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  1. Friday 17 February 2017

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished this service of news, travel updates, a regular weather forecast, the odd nugget from social networks and the like, for today and this week.  

    Today's stories included:

    We''ll be back from 08:00 on Monday to do it all again. If you've something to add in the way of a nice picture or information you think we should know, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.    

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Mild and murky

    BBC Weather

    It will stay mild and frost-free tonight. There will be plenty more cloud with patchy light rain and hill fog. Temperatures will drop to about 7C (45F).

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

  3. Burglar sentenced to break alcohol habit

    A burglar with a long criminal record, who broke into the Cumberland Infirmary and caused damage costing £6,800 to repair, has been told to have alcohol treatment for a year.

    Carlisle Crown Court was told Nicholas Allan, 44, stole nothing, although he ransacked offices and broke doors in two separate buildings.

    Allan, from Millholme Avenue in Carlisle, admitted burglary with intent, possessing cannabis and a bail offence.

    Recorder Michael Smith was told he had 136 offences on record including 41 burglaries. He suspended a 20-month prison sentence and ordered Allan to observe a nine-month curfew and attend treatment.

  4. Low wages 'leave older west Cumbrians in debt'

    Low wages and the "Bank of Mum and Dad" are among the reasons why older people in Cumbria are in debt, according to the charity Age UK. 

    Figures published by the financial services company, Prudential, suggest that a quarter of those who will retire this year, will owe, on average, almost £25,000. 

    It says that nearly two fifths have a mortgage sometimes from remortgaging to release money for their children. More than half owe money on credit cards.

    Quote Message: There's one group of people who've always been on low wages, never having been able to save up a lump sum or have that security behind them. from Mary Bradley Age UK West Cumbria
    Mary BradleyAge UK West Cumbria
  5. Star Greta Scacchi is Keswick festival guest of honour

    Greta Scacchi is in Keswick this evening as guest of honour at the town's film festival.

    Greta Scacchi

    The actress, seen here in her role as Countess Rostova in the BBC series War and Peace, will be at several of her films tonight and over the weekend, including the Robert Altman move The Player, and will answer questions from the audience afterwards.

    The festival will also mark the 75th anniversary of the film Casablanca.

  6. Police recruit volunteers to back up domestic violence team

    Police are calling for volunteers to help detectives working with domestic and sexual violence offences in South Cumbria.

    Police Logo

    The three jobs each involve a few hours a week, which officers say mean it isn't worth recruiting paid staff for the positions.

    One task includes installing special telephones enabling vulnerable people to call for help; another is helping officers prepare for meetings with other agencies; and a third is promoting "key messages" to reduce sexual violence by, for example, making presentations to the public.

    Det Chief Insp Dan St Quintin, said: "By taking on a few volunteers to do some small but very important supporting roles, I can ensure that that my detectives are spending as much time as possible catching child abusers, domestic abuse perpetrators and other criminals doing really nasty things." 

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    Video caption: The Lake District: Time-lapse footage captures turbulent year

    Hours, days and months are captured in time-lapse photography of the changing lives of people, plants and animals in the Lake District.

  8. Town sees two directors step down as new season looms

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Workington Town's vice-chairman Mark Fryer is stepping down from the board, just two days before the new rugby league season gets under way in Cumbria. 

    Fryer says he needs to "recharge his batteries" after 10 years on the board. 

    Associate director Tony Boyd's also stepping down - meaning the club is losing about 22 years of experience.

  9. Watch: Museum staff excitement over Viking silver hoard

    Twenty small pieces of silver, that might have been used for trading in Cumbria more than 1,000 years ago, are going on show in Whitehaven's Beacon Museum. 

    The twenty small ingots were found locally by metal detector enthusiasts and staff hope it could shine new light on the era.

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    Video caption: Whitehaven's Beacon Museum displays Viking silver hoard
  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A6 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A6 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between B6261 and Cross Garth.

