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  1. Friday 22 December 2017
  2. Woman, 81, in wheelchair is robbed
  3. A66 crash victim, 92, dies
  4. Health staff appeal: Don't drink too many, so we won't be too few
  5. Truck driver's satnav leads him to foot of Lakeland's second-steepest road

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast, sport and sometimes other gems from around this amazing county for today, this week, and indeed this year.

Here's a reminder of some of today's main points:

We'll be back to do it all again at 08:00 on 2 January next year.

As always, 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.

Have a very good Christmas and new year.

Wrynose driver: I was looking for somewhere to turn

A local builder is today repairing the corner of the roof of a farmhouse hit by this truck as it squeezed its way up one of the Lake District's narrowest roads to the foot of its second-steepest mountain pass.

Truck squeezing past wall
Lee Black

The driver of the lorry, which was almost as close to the wall on the other side, was mislead by his satellite navigation system.

Isaac Benson, who farms Fell Foot where the driver stopped, heard the driver explain that he'd been looking for somewhere to turn around for the previous three miles.

Hammer attacker told prison is inevitable

A Kendal man who assaulted his victim with a hammer has been told he will be jailed next month.

Kaylam Megson, 21, of Buttery Well Lane in Carlisle, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm at the crown court.

The court heard the man he attacked suffered a partly-collapsed lung, chest and head injuries.

Recorder Julie Clemitson heard Megson was in breach of a suspended sentence for another violent offence at the time of the attack in October.

Recorder Clemitson adjourned the case for reports, warning Megson: "You must understand that a custodial sentence is inevitable in your case."

Teenager convicted of crutch attack 'verging on torture'

A teenager's been found guilty of robbing a man in his Carlisle home and lashing out at him with a hammer, a wrench and the victim's own crutch.

Braden Moreton, 19, of no fixed address, had denied robbery but was found guilty by a jury after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

The victim, Paul Savage, who had to be placed in an induced coma and suffered a broken jaw, said he'd been attacked for payment of someone else's drugs debt.

Judge James Adkin remanded Moreton, who has two previous robbery convictions, in custody, saying: "I want a pre-sentence report assessing the risk you present to the public bearing in mind the extreme violence, verging on torture, administered to Mr Savage."

Satnav may have led trucker on to one-in-four Lakeland pass

Martin Lewes


This is the articulated lorry that hit farm buildings at the bottom of the second-steepest hill in the Lake District.

Lorry near Three Shires Inn
Jane Stephenson

It's understood the driver, a 58-year-old man from Scotland, may have been mislead by his satellite navigation system to try a shortcut along Little Langdale and over notoriously narrow, and winding Wrynose Pass, which is single-track with a steepest gradient of 25%, and rises to more than 1,000ft above sea level.

He may have been fortunate to stop there, as the next hill is Hardknott pass, the steepest road in England.

After colliding with a farm building at the foot of the steepest section, the lorry was helped to turn around before the first of a number of hairpin bends.

So far no one from the haulage company - which has the motto Driven by Perfection - has been available to comment.

Consultation extended on Thirlmere zipwire scheme

Lake District planning officials say they'll now consider comments received on controversial plans for a zipwire attraction across the reservoir at Thirlmere until 12 January, allowing ten days more to make up for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Originally all comments had to be in by 2 January.

Thirlmere map
Cass Associates

Engineers work on Appleby water problem

United Utilities engineers are dealing with what is said to be an unusual water problem in Bolton, near Appleby.

Consumers have complained of having water coming in at too high a pressure.

The company says it's to do with a particular sort of valve in the mains system, and they should have it fixed shortly.

A66 crash victim, 92, dies in hospital

A driver badly injured when his Subaru Impreza collided with a tanker carrying hydrogen peroxide near Threlkeld on the A66, has died in hospital in Newcastle.

Police say he was 92 and came from Cockermouth.

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses.

Heart transplant Katy: 'All I want is a family Christmas'
After spending Christmas 2016 in hospital awaiting a transplant, Katy Hamilton is excited to be home.

Cumbria's weather: Grey and damp

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy and mild all afternoon. The cloud will be low enough to keep the hills and mountains of the Lake District in mist and fog, and to bring drizzle at times. Temperatures will be about 9C (48F).

Weather graphic

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

Hospital takes tour bookings for new maternity centre

The new South Lakes Birth Centre, as the Furness General Hospitals maternity unit will be known, will be opening its doors to the first parents-to-be in early February.

Furness General Hospiral exterior shot of new maternity unit.

The £12m unit has 14 birthing rooms, two operating theatres, a special care unit and other facilities.

