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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news and other information for Cumbria for today, and this week. Here's a reminder of some of today's developments:

We'll do it again from 08:00 on Monday, including, we hope, celebrations of an England win in Russia.

If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Have a very good weekend.

Warning goes to homes on private water supplies

People who are on private water supplies, which are relatively common in more remote areas of Cumbria, have been warned to make plans for them drying up if there is no rain in the near future.

Running tap

In South Lakeland around 1,700 homes and businesses get their water from a local source such as a well or a stream.

Fiona Inston from South Lakeland council said that in an emergency the council was working with United Utilities to provide an emergency supply for homes for up to 72 hours while an alternative supply was arranged.

But she said the responsibility to arrange supplies lay with the person of business using the supply, so they should take measures now to reduce the amount they were using.

Work starts on £315,000 project to remove mill weir

Contractors have started work to remove a weir, a dam built to provide a head of water to power a mill, across the River Ehen in Egremont.

The West Cumbria Rivers Trust says the artificial waterfall, about 250 years old, was so large it would often stop migrating fish when the river was low.

Engineers watching digger at work
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency says the weir was failing, and after three years' monitoring it was decided the safest way was to take it out entirely, removing the risk of damage if it gave way in a flood, and making it much easier for the fish, such as salmon which are in decline, to get up the river to breed.

An EU agency is paying £240,000 of the cost, with the landowners, James Fisher Nuclear, paying £75,000, and the West Cumbria Rivers Trust has been closely involved in the planning.

Cumbria's weather: Dry with cloud at times

BBC Weather

It will remain dry through tonight with some cloud at times and minimum temperatures from 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

Weather graphic

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

Walkers will raise money for Ulverston hospice

Hundreds of people will be walking from Ulverston to Barrow later this evening for the 12th annual Walk to Remember for St Mary's Hospice.

Many walkers carry the names of a loved one as they complete the sponsored challenge - each raising at least £30 for the hospice in Ulverston.

Most Cumbrian graduates 'are finding work'

Cumbria's university says 97% of its students have found a job or further study within six months of graduating.

Four out of five of those have found a job at a professional level, or further study.

The University of Cumbria says the figure is from the most recent survey tracking what graduates end up doing after university.

Staff say this puts it ahead of the national average, and other universities such as Oxford or Cambridge.

University of Cumbria sign
University of Cumbria

Kendal dealer ordered to pay £10,000 crime proceeds

A Kendal drug dealer has been ordered to pay £10,000 after a Carlisle Crown Court judge decided he had the money to cover that amount of his gains from crime.

Jonathan Calvert, 32, of Stricklandgate, was one of four men jailed last September for setting up an operation selling cocaine and heroin in South Cumbria, using Calvert's home as a base.

The other three, from Liverpool, were found to have made £41,400, but ordered to pay only £1 each after the court decided they had no assets.

Calvert, although he was found to have played a lesser part in the conspiracy, will have to pay the £10,000 or face an extra six months in prison

Your pictures: Grasmere at its best

This seemingly endless summer is showing off the Lake District at its best and here is Grasmere, described by the poet William Wordsworth, who lived there, as paradise.

Valerie Seaward

Valerie Seaward caught the lake at sunset, in a stunning light, and was kind enough to send us the photograph.

If you have taken a picture you are proud of, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

A66 to close at weekends for 'total reconstruction'

A mile-long stretch of the A66 is to close for seven entire weekends because engineers say its old foundations need to be completely rebuilt.


The stretch from Kirkby Thore to Low Moor, east of Penrith, will shut from 22:00 on Fridays to 03:00 on Mondays, starting on 7 September.

The project manager for Highways England, Stephen Mason, said: "We appreciate this will inconvenience some road users but we’ll be taking advantage of the closures to do as much work as possible here and at other locations which will spare drivers future inconvenience.”

Heavy long distance traffic will face lengthy diversions along the A69 to the north, or the M62 to the south.

Sellafield claims 'game changer' in lifting N-waste skips

Sellafield engineers say they've achieved a "game changer" in clearing the way to remove old skips from the bottom of a nuclear waste store.

