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Thorman: Workington must have the new stadium

BBC Cumbria Sport

Workington Town coach Chris Thorman says heritage and tradition need to be put to one side when it comes to a new stadium in the town.

The club has been part of developing proposals for a new ground they would share with Workington Reds, the town's football team.

The plans are being reviewed by a new council administration after elections last month, but Thorman says it's time for Workington to look forwards, not backwards.

Chris Thorman
Workington Town

A lot of the traditionalists like these grounds but for me, moving forward, we need a new stadium."

Chris Thorman

Watch: Cumbria's top tweeting shepherd is back on line

Martin Lewes


For the social media fans out there, the Cumbrian hill farmer James Rebanks has started tweeting to his 114,000 followers again.

He's put out a selection of highlights from his year of abstaining from Twitter, of which this is one of the best.

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Police welcome sentence on child abuser

Police have welcomed a 10-year jail sentence handed down at Carlisle Crown Court to a man who abused two children a number of years ago.

Svenn Richard Norendal, 66, was found guilty after a trial of eight charges yesterday.

Sgt Nick Oliver, the investigating officer, said: "He put his victims through vile abuse.

"Hopefully the sentence will go some way to giving the victims the justice they deserve."

Svenn Norendal

Your photos: Blooming nice when the sun breaks through

It has not been the greatest summer so far, but the bluebells a few weeks ago were memorable, and Joe Hewer found the summer wildflowers making a strong takeover in Gosforth. The sun came out, too.

Joe Hewer

If you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, or on Twitter.

Hedgehog signs 'need a touch of humour'

There's been a welcome in Cumbria for new signs featuring a picture of a hedgehog that are going to appear on roads to warn motorists of the likely presence of wildlife.

Hedgehohg road sign
Department for Transport

They'll be placed in areas where there are large number of hedgehogs, otters and badgers.

Some roads in Cumbria already have specific signs warning of red squirrels or rare toads.

George Scott from the Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust near Wigton says the signs will have more chance of working if an element of humour is used in the design.

Wouldn't it be nice to involve the kids and let them design the signs ... and hopefully the parents will take more notice of it."

George Scott

First plans submitted for Morecambe's Eden Project North

The first plans for Morecambe's £85m Eden Project have been submitted.

Environmental reports lodged with Lancaster City Council reveal the the shell-shaped seaside attraction will be no more than 121ft (37m) tall, the same height as the town's Grade II listed Midland Hotel.

Eden Project artist's impression

Proposals were announced last year to replicate Cornwall's Eden Project in the resort.

Eden Project International Limited said it hoped to open Eden Project North in 2023 and attract between 760,000 visitors per year.

Ex-partner is jailed again for eighth breach of order

A man's been jailed for 14 months at Carlisle Crown Court after admitting breaching a restraining order, banning him from approaching his ex-partner, for the eighth time.

Elijah Ali, 29, is homeless and was sent to prison in January after he breached the order for the seventh time.

This time he was found by police in the woman's back garden in Carlisle, having climbed over a 6ft high locked gate.

Anthony Parkinson, defending, said: "It is a nuisance-type breach, as opposed to anything more sinister," but Judge James Adkin said a breach of the licence meant prison.

Barber who drove after smoking drug is banned

A hairdresser who breached a suspended sentence by driving under the influence of cannabis has been fined £600 and lost his licence for a year.

Christian Newland, 20, of Greystoke, near Penrith, had been given the suspended sentence in 2017 for possessing an imitation firearm in public.

Last November, Newland was stopped after police saw him driving erratically in Penrith, and a roadside test proved positive.

He admitted drug-driving and being in breach of the suspended sentence, and appeared at Carlisle Crown Court for sentence.

Judge Andrew Jeffries was told Newland had done everything asked of him under the previous court decision, and was due to start work as a barber in London next month.

Cumbrian brewery to roll out more barrels with EU grant

The Kendal-based Bowness Bay Brewing company is hoping to quadruple production after it won grant funding to buy new equipment.

Richard Husbands
Bowness Bay Brewing

The £60,000 grant from a European fund for rural development paid for six 5,000 litre fermenters and a machine which will help the firm increase output to more than 1,000 kegs a month.

