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Cumbria's weather: Scattered showers and windy

BBC Weather

A few scattered showers are possible, but on the whole it will be a largely dry night with clear spells and variable cloud.

It will be windy in places with lowest temperatures around 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

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Ombudsman orders council to say sorry to family

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cumbria County Council has been ordered to apologise to a father and his children, and to pay them more than £1,000 in compensation, after a watchdog found failings in the way he was helped to care for his daughters.

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman ruled that the authority’s mishandling of a children’s services complaint caused the family “distress, uncertainty and frustration”.

The council accepted that the service was not good enough but has now promised to act on the recommendations, stressing that “significant improvements” had been made.

The complainant, identified in the report only as Mr Q, asked the council for help in 2015 because he felt unable to cope with his two daughters, and the next year there was an allegation of physical assault by the father on one of his daughters.

He later claimed that the council had not provided him with adequate support, had not shown “empathy or sincerity” and failed to deal properly with his complaints.

Cumbria House, Carlisle

Work poised to start on new Pooley bridge

Cumbria County Council says it is now ready to start work on the new bridge at Pooley Bridge, and will start by removing the temporary crossing next month.

The three stone arches of the original historic bridge were swept away during Storm Desmond in 2015.

Pooley Bridge artist's impression
Cumbria County Council

It will mean no car access from the western side of the River Eamont and the steamer pier until next spring, although a footbridge will be put into place and parking will be provided.

This will take about a week, during which time a bus service will be provided to take visitors around the lengthy diversion.

The £5m project should be complete in time for next summer.

We appreciate there will be disruption for the local community, businesses and visitors while there’s no road crossing the river and I’d like to thank people for their patience and understanding during this period.”

Councillor Keith LittleCumbria County Council

Manager who stole £45,000 electronic goods is jailed

A Currys PC World account manager who stole more than £45,000 of high value goods from the firm's Kendal store has been jailed.

Joshua Charles Nicholson
Cumbria Police

Joshua Charles Nicholson, 25, exploited a loophole in the company's system to create bogus invoices and receipts which allowed him to take goods including iPhones, televisions and computers from the company's Kendal store..

Nicholson, of Low Biggins, Carnforth, said he had "no idea" why he had stolen around 100 items, and admitted theft and two charges of making a false representation.

Recorder Michael Murray jailed Nicholson, of Low Biggins, Carnforth, for 18 months.

Cumbria's weather: Rain edging away later

BBC Weather

Rain persisting at first this afternoon before edging away to the southeast, allowing more in the way of drier spells.

It will be rather windy throughout.

Maximum Temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

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Businesses angry as Kendal bridge shuts again

Businesses have been expressing their frustration over the latest closure of Victoria Bridge in Kendal, after divers discovered new damage cause by the River Kent when it was in spate earlier this week.

The bridge was first damaged by Storm Desmond, and temporary repairs were made, but since engineers began work to fix the structure permanently, it has been undermined and closed twice, and heavy rain today is expected to make matters worse.

Bridge closed signage
Cumbria County Council

Cumbria highways officials say the perfect solution would be a new bridge, but that would mean closing one of just five road crossings that connect the two halves of the town for many months and needs major capital investment.

Cumbria County Council officials say the latest closure is likely to last a week to 10 days, and they will have engineers working all the available hours to get the work done as soon as possible.

To get to work in the morning and for guests to get here it's just a nightmare for everybody."

Jennifer BoowGeneral manager, Riverside Hotel

Whatever they're trying to do obviously is not working so there has to be a plan B."

Patrick Brennandfuel station owner

Police step up patrols to deter 'loutish drunkeness'

Police in Allerdale say they are taking new measures to try to prevent "drunken, loutish behaviour" on the streets of Workington after three people were charged following an incident in the town centre last week.

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Cumbria Police

A no drinking zone was already in place but enforcement is being stepped up, including patrols by police officers and community support officers, and extra signs pointing out the restrictions on consuming alcohol in the street.

The partner agencies are determined to make this vital shopping area free from drunken loutish behaviour and from people causing anti-social behaviour. "

Sgt Mitchell FranksCumbria Police

More patients contacted over bogus psychiatrist

Health authorities in Scotland have started sending letters to patients treated by the bogus psychiatrist, Zholia Alemi, who was jailed last year by a Carlisle Crown Court judge for fraud and then turned out to be unqualified.

