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  1. Thursday 11 May 2017
  2. Carlisle Airport passenger flight 'promise'
  3. 'Underpants cocaine' man jailed
  4. Zoo licence paperwork handed over

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, along with a few other things that caught our eye, a regular weather forecast and travel reports.

Today was the day for parliamentary election candidates to enter their nominations for the poll on 8 June; your local district council website should include a Statement of Persons Nominated. In other news: 

Changes were announced at the top of the Stobart Group, including the promotion of a top airline executive;

Formalities were concluded in the change of licensees for the troubled South Lakes Safari Zoo;

And a Carlisle family said they hoped the name of their son, who died at the age of two, would live on through a new charity.

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 tomorrow. 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.

Have a very good evening.

Fishing boat towed to safety after engine fails

The Barrow Inshore lifeboat, Vision of Tamworth, towed a fishing boat to safety early this morning after its engine failed in the Walney Channel.

Vision of Tamworth lifeboat

The crew was alerted just after midnight, and quickly took the 27ft fishing boat under tow because the tide was at its highest, and that part of the channel only has enough water for boats to pass at high tide.

The fishing boat was safely moored within the hour.

Fourth Green candidate steps aside

Four Green candidates in Cumbria have now stood aside, saying they don't want to split the vote against the Conservatives.

Ian Rodham, who was going to stand in Westmorland and Lonsdale was the latest; the Green Party had already said it would not stand in Carlisle, Workington or Copeland.

Green candidates are standing in Eden and Barrow.

You can see statements of all candidates standing on your district council website.

Cumbria's weather: Turning cloudy (it was bound to happen eventually)

BBC Weather

It'll turn cloudy tonight, with a chance of some showers and temperatures falling towards 8C (46F).

Weather graphic

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

Windermere cruisers step smartly back from leak (of political variety)

It's often forgotten that the steamers that cruise Windermere started life as part of a railway company and were part of British Rail until privatisation in the last century.

But Philip, who's chair of the Friends of Real Lancashire, whose borders extended to the Lake District, hadn't forgotten when he heard the news this morning.

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Stobart's new boss flies in from Easyjet

We've more on developments at Stobart Group, where the chief executive, Andrew Tinkler, has announced he's stepping down this summer.

He'll be replaced by Warwick Brady, who until last summer was chief operating officer of easyJet.  

Warwick Brady
Stobart Group

Stobart group has been developing its aviation interests for several years; it owns Carlisle and Southend Airports, running flights for Aer Lingus regional and Flybe.

Today Andrew Tinkler said he hoped to see passenger flights from Carlisle Airport next summer.

Anthony is Cumberland's first man in the middle of Wembley

A Cumberland FA referee, Anthony Backhouse, will be the one in the middle in black at a Wembley play-off on Sunday, the first such official from the association to officiate at the national stadium.

Anthony Backhouse
Cumberland FA

Anthony, who lives near Carlisle, started refereeing at 14, and gave up playing football at 18 to concentrate on keeping order.

He will officiate at a Vanarama National League play off final, between Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green Rovers.

He started refereeing at 14, and gave up playing football at 18 to concentrate on keeping order.  

It is any footballer’s dream to be part of a final at Wembley and it is no different for referees."

Anthony BackhouseReferee

Youth sought over shop counterfeit currency attempts

A youth who attempted to exchange counterfeit currency is being sought by Cumbria Police

It follows a number of calls to the force from shop owners in the Windermere area on Wednesday morning.

All reported that the a young male, aged around 13, entering their stores, selected low-value goods and attempted to pay with a counterfeit £20 Scottish banknote.

He is described as 5ft tall, with brown hair which was swept to one side, and spoke with an Irish accent.

Stobart boss steps down, with a promise of passenger flights from Carlisle

Passenger flights from Carlisle Airport will start next summer, according to Andrew Tinkler, who's announced he's stepping down as chief executive of the Stobart Group after ten years. 

Mr Tinkler will remain with the logistics firm, heading up the new acquisitions arm Stobart Capital when he steps down in June. 

Andrew Tinkler
Stobart Group

Mr Tinkler said the firm hoped to develop offices and the runway over the winter with a view to starting flights in about a year's time.

Cup-winning cops congratulated

The pair were part of the team that won the Cumbria Cup.

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Man found with cocaine stuffed in his underpants

A man caught with cocaine stuffed inside his underpants has been detained for eight months.

Tyler Joseph Wilson was stopped by police while driving near Dearham in August.

Two bags of the cocaine were recovered from the glove box of his car, with a further five found in his boxer shorts.

The 20-year-old - who is currently serving a term for burglary - admitted possessing the Class A drug with intent to supply.

On hearing he was making "significant" progress" while incarcerated, the judge at Carlisle Crown Court sentenced him to an eight-month term at a young offender institution .

Carlisle Crown Court

More volunteer hosts needed for youngsters who can't go home

The Nightstop Cumbria service, which involves volunteers providing shelter for homeless youngsters, has provided 47 young people with 208 bed-nights in its first two years.

