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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, from J42 for A6 to J41 for B5305.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J42, A6 (Carlisle South) to J41, B5305 (Catterlen), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cumbria's weather: A dry night with some clear spells

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells but also the occasional cloudier interlude.

Light winds may lead to the occasional patch of mist or fog, with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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

Police renew 'wanted' call over drug offences

Police have renewed their call for sightings of Louis Simpson, 26, in connection with drug offences in Carlisle.

Louis Simpson
Cumbria Police

Officers say he has a Liverpudlian accent, and connections in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire, and the force broadcast an appeal for information on the BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow programme today.

Sean Cleaver
Cumbria Police

On the same programme, police said they also wanted to speak to Sean Cleaver, 25, who has been wanted since July 2017 for offences in Carlisle including robbery and offering to supply heroin.

Man charged after woman is found with serious injury

A 62-year-old man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm after a woman aged 64 was found in a house in Keswick with a serious head injury, police say.

Officers were called to the house in St Kentigern Close at 23:20 on Wednesday night, by ambulance paramedics.

Patrick Webster, from Walker Road, Aberdeen, appeared before magistrates in Workington this afternoon and was remanded to appear before Carlisle Crown Court on 14 October.

The woman was said by police to be in a serious condition in the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle.

Cumbria's weather: Dry, sunny spells, but cooler

BBC Weather

It should be a dry afternoon with plenty of sunny spells but also the occasional cloudier interlude.

There will be light winds, but it will feel cooler with highest temperatures from 14C to 17C (57F to 63°F).

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

Lengthy road closures after crashes to be discussed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Councillors and police are to discuss the disruption caused when the A590, the only main road into Barrow, is closed by accidents.

Crash scene on A590
Cumbria Police

High Furness councillor Matt Brereton told a meeting there was still work to be done about accident blackspots, but he was also concerned about the way surrounding roads were used as rat-runs when the main roads were closed.

Councillor Keith Little, who is in charge of highways and also had a 27-year career in the fire service, said the length of time the road was now closed after accidents was "unacceptable".

I attended numerous road accidents on many busy roads and there was always a desire, particularly by the police, to get the road open very quickly and get the traffic flowing.”

Keith Little

It is leading to problems with congestion, speeding through 30mph zones and putting extra strain on the roads maintenance the county highways have to deal with.”

Matt Brereton

Runner Rosie finds a welcome on the way to Mongolia

A young Cumbrian woman who's running to Mongolia to draw attention to climate change says she's had a great response from the people she's met so far.

Rosie Watson
Rosie Watson

Rosie Watson, from Loweswater, started in August and has now reached Germany.

She hopes to publicise what's being done by groups along her route to highlight the problems of a warming climate, and ways to limit its effect.

Rosie says hospitality along the way has included one family who found out about her challenge on social media, and offered a bed for the night.

They ended up giving me clothes to wear so I could wash everything I had, fed me, gave me a bed and the day I left was my birthday so they made be birthday pancakes."

Rosie Watson

Number of Cumbrians on new benefit passes 16,000

The number of people in Cumbria claiming Universal Credit because they are either low-paid, unable to work or unemployed has now reached 16,131, figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show.

The introduction of the new system, which replaces six different benefits, now covers the whole of the county, for anyone making a new claim.

Around one third of those claiming are in work, and the way the new benefit is paid monthly, sometimes with a delay before the first payment, has been blamed for some people having to use food banks.

But ministers say the system is a force for good, giving people personalised support and helping them find work.

£15m plan could bring new dawn for Carlisle station

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Plans for a £15m facelift around Carlisle's Citadel Station should be published next week so the public can say what they think about the proposals.

Carlisle station at dawn

It will be the first concrete results in the county of the Borderlands Growth Deal, which could see up to £394m spent in counties on both sides of the border between England and Scotland.

The county council's leader, Labour councillor Stewart Young, says improvements have been needed for a while.

There's been a long-standing aspiration to address some of the shortcomings of the station, particularly the congestion in Court Square where the cars are picking people up and dropping them off, and people are arriving on foot."

Stewart Young

Cumbria's weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It should be a dry and largely settled day as high pressure starts to build, with plenty of sunny spells.

There will be light winds, but it will be a cooler day, with highest temperatures from 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).

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

Inspectors say health trust still 'needs improvement'

A trust that provides health care in parts of South Cumbria has been rated as "requiring improvement" again after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Lancashire Care sign

The inspectors highlighted concerns at the Lancashire Care trust over "patient safety and privacy" and found 37 issues that must be dealt with immediately.

The report said staff were caring and there were examples of outstanding treatment in dental services and the child and adolescent mental health ward.

Police renew appeal after Brampton attack

Police investigating an attack on a man near Brampton last month say the driver of a white Ford Focus could have vital information.

