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  1. Updates on Tuesday 30 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast, and other things that catch our eye, for today. Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 tomorrow.

    As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Dry and clear

    BBC Weather

    It should be dry with plenty of sunshine extending southwards this evening and staying dry and mostly clear tonight.

    Light winds and temperatures dropping to 7C (45F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Photos show just how close rescue was

    Finally, three photographs from another witness of the Morecambe Bay rescue show just how close events yesterday at Arnside came to tragedy.

    Our thanks to Jamie Smith for sending them to us.

    Rescue crosses sands towards casualty as bore is visible behind.

    The tide is rising very fast: The famous bore, a wave of rising water, is the disturbed area visible behind the casualty, as the rescuer, on a rope, wades across the unstable sand towards them.

    Rescuer pulls in inflatble mattress to support casualty during rescue

    As the waters swirl around them, the rescuer pulls in an inflatable mattress to support the casualty.

    Rescuer wades through thigh deep water as casualty is pulled to shore on mattress

    Minutes later and a second rescuer is thigh-deep in the water as he follows the casualty and the first rescuer to shore, with his colleagues pulling the mattress to safety.

    Quote Message: Everybody was very aware of the potential of what could happen if we didn't move as quickly as possible." from Paul Calland Bay Search and Rescue volunteer
    Paul CallandBay Search and Rescue volunteer
  4. Travel: Crash slows traffic between Ambleside and Windermere

    BBC News Travel

    An accident involving two cars and a van has partially blocked the A591 between White Cross Bay and Brockhole.

  5. Rescue witness: We thought they would die in front of us

    We've been sent a detailed account of the rescue we reported on earlier at Arnside from the Sands of Morecambe Bay, when four people were pulled to safety minutes ahead of the rising tide.

    Ian Roberts was visiting Arnside with his wife when he heard the siren that gives 15 to 20 minutes warning of a tidal bore, a wave that sweeps across the bay at certain times each month.

    Mr Roberts said the people out on the sands, who were playing with a dog, did not react to the siren, possibly because some of them were struggling in quicksand: "When I heard screaming I knew what was happening. We thought the person was going to die in front of us."

    Rescuer approaches casualty and another rescuer as tide rises

    Luckily coastguard rescue teams from Barrow and Arnside were training nearby and the Bay Search and Rescue volunteers, who use specialised boats and vehicles, were also close, but as Mr Roberts' picture shows, the waters were swirling about the last casualty as rescuers went to recover them.

    Dozens of people on Arnside Promenade watched the rescue, and Mr Roberts said: "We congratulated the team by applauding after the rescue."

  6. Up against it: Wallers compete in dry-stone skills

    Thirteen wallers took part in the annual Friends of the Lake District dry-stone walling competition at the weekend.

    Adam Clarke from Oldham (right) won the overall top prize and the professional class; Tom Swinhoe came first among the amateurs and Benedict Barnes was first in the novices and juniors.

    Three winning wallers
  7. Appeal court extends sentence for man who groomed boys online

    Police have welcomed a longer sentence imposed on a Kirkby Stephen man who pretended to be a girl on the internet to trick boys into sending him intimate images.

    Christopher Hodder, 31, of Union Square, was originally jailed for four years, but the Court of Appeal has now said he'll spend five years and four months in prison with a further three years on licence.

    Christopher Hodder

    Hodder was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court earlier this year for a string of offences involving 13 boys.

    Det Insp Jenny Beattie said: “Hodder is a predatory, dangerous offender, I am pleased that the original sentence was ruled as being too lenient and that the sentence has been increased."

  8. Drivers warned as the migration to Appleby gets under way

    With just over a week to go to the start of the Appleby Horse Fair, police are urging drivers to take care because of slow-moving horse-drawn caravans on country roads.

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    On roads like the A684 and A685, the "bow-tops" are allowed to park on the verges, while the larger vans drawn by cars or pick-ups are restricted to temporary transit sites.

    Bow-top caravan
  9. Candidates clash over schools funding in Carlisle election debate

    General Election candidates standing in the Carlisle constituency have argued their cases for changes in education in the first of a series of debates on BBC Radio Cumbria.

    For the Conservatives, John Stevenson said schools had improved under the Conservative government and was bringing in a different formula for funding.

    Quote Message: You can have two schools in different parts of the country, with very different budgets, so the government is bringing forward proposals for a fair funding formula." from John Stevenson Conservative candidate
    John StevensonConservative candidate

    But for the Liberal Democrats, Peter Thornton argued that there was simply not enough money, saying: "We'll invest almost £7bn extra in our children's education."

