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  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 January 2017

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Our live coverage across the day

Martin Lewes


We've now finished this service of news, travel reports, weather forecasts and the odd lighter spark from Cumbria's social networks for today.  Here's a reminder:

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.  As always, you can contact us if you have a photograph you'd like to share with the county, or you have news you think we should know.

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Have a very good evening.

Green Party picks its Copeland candidate

The Green Party has chosen Jack Lenox to fight the Copeland by-election.

Jack Lenox
Green Party

He says: "The Green Party is the only party with truly progressive solutions to the issues Copeland faces."     

Appleby councillor says town should seize A66 opportunities

A councillor from Appleby says government plans to dual the whole length of the A66 from Scotch Corner to Penrith will give the town opportunities to strengthen its economy.


 Eden Council is asking people living in the towns along the A66 how they believe they could benefit from the plan, announced by ministers last year.

 Andy Connell, a member of Appleby Town Council, told BBC Radio Cumbria that the area has missed out in the past: 

"Appleby is a historic town and part of its pitch is an appeal to tourists, but part of its pitch must also be as a vibrant economic centre that provides opportunity and is successful from a business point of view," he said.

Unions to meet minister in nuclear pensions row

Union officials representing thousands of workers at Sellafield and other nuclear installations will meet the the energy minister Jesse Norman tomorrow to try to get him to intervene in a row over pensions that could lead to a strike.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority says it's government policy that public sector pensions should be reformed by 2018, and its plans would save £660m.

But trade unions say there have been significant problems with the way the NDA has consulted the workforce on the proposals, and the process should be suspended.

Tory chairman and Labour MP in Copeland roads investment spat

The Tory party chairman Patrick Mcloughlin (pictured, left) has been campaigning in Copeland today, and sparked the sharpest exchange of the by-election so far. 

Patrick McLoughlin and party workers

Asked about the state of the A595, Mr McLoughlin, a former transport minister, said he "didn't recall" the previous MP, Jamie Reed, lobbying him for improvements to it.

The Workington Labour MP Sue Hayman said Mr McLoughlin must have a bad memory: "Certainly since I've been elected, Jamie Reed, myself and John Woodcock have all consistently shouted at the government that we need more investment in our infrastructure here."

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and breezy

BBC Weather

It'll remain cloudy and breezy overnight, with any fog patches restricted to higher ground. It will be mainly dry, although a few spots of rain are possible over the hills. 

Temperatures could fall to 1C (34F).

Weather graphic

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

Man, 28, denies Whitehaven rape

A 28-year-old man has been remanded on bail after pleading not guilty to the rape of a woman in Whitehaven on 23 December. 

At Carlisle Crown Court, Turgay Denli, formerly from King Street, Workington, and now living in Enfield in London, also denied a charge of sexual assault alleged to have happened on the same day. 

The case is expected to be heard in July. 

Three banned from football grounds after match brawl

Mark McAlindon

BBC Look North

Three men from Carlisle have been banned from all football grounds for three years for their part in a brawl with stewards at a match between Carlisle and Hartlepool.

Magistrates heard that fans climbed on seats and railings after Carlisle scored late on in the game last October, with stewards trying to restore order. 

The court heard that when one steward, who has since been sacked by Carlisle United, threw punches, some supporters retaliated. 

Luke Hodgson, 18, from Upperby Road, Carl Swan, 24,from Sunnymeade, and Stephen Neaves, 25, from Crindledyke, were all given banning orders.

A 56-year-old man escaped a ban but was fined a total of £376.

Applications open for C-Art's seventh year

Cumbria Live


Over the last six years, C-Art Open Studios has connected over 185,000 visitors to artists, galleries and extraordinary places, seeing approaching £700k in sales of Cumbrian artists’ work, and the event has made a huge contribution to the tourism economy through September each year.  

C-Arts Horse

Travel: Roadworks slow A66 traffic near Brough

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing delays in both directions on the A66 between Brough and Sandford.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Tomorrow's fell tops: Very windy, improving

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 1C. 
  • Winds: Gale or severe gale force south to southwesterly, gusts 60-70mph. 
  • Cloud: Widespread cloud 2,000 ft at first, lifting to 2,600ft and becoming more broken. 
  • Visibility: Generally moderate or good, but very poor in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: Just above the tops.

The Lake District rangers who checked out the conditions today said the high winds and low clouds "made for challenging walking and difficult navigation, even on the paths".

Watch: Youngsters given insight into work of the blue-light services

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

Dozens of school students in Cumbria have been given a realistic taste of what work in one of the emergency services involves.

Various health services acted out a scenario at a careers fair to demonstrate how they deal with incidents like a car crash.

School students have been given a demonstration of emergency service work.

Thieves steal Carlisle United's sports club defibrillator

Thieves have stolen a defibrillator intended for the Neil Sports Centre at Carlisle United's ground.

It was in a white Honda Civic taken from Castlerigg Drive in the city on Sunday morning.

The vehicle was found in the Chances Park area later that day.

Other items taken from the car include a child's car seat and a McClaren pushchair.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudier, milder and breezier

BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudier but less cold day than yesterday, with a breeze developing. 

A few spots of rain are possible, mainly over higher ground but on the whole it should stay dry. Temperatures could rise to 7C (45F). 

Weather graphic

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

Fire crews free man from van after crash

Firefighters freed a man from this van after it hit a tree near Broughton.

