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  1. Updates on Thursday 3 August 2017

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast, travel news and a few other nuggets from around the county for today.

A reminder of the main developments:

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

In the meantime, if there's something that should be here, such as a story or photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Have a very good evening.

Police concerned for missing Craig

Police say they're concerned over a man from Carlisle who's gone missing.

Craig Metcalfe
Cumbria Police

Craig Metcalfe, who's 5ft 7in, was last seen at his home in the city on Monday afternoon.

Cumbria day care services in line for change after review

Changes could be made to some support services such as day care sessions for vulnerable people in the county.

Cumbria County Council, which provides the majority of the day care services in the county, has recently held a consultation on their future.

Peter Thornton, the Liberal Democrat county councillor who's responsible for health and social care, told Mike Zeller on BBC Radio Cumbria that if some services were becoming less well-used, changes might be made.

Hands holding cup of tea
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You can hear the full interview here.

If we've got a service people want, we're not going to cut those, but if we've got a services where there's less people going, people clearly want different things, then we're going to have to look at reshaping those services."

Peter ThorntonCounty councillor

Cumbria's weather: Scattered showers overnight

BBC Weather

Skies will be on the cloudy side tonight with scattered showers possible at times.

Temperatures will fall to about 14C (57F).

Weather graphic

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

Authorities face 11-day challenge to find care for suicidal girl

NHS bosses say they are "making every effort" to find a place to care for a suicidal 17-year-old girl who's currently in the formal care of Cumbria County Council, but who can only legally be held for another 11 days.

Staff at the girl's unidentified secure unit have told England's top family judge that if she was released into the community, "staff do not think it will take more than 24 to 48 hours before they receive a phone call stating that X has made a successful attempt on her life".

Sir James Munby has explicitly made no criticism of Cumbria or any other authority, but he has ordered ministers to find a place for the girl.

In a statement NHS England said: “We have heard the comments from the judge and completely agree that a solution must be found.

"Together with other agencies involved, we are continuing to make every effort to find the most appropriate care setting for this young woman.”

In a judgement published today, Sir James says: "If this is the best we can do for X, and others in similar crisis, what right do we, what right do the system, our society and indeed the state itself, have to call ourselves civilised?"

BreakingTop judge condemns 'outrage' of lack of care for girl, 17

Britain's top family judge has said the national absence of anywhere able to look after a deeply disturbed teenager who's in the formal care of Cumbria County Council, is 'disgraceful and utterly shaming'.

The 17-year-old, known only as X, is currently in a secure unit in an undisclosed place somewhere in Britain, after making more than 100 "significant acts of self-harm".

In a judgement published today, Sir James Munby, the president of the family division, ordered that a suitable place be found to care for the girl before the existing care order runs out in 11 days' time, because, he said, if she is free to make another attempt on her life "we will have blood on our hands".

In the meantime, he said, she should be kept under observation by eight staff, two within arms length, at all times, to prevent her harming herself.

His judgement makes no criticism of Cumbria County Council or other officials, simply saying: "The lack of proper provision for X – and, one fears, too many like her – is an outrage."

Revealed: How Germans helped mine vital metal for British war effort

One hundred years ago one of the bloodiest battles of World War One was being fought at Passchendaele.

The bloody carnage of the battle, which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, is well remembered, but less well-known was the role of a multi-national workforce, including a number of Germans, in mining zinc at Alston Moor in the Pennines.

Zinc was a vital component of brass in the shell and bullet casings of British munitions, but the Germans worked throughout the war, even when some of their friends elsewhere were interned. Here, local historians Alastair Robertson and Peter Jackson tell the story of the foreigners in the hills - the men who worked for the Belgium Vieille Montagne Zinc Company in the Pennine Dales.

How Germans helped mine a vital metal for the British war effort in World War One

You can hear a longer version of the story here.

Streetview catches out council official in parking row

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A council official who relied on Google Streetview rather than visiting a street in Ulverston has apologised after "keep clear" signs were wrongly put along a length of kerbside designated for residents' parking.

Pub with "keep clear" markings

People on Soutergate were furious when the markings appeared earlier this week, without any consultation.

The official had checked a picture on the internet that had been taken when double yellow lines ran along in front of the pub, before these were changed allow more space for pople who live in neighbouring houses.

The county council was trying to ease deliveries to the Old Friends Pub and says the "keep clear" markings will be urgently removed.

Your pictures: When the sun comes right behind the rain

The light in Cumbria can be exceptional, and one of the best times is when the sun comes in under the clouds after heavy showers.

Our thanks to Nigel Hollingworth for this example.

Sunlight on a hillside.
Nigel Hollingworth

If you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Business group calls for 'clarity' on Lakes Line developments

The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, which links business in the county with local and national government, has asked for an urgent meeting with the Department of Transport after electrification of the Lakes Line from Oxenholme to Windermere was cancelled.

Transport Secretary Chris Graying said that instead, new trains that can run on both electrified lines and on their own diesel power are being ordered to provide new services to Manchester Airport.

George Beveridge
Cumbria LEP

George Beveridge, the chairman of the LEP, said he was disappointed about the announcement, and wanted more details of the new services.

He said electrification of the line was a key part of plans to take advantage of the Lake District being declared a World Heritage Site.

