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Weather: Fine, dry and breezy

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Today will be dry and fine with sunny periods and just a little patchy cloud developing.

It will be rather breezy and highest temperatures will be from 14C to 17C (57F to 63F).

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Inspectors list criticisms of 'special needs' services

A senior Cumbrian health official says services for children with special educational needs rely too much on staff "going the extra mile".

The comment came after a report criticised the support offered to some of the county's most vulnerable youngsters.

Cumbria House

An inspection of services provided by Cumbria County County (pictured is its Carlisle HQ) alongside other organisations was carried out by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.

They found:

  • The impact of reforms across the county has been highly variable
  • Many parents and carers have lost faith and trust, and feel as though they must battle to gain access to the services their children require
  • Some children on the autistic spectrum, or with mental health problems, do not receive the help they need and may fall into crisis.

John McIlwraith, an executive director at Cumbria County Council, says there are a range of underlying problems.

It's in part challenges around recruitment, it's in part national challenges around funding, it's in part the growth in demand from children with complex needs who need support for longer."

John McIlwraith

Peter Rooney, of the North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, says parents and children have talked about receiving great service but he adds "the service in its entirety is too reliant on having exceptional staff".

Barrovians 'less active' after sports council closed down

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

There's been a call to revive Barrow Borough Sports Council after a county council study suggested fewer people were taking part in physical activity.

The sports council fell victim to spending cuts three years ago, and Emma Broadbent, Barrow’s community development officer, said participation had "dropped massively" despite new events and a lot of work.

She said: "We have all of these wonderful opportunities but our inactivity levels have increased. People aren’t playing as much football or team sports."

Councillor Ben Shirley suggested the sports council be relaunched, saying the figures helped make the case for the area to have a "full size, 4G floodlit pitch".

Weather: Remaining dry, clear and cool

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It will remain dry throughout the night with long clear periods.

Some mist may develop locally and it will be a cool night with lowest temperatures from 2C to 5C (36F to 41F).

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Man, 43, in hospital after Whitehaven 'stabbing'

A Whitehaven man was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle with injuries police believe were caused by a stabbing.

The 43-year-old was discovered by officers called to Brakeside Garden in the town at 14:15.

Cumbria Police said there would be a larger-than-usual police presence in the area while investigations were carried out.

A man aged 61 had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Judge suspends jail term for animal pornography man

A man from East Cumbria has been given a suspended prison sentence for possessing extreme pornographic images which were described by a Carlisle Crown Court judge as "dreadful".

Police visited Mathew Francis, 42, of Maulds Meaburn, near Appleby, after people reported concerns. Officers found a laptop containing 354 images, many involving animals.

Francis admitted one charge of possessing an extreme image, and Judge James Atkin, after reading a pre-sentence report, suspended an eight-month jail term.

Francis must complete a community order comprising a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement, and 150 hours' unpaid work. A five-year sexual harm prevention order was imposed and the laptop will be destroyed.

Pair given suspended jail terms after city attack

Carlisle Crown Court has heard how two men punched and kicked a third man in an alley in the city, leaving him unconscious.

Alan Clarke had made a comment to Alexander Sisson, 21, and 20-year-old Sam Feddon, and soon afterwards an argument developed into a fight.

Sisson started punching Mr Clarke and Feddon, initially a peacemaker, then joined the fight.

After hearing submissions in mitigation, Judge James Adkin handed sentences of eight months to Sisson, of Easton, near Longtown, and 10 months to Feddon, of Broomfallen Road, Scotby, with both jail terms suspended.

He also ordered night-time curfews and that each of the men pay Mr Clarke £1,000 compensation.

A66 crash death man named as Danny Bancroft

Police say the man who died when he was hit by a car on the Stainburn bypass at the weekend was Danny Bancroft, 37, from Cockermouth.

Fern Daniel and Sarah Bancroft

Mr Bancroft, seen here at his wedding with his daughter Fern and wife Sarah, was said by his family to be "a great Dad, who would do anything for anyone".

Police are still appealing for witnesses - particular the driver of a white taxi seen in the area at about the time of the accident, 03:30 on Sunday.

Luke, 13, commended for spotting missing man

A 13-year-old boy is among the members of the public to be given awards by Cumbria's Chief Constable Michelle Skeer, right, and High Sheriff, Marcia Reid Fotheringham.

