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Cumbria weather: Dry and muggy

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It will be dry with some cloud this evening and occasional sunny spells.

Overnight, it will stay dry with some mist or fog patches.

Feeling muggy with lows of 10C (50F).

And you can check the BBC forecast, by looking for your location, here.

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Bid for south Cumbrian roads to be made safer for walkers and cyclists

The government's been asked to help to upgrade two south Cumbrian roads, to make them safer for walkers and cyclists.

Cumbria County Council says it's applied for up to £930,000 to improve Bridge Road and Michaelson Road in Barrow, and Milnthorpe Road in Kendal, to keep pedestrians and bikers away from motorised traffic.

It says they were the most suitable schemes among more than 600 suggestions.

The money's intended to improve health, air quality and congestion by encouraging more people to cycle and walk.

Whitehaven man tried to destroy evidence of 10,000 illegal images of children

A Whitehaven man who tried to destroy evidence of more than 10,000 illegal images of children has been given a three-year community order.

Liam Rothery, who's 32 and from Ceda Park, attempted to reset an iPad and also put a Samsung tablet under water after police knocked at his door in November.

The prosecutor told the court “he admitted it was to destroy evidence”.

Rothery admitted both making indecent photographs of children and another charge.

He must complete an accredited sex offender’s course, 150 hours’ unpaid work and also sign the sex offender register for five years.

Cumbria's weather: Warm with sunny spells

BBC Weather

There'll be spells of sunshine this afternoon and it will fell very warm.

A slight chance of a few showers later in the day. Highs of 22C (72F).

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

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Carlisle Airport has 'long term role in Cumbria's economy'

The owner of Carlisle airport says it's confident it has a long term role to play in the region's economy - despite announcing 30 job cuts.

The Stobart Group says it is "reluctantly, but unavoidably" consulting employees who are at risk of redundancy.

It says the airport - which employs 50 people - hasn't avoided the impact of Covid-19.

Carlisle Lake District Airport

The airport re-opened to the public last summer, after more than 25 years, partly because it was given a grant of nearly £5 million from Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership.

The money supported the development of the airport's runway, car park and terminal facilities.

As the market returns, hopefully so will the employment and so will the services."

Jo LappinChief Executive, Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership

Small increase in Covid-19 cases in Cumbria

Cumbria’s director of public health is again warning people living in and visiting the county that the coronavirus is still spreading.

Colin Cox

It comes after a small rise in the number of infections in Cumbria, with 59 new positive cases confirmed in the last week - up 12 from the week before.

Colin Cox says while the increase in the number of cases is concerning, it remains well below the levels which have prompted local lockdown measures in Greater Manchester.

It is also very clear that the virus is still circulating and being passed between local people in the community, so we must not think that the risk has gone away."

Colin Cox

Residents and visitors are being reminded to follow coronavirus safety measures, provide contact details to any venues visited and wear masks in indoor settings and on public transport.

Man accused of false imprisonment faces trial next year

A man from Whitehaven, who is accused of detaining a woman against her will, will go on trial next year.

Niall Kennan, who is 25 and from Richmond Terrace, faces five charges - including false imprisonment, dangerous driving, and assaulting two police officers.

He pleaded not guilty to all five charges at Carlisle Crown Court and was given unconditional bail until his trial in April.

Pianos pop up around Ulverston

Three "piano hides" have been installed around Ulverston.

So if you're inspired and fancy having a play, they'll be available throughout this month and hand sanitiser is provided.

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Government's shake-up of planning rules criticised in Cumbria

Concerns are being raised in Cumbria that the government's shake-up of planning rules are a "one-size-fits-all" approach, which isn't right for the county.

Street in Cumbria

Under the plans, planning permission would be granted automatically for areas that had been ear marked for growth - and this would create thousands of jobs, according to the government.

But South Lakeland District Council has told BBC Radio Cumbria that although such developments may work for areas with brown-field sites, there are relatively few of them in the county.

I'm concerned that we're going to lose the flexibility that we need to enable a development of sustainable and balanced communities. The application of one-size-fits-all policy... is not the right way to go."

