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  1. Tuesday 23 August 2016

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Martin Lewes


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

If there's news you think we should know about, or a photo of the county you'd like to share, we'd like to know. Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Have a very good evening.

An ill wind blows work for lengthsman Archie

Archie Workman from South Cumbria runs a business centre, and is a lengthsman, a traditional trade caring for drainage and minor repairs on local roads.

Recent rainstorms mean he's got work on his hands.

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Sir Bradley confirmed for Cumbrian stage of Tour

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull have been confirmed as taking part in the Tour of Britain, including the Cumbrian stage.

Sir Bradley Wiggins
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Sir Bradley, who won his eighth Olympic medal in Rio, and Doull will both be racing for Team Wiggins.

It's thought probably other Olympic cyclists will join the two on the Cumbrian stage on Monday, 5 September, when the cyclists will ride from Carlisle over the Lake District's highest passes to Kendal.

Judge orders jail for husband in farmhouse row with wife

A former helicopter pilot embroiled in a four-year legal battle with his ex-wife should be arrested and jailed, a High Court judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Keehan concluded Peter Elliott had failed to comply with an order requiring him to leave his farmhouse home in Appleby.

The judge issued a "warrant for committal", bringing a six-month sentence into effect, at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Mr Elliott had been told to transfer the property to Ms Butler in 2012, so it could be sold and the proceeds split, after the pair fought over money following the breakdown of their relationship.

Soldier dies in Otterburn ranges 'live-fire' accident

A soldier has died after being shot at the Otterburn military training area.

The male soldier, who hasn't been named, was shot on the Northumberland military ranges during a live-firing exercise at about quarter-past-eleven last night.

The army has said he was serving with The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Police: Motorists 'lost in space'

A day dealing with motorists wondering how to get round the floods has left Cumbria police reflecting on the advantages of the traditional map...

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National parks must keep up, says actress Quentin as she takes top spot

The actress Caroline Quentin has become president of the Campaign for National Parks, a post previously held by Sir Chris Bonington.

Caroline Quentin
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Caroline, who lives on the edge of Exmoor and has presented a TV series on national parks, was invited to be the organisation's figurehead and confirmed by its council.

She said parks need to change with the times and remain relevant, but should be protected to meet the needs of future generations.

Match preview: Derby v Carlisle

BBC Sport

Carlisle midfielders Jason Kennedy and Reggie Lambe face fitness tests ahead of the match against Derby tonight.

Charlie Wyke
BBC Sport

Winger Jamie Devitt and striker Charlie Wyke, (pictured) who scored the equaliser against Cambridge on Saturday, could start for the League Two visitors.

Derby County are without Scotland defender Craig Forsyth, who is set toundergo knee surgery after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

On-loan Manchester United striker James Wilson is not expected to make his debut for Nigel Pearson's side.

Hope for Cumbria after reports say elected mayors plan scrapped

There's renewed hope that Cumbria could get more power and money under Theresa May's government. 

Reports suggest that the Prime Minister no longer sees elected mayors as the route to more devolution.

Peter Thornton, the former Liberal Democrat leader of South Lakes District Council, says problems began during local government re-organisation more than 40 years ago.

Stewart Young

The leader of Cumbria County Council Stewart Young says it will make a difference if elected mayors are now off the agenda.

Flood repairs 'will be complete before winter'

Environment agency engineers say work to repair damage done by last winter's flood and prepare for this autumn should be complete on time.

Heavy rain on Saturday and yesterday caused a rapid rise in river levels, and in some areas such as Glenridding, work in progress is being inspected today to see if it was damaged.

Part of river levels rise from victoria Bridge in kendal
Environment Agency

In Kendal, where the River Kent rose sharply twice on both days according to Environment Agency gauge records (pictured) Steve Molyneaux said diggers would be back removing the gravel washed down last winter as soon as it was possible.

Repair work continues to river walls at several locations in Kendal and we'll be continuing to desilt and inspect culvert sections of the Stock Beck there."

Steve MolyneuxEnvironment Agency

Water back on for homes in Millom

BBC Cumbria

Water supplies in the Millom area have been restored following disruption earlier today, United Utilities confirms.

Archive group calls foul after toilets bid is blocked

A community group that wanted to buy the local public toilets in the village of Braithwaite, near Keswick,  to use the building as an archive is complaining after its offer was turned down.

Allerdale Council started proceedings to sell the toilets last year, saying it was open to commercial or community groups and any buyer would have to maintain some form of toilet provision.

The community archives group says it wants an inquiry; the council says the correct procedures were followed with bids assessed by a panel of five officers.

