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  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 August 2017
  2. Scottish minister lobbied for Borders cash
  3. Passenger, 70, badly hurt in A6 crash
  4. Rescue volunteers warn of slippery Sharp Edge
  5. Anaesthetists turn down West Cumbrian jobs
  6. Cumbrian courts 'more likely to jail' in cruelty cases

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel updates, a regular weather forecast and other things that catch our eye from around the county, for today.

Here's a reminder:

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

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Have a very good evening.

Keswick Convention calls round table to petition row

The organisers of the Keswick Convention, a Christian gathering that attracts around 12,000 people every summer, has called a meeting to discuss a petition that calls for it to be held out of the main tourist season.

Businesses in the town say it "closes the door to the outside world while the convention is happening," because while accommodation providers are booked out for the three weeks, other businesses say they see see takings reduced by up to 90%.

James Robson, the ministry director said: ‘We are taking comments made about how the Convention impacts trade in the town seriously."

The convention's invited representatives from a range of retail interests such as pubs and cafes, and has invited anyone else to email the organisation.

It's also trying to explain more about its plans for the town's former pencil factory, which it says do not include a hotel or restaurant.

Artists impression of pencil factory plan
Keswick Ministries

"We are not offended. We are keen to listen and look forward to a growing level of mutual understanding.”

James RobsonMinistry director

Lights go out for 1,000 consumers in Seascale

A power cut briefly affected more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the Seascale area this afternoon.

Electricity North west says supplies have now been restored.

Paths washed out by Desmond can now be strolled again

Popular narrow trails in the Windermere area have been repaired after the surfaces were ripped out by Storm Desmond.

Scott Duncanson, the ranger in charge of repairs, said: “These paths were like streams for most of the year and largely impassable."

Mirk Lane

Scott said the drainage had been repaired to reduce flooding in the future on tracks such as Mirk Lane, pictured above.

The work's been done under a £3m scheme funded by the Rural Payments Agency, which the Lake District National Park Authority says will repair 64 bridges and more than 100 paths.

Business leaders warn over bank closures

The rate that bank branches are closing in Cumbria is accelerating, according to the county's Chamber of Commerce.

Rob Johnston, the chamber's chief executive, said it created problems for small businesses: "Many handle cash and cheques on a daily basis and so need easy access to over-the-counter banking facilities.”

Rob Johnston
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Banks say they are closing branches because customers' habits are changing and they no longer use over-the-counter services.

But the chamber says the county's been hit disproportionately. It says the Cumberland Building Society, which offers business services, is committed to a branch network, and a Swedish bank has recently opened several branches in the county.

Passenger, 70, badly hurt in A6 crash

Police say a passenger in a VW Golf, a 70-year-old woman, is being treated in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for life-threatening injuries after a crash on the A6 at Plumpton.

The accident, just after 12:30, also involved a van; the van driver was unhurt and the driver of the golf, suffered minor injuries.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Cumbria's weather: Staying dry and becoming chilly

BBC Weather

It will remain dry for all through this evening and overnight as winds ease, allowing it to become rather chilly in many places.

Temperatures will fall to about 9C (48F)

Weather graphic

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

Borderlands deal 'could put county back on map'

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Cumbria has an opportunity to put itself "back on the map", according to Stewart Young, the leader of the county council.

Stewart Young
Cumbria County Council

Mr Young was speaking after a meeting in Dumfries to discuss the new Borderland initiative, which could see leaders from border counties in England and Scotland coming together to push for investment in the area.

It was promised in the Conservative manifesto and talks have begun today with the Scottish Secretary and council leaders from either side of the border, to press for money to be available.

All of the authorities involved all have a list of projects they've been trying to get funding for and we're trying to put those together into some sort of coherent format."

Stewart YoungCumbria County Council

There's obviously a desire by the government to demonstrate that the border between England and Scotland shouldn't be a hindrance to economic development."

Ask at the chemists, see the doctor, as medical video link is tested

Patients asking their local pharmacist about a medical problem could find themselves seeing a doctor over a video link.