    UKIP's Fiona Mills said her party believed in different schools to suit youngsters with different aptitudes, such as grammars for academic pupils, adding: "It means that people from working class families can have that opportunity because their parents won't be able to send them to posh private schools; we also want more technical training, vocational training."

    Ruth Alcroft, the Labour candidate, said she had huge concerns about what was happening: "At the moment there isn't enough money."

    Quote Message: I've been talking to head teachers who are having to make redundancies. Children are losing access to teaching assistants and being taught in bigger classes." from Ruth Alcroft Labour candidate
    Ruth AlcroftLabour candidate

    You can hear the programme again here, and it will be repeated at 18:00.

  10. Brunton Park favourite Adams commits for another year at Carlisle

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United's Player of the Year Nicky Adams says he intends to remain at Brunton Park next season.

    United saw two players - Jabo Ibehre and Michael Raynes - leave the club last week but Adams told the club's official website he's happy to remain with a year left on his current deal.

    Nicky Adams
  11. Cafes listed in guide for breast-feeding mums

    Martin Lewes


    A new guide's being drawn up listing cafes and other businesses which will welcome breast-feeding mothers.

    The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal to discriminate against mothers who need to feed their baby.

    South Lakeland council set up a register after a pilot in Ulverston proved successful, and businesses taking part are able to display a sticker on their windows.

    Pink breast feeding logo
  12. Lights go back on in Barrow

    Electricity North west engineers say they've now reconnected all the 2,432 consumers in who lost power because of an underground cable fault earlier today.

  13. Former pilot loses latest fight over house in Appleby

    A former pilot who was ordered to hand a farmhouse to his ex-wife after an acrimonious divorce has lost the latest round of a long-running legal fight.

    Peter Elliott was told his home in Appleby, Cumbria, should be handed to Leonie Butler so it could be sold.

    Mr Elliott wanted the Court of Appeal to consider his case. But a judge dismissed his attempt at a hearing.

    Master Marie Bancroft-Rimmer said he had established no basis for challenging an earlier ruling.


    In that hearing in August, Mr Justice Keehan analysed the case at the Family Division of the High Court in London.

    He was told Mr Elliott had been ordered to leave the farmhouse and concluded that Mr Elliott, who was then 49, had failed to comply with that order.

    He said Mr Elliott was in contempt of court and imposed a six-month jail term. Mr Elliott was subsequently arrested.

  14. Council team counts times it swooped on fly-tippers

    Copeland council officials dealt with 321 incidents of fly-tipping last year, an average of more than one every working day.

    The volume of work was revealed in figures published by the authority about the work of all its enforcement teams.

    The officials also dealt with dog fouling and barking pets, littering and anti-social behaviour.

  15. Meet Paul: The man for whom there's always something on at the movies

    Paul Donaldson from Carlisle has just started a cult movie club for people as obsessed with film as he is.

    Films at the Harraby Community Theatre will all be from his own huge collection, the second he's amassed after the first was destroyed in the 2005 floods.

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  16. Barrow teenager's song for Manchester is shared by hundreds

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    A teenager from Barrow has seen a song she wrote after the Manchester terrorist attack shared by hundreds of people on Facebook.

    Megan Doherty,19, and a student at Furness College, was alerted to the events at the Manchester Arena when a friend who was there posted on social media.

    "it's so close to home because the main target audience there is children, teenagers and families, so it's even more heart-breaking," she told BBC Radio Cumbria.

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  17. Kendal player named for Argentina tour

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Kendal-born back-row forward Mark Wilson has been named in England's 32-man rugby union squad for next month's tour to Argentina.

    The 27-year-old Newcastle Falcons player, who began his career with Kendal, impressed selectors when he off the bench in England's 28-14 win over the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.

    Mark Wilson
  18. Roadworks warning for hospital traffic

    The road leading to the West Cumberland Hospital will be closed for periods of time this summer as major repair work is carried out.

    Cumbria County Council says the route needs significant repairs, which could take up to 10 weeks to complete.

    Homewood Road

    Highways engineers say emergency access will be maintained at all times, but they say other traffic will have to follow diversions and could face delays.

  19. Cumbria's weather: Showers clearing

    BBC Weather

    The showers will clear to the south this afternoon with the best of the sunshine spreading from the north.

    There'll be moderate westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 19C (66F).

    Weather graphic

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