Skips in pond
Sellafield Ltd

More than 1,200 skips, originally full of waste from Magnox power stations, litter the bottom of the open-air storage pond, making it impossible to remove the sludge and debris at the bottom.

Sellafield staff are now working with an engineering company from Appleby to reinforce shipping containers and add shielding so they can be used to store the skips for eventual treatment.

An initial 100 have now been removed and Dorothy Gradden, head of the ponds project, said: "This is a game changer for us and the most significant step yet in getting clutter out of the pond."

Barrow boss gives trialists a game in friendly tie

BBC Cumbria Sport

Barrow boss Ian Evatt says he could play more than 11 trialists in Saturday's opening pre-season friendly against a Furness Select Eleven.

Ian Evatt
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The Bluebirds only have 12 players signed up so far, and Evatt's planning to name two different sides in each half, with none playing more than 45 minutes.

There's some players I'm interested in, some players I don't know, so I'm just taking a look at and there's no better way to take a look at players than in a match."

Ian Evatt

Cumbria's weather: Cloudier and a little cooler

BBC Weather

It will be warm and largely dry this afternoon with some sunshine at times, but there might be some cloudier periods and even a slight risk of drizzle. Temperatures will be from 20C to 23C (68F to 73F).

Weather graphic

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

BBC Songs of Praise team in Lake District

The BBC programme Songs of Praise is from Cumbria this weekend.

The Reverend Kate Bottley joins a church youth group at the YMCA's National Centre Lakeside, goes sailing on Windermere, and has a go on the outdoor centre's zip wire.

The presenters also tour Eycott Hill Nature Reserve with professional photographer Andrew Heptinstall, and JB Gill visits Cartmel Priory's virtual reality experience.

The programme is broadcast at 16:15.

Penrith firm surveys the crowded graves of Highgate

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A Cumbrian company has been chosen to survey and map one of Britain's best-known and most crowded cemeteries.

People taking picturs of Marx's grave
Getty Images

Highgate Cemetery in London covers 15 hectares (37acres) and contains about 55,000 graves, containing around 155,000 people including the remains of the philosopher Karl Marx and pop star George Michael.

Staff from Penrith-based Atlantic Geomatics are starting work to make a three-dimensional record of the site, using laser equipment and GPS, taking hundreds of thousands of measurements a second.

It its peak they were doing about 30 burials a day, now they do about 80 per year because they really are short of space and that's also why one of the reasons why we are creating the map, their records are very old, they're paper, they are at risk of being lost."

Tim VineyChairman, Atlantic Geomatics

More than 100,000 marvel at the Carlisle 'weeping' poppies

More than 100,000 people will have visited the Weeping Window sculpture made up of 11,000 poppies in Carlisle Castle when it closes this weekend.


The hand-made poppies represent the casualties of World War One, and are a small proportion of nearly one million that formed a far larger display at the Tower of London.

The installation, which opened in Carlisle on 23 May, has travelled around the country but the curving spout from the battlements of the city's castle was the first time such a free-standing display has been constructed.

Police seek driver after crash with cyclist

Police are trying to trace a driver involved in a crash with a cyclist in Barrow.

Officers say the collision happened at the junction of Provincial Street and Friars Lane, and the cyclist was slightly injured.

They say the driver did stop, but then left before police arrived. PC Josh Jones said he would also like to hear from anyone who saw the accident at 08:40 on Tuesday.

City council to put Sands expansion plans on show

Carlisle's Sands Centre could get new swimming pools, a new gym and a new auditorium, in a city council says plan to improve its major leisure facilities.

Sands model
Carlisle City Council

A 3D model of the proposed building will be put on display later this month at the Sands Centre.

People will be able to see the plans and the model between 13:30 and 19:00 on 20 July.

Giant litter pick cleans up in county

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in dozens of litter picks across Cumbria today.

The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick has been organised by the charity Friends of the Lake District.

The organisation says 55 groups of people will go out to different areas to help keep the county tidy.