Money raised to rescue artist's last workplace

The trust that cares for the Merz Barn in Great Langdale, the last working place of the German modern artist Kurt Schwitters, says it's raised enough money to start repairing flood damage from last winter.

Merz Barn
Littoral Trust

The trust had to raise £60,000 for immediate repairs to the barn, part of which was the last working place of the German modern artist Kurt Schwitters, and the woodland that surrounds it.

Schwitters arrived in the Lake District as a refugee from Nazi Germany, and spent the final years of his life there, creating work that's now seen as a major influence on 20th century modern art.

Cumbrian athlete flies home from Olympics

Tom Farrell, from Carlisle, who ran in the 5,000m in Rio, may not be coming back with a medal, but he's pleased to be on his way home.

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Lake District tourism firms fly to the Far East to drum up more business

Six tourism business from the Lake District are going on a 10-day marketing trip to Japan.

Beatrix Potter
National Trust

Lake District attractions such as the connection with Beatrix Potter, who has a big following in Japan, have turned the Far East into a lucrative market for the national park's businesses.

The delegates will visit Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo at the end of September, meeting travel companies and exploring new activities that visitors might enjoy.

Work starts on taking out weirs to clear the way for fish

Work's due to begin today removing weirs from several Cumbrian rivers to make life easier for migrating eels, salmon and other fish, and reduce the risk of flooding.

Sheepmount weir

The Eden Rivers Trust says the Sheepmount weir on the Caldew in Carlisle (pictured) will be tackled first.

Work on the Carleton Hall weir on the Eamont, at Eamont Bridge, will start once the river level there drops.

Joanne Backshall, Eden River restoration manager with Eden Rivers Trust, said, "Weirs and other barriers within rivers raise the level of the river bed, alter how gravels move through the river system and make it difficult for fish to move up and down the river."

Festival gets green light despite police concerns

The West Cumbrian music festival Solfest had its licence confirmed by Allerdale councillors last night, in spite of police claiming there wasn't a sufficiently detailed management plan.

Solfest preparations

Preparations have started for the three-day event near Aspatria, which starts on Friday.

The licensing panel said it believed national guidance had been met, but gave organisers an informal warning about a need for more detailed paperwork.

Olympians 'heading for South Lakeland'

Britain's Olympian success in cycling has added an extra twist to the growing excitement in South Lakeland over the impending Tour of Britain.

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Police warning after nine people fall ill due to 'blue pills'

Nine people in the South Lakes have ended up in hospital after taking illegal blue pills similar to valium in the past six weeks, according to Cumbria Police.

Police logo
Cumbria police

Police say the pills are often bought from abroad over the internet and then sold by dealers on the streets, but the strength of the drugs can vary and so lead to overdoses.

Though the pills are potentially deadly, the nine people taken to hospital in Cumbria have all since recovered.

Heavy rain puts stop to show

Martin Lewes


Hawkshead Show has been cancelled today.

Organisers say that because of heavy rain it wouldn't be safe for competitors or the public to go ahead.

The story behind Grasmere's phone box defibrillator

We've more information on a story we mentioned yesterday, about a defibrillator being fitted into a redundant telephone box in Grasmere.

It's part of a national campaign to use the old boxes, started in memory of Mike Hodgson, who suffered a fatal cardiac arrest while cycling in the Lake District in 2015.

Defibrillator in phone box
John Burland

Mike's dairy company teamed up with the Community Heartbeat Trust to pay for the life-saving equipment to be installed in redundant BT kiosks around the country.

And next month a national fund-raising cycle ride by Mike's family and colleagues from the dairy company he founded, The Collective UK, will be visiting the Grasmere kiosk just after the start on 2 September.

Floods prompt road improvement call

Yesterday's floods in West Cumbria have led to renewed calls for improvements to the A595.

Flooding around Duddon Bridge and Ravenglass led to communities such as Bootle being cut off for a time.

Mike Starkie

The mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, says West Cumbria needs roads less vulnerable to flooding, to meet the needs of the nationally-important nuclear industry and its expansion plans

Cumbria's weather: Damp but getting warmer

It'll be a rather cloudy start to the day with outbreaks of rain for a time. 

Then it's an improving picture, with the cloud thinning and breaking throughout the morning with sunny spells developing. 

This afternoon temperatures could reach up to 24C (75F).

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

Travel: Flooding on A6 southbound

Martin Lewes


If you're commuting to Lancaster this morning, there's flooding between the Truckhaven roundabout and Carnforth, just over the county boundary into Lancashire.

You can find the latest travel report here.

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Martin Lewes


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