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  1. Updates on Tuesday 1 August 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and an occasional nugget from the lighter side of county life, for today.

    Here's a reminder:

    We'll do it again from 08:00 tomorrow. In the meantime, 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 evening.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Showers fading, rain later

    BBC Weather

    Showers will fade overnight leaving a cooler, drier night with clear spells, before cloud thickens later bringing some rain in the south by dawn. temperatures will fall to 12C (54F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Carlisle sign Latics forward and Reds keeper for half-seasons

    Carlisle United have signed Liverpool keeper Shamal George and Wigan forward Sam Cosgrove (pictured) on half-season contracts.

    Sam Cosgrove and Keith Curle

    Cosgrove developed his skills with Wigan, and also played a number of loan spells with other clubs including Barrow.

    He's been on trial with with Carlisle through the summer, and manager Keith Curle says the young player's being given an opportunity to show he's got a future in the game.

    Shamal George has been signed on a half-season loan deal from the Reds, where he was spotted in 2009, and Carlisle's coach Simon Tracey describes him as "a real prospect".

  4. Rail union bids to get train electrification back on track

    A rail union's launched a campaign to get rail electrification plans reinstated for a number of routes, including the Lakes Line from Oxenholme to Windermere.

    Last month Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that rather than spend £16m to allow electric trains to use the line, he wanted to introduce hybrid trains on the Cumbrian tracks and two other lines, including one in South Wales.

    Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, is meeting Swansea West's Labour MP Geraint Davies to start a campaign to get the government to reverse the decision.

    Station sign
  5. Coroner: Hospital delays contributed to woman's death

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    An inquest has heard how a 21-year-old woman from Wigton died at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary after doctors failed to spot she had a stomach ulcer.

    Cumberland Infirmary

    The hearing heard how Tessa Harker died on 6 March last year from a heart attack after suffering from sepsis as a result of a perforated ulcer.

    The trust's internal review found that warning signs that Miss Harker's condition was deteriorating were missed.

    The assistant coroner Dr Nicholas Shaw recorded a verdict of death by natural causes exacerbated by delays in treatment.

  6. College rolls out new courses for top bakers

    Kendal College is setting up more courses in bakery and patisserie to take advantage of the interest created by TV programmes such as The Great British Bake-Off, and growing demand from small craft businesses.

    Baker at work

    The college has a strong reputation for training chefs, and Graham Wilkinson, the principal, said there was scope to improve smaller bakeries.

    Michael Bell, the managing director of Bells of Lazonby, said he'd sent students on a course at Kendal and been impressed.

    Quote Message: The course is delivered in a really practical way and our students have brought the knowledge and the skills back into their work with us. ”
  7. Cycle thieves warned they may face jail

    Two men are awaiting sentence at Carlisle Crown Court after admitting stealing bicycles worth £5,200.

    Cameron Rowe, 18, of Heather Bank, Cleator Moor, and Andrew Blamire, 29, of no fixed address, admitted stealing two bikes from one man and a tandem from another, attempting to burgle a garage and breaking into a shed between 2 September and 5 September last year.

    Blamire was remanded in custody; Rowe was granted bail, but Judge Peter Davies told him that all options, including prison, would be open when he passes sentence later this month.

  8. BT says four in 10 have upgraded internet links

    The telecoms company BT says 40% of Cumbrians who are now within reach of a fibre connection to the internet have upgraded their online contracts to take advantage of it.

    Openreach van

    Connecting Cumbria, a government-funded project to provide faster broadband speeds to the majority of the county, has been running fibre optic cables to roadside boxes, with only the final stretch being by the copper cable that carries far less information.

    The basic connection speeds up the link to a certain extent, but to take full advantage, businesses and householders have to upgrade their contract with an Internet Service Provider as well.

    Today BT said 40% of the 122,000 homes and businesses that had a fibre connection to the nearest roadside box had taken advantage of the 80Mbps that was potentially available.

  9. The Queen gets two more 'deputies' in Cumbria

    Two new Deputy Lords Lieutenant of Cumbria have been announced.

    Retired acting Air Commodore Peter Anthony Smith from Carnforth is currently chairman of Age UK South Lakeland and served with the RAF from 1965 to 2001.

    And Sarah Dunning from Kirkby Stephen is chair of the Westmorland Family which runs motorway services on the M6 at Tebay and the M5 in Gloucester.

    The Lord Lieutenant, currently Claire Hensman, and her deputies represent the Queen on formal occasions, organising Royal visits, making nominations for awards and honours, and undertaking other duties.

  10. Inquest hears of woman given wrong diagnosis over five days

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    An inquest has been hearing how a patient died at the Cumberland Infirmary five days after going for treatment for extreme stomach pain.

    Tessa Harker from Wigton had seen five different doctors at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary over a three-day period last March, and they believed the 21-year-old care worker was suffering from severe pancreatitis.

