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  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 August 2017
  2. Youngsters collect A level results
  3. Top government lawyer praises Cumbria hate crime work
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Martin Lewes


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

Here's a reminder:

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

If you want to get involved, with news you think we should know, or a photo to share 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.

United boss Curle sends out scouts to draw up shopping list

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says he hopes the club's Carabao Cup draw against Sunderland will provide him with funds to strengthen his squad.

The United boss has made no secret of his wish to add at least one more signing before the transfer window closes, and says his backroom staff will be watching potential targets once again this week.

Between them, they're taking in seven games. We need to make sure the money, when we do spend it, is as close as possible to what we need."

Keith Curle
Brunton Park

The Canadian author from Whitehaven who wrote the book on mine disaster

Among those at a church service this evening to mark 70 years wince the William Pit disaster in Whitehaven, will be Amanda Garraway Roberts, author of a book about the explosion.

Amanda, who's spent most of her life in Canada, says she was mesmerised by the story from the day she learned about it at the age of eight.

"I wanted to know all about the 104 men, who they were and what their lives were like before they died. I didn't want William Pit to have the last say."

Her book won a Lakeland Book of the Year award in 2008, and although 104 Men: The 1947 William Pit Disaster is currently out of print, Amanda says she's planning a new edition soon.

William Pit
Beacon Museum

Shopping centre shutters scheme gets thumbs down

A proposal for shutters to secure the entrances to the Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle has been rejected by city councillors.

The plans involved blocking off the area from 19:00 at night until 07:00 in the morning, to stop anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

Sign over Lanes Entrance

Councillors turned the plan down against the advice from their officials, saying it would reduce pedestrian access and opportunities for physical activity in the city centre.

The owners of the Lanes say they may appeal after they've considered the reasons why the plan was refused.

We're disappointed that the support we had did not get a fair airing."

David JacksonCommercial director

Cumbria's weather: A dry, clear night

BBC Weather

The showers will fade out quickly this evening and the night will be dry and clear.

There'll be light southwest winds and a minimum temperature of 9C (48F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: M6 closed on Lancashire border

BBC News Travel

Police are holding the traffic temporarily on the M6 between junctions 36 and 35 on the Cumbria-Lancashire border, which ambulance and air ambulance staff care for someone with a medical emergency.

Police car blocking motorway
Cumbria Police

Cumbrian photographer's climate change work wins national award

Lake District photographer Ashley Cooper has won a Green Apple environment award against competition from 500 other nominations from across Britain.

Ashley Cooper with book
Ashley Cooper

Ash has spent 13 years travelling the world to capture photographs of the effects of climate change, and he's gathered many of them into a book, Images from a Warming Planet.

He's also in line to represent the UK in the international awards run by the Green Organisation.

The price of coal: Whitehaven remembers the William Pit disaster

A remembrance service in Whitehave later today will mark 70 years since 104 miners died in the William Pit disaster.

Fourteen died in the explosion, and the rest asphyxiated, trapped behind a roof fall, two-and-a-half miles out under the Irish Sea.

Collecting tin from William pit disaster.

The disaster widowed 89 women and left 230 children without fathers.

There was an international response; the Whitehaven miners had sent money to the Czechoslovak mining town of Lidice after a wartime massacre there, and the kindness was repaid.

Fortunately there were attempts to raise money locally, which kept some going from hand to mouth, there was some compensation, then there was the Czechoslovakian mining communities that decided to help us because we had helped one of their communities."

Joseph RitsonWhitehaven historian

It was not the worst of West Cumberland's mining disasters, but it was the last to take more than 100 lives.

William Pit
Beacon Museum

Your pictures: Heather, cloud and sunshine show Carrock Fell in good light

Martin Lewes


When the sun does break through this rather soggy summer, the fells are looking good.

This is Carrock Fell, right up in the north-eastern corner of the Lake District, taken by Steve Skelton

Carrock Fell
Steve Skelton

There seems to be a lot of heather about this year. If you've a photo to share, email it to us here.

Photographer Paul makes a prized front page

Paul Crabtree, from Brampton, is a keen amateur meterologist and photographer, and he's managed to combine the two into a sense of achievement.

The picture was taken in Mauritius, a bit off his normal beat around north east Cumbria.

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Power engineers start reconnecting homes in Sedbergh

North West Electricity engineers now say they hope to have all the 104 homes affected by a power failure in Sedbergh, reconnected by 15:30.

Cricket: County match abandoned after rain

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

The minor counties match between Cumberland and Buckinghamshire at Sedbergh has been abandoned after heavy rain left the pitch waterlogged.

Police try to trace youths after young mum is assaulted

Police say a 17-year-old mother walking in a Carlisle park with her child in a pushchair was slightly injured in a confrontation with a group of youths.

Officers say they'd like to hear from anyone who was in Heysham Park just before 21:00 last Wednesday.

