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  1. Friday 27 January 2017

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished this service of news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast, and other interesting items of Cumbrian news, for today and the week.

Some of the main points from today: 

We'll do it again from 08:00 on Monday. In the meantime, if you have a photograph you'd like to share with the county, or if you have news you think we should know, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Have a good weekend.

Your pictures: Clear blue skies over Ennerdale

Maxine Holland enjoyed a breezy day by Ennerdale, with just enough haze to lend distance to the view. Our thanks for the picture.

Maxine Holland

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Cumbria's weather: Starting clear and cold, cloud moving in

BBC Weather

This evening should be dry, but outbreaks of rain will move in and gradually turn heavier and more persistent, especially over parts of the Lake District and higher ground. 

It will be less cold compared to recent nights, with the lowest temperature about 0C (32F).

Weather graphic

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

Union promises to fight Barrow office closure

The civil service union PCS says it will try to stop the closure of the Barrow DWP office in Phoenix House.

The staff there process benefit claims and assessments and are described by the department as back office, as most do not work directly with the public.

Phoenix House sign saying closed to public

Officials say that with more people claiming online, and the building not being fully occupied, money can be saved.

Steve Cawkwell of the PCS said: "The particular concerns for the benefits centre in Barrow are that the 80 or 90 staff that work there have very little opportunity for redeployment to work nearby. 

"They're very much at risk of redundancy."

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, at J36 for A590.

M6 Cumbria - One lane blocked on M6 northbound at J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale).

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Watch: In Derwentwater, for the first time, one of the UK's rarest fish caught on film

One of the UK's rarest fish, the vendace, which is found only in Derwentwater, has been filmed for the first time. 

The fish, which has survived in the Lake District since the retreat of the glaciers after the Ice Age, was filmed by scientists studying the silts and sediment at the bottom of Derwentwater. 

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The project's run by the Environment Agency and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Dr Ian Winfield from CEH was operating the remotely-controlled submarine that filmed the fish. 

He said: “Although, the vendace came and went within a matter of seconds, I knew it was a vendace. This was an amazing moment for a scientist, I was not expecting to see one, never mind film one. I knew I had captured for the first time on film the elusive vendace.”  

Cumbrian twins pace red carpet for movie premier

Two Cumbrian actors will be on the red carpet in London tonight with the premiere of The White King.

Matthew & Jeffrey Postlethwaite
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Jeffery and Matthew Postlethwaite, from Egremont, pictured here at the Britweek launch, both have leading roles in the new film and will be on the red carpet tonight. 

The identical twins have also performed together in the film Blood as well as the hit BBC TV series Peaky Blinders.

Fire fighters cut free woman in M6 crash

Firefighters cut a driver free from a people carrier that landed on top of the central reservation in a crash on the M6 this afternoon.

It happened south of junction 36 near Burton services just after 14:00.  A lorry ended up on its side on the northbound hard shoulder.

Fire crews from Sedbergh, Milnthorpe and Kendal were called, and the female driver was taken to hospital by ambulance. Her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.  Her daughter escaped from the vehicle unhurt.

The northbound carriage was was closed, along with two lanes of the southbound carriageway, and there has been serious congestion.  You can find the latest travel reports here.

UKIP leader optimistic in Copeland visit

The UKIP leader Paul Nuttall was in Copeland today to open his party's local office for the by-election there and support his candidate Fiona Mills.

Paul Nuttall and Fiona Miller outside the new party office

Mr Nuttall told the crowd membership was increasing again.

He said "We're on the cusp of something big so let's put in a really good performance here in Copeland."

There is a list of all the Copeland candidates here.

Not enough: Curle turns down Bradford bid for striker Wyke

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle boss Keith Curle has turned down an offer from Bradford City for Charlie Wyke.

Charlie Wyke

Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria Sport he was aware that other clubs were also interested, but the Bradford offer had not reached the value Wyke had for Carlisle. 

The manager said the striker had trained with the club and was available for the visit by Barnet in League Two tomorrow.