Richard Husbands, who founded the brewery, said increasing demand meant the company needed new equipment to step up production without losing quality.

Bowness Bay Brewing produces 12 beers at Castle Mills in Kendal, and won two gold awards at the from the Society of Independent Brewers last year.

Third man held as police probe Whitehaven attack

Cumbria Police have made a third arrest after a man was found with serious head injuries in Whitehaven last week.

Scenes of Crime tent in College Street

Officers say the 30-year-old man from West Yorkshire is still in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, where his condition is said to be "stable".

Now a 23-year-old man from Whitehaven has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Two other men - aged 44 and 35 - who were arrested last week, have been released under investigation.

Rescued fell walker comes back with donation for team

A fell walker who survived 48 hours lost in bitter winter conditions after falling on Scafell Pike has returned to give what's described as "a significant donation" to the rescue team which covers England's highest mountain.

Richard Cockerham
Wasdale MRT

Richard Cockerham (centre, holding book) injured both his wrists in the fall and was unable to find his way down. He was eventually found alive by a search and rescue dog handler, 48 hours later.

He presented money raised with an event he had organised with colleagues in London.

Richard Warren from the team said it had been a remarkable story of survival.

It is always great to meet up with those we have rescued, family members and friends.

Richard WarrenWasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Mountain rescue team marks 50 years since fatal rockfall

Members of the Cockermouth mountain rescue team gathered yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of a training accident which cost the lives of two of their colleagues.

Cockermouth survivors
Cockermouth MRT

In what is probably still the worst accident to befall any of the volunteer teams in Britain, team members were hit by a rockfall as they practised lowering a stretcher from Low Crag, near Buttermere.

John 'Jock' Thompson, who was leader of the team, was killed and a second, Michael Stephenson, died of his injuries the following day.

Survivors of the accident (pictured) and members of today's team held a short service at the crag and laid a wreath in memory of the two men.

Crarey praises Raiders after Halifax hammered

BBC Cumbria Sport

Head coach Paul Crarey said his Barrow Raiders were magnificent after they beat Halifax 21-8 in yesterday's rugby league.

His side are still in the Championship relegation zone by a point, but the Raiders' coach believes the win will have a big impact on their season.

Paul Crarey

We were measured and methodical, explosive when we needed to be, but defensively I thought we were outstanding."

Paul Crarey

Rugby league: Whitehaven slip, but still top after Newcastle loss

BBC Cumbria Sport

Whitehaven are still two points clear at the top of League One, but Gary Charlton's side lost for the first time since February, when Newcastle scored late to beat them 26-20.

You give good teams good field positions, like we did Newcastle, and they are going to punish you."

Gary CharltonWhitehaven Coach

Bungalow badly damaged in fire

Firefighters from Brampton, Lazonby and Carlisle were called in when a bungalow caught fire at Newbiggin yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters tackle blaze
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

No one was hurt, but the home was badly damaged by the blaze, which started just before 14:00, and firefighters spent much of the afternoon dealing with it.

North Shore 'shows vision for Whitehaven's future '

Jade Taylorson

BBC Cumbria reporter

Whitehaven could be a thriving community with a sustainable future, according to an expert in developing urban areas.

The president of the Royal Town Planning Institute has been visiting west Cumbria to see key development sites involved in the North Shore scheme, where work has recently got under way.

Whitehaven Bus Station

Ian Tant told BBC Radio Cumbria he applauds the vision of those involved in the £350m project.

Whitehaven has an opportunity to do something really good for the long-term future of the town and something that reaches out to everybody in the town."

Ian TantPresident of the Royal Town Planning Institute

Severe congestion: A590 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

A590 Cumbria southbound severe congestion, from A591 to M6 J36.

A590 Cumbria - It's heavy and heavier than usual on A590 southbound from Brettargh Holt Roundabout in Sedgwick to Kirkby Lonsdale in Crooklands.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, at J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 northbound at J33, A6 (Lancaster South), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Illegal migrants found in city cannabis farm are jailed

Two Albanian illegal immigrants found caring for a cannabis farm on a Carlisle industrial estate have been jailed.

