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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


This service of news, travel reports, weather forecasts and a glance at some of the social networks has now finished for today, and this week.

We'll do it again on Monday, starting at 08:00.

As always, we'd like to hear from you if you've a photograph you'd like to share or you've news you think we should know.

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Have a good weekend.

Cumbria's weather: A drizzly and chilly night

Tonight's forecast is misty, with the possibility of drizzle on the hills.

It could be chilly, too, with temperatures falling to 4C (39F) where the skies clear.

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Roadworks slow M6 south out of county

BBC Travel

Congestion on the M6 southbound between junctions 34 and 35, in roadworks, is affecting junction 36 for Kendal.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Chance of the game you maybe never thought you'd play again

A special session's being held in Carlisle to give people who've had limbs amputated, or who live with similar disabilities, a chance to play football.

It's being laid on by the Cumberland Football Association and the England Amputee Football Association, at Harraby sports complex on 6 November.

Amputee footballers
England Amputee FA

Craig Lewis of the Cumberland FA said it was open to male or female players of all abilities.

"Whether you're someone who has played football for years, or somebody wishing to play for the very first time, this is an exciting event and I'd encourage you to come down and give the game a go."

Kendal drug driver given suspended sentence

A driver high on drugs who led police on a chase through residential streets in Kendal at up to 50mph has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Daniel Liam Taylor, 23,from Broad Ing in the town, admitted six charges including dangerous driving.

Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson told Carlisle Crown Court that, after Taylor abandoned his Vauxhall Corsa, police tracked him down and administered a drug impairment test, which he failed "spectacularly".

Recorder Kevin Grice suspended a 10-month prison sentence for 18 months, and ordered Taylor to carry out unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity.

Gilsland volunteer helps Palestinian olive harvest

A woman from Gilsland has spent a week with a group of charity volunteers helping harvest olives in Palestine.

The farmers there say they don't have time to harvest the olive groves without help.

Patricia Smith, from Gilsland on the Cumbria-Northumberland border, joined the group from Embrace the Middle East, which works with Christian communities in the region.

She said: "I now have lots of stories to share and things that I’ve learnt about the country, culture and issues people face here, but especially about harvesting olives!”

Patricia Smith with volunteer and, inset, young Palestinian boy
Patricia Smith

Duddon plylons plans 'absurd' says MP

The Barrow and Furness Labour MP John Woodcock says a plan that would lead to 50m pylons across the Broughton end of the Duddon estuary would be "absurd".

National Grid

National Grid announced this week that power cables from the new Moorside power station would be routed underground through a section of the Lake District National Park, but above ground from there to Morecambe Bay.

But Mr Woodock, who's speaking at a meeting organised by Power without Pylons in Broughton-in-Furness this evening, said that, if the Cumbrian coastal area of the park was worthy of protection, other areas were as well.

If you decide that it's worth protecting nature, elements of our countryside, by undergrounding some, then you have to do that in the Duddon Valley as well."

John WoodcockMP for Barrow and Furness

Herdwick shepherd flies off to meet fans

James Rebanks, the Cumbrian farmer whose Twitter feed gathered a world-wide following and led to several books, is just off on a book-signing tour in the USA.

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Staying in the air for nearly two years

New research has revealed that a bird, often seen in Cumbria, can stay in flight for 10 months of the year.

Scientists attached flight activity monitors to 19 swifts and found the birds travel up to 560 miles a day.

Bird expert Mike Carrier says: "What's more incredible is the fact that a young swift just out of the nest will not return for two years.

"In other words they don't breed in the first year so one assumes that a young swift will be 22 months without coming to land."


Businessman could be jailed for hire van lies

A businessman who told police and an insurance company that a hired van had been stolen, when parts from it were later found on his premises, has been told he could be sent to prison.

Darren Connell
Craig McGlasson

After a three-day trial Darren Connell, 38, from Liddle Road in Longtown, was found guilty of stealing the van, committing fraud and perverting the course of justice.

The jury at Carlisle Crown Court was told police raided Connell's farm in 2014, two years after the van disappeared, and found the parts in a container.

Recorder Julian Shaw adjourned the case for reports to be prepared, saying he'd impose a sentence in November.

One hurt in three-car pile-up

One person was slightly injured in this crash this morning on the B6260 between the M6 and Appleby.

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First pylons protest meeting

The campaign to get more of the powerlines from a new West Cumbrian nuclear power plant put underground is holding a first public meeting this evening.

Map of power lines route
National Grid

There was a general welcome earlier this week when maps were published showing the cables going underground where they pass through the Lake District national park, but parish councils on the stretch around the Duddon Estuary north of Barrow say their landscape will be damaged by 50m-high pylons.

The group Power without Pylons is hosting the meeting at Broughton Victory Hall at 18:30.

12,000 head for Carlisle farming expo's 10th year show

Carlisle's Borderway livestock mart says it's expecting 12,000 visitors and nearly 1,000 prime sheep and cattle to show at the tenth Cumbria Agri-Expo this weekend.

