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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished this service of news, a regular weather forecast and travel reports for today. Here are some of the main points:

We'll be back to carve up the county's news 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.

Cumbria's weather: Rain moving through

BBC Weather

A band of rain will move across the county, clearing by the early hours.

Overnight temperatures will dip to 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

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

Civilian investigators to back up police in 'cold case' sexual allegations

Cumbria Police say they're recruiting 16 civilian investigators to help officers investigate historical allegations of sexual offences.

The force said in a statement that the aim was "to increase our capacity to investigate serious crime".

It says it wants to recruit people with training and experience of investigation, but they won't have the same powers of arrest as police officers.

Cumbria police logo
Cumbria police

'Talented' student who sold drugs gets suspended sentence

A "talented" music student from south Cumbria who confessed to selling drugs for two-and-a-half years has been spared jail.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that when Samuel Bowen-Wild was stopped by police on the A591 in January, they discovered cannabis and ketamine in his car.

Further investigations found 1,000 drug supply texts on his mobile phone in just 10 days.

The 21-year-old, from Moorend Cottages in Endmoor, near Kendal, was given a suspended 12-month jail term and a 12-month driving ban as part of his sentence.

Police praise delivery driver who helped track robbers

Police have praised the bravery of a bakery van driver who helped them trace two men who had just robbed him at knifepoint.

Damon Noble, 31,(right) and Jason Pattinson, 30, (left) both from Wigton, had held up Dale Cairnie and demanded cigarettes as he made a delivery at the Co-op in the town.

Jason Pattinson and Damon Noble
Cumbria Police

After he fought back with an iron bar, the two ran into a nearby property. When police arrived, Mr Cairnie pointed out where the two had gone and they were arrested.

Det Con Calvin Greaves of Cumbria Police said the two were dangerous individuals. He said: “Thankfully, thanks in no small part to the bravery of the delivery driver, Noble and Pattinson have now been held accountable for their actions.”

Government confirms it will quit EU nuclear body

Martin Lewes


The government's confirmed that it does want to leave the EU nuclear industry watchdog, Euratom, as part of Brexit.

Ministers say they believe there's a strong mutual interest in coming to an agreement similar to that where Switzerland, not an EU member, is a partner of Euratom, so negotiation should be possible.


MPs, including Copeland's Trudy Harrison, said it could have an important impact on Sellafield. Euratom provides a common set of rules across Europe for transport nuclear materials including medical material, and disposing of waste.

But ministers say that leaving Euratom is part of excluding the European Court of Justice from UK affairs.

Police believe wanted man is in Barrow

Police are trying to trace a man called Stephen Brown, who's wanted for a breach of a restraining order.

Mr Brown, 34, who's from Barrow, is believed to be still in the area.

Stephen Brown
Cumbria Police

The virtual body giving students hands-on experience at new Cumbrian institute

This is called an anatomage. It's a computerised three-dimensional image of the human body and all its compnents, which medical students can use to practice dissection.

Students looking at image of partly dissected body

The table has been installed at a cost of £90,000 at the West Cumbria Medical Education Centre, where doctors and other clinical staff are trained from across the country.

The University of Central Lancashire has announced that it will create a Digital Health Institute, which will specialise in providing services in remote and rural area.

View from the farmer's office window

Some days farming is wet, others cold, sometimes both, and sometimes things go badly, but today is clearly a good day for James Robinson, the fifth generation of his family to run dairy herds near Kendal.

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Cumbria's deputy fire chief steps up to top job

Cumbria has got a new chief fire officer, with the promotion of the deputy chief, Steve Healey.

Steve Healey
Cumbria Fire and Rescue

Mr Healey is the current deputy chief and has worked with the county's fire service for 20 years.

He's taking over from Paul Hancock, who was shared with Cheshire. County councillors decided earlier this year to return to having a specific chief for Cumbria.

Business leader says government jobs review is 'deeply flawed'

Proposals in a government review of employment rules penalise self-employed people, according to the chief executive of the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.

Rob Johnston
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

The Taylor report said many people who were treated as self-employed in the so-called "gig economy" should be treated as employed and taxed accordingly.

Rob Johnston says self-employed people do get a more favourable tax treatment, but this is because they take greater risks.

“And we’re highly sceptical that proposals to give self-employed people parental leave are workable.”

Kendal cardiac centre reopens after £1m investment

A cardiac centre at the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal has reopened ahead of schedule after the trust which runs South Cumbria's hospitals spent £1m on new equipment.

