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  1. Updates on Friday 15 December 2017

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Martin Lewes


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

Here are some of the highlights:

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

If you've got a story or a photo you'd like to share, you can email, tweet @bbc_cumbria or get in touch using Facebook.

Have a very good weekend.

Pensioner, 85, seriously hurt in crash

An 85-year-old woman was hit by a car on Greengate Street in Barrow earlier today.

The 30-year-old driver of a red Peugeot 206 is not believed to have been injured.

Police say the accident happened at just before 12:30, and they would like to hear from anyone who was in the area.

Cumbria's weather: A clear frosty night

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and clear night across Cumbria with temperatures falling sharply to give a widespread frost and isolated freezing fog patches by dawn. Temperatures will fall to around -3C (27F).

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

Cark's big Christmas lightshow is switched on

A display of Christmas lights - that has become known as The Cark Illuminations - will be raising money for charity this weekend.

A local vet, Jeremy Voakes, has created the display at his south Cumbria home, and is asking anyone who wants a closer look, to give a donation to the children's charity the NSPCC.

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Stobart plans commercial flights from Carlisle

The company that owns Carlisle airport has confirmed its plans to start running commercial passenger flights from there next summer.

Carlisle airport

The Stobart Group says the first services in June will be to Dublin, Belfast and Southend, another airport that it already owns, for travellers to London.

The company's expected to announce which airline will fly from Carlisle, in the New Year.

Rapist jailed for 22 years for attacking woman and child

A sex offender has been jailed after committing a catalogue of rapes and abuse on a woman and a child.

Allan Bell, 37, of Garnet Crescent, Salterbeck, Workington was found guilty of 11 offences after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court in October.

Allan Raymond Bell
Cumbria Police

The court was told the woman had described how his crimes had a "shattering" impact on her, while the child was left with "rock bottom self-esteem".

Judge James Adkin said Bell must serve two thirds of the 22 years before being considered for parole, will be subject to a five-year extended licence period, will have to sign the sex offenders' register for life, and abide by the terms of a sexual harm order.

Driver cut free after Furness crash

An 18-year-old driver was cut out of the wreckage by fire crews after a collision between her car and a van near Dalton this morning.

She was taken to the Furness General Hospital by ambulance but it's not thought her injuries are life-threatening.

The crash happened just before 11:00 and the road was reopened before 12:00.

County's top RU teams clash at new Kendal ground

BBC Cumbria Sport

The top two rugby union sides in Cumbria meet tomorrow afternoon as Kendal take on near neighbours Kirkby Lonsdale at the new stadium at Mint Bridge.

New Mint bridge
Paul Want/KRUFC

Kirkby Lonsdale ran-out 24-14 winners when the two sides met earlier in the North Premier season.

Maps published to highlight attacks on birds of prey

Maps showing which counties have the worst records for birds of prey being persecuted have been published by the government ministry Defra to highlight the problem.

Cumbria stands equal third worst over the past five years, after North Yorkshire and Norfolk, and equal with Derbyshire.


While the killing of hen harriers has often been reported, the data shows the most persecuted raptors are buzzards, owns, red kits and peregrines.

Cumbria's listed as having 11 cases of poisoning, shooting, trapping or nest destruction.

Attacker jailed for knocking out Royal Marine

A man who knocked out a Royal Marine with a single punch in a Carlisle bar has been jailed by a Carlisle Crown Court judge.

Dean Eric Mallinson
Cumbria Police

Dean Mallinson, 26, of Smithfield, Kirklinton, near Carlisle, admitted assault causing grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard that his victim, Jonathan Whittaker, had just finished his basic training but his injuries, including a fractured ankle, had "derailed" his career in the Marines.

Mallinson was jailed for two years by Judge James Adkin.

Lakes foundation says first project is Keswick trail

A new Lake District charity says its first ambition is to restore a pathway that was damaged during the Storm Desmond floods.


The Lake District Foundation says it needs £5m to restore the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path, and following a £.2.5m grant from Highways England, it hopes to raise the balance.

Two bridges on the path crossing the River Greta were washed away - while a third bridge is still closed.

Health watchdog to study Cumbrian hospital discharges

The health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, is going to look at how well Cumbria's health and social care services deal with older people being discharged from hospital when they are ready to go home.

Cumbria County Council says the review, next year, will give their staff a chance to see how they compare with other areas and to learn from more successful areas.

Last year the government requested 12 such reviews. Cumbria is one of another eight that have just been announced.

Nuclear engineers 'need Brexit certainty'

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

The nuclear engineering industry across West Cumbria says it needs agreements signed with Europe to keep operating after Britain leaves the EU.

Talks are expected to start as early as next week on the transition out of the union, and after that on the trade deals that may replace Britain's membership of organisations such as Euratom.

A firm says agreements will be needed to allow exports after Brexit.

John Coughlan is chief operating officer of TSP Engineering in Workington, which makes components for the civil and defence nuclear industry, and he says the firm could find itself unable to export if Britain leaves Euratom.

FA Trophy ties for Bluebirds and Reds

BBC Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds and Barrow are both in FA Trophy First Round action tomorrow.

Barrow travel to Nuneaton, and Workington, who are unbeaten in their last 13 games, are expecting their biggest crowd of the season for the visit of National League Hartlepool United.

It was definitely the plum draw, a team that dropped out of the football league last season."

