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  1. Friday 21 April 2017
  2. Sedbergh housemaster cleared of 'feet' assaults
  3. Teenager attacked in Barrow Park
  4. Decision day for under-fire zoo brought forward
  5. Ferry ticket row set for ombudsman

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished this service of news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast, and other things that catch our eye from the county, for today and this week.  A reminder:

We'll be back to do it again on Monday at 08:00.  If you'd like to to share your stories and photos, you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.   

Have a very good weekend. 

Weather: Patchy rain clearing with a chance of frost

BBC Weather

There'll be some very patchy light rain for a time, but it will turn drier and clearer later with a touch of frost in the west. Lowest temperatures will be about 3C (37F).

Weather graphic

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

Your pictures: The stars swirl above Kendal Castle

Stuart Atkinson, one of Cumbria's most active astronomers, often finds his photography frustrated by clouds.

However, when the sky clears the results can be spectacular - as you can see with this shot of Kendal Castle.

Long-exposure of stars over Kendal Castle
Stuart Atkinson

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Travel: 'Obstruction' slows trains into Scotland

BBC News Travel

Reports of an obstruction on the line between Lockerbie and Motherwell are adding about 15 minutes to train journeys into Scotland.

Inspectors give better grade to youngsters' community health services

The Children's Community Services run by a Cumbrian health trust have significantly improved, according to the health regulator.

The Care Quality Commission has rated the Cumbria Partnership Trust as 'good' for its health visitor, school nurse and sexual health services amongst others. 

The trust had previously been rated as inadequate.

Rugby Union: Kirkby entertain Blackburn as they celebrate silverware

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Kirkby Lonsdale are hoping to finish the season with a win and a 100% record as they host Blackburn tomorrow.

Whatever happens, the South Cumbrian team will lift the North One West rugby union trophy.

Very proud to be part of what we've achieved. The players are a tight-knit group of lads."

David Cooper-DunnBack row, Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC

Hospital visitors asked to stay away after virus strikes

Visitors have been asked to stay away from Ward 3a at the West Cumberland Hospital, in Whitehaven, after an outbreak of norovirus, which causes severe stomach upsets.

A statement from the trust that runs the hospital said the only exceptions would be people visiting patients near the end of their lives, or where ward staff felt visitors were essential.

West Cumberland Hospital

Sedbergh housemaster praised by father of one complainant

Christopher Griffin, the boarding school housemaster cleared of sexually stroking the feet of two pupils while they were in bed, said after the Carlisle Crown Court trial he was "looking forward to getting back to normal and rediscovering the purpose of my life".

Mr Griffin, who lives in Ingleton, North Yorkshire, was standing next to his wife Sally. She had told the court she had "never been more shocked in my life" when her husband was arrested over claims he had assaulted youngsters at Sedbergh School where term fees are £10,590.

The father of one of the complainants had provided a statement to the court saying he had "nothing but praise for Chris Griffin's pastoral care of my son".

And after the trial the school's headmaster, Andrew Fleck, said: "We are pleased that the court has returned a not guilty verdict after a formal and transparent investigation."

Sedbergh master cleared of sex assault charges

A teacher from one of Cumbria's top boarding schools has been cleared of assaulting two pupils by sexually touching their feet late at night.

Christopher Griffin, 58, a housemaster at Sedbergh School, had denied having a foot fetish and said he'd simply squeezed the feet of two boys under their duvets as a way of checking on their well-being.

A jury at Carlisle Crown Court took less than an hour to find Mr Griffin, a housemaster at the school, not guilty of five charges of attempted sexual assault.

Afterwards he said: "It has been a harrowing 13 months. I am delighted it is over and I would like thank my wife, my colleagues, my friends and family, the jury and my legal team for all they have done."

Christopher Griffin

Your pictures: A break in the cloud, and up, up and away

We've had a lot of cloudy weather in Cumbria over the past few weeks, but every now and then the sun has broken through.

Sue Premru, from Arnside, had her camera to hand when this balloonist flew over the Kent estuary.

Balloon over Kent estuary
Sue Premru

If you take a picture you want to share with the county, you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.     

Barrow battle to the end for play-off place

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Seventh-placed Barrow are hoping to move closer to a National League play-off place with a win at struggling Braintree tomorrow.

It's the penultimate game of the season for Paul Cox's side and he's steeling them to continue their promotion push.

They could move to within a point of the play-off places with victory.

Paul Cox
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Fatigue plays a big part, the psychological effect of relegation battles and promotion battles - all we've got to do is go down to Braintree and try to win a game."

Paul CoxManager, Barrow AFC

Weather: Feeling fresher

BBC Weather

Some bright spells are likely this afternoon, but there may still be the odd spot of rain.

