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Cumbria's weather: Blustery showers and clear periods

BBC Weather

Some heavy and blustery showers are expected through tonight, though there will also be some drier and clearer interludes.

It will be windy at first, but the wind will ease towards dawn on Friday. Minimum Temperature: 3 to 6C (37 to 43F).

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The smile on the face of a highly commended baker

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A Cumbrian baker's chocolate brodie cake has won a highly commended rating in the Great British Food Awards.

Lisa with cake

Lisa Smith, the owner of Ginger Bakers in Kendal, tickled the taste buds of judges including John Torode, Monica Galetti and Michel Roux Jr with the cake, flavoured with beer from the Hawkshead Brewery.

Barrow hopes for more money to build economy

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Barrow council officials are planning talks with government ministers over getting more money for economic development in the area.

It follows a collaboration between councils in Barrow, South Lakeland and Lancaster, which have united to get the Morecambe Bay area recognised as an economic region and submit a multimillion-pound bid for Growth Deal funding.

Barrow Borough Council leader Ann Thomson told a meeting of the full council: “We are now hoping to discuss our proposals with Government ministers to build a case for further investment in our region.”

She said the council was pressing forward with schemes such as the Marina Village and the £3.5m Harding Rise offices, next to the new Waterfront Business Park.

Blue light street open doors for annual show

The emergency services in Kendal, all of which occupy a short stretch of Busher Walk, are holding an open day on Saturday to show the public what they do.

Busher Walk Kendal

The event, starting at 12:00, will range from demonstrations of police dog work to simulated road crashes, fires and mountain rescues.

The road will be closed while it all takes place.

Cumbria's weather: More sunny spells and showers

BBC Weather

Bright or sunny spells and showers are expected throughout much of today, and the showers will be heavy at times.

Southwest winds will freshen as the day progresses and highest temperatures will be from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

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Lake District park 'putting tourists ahead of landscape'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

One of the Lake District National Park Authority's board members has accused it of promoting tourism rather than protecting the landscape, in the wake of the row over the surfacing of a path near Keswick.

At a meeting at the park's Kendal headquarters, Tony Lywood, a town councillor, said consultation over the path was inadequate and some increasingly felt they lived in the "Lake District National Theme Park".

Tony Lywood

How can this body give more than a cursory consideration to zip wires over Thirlmere, the proliferation of 4x4s in Little Langdale, a gondola up to Whinlatter and now a wide-strip of scarring tarmac beneath Blencathra?”

Tony Lywood

The interim park chairman, Peter Allen, said consultation about the path along the former Keswick railway included engagement with local people, residents and visitors, 2,300 responses to a user survey, public meetings, drop-in sessions and exhibitions.

He added that the £9.7m project to repair the path was partly funded by Highways England, and "given the user needs and preferences research, we and he, both agreed that a bound surface was the most appropriate proposed solution”.

Cumbria Police cadets win national award

Youngsters from the Eden police cadets were in London to collect a Home Office award for their work on a campaign about mental health.

Cadets on stage at awards ceremony
Cumbria Police

They produced six large banners encouraging people to talk and think about mental health, which are on display at various places around Cumbria.

They won the cadet team award at the Lord Ferrers Home Office Awards, which are for police specials and volunteers who make an outstanding contribution.

Among the runners-up were mini-police from Ewanrigg school who sourced metal signs in the shape of small police officers that can be used to warn people not to park outside schools or to park safely.

Police and fire experts hope to find cause of fatal blaze

An investigation into a fire that killed a 69-year-old woman in south Cumbria starts today.

Seven fire engines and four other vehicles from a wide area of the county were called, almost 24 hours ago, to the house at Thwaites, near Broughton.

Fire engine

A 72-year-old man was rescued and is recovering in hospital.

Cumbria Police and the fire service are carrying out a joint inquiry to establish the full circumstances of the fire, and say they hope to get into the building to find the seat of the fire today.

Police confirm woman, 69, died in farmhouse fire

A 69-year-old woman died in a fire at a farmhouse in south Cumbria, police have confirmed.