Zholia Alemi
Cumbria Police

Alemi had worked for 22 years all over the UK, despite her lack of qualifications, and just one Scottish health board has traced 395 patients she was involved with, 24 of whom she ordered detained under mental health legislation.

Now all Scottish health boards are reviewing their records and BBC Scotland understands the first letters are about to be sent, "to offer appropriate advice and support".

Police hunt man after racist abuse

Police in Carlisle are trying to trace a man who shouted racist abuse at another man in Fusehill Street in the city at about 05:00 on Wednesday morning.

Cumbria's weather: Wet all day

BBC Weather

It will be a wet start for many with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west, some heavy and thundery.

It will be rather breezy throughout, with highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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Travel: Kendal bridge closed in both directions

BBC News Travel

Victoria Bridge, which carries the A6 across the River Kent, was closed in both directions last night after an examination of new flood damage.

It's at least the second time rising river levels after heavy rain have undermined the bridge supports as engineers try to make permanent repairs to damage originally caused by Storm Desmond, almost four years ago.

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Cumbria's weather: Dry at first, turning cloud with rain

BBC Weather

It will be a largely dry and clear start to the night, but turning increasingly cloudy, with some patchy rain pushing in from the west by dawn.

Lowest temperatures will be from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

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Project clears the view from lake to the Langdale Pikes

The steep path up to one of the lesser-known hilltops overlooking Windermere has been cleared and rebuilt by volunteers and council workers, with trees being cut back to make the most of spectacular views.

Biskey Howe

Local people from the Windermere and Bowness Civic Society worked with staff from South Lakeland Council's parks team to repair and install new steps up the path to Biskey Howe, clear rhododendron bushes and fell diseased trees.

This week staff from South Lakeland and members of the Civic Society gathered to see the results.

Cumbria sees sharp increase in drug deaths

Official figures show that drug deaths in Cumbria have risen by 40% in five years.

In 2013 there were 102 deaths from drug poisoning in the county, but by 2018 that number had risen to 142.

Heroin being heated

Across England and Wales, fatalities from drug-taking rose by 17% to reach record numbers last year, with the number of deaths passing 2,900.

One company dealing with addiction treatment, UKAT, said that in 2013, local authorities in the North West responding to a Freedom of Information request had spent £89m helping addicts, but in this financial year that sum had fallen to £73m.

Former US Navy Admiral takes chair of nuclear board

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A former US Navy admiral turned Sellafield director has this week been voted in as chairman of Copeland council’s nuclear board.

Steven Morgan
Copeland BC

Members of the authority’s Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board supported Steven Morgan because of his extensive experience within the industry, and councillor Sam Pollen nominated him because he is “politically neutral” and acceptable to Conservative and Labour members of the panel.

Mr Morgan has worked on submarines, in the civil service on both sides of the Atlantic, and has had high-profile jobs in the nuclear industry.

Police find driver's drugs after passenger stops bus on M6

A coach driver who had taken drugs was driving so erratically that one passenger eventually pulled on the handbrake to bring him to a halt of the hard shoulder of the M6, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Stuart Jones
Craig McGlasson

Stuart John Jones, 42, seemed to be "in another world", and after police arrived at the bus near Burton-in-Kendal, he was found to be in possession of class A methylamphetamine and class C diazepam and lorazepam.

Jones, of Ffynnongroyw, Holywell, North Wales, admitted dangerous driving and possessing the three drugs.

Recorder Michael Murray suspended a 12-month prison term for two years, telling Jones to complete 200 hours' unpaid work, rehabilitation and a three-year driving ban.

You could have killed somebody because of this irresponsibility"

Recorder Michael Murray

Cumbria's weather: Sunnier, but still cool

BBC Weather

This afternoon should become increasingly dry, with clouds breaking up to reveal a good deal of sunny spells.

The odd shower may still be possible though, and highest temperatures will only be from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F)

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Cumbria's weather: Showers, then clouds breaking

BBC Weather

A few scattered showers are possible, but for most places it should be largely dry with clouds breaking through the morning to allow a good deal of sunshine and highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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CCTV image released in burglary investigation

People over the age of 70 have been targeted in a number of burglaries in west and south Cumbria, police say.

