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Cumbria's weather: A dry night with some clear spells

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells but also the occasional cloudier interlude.

Light winds may lead to the occasional patch of mist or fog, with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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

Police renew 'wanted' call over drug offences

Police have renewed their call for sightings of Louis Simpson, 26, in connection with drug offences in Carlisle.

Louis Simpson
Cumbria Police

Officers say he has a Liverpudlian accent, and connections in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire, and the force broadcast an appeal for information on the BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow programme today.

Sean Cleaver
Cumbria Police

On the same programme, police said they also wanted to speak to Sean Cleaver, 25, who has been wanted since July 2017 for offences in Carlisle including robbery and offering to supply heroin.

Man charged after woman is found with serious injury

A 62-year-old man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm after a woman aged 64 was found in a house in Keswick with a serious head injury, police say.

Officers were called to the house in St Kentigern Close at 23:20 on Wednesday night, by ambulance paramedics.

Patrick Webster, from Walker Road, Aberdeen, appeared before magistrates in Workington this afternoon and was remanded to appear before Carlisle Crown Court on 14 October.

The woman was said by police to be in a serious condition in the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle.

Work starts to improve Whitehaven's North Shore 'gateway'

There'll be roadworks in Whitehaven from Monday as the next phase of a project to improve one of the entrances to the town gets underway.

The county council's contractors are improving the junction where Bransty Row meets North Shore Road.

North Shore junction

Cumbria's weather: Dry, sunny spells, but cooler

BBC Weather

It should be a dry afternoon with plenty of sunny spells but also the occasional cloudier interlude.

There will be light winds, but it will feel cooler with highest temperatures from 14C to 17C (57F to 63°F).

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Lengthy road closures after crashes to be discussed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Councillors and police are to discuss the disruption caused when the A590, the only main road into Barrow, is closed by accidents.

Crash scene on A590
Cumbria Police

High Furness councillor Matt Brereton told a meeting there was still work to be done about accident blackspots, but he was also concerned about the way surrounding roads were used as rat-runs when the main roads were closed.

Councillor Keith Little, who is in charge of highways and also had a 27-year career in the fire service, said the length of time the road was now closed after accidents was "unacceptable".

I attended numerous road accidents on many busy roads and there was always a desire, particularly by the police, to get the road open very quickly and get the traffic flowing.”

Keith Little

It is leading to problems with congestion, speeding through 30mph zones and putting extra strain on the roads maintenance the county highways have to deal with.”

Matt Brereton

Runner Rosie finds a welcome on the way to Mongolia

A young Cumbrian woman who's running to Mongolia to draw attention to climate change says she's had a great response from the people she's met so far.

Rosie Watson
Rosie Watson

Rosie Watson, from Loweswater, started in August and has now reached Germany.

She hopes to publicise what's being done by groups along her route to highlight the problems of a warming climate, and ways to limit its effect.

Rosie says hospitality along the way has included one family who found out about her challenge on social media, and offered a bed for the night.

They ended up giving me clothes to wear so I could wash everything I had, fed me, gave me a bed and the day I left was my birthday so they made be birthday pancakes."

Rosie Watson

Number of Cumbrians on new benefit passes 16,000

The number of people in Cumbria claiming Universal Credit because they are either low-paid, unable to work or unemployed has now reached 16,131, figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show.

The introduction of the new system, which replaces six different benefits, now covers the whole of the county, for anyone making a new claim.

Around one third of those claiming are in work, and the way the new benefit is paid monthly, sometimes with a delay before the first payment, has been blamed for some people having to use food banks.

But ministers say the system is a force for good, giving people personalised support and helping them find work.

£15m plan could bring new dawn for Carlisle station

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Plans for a £15m facelift around Carlisle's Citadel Station should be published next week so the public can say what they think about the proposals.

Carlisle station at dawn

It will be the first concrete results in the county of the Borderlands Growth Deal, which could see up to £394m spent in counties on both sides of the border between England and Scotland.

The county council's leader, Labour councillor Stewart Young, says improvements have been needed for a while.

There's been a long-standing aspiration to address some of the shortcomings of the station, particularly the congestion in Court Square where the cars are picking people up and dropping them off, and people are arriving on foot."

Stewart Young

Cumbria's weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It should be a dry and largely settled day as high pressure starts to build, with plenty of sunny spells.

There will be light winds, but it will be a cooler day, with highest temperatures from 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).