Firefighters were called to the property at Thwaites, near Broughton in Furness, just before 09:00.

Det Insp Matthew Scott, who has been at the scene most of today, told BBC Radio Cumbria it appears the woman, who lived there, was trapped in the building and initial investigations indicate the fire started downstairs.

The cause of the fire cannot be fully established yet, as the building is unsafe, but it's believed it's not suspicious, and further investigations will be carried out.

A 72-year-old man is being treated at the Furness General Hospital in Barrow but his condition is not serious and police say he is expected to make a full recovery.

Police say they will release the name of the woman as soon as she has been formally identified, but they have spoken to her family.

Northern rail could be renationalised

The government is considering whether the management of the North of England's largest rail commuter service should be taken into public hands.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Northern's poor performance, with trains regularly arriving late or not at all, "cannot continue".

Mr Shapps said he had issued a "request for proposals" from the firm and the Operator of Last Resort (OLR).

This could lead to services being brought into direct government control.

Northern train
PA Media

Allonby School pupils are top at recycling

Primary school pupils in Allonby have been crowned winners in a countywide recycling competition.

Nine schools in Cumbria took part in the Recycle with Michael scheme, organised by The Salvation Army, and between them all they collected almost a tonne of clothes and shoes which would normally go to landfill.

The Allonby pupils won the competition as they recycled more per head of pupils than all the other schools.

Allonby school pupils with Michel the recycling mascot.
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Michael the recycling mascot at Allonby School

Cause of fatal fire not known yet

The cause of a major fire at a farmhouse at Thwaites near Broughton in Furness is not known yet.

One person died and a 72-year-old man is in hospital where his condition is said to be "stable".

The fire broke out just before 09:00 and seven fire appliances from all over Cumbria and an ambulance were sent to the scene.

Det Insp Matt Scott of Cumbria Police said the fire is being treated as "unexplained" at this stage, but an investigation is under way to find out what caused it.

Sixty transgender hate crimes reported to police

Cumbria Police says almost 60 transgender hate crimes have been reported to it in the last three years.

That’s according to data obtained by BBC Cumbria following a Freedom of Information request.

Transgender hate crime recorded by the police in the UK has nearly doubled over the past three years, according to national figures.

Cumbria Police Logo
Cumbria Police

Council cash brings three 'changing places' loos

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Seriously disabled people visiting places in South Lakeland are to get access to specialist loos.

South Lakeland District Council has committed £50,000 towards special Changing Places toilets which are bigger and better-equipped than traditional facilities for disabled people.

Changing places toilet

Eight bids were submitted and four met the criteria for cash to pay for feasibility studies.

Three applicants now plan to provide changing places toilets in Cartmel, Kendal and Millerground, Windermere, and all three will also be granted £20,000 to help their project become a reality.

Colourful show as gallery prepares for £9.6m facelift

Martin Lewes


Paintings by four artists known as the Scottish Colourists are providing the final major exhibition before the Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal closes for a redevelopment costing nearly £10m.

The Post-Impressionist painters were active at the beginning of the last century, and their work will go alongside paintings from the Kendal gallery's own collection that were influenced by them.

S J Peploe, Luxembourg Gardens
Lakeland Arts Trust

The four included artists like S. J. Peploe, who painted the Luxembourg Gardens (above) in 1910, and were seen at the time as the equals of French masters like Picasso, and are said to have influenced many British artists since.

The exhibition opens this weekend and runs until February. The gallery reopens in 2022.

Fifth burglary drives widow from her Cockermouth home

A Cumbrian businesswoman has abandoned her Cockermouth home after being raided five times by different criminals, Carlisle Crown Court has been told.

John McKechnie, 24, Scott Hodgeon, 30, and a 17-year-old youth travelled from Preston to target the house, and in less than 10 minutes, took £1,000 cash and did damage and stole property together valued at £5,600.

Among the sentimental items snatched from a clearly-labelled "memories" box was a photograph of the householder's deceased husband, the last to be taken while he was still alive.

