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  1. Prison cut in inmates followed 'unprecedented' problems
  2. Councillors vote through yellow lines for historic village
  3. Woman engineer wins second discrimination tribunal hearing
  4. Princess Royal heads for county
  5. Tuesday 21 March 2017

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Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished this service of news, travel updates and a regular weather forecast, along with a few other nuggets from the county's online life, for today.

A reminder:

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 tomorrow; in the meantime, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can  email us , tweet us   or get in touch  through our Facebook page

Have a very good evening.

Bluebirds tick the boxes at Holker Street for 5,000 capacity

Barrow AFC officials, a council official and an independent consultant have carried through most of the checks at the Holker Street ground that will make the club eligible to enter the play-offs.

The club can now confirm that the crush barriers at the Holker Street end will raise the capacity to over 5,000.

Once the club has a structural survey of the end as well, with the design of the new crush barriers, the club will be able to submit the ground to the Football League and approval to enter the National league play-offs should follow.

Holker Street

Barrow take on Wrexham tonight, and a win will put them only one point from the play-offs. 

Lake District 'cave man' and thinker celebrated in underground play

A one-man play about Millican Dalton, a former city gent who spent 40 years living in a cave and extolling the benefits of the outdoor life, will be performed deep in the Honister slate mines next month.

It's 150 years since Mr Dalton, who offered camping and adventure holidays from his "cave hotel" in Borrowdale, was born.

Peter McQueen as Millican Dalton
Peter McQueen

Peter McQueen, who wrote the play the Professor of Adventure will be performing it on the 150th anniversary of Dalton's birth on 20 April, 1867, in Fiddlers cavern.

Your pictures: Clover kicks up the spring snow

The return of snow on the hills has delighted walkers, and by the look of it, Clover enjoyed the smattering on Great Mell Fell as well.

Many thanks to Jeff Ashton, who sent in the picture.

Jeff Ashton

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Man, 22, admits child porn charges

A 22-year-old man from Cleator Moor who downloaded indecent pictures of children has been sentenced to a two-year community order.

Police searched Dale Hughes-Tyson's home in Longbarrow, Cleator Moor, and found 55 pictures on his computer.

At Carlisle Crown Court he admitted three charges, and was made subject to a two-month curfew and a rehabilitation requirement. 

He must sign the sex offenders' register for five years, and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.

Parking restrictions agreed for historic village

Parking restrictions for the village of Cartmel in South Lakeland have been agreed with only one minor amendment.

Plans show parking forbidden or limited to one or two hours throughout the narrow main streets.

Businesses had questioned the proposals, and residents were divided.  Councillors passed the scheme by 10 to 4 on largely political lines, with Labour and Liberal Democrat members supporting the scheme and Conservatives opposing.


Cumbria's weather: Rain arriving before midnight

BBC Weather

There will be some late sunshine this evening and a few more showers. However, rain will arrive in the south before midnight and spread across the whole region. Snow is likely over high ground.  temperatures will fall to around 1C (34F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are, and details of a yellow weather warning for snow on higher ground, here .

Travel: Car fire closes Cleator Moor street

BBC News Travel

Trumpet Road in Cleator Moor, the A5806, is closed because of a vehicle fire.

Princess Royal meets rescue volunteers

The Princess Royal has been in Cumbria today visiting a Save the Children Shop in Windermere and Kirkby Stephen Grammar School.

She also paid a visit to the town's mountain rescue base.

Princess Royal with mountain rescue members

Princess Anne was also due to officially open a new parish hall in Warcop.

Severe disruption: A5086 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5086 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between B5295 Ennerdale Road and B5294 Church Street.

A5086 Cumbria - A5086 Trumpet Road in Cleator Moor closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B5295 Ennerdale Road junction and the B5294 Church Street junction, because of a vehicle fire.

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

Met Office warns of overnight snow

The Met Office has posted a warning of snow tonight , from about 03:00.

The forecasters say the snow will settle mainly above 150m, and there could be 10cm above 300m.

Highways engineers launch 'report a pothole' website

Cumbria's highways engineers have set up a website for people to report problems such as potholes or faulty streetlights.

Faults can be allocated to a repair team almost immediately.  The authority's spending £80m on highways maintenance in the coming year.


Town agrees to take on monuments and asks for more

Penrith town councillors have welcomed the chance to take on care and maintenance of a number of buildings around the town and say they would be keen to do more.

Last night town councillors agreed to take on the Musgrave clock tower, the bandstand in the Cornmarket and various bus shelters and benches.

Musgrave monument

Afterwards the Mayor of Penrith, David Whipp, said: "The council strongly believes that most of the locally based services in Penrith are best delivered at the lowest level possible.

"However, we need to be careful to ensure that future transfers are not an on-going burden for Penrith taxpayers."

Sellafield engineer told to 'be gentler' wins new discrimination hearing

Martin Lewes


A woman engineer who was escorted from Sellafield only 12 weeks after starting work has been told she can take her case for discrimination before a second employment tribunal, after an appeal judge overturned the findings of an earlier hearing.