The out-of-hours medical service, Cumbria Health On Call, which uses GPs to give advice, is testing a video link to pharmacies so if a customer asks about a problem the pharmacist can't deal with, a second opinion can be sought without the patient having to go to a local hospital.

Telemedicine link being tested
Cumbria Health on Call

The idea's currently being tested with a pharmacy in Cockermouth, and CHoC is offering a link to other chemists as well.

Cost of child care plans squeezes county council budget

The councillor in charge of childrens' services in Cumbria says the cost of looking after children in care is hitting other areas of spending.

In a report out today the Local Government Association said that nationally, 75% of councils had overspent their budget.

Cumbria's budget for childrens' services, £69m, was overspent by nearly £8m last year, largely, according to council reports, because of the numbers of children being looked after in care.

Councillor Anne Burns said: "This inevitably has an impact on other areas of council spending."

New taste for short-break holidays is welcomed in Lake District

New figures showing people are taking more short breaks for holidays have been welcomed in the Lake District.

Travel trends graph

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, came as part of a study of overseas trips, but business people in Cumbria say they've seen the change as well.

Some operators have found they can charge more for each of two parts of a week, than they can for a full week.

Graham Wilkinson from the Lakelovers holiday cottage agency says short breaks can help to extend the tourist season, and that's good for business.

Anything that can encourage people to visit the area when it's a little bit quieter is very beneficial."

New warning from rescue team over Sharp Edge's slippery hazards

Volunteers from the Keswick mountain rescue team have warned walkers to avoid Sharp Edge, a route up Blencathra, in wet weather after a lengthy operation to help one man down from the challenging ridge.

Sharp Edge rescue
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

The team was called to the rocky crags on Blencathra late on Monday after the man became stuck above a sheer drop.

A system of ropes was rigged so he could be lowered to the path below.

A team spokesman said: "Sharp Edge is a serious undertaking, and once bad weather arrives, the risks escalate swiftly.

"The rock holds water, and is nearly always slippery – pick your day, and watch your step."

Your photos: Throwing light across the Langdales

Martin Lewes


Our thanks to John Shedwick for this shot of the sun lighting up Great Langdale.

This effect's called crepuscular rays, and it's often a silver lining to a cloudy day.

Rays lighting up a patch of the Great Langdale valley floor.
John Shedwick

Police concerned about missing Alfie-Lee, 14

Police say they believe missing teenager Alfie-Lee McIntosh may be in Carlisle.

Alfie-Lee Mintosh

Alfie-Lee, who's 14, was last seen in Wigan on 4 August. Police say they're concerned for his welfare.

Travel: A6 still closed by Plumpton crash

BBC News Travel

The A6 at Plumpton is still closed after a two-vehicle collision.

Police say it's expected to remain shut for some time for collision investigation work.

Traffic is being diverted along the M6.

Carabao Cup

Carlisle United reach the second round of the EFL Cup by stunning League One side Fleetwood after extra-time.

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Borderlands growth deal could include Northumberland and Cumbria

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

National League

Barrow and FC Halifax play out a goalless draw in their National League clash at Holker Street on Tuesday.

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Cumbria's weather: A fine afternoon (and no mention of showers)

BBC Weather

It will be dry and sunny spells will develop across Cumbria.

It will feel a little cool in the breeze but pleasant enough when the sun is out, with temperatures rising to 20C (68F) in some places.

Weather graphic

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

Severe accident: A6 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A6 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between B6413 and Calthwaite turn off.

A6 Cumbria - A6 in Plumpton blocked in both directions between the B6413 junction and the Calthwaite turn off junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Traffic is coping well.

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

Keira finds a home after three-year wait

Meet Keira, the longest-serving inmate at one Cumbrian animal shelter, who's found a home after a three-year wait.

Oak Tree

The black lurcher cross is nine years old, and was often turned down because she was set in her ways and needed some training, so people went for younger dogs instead.

Oak Tree, which is based in Carlisle, publicised her successful rehoming to mark a week about animal rescues on Channel 4.