McKechnie, of West Park Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Hodgeon, 30, of Redcar Avenue, Ingol, Preston, and the youth admitted burglary and received respective jail terms of 54, 37 and 36 months.

The judge heard it was the fifth such burglary and the widow could no longer face living there and he told the three they must be severely punished.

This is one of the worst examples of non-confrontation dwelling house burglary I have ever seen."

Judge James Adkin

More details of new Carlisle bypass on show in plans bid

More details of the new road to be built around the southern side of Carlisle have been made public in a formal planning application that brings the £112m project a step closer.

Still from video of artists impression of new road
Cumbria County Council

The documents include a graphic video impression of what the new road will look like from the air as it wends its route through the countryside on the southern side of the city.

Apart from helping traffic avoid the city centre, the new road will open the way for thousands of new homes to be built in a series of small communities under the name of St Cuthbert's Garden Village

Union leader says Scots border could bring opportunities

An international border between an independent Scotland and England could bring opportunities for business, according to a leading trade unionist in the county.

Craig Johnston from the transport workers’ union, the RMT, campaigned for Scottish independence in the referendum five years ago.

This morning the Carlisle MP John Stevenson warned there could be economic problems because of a "hard" border, but Mr Johnston says there are already differences between the two countries in education and social care.

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It might be a bit of an economic stimulant to us that we have a border just up the road."

Craig Johnston

Cumbria's weather: Largely dry, but mostly cloudy

BBC Weather

It will be largely dry this afternoon, although with a good deal of cloud and perhaps a few spots of drizzle.

There could be a few bright or sunny spells, especially later, and highest temperatures will be from 10C to 13C (50 to 55F).

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MP: Independent Scotland could mean Cumbrian problems

Carlisle's MP John Stevenson says an independent Scotland within the EU after Britain has left could cause problems for Cumbria's economy.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to press her case for another referendum on independence today at her party's conference and call for a vote next year.

Scottish border

The lengthy negotiations over the Irish border show the problems of having a customs frontier between the EU single market and what the British government wants to be a different system of customs and regulations, without having a system of checks and delays for good inspections.

There is a potential for a hard border because of the EU rules, and there would then be certain friction living in a border area which I think would be detrimental to Scotland but potentially also to Cumbria

John StevensonMP for Carlisle

Cumbria's weather: Patchy drizzle easing, then dry

Martin Lewes


Some patchy light rain or drizzle for a time this morning will ease and it will then be largely dry today, although with a good deal of cloud, and temperatures from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

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Councils in £250,000 row over therapist service

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Problems recruiting an occupational therapist have led to one Cumbrian council reclaiming £250,000 from another for failing to meet a service level agreement.

Carlisle City Council had asked the county authority to provide it with a therapist to help disabled Carlisle residents apply for grants and make improvements to their homes, allowing £250,000 for a member of staff and all additional costs such as equipment.

But the recruitment drive failed and the county council says it will be several months before it is in a position to provide the service.

Councillor Elizabeth Mallinson
Cumbria County Council

Councillor Elizabeth Mallinson (pictured), who holds the health and wellbeing portfolio on the city council, told a recent meeting that she was “very cross” that the city council had found itself in this position.

A county council spokesman said: “The county council is in the process of making arrangements to return the funds to the city council.

“It is disappointing that we have been unable to recruit a suitable candidate for the occupational therapist vacancy, despite carrying out a thorough recruitment and advertising process."

Two in iron bar attack 'deserve long jail terms'

Police say two men who are starting long jail sentences for seriously injuring a man with an iron bar, "thoroughly deserve their time in prison".

The 33-year-old victim suffered serious facial injuries and memory loss after the attack on Waterside, Kendal, last March, which a judge at Carlisle Crown Court described as "a ferocious and sadistic punishment beating".

Luke Canning, 22, of Bridge Street, Burneside, and Jordan Jenkinson, 26, of Lound Road, Kendal, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Det Supt Vicki Ellis of Cumbria Police said the victim could easily have died, had medical help not arrived quickly.

