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  1. Updates on Tuesday 27 September 2016

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Martin Lewes


This service of news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast has now finished for the day. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

If you have news you think we should know about or a photo you'd like to share, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

One in five flooded householders 'still not home'

The latest figures show one in five families who had to leave their homes after the flooding last winter still aren't back in their houses.

Flood debris including Christmas Tree
Getty Images

The latest figures, showing 997 of the 5,300 families that were made homeless are still in temporary accommodation, has prompted the Cumbria Community Foundation to make a renewed offer of help.

Andy Beeforth from the foundation says many people didn't think they qualified or were still wanting to see what their insurance would pay for.  

The foundation appeal raised £10m and more than £4m is still available to be distributed.

Highly-coloured Herdwicks are safely gathered in for back-end sale

Martin Lewes


No sheepdogs were involved in this gathering - but 108 life-sized but variously-coloured statues of Herdwick sheep are now in the Rheged centre in the latest stage of a project to raise money for the Calvert Trust.

The trust provides outdoor activities for people with disabilities, and it's celebrating its 40th anniversary by trying to raise £1.3m to redevelop its site at Old Windebrowe.

After 13:00 tomorrow, the flock will be taken to the Low Wood Hotel near Windermere, where all will be auctioned on 8 October. 

This being the last chance to see them all in one place, here's some pictures.

More sheep
Even more sheep

Today's headlines in Cumbria:

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, between J45 for A74 and J44 for A7.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J45 A74(M) and J44, A7 (Carlisle North), because of an accident.

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Cumbria's weather: A clear and windy night

It should be a mainly clear and dry night, although rater windy round the coast and over the hills. Temperatures will fall to about 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

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

Carving fork attacker jailed for three years

A 20-year-old man who binged on alcohol and cocaine stabbed two women with a carving fork at an 18th birthday party, Carlisle Crown Court heard today.

Stephen Hodgson, of no fixed address, admitted two counts of wounding, one of possessing a pointed article, and two of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Recorder Philip Curran said he could have blinded one of the women with the weapon. He jailed Hodgson for three years and three months.

Travel: Queues form on A592 and A595

BBC Travel

Heavier than usual traffic's causing queues on the A592 at Newby Bridge.

On the A595 in Egremont, roadworks are contributing to congestion.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Third arrest after soccer fans' minibus is stoned at Barrow

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested by police investigating an incident at the weekend in which a minibus carrying York City fans home from a match in Barrow was stoned.

Bus with broken windows
North Yorkshire Police

The boy, who's now been released on bail, was the third person to be arrested since the bus was attacked on Walney Road after the match.

A man aged 22 and another youth, who's 14, were arrested yesterday.  

Two people were treated for cuts to their head and face after the incident.

Sellafield told to clean up after bacteria found in cooling tower

Sellafield has been served with an improvement notice after Legionella bacteria was found in a cooling tower system.


The Office for Nuclear Regulation said it was a health and safety issue with no impact on nuclear safety.

Sellafield Ltd stressed that the form of bacteria was one that would cause mild symptoms, rather than full-blown Legionnaires' disease, but admitted the cleaning regime "wasn't as robust as it should have been."

Glenridding gets decked out to keep the water at bay

Martin Lewes


The Glenridding Hotel, flooded repeatedly last winter, is after nine months finally nearing the point where it can reopen, with decking being built across the open area by the beck.

But this is not just any decking; it's being built up, with a wall that will eventually, the owners hope, protect the hotel from another inundation.

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Video: New 'shared lives' care scheme launched

A new care scheme is launched in Cumbria which encourages carers to share their lives with adults who need it.

Cumbria County Council launches Shared Lives carer campaign

From the far side of the globe: Japan's £70m market for Cumbria

Earlier we were reporting on the delegation from Cumbria's tourism industry that's preparing for a sales trip to Japan; figures just published are a graphic illustration of why they're going.

New figures from Cumbria Tourism say the Japanese market is the largest overseas one for the county, and it's worth £70m a year.

'The rewards this brings are incredible'


There are 15 people who will be named a BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero around the UK once again this year and one of those from last year - Carl Eaton - has revealed the impact the award has had on him and the work he does...

