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  1. Former UKIP North West chairman admits assaulting OAP in EU row
  2. More shoppers - but more empty shops in Cumbria's high streets
  3. Judge cuts drug plot sentence as 'too harsh'
  4. Kendal firm puts local milk into NHS contract
  5. Updates on Tuesday 16 August 2016

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Martin Lewes


We've finished updates for today. 

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, weather and travel reports.

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Alert as RAF plane diverts to Carlisle airport

Emergency services were alerted this afternoon when an RAF Tucano training aircraft with two people on board made an emergency landing at Carlisle Airport.

It happened just before 13:00. 

The airport's own emergency services including fire and rescue were put on stand-by, but the aircraft landed safely.  

No one was injured. 

Cumbria's weather: A fine evening and a clear cool night

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It's forecast to be a fine evening with the temperature dropping slowly from a high of about 22C (72F), to about 11C (52F) in the small hours.

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

Barrow's injured captain misses midweek match

Barrow captain Danny Livesey will miss tonight's visit of Chester in the National League.

Livesey, who could return at the weekend, picked up a leg injury in last week's defeat to Tranmere. 

Paul Turnbull and Shaun Beeley will also undergo late fitness checks.

BreakingLeave campaign attacker: 'I thought I was defending our property'

Martin Lewes


We've more on the Leave campaigner who has been fined for assaulting a 78-year-old man in Carlisle just before the EU referendum.

John Stanyer, a former regional chairman of UKIP, was fined £500 by magistrates for assault by beating the pensioner, who is now 79.

The attack happened after leaflets were thrown to the ground in English Street in the centre of Carlisle.

Outside Carlisle Magistrates' Court, Stanyer told reporters: "I thought I was defending myself and our property, what we stood for. 

"I do regret hitting the man, I shouldn't have done it."

BreakingFormer UKIP North West chairman admits assaulting OAP in EU row

A former UKIP North West chairman has admitted assaulting a 78-year-old man in a row over leaflets in the run up to the EU referendum.

Brexit campaigner John Stanyer, 52, from Wigton, pleaded guilty to striking the pensioner in the face four days before the vote in June..

The attack happened outside House of Fraser in English Street in Carlisle when a Remain campaigner threw leaflets produced by the Leave campaign on the floor.  

John Stanyer

Stanyer was ordered to pay a £500 fine, £200 in compensation and £85 costs.

Shoplifter who stole again the day after court is jailed

A shoplifter sentenced to a curfew by Barrow magistrates on Saturday was caught stealing again on Sunday - and then was jailed yesterday.

Andrew Stephen Hackett, who's 30 and lives in Rawlinson Street in the town, admitted three offences of theft in various shops on his first appearance.

His curfew meant he should have stayed indoors all day, but late on Sunday afternoon, police found him when they were called to the town's TK Maxx store.

Yesterday he admitted stealing goods worth £113, and was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison.

He was also resentenced for the earlier three offences, taking the term to 18 weeks in total.

Your pictures: All around the blooming heather

Irene Cooper shared this gorgeous picture of the Langdales, with the heather blooming in the foreground.

Irene Cooper

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New paramedics join air ambulance service

The Great North Air Ambulance Service has hired three new paramedics.

The latest recruits will work from Langwathby and Durham Tees Valley Airport.

They will also take on shifts as part of the MERIT scheme, an all-night response unit operating in the North East on Friday and Saturday nights.

One of the new recruits is Marcus Johnson, 34, from Spennymoor, County Durham.

The former paramedic and mentor at the North East Ambulance Service said: "Here you can make a real difference as the air ambulance is called to the sickest and most in need patients. That is extremely rewarding.”

Twins' birthday party raises money for baby unit

Instead of having presents at their third birthday party, Carlisle twins Archie and Harry Theobald collected donations for the special care baby unit at the Cumberland Infirmary.

Family at hospital

They raised £100 and went with baby sister Libby and and their mum, Yvonne (centre) into the hospital to hand the money over. Archie was treated by the unit soon after birth.

Judge cuts 'too harsh' sentence on man jailed for drugs plot

A judge has reconsidered the sentence she gave a Barrow man involved in a major drugs operation and decided it was too harsh.

Jordan Azli Dominic Graham, 29, was given a four-year prison sentence last month for being part of what was described as a "dealership network" in the town.

Eighteen people were jailed by Judge Barbara Forrester for sentences totalling more than 100 years after police seized cocaine, cannabis and M-Cat with a street value of almost £1m.

But today at Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Forrester said she'd decided to reduce Graham's sentence to two years and four months because his offence was less serious than most of the other defendants.

Heavy load set to cause slow traffic on A590

Police are warning motorists that an abnormal load will be escorted from the M6 at Burton through to Roanhead in Barrow tomorrow morning.

They say drivers should expect short delays.

Cumbria's weather: Dry and warm

It should be a fine afternoon with periods of warm sunshine. 

Temperatures could reach 24C (75F). 

You might want to frame the picture below.

