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  1. Midwives at Whitehaven's hospital warn that mothers and babies will die if consultant-led maternity care is lost there
  2. Boy, 4, dies after Old Park Wood swimming pool 'incident'
  3. Wednesday 10 August 2016

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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

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Weather: Rain contiuing with mist and fog likely overnight

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will gradually spread across Cumbria, some of these heavy on higher ground. Highs of 15C (59F).

Tonight the rain continues to spread with heavier showers on hills, with some mist and fog likely. Lows of 12C (54F).

Tomorrow will be a much cloudier day further outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Brightening up later and turning largely dry. Highs of 18C (64F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

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Cyclist dies in Buttermere crash

A cyclist has died in a crash on Newlands Pass in Buttermere this morning, police have said.

Officers were called at 08:40 after a member of public found the man.

It is believed he fell off his bicycle, but police are continuing to investigate.

The road was closed for four hours.

Awards for beers produced in Cumbrian brewery

A South Cumbrian brewery has been praised by judges for producing two of the best beers in the country.

Hawkshead Brewery has been awarded two medals in the Champion Beer of Britain competition run by Camra - the Campaign for Real Ale.

One of the first beers it ever produced won a bronze but one of its newest beers, New Zealand Pale Ale, came away with a silver medal.

Hawkshead Brewery Ltd

Cumbria Police release name of man who died after A591 accident

Cumbria Police have released the name of a 90-year-old man who died after a collision on the A591 at Ings.

Ken Townson from Bolton-le-Sands was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra which collided with a Honda Jazz.

He was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where he died on Monday.

The 56-year-old driver of the Astra remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. The 81-year-old driver of the Honda died at the scene.

Mr Townson's family said: "Dad, granddad and great granddad you will be sadly missed. We will treasure every memory and you will remain in our hearts and thoughts always."

Sheep rustling incident in Staveley

More than 100 sheep have been stolen overnight from a farm near Kendal.

Forty-one beltex ewes, 71 lambs, and two tups were taken from a field on Crook Road in Staveley.

All the sheep had tags on their ears with a flock number on and Cumbria police want to hear from anyone with any information about the theft.

Travel: Newlands Pass now open after earlier crash

Cumbria Police says that Newlands Pass has now reopened.

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New group to raise money for retired police dogs

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A new fundraising group has been set up to help towards the healthcare costs of retired police dogs in the county.

The Cumbria Pensioner Police Dogs Fund will offer financial support to police officers and members of the public who take on the animals at the end of their working lives.

I went along to the Penrith kennels to meet Sergeant Mark Yielder, fundraiser Heather Conroy and a 14-week-old trainee police dog.

Sergeant Mark Yielder, fundraiser Heather Conroy and a 14-week-old trainee police dog.
14-week-old trainee police dog.

Boy, 6, flown to hospital after bike fall

A six-year-old boy was flown to hospital after falling from his bike at Whinfell Forest yesterday.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called at 13:40, and the crew treated the boy, who was from the Isle of Man, for a serious facial injury.  

He was then flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where he arrived in a stable condition.

Great North Air Ambulance helicopter
Great North Air Ambulance

Police and Crime Commissioner to meet volunteers

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner will meet volunteers who support and mentor young people in Carlisle today.

The Carlisle Young Zone's Mentoring Project was set up to help keep young people out of trouble and is now in it's second year after receiving funding from the then Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes in 2014.

Peter McCall will meet some of the volunteer mentors for the first time as well as some of the young people who use the service.

Peter McCall
Peter McCall

In pictures: Weather Photographer of the Year

A photograph taken in Cumbria is in the final of the 2016 Weather Photographer of the Year competition.

Drawn from more than 800 entries, Paul Kingston's photograph of a stormy Whitehaven is one of the finalists in The Royal Meteorological Society and The Royal Photographic Society's competition.

Wave in Whitehaven Harbour
Paul Kingston/NNP

You can see all the other finalists here.

You can cast your vote for your favourite image on the Weather Photographer of the Year website.

The Weather Photographer of the Year exhibition will go on tour around the UK later this year

The image I captured shows the inner harbour wall at Whitehaven, Cumbria, being hit by a monstrous wave, dwarfing the surrounding man-made structures. I had travelled from County Durham to the west coast of Cumbria as the UK was being hit by a series of Atlantic storms sending tidal surges and strong gale-force westerly winds, which made for ideal conditions for large swells at Whitehaven.