Lee AndrewsJoint manager, Workington Reds

MP's fact of the day: How do you say that in Persian?

Penrith and the Border Conservative MP Rory Stewart has travelled, sometimes well off the beaten track, in many countries and speaks some French, Persian and Indonesian, with a lesser smattering of Russian, Chinese, Serbo-Croat, Urdu and Nepali.

But from this, he feels merely average in global terms.

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Travel: Greengate Street, Barrow, closed after collision

BBC News Travel

Greengate Street in Barrow has been closed after a collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle.

Cumbria's weather: Sunny and cold with a brisk wind

BBC Weather

There'll be brisk winds this afternoon, with a few showers and sunny spells. It will be cold, with highs of just 5C (41F), and less inland.

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

Devil's Porridge

The wartime munitions factory exhibition and visitor centre lands funding to get more young people involved.

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New foundation launched to raise money for Lake District

So as we mentioned earlier - A new charity's being launched today to raise money to care for the Lake District.

The Lake District Foundation is based on Nurture Lakeland, and plans to build on its system of asking guest house and hotel customers to pay a voluntary premium towards projects such as maintaining footpaths.

Ian Brodie, who has spent a lifetime working in conservation in the Lake District, says another charity may not be what's needed.

There are several bodies already out there who are effectively spending money on behalf of the landscape, the wildlife, the access to the the Lake District and I just wonder if it's diluting the effect that the existing organisations have."

Wastwater and mountains

It's not a new idea, Nurture Lakeland which is our previous form has been operating for about 23 years doing exactly that so we know Cumbrian visitors and businesses are really supportive of this as a concept."

Sarah SwindleyDirector, Lake District Foundation

New foundation could reopen tourist tax debate

Martin Lewes


The new charity being established today to raise money for the Lake District has its roots almost a quarter of a century ago, in the debate over whether there should should be a tourist tax to help pay for looking after the area.

The Lake District Tourism and Conservation Partnership was in part founded by the tourism industry to fend off the threat of one by encouraging hotels and guest houses to add a small voluntary premium onto guests' bills.

Fix the Fells
National Trust

It was rebranded over the years as Nurture Lakeland and today reborn as the Lake District Foundation. About 60 businesses now take part, totting up over the years to more than £2m.

That's been added to with fundraising by organisations such as the National Trust which now runs the award-winning Fix the Fells programme, concentrating on maintaining footpaths against the battering they get from millions of boots and the weather.

The statutory body in charge of the Lake District, the national park authority, spends relatively little taxpayers' money in public service terms, getting a government grant each year of between £5m and £6m, down in the past 10 years by more than £1m as cuts kicked in.

But as the cost of caring for the landscape keeps growing, eyes will still turn to doing what many other countries do, and whether having a formal tax on all of the 18 million visitors a year who come to the park is the right thing to do.

We need to look across all options, I think a tourism tax would be quite a tricky one to deliver in the Lake District but I wouldn't say we would ever dismiss it."

Mike InnerdaleNational Trust

Floods minister promises 'spades in ground' on defences

Flood minister Therese Coffey, who is visiting Cumbria today, says work will start on new defences in several parts of the county next year.

The government's been criticised by MPs such as Lib Dem Tim Farron, who said last month that £25m promised for work through Kendal had yet to be spent.

I understand that in the next month or so the final decisions will be put out to people so they can choose the options and then we should see spades in the ground in the coming year."

Therese CoffeyFloods minister
Floods in Kendal

Weather on the fell tops: Better than yesterday

Temperatures at 3,000ft: Minus 3C, rising to 0C for a time.

Winds: Moderate or fresh northeasterly, backing northwesterly later.

Cloud: Broken or widespread cloud 1,600ft, becoming more scattered.

Visibility: Moderate or poor at first, improving generally good.

Freezing level: 1,000ft, temporarily rising to 2,300ft.

Man in whiteout

The Lake District national park assessor who went to the top of Helvellyn yesterday says he found waist-deep snowdrifts and needed all his navigation skills to find the summit.

Ice axe, crampons, full winter clothing and goggles are essential, his report says.

Liverpool's Royal Liver Building clocks sent for repair in Cumbria
The Cumbria Clock Company says it is "quite a challenge" to repair the Royal Liver Building clock.

Cumbria's weather: Mostly dry but chilly

BBC Weather

Early, possibly wintry, showers will clear to the east, and leave it dry with a chance of sunshine, but chilly. Temperatures will rise to about 5C(41F) in places. There is a yellow warning for ice, with slippery pavements and untreated roads.

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

Travel: Snow and ice still affecting higher routes

BBC News Travel

The high passes like Hardknott and Buttermere are still closed because of ice, and there's been a fall of snow in higher parts of the county.

Garsdale Head
Cumbria Highways

This is the A684 at Garsdale Head, from the Cumbria Highways webcams page, looking considerably better than the Kirkstone Pass or Hartside on the A686.

Expect ice on untreated roads in the usual places.

Travel: Strike affects Virgin services on West Coast Main Line

BBC News Travel

Industrial action by the RMT and TSSA unions is affecting Virgin West Coast services. The company says it will run the majority of services, and you can check here.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning: We'll be posting Cumbria's news, weather, travel and other things that may catch our eye throughout the day.

If you've got a story or a photo you'd like to share, you can email, tweet @bbc_cumbria or get in touch using Facebook.