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  1. Updates on Friday 4 November 2016.

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished this service of news, travel reports and weather forecasts for today and this week.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

In the meantime, if you've news we should know about or a picture you'd like to share, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Have a good weekend.

Cumbria's weather: A chilly night with showers

Some showers will continue through the evening, especially near the coast and these could turn wintry over the hills.

The showers should ease by dawn.

It will be a chilly night with local grass frost likely and a minimum temperature of 1C (34F).

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

Fire crews fight barn fire in Brough

Fire fighters from Appleby and Kirkby Stephen spent nearly three hours beating down a fire in a large barn at a farm near Brough today.

Some animals had been led from the building before they arrived.

It's the second fire on a farm in Cumbria in 24 hours.

Air ambulance pilot targeted by laser

The crew of the Great North Air Ambulance nearly had to abort a landing at a hospital in Middlesbrough after a laser was aimed at the cockpit.

The crew were fighting to save the life of a patient as the pilot, Keith Armatage, saw a blinding flash.

The GNAA helicopter has been targeted by a laser before, but that was at 2,000 feet.

In this case the aircraft was at 150ft on its final descent, so it was far more dangerous.

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Police join judge in praising girls after attack

Police have joined a Carlisle Crown Court judge in praising the bravery of two girls who fought off a man who'd stabbed one of them three times.

Det Insp Neil Cooper was speaking after Adrian Fallows, 31, from Jodrell Street in Nuneaton, was jailed for 11 years on two counts of assault and one causing grievous bodily harm.

He said: "Fallows was heavily under the influence of alcohol when he carried out the unprovoked attack on the 14-year-old victim, whose friend he then stabbed as she tried to help her.

"Even after this horrific attack, and knowing what Fallows was capable of, the two girls stayed together to fight off the offender."

Det Insp Cooper said the two girls could have been more seriously hurt if they'd not fought back.

Green party's former leader says plant more trees to reduce flooding

The former Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett, who's been in Cumbria to meet flood victims today, has said that simply building bigger defences will not work.

Natalie Bennett
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Ms Bennett said tree-planting and other measures around the headwaters of rivers, to slow the flow of floodwater downstream, was essential.

Flood defences are part of the answer but if you have to keep building higher and higher, but you're not taking these long-term measures, ultimately you cannot build them high enough."

Natalie BennettGreen Party

'Ladders' van sought after two men rob pensioner

Police are looking for a red van carrying ladders after a woman in her 70s was robbed in her own home in Carlisle.

Ashness drive

Officers suspect that two men aged about 30 forced themselves into her house on Ashness Drive.

The woman was left shaken, and police believe the van was used as part of the robbery.

Judge praises teenage girls injured in stabbing attack

A judge has commended the bravery of two teenage girls who were attacked by a man with a knife as they walked near the River Derwent at Barepot in Cumbria.

Adrian Fallows
Cumbria Police

Adrian Mark Fallows, 39, of Jodrell Street, Nuneaton, stabbed one of the girls three times, puncturing one of her lungs. She spent almost a week in hospital.

At Carlisle Crown Court Fallows, who admitted assault and assault causing grievous bodily harm, was jailed for 11 years and told he must serve at least two thirds of the sentence.

Judge Peter Davies said he was "enormously impressed" by the bravery of the two girls, who'd battled their attacker even after one was stabbed.  

He directed they should be commended and rewarded.

Police praise sex offender's victims after trial

Police have praised the woman and children attacked by a Carlisle sex offender who was jailed for 15 years this afternoon. 

Tony Newlands, 31, of no fixed abode, admitted 15 charges including rape at Carlisle Crown Court. 

Afterwards Det Con David Hetherington said: "I would like to take this opportunity to praise the bravery of the victims who have helped bring Newlands to justice. 

"I hope that the sentencing can bring them some form of closure and they can try to move on with their lives."

School snaps first snow

There must be great excitement in Grasmere School - they've just seen the first snow on the surrounding hills, and posted this picture on social networks.

Snow on hill
Grasmere School

Apparently it melted swiftly at lower levels but still covers the top of Helvellyn. 

If you've got a picture of snow in Cumbria, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

BreakingSex attacker jailed for 15 years for 'insidious offences'

A Carlisle man has been jailed for 15 years after he admitted raping a woman and a list of child sex offences.