Susan Tudor had been an engineer for 36 years but found herself "the only woman in a man's world" in 2014, the appeal heard.

Her immediate manager, who'd never had a woman engineer work for him, told her she should be "gentler, kinder and generally nicer", admitting later he would not have used the same words to a man.

Announcing his findings, Judge Murray Shanks said an earlier hearing in Manchester, which dismissed her case, had failed to consider her case rigorously, or take account of "the overall picture".

"Regrettably, the whole case will have to be remitted to a fresh tribunal for rehearing."

Kate's back to the land, finding out what you can do with the wool

A Cumbrian business turning the wool from Herdwick sheep into high-end handbags features on a BBC2 programme this evening.

Back to the Land with Kate Humble sees Kate meet Mandy Marshall, who started designing the bags after downshifting into a National Trust cottage near Hawkshead.

The wool from the hardy Lake District sheep can be difficult to sell because it's coarse and can be itchy in clothing, but over the years products from carpets and manbags to loft insulation have provided a market.

Worthless wool turns a profit as luxury bags and muddy farm barn goes glam for weddings.

Police seek prisoner who didn't return

Cumbria Police are trying to trace Tony Joynes, from Workington, who's wanted for recall to prison.

Tony Joynes
Cumbria Police

Police say he's from Workington and speaks with a north west accent.

Cumbria's weather: Sunshine and blustery showers

BBC Weather

Sunshine and blustery showers will continue, falling as snow on the higher ground, and there may even be hail and thunder at lower levels. Highs of 7C (45F).

Weather graphic

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

There's a warning of snow in the small hours of tomorrow morning; details here .

RL: Raiders draw York in cup fifth round

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow Raiders will be away to the York City Knights in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup, which was drawn this morning. 

Whitehaven have a home draw against Halifax if they can get past Oxford in their rearranged fourth round fixture this Sunday. 

Late winter fling at bad moment for hill farmers

With lambing just swinging into top gear, the return of wintry weather this week will not exactly be welcomed by Cumbria's sheep farmers.

James Rebanks has been saying as much to his 92,000 followers worldwide.

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Travel: Roadworks slow traffic on A590 (again)

BBC News Travel

The continuing roadworks between Meathop and Levens on the A590 are causing congestion.

Ministry: Robust drugs policy now in force at troubled jail

The Ministry of Justice says it's making continuing improvements at Haverigg prison, where the number of prisoners was reduced by half last year because of "unprecedented" levels of drug use, bullying and violence.

Haverigg report

A report just published by the Independent Monitoring Board says the prison was becoming unsafe, and inmates with mental problems weren't getting timely access to help.

In a statement, the Ministry of Justice said Haverigg had taken on more staff with the skills to care for the most vulnerable offenders. 

Weather on the fell-tops: High winds and snow showers

Temperatures at 3,000ft: -5C. 

Winds: Strong to gale force west or southwesterly, gusts 50mph. 

Cloud: Cloud free at times, but occasionally widespread down to 1,600ft near or in any snow showers. 

Visibility: Very good, falling very poor in showers and hill fog. 

Freezing level: 1,300ft.

The Lake District rangers report from yesterday on the high fells was compiled before the snow. Their forecast is for a medium risk of blizzards with near-zero visibility at times.

Princess Royal visits 50-year volunteers in Cumbria tour

The Princess Royal is visiting Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Windermere today. 

Princess Anne will meet volunteers from Save the Children in Winderemere, who are celebrating 50 years of service. 

She will also visit the Kirkby Stephen Grammar School and Mountain Rescue Team and see Warcop's new parish hall.

Cumbria's weather: Sunny with blustery showers

BBC Weather

It will be a cold start to the morning, followed by sunshine and blustery showers during the day, falling as snow over high ground at times and a risk of hail and thunder at lower levels. 

It's windy and the highest temperatures will be about 7C (45F) 

Weather graphic

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

Independent report: Drug use led to cut in prison capacity

An independent inspection of Haverigg Prison near Millom says concerns about so-called "legal high" drug use, leading to "unprecedented levels of bullying and sexual violence", have forced improvements.

The Independent Monitoring Board report says this was a "game changer", leading to the closure of unsuitable accommodation that had been criticised for years by staff, inspectors, and the board. You can read it here.

Sign outside prison

The closure of the three of the seven accommodation units last October reduced the capacity of the prison from 654 inmates to 286.

But the report says: "The combination of reduced staff resources and the loss of experienced officers with the tension of increased illicit use of New Psychoactive Substances has been a major focus of concern to the Board this year."

Travel: Light snow on higher routes

BBC News Travel

There's been some snowfall on higher routes around the county, such as the A6 over Shap, as you can see in this picture from Cumbria County Council's webcam . Road temperatures are below freezing, so there's a risk of ice.

A6 with snow on verges
Cumbria County Council

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that catch our eye from around the county, until about 18:00.

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