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Summary

  1. Central Plaza work is halted as engineers find new problems
  2. Kendal vote comes down against New Road parking (on a small turnout)
  3. Gang of seven sentenced for cocaine plot
  4. Troubled academy in new row as temperatures rise

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Martin Lewes

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We've now finished posting news, weather forecasts, and other aspects of Cumbrian life for today and this week.

Here's a reminder of today's main developments:

We'll be back on Tuesday at 08:00 to do it all again.

Have a very good bank holiday weekend.

Now Central Plaza Hotel is 'critically dangerous'

The hotel in Carlisle where the threat of falling masonry has closed the street below for most of the month has now been described as "critically dangerous" and all work has been suspended.

Cranes outside hotel
BBC

Carlisle City Council said this afternoon that a specialist structural engineer would inspect the building next week, and the cranes had left the site.

Several businesses trapped behind barricades have been unable to open to customers since 2 May and the street, Victoria Viaduct, has been closed to traffic and pedestrians.

The scale and impact of the works is far greater than anticipated."

Carlisle City Council statement

Rail groups call for report into timetable debacle

Network Rail and the train company Northern say they have commissioned an independent report into what went wrong with the launch of a new timetable at the start of this week.

In a statement this afternoon the two firms said the new schedules had meant to increase capacity, but many customers had faced delays, cancellations and overcrowding.

Northern has been cancelling services for months, claiming that training drivers for new electric trains, after delays to electrification, meant there were not enough to drive many trains on routes like the Furness and Lakes Lines.

The independent report will ensure lessons are learned and that there are no repeats of current problems."

Martin FrobisherManaging director for Network Rail's London and North Western Route

There is urgent work to do to fully understand what did and didn’t work on all aspects of planning and delivery of the new timetable."

David BrownManaging director, Northern
Northern Train
Northern

Health chief promises quick changes in care trials

Trials of a new system to get hospitals and community health care services working more closely together in North Cumbria should bring fairly quick changes, according to the executive in charge.

The area covered by the North Cumbria Hospitals Trust, together with Cumbria County Council and the trust that provides community services, in just one of 14 in the country to pilot what's called an "integrated care system".

Stephen Eames
BBC

Stephen Eames, who is chief executive of both NHS trusts, said the aim was to get the health services, such as hospitals, to work more closely with the community care run by the county council, so old people in particular, could be looked after at home as much as possible.

He said that last winter up to one third of all the hospital beds were occupied by patients waiting for services to be available in the community.

I think what people will see is a lot more services around them locally, and a lot more straightforward access to health visiting services, outpatient services, or diagnostic tests."

Stephen Eames

It's bringing quite a bit of money as well to support us to develop that, and this year we;'re aiming to improve the situation for about 2,500 patients."

Scafell walkers to be asked about kit

Walkers setting off to climb England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, are to be asked what equipment and supplies they have with them in a mountain rescue that is partly research and partly education, after a spate of accidents and fatalities earlier this year..

Wasdale
National Trust/Joe Cornish

The National Trust, police, and the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team will be at the Brackenclose car park, where many walkers start their ascent, asking how people have prepared, whether they know what the weather forecast is, and how long they think their expedition will take.

A spokeswoman for the National Trust said walkers would not only be asked about equipment, questioned about what they might need.

"For example, they might not think they will need a torch in summer, but we might ask what might happen if they had to help someone who was hurt and stay out after sunset."

It will be helpful for us all to understand a bit more about the range of experience and knowledge of the walkers who will be setting off to climb Scafell Pike."

Peter McCallCumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Cumbria's weather: Rain for a while

BBC Weather

It will stay cloudy this evening with rain breaking up, leaving a few showers. It will then turn mostly dry overnight with a few clear spells towards the west coast, but the odd shower is still possible, with temperatures of 9C (48F).

Weather graphic
BBC

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

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Academy classrooms 'reached 36C' say parents

Parents at the Whitehaven Academy say temperatures in classrooms reached 36C (97F) because of the state of the buildings.

The Bright Tribe Trust, which is still running the secondary school, confirmed this afternoon it was unable to turn the heating off.

Academy sign
BBC

Parents said some chillers taken into the school could not work properly because they needed to vent through a window, some of which would not open, and the trust confirmed it was assessing some for repairs.

Both parents and the trust agree that the long term solution is new school buildings, and the trust says it has asked at the highest levels for funding.

The kids are obviously uncomfortable and clammy, some of them have complained about feeling sick and dizzy, my daughter takes a bottle of water in and it's been empty every day this week when normally she only drinks half of it."

Simon MarleyParent and member of academy campaign group

Academy brings in chillers as heating 'won't turn off'

Portable air conditioning chillers have been distributed in the troubled Whitehaven Academy after pupils reported the heat in the buildings was making them feel unwell.