Cattle being judged in ring

Stock breeders from all over the country are expected, either to enter their stock in the competitions, or see the latest developments in the industry on dozens of trade stalls.

Farmers are always looking forward. What they can control is their production and that's what we're showcasing."

David PritchardOperations Director, Harrison and Hetherington.

Rescue volunteers warn walkers: Don't get surprised by sunset

Mountain rescue teams in the Lake District are urging walkers to make sure they pack a torch to cope with earlier sunsets.

The Wasdale team says six of its eight call-outs this month have been to walkers lost with the light fading.

All the county's teams say they tend to see a number of incidents at this time of year as walkers get caught out because the clocks have changed.

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Cumbria's weather: Dry with lighter winds

BBC Weather

There should be sunny spells this afternoon and it should be dry with lighter winds. Temperatures should reach around of 13C (55F).

Weather graphic

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

New bridge 'should reduce flood risk'

A new bridge being planned in Stavelely, near Kendal, to replace one damaged in last winter's floods, should survive future storms better because of its design, a local councillor has said.

Unlike the Old Gowan Bridge, the new structure will have a single span, without a pier in the middle vulnerable to getting hit by debris such as fallen trees.

Artist's impression of new bridge
Cumbria County Council

The loss of one of Staveley's two links to the main A591 has been blamed for a 25% drop in trade in the village and Liberal Democrat councillor Stan Collins says he's hoping the new bridge will by open in time for next Easter's tourists.

The plans are on show in the Pavilion between 16:00 and 18:00.

The new bridge won't have its feet in the water, and that's the main thing we've been insisting on because bridges with their feet in the water are far more easily damaged."

Stan CollinsLiberal Democrat County Councillor

Autism report gets wide coverage across Cumbria

The review of services for young people needing a diagnosis of potential autism is attracting attention across the county's media today, with this particularly bad case reported in the south of the county:

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Sniffer dog Hedley gives police heads-up on passenger's cocaine

Carlisle Crown Court has heard how a sniffer dog checking railway passengers found one was carrying cocaine with a street value of £2,600.

Peter Lawler, 53, from York Close in Liverpool, who the court was told had been on the run for more than a year, was convicted by a jury in his absence yesterday of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Recorder Kevin Grice told the court, and an empty dock, that when Lawler was caught he would go to prison for three years.

How putting the cows out shows this farmer it's clock-changing time

James Robinson, who farms not far from Kendal, keeps his Twitter followers in touch with the dairy-farmer's year.

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Attacker break's man's jaw in pub attack

Police have appealed for drinkers who might have seen a man attacked at the back of the Warehouse bar in Penrith.

Police say the victim's jaw was broken and have put out an appeal for witnesses.

The assault happened early on Sunday morning.

Trust's promise to families of children with autism: We will deal with back-log

Some families in Cumbria are waiting three years for a diagnosis to establish if their child has autism.

Cumbria's NHS trust says it's working to clear a back-log of around 300 cases after an independent review said the assessment process was unwieldy and secretive.

Cumbria's lead paediatrician Dr Raj Verma says he's aiming to make the system in Cumbria the best in the UK.

Child and adult generic picture

I want to get rid of the backlog as fast as I can, so that from new year we'll be launching a new pathway to do a fast-track assessment. It's not easy but we're working on it."

Dr Raj VermaCumbria Partnership NHS Trust

Cumbria's main headlines this morning

  • One of the biggest events in the British farming calendar takes place in Cumbria this weekend. The Agri Expo at the Harrison and Hetherington auction mart in Carlisle attracts around 12,000 people.
  • The trust that looks after mental health services in Cumbria says it's bringing in extra staff to clear a backlog of around 300 cases, after an independent review said the assessment process for children with autism was unwieldy and secretive.
  • And people in the village of Staveley, near Kendal, will get a first chance today to see the design of a new bridge to replace the one partly washed away by Storm Desmond a year ago.

We'll bring you more details of these and other stories through the day.

Village gets first chance to see replacement for flood-damaged bridge

Plans for a new bridge to reconnect a village near Kendal with a main road go on public display today.

The Old Gowan Bridge in Staveley near Kendal had to be knocked down after it was damaged during the floods in December.  

Gowan bridge, showing dsamage.

Since it was closed businesses in the area have reported a 25% drop in trade.

The plans are on display in the Pavillion, between 16:00 and 18:00 this afternoon.

Travel: Work may slow M6 near Shap and Tebay

BBC Travel

It's a fairly quiet start on the roads this morning but there are stretches of the M6 around Shap and Tebay with lane closures and a 50mph limit that may slow you down.

You can find the latest updates here.

Cumbria's weather: Brightening up, remaining dry

It's a fairly cloudy start but the sky will will brighten up with a promise of sunny spells this afternoon. Winds will be lighter. Temperatures should reach 13C (55F).

Weather graphic

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

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting news, a regular weather forecast and travel updates through to about 16:00.

As always, you can contact us if you've a photograph you'd like to share with the county, or you've news you think we should know.

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