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  1. Updates on Monday 23 May 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    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

  2. Weather: A largely sunny afternoon

    Some sunny spells this afternoon but also showers spreading from the east to the west. Temperatures will reach 17C (63F). 

    The showers will ease this evening and it will be dry overnight. Tomorrow will be mostly dry, with sunny spells and just a little cooler than today with highs of 15C (59F).

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  3. Antibiotics warning to farmers

    Cumbrian farmers are being advised to look at ways of treating their cattle which don't require antibiotics amid concerns about a growing resistance to the drugs.

    But Richard Park, who farms at Low Sizergh Barn near Kendal, doesn't think antibiotics are overused by farmers in the UK.

    He said: "In the UK we are very heavily regulated, we use our vets to draw up health plans so that we can use them to the best advantage and minimise their use as well."


    Experts say the use of a range of NHS 'last-resort' antibiotics in farming is risking the lives of future patients. The issue will be explored in tonight's BBC Panorama programme.

  4. Man wanted over Carlisle burglary

    Detectives are trying to find 19-year-old Nathan Stewart in connection with a burglary in Carlisle after he failed to answer bail. 

    ​Anyone with information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

    Nathan Stewart
  5. University staff to strike

    Staff at the University of Cumbria will go on strike on Wednesday and Thursday in a national dispute over pay.

    Members of the University and College Union have objected to a pay increase of 1.1% which they say falls short of the 5% rise given to vice chancellors. 

    The UCU says they could strike during open days and graduation ceremonies over the summer if a new agreement isn't reached.

  6. Bay cable route options explored

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Two drilling rigs have started taking samples of the rock formations under Morecambe Bay to survey the possible route of a tunnel that would carry power cables. 

    National Grid wants to route high voltage cables from a new nuclear power station near Sellafield directly under the bay from Furness to Heysham to avoid pylons having to cross the southern edge of the Lake District National Park.


    The drilling rigs are digging 23 boreholes - seven will go down 100 metres while the remainder will be 60 metres deep.

    The company will use the information to finalise its proposals for the cable route, which will then go out to further public consultation later this year.

  7. Man attacked in Workington

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Police say a man was attacked by a number of people in Workington on Saturday night. 

    The 46-year-old was left with injuries to his ribs, head and hand after the assault in Hartington Street and are appealing for witnesses.

  8. Pharmacy closures 'would cause more problems in health service'

    Plans to close some of Cumbria's community pharmacies could create long term health problems, according to a new report.

    Pharmacy Voice, a group which represents pharmacies, has carried out research into the effect of losing £170m of funding.

    It estimates it could lead to the closure of one in four pharmacies, leaving some areas with no GP surgery or access to medication.

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  9. Update on horse fair preparations

    People living in Appleby can discuss plans for the annual horse fair tonight, an event which attracts thousands of travellers and puts pressure on local services and the road network.

    horse fair

    The event, between 2-8 June, is thought to be the largest gathering of its kind in Europe.

    horse fair

    Officials from Cumbria County Council and the multi-agency strategic coordinating group will be at Appleby's Public Hall between 19:00 and 21:00.

  10. 'Ambulance service is addressing paperwork concerns'

    It's claimed that people who need an ambulance in Cumbria might face delays in getting help because of a lack of recruits.


    Complicated paperwork and vehicle and police checks has become an excessive burden, some first responder groups say. 

    But other volunteers say the North West Ambulance Service has been reacting to such concerns, and applications from potential new recruits are being dealt with more quickly.  

    Quote Message: Recruitment times can be four to six weeks, then those people are going straight into training; the training is already up and running and we're getting people through to being community first responders in quite a short time." from Martin Kenyon Grasmere First Responders
    Martin KenyonGrasmere First Responders

    BBC Radio Cumbria contacted the North West Ambulance Service for an interview on its breakfast show this morning, but was told nobody was available.

  11. Planners back church redevelopment

    The redevelopment of a Carlisle church - at a cost of £1.5m - has been approved by planners. 

    Church leaders are now looking at ways of raising the money needed for the work at St Elisabeth's in Harraby. 

    Proposals include a drop in cafe, a function room, sports hall and showers. The gardens would also be landscaped. The redevelopment will lead to the loss of the church's existing bell tower, which isn't watertight and has cost tens of thousands of pounds to maintain.

    The church authorities say every effort will be made to ensure the bells will be used in another church, or stored safely.

  12. Dog attack: Animal died after being tasered by police

    The dog which killed a man in Cleator Moor died after police used a taser gun to subdue it.

