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  1. Updates on Tuesday 8 November 2016

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Martin Lewes


Drive carefully on your way home tonight: If you're going by the high roads, you can check the weather here.

We'll be back with the latest travel reports, news, a regular weather forecast and more, from 08:00 tomorrow.

If you've pictures of the snow or anything else you'd like to share, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Barrow foodbank reports jump in demand

Barrow Foodbank says it's seen a significant new growth in demand after a period where the number of food boxes being handed out had stabilised.


The charity fed more than 3,300 people in the first six months of this financial year, up 12% on the same period last year.

Foodbank staff believe the increase is because of families losing tax credits and having six-week gaps in payments as their benefits are switched to the new Universal Credit system.

Cumbria's weather: A cold, wet and possibly snowy night

BBC Weather

The rain now moving into Cumbria will turn to snow over the hills and may be heavy at times overnight. 

The temperature will drop to 0C (32F) or a little below in places.

There's a yellow weather warning for up to 8cm or 10cm of snow, and possible difficult driving conditions.

Weather graphic

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

Body of man found in Whitehaven

Police say the body of a man was found at Flatt Walks in Whitehaven earlier today.

Officers say they don't believe there's anything suspicious about the death, and they are awaiting a formal identification.

Workington Reds looking for a win

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds host Marine looking for their first win in three in the Evo-Stik Premier tonight.

Defender Gari Rowntree is set to feature after coming through his return in the Cumberland Cup on Saturday after six months out with a knee injury.

'Helimeds' counting a busy year

Carlisle crossing petition goes to full council

A petition with more than 1,000 signatures against a pedestrian crossing over one of Carlisle's busiest roads will be debated at a city council meeting this evening.

Castle Way in Carlisle

Castle Way already has an underpass beneath it and a footbridge across the two carriageways, but a report to councillors says the road still acts as "a severance" for pedestrians and cyclists between the castle and the city centre.

A report says two thirds of the 70 representations received when the idea was first mooted were in favour, but the petition says the road is already a cause of misery to commuters, and the scheme should be rethought.

Bridge opens after £500,000 flood repairs

A Cumbrian bridge which has been closed since it was damaged in December's storms will reopen at 17:00.

Nearly £500,000 has been spent fixing Sprint Bridge, just outside Burneside near Kendal.

The bridge is the direct link between the village and the A6 to the north, and drivers have faced a detour through the centre of Kendal while it's been closed.

Shirts off, gentlemen - Minister says the North needs a Poldark

Martin Lewes


The region needs "a Poldark of the North" to give a boost to tourism similar to that gained by Cornwall after the BBC1 series was broadcast, the Northern Powerhouse minister Andrew Percy says.


The minister said: "Poldark has really put Cornwall on the map, people want to go and see where Poldark was filmed, we've got fantastic scenery, in Yorkshire and Lancashire and Cumbria, Northumberland, so let's have an equivalent."

The nearest equivalent might be Rogues Herries, a character created by Hugh Walpole, who wrote four novels about the faithless husband and general ne'er do well of Borrowdale. 

It made a now lost BBC TV series in 1960, and a play at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick three years ago.

Zoo owner 'will apply for fresh licence'

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The controversial owner of the South Lakes Safari Zoo at Dalton in Furness has indicated he will apply for a fresh licence to run the venue, in spite of criticisms of safety and animal welfare. 

The zoo will close in two months' time unless a fresh application is received, after Barrow council ruled there were too many concerns about David Gill's management to allow him to have his old licence renewed.

David Gill

Mr Gill's been told by government inspectors he should no longer play an active part in the zoo he founded more than 20 years ago.

He's now, in the complex process demanded by legislation, submitted a 200-page document stating his intention to apply for a licence. 

He must now make that application for the zoo to stay open past 9 January.

Hospital visitors warned after virus hits hospital ward

Hospital visitors have been asked to stay away if they may be unwell after novovirus swept through a hospital ward at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The illness is the most common cause of sickness and diarrhoea, and is dangerous to people who have other medical problems.

Clive Graham, who's head of infection control at the trust that runs North Cumbria's hospitals, urged anyone who'd suffered possibly symptoms not to visit the hospital.

