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  1. Monday 1 August 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


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

    As always you can can send in news and pictures using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page.  

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Minister stresses support for national parks

    An environment minister visiting Cumbria to help celebrate the extension of the county's two national parks has stressed the support of Theresa May's government for protecting the nation's best landscapes.

    Troutbeck Park farm

    Lord Gardiner said the ministerial team he was part of was hugely supportive of the environment: "Yes, we are pro-business and we want agriculture to succeed, so that's very important, alongside caring for the environment. I think that in this country we are well able to have a very high quality environment and an agriculture that is vibrant."

    The minister also said he thought Cumbria's two national parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales were "well able to cope with many more people".

  3. Police praise 'sensible' festival fans

    Police have praised the "vast majority" of the 23,000 music fans at the Kendal Calling festival for their behaviour.

    Band at festival

    Officers say they made a number of arrests  for supplying drugs, and "dealt with" people possessing drugs for personal use.

    Chief Insp David Bosson said: “Although we did make a number of arrests over the weekend, the number is relatively small in comparison to the large number of people who attended the festival."

  4. Cumbria's weather: Broken cloud but mainly dry

    It's likely to remain dry but cloudy this evening with temperatures falling to about 13C (55F). there's just the chance of a shower in the south of the county.

    Weather graphic

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

  5. Teenagers 'filmed as lone officer was attacked'

    Police say they've recovered video evidence filmed about the time a lone woman police officer was beaten to the ground in Windermere by a drunken teenage girl as other youths looked on.

    Detectives investigating the assault have appealed for anyone else with pictures to come forward. 

    They've thanked members of the public who went in to help the officer as she was punched on the floor.

    The attack was one of a series of incidents, which started with a youth being assaulted in the High Street area at 21:50. 

    After the attack, several other teenagers were arrested after they caused further problems.

  6. Walker flown to hospital after slip

    A 49-year-old lady from the Middlesbrough area was rescued by the Cockermouth team this morning after she slipped while coming down Haystacks towards Scarth Gap and injured her ankle. 

    Helicopter and rescue team

    The casualty was treated at the scene by team members and air ambulance doctors and flown to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle for further treatment.

  7. Guest loco drops in to pull the crowds at La'al Ratty

    A star attraction from a south coast railway is visiting the Eskdale and Ravenglass in West Cumbria.

    Locomotive being lowered onto tracks

    The No 7 Typhoon was built in 1926 for the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway. It's the third time the locomotive since 1997.

    Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway’s marketing manager, Rachel Bell, says: “No. 7 Typhoon will be a big draw for us during the summer holidays, as everybody loves a visiting engine."

  8. Top mountaineer takes to water

    Martin Lewes


    Alan Hinkes is best know for being the first Briton to climb all the 8,000m mountains in the world. 

    Not that he's against trying other outdoor pursuits...

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  9. Cyclist flown to hospital after falling off bike

    A cyclist was airlifted to hospital after falling off his bike so hard he split his helmet in two.

    The crash happened near Thirlmere reservoir at 12:15 on Saturday.

    The 29-year-old man was treated for head, neck and back injuries by a crew from the Great North Air Ambulance, before being flown to the Royal Preston Hospital within 20 minutes. 

    He arrived in a stable condition.

    The Great North Air Ambulance
  10. Community takes on running Ulverston's Coro

    The running of one of south Cumbria's best-known entertainment venues has transferred to a not-for-profit group today.

    Coronation Hall

    Ulverston Community Enterprises is now in charge of the Coronation Hall in Ulverston after South Lakeland District Council decided that the venue would have a more secure future in private hands.

    The group will be able to apply for grants that were not available to the council. It will also receive some revenue from the town's car parks.

  11. With an eye to the winter: Snow poles on A66 replaced

    The snow poles along the A66 between Cumbria and County Durham are being replaced.

    Snow plough

    The Highways Agency says the poles provide a vital guide to motorists and snowplough drivers during blizzards.

    The work will take 10 weeks, and during that time motorists should expect some lane closures and a 50mph speed limit.

  12. Parks campaigners greet the sunrise

    National parks like the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, which from today cover more of Cumbria, were founded after World War Two, and following a long campaign by the Friends of the Lake District, which was founded in 1934.

    Sunrise from Scout Scar

    This morning members rose early to celebrate the extensions to the two national parks, taking this photograph from Scout Scar, in the Lake District, of the sun rising over hills which are now part of the Yorkshire Dales.

  13. Planning rules will lag behind national park extensions

    A planning expert's told BBC Radio Cumbria that the tighter restrictions on development that apply in national parks will lag behind the extensions to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales parks that have taken effect today.

    Peter Winter spent much of his life working in national park authorities and now advises developers on how to comply with the guidelines.  

    He says the guidelines are updated every few years, and it's not until that happens that the new areas will be affected: "In the Lake District South Lakeland policies will apply until they are integrated in two years' time and in the Yorkshire Dales that will take a little bit longer because their policies all currently new, so those will integrate in three or four years' time."

    You can hear his full interview here.

  14. Raiders coach tries to block game move

    James Phillips

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Head coach Paul Crarey says Barrow Raiders won't be able to get a full side together if the rugby league authorities force them to play York on Saturday, instead of a Sunday.

    Paul Crarey

    The League One game may be brought forward because York are struggling to find a ground to play at on the Sunday.

    But Crarey says players, some of whom work shifts in the BAE shipyard, might not be able to get time off

    He said: "Our club's offered our ground if they can't get a ground on the Sunday, some of our fans can't go, it's about us not suffering for something that's happening somewhere else.

  15. The smile that says thanks to the air ambulance

    This is Chris Sharples, with his family, saying thank you to the crew of the air ambulance that rescued him last week.

    Chris Sharples and family

    Chris was cutting meat at Long Marton, near Brampton, on 28 July when he sliced into the femoral artery in his groin.

    He was given blood before take-off and in the air as the medics on the Great North Air Ambulance flew him to hospital in Middlesbrough for emergency surgery.

    This morning he said: "I never thought that in one day, I could have been dependent on so many people. They all have my eternal gratitude, respect and love."

  16. What does this dog owner think will happen next?

    Martin Lewes


    Sorry if you're eating, but this is almost beyond words. 

    As any journalist will tell you, few things provoke more anger among readers, viewers and listeners (and journalists) than dog dirt where it shouldn't be - and this is definitely somewhere it shouldn't be.

    Perhaps they believe that the taxpayer foots the bill for a man with a bucket to walk every public right of way in the country, clearing up after the nation's laziest dog owners.

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  17. Public responds to attack on lone female officer

    People have been expressing their anger after a lone female police officer in Windermere was attacked at the weekend.

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    Police have thanked the members of the public who went to help the officer - she's still off work because of her injuries.

    Detectives have appealed for witnesses and any pictures people may have taken of the attack in Windermere High street at 20:50 on Friday.

  18. Travel: Roadworks slow traffic on A66

    BBC Travel

    Roadworks are causing queuing traffic on the A66 east of Penrith. 

    It's affecting both directions between the Skygarth Road junction in Kirkby Thore and Crackenthorpe.

    You can get the latest travel news here.