elderly couple have been left understandably hurt and shaken.

Kentmere Brow

The break-in happened at 14:00 on Tuesday in Kentmere Brow. 

The suspect's described as white and in his early 30s, of medium build with fair hair.

Det Con Pearman said: "This was in broad daylight and we hope that someone will have seen something that will help identify the man responsible."

Police hunt Carlisle sex attacker

A woman is "extremely shaken" after being sexually assaulted in Carlisle early this morning, police say.

The attack is said to have happened on the Victoria Viaduct at about 02:00.

The attacker was a white man with dark hair. He was wearing a grey hooded top and dark trousers.

Duke of Edinburgh expedition team rescued in storm

Seven young women taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh gold award expedition were guided down from the Walna Scar pass near Coniston Old Man yesterday after they were caught in a severe thunderstorm.

Three volunteers from the Coniston team went in what they described as dangerous conditions to meet the group, who were making their way down.

The women were cold and wet but otherwise unhurt.  They were taken to the Coniston base to dry out and warm up before resuming their expedition.

Lightning has been known to strike walkers on high ridges in the past.

Travel: Debris slows northbounders on M6

BBC Travel

There's debris on the road on M6 northbound at  junction 37, A684 (Kendal).

You can get the latest travel news here.

Weather: Fresher and bright

There'll be a fresher feel to the weather today with plenty of bright and sunny spells.

It'll be largely dry and fine, however there is a risk of a few isolated showers this afternoon.

Temperatures will top out at about 20C (68F).

Weather graphic

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

Public get final chance to comment on nuclear power plant plan

The company behind plans for a new nuclear power station in West Cumbria says people wanting to comment on the plans have only 10 days left.

The Moorside scheme would see three nuclear reactors built next to the Sellafield plant.

The company, NuGen, says it will apply for planning permission next year. There's likely to be another round of public consultation then.

Travel: Roads close for shipyard's heavy load

BBC Travel

Some roads will close in Barrow just after 09:00 this morning while a heavy load's moved from the docks to the BAE shipyard.  

Road blocks are expected to be on Michaelson Road, Bridge Road and the Walney roundabout from about 09:15 for about 25 minutes.

You can always find the latest travel news here.

Barrow-built submarine damaged in collision

The Barrow-built submarine HMS Ambush has been damaged in a collision with a cargo ship during a training exercise off Gibraltar.

HMS Ambush showing dent

The submarine was submerged at the time. Pictures show external damage to the conning tower, but its nuclear reactor is said to have been unaffected. No crew were hurt.

Ambush is the newest of the Royal Navy's three Astute class submarines; three more are being built.

A Navy spokesman said they are in contact with the merchant vessel, which was not damaged.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be keeping you up-to-date with the news, travel and weather forecasts through to 16:00.

It's all the better if you get involved - did you see some of those pictures of the lightning yesterday?

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