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Labour supporter reacts to exit poll: 'Oh no'

The Conservatives are set to win an overall majority of 86 in the general election, according to an exit poll for the BBC, ITV and Sky News.

The survey taken at UK polling stations suggests the Tories will get 368 MPs - 50 more than at the 2017 election - when all the results have been counted.

The reaction was swift in Whitehaven in Cumbria:

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Good evening and welcome to our live election coverage

Good evening and welcome to our live election coverage across Cumbria.

Stay with us through the night for every single result and reaction from our 35 constituencies, plus colour and behind the scenes insights from our reporters at every single count.

But first we have to mention the BBC, ITV and Sky exit poll which predicts that the Conservatives will win 368 seats.

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"The principal aim of the exit poll is to help viewers and listeners to navigate the initial hours of election night as the first results come in," said Prof Sir John Curtice, political commentator for BBC News.

In 2017, the poll correctly predicted there would be a hung parliament.

It even predicted the Conservatives would take 314 seats - three fewer than the 317 the party ended up with.

But all this will be revealed as the night goes on.

Cumbria's weather: Remaining cold and wet

BBC Weather

This evening and tonight, it will remain largely cloudy with showery areas of rain drifting across the region.

Over the hills, there is the continued chance of some sleet or wet snow, with lowest temperatures from -1C to 2C (30C to 36F).

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

Court told of patient who put hospital worker 'in fear'

A court's heard how a crisis worker at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven was left in fear of her life when a patient turned aggressive when he was told he wouldn't be admitted to a mental health hospital.

John Ian Pullin, 32, told a female crisis practitioner in the accident and emergency department that he was homeless and needed somewhere "safe" to live, Carlisle Crown Court was told

But when Pullin was told he would not be admitted to a mental health hospital because he was not deemed a risk to himself or others, he wrapped a bed sheet around his hands, approached the woman and shouted at her aggressively with "gritted teeth".

Pullin, of no fixed address, admitted assault and was remanded in custody to be sentenced in February

Judge Peter Davies said punishment would be based on the defendant's behaviour in the meantime.

Copeland sees rise in job applications

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Copeland council has reported a surge in applications from jobseekers interested in roles in departments such as planning and building control, which the authority previously struggled to fill.

Copeland council HQ

A report written by Claire Dunn, the council’s human resources ranager, said that the number of applicants who were “suitable candidates” for posts was also rising, adding that the increase might indicate that the council was being recognised as a “fair and good employer”.

Our workforce is confident in the work that the council is doing and we’re confident in what the workforce is delivering for us.”

Councillor David MooreCopeland council executive member

Tractor fraudster who dodged court sentenced to more time

A fraudster caught by police after a BBC Crimewatch appeal has had his jail sentence extended by a judge for failing to attend court for both his trial and sentencing hearing.

David Lukac, 27, was one of two men whose £18,000 cross-border swindle involved bringing a Slovakian farmer to Ravenstonedale on the promise of buying a cheap tractor that he never received.

The two men were caught, but, while one went to court, admitted fraud and was given a suspended sentence, Lukac failed to attend, was found guilty in his absence, and sentenced to 30 months in prison.

He was arrested after the Crimewatch appeal in September, and appeared over a video link before a Carlisle Crown Court judge from prison, where he is now serviing his time.

Judge Julie Clemitson gave Lukac an extra four weeks for failing to turn up in court the first time.

Cumbria's weather: Cold and wet with sleet on hills

BBC Weather

It will be rather cold and wet this afternoon with showery rain in places.

Over the higher hills this could fall as sleet or even wet snow with highest temperatures from 2 to 5C (36 to 41F).

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

Police take steps to track down climber who lost shoes

Police investigating a robbery in Maryport say they found a pair of shoes which they believe may have been taken in another, unreported, burglary.

Well-worn climbing shoes
Cumbria Police

Officers say the shoes are distinctive and they would like to reunite them with the owner.

Trophy on travels as Gareth Thomas rides through Cumbria

The Welsh rugby star, Gareth Thomas, is riding through Cumbria today, heading to Aberdeen to deliver the BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy.

The former British Lions captain is cycling from Cardiff to Aberdeen for Sunday's awards ceremony and raising money for Sport Relief.

Today's leg should take him from Kendal to Gretna Green, and he is finding it wet, cold and emotional.

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Cumbria's weather: Rain and hill snow moving in

BBC Weather

It will be mainly dry at first with just the odd, possibly wintry, shower, before rain and hill snow move in from the west, ahead of slightly milder weather.