Jenkinson has shown little remorse for his violent actions, while Canning throughout admitted to causing the victim grievous bodily harm with intent. They both deserve their time in prison."

Det Supt Vicki Ellis

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with rain in places

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy at first tonight with rain in places.

Later the rain will move away to the east, leaving partly-cloudy skies and the chance of some mist with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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Man jailed for 'bombarding' ex-partner with threats

A man who bombarded his ex-partner with threatening Facebook messages as he persistently harassed and stalked her has been jailed for two years at Carlisle Crown Court.

Ainsley Mackay
Cumbria Police

Ainsley Mackay, of High Street, Wigton, admitted both the stalking and intimidation of his former girlfriend earlier this year after the couple's "acrimonious" split.

Mackay first bombarded the woman with 343 Facebook messages, some of which were described as "extremely threatening", and phone calls through the same social media application, and then made two direct threats as she became a witness in police proceedings.

Mackay was also banned from contacting the woman through the strict terms of a restraining order for five years.

Two burglers held by tenants are jailed

Two men detained by the tenant of the flat they were burgling have been jailed by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court.

The court heard Aaron Wildey was using a shared bathroom when he heard noises and going into his flat he found Richard Ireland (pictured), 30, and 33-year-old Billy Moorhead.

Richard Ireland
Cumbria Police

He also realised money was missing and after a struggle, assisted by other tenants, the two were held and £110 recovered.

Ireland, of Flower Street, Carlisle, admitted burglary and a separate charge of arson and was given a 45-month jail term, while Moorhead, of Albert Street, Longtown, admitted burglary and was locked up for 18 months.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudier with a chance of rain later

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy through this afternoon and later rain may edge into some districts at times, especially those lying further to the east and south.

Winds will remain light and highest temperatures will be from 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

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Kendal growing charity 'could set new seeds elsewhere'

A Cumbrian gardening charity for people with mental health issues wants to open more centres.

Growing Well, which is based at Low Sizergh near Kendal, helps people with conditions like depression and anxiety to grow and sell organic vegetables.

Following the closure of two mental health charities this year in Cumbria, general manager Mary Houston says there's now huge demand for the service.

Growing Well

We're a six acre site, there's a cap to the number of people we can have on the site, and I would suggest that the next move for Growing Well is to look at area where a Growing Well could exist very well that could help a community."

Mary Houstongeneral manager, Growing Well

Cumbria's weather: A dry, clear night

BBC Weather

Any scattered showers will clear to leave it dry overnight with clear spells and variable cloud.

The lowest temperatures will range from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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Graphic arts festival draws crowds to Kendal

Martin Lewes


Thousands of graphic arts fans are gathering in Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival.

Vix graphic

The weekend will start tonight celebrating the 40th anniversary of the magazine Viz with five of the artists trying to draw all 150 characters in the publication in 50 minutes.

The event includes talks and appearances by artists from all over the world, from creators of graphic novels to newspaper cartoonists, a family zone, workshops and exhibitions.

Police hold four after couple are attacked in Carlisle

Police say four suspects have been arrested after a robbery in Carlisle in which two people were injured.

Charlotte Street, Carlisle

A local man and woman were treated at the Cumberland Infirmary in the city for cuts and bruises after they were attacked in Charlotte Street at about 20:30 on Wednesday evening.

Three men, aged 17, 25 and 42, and a 41-year-old woman have now been arrested on suspicion of offences including robbery and attempted assault causing grievous bodily harm.

Police say they'd like to hear from anyone in the area at the time, who may have been in the Lidl or Dunelm car park, or who has webcam footage from between 20:30 and 21:00.

Cumbrian council is owed more than £500,000

Local Democracy Reporting Service

South Lakeland Council is owed £576,000, with some of the debts dating back to 2014, a meeting heard.

Officers said the debt was a small fraction of the £46m it had issued invoices for over the past five years, and it collected 98.8% of the money owed to it.

The meeting heard that 35% of the £576,000 related to works carried out on a "dangerous structure" in Kendal, although the council declined to reveal which building it was.