A similar method has been used in all of them with the offender or offenders getting in through an insecure door and searching the premises, apparently unconcerned if the occupants are inside.

Cumbria Police said the offender is always described as smartly dressed.

Among the areas targeted are Kendal, Askam-in-Furness, Dalton-in-Furness, Millom, Haverigg and Bootle.

A photo of a man police would like to speak to as part of their investigations has been released.

They say the burglaries may or may not be linked and people are being asked to keep their doors locked.

CCTV image in Cunbria burglaries investigation

Watch: Scotch argus butterflies in Cumbria

BBC Cumbria

Every year, clouds of Scotch argus butterflies put on an incredible display in Cumbria, the only place in England where they can be found.

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New operator for West Coast mainline

FirstGroup is to take over the running of the West Coast mainline which runs from London to Glasgow via Cumbria.

Along with Italian firm Trenitalia, FirstGroup said the route would pave the way for an era of high speed rail.

First Trenitalia replaces Virgin Trains, which was barred from bidding to keep the route.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the bid was part of a shift to a new model for rail.

West Coast mainline

Crash death man and teenager named

A man and teenager who died in a crash on a rural road in Cumbria have been named.

The collision involving a Vauxhall Astra and an HGV happened on the B5302 near Abbeytown on Monday lunchtime.

Andrew Frith, 58 and the driver of the Astra, was pronounced dead at the scene along with 15-year-old Jodie-Anne Frith. Both were from Silloth.

Cumbria Police has appealed for witnesses to the crash at about 13:30.

How can you cut the cost of school uniform

It's the time of year when many parents are buying their children's school uniform, which some say can cost more than £200. What can they do to make it cheaper?

Research by market analysts Mintel suggests British parents spend about £1.2bn on clothing and equipment for school.

The Department for Education (DfE) asked 1,183 parents about uniform costs in 2015 and found it came to almost £213 per child. Adjusting its figures for inflation, it would make the average cost of uniform in 2019 almost £230 per pupil.

Cumbria's one of the few councils in England still offering financial support to parents.

In England schools can use the funding they get from the DfE's pupil premium- money allocated for children from poorer backgrounds.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association said funding cuts from central government had resulted in councils finding it "increasingly difficult" to provide grants for school uniforms.

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Woman's body found on Maryport shoreline

The death of a woman whose body was found on the shoreline at Maryport is being treated as unexplained, police said.

A member of the public found the body near the golf course shortly before 10:00.

Cumbria Police said formal identification has not yet taken place and inquiries are ongoing.

Serious two-vehicle collision closes road

The B5302 near Abbeytown has been closed after a serious two-vehicle collision, police say.

Cumbria Police said the road is likely to remain closed for some time and drivers are advised to choose alternative routes.

Impact of suicide on family and friends highlighted

BBC Cumbria

The impact of a suicide on the family and friends who are left behind is being highlighted by a local charity today.

Suicide Bereavement Support has been part of the national charity Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide for the last nine years.

But has now decided to operate independently. It says this will able it to target its support more effectively, and to help more people.

Cumbria flash flooding: Flood warning remain in place

Two flood warnings remain in place for Cumbria - at Keswick Campsite and River Eden in the Carlisle area.

There are also about 12 flood alerts for rivers across the county, that's the lowest level of alert issued by the Environment Agency.

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service says it was called out to rescue people who had got stuck in water at Levens near Kendal yesterday morning.

Five engines were sent to the area, and crews worked with other rescue agencies on the search and rescue operation.

Warning about thunderstorms on Saturday

There is a yellow warning for thunderstorms throughout Saturday.

The Met Office says slow-moving thundery showers may produce some torrential downpours which could cause local flooding and disruption to travel. You can find more details here.

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Cumbria's weather: Heavy showers and thunder

BBC Weather

Showers are expected to continue through the evening and overnight, some heavy and perhaps thundery. It will start to become windier during the night.

Minimum temperatures will reach 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

A yellow Met Office weather warning for rain remains in place until midnight.

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Three people charged after Workington incident

Three people have been charged after what Cumbria Police have called an "incident" in Workington yesterday afternoon.

Two men and a woman are all accused of obstructing a police officer.

Two of them face further charges - one of assaulting an emergency worker, and the other of violent behaviour in a police station and a public order offence.

