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  1. Tuesday 9 August 2016

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That was BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Updates for the day have now finished. We'll be back with more news, travel reports and weather forecasts from 08:00.

If there's something you want us to know about, or you've got some pictures you'd like to share, you can let us know on Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, email us at or post on our Facebook page.

Have a good evening.

Minister shown how woodland could reduce flooding

Today was the second day in Cumbria for the floods minister, Therese Coffey, who was looking at measures taken after a series of storms caused repeated flooding in the county last winter.

Minister in woodland
Environment Agency

Yesterday the minister (pictured, right) toured woodlands which, it's suggested, can slow the rate at which rainfall on the hills goes downhill to become floods in the valley.

Police release name of pensioner who died in crash

Police say the 81-year-old woman who died in a crash on the A591 at Ings at the weekend was Maureen Runswick, from Staveley.

The crash also claimed the life of a 90-year-old man from Bolton le Sands.

The collision between Kendal and Windermere involved a Honda Jazz, driven by Mrs Runswick, and an Astra, in which the Lancashire man was a passenger.  

The driver of the Vauxhall is still in hospital in Preston with serious injuries.

Cumbria's weather: Showers dying out for a cool night

Showers should die out tonight, but it will remain fairly cloudy. The lowest temperatures should be about 10c (50F).

Weather graphic

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

Floods minister: We hope to make a difference next time

The minister responsible for flood defences says she hopes enough has been done to make sure that, even if there's a repetition of the Storm Desmond downpours, the damage won't be as bad.

Therese Coffey was talking to BBC Radio Cumbria as she visited Braithwaite, near Keswick, one of dozens of communities inundated last winter.

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The minister said she couldn't promise there would be no flooding: "But what I hope is that if there is a scenario like we had last December that people will notice a difference."

Travel: Breakdown slows cross-border traffic

The A74(M) is partially blocked northbound at J22, A75 (Gretna Green), because of a broken down car.

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Cave rescue group says safety 'rigging' stolen

Martin Lewes


The rescue volunteers who cover the caves on the southern borders of Cumbria say special lines rigged for the safety of visiting cavers during a major gathering this weekend have been stolen.

The European Speleological Congress is being held in North Yorkshire next week, and with cavers from all over the world heading for the area, a number of potholes have been rigged to make their visits easier, and rescues quicker should there be problems.

The Cave Rescue Organisation says a system of ropes called a highline, designed to make access and exit easier in case of flooding, has been stolen from a location called the Kingsdale Master Cave, high above Dentdale.

A member of the group, Sean Whittle, said the ropes and the location they were in made it almost certain it was cavers who had taken them.

Two caught with £10,000 cocaine are jailed

Two men caught travelling through Cumbria with cocaine with a street value of £10,000 have been jailed for a total of eight-and-a-half years.

Police stopped 47-year-old David Williams and 27-year-old Andrew Jones on the M6 at Crooklands near Kendal in March.

At Carlisle Crown Court last month the men, who're from Chirk in North Wales, admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply.  

Jones was sentenced to four-and-a-half-years in prison, while Williams was jailed for four years.

Floods minister shown Cumbria's preparations

The minister responsible for flood protection, Therese Coffey, has been in Cumbria to see what's being done after the county was inundated last winter by a succession of storms.

Minister with Environment Agency staff

This morning Ms Coffey, pictured left, met Environment Agency staff in Braithwaite, near Keswick, where at one point after Storm Desmond soldiers built a sandbank dyke to stop a second flood.

Yesterday she visited areas of forestry, which could also be used to slow the flow of floodwater from the hills in heavy rain.

Boy, four, 'critical' after pool incident

Police say a four-year-old boy is in hospital in Liverpool after an 'incident' at a caravan park swimming pool.

In a brief statement, they said the alarm was raised yesterday afternoon at the Old Park Wood caravan park near Grange over Sands.

The boy was taken to the Furness General Hospital and then transferred to the Alder Hey on Merseyside, where his condition is said to be critical.

Former teacher in court charged with abducting girl

A former teacher has appeared before a district judge in Carlisle charged with child abduction and two other offences.

Gary Baum, 57, of Penruddock, near Penrith, is said to have abducted a girl under 16 on 9 December last year.  

He's also charged with taking an indecent image and making indecent images.

He entered no plea and Judge Gerald Chalk ordered him to appear at Carlisle Crown Court on 9 September.

Uninsured rider loses bike

Cumbria's highway police use social networks to make the point.

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Travel: Crash blocks Windermere High Street

BBC Travel

An accident involving a car and a lorry has blocked Windermere High Street.  Traffic's congested on surrounding roads including the A591 as a result.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Cumbria's weather: A risk of heavy showers

Heavy showers have moved in parts of the county, and these may continue through the afternoon. Some lucky places will remain dry. Temperatures will be about 16C (61F).

