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  1. Coastal path project gets £1m grant
  2. Drone complaints soar
  3. United finally score after 702 goal-less minutes
  4. Lack of exercises 'shortens Cumbrian lives'
  5. Monday 3 April 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a weather forecast and other things that catch our eye, for today.  Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it again tomorrow from 08:00.  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 ustweet us   or get in touch  through our Facebook page .

Have a very good evening.

Weather: Cloudy with rain at times

BBC Weather

Skies will be cloudy overnight with some patchy rain at times. Cloud will thicken to give some hill fog in places with a minimum temperature of 6C (43F).

Weather graphic

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

Police seek four who abused praying man in Carlisle

A man praying outside a Carlisle church was verbally abused by two men and two women.

St John the Evangelist Church

The 23-year-old was outside the St John the Evangelist Church in Close Street when he was approached.

Police say the incident is being treated as a hate crime and detectives have appealed for witnesses.

Barrow manager Cox 'still going for play-offs'

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow AFC manager Paul Cox says he still believes his team can fight for promotion despite slipping three points outside the National League play-off places with just five games left to play. 

Barrow went down 2-1 at Maidstone at the weekend despite taking the lead.

Paul Cox
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We took six points from three tough away games which I think is quite a tally."

Paul Cox

Your pictures: Saucer cloud hovers over Skiddaw

We're grateful to Trevor Earthy for sharing this photo of a lenticular, or lens-shaped, cloud forming over Skiddaw.

Trevor Earthy

Or, as he says, is it a spaceship?

If you have a photograph you'd like to share or news you think we should know, you can  email ustweet us  or get in touch  through our Facebook page  .

Police say drone complaints are rising fast

Police in Cumbria say the number of incidents they've dealt with involving drones has increased almost tenfold over the past three years.

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Figures obtained by the Press Association show that in 2014 there were four drone incidents in the county, but by 2016 that number had increased to 35. 

The force says the complaints have included issues such as drones flying over people's property, drone theft and damage to vehicles.

Iron-bar robber who threatened betting shop staff is jailed

A man who armed himself with an iron bar which he then brandished at betting shop staff after one of them pressed a panic button has been jailed for four years and nine months.

Carl Wilkinson
Cumbria Police

Carl Wilkinson, 36, of no fixed abode, fled the Moorclose betting shop in Workington with £700 in October, but was later recognised by a police officer on CCTV images.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Wilkinson admitted robbery, a number of shoplifting offences and a a drug possession charge.

Three arrested after crash leaves cyclist badly hurt

Three people have been arrested after a crash between a car and a cyclist near St Bees.

The cyclist was flown to hospital by air ambulance with serious injuries after the collision yesterday afternoon.

Two men, aged 23 and 21, and a 23-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of taking a car without consent, and the older man's also been questioned about dangerous driving. All have now been released on bail.

Solway Firth coastal path project wins £1m grant

A project to build more than seven miles of pathway along the coast between Silloth and Allonby has won a £1m grant.

View across Solway

The path will be open to walkers and cyclists and it will have spectacular views across the Solway Firth, which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty .

A smaller grant, £444,000, is going to improve visitor facilities on Walney Island and do other work to promote the natural attractions of the Furness coastline.

Both allocations come from the government's Coastal Communities Fund .

Photos taken by Beatrix Potter's father go under hammer

Martin Lewes


It's high summer, and in front of the Old England Hotel at Bowness on Windermere, tourists are renting the rowing boats moored to the jetties by the slipper huts, as they're known.

Picture of Bowness Bay
1818 Auctioneers

Little apart from the clothes people are wearing betrays the fact that this is not in yesterday's sunshine, but more than 100 years ago, in 1911.

This is one of a number of photographs, including some thought to show Beatrix Potter as a young woman, being auctioned this week at 1818 Auctioneers at Junction 36 in Crooklands.

Rupert Potter was a keen photographer, and his pictures have been shown at the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

When this photo was taken, his daughter was writing The Tale of Ginger and Pickles.

Lack of exercise cuts down 'one in five Cumbrians'

A lack of exercise could send 85,000 people in Cumbria to an early grave, according to Sport England. 

