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  1. Peer steps into row over sale of Lake District street farm
  2. Shoplifting pensioner jailed for knife threat
  3. 'Dithering' accusation over flood-hit sports centre repairs
  4. Biker dies in A6 crash
  5. Tuesday 30 August 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Updates have finished for the day now; we'll be back from 08:00 with news, travel reports and weather forecasts for the county

In the meantime, if you have news you think we should know or photographs you'd like to share, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

Have a very good evening.

Lake District far in sale row 'attracted international interest'

The Borrowdale farmhouse at the centre of a row between farmers and the National Trust was the subject of international interest when it came up for auction, according to a Trust land manager.

Melvyn Bragg

The Trust has been heavily criticised by farmers for bidding well over the guide price for the land, and Lord Bragg, in a letter to The Times, said it had made it impossible for farmers to get a look-in.

Alastair Wright from the trust said the Trust had an independent valuation and could not afford the land with the farmhouse.

We weren't necessarily aware who was in the market for the farm, we knew there was interest of an international scenario as well as locally, for us it's a once in a lifetime opportunity, the land is of international significance for nature conservation and land management, so really our focus was looking at the land."

Alastair WrightNational Trust

Cable laid across lake to speed up village broadband link

BT engineers have laid a cable across Windermere, at depths of up to 60m (196ft) to connect the village of Far Sawrey with a faster broadband network more quickly.

Cable-laying craft crossing Windermere

Engineers say crossing the lake rather than laying the cable around its shores mean the work could be done in a few hours rather than weeks or months.

Glenn Lipsham from BT said: "You have to factor in not only the time it would have taken to build new ducts and lay cables, but also the cost and the potential disruption. The roads are mainly narrow or single track lanes – which means if you can’t build in the verge you have to close roads.”

Why purple silage bales have joined those in the pink in Cumbria

There's another new colour this year for the plastic which is used to bale silage across Cumbria.

Purple silage bales
WellChild/Carrs Billington

Last year pink bales were used to raise awareness of breast cancer. This year the purple wrap is being used by an agricultural supplier in the county to raise money for WellChild, a charity for sick children.

Curle: United need more games against higher league teams

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle has been speaking of his desire to win tonight's fixture at Oldham Athletic in the Checkatrade Trophy competition.

Keith Curle

He told the club's website: “We need to maintain the momentum we’ve built up and it’s another game where we have an opportunity to play our football against a team from a higher division."

There's full commentary on the match on BBC Radio Cumbria.

Pensioner, 67, who waved knife at supermarket staff is jailed

A pensioner who threatened supermarket staff with a knife when they chased him for stealing has been jailed for 16 months at Carlisle Crown Court.

Thomas Mason, of Hylton Road, Sunderland, admitted theft, possessing a bladed article and threatening behaviour.

Judge Peter Davies was told the 67 year old, who had a record of  266 previous offences, brandished the six-inch blade twice at staff from Morrisons in Penrith.

"Store detectives are entitled not to be threatened," the judge told Mason. "They are certainly entitled not to be threatened by people carrying knives."

The ancient force that draws people to Appleby

Every May and June, thousands of travellers converge on Appleby for the centuries-old horse fair.

BBC reporter Jeremy Cooke was there with them this year, and he asked Billy Welch, a leading member of the Sinti Romany who runs Fair Hill, about the importance of the horse fair for his people.

'I am a gypsy. This is our Mecca'

Puddle Duck rowers (and a crew of Tiggywinkles) paddle to Great Tyne victory

The Windermere Rowing Club entered the Great Tyne Row for the first time, and won first prize for best decorated boat when they took on a Beatrix Potter theme.

Rowers with faces made up in mob caps.
Windermere Rowing Club

The club entered two boats in the 25k race, one crew made up as Puddle Ducks with beaks and bonnets, and the other (pictured) with snouts and mob caps, to look like the hedgehog washerwoman of Beatrix Potter, Mrs Tiggywinkle.

National Trust defends controversial Lakes land purchase: 'It was the only way'

The National Trust explained online why it bought the land from a Lake District farm without the farmhouse.

The purchase has been criticised by farmers as breaking up a traditional farm, which could have provided an opportunity for a new farmer to get involved in the traditional hill farming methods.

In a lengthy statement the trust said:

  • This was a once in a generation opportunity to secure a beautiful landscape...We believe we can look after this land in way which benefits nature, our visitors and the local community.
  • The Trust did not break up the farm. The private owners decided to sell the land in two separate plots – thereby splitting the land and the farm. The Trust used its charitable funds to bid for the land rather than the building. We did not have the funds to buy both lots.

One criticism was that Beatrix Potter, whose estate was the core of the trust's Lake District land holdings, bought farms to keep the culture of hill-farming intact. 

The Trust said it supported this, but: "We also recognise that world has changed, and will keep on changing. The way we maintain those traditions must therefore also change and adapt with it."

Travel: Crash slows M6 southbounders near Tebay

BBC Travel

There's an accident on the M6 southbound between J38, A685 (Tebay) and J37, A684 (Kendal).

The latest travel reports are here.

Shepherd leads anger over Lakes farm sale

One of the Lake District's best know farmers, James Rebanks, whose book A Shepherd's Life topped best-seller lists for months, led a wave of anger on social networks over the way the National Trust bought land from a farm but not the farmhouse.

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The National Trust said it was the best way to secure the landscape's future and it prioritised the purchase of the land as it did not have the funds to buy both - although it was aware that was the preferred local option.