Little faith in 'police escort' idea for west Cumbria maternity

A report by the Royal College of Anaesthetists on the problems of recruiting consultants to the west Cumberland Hospital suggests the existing proposal of a permanently assigned ambulance to take mothers with emergency problems in birth to unit in Carlisle, be augmented with a police escort.

Radio Cumbria listeners are sceptical.

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Barrow share points with Halifax

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow picked-up their first point of the new National League season as they were held to a 0-0 draw by FC Halifax Town at Holker Street.

The Cumbrian side entertain Woking on Saturday.

Cross-border talks held in bid to get more development money

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Leaders of Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council will join their opposite numbers from local authorities in Scotland today to meet the Scottish Secretary David Mundell, asking for more support for economic development.

Scotland border sign

The Conservatives' election manifesto promised a Borderlands Growth Deal that would see both sides of the Anglo-Scottish border getting extra investment.

Elaine Murray, the Labour leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, says her area has more in common with Cumbria than with parts of Scotland.

We're closer to Carlisle than we are to any of the Scottish cities so the profile of our economy is more similar to those of Cumbria, Northumberland and other parts of the Scottish borders."

Elaine Murray

Cumbria courts 'more likely to impose prison' in animal cruelty cases

People who commit animal cruelty offences in Cumbria are nearly four times as likely to be sent to prison in Cumbria than in other parts of the country.

That's the finding of the Centre for Crime Prevention, which campaigns for longer prison sentences for crime generally.

It says that 28% of cases in Cumbria result in a jail sentence, compared with the national average of 8%.

Trump, Trump, Trump: But it's art, not Nellie the elephant

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

A Cumbrian artist is having his rather unusual piece of artwork exhibited in New York.

Conrad Atkinson, originally from Cleator Moor, is known for producing artwork with a social or political message.

This time he's designed wallpaper with the face of the American president Donald Trump repeated across the design.

Trump wallpaper
Conrad Atkinson
Dairy cows

Kevin Keane

BBC Scotland's environment correspondent

Concern growing among Scottish farmers over the discovery of Bovine TB in a badger in Cumbria.

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Miller's extra-time strike helps United clinch cup tie

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United will be in Thursday night's Carabao Cup Second Round draw after a 2-1 extra-time win at League One Fleetwood Town last night.

Shaun Miller had given United a first-half lead before a Fleetwood equaliser took the game into extra-time.

Substitute Tom Miller headed home the winner in added time to give United the chance of drawing Premier League opposition in round two.

Carabao Cup
Getty Images

Weather on the fell-tops: Strong winds easing

It's looking like a dry, clear day for walkers on the fells.

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: Up to 10C.
  • Winds: Strong northeasterly gusting 35mph easing to moderate northerly.
  • Cloud: Patches at 2,600ft.
  • Visibility: Very good.

Hospitals report highlights problem of attracting staff

The West Cumberland Hospital has failed to hire a single consultant anaesthetist in the past five years, according to the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

West Cumberland Hospital

Recruiting staff like anaesthetists was highlighted as one factor making it difficult to maintain acute services like maternity and emergency medicine at the hospital, and the Royal College was asked to review staffing at Carlisle and Whitehaven's hospitals.

The report suggests recruitment would be easier if all specialists worked in Carlisle - but says there would be a potentially added risk to mothers and babies who were transferred from Whitehaven, a point also made by local campaigners..

Travel: A66 closed while freight container is cleared

BBC News Travel

Police have now closed the A66 westbound at North Stainmore while the shipping container that fell off a lorry earlier, is recovered.

Cumbria's weather: Becoming drier with sunny spells

BBC Weather

A fairly cloudy start with the risk of a few showers but soon becoming dry.

The cloud will thin and break to allow sunny spells to develop.

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Lorry sheds load on A66

BBC News Travel

The A66 is said to be just passable in the North Stainmore area after a lorry shed its load.

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Martin Lewes


We'll be posting news and travel reports, a regular weather forecast, and dropping in the odd other nugget from the county, through the day.

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.