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  1. Updates on Tuesday 25 October 2016

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Ryan Yates scores a late equaliser for Barrow to deny Wrexham victory in Dean Keates' first game in permanent charge.

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We've come to the end of our live updates for today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning at 08:00 with your news, sport, weather and travel.

We hope you have a good evening.

Police say firework attack could have had tragic consequences

People in a house in Carlisle escaped into the garden after a firework was pushed through their letterbox, filling the home with smoke.

South Street

The incident, which police say could have had tragic consequences, happened in South Street just after midnight, and started a fire in the porch.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue staff say people were in the house at the time but all were accounted for.

Police have appealed for witnesses. A spokesman said: "We take any report of fireworks being pushed through letterboxes extremely seriously."

Barrow sign defender with Italian style

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Barrow have signed former Blackburn Rovers and Aldershot defender Myles Anderson, subject to international clearance. 

The 26-year-old has spent the last three years in Italy.

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The Bluebirds are at Wrexham tonight in the National League looking to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games. 

There's match commentary on BBC Radio Cumbria from 19:00.

Cumbria's weather: Clouding over and milder

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Cloud will move in tonight, meaning a milder night without frost, and there may be light rain later. 

The lowest temperatures could be about 8C (46F).

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

Your pictures: Dawn breaking over Grasmere to a cloudless sky

Martin Lewes


It was a stunning morning at Grasmere when Rick Martin took this picture from his business at Faeryland on the shores of the lake.

Misty morning at Grasmere
Rick Martin

We're always to keen to see your pictures of our beautiful county.

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BreakingPolice officer demoted in Poppi case 'will now retire'

A police officer demoted for the way she handled the Poppi Worthington case is retiring next month, BBC Radio Cumbria has learned. 

Poppi was 13 months old when she died in 2012. A family court judge later said he believed she'd been sexually assaulted by her father Paul Worthington, although he has always denied this.   

Poppi Worthington
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Det Insp Amanda Sadler was demoted to sergeant after she admitted gross incompetence over the handling of the inquiry into her death. 

This afternoon in a statement, Cumbria Police said: "An officer, who was demoted following performance proceedings concerning the initial investigation into the death of Poppi Worthington in December 2012, has announced their decision to retire. 

"Their retirement date is set for mid-November 2016."

Man celebrating birthday admits hitting woman with glass

A man who punched a woman in a fight as he celebrated his birthday has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Marc Austin, a 26-year-old scaffolder from Westrigg Road in Carlisle, had argued with Zoe Green in the Royal Scot pub, the city's crown court was told 

He hit her four or five times in the head while holding a glass, causing a gash that needed hospital treatment.

Austin admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and damaging a table. 

Recorder Kevin Grice imposed an eight-month prison term suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to do unpaid work and rehabilitation.

Cumbria could take up to 65 child refugees

Cumbria could become home to up to 65 child refugees as unaccompanied youngsters rescued from the jungle in Calais or finding their way to the UK by other means are distributed around the country.

The government's set up a formula basing each county's maximum allocation on a small fraction of one per cent of the population aged up to 17, and will be paying the county council more than £42,000 towards the support of each child under 16.

The county's expecting to know by next March exactly how many children it will be expected to take.

The Local Government Association's published a fact-sheet explaining the arrangements.

Chimney fire spreads to house

Firefighters from Seascale and Bootle fought a chimney fire which had spread to floorboards and beams in a house in Boot early this morning.

They cut the burning timber away and spent some time on the scene investigating the cause.

Cumbria's weather: Dry and sunny

It should remain dry this afternoon with sunny spells and light winds. Temperatures should rise to about 12C (54F).

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

The toot, the whole toot, and nothing but the toot...

Engineers at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, better known as La'al Ratty, celebrate progress on the rerstoration of one of their locomotives.

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Grasmere 'still suffering flood effects'

Businesses in Grasmere are still suffering the after-effects of the flooding and the closure of the A591, six months after the road was repaired and reopened.

Damaged A591
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According to one of the largest attractions, Dove Cottage, some overseas tour operators took the village out of their planning for the whole of 2016.

Michael McGregor, who's director of the Wordsworth Trust, said: "For us the international markets are very important and it's a long haul to get them back."

You can hear more on this on BBC Radio Cumbria's Money Talks programme this evening at 18:00.

Wigton 'wants more control of housing plans'

People living in Wigton are objecting to what they are calling a "plethora" of "unconnected housing developments", which they believe will be more than the town can support.

Allerdale Council has put forward a local plan, which proposes reserving land for more than 540 homes in Wigton before 2029.

But people living in the town say they would like a Neighbourhood Plan - so they can have a greater influence over any new developments.

Cumbrian MPs weclome 'underground power lines' plan

Two Cumbrian MPs have welcomed news that power lines from the proposed Moorside nuclear power plant near Sellafield will be routed underground where they pass through the Lake District National Park.

Tim Farron

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat member for Westmorland and Lonsdale said he was glad National Grid had taken the views of local people into account, and he encouraged residents to take part in consultation that runs through until next year.

And the Labour MP for Workington, Sue Hayman, who's also shadow minister for national parks, said: "This news is very welcome at a time when the national park is being considered for Unesco World Heritage Site status."