They'll all appear at hearings at Workington’s Magistrates’ Court later this month.

Missing Winster man found

Cumbria Police say a 21-year-old man who went missing from Winster, near Bowness, has been found.

Officers shared an appeal to find Jadroslav Cermac on Tuesday.

Girl, 16, missing from Kirkbride

A 16-year-old is missing from her home in Kirkbride, near Wigton.

Simone Fisher was last seen on Botchergate in Carlisle on Wednesday night.

The police say the teenager, who is 5ft 3in, slim and with long dark brown hair, has links to Barrow.

She was last seen wearing black jeans, a black crop top, a black denim jacket with white trainers.

Picture of Simone Fisher
Cumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Woman walking 20,000 miles makes way through Cumbria

A woman who's aiming to walk about 20,000 miles is currently tackling the part of her journey that passes through Cumbria.

Karen Penny, from South Wales, is walking around the entire coast of the UK and Ireland.

She's raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, after her husband's parents both died of the condition.

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Karen set out on her journey in January and is aiming to raise £100,000 before finishing in 2023.

It is a huge target but honestly, a couple of hundred pounds off £40,000 in just over six -and-a-half months - that's because Alzheimer's affects so many people. They all want to contribute as much as they can."

Cumbria's weather: heavy rain and thunder

BBC Weather

There will be rain at first today, this heavy in places, but it should clear during the morning.

The afternoon will see some sunny intervals but with heavy, locally thundery showers expected.

A yellow Met Office weather warning for rain remains in place until midnight tonight.

Maximum temperatures will reach 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

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More than 100 firearms removed from Cumbria's streets

More than 100 firearms were surrendered in during an amnesty run by Cumbria Police.

The 112 weapons have been handed in to stations across the county in the last two weeks.

Surrendered firearms
Cumbria Police

They include 20 shotguns, 13 air pistols and eight handguns.

It comes after forces across the country appealed to the public between 20 July and 4 August to hand in any unlicensed or unwanted firearms.

Those who handed over weapons didn't face prosecution.

Many of these weapons were simply sitting in houses unused, some were antiques or trophies of war that have been passed down through generations. The danger of these weapons is that they could fall into the hands of a criminal which could cause serious or fatal injury."

Supt Andrew WilkinsonCumbria Police

Farmers take part in industry's biggest online event

Cumbrian farmers are taking part in their industry's biggest online event today, to publicise what they do on social media.

They'll post pictures and videos of what they're doing during the day, as part of the #FARM24 campaign.

The organisers, Farmers Guardian newspaper, hope to reach an even bigger audience than last years' event, which they say was seen by more than 100 million people on Twitter.

Hannah Jackson, who is known as Cumbria's Red Shepherdess, says she hopes the event will educate people who don't live in rural areas about the realities of life on a farm.

It's just giving people a very realistic view of what we do every day. The hard work that goes in, the passion that goes in, the enthusiasm, and how well cared for our animals are really."

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Number of women and girls caught carrying knives rises

The number of women and girls caught carrying knives in England is rising with nearly 6,000 offences recorded in the past five years.

Figures from 38 police forces, including Cumbria, show a 73% increase in possession offences among females.

In Cumbria, the police say that in 2014 there were five cases, in 2017 there were 17 and in 2018 there were 14.

Youth workers say some women carry blades for protection, while others act as couriers for men as they're less likely to be searched by police.

Knives on a table

Cumbria's weather: dry and cloudy

It will be dry today with a cloudy morning and gentle winds, but there will be some sunshine in the afternoon.

Maximum temperatures will reach 17 to 20C (63 to 68F).

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Cumbria's weather: dry and sunny evening

BBC Weather

This evening will be mostly dry and sunny, with any showers quickly fading. Later on conditions will stay dry with long clear spells.

Minimum temperatures will reach 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).

A yellow Met Office weather warning for thunderstorms remains in place until 22:00 this evening.

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Road accident victims remembered during awareness month

Twenty six people have died on Cumbria's roads in the last 12 months because of dangerous driving, and more than 1,500 have been injured, according to the county's police and crime commissioner.

Peter McCall says they will be remembered as part of National Road Victims month, a national campaign to highlight the consequences of dangerous driving.

The message is clear: for your own safety and that of other road users, please drive safely or face the consequences of your actions.”

Peter McCall