Archie Workman

Stobart finance chief quits ahead of annual meeting

The chief financial officer at Cumbrian firm Stobart Group has resigned just hours before the company's annual general meeting, where directors report to shareholders on the state of the company.

The owner of Carlisle Airport says Richard Laycock won't be putting himself up for election but would continue to support the business.

The AGM of the group is in St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Stobart has been locked in a battle with its former chief executive, Andrew Tinkler, who was dismissed last month.

Walker flown to hospital after Scafell fall

A walker was flown to hospital after falling about 40ft on scree at Mickledore, between Scafell and Scafell Pike, yesterday morning.

Casualty being airlifted
Wasdale MRT

The man suffered a head injury, and volunteers from the Wasdale and Duddon teams were called, along with the North West Air Ambulance and a coastguard helicopter which lifted some of the rescue team members to the scene, and then winched up the man and flew him to hospital in Newcastle.

The Wasdale team filmed part of the operation and you can see the pictures here.

Fire crews called to blaze at derelict mills

Fire crews from Barrow, Walney and Ulverston were called to a fire in the derelict Salthouse Mills yesterday evening.

Fire engine at mills

Elsewhere, yesterday afternoon, there were grass fires in Galemire near Egremont, Whitehaven and at Holme Cricket Club, near Milnthorpe.

Weather on the fells: Yet another nice day

If you are planning a walk, another nice day is forecast on Cumbria's hills. But please take care not to start a fire.

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): Up to 15C.
  • Winds: Generally light to moderate westerly, gusts 25mph.
  • Cloud: Patchy cloud above the fells.
  • Visibility: Good.

Cumbria's weather: Something called clouds pushing north

BBC Weather

There will be sunny spells this morning but with large amounts of cloud pushing north.

Temperatures will be heading towards 24C (75F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Roadworks delay traffic again on A66

BBC News Travel

Roadworks are expected to slow traffic on the A66 near Penruddock, west of Penrith.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning: We'll be posting the news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast, and other things that may catch our eye from around the county until about 18:00

If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now stepped back so the software can post breaking major news and travel reports through the night.

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

  • Engineers announced that the Windermere Ferry, put out of action by a fire at the end of May, needed a complete new engine, so might not be in service again until October;
  • The chief executive of two of Cumbria's health trusts celebrated the service's 70th anniversary by describing how enough paeditricians had been recruited for the West Cumberland Hospital that they could now run a full rota, which safeguards the future of the maternity unit as well;
  • And a slightly exasperated - make that probably very exasperated - tweet from Allerdale council showed a neatly-piled heap of beer cans and used disposable barbeque, presumably left by people who assumed litter-pickers regularly patrol the remoter lake shores of Cumbria.

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 tomorrow. If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Have a very good evening.

Blue lights cover buildings for NHS 70th

Buildings across Cumbria will be lit in blue tonight to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS.

Kendal Castle, Kendal Parish Church (pictured), the Town Hall in Penrith and Hilltop Heights in Carlisle are just a few of them.

Kendal parish church

Churches founded hospitals years and years ago for the care of communities so we are tied to hospitals in every way and have been for a very long time."

Reverend rob Saner-HaighVicar of Kendal

Sixty years ago, Cumberland turns out for the Queen

Alison Wood


A little treat to finish this afternoon: Here's some archive footage of Carlisle celebrating the 800th anniversary of its Royal Charter in suitable style.

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Cumbria weather: Mostly dry and clear

BBC Weather

There's the odd shower about at the top of the Eden valley, but it looks like staying dry through tonight with patchy cloud but also some clear spells, light and variable winds and remaining mild with temperatures from 8 to 11°C (46 to 52°F)

Weather graphic

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

Walker flown to hospital from Langdales

A young woman who was said to be unconscious and having fits was flown to hospital from the remote Stake Pass at the head of Great Langdale.

North west air ambulance in sunset
Langdale Ambleside MRT

The Langdale Ambleside mountain rescue team was called just before 20:00 last night, and members treated the woman before she was flown hospital in Carlisle by the North West Air Ambulance.

The team said earlier it had helped a number of people suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and put a guide to symptoms on social media.

