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  1. Tuesday 2 May 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


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

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 tomorrow. As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.     

Have a very good evening.

Troubled zoo a step closer to securing new licence

The company that's taken over the management of the South Lakes Safari Zoo, which has been at the centre of a series of scandals under its founder David Gill, could win a licence to keep it open next week.

Zoo signpost

Barrow Council refused David Gill a licence to run the zoo last year and it is currently only open pending his appeal.

Cumbria Zoo Limited, formed by senior managers at the attraction, has now won the support of government inspectors - although two charities are still calling for it to close.

At a meeting next week Barrow councillors are expected to recommend giving it the licence, but only after David Gill's is revoked.

Labour MP won't support Corbyn for PM

John Woodcock faces deselection for saying he does not want Corbyn as the next PM

Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells and then a clear night

BBC Weather

 Any showers will die out this evening with some sunny spells to end the day. 

Overnight will be dry with clear spells, although thicker cloud will move into eastern parts at times, and it will feel chilly, with temperatures falling to 5C (41F). 

Weather graphic

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

Drunken three who bound and threatened boss are spared jail

Three men who tied up and threatened to kill their boss have been spared jail by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court.

Judge Peter Hughes heard the three, who worked in a business collecting clothes for charity, were extremely drunk when police arrived at a house in Currock Road and found Nerijus Jasiunas bound hand and foot.

Ernestaz Kojelis, 27, 20-year-old Vakaris Broska, from Currock Road, and Irmantas Petravicius, 25, from Rugby in Warwickshire, all admitted affray.

Judge Hughes imposed six-month jail sentences, suspended for two years, on each of them, and restraining orders for five years, stopping them approaching their employer or his family.

Listen: How the lad from Salterbeck became animal trainer to the stars

Earlier we brought you the story of David McMillan, who ran away from home at 14 and ended up as a leading animal trainer in the USA.

He now runs a business based in Florida, training animals for film and photography, and has worked with stars including Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John.

You can hear him talking to Mike Zeller at Breakfast on BBC Radio Cumbria here.

New rugby stadium will be home to other sports

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

The new rugby club stadium in Kendal will offer a home for other sports, in a way that's never before been seen in the town, according to the man who will be in charge of running it. 

Artist's impresison of new club

Kendal Rugby Club is due to relocate over the summer to its new pitches and clubhouse beside the River Mint.  

Later, it hopes to welcome six other sports onto the site, including canoeing, cycling, archery and athletics.  

The town has never seen the likes of this before, and we're focusing on the benefits to the wider community."

Steven WhiteheadKendal Rugby Club

National park pleads with dog owners after valuable tup dies

Lake District officials have appealed to dog owners to control their pets after one leading farmer lost a young ram worth 1,000 guineas.

Jean Wilson

Jean Wilson found the tup - which she only bought last autumn - badly mauled, and it cost her £400 in vet's bills before it was put down.

She said: “It was heart-breaking, particularly as it should have had its whole life in front of it." 

Val Edmondson, national park ranger for the area, said dogs should be on short leads on open land from 1 March to 31 July, and at all times near sheep.

Hospitals trust assures coroner that lessons have been learned

The trust that runs north Cumbria's hospitals, which was severely criticised after the deaths of two patients, has written to the coroner explaining what improvements it's making.

Michael Parke died at the West Cumberland Hospital in December 2012, and Amanda Coulthard at the Cumberland Infirmary in April 2015; both contracted pneumonia after feeding tubes were wrongly inserted into their lungs.

Cumberland Infirmary

At the inquests into their deaths the coroner criticised the trust's "shambolic implementation" of policy, and made five formal recommendations. 

The trust discussed its response at a meeting in March and has responded with a six-page letter outlining the changes it has made, and those it will be making in the coming year. 

Kirkby Lonsdale asks: What has the National Park done for us so far?

People in a town in Cumbria are meeting later to discuss if the town gained any benefits when it became part of the Yorkshire Dales.  

Kirkby Lonsdale Main Street

Since August last year, the newly extended National Park has included parts of Kirkby Lonsdale, along with other areas of Cumbria.

This evening, businesses and local residents will find out what the economic advantages might be and get a chance to discuss any potential disadvantages.  

The meeting starts at 19:30 in the Lunbesdale Hall.

Snap election puts pressure on council returning officers

Council officials have been describing the pressure the are under because of a snap general election only a few weeks after the scheduled vote for Cumbria county councillors.

Ballot box

Tom Benson, electoral services manager for South Lakeland District Council, said organising everything form the printing of ballot papers to booking staff and premises for polling stations normally started months in advance.

"This one, we had 50 days from when it was announced", he said.

"Running that in conjunction with another election means a lot of people working long hours and weekends."

New owners take over gas supply network

Cumbria's gas distribution network's been sold to a consortium of investors called Cadent Gas.