Travel: Crash slows traffic on A591 near Kendal

BBC News Travel

An accident's partly blocking the A591 at Plantation Bridge, near Winter Lane, between Kendal and Windermere.

Power cut blacks out 104 homes in Sedbergh

North West Electricity says engineers are on their way after a power cut affected 104 customers in Sedbergh.

Concern growing for missing teenager

Police say they're increasingly concerned for a teenager who has gone missing from Lancashire who's thought to be in Carlisle.

Alfie-Lee McIntosh

Alfie-Lee McIntosh, 14, was reported missing from Wigan on 4 August, and he's thought to have travelled to the city.

Cumbria's weather: More sunny intervals, and showers dying out

BBC Weather

There'll be fewer showers and more sunny intervals this afternoon.

The temperature could reach 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

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

Whitehaven pit disaster remembered on 70th anniversary

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

The anniversary of one of Cumbria's worst mining disasters is being marked today.

The explosion at the William Pit at Whitehaven 70 years ago cost the lives of 104 men; 89 women became widows and 230 children lost their fathers.

Joe Hewer and joyce Haile

Joe Hewer and Joyce Haile lost their father in the disaster.

I remember my brother, who's sadly no longer with us, he sat above the pit for three days, waiting to see if dad would be brought out alive."

Joyce Haile

It'll be sad but I think a lot of people who've maybe not been to Whitehaven for a lot of years are looking forward to coming and meeting old friends to catch up. There's people here from Canada."

Joe Hewer

Travel: Lanes closed on A590

BBC News Travel

Lanes are closed on the A590 from junction 36 on the M6 to the Brettargh Holt roundabout while council contractors cut the grass.

Farmer Chris finds gets the goat, and finds a growing demand

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

There's a growing market for goat meat, according to one Cumbrian farmer.

Chris Dickinson from North Netherscales Farm near Skelton near Penrith has been keeping the animals for two years .

Chris Dickinson with goats

Most of the market so far has been elsewhere in the country, but he's confident people in Cumbria will find a taste for it.

It's very popular in London and I think trends from London are often six months to a year behind when they come into places like Cumbria."

Chris Dickinson

Missing Carlisle man is found

Raymond Forster from Carlisle, who was reported missing earlier, has been found safe and well.

Blood service plans fewer collection venues in county

There are plans to reduce the number of places where people can donate blood in Cumbria.

NHS Blood and Transplant says blood use in hospitals is declining by about 4% a year, and this means it doesn't want to collect too much.

It says in the future it may decide not to hold sessions at some of the smaller venues, in order to concentrate on the larger centres.

Travel: Signals hitch slows West Coast Main Line trains

BBC News Travel

Signalling problems between Oxenholme and Lancaster are causing delays of up to 15 minutes on the West Coast Main Line.

Bluebirds and Reds hope to build on weekend wins

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

In tonight's local football, Barrow are at Solihull Moors in the National League after picking up their first win of the season at the weekend.

Workington Reds, who also got off to a winning start at the weekend, are at Marine in the Evo-Stik Premier.

Another day in the yellow and blue office...

Martin Lewes


Cumbria's road patrols were out early this morning, with a continuing campaign to deter people from using mobiles at the wheel.

They've even found a symbol for their tweets about it.

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Police appeal for missing Carlisle man

Police say there's concern for the welfare of Raymond Forster, 45, who hasn't been seen since yesterday.

Raymond Forster

Mr Forster was last seen in the Harraby area. He's 5ft 5in and uses a walking stick.

Weather on the fell tops: Cloud dropping in showers

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 8C.
  • Winds: Fresh southwesterly gusting 25mph.
  • Cloud: Broken above 1,000-1,300ft, lifting and breaking through the day but down to 2,300ft around showers.
  • Visibility: Very good but poor in showers.

Cricket: Cumberland look to increase lead on final day

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Cumberland will resume the third and final day of their Minor Counties fixture against Buckinghamshire at Sedbergh on 56 for 3 in their second innings, a lead of 199.

Cumberland's Toby Bulcock once again impressed with the ball, finishing with figures of 8 for 39 as the visitors were all out for 176 in their first innings.

County 'needs its own arts angel'

One of the county's leading arts organisations says Cumbria needs more public art.

Eden Arts says large open air works can enrich the lives of many, and attract visitors to less well-known areas of the county.

Angel of the north

Elsewhere works like the Angel of the North have highlighted parts of the country not previously associated with art.

Artist Andy Goldsworthy turned 46 old stone sheepfolds in the Lake District into works of art, to critical acclaim about 20 years ago.

Eden Arts says the right new works today would bring people into areas that are overlooked.

Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

There'll be sunny spells and scattered showers today, some of the showers possibly thundery.

The wind will be moderate westerly and the temperatures will reach about 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

If you want to see the latest weather forecast for where you area, you can find it here.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


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

If you want to get involved, with news you think we should know, or a photo to share with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.