Cumbria volunteers aim to help migrants in Paris as Jungle is closed

A group of volunteers from Cumbria who've been helping migrants in the jungle camp in Calais say they're now heading for Paris.

The party from Carlisle Refugee Action Group say the evacuation of the jungle at Calais has been peaceful.

On BBC Radio Cumbria this morning, James Cartright from the group said they'd been distributing aid such as socks and shoes, because some of those leaving the Calais camp were only wearing flip-flops.

"We're heading for Paris where things are equally grim really, so we are going to be joining up with volunteers and taking some of the supplies that we've brought down to be distributed to refugees who are sleeping on the streets," he said.

Deadline for flood grants is extended

People whose properties were flooded last winter have been given an extra three months to apply for grants to protect their homes against a repeat.

The grants of up to £5,000 are paid out through district councils and are designed to pay for measures such as door gates.

The deadline was going to be the end of this year but that's now been extended to 31 March.

Engineers set to raise A66 above the rising waters

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Work's started on a £1.5m project to protect the A66 from flooding in future severe storms by raising it higher above the level of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Bassenthwaite filling the whole of the Vale of Keswick

The road was closed when Bassenthwaite burst its banks in Storm Desmond.

Highways England says stretches will be closed overnight for the next six weeks as parts of the carriageway are raised by up to 1.5m (5ft).

Drivers will be diverted along the A595 while the road's closed.

Parish councils gather forces for power lines battle

Parish councillors in the areas of South Cumbria affected by plans for power lines from the new nuclear power station at Moorside say they'll be preparing a major campaign against the proposals.

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National Grid says some pylons, where the lines go through part of the Lake District National Park will be removed, but across the top of the Duddon estuary and the Furness peninsula, the existing lines will be replaced with fewer, but larger, 50m towers.

David Savage, from the parish council alliance in South Cumbria, told Mike Zeller on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning that this will affect the setting of the park, where the landscape and views are as important as in the park itself.

Family tribute to 'elegant lady', 79, who died in crash

The family of Audrey Tunstall, who died when she was hit by a car in Workington at the weekend, have paid tribute to her as "an elegant lady who lived life to the full".

Audrey Tunstall
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Mrs Tunstall, who was 79 and lived in Cape Road, Seaton, was visiting the Dunmail Park shopping centre with a friend, who was also injured.  

This morning she was said to be in a critical condition in hospital in Newcastle.

Inmates 'to get hospital checks by video'

Prisoners at Cumbria's only jail who become ill enough to need a hospital appointment may be asked to consult a doctor using a video link.

On average it takes six hours for prison officers and a prisoner to go to hospital in Barrow, with the 24-mile journey alone taking at least 45 minutes each way.

Doctors using video link

The Morecambe Bay NHS Trust is working with the Cumbria Partnership Trust on the trial project, which would connect video cameras in Haverigg prison with consultants at the Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

If they've got a broken leg or something like that there's not much point in looking on a video screen, but there are quite a lot of consultations we do with the prison that could be carried out by this system."

Paul GroutDeputy medical director, Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust

Bury more Moorside power lines, campaigner urges National Grid

New plans to bury power lines from a new nuclear power station at Moorside, near Sellafield, under part of the Lake District don't go far enough, according to at least one campaigner.

Map of power lines proposal by National Grid
National Grid

Plans released yesterday by the National Grid show most of the connections on 50m-high pylons, but power cables going underground through western sections of the national park and through a 13-mile-long tunnel under Morecambe Bay.

Graham Pitt from Power Without Pylons says that if the National Grid can connect the nuclear power station at Moorside using underground cables for some of the route, the company should go further and hide them all.

"Why didn't National Grid invest in looking at the offshore option?," he said. "They're doing exactly the same project from Scotland to the Wirral, through the same area using the same technology. Why can't they do that for Moorside?

"If a tunnel's good enough for Morecambe Bay, why isn't it good enough for the Duddon estuary?"

Dutch driver charged after A66 crash

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A 44-year-old Dutch man is due in court in Carlisle this morning charged with drink-driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a bad crash on the A66 yesterday.

Jerry Bouma, who's of no fixed address, was the driver of a van involved in a three-vehicle collision east of Penrith.

Two people from South Shields were flown to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough after the accident. 

This morning both are said to be in a stable condition, although one is still critically ill.

Ulverston monument goes purple for polio day

You may remember we reported yesterday on a plan to light up the Hoad Monument in Ulverston in purple to mark World Polio Day.

They were very proud of the result:

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This morning's main news in the county

BBC Radio Cumbria

  • There are calls for National Grid to put more of its power lines for a new nuclear power station in west Cumbria underground, after yesterday's announcement that pylons would be removed where they pass through the Lake District national park.
  • Plans to zone land for 540 new homes in Wigton over the next 14 years have attracted objections.
  • Prisoners at Haverigg, Cumbria's only jail, could be examined over video links instead to being escorted the 30 miles to Barrow for hospital appointments.

We'll bring you more on these and the rest of the news throughout the day.

Cumbria's weather: Sunny after a patchy frost

It's a chilly start with a frost and mist in places. 

Any fog patches will gradually lift through the morning with the rest of the day remaining dry, with sunny spells and light winds. 

Temperatures could reach about 12C (54F).

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

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