"I think Charlie will score goals in whatever division he plays, he won't score individual goals, he's a team player, 18, 19 games left in the season, if he scores 12 or 13 goals you're talking a 30 goal season, there's going to be interest", he said.

Charity highlights scams aimed at older Cumbrians

Nearly 700 elderly people in Cumbria are at risk of becoming a victim of fraud at any one time, according to a charity. 

Action on Elder Abuse, says the threats include cold callers, theft of bank cards and internet scams. 

The charity's urging friends and families of older relatives to make them aware threats such as people stealing their bank cards and using the contactless facility, which allows the thief to spend up to £90 before the bank asks for a pin number.

United fans pass Internet 'hat' to help club buy a player

Fans of Carlisle United are closing in on a £10,000 target to help the club's manager to buy new players. 

The supporters set up a crowd-funding page, after Keith Curle claimed that only a big crowd at tomorrow's game against Barnet would bring in enough money for the signings he'd like to make during the transfer window. 

The online site has already reached £8,800, with 10 days still to go. 

Travel: Lane closed on M6 southbound near Penrith

BBC Travel

There is still one lane closed on the M6 southbound after junction 41, because of carriageway repairs after the accident yesterday.

You can see the latest travel news here.

Police and farmers warn dog owners: Your pet could be shot

Police and farmers are urging dog owners to keep their pets on leads near livestock, with the lambing season starting.

Ewes and lambs

Cumbria police say they had 44 reports of attacks on sheep last year, and in half of the incidents, animals died.

It is an offence to allow a dog to worry livestock and in some circumstances landowners can legally shoot dogs that are endangering their livestock.

Superintendent Gary Slater said: "A dog does not have to physically attack livestock to cause harm – even chasing them can cause distress and easily cause a pregnant sheep to miscarry lambs."

“I understand that dogs don’t do it on purpose but I won’t tolerate it anymore.”

Ian CalvertFarmer

Travel: M6 slow on Lancashire border

BBC Travel

There are delays in both directions on the M6 south of junction 36, after a vehicle overturned on the northbound side.

You can see the latest travel news here.

Festival headlines with Stereophonics, Preachers, and ... Wouldn't it be nice?

The promoters of the Kendal Calling festival say the top acts this year will include Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, and the Scottish band, Franz Ferdinand.  

The co-founder of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, will also be there, performing a concert based on his band's Pet Sounds LP, released in 1966.  

(The first track on the album is the classic, Wouldn't it be nice?)

Kendal Calling

'I feel like we've won the FA Cup'


FA People's Cup: Watch the best goals from 2016 finals

As we look forward to a weekend of FA Cup action, watch some of the best goals from the FA People's Cup - the UK's biggest free five-a-side tournament - and what it means to those who lifted the trophy.

You can get involved in the 2017 FA People's Cup, in one of 16 categories, now! Find out how to sign up here.

Your pictures: Dawn on the pike

Dawn is gradually getting earlier, and the sun is rising further east. Ray Dobie caught it setting the summit of Grisedale Pike on fire, and our thanks to him for sending it in.

Dawn on Grisedale
Ray Dobie

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Barrow sign 20-goal striker

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow have signed 25-year-old striker Inih Effiong, who has scored 20 goals already this season for Southern Premier league side Biggleswade. 

Effiong's 6ft 4in and has signed until the end of the season, with an option for a further year. 

He goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's match at home to Forest Green Rovers in the National League.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy, with with a chance of patchy rain later

BBC Weather

It will become cloudy this afternoon, with a chance of patchy rain and hill fog temperatures of up to 5C (41F).

Weather graphic

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

Watch: 'Pink toys didn't put me off science'

Meet the Sellafield engineer who says playing with pink toys will not deter girls from science careers. 

The Institute of Engineering and Technology has warned pink, girly toys could put off girls from a career in science

But welding engineer Jade disagrees and says playing with dolls growing up didn't affect her choices. 

Her advice to girls is to do what they love and that you can be what you want to be as you work for it and work hard.

