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  1. Friday 7 October 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


This service of Cumbrian news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and choice morsels from the social networks has now finished for today, and for the week.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday. Do have a good weekend.

If you have a story or picture you'd like to share with us, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

Cumbria's weather: Clouding over and the chance of a shower

It'll cloud over tonight with just the chance of a light shower. Temperatures will fall to about 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

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

Watch: South Lakes zoo's new white rhino toddles into the limelight

He's called Indiana, and his first steps at the South Lakes Safari Zoo take this rare species a little further from extinction.

White Rhino Indinana
South Lakes Safari Zoo

White rhino have been showing signs of recovery in the wild, but a new wave of poaching to meet demand for 'medicines' made from rhino horn has thrown the species' future into doubt once more.

Indiana is the third baby white rhino to be born to her monther Ntombi at the South Cumbrian Zoo. 

The zoo said this afternoon that two other rhinos were pregnant with one due to calve within the next month or two.

'Systematic abuse' man jailed for 17 years

A man has been jailed for 17 years at Carlisle Crown Court, for what the Crown Prosecution Service has called "systematic sexual abuse of young girls" over a period of 24 years.

William Hope, 57, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to six counts of rape, four of indecent assault of a child under 13, and four of indecent assault when the victims were aged between eight and 16.

Hope was told he'd serve at least two-thirds of his sentence, and he'd be subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Flood fraud admits billing golf club for work he hadn't done

A fraudster who conned a flood-ravaged north Cumbria golf club out of almost £6,500 has been spared immediate prison.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Jack Bulman, 25, from Raffles Avenue in the city, initially did carry out legitimate work at the damaged Crosby-on-Eden site, but he later forged a signature and submitted 12 invoices to make a gain of £6,408.

Recorder Michael Murray was told the golf club had been left "devastated" by Storm Desmond in late 2015, and he said the acts were "mean and nasty".

Bulman pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by false representation, and Recorder Murray imposed a six-month prison term which he suspended for two years. He also imposed 150 hours' unpaid work, and made an order for £1,300 compensation to be paid.

Lake charges to rise by 2% as larger boats move onto Windermere

Charges for boat owners to moor their boats to South Lakeland council buoys and jetties on Windermere are to be increased by 2% next year.

Boats moored on Windermere
Getty Images

A report to a South Lakeland council meeting today says the number of moorings let has reduced in recent years because boats are getting larger and the maximum length allowed on swinging moorings (pictured), at 11m, means some boat owners must use marina jetties instead.

It proposes allowing 14m boats to use the moorings to cater for the increasing number of larger vessels.

Teenager jailed for 11 years for rape of dog walker

A teenager has been jailed for 11 years for raping a 58-year-old dog walker.

The attacked happened in July, leaving the woman needing hospital treatment and Jack Ian Walker, 18, covered in her blood.

Jack Ian Walker
Cumbria Police

Wallker, of Dean Street, Workington, admitted rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and causing grievous bodily harm. At Carlisle Crown Court he was sentenced to 11 years prison, to be followed by five years on licence.

Isla Chilton, senior crown prosecutor, said: "Jack Walker is clearly an extremely dangerous man who has today been taken off the streets for a significant length of time where he can no longer pose any harm to women."

McQueen back in with United chance, says Curle

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Alex McQueen could be back in line for a new contract with Carlisle United.

Alex McQueen
Getty Images

Manager Keith Curle confirmed to BBC Radio Cumbria Sport that the 21 year old is back training with the club.

The United boss withdrew a contract offer to McQueen this summer - but says he's prepared give him another chance to earn a new deal.

Travel: Accident slows A590 traffic in Greenodd

BBC Travel

The A590 in Greenodd is partially blocked and there's slow traffic northbound between the A5092 junction and the Roam Wood junction, because of an accident involving a van and two cars.

The latest travel reports are here.

App maps out the spooky spots and other bay attractions

The secrets of Morecambe Bay will be revealed to walkers via a new mobile phone app.

Morecambe Bay

The group, Art Gene, based in Barrow, is behind the new feature, which includes local ghost stories, and points out interesting facts, such as the rocks that appear on a Black Sabbath album cover.

It's called Mapping the Seldom Seen, and people can follow five guided walks around the Bay.

Resolution: Story behind the name

Martin Lewes


The BAE shipyard has named its new £25m logistics building Resolution - a name with a proud pedigree.

HMS Resolution
Hulton Archive

HMS Resolution was the first of the Royal Navy's ballistic missile submarines, launched in 1966. It was also built at the Barrow yard, but inflation makes the price look a little different.

Vickers Armstrong charged Her Majesty's government £40.2m, a small fraction of the price put today on just the design work for the next class of nuclear weapons submarine for which the parts will be held in the new building.

Famous Dada artist remembered in weekend of events

The life of one of the founders of modern art, who ended his life in the Lake District, will be marked with a weekend of events at the barn that became his studio.

Littoral Arts

Kurt Schwitters was born in Germany but became a refugee as Hitler took power and drove out people he saw as degenerate artists.

The Littoral Trust has long-standing plans to develop a museum and a centre for rural art and design at Cylinders wood in Great Langdale, where Schwitters worked in his final years before his death in 1948.

The events this weekend are open to the public.

Cumbrian clubs look to extend unbeaten runs

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United can extend their unbeaten run in league and cup to 16 games tomorrow at Morecambe.