Highest temperatures will be from 3C to 6C (37F to 43F).

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

Volunteers key to getting 'Town Deal' cash, meeting told

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Local volunteers will have to be recruited to help decide how millions of pounds could best be spent to revive the centres of Millom and Cleator Moor, a council meeting has been told.

Copeland council has managed to get the two towns on the list for grants from a £1bn fund to improve transport, broadband and cultural attractions.

Cleator Moor

The authority has also been given a grant of £150,000 to develop a business case for what could be done with the two former mining towns.

At a meeting of Coipeland council's executive, councillor Steven Morgan said: “Using the money to hire people and consultants is one thing, but we also need to make sure that we get volunteers from the community to help us."

Copeland’s elected mayor Mike Starkie said that committees made of “influential people” from those towns likely to benefit would be invited to form committees.

Once the local plans have ben drawn up, they will be submitted to ministers next April.

Robbers jailed for taking phone from pensioner, 69

A couple from Carlisle have been jailed for robbing an elderly man in broad daylight.

Mark POroudfoot and Tammy Potts
Cumbria Police

Mark Proudfoot, 33, and 45-year-old Tammy Boats approached their victim on Millbourne Street in the city asking for money.

The 69-year-old pensioner, who told the two he had recently had a heart attack, offered £3, but they said they wanted £10 and grabbed his phone after he threatened to call the police.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Proudfoot, of Bowscale Close, and Potts, of Garden Street, Stanwix, admitted robbery at Carlisle Crown Court.

Potts was jailed for 32 months and Proudfoot for 40

Their imprisonment means Carlisle is a safer place."

Det Con Lisa AtkinsonCumbria Police

Police hunt man after Wigton sex attack

Police are investigating a sexual assault on a woman in her 50s in the High Street and Croft Court area of Wigton.

They say it happened at about 20:43 last night, and the man involved was white, of average height and medium build, aged between 25 and 30.

Cumbria's weather: Showers through the night, wind easing

BBC Weather

Showers will last throughout the night and will often be heavy and widespread, and may turn wintry in higher ground, but lowland snow is not expected.

Winds will gradually ease and lowest temperatures will be from 0C to 3C (32F to 37F).

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A Met Office weather warning for heavy rain remains until 20:00.

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

Police urge villagers to help search for missing woman, 52

Police have urged people living in the Watermillock area, near Ullswater, to search outbuildings for a missing 52-year-old woman.

Officers say they are concerned about Michelle edgar, who is 5ft 2in, with sandy, shoulder-length blonde hair.

Michelle Edgar
Cumbria Police

Drinker warned of jail for throwing bottle in bar

A Carlisle woman has been told she could go to prison for throwing a bottle in a Carlisle bar, which injured another customer.

Jade Haughan

Jade Haughan, 25, had denied a charge which alleged she unlawfully and maliciously wounded Bethany Johnstone in an incident inside the now-closed Outrageous bar, but a plea of guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm was accepted by the prosecution.

The case was adjourned until 20 January for reports to be prepared on Haughan, of Brookside, Carlisle, who was described as a woman of previous good character and the sole carer of two young children.

A victim impact statement is also being prepared from the woman who was hit in the face by the bottle, which injured her lip but did not smash.

Cumbria's weather: Very wet and very windy

BBC Weather

It will be a stormy afternoon with very strong winds and spells of heavy and sometimes persistent rain.

There will be gale force southerly winds, with highest temperatures from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

Weather warnings covering Cumbria are posted for both wind and rain.

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

Copeland councillors take 'pragmatic' approach on climate

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Leading councillors in Copeland have agreed a "position statement" setting out their commitment to tackle climate change and endorsed the production of a climate charter which will formally establish the authority’s own action plan.

A meeting of the executive heard that this approach would allow the council to thrash out a long-term plan rather than being “rushed into” making environmental promises they were unable to keep.

In the statement, the council recognises that the climate crisis represents a “human-made threat” and is already having “far-reaching, irreversible effects on populations, places, economies, society and the natural environment, locally, nationally and globally”.

The authority’s chief executive Pat Graham said the council would take a “pragmatic approach” to climate change, “not promising things we can’t deliver but starting with the things we absolutely can”.

We all want to see our borough as carbon neutral as we can. What Copeland council can do is set an example."

Mike StarkieMayor of Copeland

Weather warning updated to include rain as well as wind

The Met Office has added a yellow warning for heavy rain, to the existing alert for strong winds.

Forecasters say many areas will see 20mm to 30mm (1in) of rain, while parts of the Lake District and Pennines could see 50mm to 100mm (2in to 4in) by this evening.

