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  1. Barrow gun order brings 100 jobs
  2. Police appeal after cat shot 12 times in west Cumbria
  3. Small pharmacists 'at risk' in new funding system
  4. Wigton firm asks seeks veggie ingredient in bank notes row
  5. Thursday 1 December 2016

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By Martin Lewes

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Martin Lewes


We've now completed this service of news, travel reports, and regular weather forecast and the like for today.

We'll do it all again tomorrow from 08:00.

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

Have a very good evening.

Power firm spends £40m in year after storms

Electricity North West says it's spent £40m repairing and strengthening the network after storms last winter.

Power lines in flooded field
Electricity North west

In Carlisle, the company spent £432,000 protecting the key substation for the city with new flood doors, waterproof membranes and CCTV to enable engineers to monitor it.

The company's already had to deal with severe weather this winter, with the gales last week cutting off 18,000 customers across the North West.

It says consumers who lose power can call the new free national number 105, or 0800 195 4141, follow @ElectricityNW on Twitter, or report the fault online here.

Police appeal after cat shot 12 times in Cleator Moor

Police are trying to trace whoever was responsible for shooting a cat with an airgun in Cleator Moor.

They say the female pet had to be put down after a vet found it had been hit with 12 pellets.

Police say anyone with information can call 101 and quote log 129 and today's date.

Travel: Accident northbound on M6

BBC Travel

There's been an accident at Junction 39 (Shap) on the M6.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Cumbria's weather: Mainly dry, but mainly cloudy

BBC Weather

A mainly dry but rather cloudy night is in prospect, with clear spells at times. 

Some patchy frost and fog is likely to form in any prolonged clear spells. Lows of 5C (41F).

Weather graphic

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J42 for A6 and J41 for B5305.

M6 Cumbria - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound between J42, A6 (Carlisle South) and J41, B5305 (Catterlen), because of debris on the road.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

After four years, BAE clinches India guns deal with 100 jobs in Barrow

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A mothballed production line at Barrow's shipyard will be reactivated, with more than 100 new jobs created, to build field guns for India. 

M777 being fired
US Army

The country has been discussing buying the M777, a towed howitzer, from BAE Systems for four years. 

India wanted 145 of the weapons but without reaching a deal, BAE was forced to mothball the Barrow production line in 2013 with the loss of 200 jobs. 

The order for India, due to be signed "in the coming weeks", will still be part-built in Barrow, with final assembly in India, to boost jobs in that country too. 

Workington targeted in child-seat crackdown

Police have been stopping drivers in Workington this afternoon warning them that the law's changing on how children are safely strapped in.

Child in car seat
Getty Images

The new rules mean children have to be taller than 125cm (4ft 1in) tall before they can ride in a backless booster seat.

Schools inspectors gives Cumbria education system its marks for the year.

Cumbria's primary schools are outperforming its secondary schools when it comes to the percentage of pupils being educated in establishments classed as good or outstanding by Ofsted. 

In its annual report, the inspectorate  says 93% of primary pupils in Cumbria are in good or outstanding schools, an increase of 19% compared to 2012 figures. 

The secondary school figures show 83% of those pupils are in good or outstanding schools, a 26% improvement from 2012. 

Police: We're stopping more drink-driving suspects

Cumbria Police say they're pulling over more drivers on suspicion of having drunk too much.

Chief Insp Andy Towler said 18 drivers were arrested for being over the limit last weekend.

He was speaking as the force launched its annual Christmas campaign to deter people from driving after drinking or using drugs.

Police logo
Cumbria Police

Theatre by the Lake as you've not seen it before

Martin Lewes


Keswick's Theatre by the Lake has made the most of its stunning setting since it settled on the shores of Derwentwater in 1975.

And since 1999, its striking new building has also wowed visitors.

Now the Guardian newspaper's made a huge photographic essay of preparations for its Christmas show, the Emperor and the Nightingale.

You can see it here.

Today's main news in Cumbria:

  • Wigton firm seeks a veggie solution to the new plastic fivers with an animal fat ingredient;
  • The Lake District National Park Authority's asking for sponsors for signposts
  • And a new funding formula is putting pharmacies in Cumbria's villages at risk, according to their owners.

MP posts parliamentary Bill in campaign for radiotherapy unit

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has used a parliamentary convention to further his campaign for a radiotherapy unit at the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal.

Tim Farron

Lib Dem leader Mr Farron presented what's called a "Presentation Bill" which would put a legal upper limit on the distance people had to travel for the cancer treatment, as a 45-minute journey.

In a recent exchange in the Commons, health minister David Mowat admitted travel times from parts of South Lakeland to the nearest current unit, at the Royal Preston Hospital, were too long.

The bill is unlikely to become law.

Four banned from shops in West Cumbria theft crackdown

Four men have been banned them from shops in Whitehaven, Workington and Cockermouth.

Darrall Devlin
Cumbria Police
Christopher Gunn
Cumbria Police

Darrall Devlin, 29, from Whitehaven, and Cristopher Gunn, 30, from Cleator Moor, are both subject to two-year-banning orders.

Two Whitehaven men, Lawrence Wilson, 28, and Paul Carr, 24, who are both currently serving prison sentences, will be barred on their release for various periods.   

