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Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with more rain moving in later

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It will be a largely cloudy night with a few spots of rain initially, but more persistent rain starting to edge in from the south during the early hours and lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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More plugs installed in Lake District for electric cars

Local Democracy Reporting Service

More electric car charging points are being provided across the Lake District to cut carbon emissions, with eight new points being introduced by the Lake District National Park Authority.

Coniston’s boating centre will get them, as will the car park at the independently-run tourist information centre.

The LDNPA is also installing them on Glenridding car park, near Ullswater, close to its tourist information centre, and Grasmere’s electric charging point will go at the LDNPA’s Stock Lane car park.

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Doorstep sword man gets suspended sentence

A man who was holding a samurai sword when he answered the door to police has been given a suspended sentence by a Carlisle Crown Court judge.

Alastair Graham, 45, had been drinking heavily and it was the second time that night that officers had been called to his flat in Lingmoor Rise, Kendal, because of the noise.

The court was told the doorstep encounter lasted only a few seconds and Graham was empty-handed when he opened the door again, at which point he was Tasered and handcuffed,

Judge James Adkin heard Graham was "incredibly remorseful"; had written a letter of apology to police; and sought counselling to address alcohol problems.

Judge Adkin suspended an eight-month jail term for two years, and ordered Graham to complete 250 hours' unpaid work.

Cumbria's weather: Largely cloudy, but mostly dry

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It will be a largely cloudy afternoon, though with some bright spells possible. Most places will stay dry, but the odd shower is possible.

Highest temperatures will be from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

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Cumbrian mountaineer: Everest madness must stop

The leading Cumbrian mountaineer Doug Scott, one of the first two Britons to reach the summit of Mount Everest, has added his voice to calls for a limit to be put on the numbers of people being taken to the top of the world's highest mountain.

At the height of the season, pictures of climbers queuing to stand on the summit made the front pages of newspapers around the world, highlighting the industry that has grown up around taking adventurers to the top.

In a speech in Kathmadu, Doug also called for people wanting to ascend the mountain to have to ascend at least two other 7,000m peaks in the Himlayas first, for permits to be restricted and their cost increased, and for better regulation and a rescue service to be established.

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How the plans are put together for a Royal visit

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Lake District today has been partly organised by the Queen's representative in Cumbria, the Lord Lieutenant, Claire Hensman.

She says each Royal visitor has different interest which she tries to meet.

Claire Hensman says the work puts her in touch with a huge variety of people from across Cumbria, and highlights the huge variety of things that go on in the county

Claire Hensman
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For instance the Prince of Wales has an agenda and if I've got any particular requests or if I think there are things that would interest him, I put that into the mix and we work out an itinerary

The best bit about it actually are people I meet, it gives me an opportunity, the doors open and I meet lovely people.”

Claire Hensman

Wildlife expert Jamie notes birds decline on charity walk

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A Cumbrian wildlife expert who is currently walking from St. Bees to Robin Hood's Bay on the Yorkshire coast says he's noticed a decline in what used to be common species as he trudges along.

Jamie Normington
Terry Abraham

Jamie's main mission is to raise money to buy 200 copies of a book about nature, The Lost Words, for 200 schools.

He says the absence of familiar wildlife on his walk has confirmed his fears that many are in decline.

I heard cuckoo, coming down into Patterdale, which you don't hear very much any more, you're not seeing swallows that you once saw, the birds you saw flying in and out of farm buildings, you're seeing them but 10 times fewer, I'm guessing..."

Jamie Normington

Cumbria's weather: Largely cloudy. mostly dry until later

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It will be a largely cloudy day today, with early showers quickly clearing to leave it dry and occasionally bright for a spell.

There's a sometimes gusty wind coming in from the east, and highest temperatures from 11 to 14°C (52 to 57°F)

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Travel: Problems on trains, delays in Carlisle

BBC News Travel

Signalling problems at Haltwhistle on the line between Carlisle and Newcastle are causing delays, and there are some cancellations and delays of up to 30 minutes on the West Coast Main Line down in the Midlands.

On the roads, traffic lights are back on Warwick Road, coming into Carlisle from the east.

Man who assaulted baby jailed for 14 years

A Barrow man who assaulted a baby, causing life-changing injuries, has been jailed for 14 years by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

Callum Crowe
Cumbria Police

Callum Crowe, 23, of Richmond Terrace, was found guilty at an earlier trial for offences connected to an assault that occurred in Barrow in late 2016.

The baby suffered multiple skull fractures, extensive bleeding on the brain and facial bruising.

Det Insp Jason Mckenna said it had been an incredibly emotive case for all concerned.

We are pleased we have been able to provide justice"

Det Insp Jason Mckenna

Travel news: The swan now standing ...

