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Barrow fans urged to continue backing trust

BBC Cumbria Sport

The Bluebirds Trust chairman Steven Herbert has appealed to the club's fans to continue to support the trust in keeping a 10% stake in Barrow AFC.

The trust raised £50,000 in the summer to purchase the initial stake, and Herbert believes that if the club is to be successful in their push for Promotion from the National League the Trust needs to continue helping the other board members to support the club.

We can't expect the other four board members that have done well, to continuously bankroll, bankroll, bankroll, without playing our part."

Steve Herbert
Holker Street
BBC

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
Orsted

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

Travel: Crash blocks main route into Kendal

BBC News Travel

The main road into Kendal from the West, Stricklandgate, has been blocked by a multi-vehicle crash at the junction with Busher Walk.

Police say traffic coming in and out of town from and to the Windermere direction will be affected.

Severe accident: A5284 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5284 Cumbria both ways severe accident, at Busher Walk.

A5284 Cumbria - A5284 Stricklandgate in Kendal closed and it's very slow in both directions at the Busher Walk junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A5087 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5087 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from The Olde Mill to Swinestead Lane.

A5087 Cumbria - A5087 Coast Road in Bardsea blocked and it's heavy in both directions from The Olde Mill junction to the Swinestead Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Football: Barrow clear at top, while scouts watch Blues

BBC Cumbria Sport

Barrow retained their three point lead at the top of the National League on Saturday.

Dior Angus' seventh goal in 10 games sealed a 1-0 win over Aldershot as one of the Bluebirds' nearest rivals, Solihuill, went down to a surprise defeat at Wrexham.

Carlisle only managed a draw in their fight to stay in League Two, but the head coach Chris Beech says scouts from Arsenal and Everton watched Saturday's match at Morecambe to see teenage defender Jarrad Branthwaite, and he has a big future.

Jarrad Branthwaite tackling Dulwich Hamlet striker
Getty Images

Severe accident: M65 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M65 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, after J2 for M61 J9.

M65 Lancashire - Temporary closure and stationary on M65 eastbound after J2, M61 J9 (Clayton Brook), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A59 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A59 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, from A671 to Holm Road.

A59 Lancashire - A59 in Barrow blocked and stationary eastbound from the A671 junction to the Holm Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: A6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

A6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, at Bulk Road.

A6 Lancashire - A6 Caton Road in Lancaster closed one way street at the Bulk Road junction, because of a police investigation. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, from J37 for A684 to J38 for A685.

M6 Cumbria - Two lanes closed and queues on M6 northbound from J37, A684 (Kendal) to J38, A685 (Tebay), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South to J32 for M55.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J33, A6 (Lancaster South) to J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Simeon Akinola

Simeon Akinola's late header hands Barnet a 2-1 win over AFC Fylde, who are just one point above the National League drop zone.

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John Rooney

Barrow maintain their three-point advantage at the top of the National League with a 1-0 victory against Aldershot.

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Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, from J39 for B6261 to J40 for A66.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound from J39, B6261 (Shap) to J40, A66 (Penrith), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, at J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South.

M6 Lancashire - M6 exit slip road partially blocked northbound at J33, A6 (Lancaster South), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, from J37 for A684 to J38 for A685.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J37, A684 (Kendal) to J38, A685 (Tebay), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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 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

Severe accident: M65 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M65 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, after J7 for A6185 Hyndburn Road Rishton.

M65 Lancashire - Temporary closure and stationary on M65 eastbound after J7, A6185 (Rishton), because of an accident.

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

Bluebirds 'now the team to beat' says Evatt

BBC Cumbria Sport

Barrow boss Ian Evatt says his side have now become the team everyone in the National League wants to beat.

The Bluebirds are three points clear at the top of the table ahead of tomorrow's game at home Aldershot Town.

Ian Evatt
Barrow AFC

We've got a massive target on our back, that everyone in our league wants to be number one, and we are that at the moment.

People respect what we can do, we carry a fear factor, and it we can increase that atmosphere at Holker Street, keep getting these big crowds that will really back the lads, it will be great to see."

Ian Evatt

Severe disruption: M61 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from M6 J30 to J9 for M65 J2.

M61 Lancashire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M61 southbound from M6 J30 to J9, M65 J2 (Clayton Brook), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Cumbrian seats swing poll, says The Sun (but only in Cumbria)

Martin Lewes

Reporter

One of the best-selling papers in England has targeted Cumbria and part of Lancashire for a special election-related front page story.

Sun Cumbrian edition
News group

The Sun says the marginal seats of Barrow and Furness, and Westmorland and Lonsdale, along with neighbouring Morecambe and Lunesdale, could "hold the election result in their hands", with only a few hundred voters changing their choice able to swing the result.

But that front page was only in one edition, with the rest of the north of England seeing something very different.

Sun other editions
News Group

Severe accident: M65 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M65 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, at J13 for A682 Scotland Road.

M65 Lancashire - M65 partially blocked and queues eastbound at J13, A682 (Nelson), because of an accident.

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

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
BBC

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

Travel: Long delays on main Barrow commuter route

BBC News Travel

There has been a two-vehicle crash, with one car overturned, on the A590 at Lindal-in-Furness, and there are long delays.

Holocaust memorial 'will include every one of six million buttons'

Some six million are going to be made into a permanent public Holocaust memorial at the Lakes School near Windermere.