That figure comes as the British Heart Foundation says around one in three adults in Barrow do less than half an hour's physical activity a week, putting themselves at risk of heart disease.

Across Cumbria, the average is one in five.

Running shoes

Health follows wealth, and we do see a correlation between high levels of obesity and inactivity and areas where there is deprivation."

Bruce LawsonActive Cumbria

Carlisle United in the black after good financial year

Carlisle United have announced a profit of just over £40,000 for the financial year up to last June. 

Player sales and and good cup runs last season led to a near-50% increase in turnover, which was up to nearly £4.5m.  

Cumbria's weather: Rain moving in

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy across Cumbria this afternoon with highs of 14C (54F). 

 It will rain later, and the rain will continue into the first part of the night, along with strong winds.

Weather graphic

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

Lakeland ospreys gather for breeding season

The best-known of the Lake District's increasing number of breeding ospreys has now been joined by her usual mate.

Last week, the team who look after the nest near Bassenthwaite announced the female known KL has migrated back from Africa . This morning came news of a reunion.

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And this morning the Cumbria Wildlife Trust announced that the Foulshaw Moss pair, which successfully raised two chicks last year, had returned .

Top editor of Cumbrian newspaper firm made redundant

David Helliwell, group editorial director of the company which owns most of the county's local papers, has left.

A statement from CN group this morning said he had left the company with immediate effect.

David Helliwell
CN Group

Mr Helliwell had been with the firm for five years. A statement from the chief executive Miller Hogg said he'd been a loyal employee and amassed a number of editorial awards.  

CN group owns both of the county's daily newspapers and a number of weeklies. The statement said their editorial teams would report to Jonathan Lee, who is group development director.

Body found in Cumbria woodland

A man's body has been found in woodland in south Cumbria. 

Police were called to an area between Finsthwaite and Newby Bridge just before 11:30 yesterday after walkers reported finding the man, who's thought to be at least 60.

Police say there's no reason to be suspicious about the man's death and they are working with other forces to find out who he was.

Child rescued from rocks as tide rises

A child has been rescued from rocks just south of the west pier at Whitehaven. 

West Pier

Another youngster managed to swim to safety and raise the alarm. The two children became stranded yesterday afternoon. 

Whitehaven Coastguard and a lifeboat from St Bees RNLI were sent out to rescue the child.

Carlisle finally break eight-match goal drought

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle have scored for the first time in more than 700 minutes of play  to win 2-0 at Yeovil .

It moves the Brunton Park club back into the play-off places in League Two

Keith Curle

The manager Keith Curle says he's now determined to give the team the best chance of success over the remaining six games.

I enjoy my job and I enjoy being on a winning team, and sometimes you need to go the extra mile and that's exactly what we'll be asking the players to do."

Keith Curle

Weather on the fell tops: Rain moving in later

  • Temp at 3,000ft: 2C 
  • Wind above 1,600ft: Strong southerly gusting 40mph increasing gale force gusting 55mph this afternoon;
  • Cloud: Patches at 3,000ft developing this morning and lowering to 1,600-2,000ft by the end of the day;
  • Visbility: Very good falling to moderate later and very poor once rain arrives;
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.

Cumbria's weather: Sunny, wind increasing

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly start with patchy mist clearing. Any cloud will soon clear to leave long sunny spells. 

Winds will pick up, with a maximum temperature of 14C (57F). 

Weather graphic

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

It was a cracking weekend, perfect for events like the Easter Egg motorbike charity run from Keswick to Whitehaven. Thank you John Jackson for sending us a picture.

Whitehaven harbour with motorcycles
John Jackson

Police reopen Cleator Moor street after 'incident'

Police say they've resolved an incident which led to a road being closed in Cleator Moor early this morning.

Ennerdale Road

Police say they were called to a property just after 03:30 and they were concerned for a man's safety.

The road has now been reopened.

Travel: Crash closes road in Seascale

BBC News Travel

The B5344 has been closed in Seascale between Albert Street and the A595. 

Police say it wlll be some time before traffic can go through.

Welcome to BBC CumbriaLive

Martin Lewes


Good morning. Well be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that take our fancy from around the county until about 18:00.

As always, we'd like to hear from you if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know.

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