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  1. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished this service of news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and a few other bits and pieces, for today and this week.

    We'll do it all again next week, starting at 08:00 on Tuesday. If you have a photograph you'd like to share, or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's newest firefighters show their life-saving skills

    Cumbria's first cohort of full-time recruits for nine years have graduated after a 14-week training course.

    All 11, with two trainees from the Isle of Man, put on displays at the Penrith headquarters in front of friends and relatives.

    Fire fighters' passing out display

    They will be serving at stations in Barrow, Carlisle, Ulverston, Whitehaven and Workington.

  3. Gambler stole from partner's grandfather

    A gambler who stole almost £30,000 from her partner's grandfather to fund her habit has been given a suspended jail sentence so she can care for her five children.

    Appearing at Carlisle Crown Court, Rosemary Atkinson admitted theft and was handed a two-year term, suspended for two years.

    The 30-year-old, or Cenral Road in Whitehaven, was also ordered to complete 250 hours unpaid work, and made subject to a four month curfew.

    The court was told her victim, 82-year-old Thomas O'Pray, would not get all his money back, although he would be paid £3,120 seized when Atkinson was arrested.

    Judge Peter Davies told her: "You should be greatly ashamed."

    Carlisle Crown Court
  4. Carlisle council leader spends day at the baths

    Martin Lewes


    Carlisle's a city with many reminders of its origins as strong point of the northern frontier in the days of the Roman Empire.

    But even with that, the latest discovery of the baths that served the Stanwix fortress has got a lot of people very excited.

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  5. Cumbria's weather: A dry and muggy night

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be dry, warm and muggy with long clear periods. An onshore breeze near the coast may introduce some mist and low cloud at times later in the night, with temperatures of 13C (55F).

    Weather graphic

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

    Don't forget there's a weather warning of possible thunderstorms from 13:00 tomorrow. The warning includes localised flooding especially on roads.

  6. Travel: Signals problem slows trains at Oxenholme

    BBC News Travel

    There are delays of up to ten minutes on Virgin West Coast trains because of a signalling problem at Oxenholme Lake District.

  7. Bluebirds owner Casson: 'I'm pleased other clubs are chasing Barrow people'

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Barrow owner Paul Casson has said he's delighted that other clubs want to sign his players and manager.

    Paul Casson

    The club gave Hartlepool permission to speak to the manager, Paul Cox yesterday, but they pulled out after being told about the buy-out clause in his contract.

    Paul Casson said: "I think it's very flattering that other clubs are interested. It just shows how far we've come in the past three years."

  8. La'al Ratty celebrates fifty years of steamy nostalgia

    One of the best-known steam engines on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway will be celebrating fifty years of steaming up and down the valley, this weekend.

    River Mite

    River Mite was commissioned by the narrow-gauge railway in the 1960s to help run a more intensive summer season.

  9. Raynes leaves Carlisle for Crewe after 'amazing' two years

    Carlisle defender Michael Raynes has turned down an offer to stay at Brunton Park and signed for Crewe Alexander.

    Michael Raynes
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    The 29-year-old has played nearly 500 professional games, and as well as Carlisle, counts Rotherham, Oxford and Scunthorpe among his previous clubs.

  10. Bottle-thrower who scarred bystander spared immediate jail term

    A man who threw a bottle as a fight broke out in Carlisle and hit an innocent bystander in the face has been given a suspended jail sentence.

    Benjamin Hetherington, 20, from Diggle Road, admitted causing grievous bodily harm to Micheal Travis, who was left with a gaping lip wound and serious damage to his teeth.

    Carlisle Crown Court was told that Hetherington "genuinely remorseful", and he was handed a two-year sentence suspended for 18 months.

    He was also ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work, submit to a six-month curfew, and to pay the victim £1,250 compensation.

  11. Ulverston's 'pepper pot' monument hosts fine dining for festival

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    The Sir John Barrow monument, on the top of Hoad Hill in Ulverston, will offer a Michelin-starred dining experience this evening.

    The event is the curtain raiser for this weekend's Taste Cumbria food festival in the town.

    It is thought to be the first time the monument - a replica of a famous lighthouse and known locally as the Pepper Pot - has been used as a pop-up restaurant.

    Kevin Tickle

    The chef from the Michelin-starred Forest Side in Grasmere, Kevin Tickle, will cook for ten invited guests in a kitchen set up for the night, but if all goes well, other dining experiences might be offered in years to come.

  12. Cricket club welcomes Roman bath house find

    Carlisle Cricket Club has welcomed the find of a well-preserved Roman bath house during work at their Edenside ground.

    The ruins of what was probably a bath house attached to a major military base at Stanwix were discovered as the club prepared to move its pavilion to higher ground after repeated flooding.

    However, the stonework - once part of an underfloor heating system - is not in an area where it will delay the work.

    Coins dating back 1,600 years and other finds were also recovered.

    Roman stonework
    Quote Message: The thought that we've got something of possibly national significance under our ground is quite mind-blowing." from Mike Rayson Carlisle Cricket Club chairman
    Mike RaysonCarlisle Cricket Club chairman
  13. Cumbria's weather: Enjoy it while it lasts!

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be dry, sunny and hot again everywhere - even on the coast.

    A warm breeze will develop later, particularly on the Lake District hills, with temperatures as high as 25C (77F).

    Weather graphic

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

    And a weather warning for thunderstorms has been issued for tomorrow afternoon.

  14. Nuclear workers accept 'disgraceful' pensions shake-up

    White-collar workers in the nuclear industry have voted to accept a new pension scheme after a long-running dispute.

    Members of the union Prospect, which covers 11,000 staff at nuclear plants including Sellafield, voted by more than three to one to move from a final salary scheme to one based on a career average salary.

    Dai Hudd, the prospective general secretary of Prospect, said: "The result doesn’t mean they are happy with the reforms."


    He said the deal contravened assurances given when the nuclear industry was privatised, and added: “This was, and is, a disgraceful way to treat dedicated employees."

    The dispute involved three other unions, Unite, GMB and ASLEF, which are yet to ballot their members.

  15. Man arrested after 'race hate tweet' complaint

    Martin Lewes


    A 36-year-old man from Maryport was arrested early this morning after a complaint about a message posted on Twitter.

    Police have not said what the tweet referred to, but say the man's in custody on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

  16. Met Office posts storms warning for tomorrow

    The Met Office says heavy thundery showers could cause local flooding, hail and frequent lightning in Cumbria tomorrow afternoon and evening.

    You can find the latest BBC weather forecasts for your area here.

  17. Museum appeals to those seeking shade instead of shelter

    Martin Lewes


    Keswick's famous pencil museum is due to reopen today after lengthy repairs to flood damage.

    The only problem for marketing this is that it's what is often known as a "wet-weather attraction"... so a bit of imagination was needed.

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  18. Raiders' skipper aims for cup 'to lay a marker down'

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Barrow Raiders captain Oliver Wilkes believes his team have a "point to prove to the rest of the division" when they take on North Wales in tomorrow's League One Cup Final.

    He says the players are still hurting after visa issues that stopped some players travelling, and saw an under-strength Raiders suffer a heavy defeat to Toronto in Canada last weekend.

    "It's silverware, the first silverware that can be won, and we want to get our hands on it and lay a marker down to the rest of the league," he said.

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