Luke getting his award.
Cumbria police

Luke Atkinson, a pupil at Kirkbie Kendal School, recognised a man who had been reported missing near a river, dialled 999 and watched until officers arrived.

Police said that without Luke's actions, the search for the man could have ended in tragedy.

There were also commendations for four police officers who rescued a man who had walked into Morecambe Bay at Canal Head in Ulverston, and recognition for the officers and members of the public who helped a woman who had life-threatening injuries after a road crash in Penrith.

You can see details of all of the incidents in the news section here.

Weather: Sunny spells to come

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It will remain dry with sunny spells this afternoon, with highest temperatures from 14C to 17C (57F to 63F)

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MP Farron calls for cash to help smaller towns

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron wants the Government to allow more Cumbrian towns to benefit from a new fund.

Mr Farron says the Stronger Towns Fund, worth £1bn in England, is only available to areas with a population of more than 30,000 people - meaning that in Cumbria only Carlisle and Barrow will benefit.

Tim Farron

The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale says the rules should be changed so that towns with more than 10,000 people, such as Kendal, Penrith and Ulverston, could be allowed to share the money.

He's made his case in a letter to the Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire.

Police expand specialist cybercrime unit

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A new unit has been set up at Cumbria's police headquarters to expand work against cybercrime such as sexual exploitation, hacking and financial fraud.

Woman officer at work at computer

The specialist officers, who have already done work leading to the arrest of dozens of paedophiles looking for child abuse images, will be joined by three new staff including two detectives, more space and new areas of operation.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall has put a budget of £250,000 into the development and says that while officers out on patrol may give more public reassurance, police work in high-tech offices is now at least as important.

Det Insp Ian Harwood says their work includes getting information out of computers and mobile phones for a range of wide investigations, with many jobs being referred to them every week.

We deal with online sex abuse and cybercrime, and we also have a digital forensics unit that extracts data from digital devices used in crime."

Det Insp Ian Harwood

Weather: Dry and sunny

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It will be dry this morning once the mist patches clear and there will be some sunny spells.

There will be little change this afternoon, and highest temperatures will be from 14C to 17C (57F to 63F).

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Weather: Dry and clear later with a chance of mist

BBC Weather

It should be dry tonight and there will be long clear periods.

There will be the chance of some mist developing later in the night, with lowest temperatures from 2C to 5C (36F to 41F).

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Final countdown to Euro elections

People in Cumbria will be able to vote for political party representatives in the European Parliament this week.

Polling is on Thursday. The UK is taking part because member nations of the EU are legally obliged to elect members to the EU parliament and MPs in in the UK parliament failed to pass a withdrawal deal for Britain to leave the EU in time.

You can find out how it all works and which parties have put up lists of candidates in the North West here.

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Knives mean prison, judge warns

As we told you earlier, a judge has jailed a man for showing a blade during a violent Workington bookmakers dispute, and he warned: "People who carry knives in public get locked up."

Craig Graham, 28, of Victory Crescent, Maryport, had "flashed" the three-inch blade, a Stanley-type knife attached to a keyring, in a confrontation in a bookmakers in in March.

He put the blade away, but the shop manager had pressed a panic alarm and alerted police.

Graham admitted possessing a bladed article and was jailed for eight months.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Judge James Adkin told him: "The problem here is 100 people stabbed to death this year (in the UK) because of knives".

You can read more about those 100 deaths here.

The message needs to go out: People who carry knives in public get locked up."

Judge James Adkin

Shap Pool ready to make a splash after £100,000 facelift

Shap's swimming pool is preparing to reopen this weekend after a £100,000 refurbishment that survived damage from Storm Hector and contractors going into administration halfway through the work.

The scheme included making the pool and other facilities more accessible, a new rain shelter and a mural designed by youngsters from the village primary school.

The doors open again at 13:00 on Saturday with free entry to celebrate what the committee calls the Shap Splash.

The picture below, of course, was the pool before the work was complete and before the wall at the end blew down.

Shap Pool
Shap Pool

'Lack of specialists forces patients to travel'

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The people in charge of the NHS in Cumbria say a shortage of specialists, not money, is the main reason why some patients have to travel long distances.