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Inspectors say health trust still 'needs improvement'

A trust that provides health care in parts of South Cumbria has been rated as "requiring improvement" again after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Lancashire Care sign

The inspectors highlighted concerns at the Lancashire Care trust over "patient safety and privacy" and found 37 issues that must be dealt with immediately.

The report said staff were caring and there were examples of outstanding treatment in dental services and the child and adolescent mental health ward.

Police renew appeal after Brampton attack

Police investigating an attack on a man near Brampton last month say the driver of a white Ford Focus could have vital information.

The victim was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for stomach injuries from a sharp implement in the attack on the Brampton Junction road near the railway line, on Friday 30 August.

The local man, in his thirties, was treated and released the same day after the attack, which happened just after 13:00.

The attacker fled in a pick-up, towing a livestock trailer, travelling towards Kirkhouse.

Cumbria's weather: Clear spells and winds easing

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain will soon clear, leaving it dry and allowing plenty of clear spells overnight.

The winds should ease in the early hours with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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Council says bridge 'should not need to close again'

We have a litle more on our report earlier that repairs to Victoria Bridge in Kendal will not be complete until next summer.

Because of the rare species that live in the river, work is only allowed for a few months a year, and engineers this summer found their attempts to repair damage by Storm Desomond were interrupted so badly by heavy rain pushing up water levels that they are now running out of time.

This afternoon a Cumbria County Council spokesman said work would continue until the end of October, when the Environment Agency's "window" for working in the river ends.

Works to complete the permanent repair of Victoria Bridge will then recommence in the spring when the window re-opens.

We do not anticipate any further closures of the bridge being necessary throughout the remainder of the works.”

Cumbria's weather: Cloud, rain and brisk winds

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain roll in from the north-west through this afternoon, and any sunshine will be in short supply.

Winds will be moderate to brisk, with highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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Police appeal for sightings of missing Egremont man

Police have appealed again for help tracing Peter Jewell, 67, from Egremont, who has been missing since 18 August.

Peter Jewell
Cumbria Police

Mr Jewell has since only been seen once, in a pub in Barrow, the Furness Railway on Abbey Road, on 3 September.

Kendal bridge repair 'may not be complete until next year'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Victoria Bridge in Kendal, damaged in Storm Desmond and closed repeatedly this summer during repairs, may not now be fully fixed until next summer.

Picture Cumbria

The "environmental window" for contractors to get in the River Kent and fix the bridge, had been lost, because of the damage caused by heavy rain this summer, the councillor in charge of highways told a Cumbria County Council meeting in Kendal.

Councillor Keith Little said that after heavy rain, a coffer-dam built to protect repair work channeled raised river levels into part of the bridge that had not been damaged before.

It put twice the volume down there at twice the velocity. That again caused some under-scarring at the footings.

What we are doing at the moment is making the bridge winter safe and putting in the work we need to do which will hopefully keep the bridge open throughout the coming months."

Councillor Keith Little

Northern and TransPennine trains 'worse than in 2018'

Northern and TransPennine Express, the train operating companies that run many services in Cumbria, have been told their performance is worse than it was a year ago.

People waiting for a train
PA Media

Northern was criticised last year when a new timetable was introduced, leading to cancellations and other disruptions.

But Transport for the North says more services were either late or cancelled in July and August this year, than in the same months in 2018.

The rail company has blamed the summer weather, flooding and extreme heat, and says its performance has improved this month.

Westmorland show expected to draw large crowds

About 30,000 people are expected to attend today's Westmorland County Show, said to be Cumbria's biggest one-day event, at the showground near Crooklands, south of Kendal.

Westmorland county show library photo of sheep
Getty Images

Free buses will run between Kendal and the site itself, and drivers are being asked to allow extra time for journeys in the Crooklands and Milnthorpe areas.

Cumbria's weather: 'Tropical remanants' bring in rain

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and partly cloudy start and through the morning, patchy rain associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle will encroach on the area from the north west.

Highest temperatures will be from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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Share of £62m given to flood defence projects

Cumbria now has access to the latest round of money to spend on flood defences.

The government says Cumbria will have a share of more than £62m - which will go to parts of Yorkshire, the North East and the South East.

Projects in Kendal, Egremont and Flimby, near Maryport will receive the funding.

£5m is going to Kendal to pay for the final stage of work in the town.

Egremont will get £1.65m and Flimby is in line for £400,000.

