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  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 July 2016

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Our live coverage across the day

Martin Lewes


Live updates have finished for today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

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BreakingParaglider suffers severe injuries in hill crash

A paraglider has crashed on the Howgill hills near Kirby Stephen, the air ambulance says.

The man was freed from his harness before being assessed by the crew of the Great North Air Ambulance.

He was then put on a stretcher and flown to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough suffering from severe back injuries.   

Paraglider crash
Great North Air Ambulance

Britain 'not prepared for flooding risks of future'

Britain isn't prepared for the risks posed by climate change in years to come, according to a committee advising the government.

Flooding in Carlisle

In a 2,000 page report the Climate Change Committee says that when a bridge is swept away by floods like those that hit Cumbria last winter, it will also take out infrastructure such as electricity, gas and IT connections.

The report from 80 authors is the most comprehensive yet on the potential impact of climate change on the UK.  

Weather: Cloud dissipating for a chilly night

Cloud will dissipate through the evening, giving some late sunshine. A quiet, dry night will follow with starry skies in places, allowing temperatures to dip a little lower than recent nights, to around 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast for where you are here.

Chernobyl children enjoy farm visit

Youngsters from part of Belarus contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 are nearing the end of a fortnight in the county.

A charity based in north and west Cumbria has been offering holidays in Cumbria for small groups of the youngsters affected by the disaster in Ukraine, for more than 20 years.

Boy pointing microphone at goat

This year 11 children, aged from seven to 11, including Danila (pictured), spent time today meeting the animals at Walby Farm Park. You can hear more about it on BBC Radio Cumbria with Mike Zeller at Breakfast tomorrow.  

Hundreds of youngsters enjoy day of sport at Cumbria School Games

The Cumbria School Games are drawing towards a close now, with nearly 700 students from 90 schools having competed in sports ranging from golf and netball, to table cricket.

Boy playing golf
Girls playing netball
Boy playing table cricket

Work on bridge over Morecambe Bay 'could start within three years'

North West Evening Mail


Farron repeats call for general election as May takes over

The Liberal Democrat leader and Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron's repeated his call for the Conservatives to call a general election after Theresa May takes over from David Cameron as Prime Minister.

Tim Farron

Mr Farron said it was 'simply inconceivable' that Mrs May could be crowned leader without even an election within her own party.

Conservatives say that constitutionally, Mrs May's entitled to take over from Mr Cameron as long as she can command a majority in the House of Commons, and that legislation on fixed parliaments demanded by the Liberal Democrats under the coalition, means that no election is due until 2020.

Carlisle players enjoy bonding session on the green

Martin Lewes


Carlisle United players are in the middle of a team-building and bonding camp in Cheshire.  

At least, that's what we were told. 

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Report backs ambulance transfers from West Cumbria to Carlisle

An independent report says patients benefit from being transferred from Whitehaven's West Cumberland hospital to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle for more complex treatments.

Hospital sign

The study was carried out because of public concern about the reduction of services in west Cumbria, and a BBC investigation into whether there were risks associated with taking seriously ill patients some 40 miles or more from West Cumbria to the hospital at Carlisle.

An independent team of doctors and analysts made a more detailed study of 12 cases, picked from 85 that the North Cumbria Hospitals Trust had used for an audit of the ambulance transfers. 

They found most were clinically justified, the patients benefited in every case and none of them died.

But there were problems with communication, with the documentation on the patient sometimes not being complete.

More from Cumbria School Games

We've been at the Cumbria School Games event today:

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Scottish Bishops take aim at Trident renewal

Eight Roman Catholic bishops from Scotland have urged the government not to review Britain's nuclear deterrent.

Nuclear submarine

The government has already recommended renewing the Trident fleet with new submarines that would be built in Barrow. 

In a joint statement today the bishops said: "Lives are being lost now because money that could be spent on the needy and the poor is tied up in nuclear arsenals".

The House of Commons will debate the issues next week.

The history of Swallows and Amazons on screen

The Swallows and Amazons movie being premiered in the Lake District this month is the second big screen version of the story.

But the very first outing of the story of the children allowed to sail and camp unsupervised in the Lake District was a six-part series made by the BBC in 1963.

The author, Arthur Ransome, was still living on the shores of Coniston Water at the time, and was reported to have 'loathed' the way his yarn was dealt with.

