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  1. Thursday 27 April 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecaster and a few other nuggets from around the county for today.  In case you missed it:

Firms on the Glasson industrial estate at Maryport were getting back to work after a serious fire;

We told the story of the dogs helping children to learn to read;

And a very small earthquake was recorded near Aspatria.

We'll be back 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 ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Cumbria's weather: Rain dying out and a patchy frost

BBC Weather

There will be some outbreaks of rain at first this evening, but towards midnight clear spells will develop allowing a patchy frost, especially in the Vale of Eden.  

Temperatures could fall to 3C (37F).

Weather graphic

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

Speeding driver who killed pensioner is jailed

A speeding driver who ran down and killed an elderly man in Penrith town centre has been sent to prison.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Lawrence Cherry, 82, was using a Pelican crossing in December 2015 when he was hit by a car driven by Peter Wilkinson. The impact threw him into the air.

Wilkinson, 23, from Clifton near Penrith, said he braked, but admitted he was distracted by other pedestrians and the clock in his car.

The court was told it was dark and raining, and that Wilkinson was travelling at 30mph (48kph) - 10mph (16kph) over the limit.

He was given a 12-month prison sentence and banned from driving for three years. He must take an extended test to drive again.

Very small earthquake near Aspatria

There was a very minor earthquake near Aspatria, just after 10:38 this morning.

The tremor, six kilometres (four miles) east of the town, registered 1.7 on the Richter scale, so it's extremely unlikely anyone felt it.

But if you did, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page . 

Police welcome jail sentence for stabbing

Police say a man sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail for stabbing another man in the chest deserves his time in prison. 

John Wayne Conaway
Cumbria Police

John Wayne Conaway, 41, from Devonshire Street, Workington, admitted wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon when he attacked his 32-year-old victim in a dispute over money. 

Det Con Paul Hulse of Cumbria Police said: "The victim was very fortunate not to have suffered more severe injuries. 

"This type of violence will simply not be tolerated and we are pleased that Conaway is being taken out of society."

Hospital sounds all-clear after tummy bug outbreak

The trust which runs the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has lifted visiting restrictions on Ward 3a, imposed after an outbreak of the norovirus stomach bug.

Officials say though, that anyone visiting a hospital should practise good hygiene.

University starts study on outdoor education benefits

Staff from the University of Cumbria are leading a research project on the benefits of outdoor education.

Outdoor education stock picture
University of Cumbria

Dr Chris Loynes says smaller studies have suggested that outdoor education, which is a major industry in the Lake District, helps youngsters learn better and supports their mental and physical health.

He said: “However, most of these have been small studies or have been unpublished. What we need is to bring all the evidence together and plan new research to fill the gaps so that Outdoor Education can have confidence in what it does well’.

Penrith college gets good rating from inspection

Newton Rigg College at Penrith has been given a "good" rating by Ofsted inspectors.

The college specialises in training for jobs such as farming and forestry, and the report praised the way the college worked with employers such as Carrs Billington and A W Jenkinson Forest Products.

However, it says the people who run the college don't have access to good information about how well it's performing, and in some areas, what progress students and apprentices are making. It also says management information systems should be improved.

From the roof of the world; Rheged show for base camp pictures

A Cumbrian man who became the first ever artist in residence on Mount Everest is putting the final touches to his exhibition which opens at Rheged this weekend. 

The tent where the pictures were taken
Derek Eland

Derek Eland from Carlisle created a diary room at the base camp during the 2016 climbing season. 

He collected personal stories from some of the people travelling through the camp. 

The exhibition, called Being Human at Base Camp, includes those stories as well as video and photographs taken during his time on Everest.   

Armed police recover air rifle in raid

Armed police officers called to a house on Walney Island on Wednesday recovered an air rifle. 

Cumbria Police say a 30-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm when he'd been banned from doing so for five years.

Cumbria among worst areas for drownings

Cumbria is among the worst areas in the country for drownings.

The county's fire and rescue service says eight people died in lakes and rivers, or around Cumbria's coastline, in 2015 - the latest year for which official figures are available.

Sign on Morecambe Bay coastlinbe
Getty Images

The National Fire Chiefs Council said this puts Cumbria in the top 10 nationally, and that half of all people who drown, are anglers or walkers who didn't intend to go in the water.

The association and a number of other bodies are joining forces to launch a campaign to halve the number of deaths.