Flooding in Kendal

CCTV released in rugby club theft investigation

Officers investigating a theft from a Cumbrian rugby club have released a CCTV image.

The incident happened at Creighton Rugby Club in Carlisle at about 14:00 on 17 August.

Police would like to speak to the person pictured.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.

CCTV showing a man
Cumbria Police

Wildlife expert starts handing out 200 children's books

A man who walked 200 miles this summer to raise money to buy books for Cumbrian children is starting to hand them out today.

Wildlife expert, Jamie Normington, from Old Hutton near Kendal, raised about £7,500 by walking from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay.

Half of the money will be used to buy 200 copies of the children's wildlife book, "The Lost Words", and the rest will go to the National Autistic Society.

Online child sexual grooming cases jump by a third

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

The number of children being sexually groomed in the North East and Cumbria has jumped by more than a third, according to new data.

The NSPCC says 369 offences of sexual communication with a child were recorded by police in the region in the last year.

The Government has indicated it will publish a draft Online Harms Bill early next year, with tough sanctions if the social networks fail to keep children safe on their platforms.

Cumbria's weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet start, but by the mid-morning, any rain should clear. The rest of the day will be mainly dry and partly cloudy. Windy conditions are expected, with sunny spells and perhaps the odd shower.

Maximum temperatures will reach 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

Cumbria weather forecast

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Calling all budding radio presenters in new voices campaign

The audition for Radio Cumbria is on 29 September at Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre, Finkle Street in Workington, from 10:00 to 16:00 BST.

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Prison inmates to double when jail goes ‘open’

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

There are going to be twice as many inmates in Haverigg Prison, as it is turned into an "open jail".

The Government says later this year Haverigg will start taking low-risk, category D inmates.

The Government wants to increase prison places that boost rehabilitation.

The number of prisoners at Haverigg was halved a couple of years ago after a violent protest, and the numbers will double back to 570 inmates "later this year" when the jail switches to "open" status, housing offenders who pass a "tough risk assessment".

While some in Millom are worried about more inmates being allowed into the community, the town's MP and mayor are both welcoming the development at what is Millom's largest employer.

Haverigg Prison

University to offer tourism degree

BBC Cumbria

The University of Cumbria will be one of the first in the country to offer a masters degree in business administration in tourism.

The industry is worth about £3bn a year to the county and from September 2020 the course will be offered from the Ambleside campus.

Principal lecturer in tourism, Dr Angela Anthonisz, says the course is aimed at people who are already working in the industry:

Lake District

Work under way to prevent power cuts

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

Work to minimise the risk of powercuts is being stepped up, along with investment of more than £90m in Cumbria's electricity network.

Teams are pruning and sometimes felling trees at risk of pulling down lines and are also being put on call in response to any bad weather forecasts.

The company which manages Cumbria's network, Electricity North West, says it's all part of work to improve resilience and minimise the chances of power cuts.

It's part-way through a £91m investment programme with its latest project, a £2m flood-proofing upgrade of Carlisle's substation due to finish next month.

Man who threatened to 'cut' Carlisle door staff spared prison

A man seen with a modified blade after threatening to "cut" Carlisle door staff has been spared immediate prison.

Mohammed Rahsidi, 23, of Valley Mill Lane, Bury, became "aggressive" after being removed from the city's Walkabout nightclub, off Botchergate, during the early hours of 5 May.

Rahsidi later admitted to verbal assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

At Carlisle Crown Court today, he was given a nine-month jail term suspended for 18 months and must also complete unpaid work and was given a night-time curfew.

Mohammed Rahsidi

Egremont's Crab Fair will go ahead

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Egremont's Crab Fair will take place this year, thanks to a local authority intervention.

Cumbria County Council stepped in to fund the £1,000 publicity costs for the centuries old festival.

A temporary traffic regulation order, that protects the public, means there's a requirement by law for September's event to be advertised.

The cash was taken from the authority’s General Provision after it emerged the type of closure in place for this year's festival wasn't correct.

The Crab Fair, which dates back to 1267, will be held on 20 and 21 September.

Police urge people to be wary of doorstep callers

People are being urged to be wary of doorstep callers after reports of a man calling at the home of a vulnerable couple in Carlisle.

Cumbria Police said his actions were suspicious.

Police officers

Sgt Scott Adams of Cumbria Police said: “If anyone knocks at your door carrying out door-to-door selling activities, please ensure that they have identification, a contact telephone number for their head office and a registered business or charity number.