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

Daisy heads for roof of world to raise cancer funds

Martin Lewes


An outdoor enthusiast from Millom's planning to trek to Everest base camp to raise money for a cancer charity after a friend's son was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Daisy Clark on snowy rock

Daisy Clark is traveling to Nepal in October.  

She's raising money for a specialist charity DKMS, which recruits stem cell donors to help people suffering with blood cancers.

Police collar £40,000 cocaine dealer on M6

A man from the Wirral who was caught on the M6 with cocaine with a street value of £40,000 has been told to expect a prison sentence.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how officers stopped Neil McWilliam's Audi on the M6 near junction 43 as he was travelling north.

McWilliam, from Frankby Grove in the Wirral, pleaded guilty to possessing the class A drug with intent to supply on 14 July.

He was remanded in custody to await sentence on 12 September.

City arts centre prepares to reopen after flooding

An Cumbrian arts centre damaged by flooding is on course to reopen next month.

Arts centre bar, with sofa

The Old Fire Station in Carlisle was flooded with enough water to float furniture on to the bar, only six months after it opened.

The repair bill is estimated to be in the region of £500,000. 

 The next concert is scheduled for 22 September.

Flood repairs prop up river wall in Kendal

Retails slide 'affects Whitehaven too'

More people are shopping in Britain's High Streets, according to national figures, but the number of empty shop vacancies has risen in parts of Cumbria.

Carlisle city centre has 26 vacant shopfronts, up from 18 last year, while in Kendal there are currently 47 empty units, an increase of four.

King street, Whitehaven

In Whitehaven, businessman Gerard Richardson says there are longer-term influences: "It's mainly national chains, but this is the part of the town that’s been hit the hardest by the downturn. Partly that would be also to do with the closure of the bus station many years ago."

Lottery grant opens door to new village hall

A Cumbrian community is to get a new parish hall thanks to a lottery grant of more than £600,000.

Bassenthwaite Parish Rooms

Bassenthwaite Parish Council wants to replace its parish room. 

Councillors hope the new hall will be able to host fitness classes, IT support sessions, a youth club and more.

Kendal firm puts local milk into national NHS contract

A Cumbrian company has just won a contract to supply a formula milk to NHS maternity and paediatric units using milk from local dairy herds.

Kendal Nutricare says it's using whole milk for infant formulas. 

Kendal Nutricare
Kendal Nutricare

As well as the NHS contract Kendal Nutricare's owner Ross McMahon tied up a £6m contract with China, and expects to expand into North Africa in the near future.

Fell rescuers take to water to help walker

Mountain rescue volunteers took to the lake to help a man who suffered a diabetic episode while walking along the shore of Ullswater.

The Patterdale mountain rescue team used their boat to reach the 73-year-old from Doncaster, who was walking from Patterdale to Howtown.

After the man was assessed and found to be well enough he was returned to his hotel by boat.

Watch: Commuting in Cumbria when the weather behaves

Martin Lewes


Nigel works for the health service in South Cumbria and he's clearly enjoying this unusually good spell of weather.

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'Retail caution after Brexit vote' leaves more shops empty

There's been an increase in the number of empty shops on two of Cumbria's high streets, in spite of an increase in shoppers using them.

Highgate in Kendal

Carlisle city centre has 26 vacant shops, up from 18 last year, while in Kendal there are currently 47 empty units, an increase of four.

Bill Smith, a Windermere-based retail expert, says he believes retailers are reluctant to take on commitments until they see how Britain's exit from the EU is going.

Just at the moment we are surrounded by a degree of uncertainty and I think people are just being cautious."

Bill SmithRetail consultant.

Sunshine on the felltops: The forecast for walkers

Temperatures at 3,000ft: 14C

Winds: Moderate to fresh south-easterly.

Cloud: Any cloud is expected to be above all summits.

Visibility: Poor in any early morning mist or shallow fog patches, otherwise very good or excellent.

You can find a more detailed forecast here.

Cumbria's weather: Fine, dry, warm (Yes, again!)

BBC Weather

Mist and fog patches should soon clear leaving another fine, dry day with plenty of warm sunshine. Temperatures could reach 24C (75F).

Weather graphic

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

Probe continues as coroner rules child's drowning was 'tragic accident'

Health and safety officials have confirmed they're still investigating the death of a four-year-old boy at a Cumbrian swimming pool after a coroner ruled he died in a "tragic accident".

Old Park Wood

Luca Hurle died at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool just over a week ago after getting into difficulties in the pool at Old Park Wood, a luxury holiday park on the Holker Estate.

Last week, the senior Merseyside coroner Andre Rebello decided he had enough evidence to complete the inquest.

He said that although Luca had worn a flotation vest while swimming with his family, he'd lost it when he was recovered from the pool.

Luca died despite a lengthy battle to save his life on the scene and at two hospitals.

South Lakeland council officials say their investigation into the incident is likely to take some time.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good Morning; we'll be bringing you the news, travel reports and weather forecasts (sunny and dry!) until about 16:00.

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