All the criminal behaviour orders were issued by West Cumbria magistrates last week.

Officers say uniformed and plain-clothes patrols will be out over the next few weeks in Operation Vespa to reduce shoplifting in the run-up to Christmas

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and mainly dry

It's a rather cloudy and mostly dry day to come, though the cloud will be thick enough at times for a little light rain, mostly over the higher ground. 

Temperatures could reach 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

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

Landlady who took free meals to flood victims honoured

A Kendal landlady has been named as the county's woman of the year for her work during the floods. 

Cheryl Berry

Cheryl Berry has been recognised for her generosity when she donated soup and meals from her pub for free after the flooding caused by Storm Desmond. 

She organised a van and volunteers to deliver meals - even delivering meals herself on Christmas Day.  

Her own home was among the hundreds flooded.

Lake district launches 'sponsor' plan

The Lake District National Park's asking people to sponsor items such as footpath signs and gates.

Footpath finger post

The national park authority's set up a website where people can pick an item; a plain sign post costs £150, but for £250 sponsors can have a plaque with a name and dates on it.

Chris Tomlin from the Lake District national park said visitors wanted to help: "We've got work that needs doing, people would like to sponsor things, it's a match made in heaven."

Marina plans major revamp after floods

Plans for a major redevelopment of Windermere Marina to try to make it less vulnerable to flooding go before the national park authority next week.

Windermere Marina

Extra accommodation's being built in the process; buildings containing 29 apartments will be demolished, but the replacements will have 69 units.

The marina's been badly flooded twice in less than 10 years, and the new buildings are designed to have floors 1.4m (4ft 7in) higher than the highest recorded water levels.

A report to a meeting next week recommends approval.

Weather on the fells: Conditions service starts for the winter

Two Lake District rangers, Jon Bennett and Graham Uney, are again providing the felltop conditions service from tomorrow for the next 20 weeks.

Felltop assessors

The pair will take turns to go to the top of one of the national park's highest peaks, normally Helvellyn, every day to assess the under-foot conditions, such as ice and snow depths, and whether there's a risk of avalanches.

You'll be able to find their reports here.

If in doubt, turn back; the mountains will be here another day."

Felltop assessor Jon Bennett's top safety tip

Paul Bird Bikes ride on with Ducati

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

The Cumbria based Paul Bird Motosport team have announced their partnership with sponsors Be Wiser Ducati will continue next year after a successful first season in the British Superbike Championship which resulted in Shane 'Shakey' Byrne winning the team's fifth BSB title. 

Shane Byrne
Ker Robertson/Getty Images

Innovia: We're hunting for veggie alternatives to tallow

Martin Lewes


The Wigton-based company that makes the film for the new plastic £5 notes has been explaining the function of tiny traces of tallow, an animal fat, in the material.


The company says the resins sourced from their suppliers contain about 1% of additives to make them less slippery or reducing any risk of static electricity.

These additives contain "tiny traces of tallow", a spokeswoman said.

We are currently in active discussions with our suppliers for them to develop alternative additives using vegetable-based ingredients.”

Weather on the felltops: Windy and cloudy

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 2C. 
  • Winds: Fresh or strong northwesterly, gusting gale force at 50mph, decreasing fresh, gusts 35mph by the end of the day. 
  • Cloud: Widespread cloud around or just above the tops, with occasional cloud down to 1,300 feet (400m) in the west. 
  • Visibility: Generally good, poor in rain or drizzle and in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: Just above the tops.

We'll have news on the start of the felltops conditions service shortly.

Cumbrian rugby coach tipped for Lions role down under

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Cumbrian Steve Borthwick has been tipped for a coaching role with the British and Irish Lions for their tour to New Zealand next year. 

Steve Borthwick coaching a forward
David Rogers/Getty images

Carlisle-born Borthwick, who's the current England forwards coach, says he'd be keen:

For any coach to be asked to be involved with the Lions would be a huge honour and privilege.

Any coach would jump at the opportunity should the union give the blessing."

New funding system 'puts rural chemists at risk'

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A new NHS funding formula risks the closure of some pharmacies and patients not being able to get the services they need, the body that represents pharmacists in Cumbria says.

Grasmere Pharmacy

Trevor Eastes, the pharmacist at Grasmere, says he can only provide the service to local people and thousands of tourists because he gets government support:

If we go back to the national pharmacy contract it would actually mean a drop in income of 60% to 70%, which we just couldn't sustain."

The NHS says it wants to switch from a flat-rate support system to paying for services supplied; it says many chemists' shops in towns are close together, and £200m a year could be saved in two years in England.

The tallow in £5: Bank 'talking to suppliers'

The Wigton-based firm Innovia, which makes materials for the new £5, is said to be working with the Bank of England to find a way out of a row over the inclusion of tallow, an animal fat, in the ingredients.

Vegans and some religious groups are objecting to the use of animal products in the notes.

£5 note
Bank of England

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy, mostly dry

It's a rather cloudy, relatively mild, and mostly dry day to come, the cloud thick enough at times for a little light rain, mostly over the higher ground.

 Some brighter spells are also possible and the winds will be slightly fresher. 

Maximum temperature 10C (50F).

Lucy Martin with the latest forecast

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

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Martin Lewes


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