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Cumbria care services staff 'cracking' with cash pressure

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Council care staff across Cumbria are beginning to “crack” under pressure as they try to reduce a projected overspend of £12.7m in the care service areas after the first financial quarter, a meeting was told.

Councillor Anne Burns, the cabinet member for children's services, told a meeting: "“We can’t say to children that come into the system ‘You can’t come because we haven’t got any money’."

Council leader Stewart Young stressed that the council was only three months into the financial year and that “things do change”.

Since 2011-12, the council has made £272m worth of savings in its annual budget, cutting its spending to around £383m in this financial year.

Cumbria's weather: A dry clear night, with mist and fog

BBC Weather

It will be a dry evening with spells of sunshine, followed by a dry night with clear spells.

Some areas will once again see some mist and fog patches develop and it will turn locally chilly with lowest temperatures from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

Weather graphic

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

Forster moves from promoted 'Haven to relegated Barrow

BBC Cumbria Sport

Carl Forster, former player coach and most recently a forward with Whitehaven RL, has moved to Barrow.

Carl Forster
Ben Challis

Forster helped the West Cumbrians to promotion to the Betfred Championship this summer, and his move to the Raiders means he has returned to League One.

Footbridge marks first steps for new Pooley river crossing

A temporary footbridge reconnected the village of Pooley bridge with the western bank of the River Eamont for the first time in several weeks today.

New footbridge
Cumbria County Council
John Beer and his wife Mrs Eva Beer who opened the bridge
Cumbria County Council

The first people across the bridge were John and Eva Beer, who own the land at one end of the temporary structure.

The bridge is essential to local businesses because of the number of tourists who arrive on Ullswater steamers at a pier the far side of the river from the village.

It will be open until work is complete in spring next year on the new single span structure, which will replace the ancient stone bridge washed away in Storm Desmond.

Keswick rowers take five golds in international meet

Crews from Keswick-based Lakeland Rowing Club have won five gold medals at the World Rowing Masters Championship in Hungary.

Samantha Ayers and Nick Cowan
David Thomas

Nick Cowan and Samantha Ayers took gold in the mixed doubled (average age 50-54) category, and the category for ages 43-49, with Nick also taking a gold in the men's doubles for average 60-64 years old, with Andy Jaggard from County Durham.

The championships, for rowers over 27 years old, attracted nearly 4,000 competitors from 72 nations.

Cumbria's weather: Dry and fine

BBC Weather

It will be dry and fine with plenty of sunshine on offer.

The winds will generally be light and it will feel warm with highest temperatures from 19C to 22C (66F to 72F).

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

Whitehaven harbour centre will include a youth hostel

The Cumbria Coast Activities Centre project, which has been given £2.45m in a government announcement today, will include youth hostel-type accommodation, as well as being a base for a wide range of activities on and around the sea.

Artist's impression of new centre
Whitehave Harbour Commissioners

The building, three storeys high, has been designed to look like a block of sandstone, like the smaller lumps sometimes thrown up by storms.

There'll be storage space for kayaks, bikes and other outdoor sport equipment, changing facilities and a cafe, and permission has been given for a new slipway.

Hospital celebrates opening of new day services

A Cumbrian hospital, once threatened with severe cuts, is showing off new facilities today.

In 2016, Maryport Hospital was among several community hospitals in Cumbria that were the centre of campaigns and demonstrations to preserve the facilities, because of the loss of overnight beds.

Children with banners

There was a campaign to save it, and now, following renovation work, staff there are able to offer more services, although only between 08:00 and 20:00.

The Workington MP Sue Hayman officially opened the new day care facilities.

We have completely renovated the old ward and we now have state of the art facilities to offer a much wider range of services.

Zoe LarmourIntegrated care manager

Our staff can deliver care to the people of Maryport here instead of them having to travel to West Cumberland Hospital, for procedures such as blood transfusions and intravenous antibiotics to name just a couple."

Ten years on, police colleagues remember hero Bill

Cumbria Police officers will today be remembering their colleague Bill Barker, who was swept away by flood water nearly 10 years ago.

PC Bill Barker
Cumbria Police

PC Barker was directing traffic away from a bridge in Workington, when it collapsed beneath him in November 2009.

Today, as they have done every year since, police officers and staff are competing against each other in football and netball tournaments to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance, a charity chosen by PC Barker's family.

These tournaments are a fantastic way in which to remember Bill, who continues to be missed by everyone at Cumbria Constabulary."

