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  1. Updates on Thursday 2 June 2016

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Our coverage throughout the day

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. 

But we will be back tomorrow as it's a special day - BBC Music Day is taking place across the county and we've got a number of different events to bring you from 08:00. 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.

More events taking place for BBC Music Day

Here's some further events happening tomorrow in Cumbria as part of BBC Music Day.

Weatherall Viaduct, Carlisle - Brampton Community Choir and Emma Dockeray, a singer-songwriter from West Cumbria, will perform on the footbridge of the Wetherall Viaduct for BBC Radio Cumbria's Gordon Swindlehurst. 12:35pm and 12:50pm.

Jubilee Bridge, Barrow in Furness - Barrow Male Voice Choir and singer Jamie Bosanko will perform on BBC Radio Cumbria's afternoon programme with Paul Braithwaite (sitting in for Caroline Robertson). 2:30pm.

Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale - The Ukulele Jukebox will perform for the BBC Radio Cumbria's News Hour with Ben Maeder. 5:15pm.

Animals owned by dog attack man 'not dangerous', Cumbria Police says

Three dogs owned by a man who was killed by another of his dogs have been assessed as not being legally dangerous by the county's police force.

Robert Owen Avenue, Cleator Moor
Police were called to the man's house in Cleator Moor

The animals have not yet been returned to the owner's family, who live in Cleator Moor, because their behaviour is now being assessed by specialist officers. 

The dog which attacked its 45-year-old owner was destroyed by officers, and an assessment to decide if it should be formally classed as a "dangerous dog" will be completed by next week. 

Police appeal for information after schoolgirl stabbed

Police have confirmed that a 15-year-old girl from the Workington area was stabbed last night in Barepot. 

She suffered serious injuries and is now in a stable condition at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

A 14-year-old girl, also from the Workington area, was attacked but uninjured. 

Cumbria Police have arrested a 39-year-old man who is from outside the county on suspicion of assault with intent to cause serious harm, and another count of assault.

Det Chief Insp Neil Cooper said: "This was an unprovoked attack on two teenage girls and understandably a terrifying ordeal for them both.

"We are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness and would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area to contact us.

"Any detail, however small, could assist our investigation. I would like to reassure the public that incidents of this nature are extremely rare in Cumbria.”

Cumbria to celebrate BBC Music Day tomorrow

Tomorrow is the day when the whole BBC comes together to connect communities and celebrate local music.

BBC Radio Cumbria will be playing all local music all day to showcase the amazing array of talent here in the county. 

This year, we'll be featuring live performances from five Cumbrian bridges for Take It To The Bridge:

Pooley Bridge, Ullswater - Annemarie Quinn, a singer-songwriter from Keswick, and Fellside Singers, a local Kendal choir, will be performing on Pooley Bridge for BBC Radio Cumbria. 07:45 and 08:20.

Phoenix Bridge, Cleator Moor - Cleator Moor Brass Band and Zoe Warren, a singer-songwriter from Whitehaven, will be performing on the Phoenix bridge across the cycleway for BBC Radio Cumbria's mid-morning programme with Caroline Robertson (sitting in for Kevin Fernihough). 10:10 and 10:25.

Phoenix Bridge
Phoenix Bridge

Floods: Businesses suffering from bridge closure in 'forgotten' village

A business owner in Staveley near Kendal says that they feel "forgotten" about six months after flooding left one of the village's bridges too damaged to use. 

Flood damage to Gowan Old Bridge has closed the main access road to the south of Staveley from the A591.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller, Wilf's Cafe co-owner Charlotte Webb said that the businesses in the village were suffering badly from the closure:

"They don't get the footfall coming through Staveley any more." 

"I think by the time they get to the north's so terrifying turning right into Staveley that they just think 'oh, we'll go onto Windermere' so it's really affected businesses like that."

North entrance to Staveley

"Not having the bridge being fixed until next June, I mean that's appalling." 

We're a forgotten village.

Charlotte WebbCo-owner of Wilf's Cafe, Staveley

Travel: Accident at A591 near Bassenthwaite

BBC Travel

We're hearing from the police that the A591 is partially blocked in both directions at B5291 turn off for Dubwath because of an accident. 

It's affecting traffic around the Castle Inn but it seems to be coping well. 

A591 junction with B5291

Man who drove at people in Lake District must attend 'thinking skills' course

A judge has given a man a 12-month community order after he drove at a group of people who were fighting in Bowness-on-Windermere. 

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Nathaniel Lockie's Audi hit one man during the incident at The Glebe last June.

Lockie, 27, admitted a charge of dangerous driving but said he had been trying to help friends who were caught up in the violence. 

The man from Norwood Avenue in Southpost will have to attend a "thinking skills" course and be subject to a three-month night time curfew. 

Glebe Road in Bowness-on-Windermere

Floods: Lake District bridge to be removed and rebuilt

BBC Radio Cumbria

A bridge in the Lake District village of Staveley near Kendal is to be removed imminently after engineers have deemed it impossible to repair. 