"If anyone has any doubts of the credibility of any doorstep seller then they are not to engage with them and politely decline their business.”

Power tools worth thousands of pounds stolen near Kendal

Cumbria Police say power tools worth £3,000 have been stolen from business premises on an industrial estate near Kendal.

The break-in took happened on the Summerlands industrial estate earlier this week.

An attempt was made to steal a vehicle, but that was found abandoned nearby.

World's first N-power station nears the end of its days

Calder Hall at Sellafield, the world's first operating nuclear power station, has been cleared of fuel for the first time since the 1950s.

Truck taking reactor part to Calder Hall
Sellafield Ltd

The four reactors were built soon after World War Two in the then remote west coast of Cumbria, initially to provide power for the surrounding plants, where uranium and plutonium were being produced for Britain's nuclear weapons

The Magnox design was the template for power stations in Britain and around the world.

The fuel will be reprocessed with reusable fuel being extracted, elsewhere on the Sellafield site, and the Calder Hall reactor buildings will be left to await the rest of the decommissioning process and demolition.

Visitors banned after bug hits hospital wards

Two wards at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven are closed to visitors, after an outbreak of a bug of vomiting and diarrhoea.

Wards 4B and 3A are affected and staff are trying to control and contain the outbreak.

The trust that runs the hospital says people should not visit patients if they feel unwell themselves.

West Cumberland Hospital sign

Cumbria's weater: Heavy rain clearing later

BBC Weather

There may be heavy rain for a time this evening but it should start to clear eastwards in the early hours.

There will be moderate westerly winds and lowest temperatures from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

weather graphic

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Hunt for driver after crash outside One Stop shop

Police are appealing for witnesses after a vehicle failed to stop after a crash outside the One Stop shop in Seaton, near Workington.

The incident, jjust after 09:00 last Tuesday, is said to have involved a dark-coloured Toyota pickup and a red Suzuki Alto.

Football round-up: Bluebirds try to fly from danger zone

BBC Cumbria Sport

In tonight's football, Barrow will try to move out of the National League relelgation places when they host Hartlepool United at Holker Street.

The Bluebirds are without a win in their last three games, and new loan signing Matty Platt sits out the last game of his three-match suspension tonight.

Tonight also sees Northern Premier North West leaders Workington host Colne, looking to extend their 100% start to the new season.

We know we're not going to win every game in the season, we're taking confidence into every game, if the results happen, that's all we can do."

Danny Grainger
  • The Barrow v Hartlepool match is featured with full match commentary on BBC Radio Cumbria Sport from 19:00

Police numbers to climb again, says crime commissioner

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner says in his annual report that police numbers are now higher than when he was elected, and he intends to hire another 20 in the current year.

Peter McCall
Cumbria Police

Mr McCall says he increased the police share of council tax by 10% this year to pay for the growing number of officers, and 70% of more than 2,000 people responding to a consultation supported the increase.

Reported crime in the county increased by 29% last year, but the PCC says this was "mainly due to changes in the way that crime is now recorded", saying the force had been graded as "outstanding" for this.

I am also assured by the Chief Constable that Cumbria is still as safe as it was 12 months ago."

Peter McCall

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy, misty and wet

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be cloudy and increasingly misty with occasional rain and drizzle, especially over the hills.

It will be a breezy day with highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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Photos of South Cumbria 100 years ago are safeguarded

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The archive of the Barrow photography shop owners, the Sankeys, which captures the landscape and life in Cumbria from the start of the 20th Century is to be safeguarded and put in the county archives.

Picture on women on carnival float
Sankey Collection

The 15,000 negatives showing South Cumbria as it was a century ago will be made accessible to the public thanks to National Lottery funding of more than £250,000.

The photo above shows hospital nurses on a carnival float, in the days when the carnival helped finance the health service in Barrow.

Cumbria's weather: Rain and drizzle, becoming heavier

BBC Weather

There will be rather a lot of cloud this morning with spells of rain and drizzle, becoming heavier.

It wll be a breezy day with highest temperatures from 14C to 17C (57F to 63F).

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Travel: Manchester flights to Florida cancelled

BBC News Travel

If you were hoping to travel to Florida today, Orlando International Airport has been closed because of Hurricane Dorian, and all flights to there from Manchester International have been cancelled.

Passengers are advised to check with their airlines for the latest on flights in that area.