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  1. Updates on Friday 2 September 2016

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Martin Lewes


Updates have now finished for today and the week. 

We'll be back for a day devoted to speed on two wheels, from 08:00 on Monday.

If you've news you think we should know or pictures you'd like to share, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

Have a very good weekend.

Suspended jail for man who slipped away from police using butter

A man from Wigton who used butter to slip out of handcuffs and escape from police has been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today.

Aaron McEwan went on the run for three hours after being detained at his home in Waver Lane last month.

Today at Carlisle Crown Court, the 20-year-old admitted offences including escaping from custody, affray and the possession of two offensive weapons.

The judge gave him a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Vending machine serves fresh milk

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC Newcastle

A farmer in Cumbria has installed a milk vending machine in his yard.

The machine pours unpasteurised milk straight into the bottle for £1 per litre.

Farmer Mike Walsh, who lives near Penrith, hopes it will keep milk closer to where it is produced and combat low supermarket prices.  

Cumbrian farmer offers fresh milk from vending machine

Couple with baby on way admit parts in drug plot

A couple from Carlisle have been sentenced by a judge today for their roles in supplying cannabis.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Michael Kenney, 25, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply, and four counts of supplying the class B drug. 

Coral Edgar,22, who was said to be 27 weeks pregnant with their child, admitted allowing a property in the city to be used for the offence.

Kenney, of Brunskill Close, was jailed for 15 months and Edgar, who lives in Charles Street, was given a 12-month community order and ordered to go to rehabilitation.

Installation remembers the children of the Holocaust

A work of art made out of shoes from the 1940s is being installed for an exhibition at the Lake District Holocaust Project in Windermere.

Ian Walton with sculpture of shoes
LDHP courtesy Ian Walton

The project has created a museum recording how hundreds of child survivors of the Holocaust were brought to Windermere to recover after World War Two.

The piece, called Breath becomes Air, was inspired by visits to eastern Europe including Auschwitz Birkenau and Theresienstadt.

They're on show from 9 September until 29 October.

Eight medallists head Tour of Britain roll-out through Cumbria

It's been confirmed that eight Olympic medallists will be among the 126 athletes riding through Cumbria in the Tour of Britain cycle race on Monday.

Bradley Wiggins
Getty Images

Sir Bradley Wiggins (pictured), Owain Doull and Elia Viviani will be joined by Mark Cavendish, Tom Dumoulin, and Australians Jack Bobridge, Alex Edmondson and Michael Hepburn.

You can see the route the stage takes through the county here.

Travel: Crash blocks A590

BBC Travel

The A590 is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Meathop Roundabout in Meathop and Levens Hall in Levens, because of an accident involving a motorbike and a car.

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Pile of pigs makes artistic point on pork farms

A Penrith artist is making 1,000 plaster models of pigs for a piece of art inspired by a documentary on intensive pig farming.

Close up of lots of little plaster pigs
Katarina Prior

Katarina Prior has so far made just over half the pigs, which are each about 3in (7.5cm) long.

The pigs will go on display next month as part of the C-Art sculpture train, before being sold to raise money for a campaign encouraging people to buy only pork produced to high welfare standards.

Hen harrier chick fledges at Geltsdale for first time in a decade

A single hen harrier chick has fledged on the Geltsdale reserve in the North Pennines for the first time in 10 years

Hen harrier chick
RSPB Mark Thomas

The male bird, called Bonny, is one of just seven hen harrier chicks to leave their nests in the whole of England.

Once staff at the RSPB reserve knew there was a hen harrier nest, they and volunteers mounted a 24-hour watch and provided extra food.

Survey studies how patients see out-of-hours doctor service

Healthwatch Cumbria, which represents the public interest in NHS services, has started a survey of how patients have got on with Cumbria Health On Call, or CHOC, which provides GP services when surgeries and health centres are closed.

The 12-week study will look at what patients experienced when they called the service, went to an out-of-ours treatment centre, or were given a home visit.

You can take part here.

Athlete's trust 'to support 900 youngsters'

A charity founded by an Olympic medallist says it's planning to support 900 disadvantaged young people in Cumbria over the next four years.

Dame Kelly Holmes
Getty Images

The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust plans to use world-class athletes to mentor young people and develop skills to help them get into sport, training, education, volunteering and employment.

The charity says eight months after starting a similar scheme last year, almost three-quarters of those taking part had got a job or gone into education or training, and more than four out of five said they felt more connected to their local community.

Cumbria's weather: Mainly cloudy until this evening

BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudy day, and not much chance of sunshine until this evening. 

 There could also be one or two showers around. Top temperatures could reach 17C (62F).

Weather graphic

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

New hydro scheme will power 700 homes

Martin Lewes


A new hydroelectricity scheme down the side of Helvellyn is thought to have the steepest drop of any project in the county, bosses claim.

Machine climbing steep hillside
United Utilities

Machinery had to climb a one in two slope to allow Fisherplace Hydro to run water down the flank of Helvellyn above Thirlmere reservoir, and helicopters were used to lift some equipment into place.

The scheme's being built by the Cumbrian firm Ellergreen Hydro, and the turbines are built by the Kendal company, Gilbert, Gilkes and Gordon.

Electricity should be flowing into the grid by the end of the month.