Liberal democrat councillor Jonathan BrookDeputy leader, South Lakeland District Council

Cumbria weather: Cloudy with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Today's a mixture of cloud with sunny periods.

Feeling very warm with temperatures of 21C (69F).

Chance of a few showers late in the day, possibly sharp.

And you can check the BBC forecast, by looking for your location, here

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Cumbria's weather: Murky, muggy and misty with drizzle

BBC Weather

Tonight will be rather murky with areas of low cloud, patchy mist and drizzle drifting in from the Irish Sea.

It will be a muggy night, with gentle southerly winds and lowest temperatures from 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

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You can always find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, by typing in your location here.

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

Two Cumbrian gardens are opening to the public this weekend to raise money for a memorial to those who've died from the virus.

The plan is to plant thousands of daffodils between Low Hesket and Armathwaite in the Eden Valley. Sculptures and benches would also be placed along the route.

The gardens at Hazel Cottage and Coombe Eden near Armathwaite will be open tomorrow and Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00, entrance is £5 for adults and children get in free.

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce says there are still local companies that are entitled to coronavirus grants and haven't claimed.

Small businesses can get £10,000 and retail, leisure and hospitality businesses can get up to £25,000.

They have until the end of August to claim. There are more details in the chamber's Re-start Toolkit.

People are being urged to make sure they leave the correct contact details in places like pubs and restaurants, as part of the fight against the virus.

In recent test and trace operations in Cumbria, the county's public health team says about one in five people couldn't be traced because they'd given false or incorrect information.

So please do double check your details once you've written them down.

There is more information and contacts for local groups on the BBC Cumbria Make a Difference website, and Cumbria County Council's pages, and there’s national information on the BBC News website and app.

Son who threatened parents with revolver is jailed

A man who pointed a gun at his elderly parents and fired a live round inside their home has been jailed for five years.

Brian Capstick
Cumbria Police

Carlisle Crown Court was told Brian John Capstick had earlier visited friends, expressing anger towards his mother Susan, father James and brothers after rows over money and land.

Capstick, 49, previously of Newfield House, Ecclefechan, then travelled to his parents’ farm in nearby Bootle, where he pointed a World War two revolver at both of them and fired into a wall.

Police launched a countywide manhunt for Capstick and found him the following day, later recovering the revolver and a pistol.

Judge Nicholas Barker heard of father-of-six Capstick’s previous good character and read supportive references but concluded that a minimum five-year jail term should be imposed.

A&E staff develop new system to deal with more patients

Staff at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven say the number of people being admitted through the A&E department has been cut by 30% by changing the way patients are dealt with when they arrive.

West Cumberland Hospital

Patients are now seen by what the hospitals trust describes as "senior decision makers" at the start of their visit, which means that instead of being admitted for assessment, they can be immediately assessed, and treated on the day.

Katie Poulton, consultant on the emergency admissions unit at WCH said ‘We have seen a huge improvement in patient flow, wait times are reduced and staff morale is up because we are able to work in a much improved way."

The system, which was developed by staff noting what worked well and what did not, will be introduced at the North Cumbria trust's other main hospital, in Carlisle, later this year.

Cumbria's weather: A chance of sunny spells

BBC Weather

The cloud will break up a bit this afternoon to allow a few sunny spells and it will be warm, with highest temperatures from 19C to 22C (66F to 72F).

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

Cumbria weather: Warm and sunny after misty start

BBC Weather

Under a misty and muggy start today we're promised a largely day.

And any cloud should break up a bit in the afternoon to allow for some sunny spells.

Feeling warm, with temperatures reaching 22C (71F).

And you can follow the latest forecast, by searching for you location, here

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Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

The Sedbergh Covid Support Group says it'll be closing down by the end of the month, as demand has fallen for its services.

The community food cupboards will also be stopping, but do get in touch with the group through their Facebook page if you need help in finding alternative support.

They want to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who've helped out over the past few months.

If you're struggling with lack of sleep, anxiety, loneliness, low mood or stress, you can find expert advice and tips on dealing with life's ups and downs at this website.

