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  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 February 2017

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Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

That's all from BBC Cumbria Live for today. 

Here's a recap of what went on in the county: 

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Until then, if you have pictures you'd like to share or a story we should know about, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Cumbria Police responds to £250k informants payout

More now on a story we brought you earlier about the county's police force spending more than £250,000 on informants.

Cumbria Police sent us this statement:

The police use of covert human intelligence sources (chis) is heavily regulated by parliament. The regulation of Investigatory powers (RIPA) gives clear guidance and oversight arrangements which are supplemented by Codes of practice issued by the home office and also the manual of Minimum Standards for Covert Human Intelligence Sources."

Weather: Clear spells with patchy frost in places

BBC Weather

Cold air brings clear spells with a patchy frost in places. 

A couple of light showers with some sleet or snow over the hills. Lows falling to about -1C.

Check the forecast for your area with BBC Weather

Evening weather for Carlisle

Cloudy Catbells

Graham Johnston sent us this photo taken today at Derwentwater with Catbells in the background.

If you've got a photo you'd like us to use, why not email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.   

Derwentwater with Catbells in the background
Graham Johnston

Police search for Cumbrian sex offender in Blackpool

Lancashire Police are appealing to trace a Cumbrian man who has breached a court order following a conviction for child abduction and sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16.

Jayson Stephens, 33, was sentenced to more than three years in prison for the offences in 2012.

Officers believe he has travelled to the Blackpool area away from the approved premises he moved to in Carlisle following his release in March 2016.

We are urging anyone who has seen or knows where Stephens is to contact police immediately. He is a dangerous individual and we need to find him as soon as possible. Likewise, if Stephens sees this appeal, I would urge him to hand himself in."

Detective Constable Emma ShuttleworthLancashire Police
Jayson Stephens
Lancashire Police

West Cumbrian MP urges PM to visit 'parlous' roads and railways

The Labour MP for Workington Sue Hayman has asked Prime Minister Theresa May to visit Cumbria to see parts of the county's transport infrastructure that are in need of improvement.

She told the Commons that many MPs have realised how badly improvements are needed after travelling to West Cumbria as part of the Copeland by-election campaign:

It's taken a by-election for transport ministers to look seriously and show any real interest in the situation."

Sue HaymanLabour MP for Copeland

The Prime Minister did not make any promises to visit the county and said that the government was investing in transport infrastructure across the UK:

I have to say to her - the Labour Party had thirteen years to improve transport in West Cumbria but didn't do anything about it."

Theresa MayPrime Minister

Watch: Staff to be trained in mental health first aid

William Howard School in Brampton is training some of its staff to be mental health first aiders to help anxious or worried children.

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Carlisle hosts first race meeting of the year

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Trainers Jonjo O'Neill, Mick Channon, David Pipe and Donald McCain have all entered runners into the first race meeting of the year at Carlisle Racecourse.

The racecourse says it will be spending £150,000 on improvements over 2017 to its restaurant, bars and on the course's drainage.

Get the latest race results from the meeting with BBC Sport.

Man charged with attempted kidnap

A man from Glasgow has been charged with attempted kidnap in connection with an incident in Carlisle.

It happened on Harraby Green Road on Friday.  

Alan Hughes, 59, of Tollcross Road, appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court this morning.

He was remanded into custody to appear at Carlisle Crown Court on 13 March.

Beatrix Potter Award winners revealed

Awards are being given out today by the National Trust to people in Cumbria who have excelled in art, landscape management, farming and business.

This year's Beatrix Potter Awards are part of the celebrations for what would have been the children's author and Lakeland farmer's 150th birthday.

Here are a few of the entries that have been recognised in the children's art competition:

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Former Cumbria chief constable says informants provide 'value for money'

Former Cumbria chief constable says the force's £250k spend on informants is in proportion with the size of the force.

Stuart Hyde was speaking earlier today on Mike Zeller at Breakfast:

Ex-Cumbria chief constable Stuart Hyde: Informants 'value for money'

Hand-written Ransom postcard a 'precious possession'

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

This morning we asked you to share your favourite pieces of memorabilia with us on Mike Zeller at Breakfast after the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said the shirt he had been wearing during his fifth Superbowl win had gone missing from the changing room. 

Here is a special postcard that we were told about by Julian and Jan who live in Kirkland - it is a hand-written postcard sent by Swallows and Amazons writer Arthur Ransom to his mother:

A hand-written postcard from Arthur Ransome to his mother
Arthur Ransome/Julian and Jan

Weather: Cloudy and cold with some drizzle

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Look North weather

Cloudy and fairly cold with some drizzle or light rain. Turning a little bit drier later on into the afternoon.

