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  1. Updates on Friday 8 July 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Live updates here have now finished for the day, and the week.  We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday to keep you up to date with developments on the news, sport, weather and travel.

If you see something you think we should know about, you can send in news and pictures using Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page.   

Before we go - this wins applause as the best comment on our story earlier about the postal delays caused by aggressive gulls in Maryport.

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Do have a very good weekend.

Weather: A bright evening, then rain

There could be a few sunny intervals this evening, but it'll become cloudy overnight with light rain before morning.

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Car park crackdown 'for the sake of safety', says hospital trust

Parking wardens will be patrolling the car parks at Carlisle's hospital from Monday, after some drivers parked so badly they hampered police and ambulance drivers.

Car Park

Drivers parking anywhere apart from within marked spaces will be handed a written warning and from 18 July, they will risk a charge of up to £70.

Stephen Eames, the chief executive at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "Cars parked haphazardly are dangerous for a number of reasons, including blocking a clear view for crossing the road, forcing people on to roads as cars block pavements, the increased risk of an accident and restricting access for emergency vehicles."

Police crack down on pavement riders

Police in Barrow say they will be warning cyclists next week about the law forbidding cycling on pavements - with a two week campaign including fines of up to £50 to follow in August.

Sgt Rupert Anderson said: “It is an important safety issue as cyclists can pedal quite fast along the pavements, potentially leading to dangerous consequences for pedestrians. It is important that cyclists are aware of this.”

Safeguarding board: How we tried to help Jordan

There was no way to predict the murder of a Cumbrian teenager who was stabbed to death in a Carlisle cemetery, a serious case review has concluded. 

Jordan Watson was 14 when he was killed in June 2015. In February, three men were jailed over his death. The report said that Jordan was repeatedly absent from school despite intervention from agencies. 

Gill Rigg is the independent chair of the local safeguarding board which oversees childrens' care services. 

She said "A lot of services were offered to him. I think one of the difficulties you get into is when then family aren't able to take up to take up those offers and in terms of the child, we need to have more robustly challenged him, I think."

Sex offender 'tried to sell memory cards with illegal images'

A convicted sex offender who downloaded 3,000 images of child abuse, and then tried to sell memory cards containing them, has been jailed for more than three years.

Nathan Ramsbottom
Cumbria Police

Nathan Ramsbottom was already wanted by police after he breached a condition imposed for similar crimes. 

He'd attempted to sell the cards in Carlisle. The youngest child featured was one. Several hundred of the pictures were classed in the highest category.

Ramsbottom, of High Street, Ecclefechan, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of children, and one possession offence. 

Judge Peter Davies said he had shown both "a lack of remorse and an absence of motivation to reform", and jailed Ramsbottom for 40 months.

Travel: A69 reopens near Hexham after chemical spill

Police say the A69 eastbound, which was closed earlier today because of a chemical spill at the Stagshaw roundabout, is now open again.

Car park closed for flood scheme work

Part of a town centre car park in Ulverston is to be closed for up to 17 weeks while a culvert underneath it is repaired.

Brewery Street

The Environment Agency says that if the work isn't done and the culvert collapses, up to 300 properties could be damaged.

The work is part of the £9.7m Town Beck flood alleviation scheme. Town Beck burst its banks in 2009 and 2012, flooding parts of the town centre.

Travel: Delays and diversions on A69

BBC Travel

A69 Northumberland - A69 closed and slow traffic eastbound between the B6318 junction in Greenhead and the B6319 North Bank junction in Haydon Bridge, because of recovery work.  

You can check the latest travel updates here.

Ironworks development 'gets back on track'

A scheme to rescue the historic remains of an old ironworks in South Cumbria by developing the area around it for housing has a chance to get back on track.

The original scheme provided for high end so-called "live-work" units, which combined homes and offices. Since that collapsed in 2007, the half-built houses have been abandoned.

Artists impression of new homes
Indigo Planning

Now new planning permission's been granted by the Lake District National Park Authority, allowing two office blocks to be demolished and a number of other units completed by turning them into 43 homes.