Jack and Anne Aspinall

Jack Aspinall, 81, pictured with his wife Anne, lives in Barrow but will have to make a 70-mile (110km) round trip to Kendal three times a week for the rest of his life because he has just been diagnosed with kidney failure and the dialysis centre for Morecambe Bay is at the Westmorland General Hospital.

I feel more upset about him having to travel for this dialysis treatment than the treatment itself"

Anne Aspinall

There aren't enough specialists and equipment to provide it in every locality so there has to be a decision based on all the factors"

Dr Geoff JoliffeChairman, Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group

Bogus psychiatrist: Scottish fears of 'needless treatment'

In case you missed it, news came out over the weekend of new concerns about the work of Zholia Alemi, who worked as a psychiatrist in West Cumbria before she was jailed for trying to get a patient's will rewritten in her favour.

Zholia Alemi
Cumbria Police

Scotland's chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, said she had treated hundreds of patients north of the border and some may have been referred for needless electro-convulsive therapy, detained under the Mental Health Act or "groomed" for access to their finances.

Alemi worked for six Scottish health boards and officials at all of them have been asked to check records about her patients.

One board, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, has confirmed that Alemi treated 395 adults while working as a locum for 18 months from 2007 - detaining 24 under the Mental Health Act.

Weather: Sunny spells with some heavy showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon will see sunny spells with a few scattered showers too, some of which could be on the heavy side.

Highest temperatures will be from 14C to 17C (57F to 63F).

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

Barrow steps up call for new Walney Channel crossing

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Local politicians in Barrow are going to step up lobbying for a new link between Walney Island and the mainland.

Walney channel and bridge

The only crossing at present is the 111-year-old Jubilee Bridge, and the Barrow local committee of Cumbria County Council raised the issue of a second crossing because of increasing traffic.

Walney councillor Mel Worth told a meeting at the Nan Tait Centre that a causeway across the channel, one end of which dries out at low tide, was more “realistic” to lobby for.

“There are difficulties with a causeway, both environmental and navigational, but a causeway is probably the cheapest,” said Councillor Worth.

Other councillors said a second bridge would cost £187m, and the feasibility of a tunnel could be investigated. The chairman, Councillor Kevin Hamilton, said they should start lobbying "properly and constructively".

Travel: So far so good with new rail timetables

BBC News Travel

New timetables have started on some services today, and so far no problems have been reported affecting Cumbria.

It's a far cry from the disruption seen last year when the schedules were altered.

Let's keep our fingers crossed it stays that way!

Woman sexually assaulted in Barrow Park

A woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted at Barrow Park in the early hours of yesterday.

Police want to trace anyone who may have information that could aid their inquiry.

Parts of the park were cordoned off while detectives looked for clues. Extra patrols have been assigned to the area.

Barrow Park gates

Weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

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There will be some sunny spells today, but after a largely dry start scattered showers are expected to develop.

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

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Man hit by car on A66 dies in hospital

A man who was hit by a car in West Cumbria early yesterday morning has died in hospital.

The 37-year-old from Cockermouth had been taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle after the collision on the A66 Stainburn Bypass near Great Clifton.

The car driver, a 25-year-old man, is not thought to have been injured. Officers say they are still appealing for witnesses.


Cumbria's weather: Cloud and rain moving in from east

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It will be dry this evening, but cloud and rain will tend to push in from the east during the night.

There will be a moderate to fresh easterly breeze and lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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Child sex offender jailed for second online crime

A child sex offender who was given a community service order in 2017 after he was caught trying to contact young girls on the internet has been jailed after a vigilante group trapped him repeating the offence earlier this year.

On both occasions, Michael Roiston Chapman, 24, thought he was talking to 13-year-old girls.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Chapman was confronted at his home at Troutbeck, near Penrith, by the group, who called police and streamed the encounter on the internet.

He admitted trying to engage in sexual communication with a child, and breaching a sexual harm prevention order imposed after the earlier offence, and was jailed for 18 months.

Cumbrian RU players in Aspatria clash for HQ finals place

BBC Cumbria Sport

The Cumbria men’s rugby union team take on Oxfordshire at Aspatria tomorrow for a place at Twickenham.

Both sides have won their two group games so far, so the winner of tomorrow's game will go through to the Finals Day, on 8 June.

The Cumbria side includes players from Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carlisle, Penrith, Aspatria, Cockermouth and Keswick.

kick-off at Bower Park ISat 15:00 with full-match commentary on BBC Radio Cumbria Sport.

