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  1. Friday 30 December 2016

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By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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Through the year: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished this service of news, travel reports, weather forecasts and a bit of this and that about the county for today, this week, and 2016.

We'll be back to do it again next year, on Tuesday, from 08:00.

As always, 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.    

All of us here wish you a good weekend, and a prosperous year to come.

Barrow council warns fly-tippers after festive dumping

Barrow council says it will track down and prosecute fly-tippers whose Christmas activities landed the town in national newspapers.

A crew of 16 worked through this week clearing up the mess around recycling areas at supermarkets and in lay-bys.

And local people criticised on social networks both those who'd made the mess and the newspapers that reported it.

Council officials say they don't expect a problem finding some of the fly-tippers, as they'd helpfully left paperwork with their addresses on among the rubbish.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and damp

BBC Weather

It's expected to stay cloudy tonight, with odd spots of rain and drizzle. It should stay frost-free with a temperature of 8C. 

Weather graphic

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

Appeal for triplets' family goes past £10,000

The appeal to help the Whitehaven family whose mother died after spending Christmas with her baby triplets has passed the £10,000 mark and is still rising.

A collection on the Go Fund Me site is now standing at more than £7,000. Earlier today another fund, on PayPal, stood at more than £4,000.

Rachel and Steven Park and the babies
Family photo

Your pictures: A magnificent and moody, misty Grasmere

What would Wordsworth have made of this?

Malcolm Hendren caught this shot of the Vale of Grasmere wreathed in mist, and we're grateful for him for sending it in.

Misty Grasmere
Malcolm Hendren

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

Four charged after United's tie with Hartlepool

Four men from Carlisle have been charged with football-related public order offences following Carlisle's match against Hartlepool.

Cumbria Police said the four men, who are aged between 18 and 56, had been charged in connection with the match at Brunton Park on 15 October.

Carlisle won the fixture by 3-2 in front of a crowd of nearly 7,500.

The four men are due to appear at Carlisle Magistrates Court on 24 January.

Shipyard pulls in apprentices in Dreadnought build-up

The company which runs the Barrow shipyard says it's planning to break its record for apprentices for a second year running in 2017.

BAE Systems already has more than 2,000 apprentices in the UK, representing 6% of its workforce. 

Dreadnought submarine artist's impression.

The firm says it will soon need almost 300 apprentices at the Barrow shipyard to work on the Royal Navy's new Dreadnought-class submarines, and four remaining Astute-class submarines.

Work on the Dreadnought programme is expected to continue well into the 2030s.   

How the Lake District has coped with a falling government grant

Martin Lewes


Figures published today show how sharply government grants for national parks like the Lake District have fallen over the past five years by up to 40%.

In government spending terms the figures are not huge - the Lake District park authority spends about £10m a year, comparable to a large secondary school for example.

It currently employs about 200 staff, to carry out jobs ranging from complex planning controls to maintaining footpaths and running car parks and information centres. 

It's funded directly by a government grant which has fallen from £6.9m in 2010-11, to £5.2m this financial year.


Driving income sources such as parking charges and the commercial approach of information centres like Brockhole (pictured), where visitor numbers have doubled, have made up much of the difference, but not always been popular.

You can see the sort of report the unelected board members deal with here, for a snapshot of the finances from 2014, but you can also see how the harder commercial edge was getting mixed reviews here.

Work due to start at Drigg nuclear waste store

A £340m project to improve the low level waste repository at Drigg should get under way next year.

Drigg repository
Science Photo Library

The Repository Development Programme will last for decades. 

The initial step will cost about £14.5m and will involve capping one of the vaults at the site, which is owned by the Nuclear Decomissioning Authority. It's expected to create 120 construction jobs.

Cumbria's weather: Grey with some drizzle

BBC Weather

It will be a mostly cloudy afternoon. It should stay dry for most, however some light drizzle is likely across the hills, where it will be breezy too, but as you can see from the graphic, it's not changing much.  

The maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

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

Police hunt man after indecent exposure

An investigation is under way after a man was seen exposing himself on Walney. 

Cumbria Police say it happened yesterday afternoon at about 14:15 in the area of Solway Drive and West Shore Road, near the island's dog kennels. 