Det Con Steve Usher

Cumbria's weather: Fog clearing to a fine, warm day

BBC Weather

Any early mist or fog patches will soon clear to leave a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine on offer.

It will feel warm in the sunshine and winds will generally be light with highest tem;eratures from 19C to 22C (66F to 72F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Fog halts ferry and slows traffic

BBC News Travel

Thick fog in low-lying areas of Cumbria is affecting many roads, and the Windermere car ferry will not start today's service until it clears on the lake.

Missing Cartmel pensioner found

Barbara Athorn, 79, from Cartmel, who was reported by police as missing yesterday, has been found.

Cumbria's weather: A sunny evening and a misty night

BBC Weather

Late sunshine this evening will give way to dry and clear conditions tonight, although mist and fog patches will form, becoming locally dense.

Lowest temperatures will be from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

Weather graphic

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

Men in 'iron bar' attack cleared of attempted murder

Two young men have been found not guilty of trying to kill a man who was attacked with a metal bar in Kendal and left seriously injured.

Luke Peter Canning, 22, of Bridge Street, Burneside, and 26-year-old Jordan Lee Jenkinson, of Lound Road in Kendal, denied a charge which alleged they attempted to murder Richard Wilkinson following an incident at the town's Waterside.

But after a week-long trial at Carlisle Crown Court Jenkinson was convicted, unanimously, of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, an offence which Canning had already admitted.

Mr Wilkinson suffered facial injuries and broken ribs and lost teeth.

Remanding both men in custody until 14 October, Judge James Adkin told them: "You should both expect long custodial sentences for your involvement."

Police concerned for welfare of missing Cartmel pensioner

Police in south Cumbria say they are worried about an elderly woman who left her home in Cartmel at about 10:40 this morning and has not been seen since.

Barbara Athorn

Barbara Athorn, 79, was wearing a grey or beige jumper and black trousers, and carrying a handbag.

Two year ban for driver in chase that ended in crash

A driver who led police on a dangerous Carlisle pursuit which ended only when he was rammed by patrol cars has been banned from the road for two years.

Matthew Neale, 43, of St Helen's Road, Carlisle, who admitted careless and dangerous driving, had clipped a moped in a dispute with its teenage rider on Warwick Road.

Numerous attempts to stop Neale ended close to Nelson Bridge, with damage to police cars costing about £9,000 to repair.

After the court heard of Neale's complex mental health history, Judge David Potter imposed a suspended six month prison sentence, along with the driving ban and a rehabilitation order.

Cumbrian health service management is reorganised

A major management shake-up of organisations which run health services in Cumbria has been given the final go-ahead by the NHS.

Nurses pushing patient on trolley

The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust, which as the name suggests runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland in Whitehaven, is merging with the Cumbria partnership trust, which is responsible for a number of community and mental health services.

At the same time, mental health and learning difficulty services in north Cumbria will be passed to the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear trust, and those in the south of the county will transfer to the Lancashire Care trust.

Professor Stephen Eames, the chief executive of the new North Cumbria Integtrated Care trust, said it would improve the way hospital and community services worked together.

Foster parents sought for county's troubled teenagers

A recruitment drive is on to find more foster parents of youngsters over the age of 10 in Cumbria, because 20% of older children in care have to be placed outside the county.

Cumbria County Council's cabinet member for children, Anne Burns, says older children often have the most challenging behavioural needs and the stability of a family home can help young people reach their full potential.

Fostering is not always easy but for doing an extraordinary job, you’ll receive an extraordinary package of emotional, financial and practical support."

Anne Burns

The biggest reward is seeing them blossom which can happen surprisingly quickly in a therapeutic environment."

Lynn HibbertFoster carer

'Paedophile without remorse' is jailed again

A south Cumbrian sex offender has been jailed for the latest in a series of seven breaches of a court order restricting his use of computers and the Internet.

Andrew Phillip Smith
Cumbria Police

Andrew Philip Smith, 61, of Killington Drive, Kendal, had denied breaching the sexual harm prevention order twice, but was convicted unanimously by a Carlisle Crown Court jury.

Judge David Potter, jailing Smith for two years, said he had shown no remorse.

"You are a paedophile in the truest sense of the word," he said.

"You have, I am satisfied, shown contempt of an order made for the protection of society and to prevent you from accessing material in support of your perverted beliefs."

Judge David Potter

Cumbria's weather: Fine with some warn sunshine

BBC Weather

It should be a fine afternoon with lengthy spells of warm sunshine.