The victim was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for stomach injuries from a sharp implement in the attack on the Brampton Junction road near the railway line, on Friday 30 August.

The local man, in his thirties, was treated and released the same day after the attack, which happened just after 13:00.

The attacker fled in a pick-up, towing a livestock trailer, travelling towards Kirkhouse.

Cumbria's weather: Clear spells and winds easing

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain will soon clear, leaving it dry and allowing plenty of clear spells overnight.

The winds should ease in the early hours with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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

Staffing problems close care centre for two nights

The urgent treatment centre at Penrith Cottage Hospital will close overnight early next week because of staff shortages.

The Cumbria Partnership Trust said people needing advice or to contact a doctor should ring 111.

The closure will be from 21:00 to 08:00 on Sunday 15 September and Monday 16 September.

Council says bridge 'should not need to close again'

We have a litle more on our report earlier that repairs to Victoria Bridge in Kendal will not be complete until next summer.

Because of the rare species that live in the river, work is only allowed for a few months a year, and engineers this summer found their attempts to repair damage by Storm Desomond were interrupted so badly by heavy rain pushing up water levels that they are now running out of time.

This afternoon a Cumbria County Council spokesman said work would continue until the end of October, when the Environment Agency's "window" for working in the river ends.

Works to complete the permanent repair of Victoria Bridge will then recommence in the spring when the window re-opens.

We do not anticipate any further closures of the bridge being necessary throughout the remainder of the works.”

Cumbria's weather: Cloud, rain and brisk winds

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain roll in from the north-west through this afternoon, and any sunshine will be in short supply.

Winds will be moderate to brisk, with highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, from J43 for A69 to J44 for A689.

M6 Cumbria - Two lanes closed and queues on M6 northbound from J43, A69 (Carlisle) to J44, A689 (Carlisle North), because of an overturned wagon and bales of hay on the road. Travel time is around 35 minutes.

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

Police appeal for sightings of missing Egremont man

Police have appealed again for help tracing Peter Jewell, 67, from Egremont, who has been missing since 18 August.

Peter Jewell
Cumbria Police

Mr Jewell has since only been seen once, in a pub in Barrow, the Furness Railway on Abbey Road, on 3 September.

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, at J42 for A6.

M6 Cumbria - M6 lane closed on entry slip road and it's heavy northbound at J42, A6 (Carlisle South), because of a shed load.

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

Kendal bridge repair 'may not be complete until next year'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Victoria Bridge in Kendal, damaged in Storm Desmond and closed repeatedly this summer during repairs, may not now be fully fixed until next summer.

Picture Cumbria

The "environmental window" for contractors to get in the River Kent and fix the bridge, had been lost, because of the damage caused by heavy rain this summer, the councillor in charge of highways told a Cumbria County Council meeting in Kendal.

Councillor Keith Little said that after heavy rain, a coffer-dam built to protect repair work channeled raised river levels into part of the bridge that had not been damaged before.

It put twice the volume down there at twice the velocity. That again caused some under-scarring at the footings.

What we are doing at the moment is making the bridge winter safe and putting in the work we need to do which will hopefully keep the bridge open throughout the coming months."

Councillor Keith Little

Penrith man charged in 40-year-old murder probe

A man living in Cumbria has been charged with two murders, after being arrested by Scottish detectives working on one of the UK's longest-running missing persons investigations.

Renee MacRae, from Inverness, who was 36, and her three-year-old son Andrew, vanished more than 40 years ago, but their bodies have never been found.

Renee MacRea and  Andrew
Family photos/Police Scotland

Yesterday, detectives from Police Scotland's major incident team arrested William MacDowell, 77, who lives in the Penrith area.

He later appeared in private at Inverness Sheriff Court. He made no plea, and was granted bail by the Sheriff.

Police say they are continuing a "detailed forensic search" of a quarry near Inverness.

Northern and TransPennine trains 'worse than in 2018'

Northern and TransPennine Express, the train operating companies that run many services in Cumbria, have been told their performance is worse than it was a year ago.

People waiting for a train
PA Media

Northern was criticised last year when a new timetable was introduced, leading to cancellations and other disruptions.

But Transport for the North says more services were either late or cancelled in July and August this year, than in the same months in 2018.

The rail company has blamed the summer weather, flooding and extreme heat, and says its performance has improved this month.

Cumbria's travel: Work continues on Penrith gas leak road

BBC News Travel

The A6 Middlegate in Penrith remains closed southbound after a gas leak last week, and curently there is no news on when it will reopen.

Two other roads remain closed in the county: Penrith Road in Keswick, where flood prevention work is taking place, and New Mills Bridge in Brampton, which is shut both ways for repairs.

Westmorland show expected to draw large crowds

About 30,000 people are expected to attend today's Westmorland County Show, said to be Cumbria's biggest one-day event, at the showground near Crooklands, south of Kendal.

