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  1. Monday 31 October 2016.

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    That was Monday, and we've now finished this service of news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and an occasional chirp, or even murmuration from the social networks, for the day.

    We'll be back on line from 08:00 tomorrow.

    In the meantime you can keep us in touch with news or pictures.

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  2. Whitehaven man faces trial on pub attacks

    A man will go on trial in March charged with attempted murder after an incident in a Whitehaven pub at the start of October.

    At Carlisle Crown Court, Tyrone Glaister, 51, from Dukes Street in Whitehaven, denied attempting to murder Mark John Crosby and attempting to wound James Ian Colligan, in the Three Tuns pub in the town.

    He was remanded in custody until March.

  3. Court told of mother's 'murderous' plot

    Prosecutors have told a Carlisle Crown Court jury that when a 22-year-old man stabbed his older brother in the neck, he was acting on his mother's wishes.

    Gary Murphy, from Distington, has already admitted attempting to murder his brother, Tony.

    Prosecutor Francis McEntee told the court an exchange of texts an hour early with his mother, Alison Mary Murphy, from Copeland Street in Whitehaven, showed the two hatching a "murderous plot".

    "The prosecution will invite you to conclude that while it was Gary Murphy who wielded the knife, it was, in reality, Alison Murphy who was delivering the blow," Mr McEntee said.

    Mrs Murphy denies attempted murder. The trial continues.

  4. Muncaster puts its best ghosts forward for Hallowe'en

    Martin Lewes


    Muncaster Castle is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the country.

    Tom Fool, jester when he was alive, still plays tricks of the family, staff and visitors centuries after his death, a child is sometimes heard crying in the Tapestry Room, and the Muncaster Boggle or White Lady is said to haunt the gardens.

    But of course you can't rely on the supernatural to perform to order.  So first year performing arts students have been brought in from the University of Cumbria to play the parts of the spirits .... unless the spirits do turn out, presumably.

    Witch and castle

    After all, look what came into land about sunset.

  5. Fire crews extract stuck donkey from mud

    Firefighters have rescued a donkey this afternoon that became stuck in deep mud in West Cumbria.

    Crews from Whitehaven and Workington were called to help the animal at about 14:40 after it had become stuck up to its shoulders.

    It's now back in its paddock.

  6. Watch: Starlings paint patterns in the sky

    Autumn is the season of murmurations, when great flocks of starlings create dramatic patterns flying in close formation.

    Maureen Forster was lucky enough to see such a display near Greenhead in the north of the county. Many thanks for sending it to us.

  7. Shoppers asked to vote on cash for 'Standards' bog project

    Supermarket shoppers are being invited to vote for a donation that will help repair a Cumbrian footpath made famous by the Lake District author Alfred Wainwright.

    Some of the nine standards

    The Nine Standards are a series of huge cairns on a ridge above Kirkby Stephen.

    Boggy footpath

    The path has become boggy because of the numbers of walkers following Wainwright's coast-to-coast route.

    The National Park wants to lay a flagged surface so the surrounding peat will recover. 

    It will receive a donation of between £8,000 and £12,000, depending on a vote by Tesco shoppers at two stores in North Yorkshire.

  8. Pair deny kidnap and robbery charges

    A man and a woman have denied charges of kidnapping and robbery in a brief appearance at Carlisle Crown Court.

    Anthony McAllister, 30, Claire Boswell, 34, are alleged to have kidnapped David Robert Purdie and also robbed him of a quantity of cash.

    Boswell also denied assault by beating.

    McAllister, of Caldbeck Road, Carlisle, and Boswell, from Petteril Terrace, were both remanded in custody until a trial in January.

  9. Police concerned for missing woman, 81

    Police say they're becoming increasingly concerned about Shirley Ramsden, from Barepot, near Workington, who hasn't been seen since 10:30 this morning.

    Shirley Ramsden

    It's thought Mrs Ramsden may be heading for Carlisle; she was last seen wearing plaid trousers and a large green coat, and carrying a brown bag.

  10. Read all about it: New news magazine launches for Dalton

    A new monthly "hyperlocal" news magazine's being launched in South Cumbria this week.

    Dalton Now will be a combined edition with the existing Ulverston Now title, and 13,000 copies are being delivered.

    It'll join a series that also publishes in Grange and Windermere.

  11. Barrow owner: We're title contenders

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Barrow AFC owner Paul Casson believes the Bluebirds will be one of the title contenders in the National League this season.

    Paul Casson

    Despite going 13 games unbeaten with Saturday's 4-0 win over Eastleigh, his side are still six points behind leaders Forest Green.

    He told BBC Radio Cumbria: "I keep a log at home on precisely what I think, and right now they're one point above where I thought they'd be, so pretty much on track."