Winds will remain light and highest temperatures will be from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

Weather graphic

Police concerned for missing Whitehaven man

Police in Whitehaven say Peter Smith, 48, has now been missing for four days.

Peter Smith
Family photo

Officers say he left home at 09:40 on 15 September, carrying a number of items including a walking stick and a bag.

He may be using public transport and has links to the Doncaster area.

Cumbria's weather: Mist and fog clearing to a dry day

BBC Weather

Mist and fog patches at first this morning could be dense in places but these will clear to give a dry day with sunny periods.

It will feel warm with light winds and highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

Weather graphic

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

Councillors 'saddened' by objections to children's home

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

A new children’s home has been granted planning permission in Kendal after a councillor said local people who feared it might become a "magnet’ for trouble" should be ashamed of themselves.

Oak Tree Road, Kendal

Cumbria County Council's planning committee agreed plans to convert a large detached family home at Oak Tree Road, into a "six-bed facility to provide medium and long-term" accommodation for four children aged eight to 17.

Although the house would be staffed around the clock, an objector said the facility would disrupt life on the street and prove a drain on police resources, saying the children would be "difficult to care for, cause noise and disruption and pose risks to residents and young people".

But the Conservative deputy leader on the council, Hilary Carrick, said she was "saddened" by the comments.

"These children have potentially been subject to any number of adverse childhood experiences and this gives them an opportunity to live in a really nice, secure environment,” she said.

And the committee chairman, Labour’s Alan McGuckin said: “Hopefully on reflection, they (the objector) should be rightfully ashamed by those conclusions and prejudices.”

Severe accident: Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

Cumbria both ways severe accident, from Haile to Haile.

Cumbria - Hardgates Road in Blackbeck blocked, queues and delays in both directions from the Haile junction to the Haile junction, because of an accident involving one vehicle. Congestion to all roads leading up to trhe junction.

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

Severe accident: A595 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A595 Cumbria both ways severe accident, around Beckermet turn off.

A595 Cumbria - A595 in Beckermet closed and queues around the Beckermet turn off junction, because of an accident involving.

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

Man wanted on suspicion of breaching sex offenders licence

Police are searching for a man who's wanted on suspicion of breaching the terms of his sex offenders licence.

Cristian Abu-Shaer, 29, has links to Windermere, Lancashire and Manchester.

An appeal for information on his whereabouts was broadcast on the BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow yesterday.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Picture of Cristian Abu-Shaer
Cumbria Police

North West Air Ambulance called out to 200 incidents

The North West Air Ambulance Service responded to nearly 200 incidents in Cumbria in the last year.

The service, which has helicopters in Greater Manchester and Preston, covers the south of the county - but has been as far north as Carlisle in the last 12 months.

James, who's a helicopter pilot, says the aircraft make a big difference to patients in need.

If it's an hour-and-a-half or two-hour drive, we can be there in 20 minutes and that can make a real big difference to that patient."

Cumbria police officer killed in crash

A police officer has died in a crash involving two vehicles near Sedbergh.

PC Oli Evans, 27, who was off-duty at the time, was killed in the collision on the A683 at Middleton on Monday at 16:40.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after the Triumph motorcycle he was riding and a Peugeot van collided.

The male driver of the van wasn't injured.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has dashcam footage, should call 101.

It is with deep sadness that I learned of the tragic death of PC Oli Evans. All our thoughts at Cumbria Constabulary are with Oli’s family and friends at this difficult time and our heartfelt condolences go out to them.

Oli was a dedicated, professional officer who was well-liked by his colleagues. Any death within the police family hits us all hard but will have particular impact on those who knew and worked closely alongside Oli.”

Chief Constable Michelle Skeer

Pooley Bridge gets river crossing back (on foot) this week

A temporary footbridge should be ready to use across the Eamont at Pooley Bridge tomorrow after the basic framework was craned into place.

Pooley footbridge being craned in
Cumbria County Council

The footbridge will be the only link between the village and the steamer pier while the road bridge, swept away in Storm Desmond, is replaced over the next year.

Cumbria's weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Today's weather will see dry and settled conditions with hazy spells of sunshine and some patchy cloud. Winds will be light.

Maximum temperatures will reach 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

Cumbria weather forecast

Find out what the weather's like where you are, here.

BreakingForty firefighters tackle major blaze at Scalesceugh Hall

Firefighters say no one has been injured in a serious fire at Scalesceugh Hall, between Carlisle and Penrith.

Fire at Scalesceugh Hall
Longtown Fire Station

The site is in the process of being converted into luxury retirement appartments, and is a Grade II listed building.

