Local Democracy Reporting Service
There have been bitter exchanges between Carlisle city councillors as a motion from a Labour opposition member, condemning government spending on education, was amended by the ruling Conservative group and then passed.
Labour councillor Louise Atkinson, a primary school teacher, made a plea for more funding, citing claims that schools in the city have “lost £1.3m in funding in real terms since 2015”.
But councillor Gareth Ellis, of the leading Conservative group, proposed amendments acknowledging what he called “enormous improvements in education across England and here in Carlisle” under the Tory government, in spite of the financial pressures.Copyright: Google
The amended motion was agreed by 18 votes to 17 votes after a fractious debate, leaving councillor Atkinson "devastated", and saying the revised version was “completely different” from her original motion.
Councillor Ellis said he had intended only to “de-politicise” the motion but councillor Atkinson said her calls had not been intended to be party political.
And another Labour councillor, Christopher Robinson, accused Councillor Ellis of bullying, in a confrontation so heated that the Tory leader John Mallinson feared violence and stepped between them.
The incident has been reported to the chairwoman of the city council’s Labour group and also to the authority’s monitoring officer who deals with standards complaints against councillors.
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The first Imam to work as a chaplain in hospitals in north Cumbria says he's received a positive reaction since he took up the post.Copyright: BBC
Abdur Rashid Meah is the first Muslim leader to have the role at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.
He says he talks to people regardless of their faith, and has been inspired by the reaction.Quote Message: In hospitals you do see people in a large ditch of distress to some degree, and still coping through and still smiling and having the willpower to have a conversation with somebody they don't know." from Abdur Rashid Meah
- Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): -2C to -1C (28F to 30F)
- Winds: Winds will be north-westerly at 25mph to 35mph throughout the day
- Cloud: Well-broken at around 2,600ft (800m) or above for most of the day
- Freezing level: 1,000ft (300m) in the morning period, rising to 1,600ft (500m) through the day
- Visibility: Moderate at first, becoming good or very good in the afternoon
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The first half of the night will have clear spells, giving way to one or two showers in places from the west, perhaps wintry over hills.
It will turn dry again later in the night, cold and clear, with lowest temperatures from 0C to 4C (32F to 39F).Copyright: BBC
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An excursion company which left two Cumbrians with an agonising wait for help during a severe snowstorm have apologised for their actions.
Police, council and licensing officials clamped 25 abandoned cars and vans across South Lakeland in two days, with many of them being crushed.Copyright: SLDC
The operation, put together by South Lakeland council on the basis of public complaints, gave the owners of untaxed vehicles 24 hours to pay, or have the car or van impounded and possibly destroyed.
The authority gets about 300 complaints about abandoned vehicles each year, and officials say they are eyesores and can attract arsonists.
A cocaine dealer who involved his mother in his illegal trafficking enterprise has been jailed for 31 months.
Carlisle Crown Court heard that police who searched Dwain Ferriday’s Borland Avenue address recovered a single wrap of cocaine along with other drug dealing items, £1,095 in cash and mobile phones with incriminating messages.Copyright: Cumbria Police
Ferriday, 28, who admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply, had also used his mother's address in Marks Avenue as a "depository", the court was told, and drugs and money had been found there as well.
He was sent to prison for 31 months.
His mother Melanie, 48, admitted the same charge last year and was sentenced to a suspended prison term and unpaid work last November.
A trusted hotel manager who stole more than £100,000 from a family-run north Cumbria business has been sent to prison.
Between 2011 and 2018, in 859 separate transactions on falsified handwritten records, 58-year-old gambler Stewart McIntosh took £100,588 from the Graham Arms, where he had day-to-day responsibility for managing the money.Copyright: BBC
McIntosh, of English Street, Longtown, was jailed for 32 months today, after he admitted two charges of theft from his employer and false accounting.
Hhis lawyer, David Wales, said the defendant’s previously secret and “crippling gambling addiction” lay behind the crime, but Recorder Timothy Hannam QC said: "At 58 years old you are plainly a manipulative and deceitful man.”
A Workington man who was trapped by online vigilantes when he engaged in sexualised chat with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl has been warned that if he commits the same offence again he will go to prison.
Carlisle Crown Court was told Stephen McCue, 59, of Mona Road, Salterbeck, was confronted on his doorstep by the "online safety team", which had set up online profiles, purportedly of children, as "bait".
McCue admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, and Judge Peter Davies imposed a three-year community order, a five-year sexual harm prevention order, a rehabilitation requirement and attendance on an accredited sex offender course.
Judge Davies told him: "If it does happen again, to prison you will go. Treat this order as a method of rescuing you.”
Engineers have restored power to nearly 200 of the properties blacked out early this morning when electricity failed in Wigton, but say it may be 15:00 before 393 remaining customers are reconnected.
Electricity North West says the power cut is affecting mainly people from Wigton west to Aspatria.
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Barrow AFC directors say a record-breaking season is attracting the largest crowds they have seen in Holker Street in 50 years.Copyright: BBC
Barrow are currently top of the National League and still in the FA Trophy and have won two recent fixtures by 7-0.
Home crowds are now regularly topping 2,000 and the Barrow chairman Paul Hornby says the ground is nearly ready if the club makes promotion back into the Football LeagueQuote Message: We're actually fitting new crush barriers as we speak, we've got until about 22 February to get those installed but they'll be easily done this month, so we'll be fully compliant for the Football League, that's less of a worry than getting there." from Paul Hornby
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A £12m flood risk management scheme has been launched at Skirting Beck and Whangs Beck in Egremont.Copyright: News and Star
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Councillors in Allerdale have agreed to set up a housing company to bring empty properties back into use and develop new homes to keep pace with demand.Copyright: Google
The firm will act both as a developer and a landlord, and councillors agreed the scheme after an increase in homelessness and a gradual increase in the number of long-term empty homes, that can become targets for vandalism and antisocial behaviour.
Stephen Stoddart, the executive member for housing, said: “In some areas there aren’t enough homes for the increasing number of people who need them, and action is required to make sure more homes are developed."
Marion Fitgerald, the leader of the Independent and Conservative group running the council, said the proposals, first suggested by the former Labour administration, offered some “wonderful opportunities” to provide more affordable homes across the borough.
- Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): 0C to 2C (32F to 36F)
- Winds: Winds will be westerly at 15mph to 20mph in the morning gradually increasing through the day up to 35mph in the evening
- Cloud: Bases will be around 1,650ft to 2,600ft (500m to 800m) at first, but these will quickly rise above the summits and become well-broken
- Freezing level: 1,650ft (500m) and above, with any showers wintry from 2,000ft (600m)
- Visibility: Moderate to start, becoming very good in the afternoon
The Weatherline assessors say colder temperatures will mean the currently wet snow and ice will freeze hard, so ice axe and crampons will be essential on the fells.
They say that climbing routes are still not in winter condition.
A new wall with floodgates should protect a row of frequently-flooded cottages next to the A591 at Troutbeck, near Windermere, engineers say.Copyright: Cumbria County Council
The homes are at a junction where water coming off a hillside meets run-off from the main road, and have been inundated with up to 2ft (60cm) of water on a number of occasions over the past 50 years.
The £180,000 project includes better drainage, and was paid for by a combination of local and regional authorities and the local flood action group.
Janet Chapman, from the local group, said people living in the cottages were pleased the work was finally complete.Quote Message: The fact that this work has been carried out demonstrates to them that at last someone has listened and someone cares.” from Janet Chapman
There will be variable cloud amounts today with lengthy bright and sunny spells, but also the occasional, possibly heavy, shower.Copyright: BBC
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