  12. Travel: Brampton crash slows traffic on A69

    BBC Travel

    The A69 in Brampton is partially blocked eastbound between the A6071 junction and the Denton Mill junction, because of an accident.

    The latest travel reports are here.

  13. Local business leaders look forward to first fast trains

    The Cumbria section of the government report published this morning on the benefits of the HS2 train project is written by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

    HS2 artist's impression

    The trains will only travel at 250mph as far as Manchester, but they will carry on up the West Coast Main Line at lower speeds, cutting an hour from the current three hours 26 minutes journey time for London to Carlisle.

    The LEP report says Carlisle is preparing for the new services, envisaging "a transformative redevelopment that makes the most of the city’s heritage, such as the imposing Citadel next to the station, and delivers a lasting legacy for both the city and region".

    It foresees the high speed trains benefiting both manufacturing and the tourism industry

    Quote Message: "HS2’s connection to Carlisle, and its business and tourism sectors, is key to our long-term economic prosperity.” from Dr Jason Gooding Chief executive, Carlisle City Council, quoted in the report.
    Dr Jason GoodingChief executive, Carlisle City Council, quoted in the report.
  14. Is this the start of a health service campaign?

    Martin Lewes


    One of the problems for Morecambe Bay's hospital services is the area they cover, from Barrow all the way around to Lancaster.

    So the context for this tweet is that a new motorway standard spur has just been built around Lancaster to the shores of Morecambe Bay, and Andrew Bennett, the chief officer of the Lancashire north clinical commissioning group would like to see it go a bit further.

    View more on twitter

    His remarks were swiftly retweeted by Jackie Daniel, chief executive of the Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust.  

    Motion seconded, you might say...

  15. Shopper foils robber with a cup of coffee

    A would-be robber who demanded money in a local store in Workington fled empty-handed after a customer doused him in coffee.

    Moss Bauy Road Premier

    Now police are trying to trace the member of the public, and another man who was in the store, when the suspect came in carrying a hammer at about 06:15.

    Police say a 34-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery.

  16. First records tumble at Coniston speed week

    The first records have fallen at Coniston Water Speed Records week, when power boat enthusiasts try to top class records ranging from below 40mph to well over 100mph.


    One of the early achievements was a benchmark set by the first amphibious vehicle to enter the event, a Gibbs Humdinger.

    It went down the measured kilometre and back again to set a speed of 39.08mph, for what's been called the amphibious experimental class.

  17. High speed trains benefits 'come at a cost', say critics

    A government report published today urges Cumbria to prepare for the benefits of high speed rail services being extended to Manchester by the HS2 project.


    But critics like Richard Houghton from the HS2 Alliance say the faster services, riunning at speeds of up to 250mph, will only bring limited benefits.

    "There are within the business case just under £7bn cuts to existing lines, the thinking being that if you're within driving distance of a high speed station, you'll use that.

    "But obviously most high speed trains costs about 25% more to travel on so passengers may not be so keen"

    Quote Message: If you take France as an example, none of the largest firms on their stock exchange have moved out of Paris, and in fact some of them have shut their regional offices because if they can get there faster there's no physical need for them" from Richard Houghton HS2 Alliance
    Richard HoughtonHS2 Alliance
  18. Rescue teams urge walkers to take a torch for early evenings

    Martin Lewes


    Two walkers were helped from Swirral Edge on Helvellyn after, as Patterdale mountain rescue team puts it, "it unsurprisingly went dark an hour earlier" because the clocks had changed.

    A team spokesman said: "We would, once again, like to remind people how important it is to take the basics with you including warm and waterproof clothing, a hat, gloves and a torch.

    "It's also critical to take a map and compass and to know how to use these to safely navigate down off the mountain, even in the dark.

    Seven volunteers spent three hours on the hill after the call came in at 18:00.

  19. New report sets what HS2 trains can bring to Cumbria

    Ways in which the new HS2 high-speed rail link might benefit Cumbria are being set out in a report published today.

    High speed train times graphic

    If the £56bn project is approved it will extend the high-speed line as far as Manchester, cutting journey times from Carlisle to London by an hour, to just over two-and-half hours, by 2033.

    The chairman of HS2, Sir David Higgins, told BBC Radio Cumbria that railways had not been expanded much in 100 years and the M6 was struggling, so the new rail line would make a big difference.

    "We have to make sure sure we get the massive benefits that this huge increase in capacity will deliver to the region."

    Quote Message: The opportunity for jobs, especially what it opens up for young people, is very, very important." from Sir David Higgins Chairman, HS2
    Sir David HigginsChairman, HS2