The man's described as white, of slim build, about 5ft 6in, with shoulder-length ginger hair and wearing blue trainers.  

Millom's 'four-faced liar' strikes again, after locals restore clock

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

The clock tower overlooking Millom's town centre, known locally as the four-faced liar because it so often showed a different time on each side, will ring in the New Year on Saturday for the first time since 1958.

The bells of Millom Clock Tower have been restored.

The clock has been broken for 15 years and the chime has been silent since the tower was lowered in height.

Now a digital chime has been installed after a local trust raised £12,000 in five months to pay for the work.

After testing this week, which you can hear above, it will strike officially at midnight on Saturday to ring in 2017.

Appeal for triplets family after mother's death nears £9,000

As of this morning, an appeal for funds to help the family of Rachel Park, the mother of baby triplets who died earlier this week at her home in Whitehaven, had raised more than £8,500 and was rising rapidly.

Friends of the family have set up a Go Fund Me account in Rachel's name, and are also raising money through PayPal.

Family picture

Rachel had just spent her first Christmas at home with the three girls, Poppie, Mollie and Evelyn, and her husband Steven.

Police say her death is unexplained, but not suspicious. It has been reported to the coroner.

More illness cases linked to farm raw milk sales

About 50 extra cases of food poisoning that could be linked to sales of of raw milk from a Cumbrian farm are now being investigated.

The milk dispenser at the farm shop

Richard and Alison Park voluntarily stopped selling their unpasteurised milk last week from their premises at Low Sizergh near Kendal, and now the Food Standards Agency has officially suspended all sales with a legal order. 

Earlier this month six cases of campylobacter were linked to people consuming unpasteurised milk from Low Sizergh Farm.

Richard Park says he'd done extensive testing over 18 months setting up the milk supply from his own herd, and is now confident the source of the bacteria can be traced so sales can resume.

Campylobacter wasn't one of the bacteria we were asked to test for, so it did come as rather a shock when I got that phone call."

Richard ParkLow Sizergh Farm

Weather on the fell tops: Mild and windy

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: About 4C.
  • Winds: Southwesterly winds, strong to gale force. 
  • Cloud: Persistent at 600m, lowering at times to between 300m and 450m. 
  • Visibility: Good or very good falling moderate in rain and perhaps poor in drizzle.
  • Freezing Level: Above the summits.

The report on conditions underfoot from the Lake District rangers is here.

Lake District park's funding 'cut by £1.7m in five years'

Figures published today have highlighted the cuts to the budget of Cumbria's main national park over the past five years.

The Press Association News Agency says the park's main government grant was £6.9m in 2010-2011, and £5.2m in 2015-16, the current financial year.


The Lake District national park has been cutting back throughout that period, closing some public conveniences and information centres and handing others over to other suppliers.

Income has been increased from services such as car parking and the national park visitor centre at Brockhole.

The county's other national park, the Yorkshire Dales, lost a quarter of its staff at one point, but should now see an increase in funding as the area it cares for was increased significantly this year.

In 2015, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) pledged to increase the direct grant for National Parks by 1.72% a year for most parks up to 2020.  

Cumbria's weather: Cloudier, breezier and milder

BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudier and breezier day overall with perhaps a little drizzle for western hills. There will be a light south-westerly breeze and temperatures up to 11C (52F).

Weather graphic

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

MP plans New Year's Day protest over Duddon pylons

The Furness Labour MP John Woodcock will lead a protest walk this weekend against the proposed "giant" electricity pylons that could be put up across the Duddon Estuary. 

The £3bn project is being developed by National Grid to connect any new nuclear power station in west Cumbria to the electricity network. 

Map of pylon route
National Grid

The controversial part is that while the company's planned to bury cables where they pass through the Lake District National Park and beneath Morecambe Bay, they will be carried on large pylons across the northern end of the Duddon estuary and the Furness peninsula.

Mr Woodcock says the march will start at two points, in Askam and Broughton, meeting at Kirkby at 11:00.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll keep you updated with the news in the county, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and a bit of this and that as we go through the last working day of 2016.

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.