Travel: Roadworks bring queues on A590 in Lindal

BBC News Travel

Traffic is being held up by temporary traffic lights at roadworks near Green Lane, between Barrow and Ulverston.

Everest climber treks back in time

Tim Mosedale from Keswick, who leads expeditions to Everest at this time of year, has found some features of the modern world have yet to reach the last of the Himalayan villages along the trail to Base Camp.

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Travel: Track defect slows West Coast Main Line trains

BBC News Travel

Virgin Trains says trains on the line between Oxenholme and Lancaster are being delayed by around 15 minutes because of a track defect.

Ulverston Post Office

Protestors want to save the crown post office, which has been in Ulverston for more than 100 years.

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Weather: Brighter, but with showers

BBC Weather

It should become brighter into the afternoon, but with showers developing. Some could be heavy. Highs of 12C (54F) are expected. 

Weather graphic

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

Power back for Maryport blaze businesses

Electricity engineers say they're now repairing supply lines wrecked by the fire on a Maryport industrial estate.

Burned-out sub-station cabinet
Electricity North West

The last 20 businesses affected by the damage were connected to a generator last night.

The firm at the heart of the blaze, SIS Pitches, confirmed this morning it was back in production.

Train services to be hit by 'driver-only' strike

Train operating company Northern says it only expects to run around 40% of its normal timetable when staff strike again tomorrow.

Northern runs services on the Cumbria Coast line, the Settle-Carlisle line, the Lakes line to Windermere and the line across to Newcastle.

The dispute is over plans to introduce driver-only services. Northern says passengers should avoid travelling if possible.

Travel: Big load will slow traffic on A66

BBC News Travel

Police say a large load will cause delays when it travels into Cumbria later. It left Durham this morning, travelling on the A66, and is expected to get to junction 40 on the M6 at 15:00.

Herdy's flock keeps up with the news...

The Cumbrian sheep farmer James Rebanks is keeping his 95,000 worldwide Twitter followers up to date with political events here in Britain, with the help of his Herdwick sheep.

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How Google and Jeeves help children learn to read

Two golden retrievers are helping Cumbrian primary school children to improve their reading.

Golden retrievers help youngsters with their reading in schools

Sandy Childs, who's recently moved to the Lake District to run a B&B  in Coniston, takes Google and Jeeves into four Cumbrian schools.

It's supported by a Kennel Club scheme called Bark & Read, exploiting what Sandy says is the way a dog can help boost children's confidence in various surroundings.

Sandy says of the older dog, Google: "He is kind, gentle, calm with tremendous empathy and has helped lots of distressed and nervous young people over the years."

It looks like they're listening and looking at the words with you while you're reading to them."

Summer, one of the pupils

You can hear more about the scheme with Mike Zeller at Breakfast on BBC Radio Cumbria here.

Weather on the fell tops: Clouds down, breaking later

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 1C lowering -1C towards midnight 
  • Winds: Fresh northwesterly, gusts 35mph. 
  • Cloud: Broken or blanket at 2,500ft with patches to 1,950ft, turning more scattered across the area from the afternoon. 
  • Visibility: Good falling to moderate in patchy rain and later showers. 
  • Freezing level: Above the summits, falling to 3,000ft later 

Flooding aftermath is focus of Penrith conference

The recovery period which follows major floods will be the focus of a conference held in Penrith later.

It's being staged at Rheged by the Cumbria Resilience Forum, and it'll look at on what went well and what didn't go well in the aftermath of Storm Desmond in December 2015.  

Skips in street after flood
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Bowderstone bothy gets a make-over

A Cumbrian charity is renovating an old Lake District building to offer people with disabilities a place to get away from modern life.

Mattresses outside the bothy

The Calvert Trust leases a cottage beside the Borrowdale landmark, the Bowder Stone. 

It's being helped to strip out the old contents of the building by volunteers from a construction materials company before it's brought up to modern standards.

Fire crews spend second night at Maryport warehouse

Firefighters have spent a second night at the site of a fire which destroyed a large warehouse in Maryport.

The building - owned by SIS Pitches - stored material for making artificial sports surfaces, but the firm hopes to re-start manufacturing today.

Maryport fire smouldering

Weather: Cloudy with patchy rain

BBC Weather

There'll be a good deal of cloud around this morning with some patchy rain in places. Temperatures are on their way to 12C (54F) in the warmest places. 

Weather graphic

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

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


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

As always, 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 .