In 1974, Virginia McKenna, Ronald Fraser and Simon West starred in a big screen version.


The movie being premiered at Keswick this summer was partly filmed on nearby Derwentwater. Earlier versions have been filmed mainly on Coniston Water, the main lake used by Ransome as a location, although he also based some parts on Windermere.

Police 'review' new complaint over baby's death

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Cumbria Police is "reviewing" a new complaint made about the conduct of midwives at Barrow's hospital over the death of the baby Joshua Titcombe. 

It was years of campaigning by Joshua's father, James, that revealed the scale of the problems at the maternity unit, where a number of other babies and mothers had died.

Joshua Titcombe

The latest development follows a critical judgement by the Nursing and Midwifery Council that two midwives - Lindsey Biggs and Holly Parkinson - had caused him to "lose a significant chance of survival". 

After last week's partially completed hearing the NMC has banned Lindsey Biggs from working for 18 months, while it investigates her role in the death of a baby at the Furness General this year. 

No such order has been made against Holly Parkinson. The NMC hearings are expected to conclude in October. 

Meanwhile Cumbria Police is now reviewing the NMC's finding that Lindsey Biggs' evidence was "inconsistent and lacking credibility".   

Travel: Traffic lights fail on main Whitehaven route

BBC Travel

Traffic lights have failed on A595 in Whitehaven at the A5094 Inkerman Terrace junction. Approach with care.  

You can find the latest travel news here.

New 'Swallows' film to get Lake District premier

The latest film based on the Arthur Ransome book Swallows and Amazons will be premiered at the Threatre by the Lake in Keswick.

Scene from Swallows and Amazons

The story follows the adventures of children from two families as they sail and camp in the Lake District.

Nearly all the stars, such as Kelly McDonald and Jessica Hynes, will at at the showing on 24 July.

The general release of the film is in August.

You can see a trailer here.

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Weather: Dry but fairly cloudy

There'll be sunny spells but quite a lot of cloud across the county this afternoon. The highest temperatures when the sun does come out will be around 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast for where you are here.

Rare butterfly makes Cumbria comeback

Rare butterflies have been found on an RSPB reserve in Cumbria, and it's thought to be the first sign of success in bringing the species back from the brink.

Marsh fritillary
Tim Melling

Twelve of the marsh fritillaries were found at Campfield Marsh on the Solway plain. 

The species was facing extinction in Cumbria, until 42,000 were released in four places around the county.

The Campfield Marsh colony is though to be offspring of those released at nearby Finglandrigg.

Steve Doyle from Butterfly Conservation Cumbria said: “It’s fantastic news that the butterflies have expanded and re-colonised and hopefully the butterflies will continue to spread naturally in our four core areas of Cumbria."

Man met girl after grooming, court told

A Kendal man will be sentenced next month after admitting two charges of meeting a child after grooming.

Rufino Joao Ferreira, 41, of Acre Moss Lane, met the girl on separate dates in January, Judge Barbara Forrester was told at Carlisle Crown Court.

Judge Forrester adjourned the case for reports to be prepared, but Ferreira was told he must now sign the sex offenders' register.

View from the stage of school sports athletes

BBC Radio Cumbria breakfast show presenter Mike Zeller's hosting the Cumbria School Sports - and his view shows the scale of the event.

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'More work needed' on Ulverston leisure facilities

Ulverston's leisure facilities could come a step closer next week to gaining a new swimming pool and other sports facilities.

South Lakeland councillors will be discussing a new report on the Priory Road leisure centre.

Ulverston Leisure Centre

The report recommends developing a plan possibly including a new six-lane 25 metre swimming pool to replace the existing four-lane pool, a new sports hall, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, fitness studios, grass outdoor pitches, artificial grass pitches, a bowling green and new reception and changing facilities.

Milk price crisis 'may be passing'

Earlier we reported on a study showing 75 farms in Cumbria had come out of dairy production because of low milk prices.

But one Cumbrian dairy consultant says the worst of the crisis may be over.


Mark Robinson is a dairy consultant from near Carlisle. Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria he said milk production is falling.

"This time last year we were producing about 42m litres a day in the UK. Today thankfully we're down to 38m litres and hopefully if that trend continues we should see some improvement in milk prices over the next six to 12 months."

