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

BBC Weather

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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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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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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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.

Cumbria's weather: Remaining clear and dry overnight

BBC Weather

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

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

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Daily meetings planned to raise Appleby Fair 'issues'

The agencies that deal with Appleby Horse Fair have announced a series of meetings in various communities where people can raise any problems related to the event.

There will be daily opportunities from 28 May to 5 June in Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and Alston, and events in Brough, Warcop, Soulby and Great Asby.

Police say the events are to raise issues other than crime, which should be reported to them by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency or when a crime is in progress.

Volunteers sought to help teach English

There's an appeal for people to come forward to help migrants in Cumbria with their English language skills.

AWAZ Cumbria, which represents ethnic minority groups, says there are about 200 refugees settled in the county, and many of them struggle to reach a required standard of written and spoken English.

Government research suggests that people with a poor grasp of the language are more likely to be isolated, and face discrimination, and language teachers say they find highly qualified people working in jobs such as cleaning because of poor English skills.

Silhouette of teaching
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Police probe complaints after 'nasty' election

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

A dozen complaints have been made to Cumbria Police about this month’s “nasty” local elections.

Few details have been made public, although the police described the allegations as “minor infringements of electoral legislation”.

Election count

A candidate in the Eden election told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that they attended a police station in Penrith with their election agent and made a formal complaint to police alleging “false statements about candidates, third-party campaigning and election expenses”.

The source told the Local Democracy Reporting service: “This year’s election was personal, nasty and dragged reputations through the mud.”

A police spokesman said: “At the moment, each case has been dealt with by way of advice and guidance, reflecting the nature of the infringements.”

Police beef up response to Appleby fair

Cumbria police are promising that there will be more officers dedicated to the Appleby Horse Fair, and they will be available around the clock.

The fair, between 6 June and 12 June, attracts thousands of of Gypsies and Travellers, and other visitors to watch events such as the traditional washing of horses in the River Eden.

Police on Fair Hill

Temporary Ch Supt Rob O'Connor says from the bank holiday there will be up to 70 officers and other staff on duty in Appleby and on the roads leading there, and specific measures to address the problems that arose last year.

When people ring police on 101, they'll get a message telling them to option five and that will be a dedicated call handler.

We've put CCTV into Kirkby Stephen this year and on the A685 there will be two areas where this year where stopping just will not be tolerated."

Temporary Ch Supt rob O'ConnorPolice commander at Appleby

Travel: Police incident causes delays on M6

There have been major disruption on the roads in north Lancashire this morning after a police incident resulted in the closure of the M6.

Both carriageways on the M6 at junction 34 in Lancaster were closed with the southbound carriageway closed to junction 35 at Carnforth.

Some commuters have been reporting they were stranded for more than two hours at junction 34 with Kate Holt tweeting she had missed a flight due to the delays.

The M6 has now been reopened.

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Cumbria's weather: Turned out nice again

BBC Weather

Any early mist or fog patches will soon lift to leave today dry and fine with plenty of sunshine.

The sunshine will be hazy at times, but it will be a warm day with just a light breeze and highest temperatures from 18C to 21C (64F to 70F).

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Man who took newspaper van jailed for robbery

A man who drunkenly robbed a lone newspaper delivery man of his van in the early hours of the morning has been jailed for two years and four months.

Matthew Adam Taylor
Cumbria Police

Carlisle Crown Court heard Matthew Adam Taylor, 28, (pictured) and an accomplice approached Derek Graham in the area of Maryport's The Arches before 05:00 on 28 April, and took his van, crashing it into other vehicles before running off.

Taylor, of no fixed address and formerly of Trinity Drive, Northside, Workington, admitted robbery and dangerous driving, offences committed while he was subject to a suspended sentence.

Recorder John Corless said the van driver had been caused "considerable anxiety, upset and fear", and also ordered Taylor to serve a 12-month driving ban when he was released from prison.

Report paints stark contrast of poverty and success

One in seven households are living on less than £10,000 a year in west Cumbria, according to a report.

The study, commissioned by Sellafield and written by the Cumbria Community Foundation paints a picture of stark contrasts, saying 3,900 children are living in poverty.

