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  1. Updates on Monday 9 May 2016

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Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us then.

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

Enjoy the sunshine.

Runners get dive-bombing buzzard warning

Runners are being warned to "beware the buzzard" after a spate of dive-bombing attacks in the Lake District.

About a dozen people say they have had their head pecked or clawed when running near the railway footpath in Broughton-in-Furness.

Named locally as buzzardgate, a "beware of the buzzard" warning sign has been put up at the entrance of the path.

Runner David Beresford said: "I could see its eyes as it came towards me and I swear it was enjoying itself."

Buzzard warning sign

Crutches shortage at Barrow hospital

Hospital staff dealing with a shortage of crutches are reminding patients to return them if they are no longer needed.

A larger than normal number of people have visited Barrow's Furness General Hospital's accident and emergency department with injuries that require them.

Barrow hospital
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay

Busy weekend for Cumbria's rescue teams

Ben Maeder

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria's mountain rescue teams were called out at least 10 times this weekend, with six of the county's 10 teams in action. On Saturday and Sunday, there were two incidents on Great Gable (pictured).

Wasdale Mountain Rescue chopper
Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

The Wasdale team, with the help of a rescue helicopter, went to one climber who'd fallen 20 metres. They also provided support to the Cockermouth team which went to the aid of two other climbers, one of whom had fallen. 

The Langdale Ambleside team were at Stickle Tarn on Saturday where a pregnant woman was having abdominal pains, while the Penrith team found two missing walkers and the Keswick team helped find an elderly man with dementia. 

Possibly the busiest team was Patterdale. It helped a walker with cramp, a boy who'd hit his head and a woman who'd been hit on the head by a cricket ball.

Son set up internet bank accounts to steal off mother

A Carlisle man who stole more than £1,000 from his elderly mother has been jailed for eight months. 

Brian Brand, from Lazonby Terrace in the city, gained access to her bank accounts by setting up internet banking without her knowledge. 

At Carlisle Crown Court today, Brand admitted one count of theft and was told by the sentencing judge that he'd caused his 70-year-old mother "a great deal of heartache and pain."

New holiday homes 'banned' in tourist town

The issue of second homes is getting people talking again after a town in Cornwall voted through plans to stop non-locals building or buying them for holiday use.

people voting

It followed a referendum in St Ives which, like the Lake District, is a popular tourist area but where a shortage of affordable housing is considered a major challenge.

Now, new housing projects in St Ives will only get planning permission if they're reserved for full-time residents. It's raised questions about whether a similar scheme could work in the Lake District.

How to deal with Carlisle flood threat?

People affected by the flooding in Carlisle are being asked to give their views about how to manage any future problems. 

Carlisle floods

Two 'flood forum' events are taking place this week - one at the Holy Trinity Church tonight and another at the University of Cumbria on Wednesday. 

The meetings have been organised by Cumbria County Council and the Environment Agency.

Tribute to man who died in A66 crash

A Lake District pensioner who died following a crash on the A66 was well-respected and loved by his community, his family have said.

David Bennell, 82, from Braithwaite, near Keswick (pictured) was injured in a crash with another vehicle on 29 April. He died in hospital in Newcastle the day after.

David Bennell cycling
Cumbria Police

In a statement issued by Cumbria Police, Mr Bennell's daughter said: "They say age is just a number and in my dad’s case that was definitely true. He still rode his push bike and walked a few miles each day. Still taking himself off to Spain twice a year for a holiday. Still extremely active. 

"Sadly his time has been cut short leaving a devastated daughter, son and grandson that will miss him dearly.”

High pollen levels explained

Parts of Cumbria are seeing temperatures in the mid-twenties at the moment.

It means that pollen levels are high. BBC Weather presenter Louise Lear explains more here.

Weather and pollen

Sellafield will work closely with new nuclear college

West Cumbria's nuclear expertise will be passed on to thousands of young people hoping to make a career in the industry with news of the launch of a National College for Nuclear to provide hi-tech training.

Sellafield Limited, the company which is decommissioning the nuclear site and reprocesses radioactive waste, will help develop a curriculum for students at the new £15m college, which will have campuses in Workington and Somerset by the end of 2017. 

Colin Reed, Sellafield's human resources director and board chair of the college, said: "It is expected that new qualifications will be available in 2017 that reflect the needs of the nuclear sector and address the skills challenge facing the industry and its supply chain."


'Nuclear college' confirmed for West Cumbria

The Government has confirmed the setting up of a National College for Nuclear in West Cumbria.

It's one of five new colleges ministers say will 'create the workforce of tomorrow', with others specialising in digital, oil and gas.

The £15m nuclear training facility, which is due to open late next year, will be based at two sites - Lakes College in Workington and Bridgwater in Somerset - and aims to train more than 7,000 people by 2020.