Environment Agency warnings, for Keswick Campsite, and alerts for rivers in the central Lake District, remain in force.

Locals get final chance to comment on coast protection

Public consultation is nearly over into a single overall plan to combat coastal flooding and erosion around Cumbria, over the next century.

Dubmill Point
Cumbria County Council

High tides and storm surges cause flooding at a number of regular locations around the county, such as at Sandside on Morecambe Bay.

Officials say the Cumbria Coastal Strategy should be finalised in the spring and aims to balance protecting homes, employers, roads and railways with the sometimes conflicting needs of the environment and wildlife.

Newspaper firm defends editor redundancies

Late on yesterday we brought you news that six of Cumbria's local newspapers would share a single group editor rather than each have their own local editors, and that these job losses followed a number of feature-writing redundancies.

Newsquest, the company that owns the News and Star, Barrow Mail, Westmorland Gazetter, Whitehaven News and the Workington Times and Star, has now responded to accusations from the journalists' union, the NUJ, that it is putting local reporting at risk.

In a statement the firm said very substantial losses of advertising meant it had to restructure the business.

Whilst these potential redundancies are regrettable, it means we can continue to invest in frontline reporters which are central to the continued success of our local news brands."

Newsquest statement

Police issue CCTV in linked assaults investigation

Police have renewed an appeal for help finding a man who attacked a girl and a woman on successive days in Kendal, and have now released a CCTV picture of a man seen in Sandes Avenue near the time of the second attack.

Grainy picture of man in hoody
Cumbria Police

Police say they want to interview the man about an attack on a 15-year-old girl in the area at about 09:35 on Friday 29 November, and a 30-year-old woman was approached the following morning not far away on a riverside path at Dockray.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone in the area at the time, or who drove through and has a dashcam.

Cumbria's weather: Rain moving in later

BBC Weather

Cloud will gradually build in through the late evening and overnight, and the lowest temperatures, from -3C to 0C (27F to 32F) will be around or before midnight.

In the early hours, especially towards dawn, bands of rain will begin to move in from the west and it will become breezy.

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The Met Office has posted a yellow weather warning for strong winds, gusting to 70mph over coasts and hills, with the strongest being followed by a band of intense rain.

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

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Cumbrian local paper editors' jobs are cut

Most of Cumbria's local newspapers are to come under a single group editor, after the editors of the six titles were made redundant..

The News and Star in Carlisle, The Cumberland News, Barrow's Evening Mail, the Westmorland Gazette, the Workington Times and Star and the Whitehaven News are now under the charge of Vanessa Sims, currently group editor, who was editor of the Barrow Mail until last May.


The newspapers are all owned by Newsquest, the British part of the giant US corporation, Gannett Inc which is currently being merged with another very large publisher, the New Media Investment Group.

Giant wind farm gives £54,000 to school schemes

The Danish firm Orsted, which runs the giant Walney wind farm, has handed over more than £50,000 to two educational schemes to help people qualify for jobs in renewable energy.

Walney wind farm

Nearly £40,000 is going to two schemes, in Cumbria and Lancaster, which each bring together eight schools to improve training in science, techology, engineering and maths.

Another £14,000 has been given to a similar scheme involving the 11 schools in the Furness Education Consortium.

Imran Nawaz of Orsted said the growth of the offshore wind industry was career opportunities locally.

Through initiatives like our Skills Funds, we aim to provide access to the skills and training needed to take advantage of these opportunities.”

Imran Nawaz

Prolific shoplifter loses appeal against jail term

A Carlisle shoplifter with 208 offences on his record has lost his appeal against a jail term.

Pete Vickers, 42, of Chatsworth Square, was handed a prison sentence in April, along with a court order that banned him from entering city Shopwatch premises and a garden centre for two years.

Pete Vickers
Cumbria Police

But in November he was seen in a store in central Carlisle, where he stole household goods he intended to sell to buy food, and he was jailed again.

An appeal at Carlisle Crown Court was told Vickers had been threatened over a drugs debt, and had not been out to collect his benefit, or see his GP or social services.

Judge Julie Clemitson said that Vickers had got back on to medication in prison, but she was unable to allow the appeal.

Charity says Cumbria police 'arresting fewer children'

The number of children being arrested in Cumbria has fallen by 78% over the past seven years, according to a national charity.

The Howard League for Penal Reform says the drop is in line with national trends, with 405 people under 17 being read the caution in 2018, compared with 554 the year before and 1,864 in 2011.

