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  1. Updates on Thursday 26 May 2016
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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.

Across Greenland the fast way...?

Cumbrian climber and adventurer Leo Houlding has just snow-kited across the Greenland ice cap.

Bruce Corrie (left) and Leo Houlding celebrate a successful day of snow-kiting in Greenland
Leo Houlding / Berghaus

He was accompanied by his friend Bruce Corrie, who's an experienced snow-kiter, on the unsupported 1,000 mile expedition. 

They covered the distance in under three weeks, despite being confined to their tent for days during whiteout conditions.

Bed-blocking delays in Cumbria

North Cumbria University Hospitals have bed-blocking of almost 7 days per 100 beds, according to new figures.

Older man in hospital

Bed-blocking is when a patient is deemed medically well enough to be released from hospital, but something else delays their discharge.

Appeal blocks scheme for new houses near Cumbrian abbey

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Campaigners who fought plans for 38 homes close to the remains of Furness Abbey in Barrow are celebrating after a planning inquiry ruled the council was right to refuse planning permission.   

Carlisle-based Story Homes argued that its proposal, on land adjoining the precinct wall of the scheduled ancient monument and in sight of one of its gatehouses, was "sensitive".

The field where the homes would have been built is to the right of the fence in this picture

The planning inspector disagreed, saying the homes would harm the listed monuments and their setting.

Three thousand people campaigned against the plans and they want Barrow Borough Council to act to prevent any future development proposals near the abbey.

Thieves steal money from cash machine in Cumbria

Thieves have stolen a "large amount of money" from a cash machine in Kendal.

The machine in Wildman Street was targeted in the early hours of this morning.

Police aren't releasing further details of how it was done, while they investigate further.

Children seen 'dicing with death' on Cumbrian railway line

Logo of British Transport Police

Children are being warned not to trespass on railways lines after a group were caught on CCTV "dicing with death" at Eden Viaduct in Carlisle.

British Transport Police said three children - possibly as young as five -  were spotted at the viaduct from 22 April to 1 May.

Officers said trains pass that spot at up to 90 mph.They're sharing photographs of the children with schools in the area to identify those involved.  

Appleby Horse Fair visitors are arriving later this year

Organisers of Appleby Horse Fair say visitors this year are heeding advice to not arrive too early.  

The event, starting next week, attracts about 30,000 people to one of the largest gatherings of its kind in Europe. 

To ease the strain on Cumbria's road network, visitors are asked each year not to turn up too early. It seems the message is getting through, with organisers revealing that fewer travellers have arrived, compared to last year.

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'Fat build-up' caused raw sewage to overflow

A huge build-up of fat caused raw sewage to overflow into a street in Cockermouth last night, United Utilities has said.

It spewed out from the sewer under Gote Bridge. 

United Utilities said workers were there until midnight clearing the blockage and cleaning the road.

Travel: Bridge closed in Brougham

BBC Travel

Brougham Bridge in Brougham, Penrith is closed near the B6262 junction, because of emergency repairs.

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Football: Carlisle manager to make 'further progress on transfers'

BBC Cumbria


Carlisle United manager Keith Curle is hoping to make further progress in the transfer market next week when two of his targets return from holiday.

Keith Curle
Rex Features

Midfielders Joe McKee and Nicky Adams became United's first summer additions this week but Curle says he'll take his time to get the right players.

Your pictures: Beautiful Cumbrian Sunrise

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Kev, from Baycliff, for this stunning photo taken early yesterday morning. Doesn't the bird flying across just make the shot?

Sunrise with bird flying across the sky
Weather Watcher Kev, from Baycliff

See more of your shots of Cumbria in some spectacular weather conditions.

Weather: Largely cloudy with light winds

The mist and murk will gradually lift, with rain turning lighter. It will remain largely cloudy, with light winds.

Weather forecast

Man jailed for driving off with police officer 'clinging to vehicle'

A man who drove off with a police officer hanging from his car has been jailed for 20 months.

Shaun Hargreaves, 24, of Prospect House, Crosby in Maryport, admitted two counts of dangerous driving, and assaulting an officer at Carlisle Crown Court.

Hargreaves deliberately drove into PC Lindsay Clark, before wedging his arm between the door and car. He was left clinging on to the vehicle as it picked up speed before it stopped about 100 metres down the road, the court heard.

PC Clark suffered minor injuries on 12 March.  

Hargreaves was banned from driving for 12 months and is subject to a restraining order which prevents him contacting his ex-partner for 10 years after also admitting assaulting her, and damaging her door and windows with a metal bar.

Cumbrian TV drama The A Word to return for another series

The BBC has commissioned a second series of the drama The A Word, which is set in the Lake District.

The programme follows the lives of the Hughes family and their son Joe, who has autism.

