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  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 April 2019

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  1. Cumbria's weather: Broken cloud and staying dry

    BBC Weather

    Tonight, the cloud will break to give some clear periods.

    Cloud may start to thicken again from the east but it should stay dry, with lowest temperatures from 0C to 3C (32F to 37F).

    Weather graphic

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

  2. Keep it quiet: Phone app offered to complain about noise

    People living in Copeland will be able to use their smartphone to complain about unwanted noises.

    Copeland Council is now accepting complaints through the Noise App, which can record a 30-second clip of the disturbance.

    Jackie O’Reilly, the authority's public protection manager, says the app is available through all the usual stores, and when it has been tested with local people they have approved.

    Quote Message: We know that residents like to be able to report noise as it's happening, and this provided a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week approach to reporting and it also allows a very quick and easy way to make a recording that can then be shared with Copeland."
  3. MP Farron welcomes extra training for emergency dentists

    Cumbrian Lib Dem MP Tim Farron has welcomed extra training being given to the staff in emergency dental centres in some of the county's hospitals.

    The Cumbria Partnership trust which runs the hospitals says giving the extra skills in sedation should reduce a waiting list that currently exceeds 18 weeks in parts of the county, because currently patients have to go to clinics away from Cumbria for such treatment.

    Dentistry stock picture

    Mr Farron said he welcomed the move, although the underlying problem was a shortage of NHS dentists.

    "I will continue to campaign for the Government to change the contracts to reward dentists for doing preventative treatment, so that we can bring the dentists that we so desperately need to the South Lakes.”

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    Video caption: Whitehaven Aldi raiders pull cash machine through wall

    This is the moment a gang ripped an ATM through a branch of Aldi and made off with £66,000.

  5. Barrow MP calls for respect ahead of Brexit public meeting

    Barrow's MP has urged people to respect each other, ahead of a public meeting he's called tonight to discuss Brexit.

    John Woodcock says he was dismayed to receive messages from some constituents saying they were worried about attending tonight's Brexit Forum in Barrow because they were intimidated by the angry atmosphere surrounding the issue.

    The independent MP for Furness, who supports a public vote on any deal, says he wants to hear directly from constituents and hopes people of all views will not be put off from attending the discussion at St George's Church Hall at 19:30.

    Brexit flags
  6. Kendal attack victim 'off critical list'

    A 33-year-old man seriously injured when he was attacked in the Waterside area of Kendal last weekend is no longer in a critical condition in hospital in Preston, police said this afternoon.

    Two men have been charged with attempted murder.

  7. County to call for more cash for schools maintenance

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    A call for extra funding for schools in Cumbria will be made at a full meeting of the county council next week.

    The cabinet member for schools, Sue Sanderson, will move that: “Cumbria County Council demands that the Government ensures funding for schools is sufficient for them to deliver a high standard of achievement and care, to support the requirements of a growing number of pupils with special educational needs and to have buildings that are maintained to a baseline acceptable standard.”

    If the motion is passed, officials will write to the Department for Education in London.

    Government funding given to Cumbria County Council for repairs to the “ageing” school estate, has fallen from £6.7m to just £4.7m in five years, a meeting of the Labour and Liberal Democrat cabinet was told.

    Classroom general view
  8. Travel: Roadworks slow traffic on A66

    BBC News Travel

    Roadworks are currently causing delays at two places on the A66 at Cumbria, at Crossthwaite roundabout near Keswick, and Stoneybeck, near Great Broughton.

  9. Cumbria's weather: Dry, some sun and warmer

    BBC Weather

    Most of the afternoon will be dry and there should be the occasional bright or sunny interval.

    It should be warmer than recent days, with highest temperatures from 10 to 13°C (50 to 55°F).

    Weather graphic

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

  10. Firefighters warn: Beware of laptop fire risk

    Firefighters in Cumbria have warned laptop computers could catch fire if left on fabric-covered surfaces, such as beds or sofas.

    It follows a fire in a bedroom at a home in Soulby, near Kirkby Stephen, caused by a computer which damaged the property although no one was hurt.

    Edward Burrows from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said laptops are powered by lithium batteries that can get very hot, and using them on a soft surface can block the cooling vents.

    “Laptops specifically have air vents underneath the computer that are designed to allow the device to cool, if you have ever used a laptop on your lap you may have felt the build-up of heat as clothing stops this ventilation.”

  11. Your pictures: Spring snowfall gives Old Man a wintry look

    It may be this winter's last hurrah, but the snowfall of earlier this week inspired some of the county's photographers.

    This is Levers Water, a small tarn on the east side of Coniston Old Man, augmented by the dam you can see on the left to power the copper mines that once made the place famous.