The league says research has shown that every contact a child has with with the criminal justice system drags them more deeply into it and leads to more crime.

Frances Crook, the chief executive, said: "Cumbria Police and other forces up and down the country have diverted resources to tackling serious crime instead of arresting naughty children."

Police logo on van
Cumbria Police

Cumbria's weather: Mostly dry, mostly sunny, and windy

BBC Weather

Forecasters expect a dry and mostly sunny afternoon, apart from on the coast where there's the chance of a shower.

It will be windy along the coasts and highest temperatures will be from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).

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There is a Met Office yellow weather warning for gales gusting to 70mph on coasts and hills throughout tomorrow.

Cumbria warned of high winds threat

The Met Office says the wind could gust to 70mph between 05:00 and 17:00 tomorrow.

The yellow weather warning says the strongest winds will be over coasts and hills, and they will probably come just ahead of a band of intense rain.

All change for Cumbrian trains to London and Scotland

The last of the Virgin West Coast Main Line trains in Britain's longest-running rail franchise ran through the county at the weekend.

Avanti West Coast train in motion
Avanti West Coast

The new operator is called Avanti West Coast and it is a partnership between the Aberdeen-based company First, and the Italian national rail firm, Trenitalia.

The new operators are promising refurbished and new trains, more services and better catering.

Cumbria's weather: Mostly dry and sunny

BBC Weather

Today should be dry and mostly sunny with just a few patches of cloud at times.

It will be very windy along the coasts and highest temperatures will be from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).

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

Cumbria's weather: Less wind, but more showers later

BBC Weather

Winds will fall moderate this evening and it will tend to be somewhat drier.

However, some showers may spread from the north-west at times and lowest temperatures will be from 3C to 6C (37F to 43F).

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

Eddie Stobart staff told: You are safe for Christmas

Staff at the troubled truck firm Eddie Stobart have been told their jobs are safe over Christmas.

Stobart trucks lined up
Eddie Stobart

The 50-year-old firm, founded in Cumbria, had built up debt of £200m, and administrators were lined up to step in if a shareholders' meeting this morning did not pick one of two rescue bids, putting 6,500 jobs at risk.

But in a statement after its £75m rescue package was accepted, DBay, a private equity firm, said: "Eddie Stobart's loyal staff are the best in the industry and we are pleased to be able to provide certainty over their jobs throughout the Christmas period and beyond.

"We would also like to thank the lenders to the company for their flexibility which will be invaluable in returning Eddie Stobart to a stable footing."

Man found guilty of sex assault committed when he was 14

A man has been convicted of the historical sexual abuse of a boy at a school while he was aged about 14.

Paul Wright, 49, of Abbey Street, Carlisle, had denied four charges of sexual assault on the other boy, but was found guilty after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court this week.

The court was told the victim had not told anyone what had happened until years later.

Judge Nicholas Barker adjourned the case until 24 January for reports to be prepared and, he said, because sentencing would not be straightforward because he would have to consider the law as it was when the offence was committed.

Cumbrian climbers find new way up 'lost world' mountain

Two climbers from Cumbria have led a new route on the so-called "lost world" mountain of Roraima in the south American country of Guyana.

Leo Houlding on Roraima
Coldhouse Collective & Berghaus

Leo Houlding (above) and Anna Taylor, 21, (below), spent two weeks working out how to get up through the vertical jungle and then the overhanging pointed end of the flat-topped mountain.

Its shape and the isolated jungle on the top inspired stories such as Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World and the Pixar movie "Up".

Anna Taylor
Coldhouse Collective and Berghaus

As they climbed the 2,000ft (600m) route, they slept in "portaledge" tents hanging off the cliff face.

You can read the full diary here.

It’s been the most incredible experience of my life.”

Anna Taylor

Police hunt Cockermouth man after assault

Police say they are trying to find a Cockermouth man wanted in connection with an assault in the town.

Gareth Skillen
Cumbria Police

Gareth Skillen, 37, is being sought after an incident outside the Hunters pub and for resisting arrest.

Eddie Stobart shareholders snub Tinkler for rescue bid

Investors in the haulage giant Eddie Stobart, which was founded in Cumbria, have picked a rescue bid from a private equity finance company, over an attempt by their former chief executive, Andrew Tinkler, to get back in control of the firm.

Stobart truck
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The company ran into trouble earlier this year, and faced going into administration within months if no new money was found.

After a shareholder's meeting this morning, the vote went in favour of DBay, or the Douglas Bay Capital Fund, an investment company based on the Isle of Man, taking the firm over with a £55m bid and a further £20m from the company's lenders.