Here's your full forecast:

Weather: Weather for the North East and Cumbria

Counting sheep on a Herdwick wool mattress

A Kendal business hopes that making mattresses out of Herdwick wool can help make farmers more money.

The Herdy Company says it takes the equivalent of one Herdwick sheep fleece to fill a king-size model.

It hopes that the product can help to reverse the decline in the use of Herdwick wool which is more coarse and sells for less than finer white wool. 

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BreakingSaline inquiry detectives speaking to hospital staff

Cumbria Police have confirmed that detectives are speaking to hospital staff as part of an investigation into saline bags that had been tampered with at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle

Earlier today, the News and Star reported that an internal update from the North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust's Nursing Director Maurya Cushlow had informed staff about the interviews.

Detectives are making inquiries with a range of people, including hospital staff, in order the establish the circumstances. The investigation remains active and the constabulary is working closely with the hospital trust."

Cumbria Police

Ambitious fundraising appeal launched to make Barrow maternity unit best equipped in country

North West Evening Mail


Offer contract upgrade to locum consultants, says Workington MP

A Cumbrian MP has called on one of the county's hospital trusts to let any temporary consultant move onto a permanent post if they wish to.

In a letter to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the Labour MP for Workington Sue Hayman suggests that the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust should also be "encouraged" to offer training and support, if necessary.

The letter also asks ministers to ensure that consultants working at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven are treated in the same way as those at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The trust must be encouraged to allow any locum consultant who wishes to move onto a substantive permanent post to do so, with any relevant training and support package provided if necessary."

Sue HaymanLabour MP for Whitehaven

First awards honouring Lake District children's author held today

Beatrix Potter and a dog

The first Beatrix Potter awards are being held in South Cumbria later today.

The ceremony is part of the celebrations being held to mark what would have been the 150th birthday of the children's author and farmer.

Awards will be given out to people living or working in Cumbria who have excelled in story illustration, landscape management, farming and community business.

Cumbria Police's £250k spend on informants over last five years

The county's police force has spent more than £250,000 over the past years for information from police informants.

That's according to freedom of information requests made to every constabulary in the UK by BBC Five Live Breakfast

All but two - South Yorkshire Police and Cleveland Police - responded.

London's force, the Metropolitan Police, paid out the most over the last five years with a total spend of £5,270,659. 

Chart showing police spending by top five forces and Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police had the 25th highest spend on informants out of the 43 forces that responded to the FOI request.

Chart showing forces with similar spend to Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police say they have demonstrated a high level of compliance with the rules regarding the use of informants.

Cumbria's morning headlines

Here are the top stories across BBC Cumbria this morning:

  • Staff at a Cumbrian school are being given special training to help pupils with their mental health
  • The county's police force has spent more than £250,000 on payments to informants over the past five years
  • Herdwick wool is being used to produce mattresses

Weather: A cold and cloudy morning

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Look North weather

A cold and fairly cloudy start to the day with some bright spells breaking through at times and the odd patch of frost.

Some drizzle or light rain at first that could fall as sleet or snow on higher ground. Highs between 5C and 7C.

Morning outlook for Carlisle

Travel: A592 closed between Bowness and Lakeside

BBC Travel

There have been no reports of anything too major on the county's roads so far this morning.

Just to remind you though, the A592 is closed in both directions between B5360 for Bowness-on-Windermere and Fellside. 

There's a signposted diversion following the A590 at Newby Bridge and the A591 towards Windermere. 

A592 road at Fellside

Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

Fells loom over Pooley Bridge in Cumbria
David e

Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours on today: 

  • Temperatures at 3000 feet: -1C, dropping to -4C. 
  • Winds: Moderate or fresh east to northeasterly, veering southeasterly. 
  • Cloud: Variable cloud around the summits, with patches at 1,000ft (300m) at first, especially in the east. 
  • Visibility: Mainly good, falling poor in any sleet or snow and in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: 2,600ft (800m) lowering to 1,000ft (300m).

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher David e for sharing his picture from Pooley Bridge.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Hello, it looks like that chill isn't going away anytime soon. 

Stay with BBC Cumbria Live through today day for the latest news, sport, the forecast and travel reports to help you get around. 

We're always on the look out for pictures of your part of Cumbria to share or stories from where you live.

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