Child counting buttons
BBC

The school is built partly on the site of huts which, for a few months after World War Two, housed several hundred child survivors of the concentration camps, and the collection of buttons started as a history project.

Ken Pickering, a history teacher at the school, says they expected only a few thousand buttons from local people, but the appeal went worldwide, with a "tsunami" of all shapes and sizes coming in for months afterwards.

Trevor Avery, who founded the Lake District Holocaust Project to remember the stay of the children, says he is hoping the memorial will be finished in time for the 75th anniversary of the end of the war, next year, and that students will be "very, very involved" in the design.

The only thing I would stress, I would like every button to be involved in it, there's been talk about maybe to split it up because it's so huge, we could do one memorial here, one there, but I think the whole gathering of buttons is one pool of energy from around the world."

Trevor Avery

It's a unique site in Britain and also there's the emotional impact of the story, the trauma that those children who were evacuated here went through, I think that touched an enormous amount of people."

Ken Pickering

'Shed' at Beatrix Potter's home can stay, planners rule

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

A "shed" at the entrance to Beatrix Potter's former home at Hill Top in Claife has been allowed to stay by Lake District planners, in spite of claims from the local parish council that the author and farmer herself would have objected to it.

Shed at Hill Top
BBC

The modern timber-clad building next to the Hill Top gift shop has been used for extra storage and office space, with temporary planning permission granted three years ago, and the national park planners had to rule on whether it could stay.

Claife Parish Council said it should now come down, adding: “Beatrix Potter herself would surely have objected to the siting of this 'shed' as she looked out of her writing room or from her garden.”

But the national park area planner, Jackie Ratcliffe, said the building had a "very limited effect" on Hill Top and recommended it be allowed to stay.

John Moffatt of the National Trust said he believed the "well-designed" building had helped solve a crucial space issue at site visited by more than 100,000 people a year.

The park planning committee agreed it could stay.

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, from J36 for A590 to J37 for A684.

M6 Cumbria - One lane blocked on M6 northbound from J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) to J37, A684 (Kendal), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, at J34 for A683 Bay Gateway.

M6 Lancashire - Temporary closure and stationary on M6 northbound at J34, A683 (Lancaster), because of a police investigation.

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

Barrow record shop tops online vinyl charts in first year

A Barrow vinyl record shop has won a national award only a year after it opened.

Dan and Dave Turner of TNT Records
TNT Records

Dan and Dave Turner who founded TNT records were planning to celebrate its first birthday later this month.

A magazine, Long Live Vinyl, named the business record shop of the year in an annual online vote in which 12,000 people took part.

Dave Turner said he had opened the shop because there was no similar business within two hours drive or so and suppliers and customers had shown nothing but support: "Everything that has happened in 2019 has been a bit of a shock to us."

It’s obviously thanks to our amazing customers that we won the public vote, and they are the whole reason we have been successful this year."

The earth moves (very slightly) under south Cumbria

There was a very minor earth tremor below Foxfield, near Broughton, at the end of last month, according to the British Geological Survey.

The records show a tremor measuring just under one on the Richter scale, at about 14:20 on 30 November.

Final stage starts to reduce drains overflow into lake

A £40m scheme to improve the sewerage system in Windermere is now in its fourth and final phase and should be finished by Easter.

Windermere aerial view
Getty Images

A new main drain will increase the flow away from the Bowness area from 69 litres per second to 400 litres per second, which should reduce the number of times contaminated water overflows into the lake below 30 times a year.

United Utilities says one of the benefits of the work will be a reduction in the amount of phosphorus getting into the water

The chemical acts as a fertliser, encouraging algae and other plants that produce chemicals harmful to human and animal health.

BreakingTravel: Shipyard 'big move' closes roads in Barrow

BBC News Travel

Roads on Barrow Island, including the only route to Walney Island, will be blocked for up to an hour this morning while a large load is moved between parts of the shipyard.

BAE Systems says the movement from the Traffic Gate to the Devonshire Dock Hall will start at 09:30.

Severe accident: M55 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M55 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, at J1 for A6 Garstang Road.

M55 Lancashire - One lane closed and queues on M55 eastbound at J1, A6 (Fulwood), because of an accident.

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

'Lessons must be learned' say heartbroken family

Members of the MacMillan family have paid tribute to the police who investigated the killing of a former Barrow taxi driver after his son was mistakenly released from a psychiatric hospital.

They are now awaiting the results of a special NHS inquiry into how Jonathan MacMillan was freed from the private Cygnet Health unit in Maidstone, to go home and stab his father John to death in his home in Provincial Street, Barrow..

Provincial Street with police vehicles
BBC

John's brother, Tony, said the family had been heartbroken, and he praised the family liaison officers and friends who had helped.

Whilst realising the errors made by the mental health service have been catastrophic, nothing can turn the clock back, we can only hope this never happens to any other family and lessons can be learned."

Tony MacMillan

Millom standing stone

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The first of what will be a line of new standing stones around the Duddon Estuary has been installed near Millom.

Two people with a dog next to a standing stone
BBC

The Cumbrian artist Irene Rogan has been leading the project, which is being funded by the Arts Council.

She told BBC Radio Cumbria the art work was inspired by ancient standing stones, which can be seen in other parts of the UK.

Irene Rogan added: "I wanted to put some stones in each village along the Duddon Estuary... to encourage visitors to come and see the beauty of the area and these stones are a way doing that."