But the report also says the area has more teenagers in training than the national average, a 2% higher employment rate, an internationally celebrated landscape, and global recognition for its nuclear industries, research and innovation.

The information will be used as a benchmark for progress and improvement in the future.

Police cadets design poster campaign on suicide

Young people in the Eden Valley are putting up posters urging those thinking of suicide to seek help.

The Eden Police Cadets, who are aged between 13 and 18, made the banners as part of a project for Mental Health Awareness week.

Police cadets with poster

What really impressed me with them was that they came up with the need for hope."

Juliet GraySuicide prevention trainer

Expanding Lakes firms take on 200 more staff

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Growing businesses have added more than 200 new jobs in the Lake District, according to a national park authority report.

Waterhead hotel

The numbers are those said to have been created by firms asking for planning permission for new buildings, such as the Waterhead Hotel, which recently gained consent to add an extra 18 beds, and told the authority 10 extra staff would be taken on.

Travel: Roadworks slow traffic along A595

BBC News Travel

Long term roadworks are affecting at least four stretches of the A595 around the west of the county.

Expect delays at Wreaks Causeway near Broughton, Holmrook, Newby Cross, and at the Lillyhall industrial estate, although that should finish today.

Roadworks at Oxenholme, near Kendal, on the A65, and the continuing work on the A69 Warwick Road heading into Carlisle, may also cause congestion.

Police spell out changes to Appleby Fair operation

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Police have spelled out the changes they plan to their operations at Appleby Fair this June, to deter the problems that arose last year.

Appleby horse washing
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A meeting with the Police and Crime Commisioner, Peter McCall, was told there would be extra call centre staff in headquarters, a series of meetings with the public in the run up to the event, and more officers and CCTV.

Many of last year's problems came as Gypsies heading for the fair from the south came up through Kirkby Lonsdale, Sedbergh and Kirkby Stephen, and a statement from the Chief Constable, Michelle Skeer, said that during this phase, "staff will be highly visible and engaging with the public and stakeholders”.

Mr McCall said: "We don’t want things to fester. We want the police to have the opportunity to deal with issues before they become a problem."

Police chief plans to run for second term of office

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall plans to stand for a second four-year term of office next year.

Mr McCall, who turns 60 next year, said: “Three years into the job and I have to say I thoroughly enjoy it."

Peter McCall
Cumbria police

Mr McCall, who ran as a Conservative candidate, said Cumbria needed a fairer funding formula, because while the county constabulary raised 48% of its money from council tax, other forces got a far greater part of their money from central government.

He said he was pleased with initiatives such as increasing officer numbers with an extra 45 officers recruited over the last two years.

But he said police numbers did not reflect the increase in the county's population and he hoped to recruit more.

I am really pleased we have started to address that and would like to continue it, but it will take time and constant battling in Westminster.”

Peter McCall

Cumbrian rider Knox makes Grand Tour debut in Italy

BBC Cumbria Sport

Cumbrian cyclist James Knox will make his Grand Tour debut in the Giro d'Italia, which gets under way tomorrow.

James Knox
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The three-week event comprises three individual time-trials, and 40 categorised climbs, across its 21 stages.

The race is the 102nd Giro, and the first Grand Tour of this season, covering the mountainous northern half of Italy and starting and ending on a mountain summit.

Cumbria Police make first move towards electric vehicles

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cumbria Police are to replace four cars with hybrid electric vehicles, in its first move away from powering its fleet with fossil fuels.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall agreed the step at a finance meeting.

Hybrid vehicles have a petrol or diesel engine which also charges batteries so for some of the time the car runs on an electric motor.

A report to the crime commissioner said that while greener vehicles tended to be more expensive when first bought, they saved money over time, and that in time the whole fleet would be replaced.

When the tow truck has to be towed away

The police officers who look after Cumbria's roads have a useful Twitter feed which is devoted both to routine business like road closures, and the more unusual events they come across...

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Egremont fire victim, 82, dies

An 82-year-old man has died from the injuries he suffered in a serious fire at his home in Egremont earlier this week.

The man, whose name has not yet been made public, was rescued from the smoke-logged bungalow by firefighters and flown to hospital in Preston with serious burns.