Tony Newlands, 31, of now fixed abode, was told he must serve at least two thirds of the sentence.

Judge Peter Davies also made him sign the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

"You have committed a series of serious and insidious offences," Judge Davies told him. "I consider you a significant risk of serious harm by the commission of further specified offences."

Tony Newlands
Cumbria police

Cox names full-strength squad for cup-tie trip

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow manager Paul Cox says he'll name a "full-strength side" for Sunday's sold-out FA Cup tie at Taunton.

It's the Southern League side's first appearance in the first round for 35 years.

Paul Cox

Cox says he's scouted the Somerset side: "We've done out homework and what we've got to do now is refocus the players and make sure we go into it with a high level of concentration and a healthy respect for the fixture."

If you can't make the match, BBC Radio Cumbria will be covering both Cumbrian ties.

Sainsbury's, New Square, Penrith

A council pays back Sainsbury's more than £1m it overcharged the supermarket chain for business rates.

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Ulverston gets a chance to see its new £13m leisure plans

People in Ulverston are being invited to comment on new plans to redevelop the Priory Road leisure facilities.

Artist's impression of new leisure centre
South Lakeland District Council

The new scheme would include a swimming pool, gym, studio spaces, and a hall for sports such as indoor tennis, as well as a café, social and meeting spaces and outdoor facilities and sports pitches.

South Lakeland Council is hoping to work with GSK, which is likely to develop new sports facilities as part of its growth in the town.

There'll be a number of public sessions between 17 November and 22 November.

Parliament shouldn't debate Brexit bill, says Carlisle MP

The Conservative MP for Carlisle, John Stevenson, says Britain shouldn't show its Brexit negotiating hand by debating its terms in Parliament.

The government says it's sticking with its timetable for Britain to exit the European Union, despite yesterday's High Court ruling that the process should start with a vote by MPs.

This morning Mr Stevenson told Mike Zeller on BBC Radio Cumbria that it would be ridiculous to reveal too much in the Commons.

He said: "All the European countries would sit back and say 'this is terrific; we know what the British want and we can come forward with our own negotiating position that they've thought through more cleverly and clearly'."

John Stevenson MP
John Stevenson MP

Storm Desmond damage to Christmas lights casts shadow in Wigton

Businesses in a Cumbrian town are being asked to provide their own Christmas lights this year.


Wigton Town Council says the cables and anchors which hold the official lights were badly damaged in last winter's storms.

Cumbria's weather: Sunny, showers and cold

There should be a few sunny spells today, but showers too, and they will be wintry on the higher ground. 

 It's a cold day, with highs of 9C.

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

Carlisle boss Curle stays cool over FA Cup tie

St Albans City say they expect a near sell-out for Sunday's FA Cup First Round tie against Carlisle United.

St Albans play two levels below United in the league pyramid, but manager Keith Curle isn't losing any sleep over the possibility of a cup upset.

He said: "We look forward to it as an opportunity to progress in the competition. We're professionals, we prepare professionally, and we show the respect the opposition deserves."

For fans who can't get to the match, BBC Radio Cumbria will be covering the tie with full commentary.

Keith Curle

Joshua's Dad: Lessons have been learned

James Titcombe, whose dogged campaign to find out why his baby son Joshua died after being born at the Furness general Hospital led to a major inquiry, has given his reaction to the new report published by the Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust this morning.

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HS2 trains 'to be combined with West Coast franchise

A transport minister's announced that the current Intercity West Coast franchise, currently run by Virgin Trains will take in the new HS2 services when the new line is open.

HS2 artist's impression

Although the 250mph serrvices won't start running until 2026, the new franchise, called the west Coast Partnership, will start in 2019.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: "By combining the franchise we are ensuring we get the right people on board at an early stage to design and manage the running of both services in the transition stage."

New Joshua Titcombe report: More details

The new summary of a report published today into the death of a baby, Joshua Titcombe, born at the Furness General Hospital in 2008, was compiled by two consultants and a lead midwife from the Central Manchester Foundation Trust.

It details "many missed opportunities" in the care given to Joshua; it says that the baby should have been given antibiotics by 10:00 on the day of his birth, and he would then almost certainly have survived.

The report makes 18 recommendations, which it says have all been addressed in the eight years since Joshua died.