Elidon Hajdarmataj, 24, and 26-year-old Rafael Hysaj were found by police at the unit in Rosehill, inside which were 330 cannabis plants with a street value between £99,000 and £247,000.

Cannabis farm
Cumbria Police

Hajdarmataj and Hysaj, who had been living at the unit, told police they had been brought there from London and put to work.

They admitted cannabis production, and were each jailed for two years.

Judge Andrew Jefferies QC told the pair, both of no fixed address: "I accept you are highly unlikely to have been the organisers of this, but you were actively producing that cannabis, no doubt under direction."

Flood gear goes to help storm-hit eastern counties

The Environment Agency keeps some of the country's most powerful portable flood defences in Cumbria, but when the rain falls somewhere else, it goes where it is needed most.

It has barely stopped raining for a week in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, and a burst dyke cause serious flooding in some areas.

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Carer who stole £3,440 from pensioner is jailed for a year

A carer who stole thousands of pounds from a vulnerable pensioner she was employed to look after has been jailed for a year.

Laura Elizabeth Brunskill
Cumbria Police

Laura Brunskill, 23, of Lady Anne Drive, Brough, stole a total of £3,440 from the 71-year-old vascular dementia and Alzheimer's sufferer, often withdrawing hundreds of pounds at a time from ATMs without her permission, and spending the money on show tickets and a holiday.

Brunskill admitted four theft charges and her lawyer, Brian Williams, said she was remorseful over the offences which were "completely and utterly baffling" and "out of character".

Jailing Brunskill, Judge Andrew Jefferies QC spoke of a "remarkable breach of trust", telling her: "Only immediate custody is appropriate in this case to punish you for what is a terribly mean offence."

Police to target Cumbria's worst drivers

Cumbria police has started an operation to identify the county's most dangerous drivers and target them.

Newly-qualified drivers who show signs of developing bad habits will be advised, so they know police are watching them, but officers say experienced drivers who regularly break the law will be taken to court.

Cumbria Police

Drivers who regularly get behind the wheel when drunk or high on drugs, or who use cars for crime, will be among those classified as medium or high risk under Operation Dreadnought.

I expect firm education for low-risk drivers, and robust action to be taken against offenders who just don’t get the message and think they are above the law.”

Peter McCallPolice and Crime Commissioner

Barrow drivers 'vandalise sign to avoid parking rules'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

The Mayor of Barrow says "no parking" signs in the town are being vandalised to make the regulations unenforceable.

Councillor Kevin Hamilton was speaking after seeing figures showing Barrow had the smallest number of parking tickets issued of any of Cumbria's six districts.

Vandalised parking sign in Barrow

Mr Hamilton said Barrow suffered from a lack of clear signs and lines, and civil enforcement officers cannot penalise errant parkers if the signs are vandalised or the lines are broken.

A county council spokesman said the low number of tickets issued could be for various reasons, including BAE Systems encouraging staff to park responsibly and providing more car parking, and that the amount of through traffic was less than other areas of Cumbria.

Ambulance crews battled to save man who fell into lake

Police say the man who died after falling into Windermere earlier this week was 57 and from Heversham, near Milnthorpe.

Emergency services were called to Glebe Road, one of the busiest tourist areas in the Lake District, just before 13:00 on Wednesday, and medical staff from the ambulance and air ambulance tried in vain to save the man's life.

Police say the coroner has been informed, and they have no reason to be suspicious about the man's death.

Cumbrian schools need extra money, researchers say

Researchers say eight schools in Cumbria should be among those getting extra funding under recent proposals.

A report from the think tank, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, says young people in the north from poorer families do not do as well as they should, and the organisation has identified schools around the country that have a high proportion of children from poor backgrounds.

Henri Murison from the partnership says an extra £1bn should be channeled towards such schools in the north.

Anonymous school stock picture
Getty Images

Police say Appleby Fair hotline 'had positive response'

Police say 450 people called a special hotline set up for the Appleby Horse Fair, and it may become a fixture for future years.