We are seeking a commitment from Government to look into the matter again, in much more detail.”

George Beveridge

Repair volunteers get the high life at mountain shelter

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A mountain hut that's one of the highest buildings in Cumbria is getting a new roof this week.

It will be an important refuge for people caught out on the Lakeland fells, according to the charity organising the work.

Bothy with workers

Dubs Hut is an old quarry building that's almost 1,600ft above sea level at the head of the Buttermere Valley, which is now used as a bothy shelter by walkers.

There's great chunks missing, there's no door on the porch, there's a window missing, it just needs a bit of TLC."

Trevor CottonMountain Bothies Association
Dogs train as canine crime scene investigators
Labradors Sansa and Harley have been taken on by Cumbria Police to help the force's forensic officers.

National honour is tonic for distillery's 'Cuckold' gin

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

What is thought to be the country's smallest distillery is celebrating a national award for the quality of one of its gins.

Andy Arnold Bennett with bottle

Andy Arnold Bennett opened Shed 1 Distillery in Ulverston a year ago, and the judges of the Great Taste Awards have awarded its Cuckolds Revenge two stars.

Two longer-established Cumbrian producers, the Grants Smokehouse in Maryport and Staveley's More? artisan bakery, got three stars.

Grant is first step towards repairing historic aquaduct

The Canal and River Trust has won a £41,000 grant to plan work on repairing the Stainton Aqueduct, which carries the Lancaster to Kendal Canal over a beck.

Stainton Aqueduct, showing damage to arch
Canal and River Trust

The arch was badly damaged in the Storm Desmond Floods, and it's estimated the structure, which is Grade II listed for its historic interest, will cost £2.2m to fix.

The canal is 200 years old in 2019, and the trust is planning more restoration work to celebrate.

Cumbria's weather: Showers easing, breezy

BBC Weather

the showers will tend to ease into the afternoon and some longer sunny spells will develop, although it will be breezy.

Temperatures will rise to 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

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

Armed police called to Barrow street

A 61-year-old man's been arrested in Barrow on suspicion of making threats to kill after an incident which led to armed officers being deployed.

Police car in Devon Street, Barrow.

Local people were asked to stay inside after reports of threats being made. Police say that the incident's now over.

National park takes on first specialist farming officer

The Lake District national park authority's first dedicated farming officer says she's on hand to reassure farmers about any concerns they may have.

Briony Davey

In the past, area rangers have done much of the work with landowners.

Briony Davey started the new job earlier this week, and says she'll be helping the national park's agriculture through a time of rapid change

Brexit's a big issue, there's a lot of uncertainty at the moment and people are unsure whether to go into the Countryside Stewardship scheme or sit it out and see what happens."

A badger

Investigators found TB in badgers while investigating 16 cases of it in cattle dating back to 2014.

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Specialist ship brought in to work on wind farm extension

A ship which will provide support for the construction of the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm has arrived in Barrow.

The VOS Start is described as a walk-to-work vessel, because it provides accommodation for workers alongside rigs, and has been designed specifically for the oil, gas and renewable industry.

VOS Start

The Danish firm, Dong Energy, intends to add 90 turbines to the existing 102 at the Walney facility off the Cumbria coast, with plans for it to be fully operational by 2019.

Weather on the fells: Clag lifting

If you're planning a day on the fells, there's an excuse for a later start.

  • Temp at 3,000ft: 10C;
  • Wind above 2,000t: Near gale southwesterly gusting 45mph easing to strong breeze around midday;
  • Cloud: Periods of persistent cloud down to around 2,000ft at times during the morning, gradually improving during the afternoon;
  • Visibility: Restricted through the morning with cloud above 2,000ft making navigation difficult and heavy showers reducing visibility on lower slopes. Improving later.

Barrow counts grim record for drug deaths

Barrow in Furness has one of the worst rates of drug-related deaths in the UK, figures show.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics looked at the numbers of deaths in towns for every 100,000 people between 2014 and 2016.

Barrow was placed seventh with nearly 10 deaths for every 100,000 people. Blackpool recorded more than double that figure, with the worst record in England and Wales.

White paper and rolled £20 note

Police train Sansa and Harley, the canine crime scene investigators

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Specialist underwater training for two police dogs in Cumbria could see the force at the forefront of some major investigations across the North West.

Two Fox Red Labradors have been taken on by Cumbria Police to help improve the force's forensic officers.

Officers training dog

On dry land, they will be able to find human blood, flesh, teeth, bones and semen when fully trained, and they've been learning how to operate in the county's lakes and rivers too.

You're right... the weather's atrocious

Martin Lewes


Tweeter @rattlycastle looked at the county's weather forecast, looked out of the window, and gave the predictions top marks for accuracy, if nothing else.

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Travel: Accident on M6 northbound near Tebay

BBC News Travel

There's been an accident northbound on the M6 between junctions 37 and 38.

Travel: Windermere ferry to stop for repairs at 09:00

BBC News Travel

The Windermere ferry is stopping after the rush hour this morning for what are described as "urgent" repairs.

It should be running again this afternoon.

Cumbria's weather: Showers sweeping through

BBC Weather

Frequent heavy showers will sweep through the region this morning, possibly with the odd rumble of thunder at times.

Temperatures will reach 20C (68F).

Weather graphic

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

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


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