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  1. Updates on Friday 21 July 2017

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other morsels from Cumbrian life, for today and this week.

Among today's developments:

We'll be back for another go from 08:00 on Monday.

If you have news you think we should know, or want to 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 good weekend.

Andy and his old Morris, Henry, set off on charity drive

A 90-year-old Morris Cowley called Henry is hitting the road again in Carlisle as owner Andy McKay takes on a trip around the British Isles.

Andy and Henry

The journey is to raise money for a pancreatic cancer charity following the death of Andy's wife, Lyn, in 2013.

Youngsters warned after five are found in office block

Police have asked parents in Barrow to warn their children about climbing on buildings after five youths were found in an empty office block.

Furness House

Officers say the five had gained access to Furness House through a window from a car park, putting themselves at risk.

They also caused damage inside the building.

Grayling defends pulling plug on rail line electrification

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended cancelling the electrification of three rail lines, including the Lakes Line from Oxenholme to Windermere.

He announced yesterday that instead, electric trains that were being fitted with diesel engines, so they could switch seamlessly from one form of power to the other, would be put on the tracks.

Labour accused Mr Graying of breaking a promise and treating the north and Wales like poor cousins, but Mr Grayling said he was only "taking advantage of smart technology".

Railway station sign

Man jailed for life for second child sex conviction

A man has been jailed for life with a minimum of eight years for sexually assaulting a young girl.

David Stevenson
Cumbria Police

David Stevenson, 53, of Compton Street, Carlisle, was convicted in 2006 of raping a teenage girl.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Peter Davies described the latest attack on a younger girl in 2014 as "heartless and wicked".

He also jailed a woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, for 11 years for aiding and abetting Stevenson.

Det Con Mark Singleton said: "Under the terms of the sentence, if he doesn't satisfy the authorities that he won't reoffend, it's quite conceivable that he will spend the life tariff in jail."

Cumbria's weather: Heavy rain continuing

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of heavy rain will continue for much of the night, although winds will gradually ease.

Temperatures will fall to about 13C (55F).

Weather graphic

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

Burst sewer sends wastewater into Whitehaven harbour

United Utilities engineers have been praised for their quick response after a burst sewer leaked wastewater into Whitehaven Harbour.

Parts of the harbour will be home to a Taste Cumbria festival over the weekend.

United Utilities says there'll be some road restrictions while they repair the pipes, which are encased in concrete.

Mike Starkie, the Mayor of Copeland, said: "We would like to thank United Utilities for their quick response and assure the public that the matter will be dealt with as quickly as possible.”

Keswick chef, and Keswick seismograph, record Greek island quake

Rich Axford, a chef from Keswick, has tweeted from the Greek island of Kos about his experience in the earthquake that killed two people there last night.

Back in Cumbria, the equipment run by the British Geological Survey, in Keswick, recorded the vibrations.

We've asked Rich whether he can contact us.

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Farron accuses Gove of breaking farm subsidies promise

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron's accused Environment Secretary Michael Gove of breaking a promise to maintain farm subsidies.

This morning Mr Gove said that once Britain had left the EU, he'd reform the system so instead of farmers getting payments for each hectare of land they farmed, they would have to work on environmental or other projects.

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said Mr Gove had promised to maintain funding, and also hadn't mentioned the potential imposition of tariffs on lamb exports to the EU.

"If high tariffs and lower subsidies put small farmers out of business, it will be the end of the family farm as we know it," he said.

When work is just hanging around, watching a movie

Martin Lewes


A team of Cumbrian climbers has completed one of the year's more spectacular advertising photo-shoots, dangling off the face of Gimmer Crag in Great Langdale.

Climbers looking at laptop

A team of climbers and other experts gathered by a Kendal-based firm, Real Adventure, carried nearly a tonne of equipment on to the cliff face to help promote a new film-streaming service being introduced by the phone company EE, and BAFTA.

The service uses a 4G signal, which is available on the cliff face (but not yet in the valley below).

Travel: Crash slows southbound M6 near Penrith

BBC News Travel

There's slow traffic southbound on the M6 approaching junction 40 at Penrith after a three-vehicle collision.

Police say there's congestion because of the volume of traffic leaving the M6 at that junction.

Driver jailed for causing fatal A66 collision

A driver has been jailed for causing a crash that killed a pensioner.

Calum Wilkinson, 25, of Eaigle Terrace, Main Road, Flimby, was found guilty at Carlisle Crown Court last month of causing death by dangerous driving.

Calum Wilkinson
Cumbria Police

The court heard that on 29 April last year, his Volkswagen crossed double white lines on the A66 near Dubwath, crashing head on into a Toyota driven by David Bennell, 83, from Braithwaite.

Mr Bennell died later in the Royal Newcastle Infirmary.

Today Wilkinson was jailed for two-and-a-half years and handed a two-year driving ban.

Gove's 'green subsidy' promise gets mixed response on farms

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said farming subsidies will be given only in return for benefits such as landscape improvements or flood prevention work, once Britain has left the EU.

Under the EU common agricultural policy, farmers are paid a fixed sum for every acre they farm, which Mr Gove says means money goes to landowners who don't need it.

"Informed by rigorous scientific analysis, we can develop global gold standard policies on pesticides and chemicals, habitat management and biodiversity, animal welfare and biosecurity, soil protection and river management and so many other areas."

His proposals have already been welcomed by the Country Land and Business Association, but many farmers say they already do the work Mr Gove wants to see.