Fire crews at crash
Cumbria Police

The driver wasn't hurt.

Grasmere youngsters to bake off at top hotel for Valentines

Youngsters at Grasmere primary school are preparing to provide afternoon tea on Valentine's Day at a Michelin-starred hotel.

Close up of cake with Grasmere pupil out of focus behind
Grasmere Primary School

It's part of a project called Bright Stars, which aims to introduce primary school children to business.

The pupils will have £50 to invest over eight weeks, and they're working with the chefs at the Forest Side hotel to provide cakes for the afternoon tea on 14 February at the hotel.

Eden people asked: How can A66 be a road to prosperity?

People along the Eden valley are being asked how best to take advantage of plans to improve the A66.

Temple Sowerby bypass

Last year the government announced it wanted to bring the last remain stretches of single-carriageway on the stretch between Penrith and Scotch Corner up to the standards of the dual carriageway Temple Sowerby bypass.

Kevin Beaty, the leader of Eden District council, says the better road will be an opportunity.

"This is an opportunity for Penrith; there's a lot of development going on in the West coast of Cumbria. It would seem the opportunity is there so we're asking the people of Eden whether they want to take hold of that opportunity."

Lakeland Trails adds in a shorter route for starters

The Lakeland Trails series of running events, which attracted 12,500 athletes from all over the world last year, is adding a shorter 5k route to encourage people to get involved.

Trail runners on skyline
James Kirby/inov-8

The events, which differ from fell-running because they use a marked trail, started in 2004 with just 80 competitors.

Cumbria collects the honours from reviews website

Cumbrian hotels and restaurants take a clutch of places in the top 25 international listings published by the TripAdvisor website.

As well as the eighth place taken by Thornleigh in Keswick in B&Bs worldwide, the Riverside in Ambleside and Hillcrest22 in Keswick have top-25 places in the UK list.

The Grasmere Hotel is rated tenth in Europe for Romance, while Applegarth, Cedar Manor, and the Gilpin feature in the UK lists.

Altogether 18 establishments make national or international places in the Travellers Choice awards.

Triplets appeal reaches £32,700

The appeal for the Park family, whose mother Rachel died just after spending her first Christmas at home with triplets, now stands at £32,700.

Rachel and Steven Park with the triplets
Family photo

The appeal was started by friends, including other parents with triplets, to help father Steven cope with the death of his wife, and looking after Poppie, Mollie and Evelyn.

Herdy's surprise as his book becomes a set text

Martin Lewes


James Rebanks, the Lake District sheep farmer whose Twitterfeed and then books have spread his stories of shepherding on the fells around the world, has been told he's hit new heights.

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He does have a Master's degree from Oxford, mind...  

Barrow boss hopes to host league leaders 'with fresh faces'

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow host the National League leaders Lincoln City tonight looking to get their promotion challenge back on track. 

The Bluebirds have failed to record a win in the league since the end of November, but a win tonight could move them back into the play-off positions. 

Paul Cox
Getty Images

The Bluebirds boss Paul Cox says he's still trying to strengthen his squad ahead of tonight's game.

"I'm hoping there'll be some fresh faces, the dressing room needs it, sometimes it can be such a huge motivational factor."

BBC Radio Cumbria will be carrying commentary and reports on the match.

Weather on the fell tops: Windy, foggy, milder

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 0C rising to 2C. 
  • Winds: Strong to gale force south to southwesterly, gusts 50mph. 
  • Cloud: Widespread cloud 1,000ft in the south, lifting to 2,000ft in the north. 
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor. 
  • Freezing level: Around the summits at first, rising just above the tops.

The report on conditions up there from Lake District rangers is here.

Missing woman taken to hospital

Martin Lewes


Cumbria Police now say Fiona Hodgson, who was reported missing in North Cumbria yesterday, was found in the early hours of this morning.

A police helicopter was deployed to help search the area last night, and boats were used on the Eden; she was found not far from where her car was left near Wetherall.

A statement said she was taken to hospital for checks.

Bindon Bottom B&B - West Lulworth, Dorset

Travel giant TripAdvisor reveals its 10 best B&Bs - with English guesthouses claiming five of the top spots.

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Missing woman found

Police have confirmed Fiona Hodgson, reported missing late yesterday, has now been found.

Keswick B&B wins top ten praise worldwide

A number of Cumbrian hotels and guest houses are among the best in the world, according to people who leave reviews on the websiteTripAdvisor. 


The Thornleigh Guest House in Keswick came eighth in a list of the top 10 bed and breakfasts, produced by the website

In total, 18 Cumbrian businesses were included in the website's 2017 Travellers Choice awards.

Clare and David set a standard that all other B&Bs should aspire to."

StephenAEdwardsTripadvisor reviewer on the Thornleigh's owners, Clare and David Petty

Concern grows for missing woman

Cumbria Police say they're increasingly concerned for a missing woman from the north of the county.

Fiona Hodgson
Family photo

Fiona Hodgson, 42, was last seen yesterday lunchtime when she left work in the Carleton area of Carlisle. 

Her car was later found in Wetherall.

Cumbria's weather: Any fog clearing, then cloudier but milder

BBC Weather

Any fog patches first thing should clear through the morning to give some sunny spells. 

Then, we're offered a cloudier but less cold day than yesterday, with a breeze developing and temperatures reaching about 7C (45F).

Weather graphic

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

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting the new, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and a few other choice items from around the county, until about 18:00.

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