After all, you expect parents to escort youngsters across the road until they've learned to look left, right and left again.

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Councillors defer Kendal estate flood scheme

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Plans to combat flooding on a Kendal estate have been deferred by councillors after objections.

Hallgarth estate residents went to a meeting of South Lakeland council’s planning committee to condemn a scheme by South Lakes Housing.

Area of flooded ground
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The housing association wants to create a storm basin on open ground (pictured) to hold water during heavy rain, protecting nearby properties and draining 26 new homes planned by the association for the top of the estate on land off High Sparrowmire.

But residents of the estate, which has suffered repeated flooding, told a meeting the inadequate current drainage system needed fixing first and the basin could aggravate problems once the 26 new homes are hooked up to the “overloaded” system.

Planners and engineers defended the scheme and said refusing it would be difficult to defend if the developers appealed, but councillors voted unanimously to defer the decision.

Beggar 'threatened to kill' man who offered him a meal

A homeless man who had broken a court order not to be driunk in Carlisle centre dozens of times has been jailed after he threatened someone who offered to buy him food.

Andrew Bell
Cumbria Police

Andrew Bell, 42, who is homeless, had been begging near the Citadel Station when a stranger gave him money and then offered to buy food in a nearby pub, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

Bell claimed his mother was the Moors murderer Myra Hindley, and said: "I've killed people and I'll kill you".

The court was told Bell, who had drunk 15 cans of lager, was in breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order banning him from parts of the city and being drunk, for the 79th time.

He admitted breaching the order and a public order offence and was jailed for 10 months.

Man charged after attack victim left in critical condition

A Carlisle man has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm after a 55-year-old man was found with serious head injuries.

The victim was found near Botchergate early on Saturday morning and is currently at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Officers say they'd like to hear from anyone who was in the Robert Street, Crown Street or James Street between 04:00 and 05:00 on Saturday.

Police appeal for missing Penrith teenager

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Grace Mitchell, 16, who was last seen on Friday afternoon in the Edenhall area of Penrith.

Grace Mitchell
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Officers say she was wearing black clothes and trainers.

Police 'pleased' with public feedback on Appleby operation

The man in charge of policing at Appleby Horse Fair says that, overall, he's pleased with the way the event has gone.

Thousands of visitors were in the town for Europe’s biggest Gypsy and Traveller fair and new measures were in place including extra officers and a dedicated extension on the 101 system.

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One tradition of the fair popular with many sightseers, the washing of horses in the River Eden, had to be halted for a time after heavy rain raised water levels.

Police issued one appeal for help, to trace a man who "grabbed" a woman walking back towards Fair Hill early on Sunday morning.

Ch Supt Rob O'Connor who was in charge of the operation, said there was some crime but he would expect that with such huge crowds coming to the area for several days.

I've picked up some real positive feedback from the public about the way we've policed this year's event, it has been busy but overall I'm really pleased."

Ch Supt Rob O'Connor

Pedestrian, 72, critically injured in Lake District crash

A 72-year-old woman from Huddersfield was seriously injured when she hit by a car in Ambleside, police now say.

It happened on Lake Road, close to the entrance to Hayes Garden Centre, and last night police asked for witnesses in the area on Friday afternoon to come forward.

The police said she had flown to hospital by air ambulance and her condition was critical, but stable.

Officers have been questioning a 71-year-old driver from Northampton.

'Holiday cover' drug dealers are jailed

Three young West Cumbrians who planned to sell cocaine after they heard a regular local dealer was taking a 12-week break in Europe have each been jailed for more than three years.

Police discovered 20-year-olds Tommy Lee Whitehead, of St Paul's Avenue, Seaton, and Jack Rumney, of Corporation Road, Workington, and James Murray, 21, of Primrose Terrace, Harrington, in a car with bagged cocaine deals and cash.

Whitehead, Rumney and Murray
Cumbria Police

At Carlisle Crown Court, all three admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and other drug dealing charges.

After hearing all were of previously good character, Recorder Alex Leach jailed Whitehead for 45 months, and Rumney and Murray, both apprentices, for 40 months.

Cumbria's weather: Continuing wet, breezy and cool

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It will continue wet, breezy and cool at first this evening.

During the night, winds may ease for a time with some drier interludes anticipated, before winds strengthen again to bring further showers later, and lowest temperatures of 5 to 8C (41F to 46F).

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Lollipop patrols unstaffed for years are axed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

A shortage of lollipop men and women in South Lakeland has led to three school crossing patrol sites being axed due to a lack of interest.

The patrol at Burlington School, Kirkby-in-Furness, has been vacant for nearly five years, while Broughton-in-Furness Church of England School and Heron Hill in Kendal have not had a lollipop person since 2015, according to the county council.