Preview events are being held next month on 12 January and 13 January, with booked tours.

SCBU at new maternity unit - artist's impression

New senior coroner appointed to county

A new senior coroner for Cumbria has been appointed, to replace David Roberts, who is retiring next May.

Kally Cheema is currently deputy coroner for the county. Among her previous postings was as magistrate and coroner to the Turks and Caicos Islands, between the West Indies and the Bahamas.

Kally Cheema
Cumbria County Councillor

The job of coroner is one of the oldest in the British legal system.

Police renew calls for sighting of Carlisle man

Police say Glenn Dawes, who's 65, still hasn't been seen a month since he left his home on Ashness Drive.

Mr Dawes, who is 5ft 8in tall and of stocky build, was wearing walking gear and carrying a yellow and black rucksack.

Glenn Dawes
Family photo

Two held after pensioner, 81, is robbed in wheelchair

Two men have been arrested after an elderly woman was robbed in a terrifying attack at her home in Egremont.

Police say two offenders knocked at her door in Whitegate, entered the house, and pulled a gold chain from her neck so hard she fell out of her wheelchair, suffering minor injuries.

Later two men, aged 22 and 23, were held on suspicion of robbery.

Det Ch Insp Roy Ledingham said: "This was a terrifying incident for the victim and I’m sure the public would share our disgust that anyone would do this to an elderly person."

Newport terraces closed after disorder at Carlisle visit

BBC Sport

Part of the Newport County terraces are being closed over Christmas after objects were thrown into the technical area during a match with Carlisle earlier this month.

The terraces behind the dug-outs will be shut while the FA investigates the incident, which the club's conceded was not the first.

The match with Carlisle ended as a 3-3 draw.

Some lights go back on in Wigton

Engineers from Electricity North West say they've managed to reconnect nearly 300 of the consumers in Wigton cut off by an overhead lines fault earlier this morning.

They are hope to fix the fault to get power back to the remaining 113 within the next hour or two.

Concern grows for missing Penrith woman

Police say they are increasingly concerned as time passes for Sarah Graham, who has been missing from her home in Penrith since 20 November.

Susan Graham on CCTV
Cumbria Police

Ms Graham, who is 58, was last seen shopping in the New Squares, and officers say they'd like to hear from her, or anyone who knows where she is, to make sure she is safe and well.

Engineers on way as lights go out in Wigton

More than 400 consumers are thought to be affected by a power cut in Wigton. Currently the estimated time for fixing the problem is 18:30.

Weather on the fell tops: Clag still down

  • Temperature at 3,000ft: 7C.
  • Wind: 10-15mph westerly increasing to 25mph later.
  • Cloud: Cloud down to 1,000ft.
  • Visibility: Poor, with patchy valley fog.
  • Freezing Level: Above the tops.

The conditions report by the Lake District rangers for the Weatherline service says the thaw is continuing and visibility is about 30m.

One very special Christmas for a family in St Bees

Kerry Parvin


A Cumbrian mother says this Christmas she will be thinking about the family who saved her daughter's life.

Katy Taylor Hamilton who has Down's Syndrome, underwent a heart transplant in January, without it she would have died.

Hear from her and her mum, Emma Jane, here.

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Health staff urge moderation on 'Black Eye Friday'

Ambulance and hospital staff have joined police in urging people to stay within their limits on today, known in parts of Cumbria as "Black Eye Friday" because of the effects of drink on behaviour.

Ambulance logo

Last year on the equivalent day, three times as many people as usual were admitted to accident and emergency units in the Morecambe Bay area alone, and ambulance service managers say they had 10% more calls.

You have to know your limits, accept them and recognise that when you have had enough, it is time to go home."

Alan DowswellMorecambe Bay Hospitals Trust

Cumbria's weather: Murky but mainly dry

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and fairly murky start to the day across the region with low cloud, and dense patches of fogin a few places.

It'll remain largely dry other than the odd spot of rain on high ground, with the odd hint of brightness, light westerly winds, and still feeling fairly mild with highs of 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Wrynose Pass blocked after lorry crash

BBC News Travel

This won't affect a lot of people, but if it does make a difference it's a big one: the Wrynose Pass is closed after a lorry crashed into a house.

If that's your short cut from the west coast to the central Lake District, there will be a very long diversion.

Travel: Trains suspended between Workington and Whitehaven

BBC News Travel

Train services between Workington and Whitehaven have been suspended after a locomotive broke down at Harrington.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning, on the last weekday before Christmas. We'll be keeping up with the news, travel and weather through until about 18:00.

As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you canemail them to us,send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbriaor head to our Facebook page.