In south Cumbria, an online mental health service that is commissioned by the NHS in the area and freely available to all residents has renamed its service, formally known as Big White Wall, to Togetherall.

You can find all sorts of help and contacts on the new website.

Kirkby Lonsdale guided walks are starting again.

The tours will take place on the first and third Friday and Saturday of each month, beginning this Friday and Saturday at 11:30.

Booking is essential, through the Visitor Information Centre, and it's £5 for adults and free for children.

It's not a health walk but it could be a good way to start getting out and about a bit more.

You can find contacts for all the local groups and a lot of other information on the BBC Cumbria Make a Difference website, and Cumbria County Council's pages, and there’s lots more national information on the BBC News website and app.

United bring 'versatile' Riley into squad

BBC Cumbria Sport

There's been another signing at Carlisle United, with free agent Joe Riley, who has played both at the back and in midfield, joining on a one-year deal.

Joe Riley

Riley, 23, learned the ropes with Manchester United as a youngster, making the first team squad under Louis van Gaal.

He joined Sheffield United, and then Bradford, but suffered injury with both clubs, but Brunton Park manager Chris Beech says he is now fit and wants to make a name with Carlisle.

At 23 he’s the right age, in the right place, at the right time.”

Chris Beech

Loan striker back as United skipper praises fitness

BBC Cumbria Sport

The Rotherham striker Joshua Kayode's back at Carlisle United, on a one-year loan.

The 20-year-old scored three goals in just five games on loan before coronavirus ended last season early.

The new captain Nick Anderton says the pandemic's spurred the United players on to arrive back for pre-season in even better shape than usual.

Nick Anderton

The uncertainty has been a bit of a switch for a lot of players who've thought, 'I need to look after myself', and I think a lot of lads who have signed have really looked after themselves."

Nick Anderton

Boy, nine, badly hurt in Maryport crash

A nine-year-old boy suffered what police call "significant injuries" when he was hit by a silver Rover saloon in Maryport this morning.

It happened just after 10:30 in Mealpot Road, which has just been reopened after being closed for investigations.

The boy was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for treatment.

Two more arrests as police investigate Carlisle death

Police have made two more arrests as they continue a murder investigation into the death of 25-year-old Lee McKnight from Carlisle, whose body was found in the River Caldew last month.

Detectives say the two are a 25-year old man and a 17-year old boy, both from the city.

Police vehicles in Blackwell Road

The arrests were made in the area of Blackwell Road (pictured) and Howe Street this morning.

Police say anyone with information about the violent death of Mr McKnight can all them on 101, or report it on a special website here.

Two woman and two men have already appeared in court charged with Mr McKnight's murder.

Cumbria's weather: Showers, with more rain later

BBC Weather

This afternoon will start cloudy with a few showers, some heavy, before further showery rain pushes in on a brisk south-westerly wind, again with some heavy bursts of rain.

It will be rather warm, with highest temperatures from 17C to 20C (63C to 68F).

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You can always find out when it's going to stop raining where you are by searching for your location here.

Student Ismat: Learning on the Covid front line

A student radiographer from the University of Cumbria has been talking about how she carried on with her work placement, even though it meant stepping into the heart of the battle against Covid-19

Ismat Khan

Ismat Khan was one of four students who made video diaries for the BBC, which you can see here.

She said much of her work was x-rays to check for the effects of Covid, and some of the protective equipment was so heavy that her back hurt after half an hour.

Ismat has no regrets about such a start to her career, and she says her parents eventually came round to it as well.

Obviously I was scared, my parents were really, really scared, said 'no, not happening, you're not going back', but when I spoke to them they came around and really understood that I was passionate about it and this was something I really wanted to take on."

Ismat Khan

Cumbria's weather: A wet night with heavier rain later

BBC Weather

Unsettled weather conditions are expected to continue, with spells of rain turning heavier as the night progresses.

It will stay breezy but milder with lowest temperatures from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

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

Senior Red Cross officer praises county's crisis response

Cumbria's senior Red Cross officer said experience with flooding left the county better equipped to deal with events such as coronavirus.