Carl Eaton has run the Skem Men-Aces in Skelmersdale since 2009

"If you know anybody who is worthy of this award, nominate them," Carl adds. "It will be the best thing you ever did."

Nominate an Unsung Hero from your area here - and hurry as nominations close on Sunday, 23 October. 

Why Elliot, 26, can say 'I've got 26 sons'

A charity worker from Troutbeck, near Windermere, is celebrating the arrival of twins with his Kenyan wife, and saying that in effect gives him 26 sons.

Eliot with wife and 26 boys
Elliot Berry

Eliot, 26, and his Kenyan wife Metrine Nandalo run the Noah Initiative, a community charity in Western Kenya that provides a home for 24 fatherless boys.

Withe the addition of the newly-born twins, Elliot says: “It is crazy. I’m 26 and doing things that you would expect a much more accomplished person to be doing - but it just goes to show that age is just a number."

Elliot's family in Windermere runs English Lakes Hotels, which owns a number of hotels including the Low Wood Resort.

Corbyn: I won't intervene in constituency selections

Martin Lewes


Two of Cumbria's Labour MPs may be about to fight a game of electoral musical chairs because of constituency boundary changes. 

Jamie Reed in Copeland and Sue Hayman in Workington will be the most radically-affected by the changes, which will reduce the number of seats in Cumbria from six to five.

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One of the two seats, according to these predictions, would be vulnerable to a Conservative takeover, which could mean the two west Cumbrian MPs depend very much on local party members to continue their political careers.

Jamie Reed resigned his shadow ministry minutes after Mr Corbyn became party leader, and has since fought a vigorous battle over social networks with the leader's supporters.

YMCA lays plans for £6m Lakeside facelift

The YMCA is preparing the ground for a major fundraising drive next year before replacing many of the buildings at its flagship Lakeside outdoor activity centre on the shores of Windermere.

Artist's impresison of new building

The YMCA's already got planning consent for a new youth and school facility, and has put a £6m pricetag on the work.

The centre's visited by up to 10,000 youngsters every year in buildings that date back to the early 1950s, and a spokesman said that without a complete transformation of the facilities, in the long term Lakeside could even be forced to close.

Cumbria's weather: Cloud breaking to allow some sunshine

A brisk wind should break the cloud up this afternoon, giving parts of Cumbria a bright afternoon. Temperatures should reach around 16C (60F).

Weather graphic

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

Barrow Raiders offer 36 fans the chance of a flight to French fixture

Barrow Raiders play Toulouse for the play off final on 1 October, and announced today that they've room for 36 fans.

The club offered the seats on the aircraft at £150 each on its Facebook page this morning on a first-come, first served, basis.

Travel: A69 problems continue after crash

BBC Travel

There are still delays on the A69 between the B6531 junction in Hexham and the A686 junction in Haydon Bridge, because of an accident involving a fuel tanker and three other vehicles and a fuel spillage. Diversion in operation - via Acomb Road Ends and Military Road.

The latest travel reports for this accident are here.

Trust celebrates fund-raising success to help earthquake victims

A Lake District charity has raised more than three times its fundraising target to help earthquake victims in Nepal.

Earthquake damage

The Juniper Trust, which was set up in Keswick 25 years ago, has raised £165,000 since May last year.

The trust says the money's helped build 10 schools serving 1,200 children.

Pharmacies' fears over funding cuts announcement

Pharmacists in Cumbria say they're increasingly worried about the effects of cuts in the support for smaller chemists.

The National Pharmacy Association says ministers have told them that up to 3,000 shops could close; the government's proposals say there are more than are required to maintain good patient access.

An announcement's expected in the middle of October.

What the government doesn't seem to realise is that pharmacy is much more than medicine supply. People with minor ailments, people seeking advice come to pharmacies every day."

Ben MerrimanCumbria Local Pharmaceutical Committee

United 'need to turn win into run'

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

MacCaulay Gillesphey, the Newcastle defender on loan to Carlisle, says United need another win when they travel to Doncaster tonight in League Two.