Council figures show that of 58 schools in South Lakeland, eight had a dedicated school crossing patrol, yet five were vacant, and of a budget of £32,000, only £11,756 had been spent.

Lollipop patrol
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Delays in central Lakes after car crash with pedestrian

There are traffic problems in and around Ambleside after a collision involving a car and a pedestrian in Lake Road, close to Hayes Garden centre.

Police say the A591 Lake Road is likely to remain closed for some time, and drivers should avoid the area.

Police seek cars information in Carlisle robbery probe

Police have appealed for information about two cars as they investigate a robbery yesterday afternoon at a jewellery shop in Carlisle in which a worker suffered facial injuries.

The attackers arrived in a blue Ford Fiesta, registration FM 66 RYB, which was later abandoned at the rear of Spencer Street, and detectives would like to hear from anyone who has seen it in the past few days.

It's also believed the two men in the Fiesta then got into a black Audi A3, and that they may have abandoned clothing in gardens or domestic bins in the area around Chatsworth Square, Warwick Road and Victoria Place.

Police say two men from the Bolton area, arrested yesterday afternoon, are still in custody.

The city centre was busy yesterday and we would ask anyone who saw anything out of the ordinary to contact us."

Det Ch Insp Helen Harkins

Traffic: Crash closes key road through Lakes

BBC News Travel

The A591, the main road through the Lake District, is closed outside Hayes Garden Centre in Ambleside after an accident. There is congestion from Grasmere to the north, to Eccleriggs, near Brockhole, to the south.

Severe accident: A591 Cumbria both ways

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A591 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from Wansfell Lane to A5075 Borrans Road.

A591 Cumbria - A591 Lake Road in Ambleside closed and it's slow moving in both directions from the Wansfell Lane junction to the A5075 Borrans Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Cumbria's tourism income 'hits £3bn for first time'

The latest statistics show Cumbria's tourism industry brought in £3bn for the first time last year, employing one in every five workers in the county.

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The annual assessment has been carried out by the ScarboroughTourism Economic Activity Monitor for the past 20 years.

It suggests an overall 3.7% increase in the value of tourism compared to the previous year, with the biggest increases in value in Eden with 8.6%, South Lakeland, 5.6%, Barrow, 4.2%, and Copeland, 4.1%.

South Lakeland district accounts for the greatest share of £3bn tourism revenue at 44%, followed by Carlisle with 18%.

Cumbria's weather: Heavy rain moving in

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Heavy rain will gradually encroach from the south, leading to a particularly wet afternoon.

It will feel breezy and cool for the bulk of the day with highest temperatures from 14C to 17C (57F to 63F).

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Two held after jewellery shop robbery in city

Police are still appealing for information, after arresting two people in connection with a robbery in Carlisle yesterday.

A man was injured with a wooden implement during the incident at St Nicholas Galleries in Bank Street.

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Cumbria's weather: Rain moving in from south

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and relatively bright start, but rain will gradually encroach from the south, leading to a particularly wet afternoon.

It will feel breezy and cool for the bulk of the day, with highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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Crooks in chase with stolen ATM are jailed

Three thieves whose attempt to steal a cash machine in Whitehaven was foiled by vigilant neighbours and a police chase have been jailed.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how the three fled in a flatbed truck, with two of them throwing objects at a pursuing unmarked police car, which they also tried to ram, before the lorry and the cash machine were both abandoned.

Cliff, Mackenzie and Cooke
Cumbria Police

Stephen Cliff, 34, of River Walk, West Auckland, Jonathon Mackenzie, 32, of Otterburn Close, Darlington, and 37-year-old Mark Cooke, of Pearson Street, Spennymoor, all admitted conspiracy to burgle, while Cooke also admitted cannabis production and Mackenzie pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis, and another burglary.

Judge James Adkin jailed Mackenzie for 49 months, Cliff for 51 months and Cooke for 39 months.

Cumbria's weather: Showers easing, turning chilly

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This evening, any showers will fade away, leaving some late sunshine.

It will be dry and often clear overnight, turning quite chilly in places with lowest temperatures from 3C to 6C (37F to 43F).

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Tip-offs charity starts drive to break drugs plots

The charity Crimestoppers, which records anonymous tip-offs to help police track down offenders, has launched a special campaign to combat so-called "County Lines" drug dealing in Cumbria.

Criminals from major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, London and Birmingham are known to use texts to sell heroin and crack cocaine in rural areas, bringing serious criminal behaviour such as violence, exploitation and abuse.

Callers from the county rang in with 1,515 separate pieces of information last year, more than half about drug trafficking, and the charity said the result was "significant arrests, seizures of drugs and the disruption of criminal gangs by Cumbria Police".

Yesterday 15 people involved in a plot to supply drugs in Cumbria were jailed for a total of nearly 90 years.