Cumbria's weather: Some sunny spells and cooler

BBC Weather

It will be a dry afternoon with some sunny spells, although there will be some patchy cloud.

It will be cooler than yesterday, but still pleasantly warm in the sunshine in gentle to moderate winds, with highest temperatures from 17C to 20C (63F to 68F).

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Not to be sniffed at: Trucker spot leads to positive test

Sometimes, police are just looking in the right direction at someone else's wrong moment. It's known in police circles as "copper's nose"...

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Cumbria's weather: A dry day with lingering cloud

BBC Weather

It should be a dry day, but areas of cloud will tend to linger.

It will be cooler than yesterday, with generally gentle to moderate winds and highest temperatures from 16C to 19C (61F to 66F).

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Police try to trace driver after cyclist is knocked over

Police are trying to trace the driver of a silver Range Rover who hit a 12-year-old cyclist on the Outrigg/Grove Road between Egremont and St Bees.

Officers say the boy, one of a group of three cyclists, escaped with minor injuries.

They would like to hear from anyone with more information or who saw what happened, at about 17:00 on Sunday.

Cumbria's weather: Mainly dry, but cloudy at times

BBC Weather

It should remain largely dry tonight.

There will be some clear periods at times but with rather a lot of cloud heading west too, and lowest temperatures will range 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.

Cumbria's weather: Cooler, with hazy sunshine

BBC Weather

The weather will remain dry with hazy sunny spells but there will be a few areas of cloud too.

It will be cooler than yesterday with highest temperatures from 14C to 17C (57F to 63F).

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

Cumbria police in top two for recording crime

"Outstanding" is how inspectors have rated the way crimes are recorded by Cumbria Police.

The constabulary says it was one of only two in the country to receive the highest possible grade, after HM inspectors reviewed crime recording at 34 police forces.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said the report was a testament to the leadership of the Chief Constable and her team.

But the inspectors say there are still improvements that could be made.

Cumbria Police

Cumbria's weather: Sunny, but cooler than yesterday

BBC Weather

Any early patchy mist will soon clear leaving spells of sunshine.

It will be cooler than yesterday, with highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, from J40 for A66 to J39 for B6261.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed and hard shoulder closed on M6 southbound from J40, A66 (Penrith) to J39, B6261 (Shap), 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

Have your say on new bridge plans

Cumbria County Council is inviting people along today to hear about plans to replace Pooley Bridge:

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Cumbria's weather: Dry and mainly clear

BBC Weather

This evening it will remain fine with late sunshine, and it will then be dry overnight with mainly clear skies.

A few mist or fog patches may form as winds will remain light with lowest temperatures from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).

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Questions raised over Carlisle's numbers of rough sleepers

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Questions have been raised about the number of people sleeping rough in Carlisle after councillors were told that the official figure was zero.

Hardwick Circus

The county councillors at the meeting of the Carlisle area committee heard claims that some people slept in the gardens of Hardwicke Circus, a roundabout outside the Civic Centre.

Councillor Val Tarbitt, who is Armed Forces Champion, said she had been told homeless ex-servicemen went there, and Councillor Lawrence Fisher added: “I regularly report those people who sleep at the New Waterton Hall on some benches that are outside.”

The meeting has asked to meet city council representatives to discuss homelessness.

A city council spokeswoman said the authority monitored rough sleeping and the figure varied: “We work closely with local partner agencies and are committed to assisting all vulnerable people within the district who are homeless or at risk of homelessness."

Fake firearm man given suspended prison sentence

Armed police were deployed after a man was seen sitting outside a Penrith hotel with what looked like a sub-machine gun, Carlisle Crown Court has heard.

The gun, the court was told, was a replica, and Robin Hunter, 49, of Champion Way, Penrith, was using the Premier Inn's free wifi to post videos online of himself posing in a nearby car park wearing a mask and holding fake firearms.

Replica firearm cited in case
Cumbria Police

The weapon was an Airsoft submachine gun which could only fire low-powered projectiles, it was unloaded and deactivated, and Hunter had not used it to threaten anyone.

Hunter admitted possessing the imitation firearm, but after hearing of the defendant's mental health, Judge James Adkin imposed a six-month jail sentence suspended for a year. and imposed a community order.