    A6 Cumbria - A6 in Shap closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the B6261 junction and the Cross Garth junction, because of a vehicle fire.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. Cumbria's lunchtime weather: Cloudy with a little rain

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a cloudy afternoon, with some rain on the fells. There'll be light winds and temperatures up to 10C (50F).

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

  12. Cumbria's Red Shepherdess and her battles

    BBC Radio 4

    Shepherdess Hannah Jackson has been telling the BBC Radio 4 programme On Your Farm about her life as a Cumbrian small-holder.

    Hannah Jackson

    Hannah was aiming at a career in marine biology until she saw a lamb born while on holiday.

    Now she's well-known in the Cumbrian farming world, and building a brand as the Red Shepherdess.

    You can hear about her battles with all the usual hazards of hill farming and some additional ones at 06:45 on Sunday.

  13. Community transport service appeals for drivers

    A community bus service that links villages between Kendal, Kirkby Stephen and Hawes is doing so well it's considering getting another bus, and needs more volunteer drivers.

    Bus at Dent Station

    The drivers are needed for the Western Dales Bus service to Kendal on a Saturday.

    Operations manager, Jock Cairns, said: "Driving through the scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is brilliant, but more important than that is the relationship drivers build up with their passengers."

  14. Fewer Barrow school leavers pick university as next step

    The proportion of teenagers in the Barrow area who apply to go to university is in the lowest 10% in the country. 

    The study by the Press Association found just over one in five Barrow school leavers, 21%, applied to go on to higher education; the English average is 37%


    Generally the proportion across the country is increasing, but Barrow and Penrith and the Border are two of 13 constituencies that have seen a fall.

  15. Showing the ropes of life in the Lake District

    A documentary, that shows the Lake District through the changing seasons, will be broadcast on BBC2 this evening.

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    The Lake District, A Wild Year has captured the people, animals and countryside of the area, using different photographic techniques.  

    The programme includes Herdwick Sheep giving birth, caterpillars feeding on seed pods and thousands of people taking part in the Great North Swim.

    It's on BBC2 tonight at 21:00.

  16. Weather on the felltops: Thawing, but still not shorts weather

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (914m): 3C. 
    • Winds: Moderate or fresh westerly, backing southerly. 
    • Cloud: Widespread cloud at about 1,300ft (400m) at first, becoming more scattered above 2,000ft (640m). 
    • Visibility: Moderate or poor, improving mostly good. 
    • Freezing level: Above the summits.

    The Lake District rangers who report daily from the top of Helvellyn say the thaw is continuing at all levels, but the people wearing shorts in driving hail looked "incredibly cold".

  17. Travel: Slow going through Lindal roadworks

    BBC Travel

    There are delays again due to the roadworks at Lindal on the A590 between Ulverston and Barrow.

  18. Police appeal to trace driver who hit child

    Police are appealing to trace a driver whose car hit a 10-year-old boy on a pedestrian crossing on London Road in Carlisle.

    The crossing outside Aldi

    Police said the female driver of a white Ford, possibly a Fiesta, did not stop and turned into Petteril Bank Road.

    The boy suffered minor injuries in the incident which happened at 08:25 on Thursday.

  19. Silver hoard found in West Cumbria goes on show

    A hoard of silver pieces which are going on display at a West Cumbrian museum are helping historians to learn more about the Vikings.


    Two people using metal detectors found about 20 pieces, which have been bought by the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven - with the help of grant funding.  

    Staff say the people who left the treasure were probably peaceful migrants from the Isle of Man, rather than raiders from Scandinavia.

    Quote Message: We're not looking so much at Vikings, the raiders and pillagers, as at Norse settlers, they really settled here and brought their own ways of life." from Nicola Lawson Assistant curator, Beacon Museum
    Nicola LawsonAssistant curator, Beacon Museum
  20. Cumbria's weather: Murky

    BBC Weather

    It's a cloudy but mild start to the day with extensive cloud cover, fog and some occasional rain on western hills. 

    It should brighten later, particularly towards the east. Light winds and highs of 10C (50F).

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

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