No one was in the building at the time.

Ten neighbouring properties were evacuated, and firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to those buildings.

About 40 firefighters helped to bring the blaze under control from Longtown, Brampton, Carlisle, Lazonby, Wigton, Appleby and Penrith.

It's not known what caused the fire yet, but it is not believed to be suspicious.

Open wide: New Royal Mail boxes are big enough for parcels

Royal Mail says it is going to distribute a number of new post boxes around Cumbria that are large enough to take parcels.

Parcel box
Royal Mail

The company says they represent the biggest change to post boxes since the introduction of the plllar box 160 years ago.

The system is aimed mainly at small businesses or online sellers, as parcels will have to be prepaid using a labelling system called "click and drop", with the locations of boxes also listed online.

Cumbrian drivers stuck with 35,000 parking tickets

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Drivers were issued with 35,000 parking tickets for on-street infractions last year.

Parking ticket
Getty Images

The figure was slightly down on the previous year, when 37,324 fines were imposed.

And although the fines brought it £1.3m, the service cost £1.4m to run, according to a report.

Former boxer jailed after towing stolen caravan in chase

A former professional boxer who led police at speeds of up to 60mph while towing a stolen caravan has been jailed for 11 months at Carlisle Crown Court.

The court was told the chase, along the A590 near Kendal, ended when Hugh Fury, 24, of Main Street, Lancaster, careered through a gate into a field.

Fury admitted handling the stolen caravan, and dangerous driving, but the court was told custody while awaiting charge had been "a wake-up call" and he had learned from his mistakes.

Judge David Potter said that after prison, Fury would have a 12-month driving ban, and would then have to take an extended driving test.

Volunteers sought to discuss sites for 'mini-reactors'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

A forum of local people, experts and representatives of the nuclear industry is being set up to research how people react to the idea of having one of the new "modular" nuclear power plants sited near where they live.

Artist's impression of modular n-power plant
Rolls Royce

The new small generating plants, such as the Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor (artist's impression), are largely built in a facory and assembled on site, making them cheaper and faster to install.

The University of Central Lancashire and the National Nuclear Laboratory are recruiting the forum, which would meet twice over the next couple of months, to assess what local people would want from the development.

Stephen Haraldsen, who is a Conservative county councillor and a research fellow in the nuclear industry, will write a report from the meetings, and is recruiting volunteers, who can contact him by email.

Mr Haraldsen said: “The government seems set to announce that west Cumbria will be one of several sites for the deployment of small and advanced reactors," but added that not enough was known about what the local community would want.

Cumbria's weather: Staying dry and fine

BBC Weather

It will be dry and fine with sunny spells and just some patchy cloud building up into the afternoon, with highest temperatures from 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).

Weather graphic

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

Police appeal for help finding missing Whitehaven woman

Police say they are concerned about Leanne Smith, 39, who has been missing from her Whitehaven home sincew 18:00 on Sunday.

Leanne Smith
Family photo

Officers say they believe she was wearing a blue coat, and carrying a handbag.

Police appeal for witnesses after burglars steal jewellery

Police say jewellery valued at several thousand pounds was stolen from a house on Milnthorpe Road in Kendal.

The break-in happened during the day on Friday 6 September and police have now appealed for witnesses who saw anything suspicious in the area.

Officers say some of the items were of great sentimental value.

Police logo on van
Cumbria Police

Remembering Cumbrians who fought for the 'bridge too far'

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Journalist

More than 800 men from the Border Regiment who took part in the Battle of Arnhem will be remembered today on the 75th anniversary of the battle.

More than 500 of the men were killed, wounded or captured.

Border regiment soldiers at battle
Cumbria Museum of Military Life

The Battle was part of the famous Operation Market Garden, and was immortalised in the film, A Bridge Too Far.

The late Tom Northgraves from Penrith fought in the battles and this week his son Peter is travelling to the Netherlands for a special event to commemorate the anniversary.

I go back to think of them, to pray for them, they were just ordinary young men who were heroes."

Peter Northgraves

Police put the bins out to collect unwanted knives

People in Cumbria are again being urged to hand in knives and other weapons to the police, after a "surrender", as officers call it, saw 280 potential weapons anonymously delivered to the county's main police stations in a week last March.

Cumbria Police

Supt Mark Pannone says the level of knife crime in Cumbria is low, but he says the exercise is still worthwhile.

We had just over 150 incidents last year when a sharp instrument was used in a crime. That was actually down on the year before but we want to keep those numbers low and we want to get them lower."

Supt Mark Pannone