The centre sees about 1,000 patients a year for diagnosis of heart problems and fitting devices such as pacemakers.

Two jailed for robbing driver at knifepoint

Two drug users from Wigton have been jailed for six years after demanding cigarettes from a bakery van driver at knifepoint.

Jason Pattinson, 30, previously of Water Street, and 31-year-old Damon Noble, of Meadow Road, attacked the driver in the early hours of 8 June outside the town's Co-op.

Carlisle Crown Court was told the driver, Dale Cairnie, fought back with an iron bar after Noble lunged at him with a knife which Pattinson made off with a bag.

Both admitted charges of robbery and possessing knives; Judge Peter Davies praised the driver's bravery and recommended that he receive a £300 cash reward.

Cumbria's weather: Mostly warm and dry

BBC Weather

A few showers are likely this afternoon, but most of the county will be dry with temperatures up to 21C (70F).

Weather graphic

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

Carlisle keep another clean sheet in Workington friendly

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United continued their pre-season run with a 3-0 win at Workington Reds last night.

Goals from Shaun Miller and two from two trialists secured United's second win, and second clean sheet in the space of 24 hours.

Historic Kendal court to see justice done again

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Kendal Town Hall will be brought back into service as a magistrates court from today, after the closure of the town's modern courthouse to save money.

The courts in Burneside Road, built only about 25 years ago, were closed in the face of protests because it would mean defendants, police officers, witnesses and others involved in the service having to travel to Barrow or Lancaster.

Kendal town hall

Only some cases will be heard in the town hall. Youth cases and those involving people remanded in custody, will still have to be heard elsewhere.

Cases were heard in the chamber in the 19th century, and after Storm Desmond, which flooded the modern courts.

Nominations open for Cumbria's most inspirational women

North West Evening Mail

Inspiring women making a difference in the county will be honoured later this year. Nominations are now open for Cumbria Women of the Year 2017, celebrating the best of the county's unsung heroines.

Body found 'on land' in Solway search

Police say they've found a body "on land" in their search for a missing fisherman, which began after an empty boat was found drifting in the Solway Firth last night.

A Police Scotland statement said the death was being treated as unexplained and inquiries were continuing.

The boat was believed to belong to a man from Lancashire.

Sports centre is part of £320,000 harbour plan

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

A watersports centre is part of a £320,000 plan to attract more visitors to Whitehaven's historic harbour.

Whitehaven harbour

The marina supervisor Tony Taylor says the visit of a superyacht, Lady M, to the harbour earlier this year raised the profile.

"It created such a buzz, it was a fantastic showcase for the facilities we've got here and the ability we've got to look after this sort of vessel," he said.

It's just the most beautiful site, we can see the hills of Scotland, round the corner is the Isle of Man, and it is a very special part of Cumbria

Celia McKenzieChief executive, Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners

Work starts on Ambleside library facelift

Contractors are starting work today on repairs and alterations at Ambleside Library.

Scaffolding is going up to allow work on the roof over the next week or so.

Ambleside library

The library building will close for about three months from September for alterations inside. A limited service will be provided at the Kelsick centre.

Coastguard stands down search teams in Solway

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says it has now stood down the search for a fisherman missing in the Solway Firth

Portpatrick Lfeboat

This morning the coastguard in Scotland said the matter was now in the hands of the police.

The alarm was raised last night after a vessel, thought to have been towed up to the area by a Lancashire man yesterday, was found floating with no one on board.

A number of teams including the RNLI lifeboat from Portpatrick (pictured) were launched to try to find the man.

Weather on the fell tops: Patchy cloud lowering

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: Up to 10C.
  • Winds: Moderate or fresh southwesterly gusts 30mph.
  • Cloud: Patchy cloud around 2,500ft, lowering to 1,600ft later.
  • Visibility: Good, locally moderate in showers and poor in hill fog patches.

Cumbria's weather: Dry and bright at first

BBC Weather

A fairly chilly start to the day across rural parts will turn into a fine and bright morning, with sunny spells in places.

Temperatures could rise as far as 21C (70F).

Weather graphic

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

Solway search launched after fishing boat found floating empty

Coastguard teams from southern Scotland and a helicopter are searching the Solway Firth after a fishing boat was found with no one on board.

A spokesman said it's believed the boat was towed up to the Isle of Whithorn and launched by a man from Lancashire earlier in the day.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning. We'll be bringing you news, weather forecasts, travel reports, and maybe a few extras that catch our eye from around the county, through to 18:00.

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.