With a stronger breeze than in recent days, it will feel fresher. Temperatures could reach 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

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

Salterbeck call for traffic bypass

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

People in part of Workington say they want government funding to pay for a new bypass. 

Campaigners say there's been a big increase in traffic because of new housing developments in recent years. They want a road bypassing Harrington and Salterbeck. 

Cumbria County Council says it will be bidding for money to improve roads but that it's too soon to say if the scheme will be included.

Salterbeck Road

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

With three games to go, 10 League Two teams are still in with a realistic shot at the play-offs.

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Park walkers shocked by teenagers' attack

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

People in Barrow Park say they're shocked by an attack by three teenage girls that left another youngster with head and facial injuries.

Police now say the victim was 13 and that she knew her attackers, but that the assault at about 15:30 yesterday was unprovoked.

Barrow Park pavilion

Officers say a woman walking her dog in the area at the time may have seen the attack. Two of the girls had long red hair and were wearing black jackets.

'We'll make improvements to ferry system,' says council

Cumbria highways engineers will continue to try to ensure the payments process for the Windermere Ferry is "as simple and user-friendly as possible", a council spokesman said.

Ferry payment machine

All machines would now take cash, he said, "so cash payments are possible, just not cash payments made directly to staff.

"The council is also keen to stress that it has, and will continue to, listen to local feedback. We remain committed to open communication with the ferry’s users and its customers."

Decision date brought forward for closure-threatened zoo

The new operator of the South Lakes Safari Zoo will find out next month if it will be granted a licence. 

Cumbria Zoo Company Limited runs the Dalton zoo temporarily under the licence held by the owner David Gill. 

After his management was condemned by inspectors, he's appealing a decision to refuse him a fresh licence. Unless CZCL is granted a new one, or he wins the appeal, the zoo will close.

Barrow Council will now rule on CZCL's licence on 9 May, not June as first expected. If granted, the zoo will remain open under the new licence holders.

Rhino at zoo

The ferry payment system at the eye of the storm

More now on the Windermere Ferry ticket row. Until last summer, passengers, whether pedestrians or drivers, paid a member of staff while boarding or during the crossing.

Then machines were installed, initially only on shore. The machine on the ferry was added after complaints of confusion and delays.  

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Now pedestrians must either:

  • Pay at machines on shore, where users say there are often queues, and board the ferry when it arrives, or
  • Walk on to the ferry to pay at the machine visible on the car deck, return to shore and reboard the ferry to be in the section for pedestrians.

Drivers can either:

  • Leave their cars in the queue to pay at the machine on shore, return to their vehicle and drive on to the ferry, or
  • Leave their car in the queue, go on to the ferry to pay at the onboard machine, return to their vehicle and drive on to the ferry.

Travel: Heavy traffic in Lakes

BBC News Travel

Traffic sensors are picking up delays on the A591 through Ambleside on Lake Road and Rydal Road, and on Crag Brow in Bowness on Windermere.

'Don't pay the ferryman' row goes to ombudsman

BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

Campaigners angry about the latest changes to payment for the Windermere Ferry say they're going to complain to the Local Government Ombudsman. 

Signs at Windermere ferry

Police have now posted signs warning passengers not to abuse staff because tempers over the new system have got so high.

It started last year when the former system, where passengers paid a member of staff during the crossing, was replaced with machines on the approach where drivers had to get out of their cars to pay before boarding the ferry.

Now after complaints of delays and confusion, extra machines are being installed on shore and on the ferry, but campaigners say it's made no improvement.

Cumbria County Council says it understands the concerns but won't comment as the matter is being considered by the ombudsman.

Jogger may have witnessed Kendal attack

Police are trying to track down a jogger who helped the victim of an attempted robbery in Kendal.

Officers say several men attacked a pedestrian, who is in his 30s and has Parkinson's disease, in Gillinggate.


The attackers fled when the jogger intervened, and police would like to see whether he can help their investigation.

The incident happened on Monday at about 22:15.

Police seek teenage girls after Barrow park attack

A 14-year-old girl was viciously attacked in Barrow yesterday afternoon, police say.

She was repeatedly kicked by three girls of a similar age in Barrow Park at about half past three, leaving her with head and facial injuries. 

Police say two of the attackers had long ginger hair and were wearing black jackets.

Weather: Like yesterday, only breezier

BBC Weather

It'll be a mild, cloudy start to the morning with some outbreaks of light rain or drizzle, and temperatures climbing towards about 14C (57F). The breeze might get a bit stronger than yesterday.

Weather graphic

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

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be bringing you the county's news, weather forecasts, other useful information and interesting nuggets until about 16:00.

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