Actors including Christopher Eccleston, in The A Word

Its writer, Peter Bowker, said: "The second series is about the journey that is undertaken when you 'go public' about the fact that your child is different."

Westmorland psychiatric unit closure: Trust 'sorry' for error

Health bosses have apologised after wrongly announcing the permanent closure of a psychiatric unit.

Westmorland General Hospital

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said Kentmere inpatient unit at Westmorland General Hospital was to close due to safety issues raised by the Care Quality Commission.

It said it had "exhausted" all options to improve the "longstanding issue".

Barrow MP remains confident of Trident 'yes' vote

In-Cumbria Magazine


Representatives from Barrow shipyard have been lobbying Labour MPs to persuade them to support renewal of the UK's nuclear deterrent.  

They joined other trade union officials at a meeting at Westminster hosted by Furness MP John Woodcock.

Aerial view of Barrow showing the shipyard
In-Cumbria magazine

Travel: Crash in Barrow-in-Furness

BBC Travel

There has been a crash in Headmeadow in both directions in Barrow-in-Furness between the Stackwood Avenue junction and the Bridgegate Lane junction.

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Tata Steel: Government warned over pension cut plan

The government is warned that a proposal to cut pension benefits to help save Tata Steel's UK operations, which includes a site at Shap, could have implications "well beyond the industry".


Ex-pensions minister Steve Webb urged caution over "rushed changes" he said could have implications for workers "well beyond the steel industry".

A £485m pension deficit has been deterring potential buyers of Tata.

Ministers are considering changing the measure used for British Steel pension increases to cut its liabilities.

CCTV images released in Barrow sexual assault investigation

CCTV images have been released of a man wanted in connection with a serious sexual assault in Barrow.

The man was seen at The Kings Arms pub at about 22:30 on 12 May, before leaving at about 23:00.

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Closure of Kendal mental health ward is 'only temporary'

The NHS trust that had announced the closure of a mental health ward at Kendal's hospital says the move is only temporary.

Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal

The Kentmere Unit at the Westmorland General Hospital doesn't meet modern standards and will close next month, after a critical inspection. 

The Cumbria Partnership Trust has apologised for causing any confusion or worry.

Recruitment under way in a bid to cut spending on private ambulances

The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has said there is a recruitment programme under way to reduce the demand for private firms to provide 999 ambulances across the region.

Ged Blezard, from NWAS, said there is a recruitment programme in place

In 2015, NWAS spent almost £7m on private ambulances - double what it spent the previous year.

The trust says that the rise in the use of private providers is to help cope with spikes in demand while it trains new paramedics.

Campaign to stop drivers 'rat-running' through Cumbrian village

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

People living in Broughton-in-Furness say their repeated pleas for help to stop drivers using it as a "rat run" are being ignored. 

There are no safety measures outside the primary school, and the lollipop lady who retired last year hasn't been replaced. 

Traffic in Broughton-in-Furness driving past protest banner on railings

Two thousand vehicles go through Broughton every day, effectively cutting a corner off the A595. A community consultation has found people are "deeply unhappy" at the speed and volume of traffic in the village.

Many more private ambulances being used by the NHS in Cumbria

The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) spent nearly £1.9m on private ambulances in 2013 - but that figure rose to almost £6.8m last year.

Private ambulance outside a hospital

NWAS said the increase is because of a rise in the number of emergency calls so it uses private ambulances to transport patients to and from hospitals.

Fishing crew rescued after boat hits wind turbine

A man has been taken to hospital with a head injury after a fishing boat hit a wind turbine off the south Cumbrian coast this morning.

The 34ft catamaran was taking in water and was likely to sink after crashing into the turbine at about 02:45, about 2.5 miles west of Walney Island after the vessel set off from Ravenglass.

Barrow Lifeboat, ‘Grace Dixon’ being launched (stock photo)

The RNLI launched a lifeboat and the three people who were on board were taken to shore. The skipper, a 58-year-old man, had a head injury and was taken to Furness General Hospital in Barrow. 

The RNLI crew then returned to deal with the damaged vessel which they said was in danger of sinking.

Travel: Busy morning with disruption near Carlisle

BBC Travel

It seems to be a busy morning on Cumbria's roads.  

In north Cumbria, a load's been shed on the roundabout south west of Carlisle where the A595 meets the A689.  

Get more traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Cumbria.

Weather: Grey damp start to the day

A grey, damp start across the region with outbreaks of rain at times. The mist and murk will gradually lift through the course of the day, with rain turning lighter.

Weather summary graphic for Ambleside today

It will remain largely cloudy, with light winds.

Welcome to our live coverage through the day

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Good morning and welcome to our updates on Wednesday 25 May.

I'll be keeping you up to date with all the day's news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria until 16:00.

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.