How Lakes recycled plastic ends up as... recycling boxes

South Lakeland council has put out detailed information about what happens to the plastics it collects for recycling, after national reports that huge quantities were exported to developing countries, and some was burned.

A council spokesman said the materials were sorted and went to various plants to be turned into products including clothing, garden furniture, water butts... and recycling boxes.

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Cumbria's weather: Some sun, but scattered showers later

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This afternoon will still have spells of sunshine but cloud will build up, bringing a few well-scattered showers. Maximum Temperature: 13 to 16°C (55 to 61°F)

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Student warned of jail term for sex assaults on boy

A masters degree student has been warned that "prison beckons" for a string of sex assaults on a young boy, some committed in the Keswick area.

Sam Waters
Craig McGlasson

At Carlisle Crown Court, Sam Waters, 23, of Landsdowne Road, Bournemouth, admitted 15 counts of sexual assault of a child under 13, taking hundreds of indecent images of a child, and possessing a number of prohibited child images.

Barrister Kim Whittlestone, representing Waters, said. "The defendant has admitted his offences and has sought to seek a psychiatric report to try and address why he has committed these offences."

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case until 26 July for the reports to be prepared, and ordered him to sign the sex offender's register.

'Dangerous' tablets stolen from package

Police say tablets taken from a package sent from the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal to an address in Great Langdale are dangerous if they have not been prescribed for a patient.

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Cumbria Police

Officers say the 100mg clozapine tablets should be handed in to a hospital or pharmacy as soon as possible.

Police aim to get 'on first name terms' after crime spate

People living in parts of Barrow may get a visit from a police officer today, as the force tries to deal with a rise in burglaries and thefts.

Twenty-one burglaries and vehicle thefts were reported during April and May, in the Newbarns and Risedale areas, with thieves often taking advantage of doors being unlocked or other poor security.

Police officers
Cumbria Police

People have been asked to contact the police, rather than air their suspicions on social media.

Police community support officer Emily Langhorn says she wants to get on first-name terms with local people, and officers will visit eight streets today.

We want to meet the residents themselves, so they know me, they feel they report things via me or via the lines that we provide, rather than Facebook, things like that."

PCSO Emily Langhorn

Cumbria's weather: Some sun, but showers developing

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There will be spells of sunshine this morning although some cloud will build up, bringing a few well-scattered showers, with highest temperatures from 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).

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Fell Foodie: The man with a passion for fells and cooking
After realising his drinking was getting out of control, Harrison Ward vowed to change his life.

Councillor says crash diversions 'damaging country lanes'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Country lanes in South Cumbria are suffering serious damage because they are used as rat runs when crashes block the main A590, a council meeting has been told.

Councillor Matt Brereton said one example was after a recent fatal accident between Greenodd roundabout and the Bouth turn off sent thousands of vehicles on to back roads

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Mr Brereton told a meeting in Kendal: “Unfortunately, the A590 is bedevilled with accidents on a frequent basis but it’s the knock-on effect on the routes people take to avoid accidents when they occur.

“We need to impress on Highways England that while the A590 is their responsibility, we need to identify the rat runs, and try and work with them to make sure those routes are not falling into disrepair.”

Pedestrian found guilty of assaulting MP after altercation

A man who claimed the Cumbrian MP John Woodcock "threw himself" to the floor during a street altercation to fabricate an assault was "not a credible witness", a judge has ruled.

District Judge Gerald Chalk found Michael Wilkes, 27, guilty of battery in pushing over the Independent MP for Barrow-in-Furness, in Ambleside on the early evening of 1 June last year.

Barrow Magistrates' Court heard the dispute happened after two men stepped out in front of a car driven by Mr Woodcock's partner, Isabel Hardman, and the MP got out of the car to speak to the men.

Wilkes, of Headland Rise, Walney was sentenced to a 12-month community order, with 60 hours of unpaid work and to pay £150 compensation and £705 court costs.

Rescuers' appeal after cave fatality raises £10,000

The Cave Rescue Organisation, set up by volunteers to help people in the potholes and caverns beneath the borders of Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire, says more than £10,000 has been given by supporters to help replace equipment damaged or lost in a major operation.

Worn out equipment
Cave Rescue Organisation

The CRO members, supported by dozens of members of other rescue teams, spent hours trying to extract Harry Hesketh, 77, from a cave at curtain Pot in the Yorkshire Dales, but he died before they could reach the surface.

Afterwards they said much of their equipment would need replacing, and now team members say they have been overwhelmed by the response.

We hoped that maybe we could raise £100-£200 to help towards the costs of damaged kit and replenishing our supplies ready for the next big incident."

Team statement on Facebook

Instead you have given us so much more, and left us feeling humbled and grateful. We passed £10,000 this evening."