A company spokesman said people should expect to see its name and logo on vans and staff uniforms from today, although the some vehicles would be in the livery of previous owners, National Grid, for some time.

Van in Cadent livery

He said staff would have ID cards, but anyone doubting the identity of someone calling at their home should call 0845 835 1111.

Cumbria's weather: Chance of good sunny spells

BBC Weather

There should be good sunny spells for central and western parts with thicker cloud further east - but even here it should brighten. 

Maximum temperature will reach 17C (63F).

Weather graphic

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

Erosion forces change of plan for giant water pipeline

Erosion near Keswick, probably caused by Storm Desmond, has forced United Utilities to rethink the route of a pipeline through the Lake District.

The £300m plan for the 20 miles of new water main will enable the company to stop taking water from Ennerdale - a change needed for environmental reasons.

Pipeline map
United Utilities

The pipe was to be run through a trench dug down the side of the Greta valley, but it has now been established that due to erosion the land is not stable.

Instead, the company is hoping to bore a tunnel through a hill south of Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Man beaten by intruders in Carlisle attack

A man suffered a "serious assault" when a group of men went into a property in Alexander Street in Carlisle on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Alexander Street, Carlisle

Officers say that the man, who's in his 20s, was attacked by the intruders, who were carrying weapons. 

He is being treated at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for various injuries, including a suspected broken knee and fractured jaw.

Bridge closed as safety inspections continue after Desmond

A bridge on a back road near Bassenthwaite had to be closed suddenly after engineers discovered damage that may date back to Storm Desmond.

Walk Mill Bridge

It's suspected that Walk Mill Bridge has been undermined, and because it's on a relatively little-used road, it may be some time before it reopens.

A Cumbria County Council official said the bridge would have been inspected immediately after the storm, but those inspections were continuing because they'd found some damage only became evident months later.

Lights go off in Carlisle centre

A power cut's affecting parts of Carlisle, including shops in the town centre.

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Pilot 'slightly hurt' as small helicopter crashes on hilltop

Air accident investigators are trying to establish how a small helicopter crashed on a hilltop near Sedbergh at the weekend.

Gyrocopter wreckage

The gyrocopter, an aircraft that normally carries two people in an open cockpit, came down on Saturday, on the summit of Great Knoutberry, a 2,200ft (672m) hill near Dent.

The wreckage was spotted by crew of the Great North Air Ambulance called to the scene. The passenger was unhurt, but the pilot was flown to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary with minor injuries.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says it's gathering information for to establish the cause of the accident.

Life with the Lions: The Salterbeck animal tamer speaks

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

A man who ran away from his Workington home to join the circus has been talking about his life in the USA training big cats.

David McMillan grew up on the Salterbeck estate in the town.

David McMillan with big cats
David McMillan

During his time working for a touring circus, he picked up the skills to become an animal trainer for theme parks and the film industry and he now lives in Florida. 

He says he's worked with all sorts of celebrities, and one of the team producing the movie, The Lion King, sought his help.

"He said we need an African lion that my animators can model, that we can transport all over the world, and I said, you've got your man right here", he said.

Weather on the fell tops: windy, cloud breaking

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 4C rising to 7C 
  • Winds: Fresh to strong easterly or northeasterly 
  • Cloud: Down to 1800ft this morning, extensive in the east, lifting and breaking this afternoon 
  • Visibility: Mainly good or very good but moderate in any showers in the east 
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Travel: Roadworks bring delays in Ulverston

BBC News Travel

Roadworks are causing slow traffic on the A590 through Ulverston, at the junction with Queen street and Princes Street.

Cumbria's weather: Brightening up

BBC Weather

 It will brighten up to give some sunny spells. It will stay dry for most with moderate north-east winds and a maximum temperature of 17C (63F) 

Weather graphic

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

Lake District walker recovering after 300ft fall

A walker who fell 300ft from St Sunday Crag in the Lake District is expected to make a full recovery.  

Volunteers from the Patterdale rescue team say the man was walking with friends, and when they arrived he was already getting first aid from a passing police officer and a medical technician.

The 69-year-old had serious head injuries and had broken his leg and wrist. He was given more treatment by the team doctor and a doctor and paramedic from the Great North Air Ambulance, before being flown to the Royal Victoria infirmary in Newcastle.

Mike Blakey, the leader of the Patterdale team, said: "We are pleased to report that we are expecting him to make a full recovery, which is remarkable given the distance which he had fallen."

Viewing St Sunday Crag from Fairfield
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St Sunday Crag

Travel: Crash slows A596 in Flimby

BBC News Travel

Police say there's been an accident on the A596 at Ryehill Road in Flimby.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning. We'll be bringing you news, weather forecasts and travel reports through to 18:00.

As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.