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  1. Thursday 1 June 2017
  2. Police complaints investigators investigate 'misconduct' before murder
  3. Charity: Sharp increase in child sex crime reports
  4. Travellers starting rolling in towards Appleby

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By Martin Lewes

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Martin Lewes


We've now ended this service of news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and anything else that catches out eye from around this county.

Today's haul included:

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

If you've got a story to tell or a photo to share you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Workington election hopefuls say changes are needed in NHS funding

BBC Radio Cumbria

Politicians campaigning to be voted into the House of Commons for Workington have called for changes in the way the NHS is financed.

In a debate for BBC Radio Cumbria, Clark Vasey, the Conservative candidate said: "We need a new deal on how we deliver services. We are all tax payers, we pay for the NHS. The way that those services are delivered should be delivered in a way that reflects the community."

Phil Roberts, who's standing for the Liberal Democrats said that changes were needed, but more money was required now: "In the interim we are recommending that we have a 1p tax increase to fund the £6bn that we want to put into health and social care."

George Kemp, for UKIP, said replacing agency staff with permanent employees would save a lot of money: "I think it's a big thing that we try to get rid of the locums and employ full tikme doctors and nurses."

But Roy Ivinson, who's standing as an Independent, said: "All the big parties say they're going to put more and more money in; the solution is to look at why the demand is taking place."

You can hear the programme again on the iPlayer here, or at 18:00 this evening.

The Labour candidate, Sue Hayman, did not take part in the recording because of her duties in the shadow cabinet, and could not provide an alternative.

Campaign highlights disabled people who can't vote

A charity has said that some 8,000 people in Cumbria with learning difficulties, who are capable of voting, are put off because polling station staff don't understand how to help them.

Polling station sign
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National research after local elections in 2014 found one in five people had been turned away from a polling station.

The charity's now released a number of guides to help both the voters and polling station staff understand the needs of those with disabilities.

Cumbrian academic wins prize at New York film fest

A member of the fine art staff at the University of Cumbria has won a prize at an international science fiction film festival in New York.

Still from film
Jane Topping

The 30-minute film Peter won the award for best short film at the 5th Annual Philip K Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.

Professor of Fine Art Robert Williams said: “This is an amazing result for Jane, we all knew that Peter was a splendid piece of work, and that view has been reinforced by the judging panel of this very influential international film festival.”

Reds directors update fans on future of Borough Park

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Directors at Workington Reds will hold an open meeting tonight to update supporters on the position of the club and its Borough Park ground.

It follows an attempt by former chairman Dale Brotherton to buy Borough Park from Allerdale Borough Coucil. The meeting starts at 19:00 in the Social Club.

Borough Park

Cumbria's weather: Rain spreading across the county

BBC Weather

It will remain cloudy overnight, with outbreaks of rain gradually spreading from the northwest to the southeast. Temperatures will drop to about 13C (55F).

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

More travellers gather for Appleby Horse Fair

Early indications suggest that there'll be more people at this year's Appleby Horse Fair than last.

Billy Welch, a leading Romany who runs the main camping area on Fair Hill, says they are heeding official warnings, and not arriving too early.

Worse with rider galloping past people
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The fair, which attracts tens of thousands of travelling people and as many again from the settled community, was established in medieval times for horse-trading, and one of the spectacles is when horses are shown off by being galloped along the "Flashing Lane".

It is also a major social and cultural event.

Mr Welch says making sure the fair goes as smoothly as possible is a year-round business: "A week after this year finishes we start planning next year's fair, to make it safer and more comfortable for people."

Teenager who stabbed friend in the back is jailed

A teenager who stabbed a friend in the back in a Workington house has been jailed for 20 months.

Jonathan Stanley, 18, grabbed a knife from the kitchen at his home in Firth View Walk after Michael Hill arrived there and became aggressive. Fighting broken out and he stabbed his friend, puncturing his lung.

Winstanley admitted unlawful wounding and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today.

Recorder John Corless said: "It is by luck and good fortune that no more serious injury was caused"

Sixty years ago, a Cumbrian was the first lucky winner

It's 60 years ago today since the first Premium Bond draw took place.

The winner, with a prize worth £1,000, was from what is now Cumbria.

Man drawing number
Central Press

The winner's name is lost to history. The number isn't, as you can see here.

Police appeal for M6 crash witnesses

Police say they'd like to hear from anyone who saw a collision just south of Carlisle at around 06:35 this morning.

The driver of a black Vauxhall Zafira was slightly hurt when he was in collision with a silver Mercedes Vito.

Cumbria's weather: Risk of rain later

BBC Weather

Most places will remain dry through the day, although some rain will spread into the far west of the region later this evening. There'll be light winds and temperatures of 20C (68F).

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

Simon is guest of honour at veterans' event

Simon Weston, veteran of the Falklands Conflict, is the guest of honour at an Armed Forces Open Day in Carlisle today.

Simon weston

Simon became one of the conflict's best-known survivors because of the way he battled back from serious burns suffered in the Bluff Cove attacks.

He'll be hosting a question and answer session at the Old Fire Station.

The event has been organised to show the support that is on offer to veterans and their families, and finishes at 15:00.