Cumbria's weather: Mainly cloudy, but warm where the sun breaks through

It will be rather cloudy across Cumbria, but there will be a few bright intervals as well, especially further inland. 

It will feel warm in the sunshine, with temperatures up to 22C (72F).

Weather graphic

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

Cumbrian theatre's £45,500 birthday present

News and Star


A Cumbrian theatre has been given a £45,500 birthday present. It takes the figure raised by supporters of Theatre by the Lake in Keswick to more than £500,000 since it opened in August 1999.

Theatre directors with cheque
News and Star

Melvyn Bragg steps into Lakes farm sale row

Cumbrian-born broadcaster Lord Bragg has written to The Times (online articles require subscription to read), criticising the National Trust over the sale of Thorneythwaite Farm in Borrowdale.

Letter from Bragg
The Times

The National Trust bought the land but not the farmhouse, and farmers say this stopped them bidding for both so the farm could stay in one piece and be worked in the traditional way.

The trust says it was the only way to secure the land, and it could not risk the two being sold as a single lot, which would have been out of the charity's reach.

Lakes row erupts over National Trust 'splitting farm'

Martin Lewes


Lake District farmers have criticised the National Trust after it bought land from a sheep farm being sold in Borrowdale without buying the farmhouse.

Thorneythwaite Farm
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Farmers say they were ready to put in a good offer for the farm and land so it could remain a single business and bring a new family into the valley, but they were unable to compete when the Trust successfully bid £950,000 for the land alone.

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Stung by the reaction, the National Trust has now put out a detailed statement, saying it felt this was the only way of securing the land so it could look after the land "in a way which benefits nature, our visitors and the local community."

City 'should replace stadium with big new sports facilities'

Dave Farrell, the former athlete leading criticism of Carlisle city council for delays on reopening the flood-hit Sheepmount sports facilities, says the city should go for a multimillion-pound sports stadium.

Sheepmount track with flood debris

Mr Farrell, whose son Tom ran the 5,000m for Team GB in the Rio Olympics, told BBC Radio Cumbria: "I wrote to them within a few days of the flood saying let's use the flood as an opportunity, let's have a 50m pool, let's build a £20m or £30m state of the art sports facility, and here we are nine months later without a decision."

You can hear the full interview with Mr Farrell here, and the response from the city council leader colin Glover here.

Last day for comments on future of flood-hit care home

Today's the last chance for people in Appleby to comment on whether the Edenside Care Home should open again.


The home was flooded last winter, with the residents being moved to a home in Penrith.

Cumbria County Council is assessing whether it's worth reopening the home, given the risk of it being flooded again.

Christopher Burns' whose father is now at Greengarth in Penrith said: "It's been more difficult to see him. The care home itself is a fantastic care home, and we're quite eager to see what the results are because we want it open."

West coast rugby league teams teeter on the edge of relegation

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Whitehaven and Workington remain in the relegation places following defeats yesterday with just three games to play of the Championship Shield.

'Haven went down by 30 points to 10 at home to Halifax while Workington lost 19-12 at Swinton.

It means a defeat for either side this Sunday will see them relegated - a win for nearest rivals Oldham would also send both clubs down regardless of their own results.

Cyclist injures back on forest ride

A 24-year-old mountain biker suffered back injuries in a fall in Grizedale Forest yesterday.

The man was flown to hospital in Preston by the Great North Air Ambulance where is in a comfortable condition.  

One last memory of a fine Bank Holiday

A classic summer day in Cumbria ended with a beautiful sunset.

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City defends Sheepmount delays after flood damage

Carlisle city council leader Colin Glover has been defending the time it's taken to reopen the Sheepmount sports stadium, which is Cumbria's premier athletics venue, after last winter's floods caused serious damage.

Dave Farrell, a member of the Border Harriers & Athletic Club, says the council has taken too long to repair the damage, and should by now have taken a long-term decision on whether to develop much bigger sports facilities in a less flood-prone area.

Councillor Glover said: "We've been assessing the options in terms of resilience at the Sheepmount, and whether that can be put back and have a better facility, whether we should move to other sites, what land  we own, what would be the costs, what grants would be available.

"It's not true to say nothing's been happening, a lot has been going on."

Flood repairs at county's sports stadium 'delayed by dithering'

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle city councillors have been accused of "dithering" over the future of the Sheepmount sports stadium, which was seriously damaged in last winter's floods.

Flood damage to car park

The running track and other facilities are now open for training. The council says clearing the sports pitches of material such as broken glass and making the whole area safe has been a huge job.

But Dave Farrell, whose son Tom ran the 5,000m for Team GB in the Rio Olympics, says the council has taken too long, and should make a decision on whether to redevelop the site or move the athletics stadium, which is the county's main venue for field sports, to a less flood-prone area.

Cumbria's weather: Brighter and warm later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a cloudy start with patchy drizzle, but the cloud should break up to give sunny and warm spells in places later. Temperatures could reach 19C (66F).

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

weather graphic

Travel: Gas work closes roads in Penrith

BBC Travel

Delays are expected in Penrith where gas mains are being replaced in a project that will last for some weeks. The A592 Castlegate is closed between Great Dockray and Auctionmart Lane.

You can find more travel reports here.

Good morning: This is BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be keeping you up to date with the county's news, travel reports and weather forecasts through to about 18:00 this evening

If you have news you think we should know or photographs you'd like to share (wasn't the weather excellent yesterday?), you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

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