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Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, at J40 for A66.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 southbound at J40, A66 (Penrith), because of an accident involving three vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

New Carlisle midfielder gets back to speed after fasting

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Midfielder Sami Nabi will again be trying to impress manager Keith Curle when Carlisle United travel to Halifax in their penultimate friendly of preseason tomorrow.

Sami Nabi

The 20-year-old joined on a short-term deal last season which led to him earning a one-year contract this summer.

But that's meant Nabi had to prepare for his crucial first season season while fasting during daylight through the holy month of Ramadan, making it more difficult to work up his fitness.

He says it's something Muslims have to live with: "Sometimes it lies near the end of the season, sometimes it lies during pre-season, so I'm grateful it lay in between. I want to just kick on for the season now."

Backing for Lake District farmers is critical, says Gove

Environment Secretary Micheal Gove says continuing support for farmers in upland areas like the Lake District is critical.

In a speech to a wide range of environmental and agricultural groups, Mr Gove said: "Support for farmers in areas like the Lake District, upland Wales or the Scottish borders is critical to keeping our countryside healthy.

Michael Gove

"Indeed, whether it’s hill farmers or island crofters, or those running small family farms in England and Northern Ireland, there is a need to ensure that the human ecology of rural areas is protected."

Mr Gove indicated though, that basic payments, currently calculated simply by the area a farmer works, would in future be tied directly to environmental work or support for rural life.

You can see the full text here.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with more rain later

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy with more rain later, and quite windy.

Temperatures could peak at 20C )68F).

Weather graphic

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

Bassenthwaite ospreys take first flight

The three osprey chicks bred by the pair at Bassenthwaite have taken their first try at flying.

Webcam grab of bird flying

It's the 17th year that the once-rare birds of prey have bred at Bassenthwaite, and there are now a number of other nests around the Lake District.

You can watch the birds from the Dodd Wood observation point, or online here.

Top cop says police need more training to catch cyber-criminals

A former chief constable of Cumbria police, Stuart Hyde, says the UK's police forces are not prepared for the work they have to do to combat cyber-crime.

Mr Hyde was speaking as the county's trading standards officers reported that this year has already seen more reports of consumer scams than the whole of last year, with much of the increase accounted for by online fraud.

Stuart Hyde

Mr Hyde says officers need more help: "They do not have digital forensic skills, they do not have resources to be able to acquire the evidence they need to bring people to court, your average police officer does not have the skills and capability to deal with it."

Accident sign

Police believe that 48-year-old Ian Ewart, from Langholm, had taken ill at the wheel of the HGV.

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Labour's Lissie Sharp gains party's first elected seat on Eden council

A Labour councillor has been elected to Eden Council for what's thought to be the first time.

Lissie Sharp
Simon Danby

Lissie Sharp took 407 votes, with Jim Clapp for the Conservatives taking 253, Holly Ho, Independent, 57, and Richard O'Brien for the Greens, 13.

Police release name of driver in A7 crash

A driver who died when his lorry crashed off the A7 near Longtown has been named as Ian Ewart from Langholm.

Cumbria Police said it is thought the 48-year-old fell ill at the wheel of his HGV, which had crossed on to the opposite side of the road before leaving the carriageway.

Cumbrian reserves celebrate as more rare terns record breeding sucess

Two more rare species of terns have bred in record numbers at Cumbrian reserves this year, joining the little terns whose nesting success we reported last week.

Sandwich terns feeding a chick
Chris Gomersall

RSPB wardens have counted 550 pairs of sandwich terns like these at the Hodbarrow reserve near Millom, and 59 pairs arctic terns raised 52 chicks on the Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve on Foulney island.

Weather on the fell tops: Windy

Temperatures at 3,000ft: 8C;

Winds: Strong to gale force south or southeasterly, gusts 60mph at times;

Cloud: Broken, locally overcast cloud around 2,000ft;

Visibility: Good, locally moderate in showers and poor in hill fog.

Cumbrian MP starts first day as "the former leader..."

Cumbria's only Liberal Democrat MP will start the new term in Parliament as an ordinary backbencher, having ended his time as party leader.

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Tim Farron announced his resignation after the general election, a decision which was prompted by persistent questions about his religious views.

The BBC's political editor, Laura Kuensberg, says he may not return quickly to another front bench role.

"Because he was in charge for a relatively short time, during a period when the Lib Dems were a small party (in Parliament), if you're looking through your phone book, he may not be the first person you'd call," she said.

Barrow gay event 'defies threats'

A 15-hour gay pride event starts in Barrow this afternoon as a show of defiance against hate crime.

Last month, police put out a warning after threats to kill gay men were made and armed officers were in attendance to guard those who did turn up.

This event will be larger than the one that went ahead in the face of threats.

I think it's a show of solidarity and defiance."

Lee WicksChair, Furness LGBT community group

County sees sharp increase in online scams

New figures from Cumbria's trading standards officers show a sharp increase in the number of scams.

Keyboard and mouse
Getty Images

Sixty-two incidents have been reported in the past three months, compared with 59 in the whole of last year, and the growth is concentrated in online fraud.

Trading standards officer John Scott says people have to take basic precautions: "Whether it's investments, jobs, training, goods, the old advice, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is."

Cumbria's weather: An early taste of autumn

BBC Weather

There will be outbreaks of often heavy, showery rain, moving in from the south and west, possibly drying up towards the middle of the day. It will also be windy, especially along the coast and over higher ground. Temperatures could reach 20 Deg C (68 Deg F).

Weather graphic

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

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast, and maybe one or two other lighter points from around the county, until about 18:00.

If you can help with news you think we should know, or want to 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.