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  1. Weather on the fells: Claggy with poor visibility

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): Peaking at 4C to 5C (37F to 39F)
    • Winds: Westerly initially at around 20mph to 25mph in the morning, but easing into the middle of the day, before picking up again in the afternoon
    • Cloud: Extensive cover throughout the day at around 500ft to 1,500 ft (150m to 450m), possibly falling to around 200ft to 300ft (60m to 90m) on some of the peaks and along the coast
    • Freezing level: Above the peaks
    • Visibility: Generally moderate to poor, particularly in the afternoon

    The Lake District Weatherline assessors say the high ridges have bare rock, wet snow, and ice, so an ice axe is essential for anyone traversing steep ground above the snowline, and crampons should also be carried in case steep hard snow and ice is encountered.

    Their report says turf remains unfrozen and the snow in the gullies is very soft, so climbing should be avoided to protect the fragile environment.

  2. Travel: Commuter route into Carlisle closed for water work

    BBC News Travel

    A reminder: Warwick Road, the A69 into Carlisle, westbound from the Victoria Place junction to Lismore Place, is now closed until May while United Utilities deals with old water mains.

    There's a diversion via Victoria Place, which will clearly be busier than usual.

  3. Two arrested after Kendal stabbing

    Police say two people have been arrested after a teenager was stabbed in Kendal earlier.

    Two 18-year-old men, one from Kendal and one from Kirkby Lonsdale, are in police custody.

  4. So what are the Lake District's basic principles?

    Martin Lewes


    The Lake District's oldest campaign group today said the national park was under siege and began a campaign for it to be managed in line with its statutory purposes and principles: So what are they?

    Many people attribute the idea of making the Lake District into something like a national park to the poet William Wordsworth, who said it should be "a sort of national property in which every man has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy".

    Aerial view of Windermere

    But he would also be the first to raise the question of what sort of enjoyment it should be for, when he opposed the plan for a railway to Windermere, saying it would be a rash assault and a blight.

    When modern national parks were brought in after World War Two, they were given two legal purposes:

    • To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the national parks
    • To promote opportunities for the public understanding and enjoyment of their special qualities

    But that debate over what the public should expect from the parks continued, and in 1974 a government review committee proposed that if the two came into conflict, the first should take precedence.

    This is known as the Sandford Principle, named after the committee's chairman, and it has often been decisive in debates over new developments, but as often it has shown how times change on the line between what is acceptable and what is not.

    In 2011 and 2012 the national park planners turned down proposals for a zip wire at the Honister slate mine, partly because of the Sandford principle. But in 2018, they approved the idea.

  5. Teenager injured in second knife incident in Kendal

    A 17-year-old boy suffered knife injuries in Kendal this afternoon.

    It happened in Sandylands Road at 13:15 and the boy was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary by a road ambulance, although the North West Air Ambulance also attended.

    It is not thought his injuries are life-threatening, and police say they think the people involved knew each other.

    It's the second incident involving a bladed weapon in two days, because early on Sunday morning a 22-year-old man suffered a back injury which officers describe as a stab wound.

    Police have not said whether they are linking the two.

  6. Judge says dangerous driver 'lucky to be alive'

    A driver whose dangerous overtaking on the A69 caused a crash which left him with catastrophic injuries has been given a suspended jail term.

    A judge at Carlisle Crown Court said Nathan James Lamming, 28, was “lucky to be alive” after his BMW left a single carriageway stretch of the main road, between Carlisle and Newcastle at Greenhead Bank.

    Nathan Lamming

    The crash left Lamming (above), of Valley Drive, Carlisle, with memory loss and unable to walk without a stick, and the court heard his fiancee was now his carer.

    Lamming admitted dangerous driving and today Judge Peter Davies suspended a 10-month jail sentence, imposed a four-month curfew and a 12-month driving ban, and ordered him to take an extended test.

    Quote Message: You took a risk, not only with your car, with your own safety, but other road users and that’s unforgivable.” from Judge Peter Davies
    Judge Peter Davies
  7. Campaigners say national parks 'face increasing challenges'

    The main conservation campaign group in the Lake District says the number of contentious ideas for development seems to be increasing and some do not respect the basic principles for which national parks were established.

    In a statement today the chief executive of the Friends of the Lake District, Douglas Chalmers, said proposals such as large cabin cruisers on Grasmere, and recreational vehicles on fell tracks, meant the national park was "under siege".

    "Objections from local communities, threats of judicial reviews and claims that 'nobody listens' are bad enough on an individual basis, but this is now an epidemic, and epidemics have to be stopped," he said.

    Mr Chalmers said these were all symptoms of wider problems and the group was now launching a campaign to change how the Lake District was managed.