Severe accident: A590 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A590 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between A5092 and Hoad Lane.

A590 Cumbria - A590 in Greenodd blocked in both directions between the A5092 junction and the Hoad Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Traffic is coping well.

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

Travel: Cleator Main Street blocked by crash

BBC News Travel

A three-vehicle accident has blocked the A5086 Main Street in Cleator.

Police seek sex offender who failed to sign on register

Police have put a man on the wanted list after he failed to register as a sex offender.

Ovidiu Danial Duncu
Cumbria Police

Ovidiu Daniel Duncu, 32, of no fixed address, was convicted of indecent exposure by magistrates at Carlisle on 19 June, and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register.

For sale: The A591 landmark squirrel, Mawson

A giant carved wooden squirrel which has greeted visitors driving up the side of Windermere for a number of years is being sold off to raise money for charity.

Squirrel Mawson

The squirrel, called Mawson after the famous Lake District landscape gardener Thomas Mawson, was commissioned by Tom Noblett, the former manager of the Langdale Chase Hotel, but must now move because the hotel has new owners.

It is being auctioned off to raise money for the St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston, and bids are already past the £1,500 mark.

When he was situated at the gateway of the Langdale Chase you could say, if you've gone past the squirrel you've gone too far."

Tom Noblettshown with Mawson
Mawson with Tom Noblett

Barrow football boss promises to do safety checks in time

BBC Cumbria Sport

Andrew Casson, the owner of Barrow AFC, has promised safety paperwork will be completed in time for the Holker Street stands to be licensed in time for the first pre-season friendly next Tuesday.

Andrew Casson

Cumbria County Council's safety advisory group reduced the capacity of the Holker Street stands to zero because reports and certificates were not ready in time for a pre-arranged inspection.

Time is short to reopen the stands before the pre-season friendly with Carlisle, although the open standing areas were open..

Mr Casson said work had been delayed at the ground and he'd been called away to another meeting, but the council had not allowed any leeway, which he described as "draconian".

We're finishing up all of the surveys and the audits and the various works that need to get done so I'm hopeful that they can respond and rectify the process in time."

Andrew Casson

Windermere ferry 'could be beached until October'

The car ferry that crosses the middle of England's longest lake, Windermere, could be out of action until October after specialists said it needed a new engine.

Ferry in operatio

The ferry has been out of operation since the end of May because of a fire in the engine room, meaning drivers face a journey of 10 miles or more around either northern or south end of the lake.

Pedestrians, and cyclists when the right boat is available, can still cross the lake on a smaller vessel from Bowness, and cyclists are able to cross on a service from Brockhole several miles further north, at weekends.

Stephen Hall, Cumbria County Council’s assistant director for highways, said he was trying to get the repairs done sooner if possible.

This is a very unfortunate situation but the safety of our passengers must come first."

Stephen Hall

West Cumbria NHS recruiting drive 'making progress'

A drive to recruit more medical staff to help preserve maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven is showing some success, according to trust chief executing Stephen Eames.

West Cumberland sign

The future of services in Whitehaven has been uncertain since a review identified having enough staff to look after patients safely.

The review particularly highllghted problems in paediatrics, but chief executive of the North Cumbria Hospitals Trust, Stephen Eames, said the necessary clinical staff had now been brought in.

We now have a roster out of hours for paeditricians, consultants concerned with children's care, which means we've got that support for ladies who may have complications in labour seven days a week, round the clock, which we didn't have a year ago."

Stephen Eames

Care home fine for out-of-date sandwiches is halved

A care home that was taken to court after inspectors saw sandwiches being prepared with meat that was past the use-by date has had its £40,000 fine halved on appeal.

Heron Hill care home

The fine was imposed by a district judge, and Abbey Healthcare, which runs the Heron Hill Care Home in Kendal, appealed to Carlisle Crown Court today, saying the penalty was "manifestly excessive".

Recorder David Swinnerton was told no residents had been given the sandwiches, the breach was "isolated", and the home now has a top rating for food safety.

He cut the fine to £20,000, saying he was pleased to see things had improved.