Allonby scrubs up to make the bathing water grade

Allonby beach has joined the list of those in the Cumbria where the water quality is good enough to swim, in the latest list published by the government.

Allonby water treatmnet works under construction
United Utilities

The scheme, pictured under construction, doubled the capacity of local sewerage to handle waste water and included a large tank to reduce the number of overflows in bad weather.

St Bees has joined Silecroft with three stars for excellence, while all four bathing places listed on Windermere also fall into that category.

Veteran's mental health problems cited as he awaits sentence

A former soldier facing two charges of violence and one of theft had serious mental health problems brought on by "an active career in the army", a judge was told today.

Melvyn Stephenson, 36, from Centenary Close in Maryport, admitted two charges of affray on successive days in September, and stealing alcohol, crisps and bananas from a Co-op store.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Tony Lancaster adjourned the case until 29 November for reports to be prepared.

Hospital bosses: Maternity choice 'is a balance of risks'

The management team trying to save money in North Cumbria's hospitals has gone into more detail about maternity services, as criticism of a proposal to concentrate consultant care in Carlisle continues.

West Cumberland Hospital sign.

In a bulletin published today the Healthcare for the Future team says the Whitehaven hospital, and the Cumberland Infirmary, are both among the smallest seven consultant-led maternity units in England, by number of births.

It says recruiting the range of specialists needed to maintain such units is increasingly difficult, meaning a service that might have to shut at short notice; but concentrating all maternity services in Carlisle would mean many more mothers travelling further to give birth.

The paper says that's why the group favours a midwife led unit in West Cumbria, but more mothers would still have to travel to Carlisle which would also carry an element of risk.

Your pictures: Skiddaw glows in the light of sunset

Sue Grant from Thonthwaite sent in this pictures of Skiddaw looming over the Vale of Keswick.

Sue Grant

If you have a picture you'd like to share, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Cumbria's weather: Rain, with snow on high ground

BBC Weather

A band of rain will spreads towards the east, and it's likely to turn to sleet or snow on high ground.  

There remains a weather warning for snow, which you can see here.

Temperatures will reach 5C (41F) at best.

Weather graphic

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

Hospice staff: why we're worried about funding

Staff at the Cumbrian hospice for children, Jigsaw, have been explaining why they're worried about finances from the NHS.

Jigsaw Hospice
Jigsaw Hospice

Jigsaw gets a share of £11m distributed among children's hospices by NHS England, which says it doesn't plan to cut that amount.

But Bill mumford, the chief executive of Jigsaw says: "That word hides a lot, doesn't it, and the NHS we know is trying to find savings."

You can hear his interview on the Mike Zeller at Breakfast programme on BBC Radio Cumbria here.

Mountain rescue fundraiser lights up the edge

Martin Lewes


Lake District climbing guides organised a fundraiser at the weekend, which was to involve a night-time traverse of the precipitous ridges leading to the summit of Helvellyn.

In the end, the participants decided discretion was the better part of valour, when they arrived at Striding Edge to find it icebound for the first time this year.

Headtotrches lining the top of Striding Edge, seen from red Tarn
Carmen Norman

But the Lakeland Mountain Guides still managed to raised £1,500 for the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association; and Carmen Norman, a Lake District photographer who was recording the event, took some spectacular pictures like this one of the walkers on Striding Edge, above Red Tarn.

You can see more of the photos here.

Carlisle's Curle nominated for monthly gong

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Keith Curle, the Carlisle United manager, has been nominated for the EFL manager of the month award.

Keith Curle
Carlisle United

With his team having won all five games in the division in October, Curle's chances have to be good.

Cumbrian writer dodges politics on US book tour (just)

James Rebanks, the Cumbrian farmer whose huge Twitter following led to him publishing several books, has been on a publisher's tour of the US.

As one fan noted, he did rather pick his moment.

This is as close as he came to commenting on the presidential election; his main comment was "Met so many amazing Americans".

View more on twitter

Children lead campaign against attacks on paramedics

A campaign to highlight violence against paramedics in Cumbria is being led by children.

Getty Images

The North West Ambulance Service says cases of verbal abuse towards paramedics and call handlers has risen by 27% in a year, and physical attacks are up 5%.

The children have recorded videos encouraging people to "consider the person behind the uniform".