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross, which has provided support in Cumbria after floods, during coronavirus, and after other major incidents.

David Taylor is the Red Cross Senior Emergency Response Officer for Cumbria, and he says Cumbria was unique in the way people responded to difficult times.

Cumbria has been here before, and therefore the community response has been quite remarkable from day one, and that meant that the British Red Cross could focus on supporting the NHS."

Red Cross Flag
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Drunken man who spat at police sergeant is jailed

A Carlisle man has been jailed for committing a catalogue of crimes which began with the theft of a £2 ice lolly and ended with him spitting at a police custody sergeant.

Steven Arvids Queen, 37, was under the influence of drink and drugs when he stole a lolly valued at £2.09 from the Spar shop near his Atkinson Crescent home in the Harraby area of the city.

He threatened staff, police were called, he was found to be in illegal possession of a kitchen knife and, when taken into custody, damaged a pair of police-issue trousers and his cell before spitting towards a custody sergeant when a hatch was opened.

Queen admitted theft, public order, having a bladed article in public, criminal damage and assaulting an emergency worker.

Jailing Queen for 18 months, Recorder Ciaran Rankin said: “This catalogue of offending you embarked upon that day can only result in one outcome "immediate custody.”

New alert for drinkers after pub alerts health chief

The alarm has been raised over a possible coronavirus contact at another Cumbrian pub.

A social media message from Eden council says the Station Hotel in Penrith alerted health authorities to an individual who had been there and then tested positive for Covid-19, and that anyone who had been there on 25 or 26 July should get a test.

The director of public health, Colin Cox, said the report was absolutely no reflection on the pub which had fulfilled all its obligations, but it was clear some people who had been in the bar had not used the track and trace app as they should.

Staff from the pub said they had contacted 60 people, including those sitting with the customer concerned, and there had been no positive results.

Colin Cox

“We are taking a robust approach to this situation because we want to get a grip as quickly as possible."

Colin Cox
  • Meanwhile, the latest watchlist from Public Health England excludes Eden where the infection rate has now fallen, but now includes Carlisle as an area of concern, because in the week to 30 July there were 25 new cases, compared with 15 the week before.

Cumbria's toll from Covid-19 falls to lowest level

One more person has died with coronavirus in Cumbria, the lowest weekly figure since deaths were recorded according to the latest data.

The Office for National Statistics publishes the number of new deaths each week based on death certificates that mention COVID-19.

Figures for the week to 24 July show no Coronavirus-related deaths in Cumbria, either in hospitals, care homes or in the community, but that figure has since been updated to show there was one death, in Carlisle, which wasn't registered until last week.

The number of deaths in the county has been in single figures seven weeks now, down from a peak of 81 deaths a week in April.

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

Bounce-back loans are a scheme designed to help to solve your business’s cash flow problems at the moment.

Small and medium sized firms can borrow up to £50,000 for up to 6 years.

There are no fees and no interest in the first year, with a fixed rate of 2.5% after that and there’s more information on the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce’swebsite.

Cockermouth Christian Centre is giving out craft packs to families from their building at Highfield, next to the community centre. This is instead of the planned Holiday Club.

You can pop up for your free craft pack between 11:00 and 13:00 this week.

Re-bike in Carlisle is now able to accept customers and enquiries without an appointment.

They say they're working hard to provide a range of bikes for all ages, although they're not yet back to full capacity.

Re-bike is a non-profit social enterprise which refurbishes unwanted or donated bicycles and then re-sells them, and cycling is getting a lot of official support at the moment.

You can find contacts for all the local groups and a lot of other information on the BBC Cumbria Make a Difference website, and Cumbria County Council's pages, and there’s lots more national information on the BBC News website and app.

Cumbria weather: Rain, heavy at times

BBC Weather

It will be a wet and unsettled day today, with low cloud and outbreaks of rain, some heavy at times.

There will also be a fresh south-westerly wind, with temperatures reaching 17C to 18C (62F to 64F), and the rain is expected to get heavier this evening.