Lakes chief defends new surface on repaired rail path

The chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority has issued a lengthy blog defending the resurfacing of the flood-damaged trackbed from Threlkeld to Kewsick with bitumen.

Cyclists on Keswick railway

At an angry meeting last night Keswick Town Council passed a vote of no confidence in the park authority, saying the new surface was out of place.

In his long response, Richard Leafe says: "It is very disappointing then that we don’t enjoy wholehearted community support."

He describes the lengths the park has gone to in consultation, and says the solid surface is needed because it is likely the popular trail will have to stand up to regular intense storms as the climate changes.

Cumbrian peer hits out at park authority over Keswick path

One of the Lake District National Park Authority's longest-standing political allies has said it is ignoring the views of local people.

David Clark

Lord Clark of Windermere led the National Park's successful World Heritage Bid and has championed national park authorities in Westminster.

He was speaking as Keswick Town Council passed a vote of no confidence in the board, made up of appointed local councillors and others picked by national authorities.

David Clark says the authority is neglecting the wishes of people in Keswick by pressing ahead with its plans to repair a flood-damaged four-mile footpath with bitumen.

There's 40,000 of us live in the park, we are never consulted about anything, and our public representatives are just so frustrated as we have seen in the Keswick case."

David Clark

Cumbria's weather: Becoming largely dry and sunny

BBC Weather

Any early showers should clear to leave it largely dry with sunny spells through the day, with highest temperatures from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

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Keswick council unanimous in no confidence vote

Keswick Town Council has unanimously passed an unprecedented motion of no confidence in the Lake District National Park Authority.

Keswick meeting

An extraordinary meeting of the local council, with a packed public gallery, passed the resolution after a row between town councillors and the park authority over plans for a tarmac footpath between Keswick and Threlkeld.

The vote has no official implications for the authority, but Richard Leafe, the chief executive, says he is deeply disappointed, and insists the decision on how to rebuild a flood-damaged former railway line was taken after full consultation.

Both sides are now accusing the other of ignoring local opinion.

We are disturbed by the national park senior management's unwillingness to listen to the community and to their elected representatives."

David BurnsMayor of Keswick

It begs the question of how representative they are of the people of Keswick and indeed the many users of the new trail who we have spoken to."

Richard LeafeChief executive, Lake District National Park Authority

Cumbria's weather: Breezy with showers, heavy at times

BBC Weather

Showery rain will continue through this evening and overnight and it will be breezy.

The showers will be heavy at times and the odd rumble of thunder cannot be ruled out, with lowest temperatures from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

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Mother's walk in memory of daughter raises charity funds

George Airey, whose daughter Sophie took her own life at the age of 29 in Edinburgh last December, is selling calendars she designed herself to raise fund for the charity Papyrus, which works to help young people at risk of suicide.

George Airey with calendars

The pictures are of some of the doors George, who is a former teacher in Kendal, passed while walking the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, a 500-mile trail, in Sophie's memory.

She says she could not resist taking the photographs of the doors, and realised their potential when she returned home.

With the help of an artist friend she designed two calendars and a poster, which she is now selling online.

Whilst walking the Camino I was captivated by the range of beautiful doors; be they humble or very ornate."

George Airey

'Millionaire's Row' jetty gets owner in council hot water

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

The owners of a luxurious holiday home on a stretch of the shores of Windermere known as "Millionaires' Row" are to get a letter ticking them off for replacing a dilapidated jetty without permission.

The jetty in question

The jetty was replaced as part of newly-built Louper Weir, south of Bowness, and South Lakeland Council, which owns the bed of the lake, has to give consent for jetties or any other "encroachment" on it.

An architect representing the applicant submitted a statement to the council, saying the four-year project had been a "steep learning curve" to get to grips with local policies and requirements, adding “unfortunately, in this instance, something slipped through the net".

Councillor Doug Rathbone suggested it stay and that the committee writes a letter to the applicant strongly expressing its disappointment that the jetty was installed before all permissions had been granted.

I’m not against jetties, I know that people need jetties, but I do think we need to keep them under tight control.”