'Pink girly toys don't deter women from engineering'

Farmers' union calls for cash for helping prevent floods

Farmers have called for compensation if schemes are developed that involve flooding their fields to protect urban areas downstream.

Flooded fields
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The National Farmers' Union has published a 'Flooding Manifesto' calling for a long-term plan to reduce the risks.

The union says natural flood management should be used as part of the management of complete river catchments, and some of the most productive farmland lies on flood plains.

It says more decisions should be taken at local level.

Windermere remembers the child survivors of the Holocaust

Survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp will be in Cumbria today as part of events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. 

An oak tree, grown from an acorn taken from the camp in Poland, will be dedicated at the Lakes School near Windermere. 

The child survivors in Prague, before flying to the UK
Lake District Holocaust Project

Children who'd survived concentration camps from across central Europe were cared for in huts on the site in 1945 to recover while their futures were sorted out.  

It'll be very moving for me but I should attend it and it will give me a lot of pleasure to see it."

Sam GontarzHolocaust survivor who will be in Windermere today

MP to meet staff reps from threatened Barrow civil service team

The MP for Barrow and Furness John Woodcock says he'll meet representatives of more than 70 staff who may lose their jobs if government offices in Barrow close.

Phoenix House last night

The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that its offices at Phoenix House on Stephen Street is on a list of closures, although some of the 83 employees will be able to move to other offices at Craven House.

In Carlisle, the Jobcentre at Stocklund House is also earmarked for closure, but the DWP says it expects staff there to move to other sites in Carlisle.  

“This news will be a terrible worry for many employees at Phoenix House and seems to fly in the face of the government’s promise to move more and more jobs out of Whitehall."

John WoodcockLabour MP for Barrow and Furness

Weather on the fell tops: Cloudy with a gusty wind

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: -2C, but locally 1C.
  • Winds: South or southeasterly 25mph gust 40mph, locally 50mph.
  • Cloud: Between 1,000ft and 2000ft across the south and east, some patchy cloud around 1,650ft developing elsewhere in the late evening. 
  • Visibility: Generally good but moderate under cloud cover in the south and east. 
  • Freezing level: Mainly 650-1,300ft, rising above the tops through the evening.

The weather has been cold but snowless for so long on the tops that the Lake District rangers who report on conditions up there are wondering whether winter has passed by.

Wanted Stephen Carruthers charged with child sex offences

A man arrested after being on the run for nearly three years has been charged with child sex offences.

Stephen Carruthers, from Bury, is accused of 18 offences of making indecent photographs of a child and one of failing to surrender to custody.

He was arrested earlier this month after being admitted to a French hospital.

The 43-year-old is due before South Lakeland magistrates in Kendal, Cumbria, later.

Stephen Carruthers

Travel: A66 accident at Kirkby Thore

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on the A66, at Kirkby Thore Main Street.

You can find the latest reports here.

Travel: Big load slows traffic from M6 to Seascale

Police say a large load's being taken from the M6 to Seascale today, and it's likely to cause delays.

The vehicle is leaving Southwaite services on the M6 at about 11:00, and going from junction 44 along the northern bypass, and then down the A595.

the latest BBC Travel news is here.

Cumbria's weather: A cold start, getting milder

BBC Weather

It's a very cold start this morning with freezing fog patches. 

It will be quite bright at first, before cloud thickens up, with temperatures rising eventually to about 6C (43F) in the west.

Weather graphic

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

Motorway teams near end of crash clean-up

It has been a long night for the crews working to clear the wreckage of a lorry which left the M6 southbound just north of Penrith yesterday.

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Travel: M6 delays southbound as crash clear-up continues

BBC Travel

Lanes are still closed on the M6 about a mile south of junction 41, north of Penrith, after the accident yesterday in which a lorry left the road and overturned.

The Highways Agency and contractors are recovering the vehicle and clearing the carriageways of oil and debris.

You can find the latest travel updates here.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be posting the news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and a few other choice items from around the county throughout the day.

As always, you can contact us if you have a photograph you'd like to share with the county, or if you have news you think we should know.

You can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.