Macaulay Gillesphey
Carlisle Utd

The Cumbrians moved back into the play-off places when they beat Wycombe 1-0 at the weekend. 

Gillesphey told BBC Radio Cumbria Sport they need to turn that win into a run.

Barrow MP celebrates Trident decision

Barrow's Labour MP John Woodcock has found himself at the centre of the Labour Party debate over the future of Trident.

This morning his relief at the party maintaining its support for the successor submarine, even if individual front benchers including Jeremy Corbyn would like to scrap the nuclear deterrent, was clear.

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Fire crews rescue woman from cherrypicker

Fire crews from the retained station at Wigton, and Carlisle, were called out last night to rescue a woman from a cherrypicker that got stuck in the air.

She was helped to the ground, unhurt.

Travel: A69 to reopen shortly

Both carriageways on the A69 just west of Hexham remain closed - however the road should reopen in a few minutes, police say.

A crash between three vehicles and an HGV took place at 07:10 this morning on the eastbound carriageway.

Due to a fuel spillage the westbound carriageway is also closed.

One person has been taken to hospital, but none of those involved are thought to have serious or life-threatening injuries.

Business leaders highlight 38 'priority' road schemes

Cumbria's economic development group, the Local Enterprise Partnership, has listed 38 road improvement schemes it says are vital to help business grow.

A590 at Arrad Foot

Some major work is included such as completing the dual carriageway from Greenodd to Ulverston (pictured).

The schemes are split into short term, medium term and long term projects, and include almost every main road in the county, although the A595 stands out with more than 16 projects identified between Brampton in the north, and Dalton in the south.

The report will be used to back up campaigns for funding, particularly as ministers prepare a national road improvement strategy over the next two years.

Lake District fells forecast: Windy and cloudy, better later

  • Temperatures at 3000 feet: About 7C.
  • Winds: Fresh or strong southeasterly, gusts 35mph, veering southwesterly later.
  • Cloud: Widespread cloud around 1600 feet (500m), with patches down to 650 feet (200m) in the west, with cloud breaking and lifting above the fells during the afternoon.
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor in rain and hill fog, improving good later.

Travel update: A69 'closed until mid-morning'

BBC Travel

Police say the A69 will probably be closed until mid-morning as emergency services clear up after a crash involving a fuel tanker and three other vehicles.

Most routes in the Hexham area are congested, and there's a diversion via the Military Road.

You can find the latest updates for this accident here.

Health campaigners: It's not a hospital if you close the beds

Battle lines are being drawn after the publication of proposals yesterday that could start major changes in some hospital services in North, West and East Cumbria.

Children protesting about hospital proposals

Protests had already been held against the suggestion that beds could be cut in hospitals in Maryport (pictured), Alston and Wigton; the documents confirm this remains the preferred option of the Success Regime, which is trying to solve long-running problems in the area's health services.

A hospital without beds is a clinic. It is not a hospital unless it has beds."

Eveline DugdaleChairwoman, joint league of friends for community hospitals

Cumbria's weather: Damp start, brighter later

BBC Weather

There'll be some patchy light rain or drizzle at first but brighter conditions should move in from the west.  Temperatures should rise to about 16C (60F).

Weather graphic

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

Lakes tourism reps pack for Japan trip

Staff from six Lake District tourism businesses are heading for Japan this week to maintain the links that make it one of Cumbria's most lucrative long-haul markets.

Beatrix Potter
National Trust

The books of the Lake District author Beatrix Potter have been used in Japan to teach English, and her stories appeal to their culture.

The delegation will be meeting Japanese tour companies in a number of cities; it includes representatives of the National Trust and companies like Windermere Lake Cruises and English Lakes Hotels.

We're not going out tere to tell them things they don't know, it's to let them understand there are new things happening in this timeless landscape, and interesting attractions and things to do and how to do them in a different way"

Colin FoxEnglish Lakes Hotels

Travel: Crash blocks A69 in Northumberland

BBC Travel

An accident's blocked the A69 both ways near Hexham, between the B6531 and the A686. 

Diversions are in place via the Military Road.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast for Cumbria through until 18:00.

As always, if you have news you think we should know about or a photo you'd like to share, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Have a good day.