Gowan Old Bridge in Staveley

Gowan Old Bridge was badly damaged during the floods caused by Storm Desmond six months ago.

Labour county councillor Keith Little is responsible for the county's flood recovery and spoke to Mike Zeller at Breakfast this morning

"I'm afraid it's not going to be repairable in its present state."  

"So we're going to start work immediately to have it removed which will take it from being a flood barrier throughout the rest of this year."

"We'll start to do a complete rebuild once we've got the designs and costs in."

According to Cumbria County Council's latest road and bridge update, rebuilding work would start by June 2017.

Today's Cumbrian headlines

BBC Radio Cumbria

  • A man has been arrested after a teenage girl was stabbed with a knife in west Cumbria.
  • Kendal is on the road to recovery six months on from Storm Desmond, according to the town's mayor.
  • Carlisle United is still in contact with a potential foreign investor according to co-owner John Dixon.

Weather: Dry, bright with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Dry and bright across the county with plenty of sunny spells. 

Staying that way for the rest of the afternoon but some cloudy could build in east Cumbria. 

Highs of 17C. 

That means it'll be a pleasant day for people arriving in Appleby for the horse fair this afternoon as the forecast shows: 

Afternoon forecast for Appleby

Find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather website.

Diocese of Carlisle moving HQ from city to Penrith

News and Star


The new base of the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – will be officially opened next week.

Church House is relocating from West Walls, in Carlisle, to Friargate, in Penrith. A ceremony will take place next Wednesday afternoon.

Video: An iconic tradition of the Appleby Horse Fair

BBC Radio Cumbria's Sian Hall has been in Appleby all morning as more and more people arrive for the town's horse fair. 

Here's the scene down on The Sands:

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Travellers making their way through county to Appleby Horse Fair

Martin Lewes


We've already been telling you this morning how it could get a bit busy around Appleby for the start of the annual horse fair.

It attracts people from the Gypsy and Traveller community from across the country and even worldwide every year to the town's Fair Hill. 

Here's just some of the people on their way to the fair passing through Sedbergh yesterday:

Horse drawn carriages travelling through Sedbergh

Floods: Hundreds of bridges still need repairs

BBC Radio Cumbria

There are at least 200 bridges in Cumbria that still need to be repaired, according to the man who's responsible for the county council's flood recovery work.

That includes Gowan Old Bridge in Staveley, Sprint Bridge in Burneside and Brougham Bridge near Penrith.

Brougham Bridge
Brougham Bridge

Speaking to Mike Zeller at Breakfast, Labour councillor Keith Little said that even six months on from the floods brought by Storm Desmond, there's still lots of work to do:

"We have a number of bridges which are still causing us problems," he said. 

"We've probably got in excess of 200 across the county that are still requiring work and, again, with our roads a lot of work still to be done but we're cracking on and getting work done where we can."

Weather: Fells forecast for Cumbria

BBC Weather

  • Temperature at 900m: Plus 1 Celsius in the morning, rising to plus 6 Celsius in the afternoon. 
  • Max wind above 500m: Northeasterly 30mph with gusts of 45mph, easing to 15-20mph with 30mph gusts. 
  • Cloud: Periods of fog down to 500m mainly in east at first, this breaking and lifting above summits through the day. 
  • Visibility: Generally good, but moderate in any early drizzle. 
  • Freezing level: Above the tops.

New daily newspaper for the North goes on sale this month

A Cumbrian publisher has announced plans for a new daily newspaper that will cover national news with a "northern perspective".

24 - The North's National
CN Group

News and Star and North West Evening Mail publisher CN Group plans to print the first edition of 24 - The North's National, on 20 June.

The paper will be distributed across the North of England and cost 40p.

BreakingTeenage girl stabbed in west Cumbria

A man has been arrested after a teenage girl was stabbed in Workington. 

Officers were called at 21:25 last night to Barepot and a 39-year-old man, who is not from the local area, was arrested on suspicion of assault with intent to cause serious harm.

The girl is being treated for serious injuries, while another girl who was also there was not injured.

Tens of thousands expected for Appleby Horse Fair

As many as 10,000 people are expected in Appleby today for the start of the annual horse fair.

Cumbria Police say that another 20,000 visitors are likely to come to the town over the weekend too.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria's Sian Hall, Supt Mark Pannone said that the traffic management plan has been working well so far this year but that delays can be expected as slow moving horse drawn vehicles use the roads around Appleby. 

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New plastic £5 note made in Cumbria revealed today

The design on the new £5 note which will be printed on plastic made in Cumbria will be revealed later today.

Winston Churchill
Bank of England

A thin flexible polymer made by Wigton company Innovia is the base layer for the new banknote.

It will be unveiled at the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

The former prime minister's face forms part of the banknote's design. 

The Bank of England hopes the polymer banknote will prove to be more durable than paper ones.

BBC Business reporter Kevin Peachey put that to the a laundrette: 

Does new plastic fiver survive the wash?