Police say they don't believe the fire was started deliberately, but an investigation is continuing and the coroner has been informed.

Lowther Castle sends Camp Chevalier to New York gala show

Martin Lewes


A painting from Lowther Castle is taking a central role in an exhibition that was opened with a spectacular New York event featuring stars including Lady Gaga.

Chevalier d'Eon
Lowther Estates

The painting of the Chevalier d'Eon and by the French artist Jean-Paul Mosnier dates back to 1792, and the rosette shows support for the revolution.

The Chevalier, a nobleman who gained fame by trying to blackmail his king, Louis XVI, was then given a pension but only on condition that he dressed as a woman.

This year's Met Gala, which raises money for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has theme the Camp: Notes on Fashion, and the Chevalier was one of the world's first known acknowledged transvestites.

Pensioner critically ill after fire rips through home

A 82-year-old Egremont man was rescued from his blazing home by firefighters and flown to hospital with serious burns.

Burned out house

Six fire engines from a wide area of west Cumbria were called in after the alarm was raised yesterday afternoon.

The man is still critically ill in the Royal Preston Hospital.

A fire service spokesman said the blaze is thought to have started in the kitchen, but spread quickly to the roof and a full investigation involving the police is now under way.

Police appeal for witnesses after attack on woman

Detectives investigating the rape of a woman in Carlisle are particularly keen to speak to the occupants of two cars seen in the area at the time.

James Street, Carlisle

The attack took place between 22:30 and 23:00 last Friday in the car park behind Matalan and the Pools Swimming Baths on James Street.

A woman in her 30s is being supported by trained officers.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and been released on bail.

Communities with high flood risks 'may have to move'

The Environment Agency is warning that some communities living in areas that are particularly vulnerable to flooding or coastal erosion may need to be rebuilt elsewhere, because of the threat posed by climate change.

Scientists expect climate change to bring more storms with intense rain and more coastal erosion because of rising sea levels and Emma Boyd, who chairs the agency, says a new approach to flood resilience is needed.

Flood rescue

When Storm Desmond hit Cumbria in 2015 more than 7,000 properties were flooded, some of which had been flooded before since 2000.

Last year, the MP for Barrow and Furness, John Woodcock, told Parliament that some people living on Walney Island were worried about their homes being washed away by coastal erosion.

We can’t win a war against water by building away climate change with infinitely high flood defences."

Emma Boyd

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy, with light rain or drizzle

BBC Weather

Today will be generally cloudy with spells of mostly light rain and drizzle.

The wind will be a gentle northerly, with highest temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

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Cumbrians asked for their views on future health care in the county

People in North Cumbria are being asked to help shape their health services of the future.

In January, the NHS published its long-term plan, and now, the North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group has set out how it will try to deliver this.

There's emphasis on helping people to manage their own conditions, to receive care at home rather than in hospital, and a greater use of technology.

In addition, all of the organisations involved in delivering health care and advice are working together to provide a more integrated system.

The CCG wants people to contribute, by filling in an online survey.

Admiral recruited to Copeland council executive

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An independent councillor who's a former US Navy admiral is joining the executive of Copeland Borough Council to help the authority develop its “commercial agenda”.

Steve Morgan, elected last week in Arlecdon and Ennerdale ward, has also been a Sellafield director.

The independent elected mayor, Mike Starkie, has also offered two seats on the executive to Labour, and has re-appointed David Moore, leader of the Conservative group, as deputy mayor.

Labour retained its majority in Copeland with 19 seats, gaining one compared with the 2015 result. The Tories lost one seat and independents won four seats.

Concern for missing 15-year-old Cumbrian boy

Cumbria police say they're concerned for a missing 15-year-old boy from Carlisle.

Jordan Burgess was last seen in the area of Oaklands Drive in the city at about 14:00 last Sunday.

Portrait of Jordan Burgess
Cumbria police

Officers say he's white, with short fair hair. He was last seen wearing a thin black or dark blue Berghaus puffer jacket, black tracksuit bottoms and a pair of grey or black-coloured trainers.

Police are appealing for anyone with information on Jordan’s whereabouts to get in touch by calling 101. Officers also ask Jordan if he sees this appeal, to get in touch to let them know he is safe and well.