Your photos: A dog's life at 3,000 feet in Cumbria

This is what you call watching the weather coming in.

Lloyd Stephenson sent us this picture of his Labradoodle, Aero, by the trig point on top of Skiddaw. 

It looks mighty cold....

Dog by ice-cpvered trig point
Lloyd Stephenson

Recruits flood in for job as a Cumbria firefighter

People from all over the country have applied for jobs with Cumbria's fire and rescue service.

Fire fighters in flood rescue
Getty Images

The service has been holding its first recruitment drive for full-time firefighters for eight years, and received more than 1,000 applications for up to 15 jobs.

John McVay, from Cumbria Fire and Rescue, says they've come from far and wide: "As far south as Cornwall, as far north as Aberdeenshire, we've had applications from Wales."

FA draw pulls out long trips for Cumbrian teams

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

There were mixed fortunes in last night's FA Cup Second Round draw for Cumbria's surviving sides.

FA Graphic
BBC Sport

Carlisle United were handed a home draw against either National League Maidstone United or League One Rochdale. 

The two sides will replay next week after a 1-1 draw in Kent on Sunday.

Meanwhile Barrow will face a lengthy away trip to either League One Bristol Rovers or League Two Crawley Town if they get past Taunton next week in their own replay

Out there, spreading it about: Cumbria's gritter drivers list the roads they're working on

Martin Lewes


Cumbria's gritters will probably be fitted with plough blades as well later today, but in the meantime, the drivers regularly post what they're up to.

View more on twitter

Travel: Breakdown slows M6 southbounders

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on M6 northbound between J37, A684 (Kendal) and J38, A685 (Tebay), because of a broken-down vehicle.

You can find the latest travel updates here.

Watch: More details on that snow warning

Martin Lewes


Owain Wyn Evans has some more detail on where the computers say that snow's most likely to fall. 

And anyway, if you've only ever heard him on the radio, here's what he looks like!

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Funding fears at county's children's hospice

Staff at the county's children's hospice are worried it could lose government funding.

Jigsaw sign

Jigsaw managers say a spending review at NHS England could change the way that £11m is distributed to children's hospices. 

The Department of Health says the amount will not be reduced.

Families have told BBC Radio Cumbria how much they value the hospice, which is based in Carlisle.

You do feel you're the only person in the world who's going through this, so I've found a lot of comfort in talking to other families, that have children that have got difficulties."

Wendy ArnotMother of Blake, a regular visitor at the hospice.

On the fells: Cloudy, cold, snowing later

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: Minus 3C.
  • Winds: Moderate northerly, backing south to southeasterly and increasing fresh or strong, gusts 35mph by evening.
  • Cloud: Broken, becoming overcast at 1,300 feet (400m) with patches down to 650 feet (200m) in the south and west.
  • Visibility: Good, falling poor later in sleet, snow & hill fog.
  • Freezing level: 650ft-1,300ft (200-400m).

Barrow's MP sees New Mexico go to the polls

The Barrow and Furness Labour MP John Woodcock's in the US as an election observer, watching voters take their pick between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, or a number of other candidates, for president.

John Woodcock
Labour Party

The MP is an observer with the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe, an international organisation that monitors election in all 57 participating states and other countries.

Mr Woodcock is currently in New Mexico. 

He said: "We hope we'll be able to show that there aren't major examples of the kind of rigging that Donald Trump has alleged."

Today's headlines in Cumbria

BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

  • The county's children's hospice fears it may lose government funding.
  • One of the county's MPs is getting a front-row seat at the US election; he's an international observer.
  • The county's fire service went looking for 15 new recruits and more than 1,000 applied.

We'll have more on these and other stories through the day.

Cumbria's weather: Cold, with rain or snow later

BBC Weather

After a frosty start, brighter spells for a time with some sunny spells today, but it'll get cloudier again across western parts later.

A band of rain will spread towards the east,which may turn to sleet or snow on high ground. 

Temperatures should rise to around 5C (41F).

There's a yellow weather warning for the snow, suggesting it could mount up to about 15cm (6in) overnight at the highest levels.

Weather graphic

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

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be bringing you news, travel reports, and a regular weather forecast, plus anything that takes our fancy from the social networks, through until 18:00, by which time it's supposed to be snowing in places.

If you have 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.