Skills minister Nick Boles (pictured) said: "This is the investment in high-tech skills that businesses are crying out for. We have made it a priority to work with employers to deliver high-quality, technical education and clear routes to employment that deliver economic growth and create opportunities for our young people."

Nick Boles

Waiting game for Carlisle players

BBC Sport

Carlisle United players and staff are currently finding out whether manager Keith Curle wants to keep them at the club next season. 

The United boss has already told club's owners but won't reveal who's in and who's out until all the players and staff know their fate.

Funding boost for lighthouse restoration

The restoration of Maryport Lighthouse has been given a boost after the project got a share of £700,000 of government funding to help encourage more visitors into seaside towns.


A £50,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund to the Maryport Coastal Community Team will be spent 'brightening up' the landmark, bringing it back into use and help market the town, pictured, as a tourist destination.

Built in 1846, the octagonal cylindrical lighthouse is thought to be one of the oldest cast iron lighthouses in the world but has fallen into disrepair.

Man faces jail for shild sex offences

A man from Egremont has been told he could be jailed for committing two child sex crimes. 

Michael Reid, 26, admitted one charge of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and another of meeting a child following sexual grooming.

Carlisle Crown Court heard both offences were committed on 19 August last year. Reid, from Croadalla Avenue, is due to be sentenced on 17 June.

Carlisle Crown Court

Autism campaigner to meet government minister

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A mother from Furness says autistic children in schools are being "damaged" because it is not compulsory for all teachers to be given specific training to handle the condition. 

Deborah Brownson, whose two sons are both on the autistic spectrum, is meeting the Government's children and families minister today to call for urgent changes. 

And she would like the book she wrote based on her sons' experiences to be a starting point.

I wrote it specifically at the time for the teachers who were surrounding my son who didn't understand him, and the children who used to bully him, so it was written for this exact problem."

Deborah Brownson

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Who goes and who stays at Brunton Park?

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United will announce its 'retained and released' list today, a typically grim day when players and staff find out if they have a future at the club or not. 

The season finished on a high at the weekend with a 5-0 win at Notts County - a result which saw the Blues finish ninth in League Two.

Brunton Park

Travel: Keep updated

BBC Travel

Expect it to be a bit busier on the roads today with the sunny weather - you can keep up to date with any problems here.

75th anniversary of Barrow Blitz

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

A new film has been put together to mark the 75th anniversary of the Barrow Blitz, which killed more than 40 people and destroyed 600 homes.

Barrow sixth Form College media student Matthew Dodd has made a 30-minute documentary to be screened in local schools and then preserved in the North West Film Archive in Manchester. 

In May 1941, Barrow was bombarded day and night by the Luftwaffe as German pilots (pictured) sought to destroy the town's shipyard and steelworks.


Matthew Dodd painstakingly gathered footage and new personal testimonies to preserve memories of the Barrow Blitz for generations to come. 

Walney wind farm firm to give £15m to community projects

The company building one of the world's largest offshore wind farms, off the Cumbrian coast, is going to invest £15m in community and environmental projects.

Danish firm Dong Energy intends to add 90 turbines to the existing 102 at the facility off Walney.

Walney windfarm

Feeling hot, hot, hot!

Could Cumbria be one of the hottest places in the country today?

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It's not even 10:00 and our weather presenter Kay Crewdson says the mercury's already rising.

Yesterday, Carlisle was among the warmest places in England, as the table below shows.


Award-winning night for Blues skipper

BBC Sport

Carlisle United captain Danny Grainger (pictured on the left) was the big winner at the club's awards dinner last night.

Danny Grainger

He took supporter club CUOSC's, London Branch, season-ticker holders and players' player of the year awards, plus the goal of the season and the community champion award.  

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'Still too easy to buy second homes in Lakes'

Measures are needed to make it more difficult for people to buy holiday or second homes in the Lake District, according to campaigners.

The issue has sparked debate again after a vote in the Cornish town St Ives (pictured) saw people overwhelmingly back a plan by the local council to stop the building of any new homes there that aren't going to be occupied all, or most, of the time. 

In Cumbria, Coniston and Matterdale have similar plans, but Keswick Community Housing Trust says they don't go far enough and it's difficult for people to find affordable houses.

St Ives

Weather: Another warm, sunny day

If you enjoyed yesterday's sunshine, you're going to love today.

Barbecues and sun cream at the ready because it's looking like another very warm, sunny day with highs of 24C (75F).

But is it going to last? Get a five-day forecast for your part of Cumbria here.

weather map

Flookburgh rescue team called to grass fire

Cumbria's Bay Search and Rescue has been called to help tackle a large moorland fire in Lancashire.

The Flookburgh-based team sent resources to Darwen early this morning.

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Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live: Cumbria

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome to our updates on Monday 9 May.

We'll be keeping you up to date with all the day's news, sport, weather and travel.

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