Bowtop caravans and police car

People calling the police non-emergency line on 101 were given an option to speak directly to officers dealing with horse fair issues, and were put through on average in 75 seconds, a spokesman said.

Temporary Ch Supt Rob O'Connor, who was in charge of operations for the horse fair, said local residents had asked for a dedicated telephone line, and the response had been positive.

We always look to learn lessons from every fair and will look at whether we can continue to put this resource in place for future Appleby Horse Fairs.”

Ch Supt Rob O'Connor

Two arrested after man badly hurt in Whitehaven attack

Two people have been arrested after a man was attacked in Whitehaven early this morning.

Police say they found the 30-year-old with serious head injuries in College Street at 03:20.

College Street, Whitehaven

He was taken to the west Cumberland Hospital and was being transferred to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle this morning.

Police say two men, aged 44 and 35, have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

The force has appealed for anyone who saw the attack or knows anything about the circumstances to come forward.

Police ask for help after girl, 12, robbed

A 12-year-old girl in Barrow was hit with a crowbar by two teenage boys who then stole her mobile phone, police say.

Officers have just appealed for witnesses to the robbery which they say happened on Wednesday 5 June at about 19:30 in the field behind Lesh Lane Stores.

June is busiest year in county, says RSPCA

The RSPCA says June is shaping up to be its busiest month of the year again.

It is the height of the breeding season and many of the calls are about young animals.

Off the 1,489 calls to the charity's inspectors last year, 273 were in June.


Councillors want parking stewards, not lollipop patrols

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

Swapping lollipop men and women for parking stewards is one move being considered by county councillors, in response to a shortage of recruits.

Five of the eight established school crossings in the area are struggling to find a new patrol, and in some more rural schools, members of the county council's South Lakeland committee are considering using the money its not spending on vacant crossings to perhaps employ parking stewards instead to improve safety.

Lollipop person

Travel: Emergency works on A6

BBC News Travel

There is a 30mph limit on the A6 just south of Shap Fell at Hucks Bridge, while a collapsed wall is repaired.

Severe accident: A590 Cumbria eastbound

BBC News Travel

A590 Cumbria eastbound severe accident, from A6 to A591.

A590 Cumbria - Temporary closure and stationary on A590 eastbound in Levens from Levens Hall to Brettargh Holt Roundabout, because of a serious accident involving a car.

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

Bay barrage firm to meet energy minister

The company that wants to build tidal barrages across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary is going to put its case to the Government.

The Energy Secretary Greg Clark promised to listen to the business case in response to a question from the independent MP for Barrow and Furness, John Woodcock.

Last week Northern Tidal Power Gateways told a meeting in Kendal about its plans, which could generate enough power for 2m homes as well as providing dual carriageway road links, but are likely to meet objections because of the impact on the bay's wildlife.

Map of Morecambe Bay and Duddon barrage plans

Anima shelter blames slug pellets for hedgehogs influx

Mark McAlindon

BBC Look North

Gardeners are being asked not to use slug pellets, after a rise in the number of hedgehogs being taken to an animal sanctury in North Cumbria.

Staff at Knoxwood, near Wigton, say they are receiving record numbers of poorly hedgehogs for this time of year; and some of them show symptoms of poisoning.

The Government announced last year that the pesticide metaldehyde, which is often found in slug pellets, would be banned by 2020 because of the risk it poses to wildlife.


Usually at this time of year we have very few hedgehogs other than injured ones that have been picked up on the roadside, but for some reason we've got babies, we've got mothers, dads, we've got the whole shebang."

George ScottFounder of Knoxood

Cumbria's weather: Rain easing, then returning

BBC Weather

Rain will continue to ease this evening and it should become largely dry for a time.

Another area of rain is likely to arrive after midnight, with a cloudy and wet end to the night expected, with minimum temperatures from 3C to 6C (37F to 43F).

Weather graphic

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

Severe accident: A590 Cumbria westbound

BBC News Travel

A590 Cumbria westbound severe accident, from A591 to A6.

A590 Cumbria - A590 in Levens closed and it's slow westbound from Brettargh Holt Roundabout to Levens Hall, because of a serious accident involving a car and accident investigation work.

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