Paul Kingston

Today's fells forecast: Cloud increasing through the day

If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells today here's today's fells forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 10C (50F) rising to plus 17C (63F).
  • Winds: Northwest 20-25mph becoming west or south-westerly 10-15mph during the afternoon.
  • Cloud: Cloud will increase and lower during the late afternoon to give extensive hill fog above 500-600m.
  • Visibility: Moderate at first in showers, gradually improving to become good before dropping to moderate or poor again in the evening rain.
  • Freezing Level: Above the tops.

Midwives at Whitehaven's hospital warn babies will die if consultant-led maternity care is lost

Midwives at Whitehaven's hospital have said they fear for the lives of mothers and babies if it loses its consultant-led maternity services.

The idea to have a midwife only unit at the West Cumberland Hospital is one of a number of proposals being considered for consultation by the Success Regime, which was set up to improve healthcare and save money.

In an open letter, midwives say that without a consultant on site mothers whose deliveries go wrong could die, and so could their babies.

The trust which runs Whitehaven's hospital says it would make sure that any downgrading of its midwifery unit wouldn't hurt patient safety.

West Cumberland Hospital sign

Kendal prepares for Britain in Bloom judges

People in Kendal are putting the finishing touches to their floral displays as judges arrive today. It's the final area in Cumbria to be looked at for the Britain in Bloom competition.

Silloth were assessed last week and earlier this week judges visited Dalston near Carlisle. The winners will be announced in October.


BreakingPolice ask drivers to avoid Newlands Pass as they deal with serious crash

Police are currently dealing with a serious crash on Newlands Pass, Buttermere.

Police were called to the incident at 08.41 this morning.

Part of the road has been closed and police are asking motorists to avoid the area.  

Whinlatter Pass or Honister Pass can be used as alternatives to access the Buttermere valley.

Who is your Olympic body match?

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Ever wondered which Olympic sport would suit you best? Well you now can by simply putting in your height, weight and DoB you get matched to three athletes - have a go here.

I got matched to a fencer from Panama, a weightlifer from Venezuela and a sprinter from Jamaica!

(Don't make the mistake that I just have, I didn't click the ft/in button - suprisingly there were no athletes 5cm tall!)

101 Calls: Response from Cumbria Police

Nearly one in four calls to Cumbria Police's non-emergency number aren't getting through (see  update below at 10:00).

Cumbria Police have just sent us this statement from Chief Inspector Andy Wilkinson:

“In September of last year Cumbria Constabulary introduced a new business model, establishing a Command and Control Room (CCR), which included changes to the way the call data is recorded. The figures in this FOI request reflect all non-emergency calls and not just those where a caller is waiting to speak to an officer in the CCR.

“The 101 automated response gives each caller a number of options, which includes details of how to report a crime online, contact officers, report lost and found property, contact custody suites or specific constabulary departments. Where a caller has listened to such a message and decides to hang up or does not subsequently connect, this would be recorded as an abandoned call.

“Recent changes have also led to a re-focus on the vulnerability of callers. A more lengthy assessment will increase the length of time a call takes, which may mean some callers will experience a delay, but it offers the best possible service to those who may be vulnerable."

Thousands of 101 calls to Cumbria Police 'aren't getting through'

About one out of every four calls to Cumbria Police's non-emergency number aren't getting through.

Figures obtained by a freedom of information request show that some 7,500 calls a month to 101 are being abandoned before they can be answered.

Cumbrian MP and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has called for an urgent improvement from the force and says the situation is "utterly unacceptable".

Match stats: Carlisle United 2-1 Port Vale

BBC Sport

Carlisle United scored twice in the first half against Port Vale to ease into the second round of the EFL Cup.

The hosts dominated the first 45 minutes and Charlie Wyke turned home from close range for the lead.

Shaun Miller wasted a one-on-one chance to double the advantage but latched onto Nicky Adams' pass to add a second.

Anthony Grant's strike in the 50th minute gave Vale hope, but the third-tier side could not find a leveller.

Match stats

Photos: Carlisle Castle in the morning mist

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Carlisle Castle was looking very atmospheric in the early mist this morning on my walk to work.

If you have any photos you'd like to share you can email them to

Carlisle Castle in the morning mist

Weather: Dry start becoming cloudy with a few heavy showers

BBC Weather

A largely dry start to the day. Cloud increasing and lowering this afternoon with a few heavy showers which should ease into tonight.

Highs of 15C (59F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

Weather graphic

Boy, 4, dies after Old Park Wood swimming pool 'incident'

Some more on a story we told you about yesterday - A four-year-old boy injured in an "incident" at a holiday park swimming pool in Cumbria has died, police have said.

The child was taken to Furness General Hospital from Old Park Wood in Grange-over-Sands on Monday afternoon and was transferred to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.

Cumbria Police said an investigation was under way into the youngster's death, but it was not being treated as suspicious.

Old Park Wood

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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

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