Watch: Biker catches a runaway trailer in Windermere

Paul Cunningham was riding his motorbike through Bowness on Windermere at the weekend when a personal watercraft on a trailer came loose from the car towing it.

Paul Cunningham

Paul's posting of the video on a social network got a big response. He says his bike was slightly damaged but otherwise he was unhurt - just relieved.

I just rammed my front wheel under the wheel of the trailer. You don't think at times like that, you just do it."

Paul Cunningham

Workington Town boss 'confident despite tough times'

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Workington Town chairman Mark Fryer has admitted 'times are hard' at the club, but he is confident they will pull through their latest financial difficulties. 

Derwent Park

It was revealed last week that the club's directors have asked the players to take a pay cut because of falling revenue, with the club currently bottom of the Championship.  

Fryer said: "Every rugby league club has it tough, we're just like the rest,  but we'll manage, get a few more people through the door, get a bit of confidence going, working with a great team around us."

Blue skies over Penrith

BBC Weather Watcher David Hudson sent us this picture of bright skies over the clock tower in the centre of Penrith.

David Mark Hudson

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Labour members clash over Corbyn

Labour party members in Cumbria are awaiting a decision on whether the party leader most of them supported last year will be automatically given a chance to defend his office this year.

Peter Rothery, a party member from Whitehaven, says Jeremy Corbyn is destroying the party. "If this man was a decent man, he'd resign."

But Jim Ring from Kendal, a member of the Momentum group that supports Mr Corbyn, says the fact that most of the Parliamentary Party was against the new leader is at the root of the problems. 

He says: "It's like being put in charge of a football team as manager when all your players are against you. I think he's done a very good job."

And MPs like Copeland's Jamie Reed are fighting a battle on the social networks


Dairy farms fall casualty to milk prices

Seventy-five dairy farms in Cumbria have gone out of business in the last three years, according to figures obtained by the BBC. 

Getty Images

Research by BBC Yorkshire found that across England and Wales there are more than a thousand fewer dairy farms than there were 3 years ago.   

Low milk prices mean many farmers struggle to cover the cost of production, and many say debt was the main reason for leaving.

Cheese factory waste powers plant and local homes

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

It's hoped Cumbria's cheese making industry will be able to provide green energy for 40,000 homes and business within the next year. 

The First Milk Creamery in Aspatria has installed an anaerobic digester using whey - the waste product in cheese making - to make biogas. 

This will supply the creamery as well as the local gas grid with energy.  

Man in front of tanks

Richard Gueterbock (pictured) is a director of Clearfleau, the company that built the plant. 

He says: "It's the circular approach where you take the residue that are produced in the production process, take the energy our of those residues and use that energy to contribute to the energy required to make the product."

Cumbrian MPs react to Theresa's rise

Cumbrian MPs have been giving their reaction to the impending arrival of Theresa May in No 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister.

Tim Farron

Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat leader and member for Westmorland and Lonsdale said she should call an early general election. 

The Tories now have no mandate. Britain deserves better than this. It's not as though these are quiet normal times where it's just a changing over in the normal pace of things."

Tim FarronLiberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
Rory Stewart MP

But the Conservative  Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart says there's no need for a general election.

Most people I think, think there's been enough elections, enough referenda and what they're looking for is a period of stability. I don't actually think the general public want a general election. I don't think there's an appetite."

Rory StewartConservative MP for Penrith and the Border

And his colleague John Stevenson, who represents Carlisle, says that because Britain has a parliamentary system rather than a presidential one, Mrs May takes over the mandate won by the Conservative party.

Special homes plan for doomed Barrow church

Homes specially designed for people with learning and physical disabilities could be built in Barrow, on the site of one of the town's churches.

St Lukes

St Lukes has been closed for five years because of structural problems and would have to be demolished to make way for the flats and bungalows. 

Barrow planners are recommended to approve the scheme today - subject to some amendments - with councillors told the "important facility" would remove the eyesore and create jobs.

Weather: Dry and sunny for most of the day in most places

BBC Weather

It should be a largely dry start to the day across the region with plenty of bright and sunny spells.

It should remain dry for most well into this afternoon, with a few isolated showers possible later. Temperatures could reach 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast for your area here.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning, either misty or sunny depending where you are.  We'll be keeping you up to date with the news, weather and travel reports for the county until about 16:00.

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