    Levers Water

    Our thanks to Chris Avery, who sent it in. If you want to share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, or send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria.

  12. Wildlife trust shows off new Walney visitor centre

    Visitors to the South Walney nature reserve will be able to use the new visitor centre this weekend.

    The Cumbria Wildlife Trust is holding a family fun day to celebrate the reopening of the building, which has a display of strange objects that have been washed up on the beaches, as well as displays about the seals and birds that can be seen there.

    Walney cabin of curiosities
  13. Press watchdog rules news strike report was accurate

    A press regulator has cleared a Cumbrian newspaper of inaccurately reporting on the strike action taken by its own journalists.

    Strking News and Star journalists

    The National Union of Journalists complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) after the Cumberland News published a short article in December.

    The union argued the piece had left out important information, but in a ruling, IPSO found that the article was not inaccurate, as the newspaper had "accurately summarised" that the action was being taken over a pay dispute.

  14. Pryce 'takes one game at a time' as Rhinos tie looms

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Workington Town manager Leon Pryce says the team are fully focused on tomorrow's game against London Skolars, despite being days away from facing Leeds Rhinos in the Challenge Cup.

    Pryce says that they feel previous games against Skolars could give Town the edge.

    Leon Pryce
    Quote Message: We've won five games out of six, I think, so we've got a nice bit of form going, we always take one game at a time." from Leon Pryce
    Leon Pryce
  15. Charity's clients anxious over future after closure

    Around 75 people who were on care programmes with the charity South Lakeland Mind are coming to terms with its closure.

    The organisation shut down last weekend after years of money problems.

    Those on a programme of counselling sessions should see those completed over the next three months.

    Steve, who became a volunteer with the charity after it helped him deal with anxiety, says he has seen the group save lives, and it made him feel less alone.

    Quote Message: It's the isolation that turns an episode into a crisis, the real benefit is that it's somewhere safe to go, somewhere where you see others in the same situation." from Steve
    Anxious person
  16. After the all-night lambing sessions in the snow...

    Hannah Jackson, who tweets as @redshepherdess, was in the middle of lambing 1,300 ewes in the Eden valley when the snow fell earlier this week.

    But she still thinks they're cute.

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  17. Alert system 'helps keep people out of hospital'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Around 3,300 people in Cumbria are now on an alert system, and for some it means they can stay at home rather than in hospital, councillors have been told.


    Colin Phipps, a service development manager for the council, said more people were going on to the Telecare system as it allowed a quicker response in emergencies, cut long hospital stays and gave reassurance to families and carers.

    Scrutiny advisory chairman Mark Wilson, said: “Eight years ago our aim was for 1,000 people on assisted technology, we have now passed that and gone through our aim of 3,200 people on.”

    Quote Message: It is becoming much more acceptable and that’s a good thing.” from Councillor Mark Wilson Scrutiny Advosory Board, Adults, chairman
    Councillor Mark WilsonScrutiny Advosory Board, Adults, chairman
  18. Weather on the fell tops: Good visibility below cloud

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): 4C to 5C (39F to 41F)
    • Winds: Moderate to fresh south-easterly, gusting around 40mph over the highest peaks
    • Cloud: Base around 2,000 to 2,500ft (600m to 750m) in the morning, lifting to around 3,000ft (900m) in the afternoon, and above the summits at times.
    • Visibility: Very good, although poor in cloud on the summits
    • Freezing level: Above summits

    The assessors for the Lake District Weatherline service say full winter clothing is still essential and equipment such as crampons and an ice axe should be carried above the snow line.

    They say the winter climbs are not in condition and attempting them could damage rare alpine plants.

  19. Mind: We found out too late about South Lakes problems

    Ewan Murrie


    The national network of Mind says it found out too late to help the South Lakeland branch of the charity which had financial problems before the Kendal-based organisation closed last weekend.

    Many of the dozens of people who were being helped by South Lakeland Mind are seeing their cases picked up by other organisations, and at least one former client is considering setting up a new charity.

    Jamie Scudamore, a national official with Mind, says there was not enough time to get involved.

    Quote Message: The organisation didn't have enough money to make ends meet, they certainly didn't report this to us until very late in the day, and we were unable to support them through that." from Jamie Scudamore Head of networks, Mind
    Jamie ScudamoreHead of networks, Mind
  20. Grant races for GB place in ski slalom

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    A West Cumbrian skier is hoping to move a step closer to his dream of becoming a Paralympian.

    Grant Taylor, 24, from Cockermouth, is completing in the GB Para Alpine Championships in France over the weekend.

    He is due to race in two slalom events in the sit ski discipline.

    Grant Taylor