As part of the deal, the ironworks remains (pictured) will be consolidated.  In return for this, the developers, LPS Receivers and Indigo Planning, have been allowed a development with only five affordable homes.   

The tangled web that shows the Lake District has Britain's most popular footpaths

Martin Lewes


The latest maps produced by the Ordnance Survey show not where you can walk - but where Britain's most computer-savvy walkers most want to visit.

The government mapping agency had been digging into the data provided by people using their apps and computer programs to plan a day out in the countryside.    

Ordnance Survey

The tangle of routes overlaying the familiar shape of South Cumbria, pictured, is the result; the thicker the line the more people have checked out the path.

Of the top 20 routes in Britain, according to the results, 18 are in the Lake District.The other two are in Snowdonia and the Yorkshire Dales. The most popular route of all was to the top of England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

Barber's scissors forfeit after drunken threats at pub

Magistrates ordered the destruction of a barber's scissors after he waved them drunkenly at door staff outside a Carlisle pub.

Magistrates were told Mohseh Azizi Abdulla, 20, also exposed himself during a late night incident outside Walkabout, after six hours' drinking at the  Botchergate bar in June.

Abdulla, from Flower Street in the city, admitted a public order offence and exposure. He was given a suspended eight-week prison sentence, and ordered to complete 60 hours' unpaid work and sign the sex offender's register for the next seven years.

Presiding magistrate Michael Little also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of Abdulla's scissors.

Blind student helps council make buildings more accessible

A blind work placement trainee at Allerdale council has suggested changes in the buildings there to make them more accessible.

Dabniel Murphy outside council building

Daniel Murphy, 18, pointed out issues such as a lack of braille signage.  

Andrew Gilbert, the council's marketing manager, said: "It was great to pass on some knowledge of the working world to Daniel but it was also good that he could give some information to us so we could improve the building here."

Daniel says he's been told the changes he's suggested are going to happen.

One week left to pick police priorities

The new Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall has asked people to tell him what their policing priories are.

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Union says council temp fees 'obscene'

A union official has said it is disappointed that Cumbria County Council spent £400,000 on three temporary senior managers last year, but the posts had to be filled.

The staff were hired through an agency because people with the required qualifications couldn't be recruited quickly. One was a corporate director's post that must by law by occupied.

Anita Timperon from the union, Unison, said: "It's very disappointing that the council has to spend obscene amounts of money in pulling people into the authority but they are needed to do essential posts and it it very difficult to recruit to this senior level."

Weather: Chance of brighter skies

Cumbria could see some breaks in the cloud with brighter skies and sunny spells but there is also the chance of seeing some isolated showers.. It will feel breezy and pleasantly warm with highs of 18C (64F).

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Cumbria police teams collar Snowdonia mountain challenge

Three teams from Cumbria Police won a number of trophies at the Snowdonia Seven Mountain Challenge fell race.

Cumbria police fell running teams
Cumbria police

The open team won the event for the second year running by a large margin, the Cumbria veterans came second, and the Cumbria Ladies won their class.

The race covers 22 miles and 9,000ft of ascent over the highest peaks in Snowdonia.

New bridge to link suburbs will be lifted into place

A new bridge linking Currock and Denton Holme in Carlisle across the Cumbria Coast railway line will be lifted into place on Saturday evening.

Officials say it will mean cyclists and wheelchair users can use the path as well as pedestrians.

Roads in the area could be affected between 16:00 and 01:00 on Sunday morning as the large structure is brought in.

Flight: Remembering the 'Suicide Club' airmen of the Lake District

A show starting today in the Lake District gives a dramatic representation of the early days of wartime flying there.

Sheila Burnett

The performances are taking place at Brockhole, a Victorian holiday home which is now used as a visitor centre by the national park authority.


It's on the shores of Windermere, which saw the first seaplane in Britain take to the air, and during World War One, pilots trained at Hill of Oaks further down the lake.  