But it says the key issue is "about responding to incidents of this nature in an open, transparent way that allows findings and lessons learnt to be shared more widely".

It concludes: "We are determined that the learning following Joshua’s death will continue to play an important part in the ongoing development of maternity services and patient safety right across the Trust."

Other maternity units can also learn more from the missed opportunities, reflections and powerful lessons from Morecambe Bay."

Council mulls office plan as Penrith shopping units stay empty

Eden council's considering whether to allow a shop unit in Penrith's New Squares shopping development to be turned into an office, because the scheme's only attracted enough retailers to fill half the space.

Empty unit in New Squares

It's disappointed business people like Jacci Bulman, who runs the Hallmark and Thornton shops: "We would have had a much better footfall if the New Squares had been busy, people would have been bustling too and fro, it has affected us."

The Mayor of Penrith David Whipp, who also owns a greengrocery shop, says it gives the impression the town isn't open for business, when it is.

When every person that parks in the car park in New Squares has to walk past a series of empty units to get to the the vibrant bit of the town, what's the first impression that they get from that?"

David WhippMayor of Penrith

BreakingHospital publishes new report into death of tragic Joshua

The trust that runs the Furness General Hospital in Barrow has published a summary of a new report into the death of baby Joshua Titcombe.

Joshua Titcombe
Family picture

It was the campaign by Joshua's parents to find out what happened that led eventually to the Kirkup Report and the revelation that a number of babies and at least one mother had died because of shortcomings at the maternity unit.

This new report makes 22 findings and 18 recommendations, many of which it says are already implemented.

It says this investigation, by three experts from a Manchester hospital, was only commenced eight years after Joshua's death.

"If such an incident were to occur again, a thorough and efficient investigation would now be commenced within 24 hours," it says.

Powerboaters celebrate final day of Coniston records week

Competitors are taking to Coniston Water today for the final runs of water speed records week.

Jack Bobin

One of those whose made a new mark is Jack Bobin, who set a new world and national record in the offshore class 3A at 74.01mph.

Jack, who won the world championship in his class in Norway earlier this year, says there's far more to Coniston than just breaking speed records: "It's just the people that come, it's a beautiful place, you couldn't want for anything more."

We've had lots and lots of world and national records broken, the weather's been really kind to us as well."

Alison WhalleyChairwoman, Records week

Cumbria's main news this morning

BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

  • Eden council has had to repay about £1m in business rates to the supermarket Sainsbury's, which runs the New Squares shopping development in Penrith
  • A farmhouse near Ulverston has been badly damaged by fire.
  • Businesses in Wigton are being asked to provide their own Christmas decorations after the town council found damage dating back to last winter's storms.

There'll be more about these and other stories throughout the day.

Forecast for fellwalkers: It's finally freezing up there

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: Minus 1C, rising slightly to 1C for a time.
  • Winds: Moderate westerly, gusts 25mph, veering northerly during the afternoon.
  • Cloud: Patchy cloud at 3,000 feet (900m), becoming more widespread down to 2000 feet (600m) in wintry showers.
  • Visibility: Good, locally poor in showers and hill fog.
  • Freezing level: Generally around 2,600 feet (800m).

Eden council has to repay £1m business rates to supermarket

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Eden council has repaid more than £1m in business rates to the supermarket Sainsbury's, partly, it's claimed, because of paperwork that was incorrect.

Sainsbury's in Penrith

Sainsbury's says £600,000 was overpaid because of errors in business rates on empty units, and another £450,000 was repaid because of changes in the rateable values of some units.

A council spokesman said the authority allowed for the repayment as soon as it became aware of the errors.

Cumbria's weather: Chilly with showers

BBC Weather

There'll be some sunny spells today but quite a few showers and it's cold enough for there to be snow on the highest hills. 

Temperatures won't go above 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

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

Firefighters battle farm blaze near Ulverston

A farm house in south Cumbria has been badly damaged by fire.

Crews from Ulverston, Broughton, Coniston, Walney and Barrow were sent to Lowick Green in Ulverston at 20:30 last night.

The two-storey building and a nearby barn were said to be well alight. 

Firefighters worked through the night dealing with a diesel tank leak and removing hay bales. No one was injured.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Well be posting the news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast, along with the odd snippet from social networks and any nice photographs you'd like to send us, through until about 18:00.

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