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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 April 2016

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Lee Macaulay

BBC Cumbria Live

Our live updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. 

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. 

Hopefully, you'll be able to join us then. 

Until then, if you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us on Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or on our Facebook page.

Call for Carlisle United official to go over Hillsborough joke posts

More reaction to the story of the social media posts that joked about the victims of the Hillsborough disaster made on a social media account owned by Andy Bell, vice president of Carlisle United.

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Earlier on, Mr Bell apologised for the posts which came from his Twitter account that has since been deactivated. 

I would like to reiterate that these tweets came about as a result of my Twitter account being hacked on Tuesday. I access several different Twitter accounts through various platforms and somebody has attempted to slur my name in the process."

Andy BellCarlisle United VP

Praise for award-winning Cumbrian river project from Water minister

Three award-winning Cumbrian rivers are "prime examples" of what can be done if national bodies work with community groups, according to a Cumbrian MP and government minister.

The Rivers Eden, Derwent, and Kent have been named as the overall winner of the 2016 UK River Prize.

Minister for Water and Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart, said: “Britain’s rivers are among the most magnificent in the world and they are central to our environment, history and culture."

“The Derwent, Eden and Kent are prime examples of what can be achieved through successful partnership between local community groups and national bodies such as Natural England and the Environment Agency." 

“The teams supporting these rivers show how local knowledge and expertise can better protect both our precious wildlife and our homes and business from the risk of flooding – so environmentally sustainable river management schemes work in harmony with nature.”

MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart
Conservative Party

Man with learning difficulties assaulted in south Cumbria

Two people with learning difficulties were shouted at and one was assaulted on Monday evening, according to Cumbria Police.

A 37-year-old man and 26-year-old women were approached by two men near Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre.

Police say the men shouted abuse at the pair before pushing the man to the ground and standing on his arm.

Weather: Some heavy showers before a dry spell

BBC Weather

Heavy showers will slowly die down turning mostly dry with clear periods. 

Lows below freezing around -1C so a chance of frost forming and risk of icy patches.

Feeling chilly with light northwesterly winds. 

This is how this evening's forecast looks for Pooley Bridge, you can find out about weather where you are in Cumbria on the BBC Weather website:  

Evening forecast for Pooley Bridge

Reaction to Hillsborough joke posts on Carlisle United official's account

We've been gathering some of the reaction to those posts joking about the victims of the Hillsborough disaster made on an account owned by Carlisle United vice president Andy Bell:

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Earlier today, the Carlisle United Official Supporters' Club called on Mr Bell to prove that his account had been hacked as soon as possible:

We would also encourage Mr Bell to provide evidence from Twitter of the alleged hacking of his account at the earliest opportunity in order that the good name of Carlisle United and its supporters can be cleared of any involvement with this sick incident as soon as possible."

Carlisle United Official Supporters' Club

Cumbrian MP asks PM to ensure timely decisions on county's nuclear projects

The Conservative MP for Carlisle, John Stevenson, has used an appearance at Prime Minister's Questions to ask the Government about two of the county's nuclear projects:

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The Cumbrian MP asks David Cameron (1h2m) about the plans for the Barrow shipyard to build the next generation of Trident nuclear deterrent carrying submarines and the proposed Moorside nuclear power plant. 

Cumbrian rivers win prestigious restoration prize

Three of the county's rivers have jointly won a prize to recognise the best examples of restoring rivers and managing their catchements. 

The groups behind a partnership to restore parts of the the Rivers Eden, Derwent and Kent have been awarded with the Nigel Holmes Trophy as the overall winner of the 2016 UK River Prize.

The Cumbria River Restoration Strategy has produced a video to explain what they're doing:

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Martin Janes is from the River Restoration Centre which runs the awards: 

"This partnership across Cumbria's rivers shows the power of local trusts and national agencies working together, to turn a long-term vision for the Rivers Eden, Derwent and Kent into 14 km of winding wildlife habitat." 

"These rivers are also well known for their energy and ability to convey large volumes in our unpredictable climate."

"The projects are helping to deliver natural flood management benefits by working with the river in the upstream catchment." 

The Cumbria River Restoration Strategy is made up of: 

  • Natural England
  • The Environment Agency
  • Eden Rivers Trust
  • West Cumbria Rivers Trust
  • South Cumbria Rivers Trust

Weather: Sun and scattered wintry showers

Sunny spells and scattered showers with a risk of hail and thunder.

At times, they could merge into longer spells of rain, sleet and snow that could settle on the fells.

Highs of 9C.