They became known as the 'Suicide Club' because they were only in the air for a maximum of 11 days before they were shot down."

Geraldine PilgrimPlaywright of Flight

Travel: 'Chemical incident' slows eastbound A69

BBC Travel

The A69 eastbound is closed because of a chemical incident between A6079 and A68 / B6529 Stagshaw Road (Stagshaw Roundabout).  

The incident has happened on the Bridge End Roundabout, affecting traffic heading between Haydon Bridge and Corbridge. Diversions are in force.

Independent holds seat in Appleby by-election

Independent Karen Greenwood has won a by-election for the Appleby seat on Eden District Council.

She won 187 votes, with the Conservative candidate Phil Guest winning 67.

The seat was left vacant by the death of Keith Morgan, who was also an Independent councillor.

Travel: Crash closes A595

BBC Travel

The A595 is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Thursby Roundabout in Thursby and the B5305 junction in Westward, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Review finds Jordan Watson's murder 'could not have been forseen'

BBC Cumbria

A serious case review has found that the murder of Cumbrian teenager could not have been foreseen. 

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Watson was stabbed to death in a Carlisle cemetery last June.   

Jordan Watson
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The serious case review report says Jordan dropped out of education and his parents were unable to control him. 

His high-risk behaviour included trespassing on train tracks, smoking cannabis and staying out all night. There were repeated educational interventions with mixed success. 

Two months at a secure unit saw Jordan make good progress. But back at home, the report says, Jordan's poor school attendance continued. 

In February, three men were jailed over his death.

Council boss: Why we have to pay costly consultants

Cumbria County Council's acting chief executive says the authority had no choice but to spend nearly £400,000 on senior managers in the care services department.

The Courts, Carlisle

Dominic Donnini says sometimes the right management skills simply aren't available within the council to fill some posts, which by law cannot be left empty.

"We do struggle to get the right staff in and when it's a statutory post, we have to fill it. We sometimes have to bring in consultants to do it," he told BBC Radio Cumbria.

And the Conservative opposition leader Councillor James Airey concedes the authority had little alternative.

"They’ve got a dreadful history of spending money on consultants when the job could have been done locally, but in that particular instance they didn't have much choice."

Royal Mail on that seagull problem in Maryport

Royal Mail has apologised to residents on a Maryport estate whose mail was delayed by an aggressive seagull.

People in the Brooklands area had mail delivered late with a sticker explaining the delay was due to dangerous conditions - namely seagulls.

"The safety of our people is paramount to Royal Mail and these swooping attacks made it difficult for the postwoman to continue to do her job," said a spokesman.

Letters delayed after seagull swoops on postwoman

Seagulls have prevented mail being delivered to some homes in west Cumbria. 

Royal Mail has apologised to people living on a street in Maryport after it was unable to make a regular delivery on Tuesday.

Postal sticker
Paul Blenkham

Paul Blenkham was one of the people in the Brooklands area affected. A letter was delivered with a sticker explaining the delay was because of dangerous conditions.

"They'd ticked another box saying it was seagulls," he said.  

County council defends '£1,000 a day' consultants

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Consultants have been paid almost £1,000 a day by Cumbria County Council to run services facing cutbacks.

County council logo

The figures were released after a Freedom of Information request from BBC Radio Cumbria.

They showed the county council paid nearly £400,000 in 2015-16 to bring in three consultants involved in running care services.  

The most expensive was a director of care services, a post the authority must have by law, but which it had been unable to fill on a permanent basis.

Care for elderly and disabled people in Cumbria is seeing a major overhaul in an effort to save tens of millions of pounds in the coming years. 

The council says it has to use temporary consultants in some cases because of a lack of quality permanent candidates in Cumbria and stiff competition across the north.

Weather: Brighter conditions spreading east

It will be a rather cloudy start to the day with some rain and drizzle around first thing. It is an improving picture though as drier and brighter conditions should spread east across the country throughout the morning revealing some good spells of sunshine throughout the afternoon.

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