Whitehaven Academy
BBC

The Bright Tribe Trust, which currently runs the academy, said today that its heating system could not be turned off.

Officers honoured on commendation night

PC Tim Fowkes (pictured, centre) was one of a number of officers given Chief Constable's commendations at an awards night last night.

High Sheriff Simon Berry, PC Tim Fowkes, and Chief Constable Michelle Skeer.
Cumbria Police

PC Fowkes, pictured between the Chief Constable Michelle Skeer, and the High Sheriff, Simon Berry, rugby-tackled an assailant who was wielding an iron bar, and detained him.

Sgt Andrew Leather said: "His quick thinking resolved a tense and difficult situation which had the potential to get out of control."

Other officers were commended for work as diverse as caring for families bereaved by traffic accidents, to being in the team that brought a gang of drug dealers to court, where the criminals were sentenced to a total of 46 years.

Former Premier League player Grant Holt starts wrestling career
He is swapping the penalty box for the wrestling ring.

North Cumbria health services in national care trial

The NHS in North Cumbria is going to be part of a national trial to encourage health and care services to work together.

The North Cumbria Health and Care System is made up of hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven, Cumbria's community healthcare trust and the county council among others.

It's one of just 14 areas in England to have been given permission to try the "Integrated Care System" by NHS England.

Sheffield trip sees Comets suffer second loss running

BBC Cumbria Sport

Workington Comets suffered their second successive defeat of the speedway season at Sheffield last night, losing their SGB Championship match against Sheffield Tigers by 42 points to 48.

The fixture was the fourth of six away trips for the Comets, but the team boss Tony Jackson says home fans will soon see some action.

Obviously riders like to ride their home tracks as well and it's a bit of a long break for the fans but when we do get back home we'll have a sustained spell of home matches."

Tony Jackson

Cumbria's weather: Rain moving in from south

BBC Weather

This afternoon, cloud will thicken with outbreaks of rain moving up from the south and then a risk of a few showers later. Maximum temperatures will range from 17C to 20C (63F to 68F).

Weather graphic
BBC

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

Kendal parking campaigners: Poll defeat is not the end

Campaigners for free parking on the New Road area in Kendal say they will still keep up pressure in spite of a local poll result that came down strongly in favour of landscaping the strip of land next to the River Kent.

New Road grassed over with flowers
BBC

The land has currently been grassed over, after South Lakeland council said safety advice meant it could no longer allow the informal parking there, which has in any case strictly been illegal because the area is common land.

A parish poll yesterday voted heaving against parking, on a very small turnout, but South Lakeland officials say that once flood protection measures for the area have been agreed they will consult on the long-term use of the space.

Hedlen Jones from Kendal was one who campaigned to get free parking brought back and she says that consultation will reopen the issue.

Let's see what happens then, I'd just like it to be done correctly, legally, and with everyone's consent instead of just being railroaded in."

Helen Jones

Police probe robbery in Barrow

Police in Barrow sealed off parts of several streets after a 54-year-old man was robbed in the small hours of this morning.

Officers say the victim, from Durham, had his wallet taken and suffered facial injuries which were treated at the Furness General Hospital.

The cordon, on parts of Greengate Street, Rawlinson Street and Sutherland Street, has now been lifted, and police have appealed for witnesses.

A rare sight: The River Derwent dries up in wet Seathwaite

This is the River Derwent in Seathwaite, where upstream rain gauges regularly record several inches of rain in 24 hours, and hold a string of records.

Dry Derwent
BBC

After weeks without appreciable rainfall, the river is now dry.

This being Cumbria, it won't last. Rain is forecast for later today.

Seven sentenced for £300,000 Carlisle cocaine plot

Seven men have been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court for their parts in a conspiracy to supply cocaine across Carlisle.

The court heard yesterday how police bugged the men's conversations and secertly phographed them, before raiding a house in Derwent Street where they found a 1kg "brick" of the class A drug, which with bulking agents could have made up street deals worth £300,000.

Scott Sutherland, 25, of Shawk Crescent, Thursby, who led the gang, was jailed for eight years, while Matthew Payne, 44, of Stanhope Road, Carlisle, described as his trusted assistant, got seven years, and Alan Hudson Williams, 70, of Derwent Street in the city, whose home was used, received five years.

Adam Ritson, 28, of Ruthella Street, Carlisle, was jailed for four years, and three other gang members were given suspended sentences.

All had admitted conspiracy to supply the drug, and Payne and Williams had also admitted possession with intent to supply.

Motorcyclist badly hurt in west Cumbria crash

A motorcyclist is in hospital with serious injuries, after a crash in west Cumbria.

It happened on the A5086 near Lamplugh at 16:30 yesterday.

The motorcyclist was heading towards Whitehaven when he collided with a Jaguar, going towards Cockermouth, The car driver has minor injuries.