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And you can follow the latest forecast, by searching for your location here

Top Cumbrian climber ropes his family into an adventure

Martin Lewes


The Cumbrian adventurer Leo Houlding has taken his wife Jessica and children Freya, seven, and Jackson, three, to the top of an 11,000ft (3,350m) peak in the Alps.

Leo and family at the top of Pa Badile
Leo Houlding

The Houldings spent three days on the mountain, called Piz Badile, staying in bivouacs or huts and while Jackson was carried in a backpack by his mother, Freya followed he father by climbing the peak herself, becoming the youngest person to do so.

Jackson is the youngest to do it by any means.

Freya, Jessica and Jackson on climb
Leo Houlding

Leo said the 1,000m (3,300ft) final ascent is one of the best climbs of its standard in the world: "The climbing is never too difficult, but it's very continuous, it's proper rock-climbing, you're using your hands the whole way and 1,000m is a long way, especially when your legs are only half a metre long."

Jessica said: "To ordinary people it might seem quite a dangerous pursuit, but my main concern was that the kids had fun, my husband is extraordinary in terms of his capabilities, he's a professional, I certainly wouldn't advise an ordinary family to do this outing."

Going into the mountains involves risk, everyday involves risk, but part of the reason we chose that mountain is because the objective risks, the risks you can't control, are relatively few, and when you're climbing the big part of the skill is knowing how to make it safe."

Leo Houlding
Jessica and children looking at mountain
Leo Houlding

County 'faces thousands of job losses as furlough goes'

A report from a national consultancy firms says Cumbria could have the highest rate in the country of jobs at risk because of coronavirus.

Grant Thornton says 146,000 jobs could be at risk, which equates to nearly two-thirds of all jobs in the county, as the furlough system is phased out over the next few months.

James Cropper paper mill

There has been a steady flow of jobs losses announced across Cumbria, with 60 posts at risk at the James Cropper paper mill near Kendal (pictured), 38 redundancies confirmed at the Theatre by the Lake, and the Penrith building firm, Cumbrian Homes, closing completely.

The report bases its prediction on the numbers of jobs in threatened areas such as tourism, but the Carlisle Conservative MP John Stevenson says it's "overly pessimistic".

Other counties may be different but in the Cumbrian economy we have some very significant and large employers who I think are relatively unscathed, you've got Sellafield, you've got BAE Systems, you've got some major factories in Carlisle."

John Stevenson

Cumbria weather: Rain, some heavy at times

BBC Weather

It will be a wet and unsettled day today, with large areas of cloud and spells of rain, some heavy at times.

There will also be a fresh south-westerly wind, and temperatures of 16C (60F).

And you can see the latest forecast by checking for your location here

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Cumbria's weather: Dry at first, rain arriving before dawn

BBC Weather

There will be some patchy cloud with the odd shower possible for most of the night.

However, cloud and some rain will arrive from the south-west near dawn, with lowest temperatures from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

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You can always find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, by typing in your location here.

Health director concerned about nursing home Covid cases

Cumbria's director of public health says he has seen a concerning number of new Covid-19 infections among care home residents and staff.

Overall, figures released this morning show a drop in new cases, down from 55 to 41, and increased testing in Carlisle and Eden has, according to Colin Cox (pictured), shown that the outbreaks centred on pubs in the two areas may have gone no further.

Colin Cox

He said: "What we can now see, from the low number of new cases identified, is that there does not appear to have been widespread transmission of the virus as a result."

But he said a new cause for concern was in the care sector.

What we're not sure of is whether it's being spread within care homes, or whether it's coming into care homes by staff who've picked it up in the community.

If it stays where it is, it's at a manageable level, and if people carry on following physical distancing guidelines, we can keep it like this."

Colin Cox

First plans for Carlisle's classic gateway gets a welcome

Plans to turn Carlisle's historic Citadels into a new campus for Cumbria University have moved a step forward.

Cumbria County Council says more than three quarters of the people who responded to the first consultation on the plans thought they were "about right".


More detailed plans and designs will be released this autumn for the project, which could spend up to £50m from the Borderlands Initiative on the two massive stone towers that guard the southern approaches to the city centre, and the surrounding area.