Charity reports jump in sex crime statistics

The number of recorded internet-related sex crimes against children in Cumbria has more than doubled in a year, according to figures released today by the charity the NSPCC.

Between 2015 and 2016, 77 cases were recorded and this rose to 166 between 2016 and 2017.

Peter McCall

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said there's no doubt that the county's children are vulnerable:

The thing that we're most worried about is when people make contact with children on the internet, often pretending to be someone of the child's own age, and the really worrying thing is that many will then seek to meet up with these children.

Those bogey man figures that we might have grown up with, that were lurking around outside, they're now in your sitting room because they're online."

County's police target the summertime drinkers

Cumbria's police launched their summer campaign to reduce drinking and driving today.

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Officers say they seen an increase in positive breath tests because people are tempted to have a drink on sunny days and then get behind the wheel.

Samir Nabi

Carlisle midfielder Samir Nabi signs a new one-year contract with the League Two side, with an option to extend the deal.

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Weather on the fell tops: Rain moving in later

Temperature at 3,000ft: 9C;

Wind: Southerly or southeasterly fresh to strong, with gusts around 45mph, easing to moderate from late afternoon.

Cloud: Occasional hill fog above 1,000ft near Irish Sea coasts in the morning, this mostly lifting above summits. Then as rain spreads in later, cloud bases gradually lowering to 2,600ft by late afternoon, and 1,600ft in the west in heavier rain in the evening.

Visibility: Very good at first but becoming moderate at times in rain.

Freezing level: Above the summits


Korosi investigation: Two officers 'move to different roles'

We've more on the investigation by a watchdog into the way police operated in the weeks running up to a murder in Carlisle.

The the Independent Police Complaints Commission said it is now investigating possible misconduct by two officers in the case of Linda Korosi, who was killed by a former partner last year.

Cumbria police say the two detectives, a constable and a sergeant, have been "performing different roles" but have not been suspended.

“The constabulary, who made a referral to the IPCC following her death, will continue to fully cooperate with these inquiries,” it added.

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Travel: Signals hitch slows trains on West Coast main line

BBC News Travel

A signalling problem is delaying southbound trains between Oxenholme and Lancaster by about 10 minutes.

BreakingKorosi murder: Investigators focus on conduct of two detectives

Two Cumbria police officers have been told they're being investigated for possible misconduct before a murder in Carlisle.

Linda Korosi was murdered in her home by her former partner, Miklos Verebes in September 2016.

Verebes was jailed for life in March this year.

Police cordon outside Ms Korosi's home

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said this morning it was "looking at the contact she had with Cumbria Constabulary, including any measures to safeguard her welfare and the actions taken following reports of rape and assault."

Both officers, a detective constable and a detective sergeant, have been notified that the investigators have discovered "an indication of misconduct", the statement said.

All other officers involved in this case are being treated as witnesses.

Workington candidates highlight Brexit hopes

BBC Radio Cumbria

The hopes and fears of life outside the European Union were top of the agenda for Parliamentary candidates for the Workington seat in the BBC Radio Cumbria debate.

The Conservative candidate, Clark Vasey, said he was confident the UK could get a good agreement.

The Germans want to keep selling us BMWs and Volkswagens, and that's why we'll get a good deal, but only by going in with a strong leader committed to getting that good deal, not going in on our knees."

For the Liberal Democrats, Phil Roberts said the problems would become clear: "We're already seeing our inflation rising, production is lowering."

The UKIP candidate, George Kemp, said his business was flying high: "I don't think it's going to be the effect that all the doom-mongers say."

And Roy Ivinson, who's standing as an independent, said: "We go into the negotiations and we get what we can get, or we walk away and leave it."

The Labour candidate, Sue Hayman, was due to attend, but withdrew because of shadow cabinet commitments. The debate will be repeated at 18:00.

Van clears M6 crash barrier and lands in field

Martin Lewes


Police and several witnesses were standing on the hard shoulder and wondering how this van got where it did, southbound near Penrith on the M6, when I was coming into work this morning.

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Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, between J42 for A6 and J41 for B5305.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J42, A6 (Carlisle South) and J41, B5305 (Catterlen), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Helicopter flies chest pain walker to hospital

Mountain rescue volunteers from the Cockermouth team asked a Coastguard helicopter to come in for a walker who collapsed with severe chest pain on the Hopegill Head range.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

The man, 65, was monitored and treated at the scene, before being flown to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle.

Travel: A595 closed in West Cumbria

BBC News Travel

The A595 will be closed until tomorrow evening for resurfacing between the Thursby roundabout and the B5305.

Workington candidates square up for election debate

BBC Radio Cumbria

Candidates standing in the General Election for the Workington constituency will be debating on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning.

Bob Cooper, BBC Radio Cumbria's political reporter will be in the chair, and the programme starts at 09:00.

Candidates at debate
Jason Kennedy

Carlisle United midfielder Jason Kennedy signs a new two-year deal with the League Two side.

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Cumbria's weather: Warm with sunny intervals

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudier day than yesterday, but there will still be some warm sunny intervals.

Temperatures could reach 20C (68F) in light winds.

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, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and a scattering of other items through until 18:00 or so.

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