Sharon Jackson, the co-ordinator, said there were eight households across the county, with three volunteer drivers to provide transport, but they still had to turn people away on occasion, particularly in Barrow.

"Our volunteers do an amazing job, but we need more," she said.

Homeless person
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Cumbria's weather: Warm and sunny

BBC Weather

It'll be a warm afternoon with plenty of sunshine and temperatures reaching as high as 19C  (66F).

Weather graphic

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

Your pictures: A perfect reflection in the Langdales

After a couple of weeks with a nagging north-easterly wind, it's fallen calm in the Lake District, which meant some mirror-like reflections on the smaller tarns and pools.

Lisa Pool caught this, on Langdale beck, and was kind enough to send it to us.

Langdale beck with reflection
Lisa Pool

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 .  

Angus carves out top slot for international competition

A craftsman from Kendal will be representing the UK against the best in the world at cabinet making. 

Angus Gardner
WorldSkills UK

Angus Gardner, who was selected after a process that lasted four days, will be competing against people from 25 other countries for the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi later this year.  

During the selection contest the 22-year-old had to create a cabinet to exact plans, and was marked on the overall quality, as well as his cutting of joints and working to precise measurements.

He's learned his skills in Kendal, but works for a cabinet-making firm in Hexham.

Paperwork handed over for Cumbria zoo's new management

Final formalities have taken place to licence the new management at the troubled South Lakes Safari zoo, at Dalton in Furness.

The zoo's founder, David Gill, relinquished his licence today and dropped an appeal again two refusals to renew it, after a series of critical reports and controversies.

Officials at Barrow Town Hall have passed a new one to staff from Cumbria Zoo Co Ltd, the new management team that earlier this year won the approval of inspectors.

Zoo sign

While the sun shines...

Cumbria's highway patrol is watching out for those whose tinting's so dark they can't see other traffic properly.

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Lakes Holocaust project stretches wings for wider history

Martin Lewes


The Windermere-based Lake District Holocaust Project, which has created a museum and archive about the care given in the area to child survivors of the Nazi concentration camps, has won a £10,000 grant towards a much bigger educational scheme.

Children on their way to the Lake District
Lake District Holocaust Project

The project's displays at Windermere Library now attract about 40,000 visitors a year to see photos and other memorabilia from the few months that 300 child survivors of the camps spent recovering near Windermere in 1945.

But Trevor Avery, who founded it, says there's a wider interest about the wartime flying boat factory and its workers' huts which provided accommodation for the children and Windermere's connection with the development of seaplanes.

The money will go towards research this summer into creating archives and other educational resources covering what he calls "over one hundred years of fascinating Lake District history that is of international significance."

Nathaniel 'thrilled' to represent nation in world championships

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

A Cumbrian wheelchair basketball player says he's thrilled to be representing the UK on the international stage. 

Nathanial Pattinson
Melanie Pattinson

Nathaniel Pattinson, 21, usually plays for the Cumbria Wheelchair Basketball Club Panthers. He's now been chosen to compete in the Under 23 World Championships this summer in Toronto.   

It's brilliant, I was really excited. There's not many things like it and I'm proud to be a part of it."

Nathaniel Pattinson

Fletcher's family hope he'll live on through happy memories

The family of a Carlisle boy who died of liver cancer just before his second birthday is setting up a charity in his name. 

Fletcher's Fund will provide grants to families with severely ill children to spend on play equipment or family holidays.

Fletcher Fisher
Lianne Fisher

Fletcher Fisher's mother Lianne told BBC Radio Cumbria this morning that people with a seriously-ill child often had to give up work which meant they couldn't afford to create special memories.

We want to be able to provide a grant that can sit there, they have it for that time when the child is well, so they don't have to worry about affording whatever it is they want to do."

Lianne Fletcher

Mayor steps out to get Copeland's people moving more

The Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, has revealed that a third of people in Cumbria do less than 30 minutes' exercise a month, and he's trying to get cheap gym memberships on offer as a start.

Three years ago the borough was found to have the highest obesity figures in England, according to figures from Public Health England.

Fat man eating burger.

The figure's now fallen from above 75% of people to 69%, and today Mr Starkie said he and other councils across the county were signing up to a plan called the Health Weight Declaration.

Mr Starkie said it would involve a mix of practical and educational measures.

He said: "There's some work about to commence in the schools where we're going in to talk about health eating, and there's good work going on the communities by local groups, it's a whole varied list of things we need to do."

Our leisure contract with Greenwich Leisure has ensured affordable access to gyms and fitness classes for people with low incomes and we're going to be establishing a programme that attacks the problem head-on."

Mike StarkieMayor of Copeland

Cumbria's weather: Warm, dry and sunny

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly start, perhaps with the odd patch of short-lived mist, but then another warm and dry day to follow with plenty of sunshine, although feeling cooler near the coast in an increasing breeze. 

Temperatures could reach 19C (66F).

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 the news and weather, warning of major travel problems and keeping an eye out for a lighter moment as well, 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.