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Ambulances scrambled to person in critical condition

BBC Cumbria

Land and air ambulances have been sent to Bowness-on-Windermere to treat someone in a critical condition who is thought to have been in the lake.

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Kendal Fell's future gets taken in hand

People who use Kendal Fell are being asked about plans to improve the management of the large area of hillside to the west of the town.

Kendal fell golf course
SLDC

The fell land was given to the town in 1767, and while part of it has been occupied by a golf club since 1897, other areas are open to the public and becoming overgrown.

Coarse grasses and brambles are now swamping the wild flowers and other habitat that used to attract rare butterflies.

A management plan has been drawn up by the council, golf club, conservation groups and other organisations, and local people are being given a chance to comment on it.

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

BBC Weather

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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William and Catherine take tea on the farm

The Duke of and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed cake and discussion of sheep farming in the Lake District on the second half of their Cumbrian visit, at Deepdale Farm in Patterdale.

Royal couple taking tea with farming family
BBC

William's father, Prince Charles, is known for his interest in hill farming, and he visited Deepdale, which has been run by the Brown family since the 1950s, in 2009.

William and Kate being shown dry-stone walling
BBC

Later the royal visitors were shown around the farm, which is home to 600 ewes and other stock, and were shown some of the skills of dry-stone walling.

Travel: A591 opens after crash

BBC News Travel

The A591 has now been reopened after a serious crash between a car and a motorcycle west of Keswick this morning.

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.

Electric car
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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

BBC Weather

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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Patterdale team seeks shore base for lakeside rescues

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team says it's planning to develop a permanent base on the shore of Ullswater to house its rescue boat and other equipment.

Patterdale boat with air ambulance landing
Patterdale MRT

The team is regularly called to help walkers injured on the remote east side of the lake, where there is no road for several miles and the fastest access is by boat.

Yesterday the volunteers from the Patterdale team, who were already out training with colleagues from Tayside, helped a walker who became exhausted on the lakeside path.

Chat and a taste of cheese for Royal couple in Keswick

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been enjoying a chat with local people and a taste of cheese on their visit to Keswick.

Wills and Kate talking to locals
BBC

The origin of Keswick's name is disputed by academics, but one version is that it was the Saxon for a farm where cheese was made, and the first stall visited by the Duke and Duchess was selling cheese.

They also visited a stall selling meat from Low Howgill Farm at Appleby.

Kate tasting cheese
BBC

The couple then spent some time in a marquee talking to volunteers from the town's mountain rescue team, young people who set up their own team of mental health "first aiders", and staff from the Cumbria Community Foundation, which has just won a royal award for charities.

Watch: William and Kate go straight to market

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have started their visit to the Lake District by talking to market traders in Keswick.

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BreakingPrince William and Catherine arrive in Keswick

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in the centre of Keswick, greeted by several thousand people who had gathered in the town centre for several hours.

Travel: A591 closed after motorcycle and car collide

BBC News Travel

The A591 has been closed near Bassenthwaite, north of Keswick, after a crash involving a car and a motorcycle.

Police say it may be shut for some time and drivers should avoid the area.

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.

Doug Scott
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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
BBC

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

Kendal gallery's £9m facelift will improve exhibitions

Plans to redevelop Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal are moving forward with the announcement of new funding.

£4.6m has been agreed by the Arts Council towards work which will cost just over £9.5m.

The money will be used to redesign the exhibition galleries, improve accessibility and landscaping to attract new visitors.

Paintings in Abbot Hall
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The redevelopment will enable us to bring great art to Cumbria and also better display our own nationally significant collection of art"

Rhian Harrischief executive, Lakeland Arts Trust

Royal couple on way to tour of northern Lake District

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Cumbria today, in a wide-ranging visit across the northern Lake District.

Wills and Kate
Reuters

The couple will meet mountain rescue teams and community first responders in Keswick, which may mean renewing old acquaintances for the Duke as he worked for a time flying RAF rescue helicopters from Anglesey with a squadron that covered the Lake District.

Prince William and Catherine, who have a keen interest in mental health issues, will meet teenagers who have trained as mental health first-aiders, and volunteers from Cumbria Community Foundation.

They will also follow an interest of Prince Charles by visiting a hill farm to hear about support for farmers, and where they're expected to try sheep sheering.

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

BBC Weather

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.

Clouds that glow in the night entrance astronomer

When the Kendal astronomer Stuart Atkinson isn't seeking approaching comets or distant nebulae, he turns his lenses on to noctilucent clouds, water vapour high in the atmosphere that can only be seen at night.

Early this morning, he was in his element.

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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
SLDC

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.

RL round-up: 'Haven three points clear' on 50% effort'

BBC Cumbria Sport

Whitehaven are three points clear at the top of rugby league's League One although head coach Gary Charlton was not pleased with the way they beat Coventry 32-18.

We should be beating teams line that, we scored 30-odd points, and we're playing at 50%"

Gary Charlton

Workington are in the final play-off spot after they won 58-12 at West Wales on Saturday.

Paul Crarey's Barrow Raiders are three points adrift in the Championship relegation zone, after they lost 34-18 at Widnes:

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.

Horses in River Eden
BBC

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.

Care home's post about staff in pyjamas inspires thousands

A Facebook post for Dementia Week by a south Cumbrian care home about why its staff wore pyjamas when on night duty reached three million people, and was shared more than 230,000 times.

Some of the comments sent to the Old Vicarage at Allithwaite were from other care homes, where workers hoped to adopt the idea.

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The charity's offer of 50p for every share of the post was fortunately limited by the owner, Kamal Siddiqi, to £200.

The pictures also received thousands of comments, according to the home manager, Charlotte Gregson: “Many of the comments are from people whose loved ones are living with dementia, saying how confused they get at night, and that this simple idea can make such a huge difference."

'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

BBC Weather

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

BBC News Travel

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.

Windermere steamer
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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

BBC Weather

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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Kendal bakery rises to top national honour

A bakery at Plumgarths, just outside Kendal, has won the top honour of Baker of the Year at a new set of national awards.

Lovingly Artisan, owned by Aidan Monks and Catherine Connor, picked up the award, and the North West title, at the Bakery Business awards in London.

It is the second national award the firm has won this year

Cateriune Connor and Aidan Monks with award
Bakery Business

We can’t get over it, it’s such a huge pat on the back for all of us."

Aidan Monks

South Atlantic conflict remembered, 37 years on

It is 37 years since the Falklands conflict claimed the lives of 255 UK servicemen, an estimated 650 Argentines, and three Falklands civilians.

Kevin Porter and Rachel Simons
@Falklands37NW

Rachel Simons, who now lives in Carlisle, grew up on the Falkland Islands, and was 11 years old at the time, while Kevin Porter, from Millom, was just 18 years old and serving on board HMS Fearless, and both spoke ahead of memorial events this weekend.

There was no doubt about it when Belgrano went down on 3 May and then Sheffield on 4 May that this was really serious.”

Kevin Porter

We watched Royal Marines fighting like tigers, I said at the time, against the invading Argentines on the playing fields in front of our house.”

Rachel Simons