    The 45-year-old was pronounced dead in a house in Robert Owen Avenue on Sunday afternoon after being attacked by the animal.

    Robert Owen Avenue

    Insp Gary Hunter, from Cumbria Police, said officers tried calling in local vets who could have used a tranquilizer dart to control the "angry" dog, but none were available.

    He said the "only other option" was to use a police taser gun and catchpoles. The dog died a short time after the taser was discharged.


    Insp Hunter added: "We don't know if it's a banned breed or not yet. It looked like a Staffordshire-pitbull type dog. It has to be examined by a police dangerous dogs liaison officer." 

  13. Dog attack: Man's daughters tried to pull animal away

    Two daughters tried to pull a pet dog off their father as it attacked and killed him at a house in West Cumbria on Sunday, police have said.

    The pair, aged 19 and 16, battled for about 10 minutes to get the animal away. Insp Gary Hunter, from Cumbria Police, said they acted with bravery because they could have been injured themselves.

    Eventually, one of them managed to get the dog away and lock it in a room while the other called the police.

  14. BreakingDog attack happened in bedroom

    More details have emerged about the dog attack in Cleator Moor.

    Insp Gary Hunter, from Cumbria Police, told BBC Radio Cumbria the dog, said by police to be a Staffordshire-pitbull cross type dog, attacked the man in an upstairs bedroom. 

    He said: "On the landing, there was a lot of blood everywhere and the dog was still in a room quite close to the landing. 

    "The door wasn't that secure. Behind the door the dog was barking very loudly trying to get out. It's definitely not something that we normally come across - in over 20 years I've never seen something like that."

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  15. Kennel Club reacts to Cleator Moor dog attack

    The Kennel Club has reacted to what it's described as "a terrible incident" after a man was attacked and killed by a dog in Cleator Moor.

    Its secretary Caroline Kisko said: "Our deepest sympathies go to the family of the victim at this tragic time. 

    "Dogs are part of the family but it is important to remember that they are animals and it is crucial to ensure that they are properly trained and socialised and kept mentally and physically stimulated."

    The club says the issue of dangerous dogs is a social problem which needs tackling through both the law and better education surrounding to prevent incidents before they occur.

    It wants a central database set up for the police and other officials to log 'bite incidents'.

  16. Part of surgery closed after structural checks

    A GP surgery in Barrow is rescheduling some appointments this week after a building inspection. 

    Structural engineers have advised the closure of two consulting rooms at the Abbey Road Surgery while repairs take place. 

    Patients who are affected will still be able to see their usual GP at the Bridgegate Medical Centre on Winchester Street.

  17. County to get new trains in £230m investment

    The rail company TransPennine Express, which runs services on the West Coast and Lakes lines in Cumbria, has bought 126 new carriages in an investment worth more than £230m.

    New train

    As a result, 25 new trains (pictured) will be in service across northern England and Scotland by 2019, providing an extra 13 million seats a year. 

    Transpennine Express says the new models will operate at speeds of up to 125mph, cutting journey times.

  18. Pitbull terriers among banned breeds

    The dog which attacked and killed its owner in Cleator Moor yesterday was a Staffordshire-pitbull cross type dog, police believe although the exact breed has yet to be confirmed.

    Pitbull terriers are among the breeds of dog which are banned under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act.

    Latest figures from last month show nearly 5,000 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized by police in England and Wales over the past three years.

    The RSPCA wants the Dangerous Dogs Act to be changed so dogs are banned on the basis of behaviour not breed. 

  19. Police believe dog was Staffordshire-pitbull type dog

    Fiona Trott

    BBC News

    A dog which killed its owner in West Cumbria is a Staffordshire-pitbull cross type dog, Cumbria Police believe.

    The man, aged 45, has not been identified and no details have been released on the nature of his injuries. 

    All four dogs at the property, in Robert Owen Avenue, Cleator Moor (street pictured below) were his pets. 

    The dog which attacked the man was destroyed and the three other animals have been seized and will be assessed by a specialist.

    Police said the breed of dog is yet to be confirmed.

  20. BreakingMan dies after Cleator Moor dog attack

    A dog has attacked and killed a man at a property in Cleator Moor.

    The 45-year-old, who lived at the address, was pronounced dead when police officers arrived in Robert Owen Avenue at 14:00 on Sunday.

    Cumbria Police say the dog, which they believe is a Staffordshire-pitbull cross type dog, was destroyed. They haven't been able to confirm the breed.

    Three other dogs were seized from the property. They will be assessed by a specialist police officer, it added.