    A CT scan, taken the day before she died, showed doctors a 7cm square hole in her stomach which led to peritonitis.

    The inquest continues.

  11. RL: Injured 'Haven forward leaves squad early

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Whitehaven have parted company with forward Dave Allen by mutual consent.

    Allen, who joined the club three years ago from Widnes Vikings, has missed all the season through an ankle injury and had indicated he would retire from the game at the end of the current campaign.

    Dave Allen
  12. University urged to improve teaching as it celebrates first decade

    The University of Cumbria is celebrating its 10th birthday with a promise to improve its teaching.

    University sign

    The university was formed by merging a number of smaller institutions, including the Carlisle College of Art and St Martins College.

    The editor of the Times Educational Supplement told BBC Radio Cumbria that the government rated teaching at Cumbria as bronze, and that would have to improve.

    The pro-vice chancellor, Sandra Booth, said the picture was not all gloomy, adding:

    Quote Message: We're one of the leading providers of teacher education in the UK, and we're a significant provider of health education, but we do need to attract more people in.
    Quote Message: We are where we are as a small, young university but we are investing in improving teaching."
  13. Cumbria's weather: Fewer showers, some sunshine

    BBC Weather

    Some showers may continue this afternoon, but there'll be sunshine in some places.

    Temperatures could reach 17C (63F).

    Weather graphic

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

  14. Caution urged over Ulverston shops plan

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    There's concern over proposals to alter plans for a new business park on the edge of Ulverston.

    Rawdon Property Group says development of the Beehive site is only viable if an Aldi supermarket and Marks & Spencer foodhall can be built.

    Building site

    But the site is designated by planners for commercial rather than retail use, and Colin Pickthall, the leader of Ulverston town council, says planners should be cautious about relaxing the guidelines.

    He said: "What if we give way on this and change the designation of the site to retail; what's then to stop every development area from losing its power?"

  15. Drink-driver who crashed into house gets suspended sentence

    A 62-year-old driver who crashed into a house and then punched a bystander who tried to detain him has admitted a string of charges at Carlisle Crown Court.

    Alan Baker, of Main Road, Flimby, was more than twice over the drink-drive limit and had already hit two parked vehicles in his Jeep Cherokee, which he later claimed had been stolen, the court was told.

    He pleaded guilty to charges including dangerous driving, drink-driving, failing to stop after an accident and assault.

    Judge Peter Hughes told Baker his behaviour had been "absolutely appalling", and banned him from driving for three years; he suspended a 15-month prison sentence because of the defendant's declining health, but imposed a rehabilitation order and a night-time curfew.

  16. Kendal estate residents celebrate as new play area is opened

    People living on the Rinkfield estate in Kendal are celebrating the opening of a new play area after a successful £80,000 fundraising drive.

    Residents and mayor at play area.

    The chairman of South Lakeland council, councillor Eric Morrell, officially opened the play area.

    Gary Tomlinson, the chairman of the Rinkfield community group, said it had taken four years to raise the money, adding: “This play area was the idea of a few young people who told us exactly what they wanted. I’m really pleased we had the patience, enthusiasm and support to see it through.”

  17. Bits of Egremont need knocking down, says Mayor of Copeland

    Sara Dumbell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    Egremont needs some dilapidated buildings knocking down to make the town more attractive, according to the independent elected Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie.


    Mr Starkie says that with the Moorside nuclear plant and other developments planned at Sellafield, about £20bn of investment will be made in the area and the towns must be tidied up to make the most of it.

    Quote Message: It should never have been allowed to get into the condition it's got into but there is a plan in place to make sure that changes." from Mike Starkie Mayor of Copeland
    Mike StarkieMayor of Copeland
  18. Weather on the fell tops: Improving this afternoon

    Temp at 3,000ft: 8C;

    Wind above 2,000ft: Moderate to fresh southwesterly gusting 25mph;

    Cloud: Extensive above 2,000ft), lifting to 2,500ft through this afternoon;

    Visibility: Poor or very poor in showers, improving very good this afternoon.

  19. Man remanded in custody over cycle crash charges

    A Manchester man has been remanded in custody after a crash in Ulverston which left a cyclist with life-threatening injuries.

    Lamp post with police tape

    John Edward Burns, 30, from Sycamore Road, Manchester, made no plea to charges including causing serious injury by dangerous driving, taking a car, assault and robbery, on Wednesday 26 July.

    He was remanded by Barrow magistrates to appear at Preston Crown Court on 1 September.

  20. Police appeal after man robbed in Carlisle bar

    Police are trying to trace three men who robbed a customer in the toilets of a Carlisle bar early this morning.

    Bronx Bar in Botchergate, carlisle

    They took £70 and a mobile telephone after assaulting the 46-year-old man, causing minor injuries, in the Bronx Bar in Botchergate at about 01:30.

    Police say one man has been detained for questioning, and they've appealed for anyone with information to come forward.