Weather graphic

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

Flood defences: We're working with locals, say engineers

Environment Agency engineers say they're trying to work closely with local people as they get flood defences in place for this winter and plan for future years.

The government minister who's just taken over responsibility for combating flooding, Therese Coffey, is visit the county today.

Diggers working in Kendal
Environment Agency

Dan Bond, the agency's flood risk manager for Cumbria, told BBC Radio Cumbria that they were working as quickly as possible.

"The important thing is that where we need to build new defences that we plan them in the right way. We've got to involve the community to make sure we've got the right solutions in place."

Climber celebrates big lottery grant for Nepal aid

Doug Scott was the first Briton to get to the summit of the world's highest mountain, Everest.

He's since devoted much of his his life to the charity he set up, Community Action Nepal, to provide health and educational facilities for the Nepalese people who support Himalayan expeditions.

Many of the buildings it paid for were destroyed in the earthquake last year, and now his new fundraising drive has had a major grant.

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Hospitals trust recruits for 'patient panel'

The trust that runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven is looking for more volunteers to join a patient panel which looks at ways of improving health services.

North Cumbria NHS Trust says it wants current or past patients to offer advice, and highlight problems.

Your pictures: Crummock in the sunshine

Tony Bolton had a lovely place to wait for his son to finish a run yesterday, overlooking Crummock Water, and he was kind enough to send us a photograph.

Crummock Water
Tony Bolton

If you've got some pictures you'd like to share, you can let us know on Twitter, where we're @BBC_Cumbria, email us at or post on our Facebook page.

Early start for Cumbria campaign to bring festive joy to Romanian children

North West Evening Mail


Facelift plans on show for Bowness beauty spot

People living in and around one of the Lake District's most popular tourist sites are being asked for their views on how it could be improved.

Bowness Bay

Cumbria County Council is holding a consultation event today about its plans to landscape the shoreline at Bowness Bay, on Windermere.

It would mean a wider pavement, new paved areas and additional seating. Some trees would also be removed, to create views from the Glebe across Bowness Bay and up the lake to the fells beyond.

Flooded Cumbrians wait for minister's reassurance

People in Cumbria who were hit by flooding last winter say they feel constantly on edge because it might happen again.

Therese Coffey

The new minister responsible for national flood defences, Therese Coffey, is in Cumbria today, visiting the villlage of Braithwaite near Keswick.

Marion Jones, whose pub in Carlisle, the Joiners' Arms, is in part of the city that flooded for the second time in a decade, says that even in the summer, wet weather brings back the fears.

It could get flooded anytime and people are just on edge all the time."

Marion JonesLandlady, Joiners' Arms

Suspended Carlisle midfielder misses cup tie

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United will be without the suspended Jamie Devitt for tonight's EFL Cup first round tie against League One Port Vale at Brunton Park.

Devitt getting red card
Getty Images

Devitt sits out a one-match suspension following his first-half dismissal at Portsmouth on Saturday, but Joe McKee is set to return.

As the applause for the final encore dies away at Kendal Calling...

Martin Lewes


People grumble about Christmas decorations going up too early in the shops.

And the programme for next year's Kendal Calling, in just over eleven months' time, may still be a twinkle in the organisers' eye.

But it's never too early to start selling tickets!

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Second pensioner dies after A591 crash

Police say a second person has died after a two-car crash at Ings, between Kendal and Windermere, at the weekend.

The 90-year-old man, from Bolton le Sands in Lancashire, was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra that collided with a Hondal Jazz. He died in hospital in Preston.

The driver of the Honda, an 81-year-old woman from nearby Staveley, died at the scene. 

The driver of the Vauxhall was seriously injured but his condition is now said to be stable.

Weather: Cool start, but plenty of sunshine

The day will start cool, but there should be plenty of sunshine through the morning. 

There'll be a bit more cloud with the possibility of a few showers this afternoon. 

Temperatures should reach about 16C (61F).

Early weather

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

New floods minister to see Cumbria's needs today

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

The new floods minister is visiting Cumbria today to offer reassurance of the government's commitment to new defences and flood recovery.

Christopher Furlong/Getty

Therese Coffey has taken over from Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart.  

She's meeting local groups in Braithwaite near Keswick. 

Earlier this year the government committed up to £58m for new flood defences in the county over the next five years

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning: We'll be bringing you news, travel reports and weather forecasts through until about 16:00 this afternoon.

If there's something you want us to know about, or you've got some pictures you'd like to share, you can let us know on Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, email us at or post on our Facebook page.