Keith HalltschMember, South Lakeland Council lake administration committee

More finding refuge from war-torn Syria, council told

Local Democracy Reporting Service

More Syrian refugees are heading to Cumbria in the latest round of a Government resettlement programme, South Lakeland councillors have been told.

Councillor Giles Archibald, the council's leader, told a meeting: “We have well over 200 refugees in Cumbria now and we have taken in six families and more will be coming."

Mr Archibald, who heads the ruling Liberal Democrat group, said: “I understand that pretty well all of these families are so happy with the arrangements we have made and where they are staying that a lot of them are very likely to stay even if they have a chance to go back to Syria."

People’s lives have been changed because of what we’ve done and I think that’s important to bear in mind.”

Giles Archibald

Park member 'will not be silenced' as complaint is dropped

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

The Lake District National Park has dropped a complaint against Tony Lywood, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Copeland, who was facing potential sanctions as a member of the park's board after criticising the authority’s plans to use bitumen to reinstate a path .

The complaint related to a Facebook post in which Mr Lywood said the authority tasked with looking after the World Heritage Site was becoming “less and less responsive to the opinions of local people”.

Tony Lywood
Cumbria County Council

Mr Lywood, a Keswick town and county councillor told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that he had received word that the complaint had been withdrawn.

The Lake District National Park’s organisation’s communications chief Tony Watson previously described Mr Lywood’s earlier as “incredibly unhelpful” and “insulting” to the officers of the park working to reopen the route.

Mr Lywood, who was appointed to the park board by Cumbria County Council, said: "My job is to give local people a voice and their voice will not be silenced, and neither will mine."

  • Keswick Town Council, of which Tony Lywood is also a member, meets tonight to consider a vote of no confidence in the national park authority.

Cumbria's weather: Heavy and persistent rain

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain, becoming heavy and persistent through this afternoon.

There will be breezy winds and highest temperatures from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

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Two jailed after A66 crash left a pedestrian dying

Two men have been jailed after a crash on the A66 near Keswick that left a pedestrian dying as his friends battled to save his life.

Matthew Paul Leggett

Matthew Paul Leggett (above), 25, of Sonnets Way, Cockermouth, faced no charges for hitting Jimmy Greenwood, a visitor from Market Drayton, Shropshire, after a police expert said he had reacted the way a driver should.

But he then drove off, at speeds of more than 100mph, to a wood near Cockermouth where he abandoned his badly-damaged BMW and was collected by a friend, Finlay Lewis Davidson, 24, of Mabel Wood, Great Clifton.

Leggett admitted dangerous driving after the crash, failing to stop and failing to report an accident and was jailed for 16 months with a four year driving ban to follow.

Davidson admitted doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of justice and was jailed for 10 months.

Think tank’s recommendation to scrap HS2 “white elephant” blasted by business leaders

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A think tank’s recommendation to scrap the controversial HS2 project has been met with short shift by business leaders in the North.

Artist's impression of HS2 train

Bank plans to stop cash payouts at post offices

A plan by Barclays to stop customers withdrawing cash from post office counters is being criticised in Cumbria.

The Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron says the change, expected to be introduced in January, will make things particularly difficult for people in rural areas, where the bank has closed many of its offices.

Grasmere Post Office

Grasmere Post Office is one of many in Cumbria that are the only staffed source of cash in a community, and Barclays says that where there is a cash machine within a mile, or a shop providing cashback, which it has plans to expand, its customers will have to use those services.

The MP Tim Farron, who is writing to the governbment in protest, says that just within his constituency, Barclays branches have closed within the past few years in Sedbergh, Ambleside, Milnthorpe, Grange and Coniston.

What does it say about an area that there isn't something like a bank, or a hole in the wall, or a facility to withdraw money?"

Heidi HallidayGrasmere Post Office

This undermines the post office network, damages the communities they are at the heart of and of course seriously disadvantages Barclays customers, especially older ones at a time when we are seeing public transport cuts which makes it even harder for them to do physical banking."

Tim FarronMP for Westmorland and Lonsdale