Shaun Miller

Forward Shaun Miller (pictured), who returns to his former club, the Shrimps, for the first time this weekend, says the team feel "unbeatable" right now.

Barrow will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games when they take on Maidstone in the National League.

Paul Cox's side are sixth going into the weekend - but are just four points behind leaders Forest Green.

Flood victims offered more help at 'fair'

Companies selling flood barriers and gates, and special valves and seals to stop sewers overlowing will be at K Village in Kendal tomorrow, as council officials say many people are still suffering the after-effects of last winter's storms.

More than 2,000 homes and properties in the town were flooded by Storm Desmond, making it one of the worse-affected communities in Cumbria.

But officials say only about 600 people have applied for grants of up to £5,000 to help make their homes more resilient in future.

Famous climber lifts up his eyes to the hills

Alan Hinkes, the first Briton to reach the top of all the world's 8,000m peaks, found a view worth sharing from rather lower altitude.

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Shipyard shows off new £24m parts department

Barrow shipyard's new £24m logistics facility is being unveiled today.

Interior of Resolution Building

The Resolution building alongside the Barrow docks covers 28,000 sq m, equivalent in size to five football pitches and 50 people will work there.

It's to house parts, increasing the capacity of BAE Systems to build the next generation of submarines carrying the UK's Trident nuclear weapons.

This is the future of the area so I think it's massively important to help sustain the local economy."

Alan DayProject manager

Travel: Eastbound A66 still closed after crash

BBC Travel

The A66 eastbound is still closed with diversions in operation over the border in County Durham.

The driver of a Nissan 4x4 was badly injured in the crash with a heavy goods vehicle. 

The collision happened before 06:00 but police say they're still working on clearing the wreckage and investigating what happened.

You can find the latest updates on this incident here.

New care homes plan means fewer beds

Plans for a big cut in the number of county council care home beds in Cumbria has gone out for public consultation.

Old Hands
Getty Images

Two new homes would be built, in Carlisle and Copeland, but up to nine others would be closed, meaning 185 places lost with only 60 replacing them.

Instead, under Cumbria County Council's proposals, the emphasis would be on schemes to care for people in their own homes. The consultation runs until 23 December.

Fell walker injures arm

A fell-walker has been flown to hospital after falling on the Cumbrian mountains.

The 60-year-old woman had injured her arm descending from Whiteless Pike above Buttermere.

Nineteen volunteers from Cockermouth Mountain Rescue team were called out before she was treated by an air ambulance crew from Lancashire who flew her to the Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

On the social networks: Odes to Hoad delight Ulverston

Martin Lewes


National Poetry Day may have come and gone for another year, but some verse is still going out, like these poems to Ulverston's best-known monument.

Hoad monument

£3.5 labs open to train Cumbrians for high tech jobs

The University of Cumbria says it's opened new laboratories costing £3.5m to be able to train more Cumbrians for new jobs expected to come into the county.

Trainee forensic scientists testing bottles

The new labs will add to facilities that already train sciences such as the forensic skills pictured.

Professor Robin Talbot, the university's pro-vice-chancellor, says tens of thousands of new jobs will become available in the county over the next decade, with more that £25bn being invested in pharmeceuticals, the nuclear industry and manufacturing.

He says the university's working with local businesses to make sure peope can learn the right skills in the county and find jobs here when they're qualified.

A lot of small and large employers across the county, we're working with them in order to ensure there are attractive packages for them to stay here in the county."

Professor Robin TalbotUniversity of Cumbria

Forecast for the fells: Wind and clouds down in places

  • Temperatures at 3,009 ft: Up to 6C.
  • Winds: Strong easterly, gusts gale force at 50mph, moderating later.
  • Cloud: Periods of cloud in the north and east around 2,500 ft (750m).
  • Visibility: Good, locally moderate in any showers and poor in hill fog.

Campaigners say health plan will cause 'public unrest'

Campaigners in Cumbria say a shake-up of health services in Cumbria will lead to "public unrest".

People say they will continue to oppose proposals set out by the Success Regime, which has been imposed to sort out long-running problems and financial overspends at the trust that runs North Cumbria's  hospitals.  

Man with banner

And that was the message given to the health minister Philip Dunne when he visited Whitehaven's hospital yesterday.

Campaigners, some of whom demonstrated outside the West Cumberland Hospital, say they want consultant-led maternity care at the hospital around the clock, and a full Accident and Emergency unit. 

You're going to see a lot more of what we had today and public unrest because we're tired now of sitting round tables with people who may say they're listening to us but they certainly don't hear what we're saying"

Rachel HollidayWest Cumberland Hospital campaigner

Travel: Corney Fell traffic slowed by overturned car

BBC Travel

The Corney Fell Road is partially blocked in Broad Oak near the A595 junction because of an overturned vehicle.

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Cumbria's weather: Drizzle, then drier

There are some isolated drizzly showers about this morning but it should turn drier through the morning, and then brighter. Temperatures should reach about 15C (59F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast where you are here.

Travel: Serious accident between lorry and car on A66

BBC Travel

The A66 in Hartforth is closed eastbound between Gilling West Turn-off and Scotch Corner, because of a serious accident involving a lorry and a car.  

Good morning. Welcome to our live coverage

Martin Lewes


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