Sellafield police list security breaches

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

The armed police force that protects Britain's nuclear sites has recorded 130 security breaches over the last five years, one of which included a missing gun. 


The information was gathered by the BBC from a freedom of information request to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary. 

At Sellafield there was one incident classed as high risk, where an officer texted confidential information to a colleague using a mobile phone. The incident with a firearm happened in Surrey.

A more unusual incident in Cumbria was during August 2012, where two visitors passed an open door where weapons training was taking place. That was rated by the CNC as being low risk.

Work starts on new Kendal rugby ground as club starts season in higher division

A new stadium for Kendal Rugby Union Club is expected to be ready by next May.

It's taken years to achieve a deal involving planning permission being gained both for a supermarket on the club's existing ground and for the new stadium on a site that will also be called Mint Bridge.

The new season returns tomorrow and Kendal are in action in a new division after clinching promotion to National League Three North.

Museum commissions beers for Somme exhibition

The Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle's selling two specially-brewed beers to mark the new exhibition there, Voices from the Somme.

Bottle of beer
Museum of Military Life, Carlisle

The beer, brewed locally, went on sale this week. A second beer, called Imperial Eagle after a plaque showing the double-headed eagle of Russia seized by a soldier in the Crimean War, has also been produced.

It's also 100 years since the Carlisle state management system was established, as part of efforts to control drinking by munitions workers during World War One.

Two arrested after missing girl found safe and well

Here's some more on the story after two men were arrested in Furness last night:

A 13-year-old girl who had been missing from her hometown since Sunday has been found safe and well.

The teenager was last seen leaving an address in Railway Street in Nelson, Lancashire.

Lancashire Police thanked the public for their help and said the girl had been found in Furness at about 20:50 last night.

Two men, aged 47 and 22, both from Nelson, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of child abduction.

Excitement grows as cycle racers aim for county

Carlisle sees the start of Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain cycle race on Monday. 

BBC Radio Cumbria's already been previewing some of the events and here on BBC Cumbria Live we'll be doing our best to follow the peleton through the day to Kendal.

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Firefighters praise help from locals to fight barn blaze

There's been praise from the county's fire and rescue service after local farmers helped crews deal with a large barn fire near Wigton.

CFRS/Will Richardson

Panels had to be removed from the side of the 50m-long barn before firefighters could get water on to tonnes of blazing hay that were behind a large stock of silage.

Station manager Will Richardson says people near the scene at Waverton did what was needed to help get it under control.

Flood advice centre moves to new base

An organisation that supports people in Cumbria who have been affected by flooding is moving to a new base.

From today, the Carlisle Flood Recovery Centre, which used to be in the Citadel Building in English Street, will operate from premises at 27 Spencer Street.

The centre offers free advice about insurance, building repairs, and grant applications. It'll be open on Fridays, Saturday mornings, and by appointment on Monday mornings.

Bishop's palace to become international peace centre

It's been confirmed that Rose Castle, the former palace of the Bishop of Carlisle, will become an international study for peace and reconciliation.

Rose Castle
Rose Castle Foundation

The palace near Carlisle has been empty since it was put on the market in 2009. It's been purchased on behalf of the Rose Castle Foundation, which is co-chaired by the Bishop of Carlisle, James Newcome.

The foundation's been trying to buy the castle for some time. The director, Sarah Snyder, is being interviewed by Richard Corrie on BBC Radio Cumbria this Sunday.

Travel: Roadworks cause delays on A595

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on A595 Egremont Road southbound in Bigrigg between the Mirehouse Road junction and the Springfield Road junction, in the roadworks area.

You can get the latest travel reports here.

The decisions that meant 29 lived, and five died in Cumbria

Twenty-nine people had potentially life-saving organ transplants in Cumbria last year; but five died before the right donor could be found, figures published today show.

Surgical operation taking place
Getty Images

NHS Blood and Transplant says that when a family knows what a potential donor wants, they are likely to agree to organs being taken when someone dies; but when they don't know, they are more likely to refuse.

About a third of the population of Cumbria is registered on the organ donor register.

It's really important that people think about what they would like to happen when they die and that they then have that conversation with their family."

Dawn LeeManager of transplant service in North West

Driver who fled across footbridge given suspended sentence

A Carlisle teenager's been given a suspended sentence and banned from the road after driving across a footbridge while being chased by police.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Ricky Lee Murphy, 19, from Bower Street, admitted three offences including dangerous driving and having no insurance.

He was given a nine-month sentence suspended for two years and banned from driving for 18 months. He must also do 250 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Peter Davies was told Murphy had driven through Currock on the wrong side of the road at the time of the school run. 

This was an appalling piece of driving"

Judge Peter DaviesCarlisle Crown Court

Campaigner chats with Jeremy Corbyn after chance meeting

Martin Lewes


James Titcombe, best known for campaigning over the problems with maternity services in South Cumbria, is a regular rail passenger. 

It appears he bumped into Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a station.

Interestingly, the conversation doesn't seem to have included overcrowding on trains...

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Travel: Roadworks (and maybe cows) slow traffic near Brampton

BBC Travel

There are roadworks at Old Church Lane in Brampton, causing medium delays. There's also a report of cows on the road in that area. 

You'll find the latest travel reports here.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


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