    Doug Chalmers
    Quote Message: The national media are asking what and who are national parks for, so we must act now to ensure the Lake District is managed in line with the principles and statutory purposes of national parks and that we protect its natural beauty." from Douglas Chalmers
    Douglas Chalmers
  8. Police appeal after man stabbed in Kendal attack

    Police in Kendal say a 22-year-old man who suffered a stab wound in his back early on Sunday morning, was treated by paramedics but did not go to hospital.

    Officers say he was walking in Whinfell Drive towards the town centre, and they have appealed for witnesses.

  9. 'Outstanding' home manager says care system is not working

    Katy Booth

    Reporter, BBC Cumbria

    The government is being asked to press ahead with reforming support for elderly people, by the manager of one of Cumbria's best performing care homes.

    Old hands holding cup of tea

    Silloth Care Home is one of three in the county that have been rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

    Anne Blair who runs it has worked there for 30 years and says reforms need to sort out a decline in the help available in the community.

    Quote Message: We have got people that come into care because those services that they need to support them, to keep them safe, are no longer available." from Anne Blair
    Anne Blair
    Quote Message: Social services are struggling, and the framework of care as it is, is not working."
  10. Walker flown to hospital after Langdales fall

    Volunteers from the Langdale Ambleside and Kendal teams were called after a walker fell and suffered a shoulder injury in Dungeon Ghyll.

    rescuers carrying casualty towards helicopter

    The rescuers carried the man, who also suffered suspected heart problems, to meet a Coastguard helicopter for transport to hospital.

  11. Cooking causes two fires

    One person was treated for the effects of breathing smoke by firefighters called to a house in Ashley Street, Carlisle yesterday.

    The fire involved a grill pan and the crews, from both Carlisle stations, spent 40 minutes at the scene.

    Earlier, crews from Workington and Whitehaven were called to a chip pan fire on Edinburgh Avenue, Workington, where they also treated a casualty who had breathed in smoke.

  12. Man injured in face in Carlisle assault

    A 23-year-old man suffered facial injuries when he was attacked outside the Ibis Hotel in Botchergate, Carlisle, police said.

    Ibis hotel with police cordon

    Officers say the attack happened at 17:15 on Saturday and they have appealed for witnesses.

    The man was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle but it is not thought his injuries were serious.

  13. Kendal store stays open as Beales goes into administration

    The department store chain Beales says its 22 shops, including one in Kendal, will continue to trade after it went into administration today.

    Beales in Kendal

    The company is one of the oldest businesses of its kind, having started trading in Bournemouth in 1881.

    In the year to March 2019, Beale Ltd reported a loss of £3.1m, up from £1.3m for the year earlier as costs swelled and sales fell, and last week it reported a bad Christmas period.

    It is understood that there will be no immediate closures and Beales stores will continue to trade.

  14. Tributes paid to Aspatria rugby legend Les McTear

    News and Star


    Tributes have been paid to the “larger than life” president of a Cumbrian rugby union club – who has died aged 64.

    Les McTear
  15. RAF rescuers called to Helvellyn after walker falls

    Several of the Lake District mountain rescue teams have members in the Cairgorms on winter training at the moment, so the team from RAF Leeming is covering the Helvellyn beat.

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    Helicopter support, of course, which used to be provided routinely by the armed forces, has been a Coastguard service for nearly seven years.

  16. Weather on the fells: Temperatures back above freezing

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): Peaking at 2C to 3C (36F to 37F) this afternoon
    • Winds: Westerly at 20mph to 30mph through the day
    • Cloud: Around 1,300ft to 1,650ft (400m to 500m), occasionally lower around south and west-facing slopes
    • Freezing level: Around 3,000ft (900m) at first, but rising above the summits
    • Visibility: Generally poor to moderate for most, but may recover to generally good for a time in the afternoon.

    The Lake District Weatherline assessors say winter equipment is still required above the snowline, although the thin cover means a lot of exposed rock, which makes crampon use more difficult for inexperienced walkers.

    Striding Edge

    The assessors say there is little ice on the crags and the turf is only partly frozen, so climbing might still damage fragile flora.

  17. New phase of pipeworks brings back Carlisle congestion

    Jade Taylorson

    BBC Cumbria reporter

    Roadworks return to one of the main routes into Carlisle this morning.

    The water company United Utilities is resuming work on pipes underneath Warwick Road and there will be traffic lights, a one way system and diversions on the road heading into the city centre.

    Sign warning of delays

    Work on the same road last year led to congestion and complaints from some residents and drivers, and the company says its engineers have learned lessons.

    Some of the work on the 100-year-old pipes had to be redone, meaning the roadworks lasted longer.

    Quote Message: Hopefully we will avoid some of the delays that we did experience last year." from Helen Apps United Utilities
    Helen AppsUnited Utilities
  18. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A592 Cumbria southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A592 Cumbria southbound severe accident, near A590.

    A592 Cumbria - A592 blocked southbound near Newby Bridge roundabout, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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