Here's this afternoon's forecast for Pooley Bridge, you can find out about weather where you are in the county on the BBC Weather website:

Afternoon weather for Pooley Bridge

Black and white pub yellow this weekend

News and Star


A recently reopened Carlisle pub will have a welcome boost this Saturday - as the chairman of Oxford football club promises to pick up the tab for 1,000 travelling fans.

The Magpie Inn landlord George Parsons
News and Star
The Magpie Inn landlord George Parsons

Nine new electric car charging points in Cumbria

People using electric cars in Cumbria now have nine new places to charge them.

Cumbria County Council got more than £400,000 in funding from the Government and a private investor to supply and install the chargers.

People who register to use the chargers will pay a £20 initial fee and 30p per kilowatt hour.

Cllr Janet Willis and John Osorio from APT Controls
Cumbria County Council

Rapid Chargers that can charge most electric vehicles within 30 minutes can be found at:

  • Carlisle –  Lowther Street (opposite Rural Payments Agency)
  • Kendal – Car park at County Offices, Busher Walk
  • Workington – Car park at Allerdale House, Griffin Street
  • Whitehaven – Car park Senhouse Street
  • Keswick – Central Car Park, Heads Road
  • Ulverston – Brewery Street car park
  • Kirkby Stephen – Christian Head car park
  • Kirkby Lonsdale – New Road car park
  • Ambleside – Low Fold car park, Lake Road

In addition, a Fast Charger which can be used for longer charging sessions is available in Carlisle, Kendal, Workington and Keswick.

Hillsborough inquests roundup

BBC North West Tonight

In case you missed it yesterday, BBC North West Tonight devoted their whole programme to the conclusions reached by the Hillsborough inquests which was also broadcast nationwide on the BBC News Channel.

It'll be on the iPlayer for 30 days after it was first broadcast.

Eighty drivers caught committing driving offences in Carlisle

Cumbria Police say they've caught 80 motorists committing four different kinds of driving offences during a two-day operation in Carlisle.

The force was looking out for offences it calls the "Fatal Four" which include speeding, drink driving, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and seatbelt offences. 

PC Simon Brockbank said: "The majority of those people who have committed these offences are likely to be offered driver awareness courses in order to educate motorists as to the dangers that they and other road users face on a daily basis." 

"I am pleased that each of the drivers that were breath tested over the course of the operation blew negative results which clearly shows that the drink drive message is getting through to people as well." 

Carlisle United official sorry for Hillsborough joke posts

A Carlisle United official has apologised after remarks joking about the Hillsborough disaster were posted on his Twitter account.

Andy Bell has issued a statement expressing deep admiration for the Hillsborough Family Support Group and claiming his account was "hacked".

He said: "Nevertheless, I accept that my Twitter account should not have been compromised and I take full responsibility for failing to make sure it was correctly secured to avoid being hacked.

"It appears that there are individuals out there who seek to tarnish my name despite the support I have given to Carlisle United.

"Once again, I would like to apologise for any offence caused by these tweets and I’ve requested that Twitter investigate how my account was hacked."

Statement by Andy Bell
Andy Bell

Carlisle United 'shocked' by Hillsborough posts on official's account

Social media posts joking about the victims of the Hillsborough disaster on an account owned by a Carlisle United vice president have been condemned as "disrespectful".

In a statement, the club say they do not support or condone the comments on Andy Bell's Twitter page.


The Carlisle United Official Supporters' Club has called on Mr Bell to provide evidence his account was hacked "at the earliest opportunity in order that the good name of Carlisle United and its supporters can be cleared of any involvement with this sick incident as soon as possible". 

Listen: Lord Dubs on his second amendment to bring child refugees to UK

A Cumbrian Labour peer's second attempt to get the Government to accept child refugees from European camps has been voted through in the House of Lords.

The main change in the second amendment tabled by Lord Dubs from one defeated in the House of Commons earlier this week is that it will let ministers choose how many unaccompanied minors to take.

Labour life peer Alf Dubs lives in Cockermouth and was brought to the UK as a child to escape the Nazi regime in Czechoslovakia.

Speaking to the BBC's The World Tonight, Lord Dubs explained why he thought ministers were so reluctant to go along with his proposals:  

Peers insists Britain takes child refugees from Europe

Speaking before the vote, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said the government wanted to protect vulnerable people but not "fuel a system that is incentivising people to be exploited by trafficking gangs and make perilous journeys".

Five reported cases of 'revenge porn' in county since new law introduced

There were five reported cases of "revenge porn" in Cumbria between April 2015 and January 2016, new data obtained by the BBC reveals.

Disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress became a criminal offence in April 2015, with a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

Data obtained from Cumbria Police through a Freedom of Information request reveals that four of the offences involved the uploading or messaging of photos on social networking site Facebook.

A video uploaded to YouTube was used for the other offence. 