Westmorland county show library photo of sheep
Getty Images

Free buses will run between Kendal and the site itself, and drivers are being asked to allow extra time for journeys in the Crooklands and Milnthorpe areas.

Cumbria's weather: 'Tropical remanants' bring in rain

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and partly cloudy start and through the morning, patchy rain associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle will encroach on the area from the north west.

Highest temperatures will be from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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Share of £62m given to flood defence projects

Cumbria now has access to the latest round of money to spend on flood defences.

The government says Cumbria will have a share of more than £62m - which will go to parts of Yorkshire, the North East and the South East.

Projects in Kendal, Egremont and Flimby, near Maryport will receive the funding.

£5m is going to Kendal to pay for the final stage of work in the town.

Egremont will get £1.65m and Flimby is in line for £400,000.

Flooding in Kendal

CCTV released in rugby club theft investigation

Officers investigating a theft from a Cumbrian rugby club have released a CCTV image.

The incident happened at Creighton Rugby Club in Carlisle at about 14:00 on 17 August.

Police would like to speak to the person pictured.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.

CCTV showing a man
Cumbria Police

Council loan 'will cost taxpayers £50m'

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

It's been revealed that a loan taken out by a Cumbrian council will end up costing taxpayers more than £50m, with nothing to show for it.

Carlisle City Council meeting

The Conservative deputy leader of Carlisle City Council says a £15m loan was taken out by the-then Labour administration in 1995 to regenerate the Raffles Estate.

All those houses ended up being compulsory purchased - the ones that the council didn't own - and actually knocked down. So there's nothing to show for this £15m."

Gareth Ellis

The loan has already cost taxpayers £32.5m because of interest.

Labour says it had cross-party support and at the time represented a good deal.

Labour's Les Tickner said until now there hasn't been the option to refinance the loan.

The opportunity arises next year when the time is up, when we can take advantage of lower rates. But for anyone to say they could predict this was going to be the rate now, it's just political mischief."

Online child sexual grooming cases jump by a third

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

The number of children being sexually groomed in the North East and Cumbria has jumped by more than a third, according to new data.

The NSPCC says 369 offences of sexual communication with a child were recorded by police in the region in the last year.

The Government has indicated it will publish a draft Online Harms Bill early next year, with tough sanctions if the social networks fail to keep children safe on their platforms.

Council accused of not acting quickly on climate change

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

A Cumbrian council has faced questions about action it's taking on climate change.

Carlisle City Council is one of four Cumbrian authorities to declare a climate emergency, but is yet to set out a clear strategy on how to address it.

The green councillor Helen Davison says she's frustrated things are moving slowly.

If you have an emergency, you take action. You look at the emergency, you come together, you get a strategy and you take action."

But the council says it's working on a strategy and taking a considered approach.

Later today the county council will discuss plans to reduce its own carbon emissions.

Cumbria's weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet start, but by the mid-morning, any rain should clear. The rest of the day will be mainly dry and partly cloudy. Windy conditions are expected, with sunny spells and perhaps the odd shower.

Maximum temperatures will reach 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

Cumbria weather forecast

Find out what the weather's like where you are, here.

Mountain rescue vehicle rolls over during rescue

Members of a Cumbrian mountain rescue team escaped with only minor injuries when their Land Rover rolled over several times down a steep slope as they responded to a call.

The Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was driving up the Stoneycroft track to help a 61-year-old man who had become ill while ghyll scrambling in Stoeycroft Beck in the Newlands valley on Saturday.

One of the vehicle's wheels slipped off the dirt road and rolled over before landing on its wheels on the Newlands road.

The vehicle was written off and equipment which was on the outside, including a stretcher and telescopic radio mast, was destroyed.

The team said it was now "compromised" because it is short of one of its vehicles and is looking for a replacement as soon as possible.

Other members of the team, who had gone directly to the scene, helped the man who was then taken to hospital by air ambulance.

The damaged Land Rover

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J39 for B6261 and J40 for A66.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound between J39, B6261 (Shap) and J40, A66 (Penrith), because of debris on the road and a car colliding with the cones.

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

Calling all budding radio presenters in new voices campaign

The audition for Radio Cumbria is on 29 September at Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre, Finkle Street in Workington, from 10:00 to 16:00 BST.

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Prison inmates to double when jail goes ‘open’

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

There are going to be twice as many inmates in Haverigg Prison, as it is turned into an "open jail".

The Government says later this year Haverigg will start taking low-risk, category D inmates.

The Government wants to increase prison places that boost rehabilitation.

The number of prisoners at Haverigg was halved a couple of years ago after a violent protest, and the numbers will double back to 570 inmates "later this year" when the jail switches to "open" status, housing offenders who pass a "tough risk assessment".

While some in Millom are worried about more inmates being allowed into the community, the town's MP and mayor are both welcoming the development at what is Millom's largest employer.

Haverigg Prison