Weather: dry and bright

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright day across the county with lots of sunny spells. 

Some northerly winds too but reaching highs of 17C.

Watch the full forecast for our region:

Weather: North East England forecast

Carlisle United: club issued post-flood ultimatum to mystery investor

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Carlisle United "fully expected" that an unnamed investor would pull out of talks over buying the club in April but were "amazed" that the so-called mystery billionaire was still interested and wanted to keep talking about a deal.

Co-owner John Nixon was speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller, who asked him if the unnamed person still wanted to invest now.

John Nixon
Carlisle United's John Nixon

He said he was surprised at how well informed the unnamed potential investor was about Carlisle United and that the club had doubts over the talks after December's flood: 

"We got to a point in March where [club chairman] Andrew Jenkins and I almost issued an ultimatum... It wasn't a case of put up or shut up."

"It was a case of 'look, if this isn't going to happen, let's tell the world it's not going to happen and let's tell the world who you are because we think that's only being fair to us."

Carlisle United in a 'very healthy financial situation'

Carlisle United co-owner John Nixon says that the club is in a good financial situation and making a profit over the last three quarters. 

Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria, he told Mike Zeller: "We ran through the first quarter in profit, we've just, last night, gone through the figures for the second and third quarter."

"We look at this stage as though we're in a very healthy profit and we should go into the end of the year in a very healthy situation."

Listen live to the interview now from the BBC Radio Cumbria page or by clicking the play button at the top of this page.   

Brunton Park worth 'significantly less' than before the floods

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Carlisle United's Brunton Park home has taken a hit over its value because of December's flooding, according to one of the club's directors. 

John Nixon was speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller this morning for this month's In The Hot Seat programme. 

He said the ground had an asset value before the floods "in the region of £6m" but that he didn't feel that Brunton Park would reach that price before December's flood and that the club has no intention of selling. 

The current value of the ground would be impossible to calculate until repair work is completed, according to the club's co-owner. 

Listen live to the interview now from the BBC Radio Cumbria page or by clicking the play button at the top of this page.  

Carlisle United: City centre stadium move 'not a goer'

December's floods have made a proposal for an alternative stadium at a "city centre" site untenable, according to Carlisle United's John Nixon. 

The club instead have a tentative plan to seek Environment Agency and Government funding to protect Brunton Park from further flooding. 

"Looking at that site, we probably had to reflect and say, 'well, that's really now not a goer because we would end up in a flood probably there'."

Brunton Park

The club's director of external affairs would not confirm which site in the city centre the club was considering. 

Listen live to the interview now from the BBC Radio Cumbria page or by clicking the play button at the top of the page.   

Carlisle United: Negotiations underway over Brunton Park insurance

BBC Sport

The excess on the insurance policy for Brunton Park could skyrocket from £250 to £100,000 according to one of the club's bosses. 

John Nixon has told BBC Radio Cumbria that negotiations are still ongoing over a new insurance policy for the stadium which was flooded six months ago as Storm Desmond hit the county. He told Mike Zeller that the total cost of the damage could be between £2.7m and £3.3m.

Carlisle United: John Nixon in the hot seat

BBC Sport

Carlisle United's John Nixon is speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller for the next hour about the future of the club. 

We'll bring you some of the key moments over the morning. 

Listen live to the interview now from the BBC Radio Cumbria page or by clicking the play button at the top of the page. 

Police investigating 'serious assault' on the M6 near Kendal

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A "serious assault" that happened on the M6 near Kendal earlier this morning is being probed by police. 

The attack happened near Greyrigg at 03:30 and the victim has been taken to hospital with serious injuries, Cumbria Police says.

We'll update you with more details about the investigation when we get them. 

This morning's Cumbrian headlines

BBC Cumbria

Here are the headlines that BBC Radio Cumbria listeners are hearing this morning:

  • Six months since Storm Desmond hit Cumbria, hundreds of people are still living in temporary accommodation.
  • Work is due to start on a new £12m super-surgery in Barrow after approval from councillors
  • The design of the new £5 note, which will be printed on plastic made in Cumbria, is being revealed today.

Carlisle United boss is in the hot seat

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

In less than an hour's time, Carlisle United's director of external affairs, John Nixon, will be the guest on In The Hotseat with Mike Zeller between 09:00 and 10:00.

Carlisle United's John Nixon

He'll be answering questions submitted by BBC Radio Cumbria listeners about what's in store for the future of the county's highest profile sporting club.

Listen live here.

Travel: Queuing traffic near Appleby

BBC Travel

Only one big thing to let you know about this morning.

There's queuing traffic on the A66 heading west near Brough between A685 / B6276 New Road and B6259.


It's because the annual Appleby Horse Fair starts today. 

If you're travelling around Appleby over the next few days, expect delays and slow-moving horse-drawn vehicles.

Get the latest information here.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome to our updates on Thursday 2 June 2016. 

It's another day to get the shades out after yesterday's grey affair, at least here in Carlisle. 

We'll be bringing you all the day's news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria.

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.