According to the data from Cumbria Police:

  • Two of the offenders received an Adult Caution
  • No further action was taken by police in two cases
  • One case is currently under investigation

The youngest victim in the county was aged 20 while the oldest was 46. 

Your photos: Snowfall in Lamplugh

BBC Weather Watchers

It's looking chilly out there!

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher lakesnigel for this picture of the snow coming down in Lamplugh.

If you've got a photo of Cumbria you'd like to share, you can email it to     

Snow falling in Lamplugh

Second child refugees amendment by Cumbrian peer passes in Lords

A Cumbrian Labour peer's second amendment to force the Government to take in child refugees from camps in Europe has been voted through by the House of Lords. 

Lord Dubs lives in Cockermouth and was brought to the UK as a child to escape the Nazi regime on the Kindertransport organised by the late Sir Nicholas Winton.

His first amendment calling for 3,000 children to be brought to Britain was defeated in the House of Commons.

The amendment that passed in the Lords would force ministers to relocate unaccompanied children but allow the Government to decide how many they will take.

Royal visitor to see Roman heritage in Cumbria

The Duke of Gloucester will get to see the work being done to uncover Roman remains in Maryport today. 

It's the first royal visit for the West Cumbrian town in 18 years and it also marks the 50th anniversary of the North of England Civic Trust, which took ownership of the town's Camp Farm last year.

The farm also houses the remains of the derelict Alauna fort and forms part of a Unesco World Heritage Site that marks the northern-most point reached by the Roman Empire in Europe.

The Queen's first cousin will meet archaeologists, teachers and local schoolchildren.

Sport: Cumbrian woman makes England squad for Netball Europe championships

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle's Helen Housby has been named in the 12-strong England squad for the Netball Europe tournament taking place in Newcastle next month.

England, who plan to go full-time from June this year, will face Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland in their group between the 12 and 15 May.    

Netball player Helen Housby from Carlisle

Video: Cumbria police and crime commissioner candidates in the hot seat

Elections are approaching for the police and crime commissioners who oversee local policing. 

BBC political correspondent Luke Walton has been to Carlisle with the Look North Hot Seats to give voters the chance to put candidates on the spot. Watch the video here.

Cumbria police and crime commissioner candidate hotseats

The fells forecast for daylight hours

BBC Weather

Temperatures at 3,000ft: -4C (25F).

Winds: Fresh or strong northerly, gusts 35mph, decreasing moderate northwesterly during the evening. 

Cloud: Occasional cloud down to 300m (1,000ft) in wintry showers. 

Visibility: Good, falling poor in showers and hill fog. 

Freezing level: Between 200m (650ft) and 400m (1,300ft).

Cumbrian farmers facing hardship because of payment delays

Delays in the payment of farm subsidies is causing hardship for some Cumbrian farmers, according to the National Farmers' Union.

The NFU has written to the Government with concerns that 9,000 farmers nationwide are still waiting for money from last year's Basic Payment Scheme.

It's asking the Environment Secretary Liz Truss MP for "urgent assurances" about when farmers will be paid.

Last week, the Rural Payments Agency announced it would provide bridging payments to farmers who had still not received money from the scheme.

Herdwick Sheep in the Lake District

Weather: cold, sunny and showers on the way

BBC Weather

A cold start but dry with sunny spells.

Later on, expect showers and longer spells of rain, sleet and snow which could settle over the fells.

Highs of 8C (46F).

Here's the forecast for the next few hours in Pooley Bridge, you can find out about weather where you are in the county on the BBC Weather website:

Forecast for Pooley Bridge

Travel: Heavy traffic between Whitehaven and Egremont

BBC Travel

It's looking clear on most of the county's roads and on public transport.

There are reports of stop-start traffic on the A595 Egremont Road between Mirehouse Road and B5345 Morass Road. 

Meanwhile, there are temporary traffic lights on the A592 at Bellman Close, which is just outside Bowness-on-Windermere travelling towards Lakeside.

If you spot anything, give our travel line a call on 0345 305 3939.

Sport: Workington Reds make the Evo-Stik Premier play-off final

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Workington Reds will travel to Salford City in the Evo-Stik Premier Play-Off Final on Saturday following a thrilling 4-3 semi-final win at Blyth Spartans last night.

Rob Wilson scored the winning goal in the first minute of injury-time to set-up a trip to Salford, who overcame Ashton United 2-1 after extra-time.

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage

Lee Macaulay

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning, it looks like another dry and chilly day ahead. 

We'll keep you up to date with all the news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria today. 

If you've got a story to tell or a picture you'd like to share with us, you get in touch on Twitter where we are @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or using our Facebook page.