Andrew Tinkler, the former boss who had been trying to get back in control of the firm with an offer worth £80m, has made no comment as yet.

Police hostage team commended for rescuing woman

A police hostage negotiating team was among 13 officers given a Chief Constable's commendation at a ceremony last night for rescuing a woman being held by her partner in a hotel room with a knife against her throat.

Police with certificates
Cumbria Police

Police had gone to the Hotel Imperial in Barrow to arrest a man but when they arrived he grabbed his partner and retreated into a bathroom, threatening to kill the woman.

Neogotiators tried to talk to the man, but when the incident became more violent, police intervened and managed to force him away from his hostage, and then saved the man's life after he stabbed himself in the neck.

A number of the officers received their awards last night. The man was later jailed for three-and-a-half years for affray and other offences.

The actions of the officers were exemplary and they should each be proud of their role in safely resolving this dangerous incident.”

Temp Ch Supt Rob O'Connor

Cumbria's weather: Showery rain, easing later

BBC Weather

There will be showery rain this afternoon, with some heavier bursts possible, perhaps with a rumble of thunder.

The showers will tend to ease later on in the day, with some brisk south-westerly winds and highest temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

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

Truck firm's future hangs on shareholder vote

PA Media

A meeting that will decide the future of the Cumbrian haulage firm Eddie Stobart has now finished, with shareholders voting between a bail-out from an investment company, and a takeover by the former comapny boss, Andrew Tinkler.

Eddie Stobart lorry
Eddie Stobart

Mr Tinkler has put forward an £80m rescue plan for the firm, while a private equity company, Douglas Bay Capital Fund, that has worked with Stobarts for some time, is offering £55m for a controlling stake.

Stobart's own management favours the Douglas Bay bid, but Mr Tinkler said the company's general meeting, which had banned the media from sitting in, finished with investors still unclear over which rescue proposal had gained sufficient support.

Hospice considers 'video doctors' as recruitment falters

The hospice that services South Cumbria says it is investigating using video links for consultant-level advice, after an international recruitment drive failed to find a medical director to back up its in-house palliative care.

St Mary's Hospice, Ulverston

St Mary's Hospice in Ulverston closed to in-patients in September, switching its teams to provide care in patients' homes.

But it has been unable to provide respite or in-patient care at the hospice, and the plan now is to strengthen the clinical team below consultant-level, and provide senior back up over Skype.

Val Stangoe, the chief executive, says she is in talks with a company to set up the support.

We will have more doctors and senior nurses in that middle role, and then we will have sessions throughout the week when it is planned for them to speak remotely to consultants elsewhere so they can have what we will call a virtual ward round."

Val Stangoe

Park visitor centre to offer solar-powered car charging

Electric car charging points are being installed at a popular tourist destination in the Lake District.

Eight cars will be able to charge their batteries at the national park authority's own visitor centre at Brockhole, near Windermere, using energy from solar panels in a canopy over the spaces.

Car park are to be used

The canopy, charging points and a building for batteries to store unused power, were given planning consent this week, and it is hoped the service will be ready to use by the summer.

Emma Moody, a sustainable transport officer for the National Park, and says the single existing charging point is already well-used, and demand is expected to keep increasing.

The energy from previous days can be stored, plus there's the ability to top that up from the grid where needed, so there is a continuous supply."

Emma Moody

Cumbria's weather: Windy and sometimes wet

BBC Weather

It will be an unsettled and windy day with showers or longer spells of rain, which could be heavy for a spell and give the odd rumble of thunder.

There will be brisk south-westerly winds and highest temperatures from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

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

Police hunt three people who abused woman over mobility scooter

Three men are being sought by police after they tried to steal a woman's mobility scooter and then tried to push her out of a takeaway after she followed them in.

The woman had challenged the three as they tried to detach the scooter from a lamp-post on High Street in Maryport at about 23:00 on Tuesday.

The three then verbally abused the woman, and when she followed them into the Pearl Garden on Wood street, they grabbed her and tried to force her out and made offensive gestures.

Officers say they would like to hear from anyone with information that might help track the men down.

Cumbria's weather: Still fairly wet and windy

BBC Weather

There will be further wet and very windy weather this evening and at first tonight.

Later in the night, winds will moderate slightly, though further showers are expected to cross from the west, with lowest temperatures milder, from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

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

The winds are forecast to keep gusting to 60mph on the higher fells tomorrow, and the Weatherline fell top assessors have been battling the gusts today.

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