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  1. Updates on Monday 10 July 2017
  2. Lake District given long-awaited World Heritage Site tag
  3. World Heritage listing welcomed - but some have reservations
  4. Rescue volunteers lowered 600 feet into gully after woman injured by falling stone
  5. Sellafield firefighters announce date for strike

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Martin Lewes


It's been a day dominated by the announcement that the Lake District will be the first British national park to become a World Heritage site.

But there's been other news:

  • A Lake District rescue team told how members have to be lowered 600 feet down a gully to rescue a group of walkers after one of their number was hit by a falling stone;
  • And firefighters at Sellafield announced a date for a 24-hour strike in a pay dispute; the company said it had arranged cover with a third party.

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 us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Friends warn on Lake District heritage site announcement

The Friends of the Lake District have warned that the designation of the national park as a world heritage site may have damaging consequences.

The environmental organisation said it welcomed the announcement, but: "We have some concerns that the resultant increase in publicity and awareness of the Lake District may lead to more unsustainable tourism, and not just an increase in international flights.

"Of more direct significance to Cumbria, we could see an increase in car journeys and a greater threat of inappropriate developments."

Lake District farm

Your pictures: Sunset light frames Whitehaven sea angler

Gary McKeating was kind enough to send us this dramatic photo of a fisherman silhouetted by the setting sun at the West Cumbrian harbour.

Sea angler at sunset on pier
Gary McKeating

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

Bus company plans to run services in Eden valley

Stagecoach says it will be running three trips a day Monday to Friday between Appleby and Penrith from September.

Earlier this year another firm, Grand Prix Services, said it was no longer viable for them to run a bus through the area. Stagecoach says the services will be during off-peak times.

Common land farmers say heritage status needs cash support

An organisation representing a number of Cumbria's hill farmers says the World Heritage Site status given to the Lake District underlines the need for continuing government financial support.

Herdwick sheep

One of the main reasons the international organisation added the area to the 1,000 other places on the list was because of its tradition farming methods and the importance of these in maintaining the landscape.

Julia Aglionby, director of the Foundation for Common Land, said: "The price commoners receive for their livestock does not reflect the benefits they provide society and the 17m visitors who come to the Lake District each year."

She said maintaining the ancient system where farmers share grazing on the commons required continuing support.

Sellafield fire fighters set date for pay strike

Firefighters at Sellafield have set a date for a strike in a dispute over pay.

The crews, members of the GMB union, say a pay offer would leave them 5% behind inflation since 2009.


They've said they'll strike for 24 hours from 06:01 on 24 July.

A statement from Sellafield Ltd said: "We have a commercial agreement in place with a third party provider to ensure fire safety standards are maintained."

Cox tests new Barrow players in tough friendlies

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow host Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in their second friendly in a 6:30 kick-off at Holker Street tomorrow night.

It's another stern test for Paul Cox's side, who were beaten 2-1 by League One side Blackburn at the weekend.

Paul Cox
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It's not really about results, it's about conditioning, it's about getting the new boys that have signed for us into a rhythm, into a structure, an organisation.

Paul CoxManager, Barrow AFC

Man dies after car hits house in Carlisle

Police say a man has died after a car hit a wall in Lawson Street in Carlisle earlier this afternoon.

A spokeswoman confirmed the 81-year-old man had been taken to the nearby Cumberland Infirmary, where he died.

The road's closed while officers investigate what happened. They've appealed for witnesses.

Cumbria's weather: Cloud increasing with light rain to come

BBC Weather

Any showers will die out this evening and the night will start dry with clear spells. Cloud will increase overnight with a little patchy light rain in places.

There'll be light westerly winds and a minimum temperature of 12C (54F).

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J40 for A66 and J39 for B6261.

M6 Cumbria - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J40, A66 (Penrith) and J39, B6261 (Shap), because of a van fire.

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


Radioactive material is to be moved from Dounreay to a harbour to then be shipped to Sellafield in Cumbria.

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Lakes shepherd welcomes heritage status

James Rebanks, the Lake District farmer whose twitter feed about his life has attracted nearly 100,000 followers, was quick to welcome the announcement that the area was to be designated a world heritage site.

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James has worked for Unesco as a consultant on making traditional communities better able to support themselves, in a number of areas in the world.

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Missing teenager found safe

Jonathan Byrne, the Kendal 15-year-old reported missing last night, has been found safe and well.

First Cumbrian patients stride out on robot knee

Patients in Cumbria who need artificial legs are being offered knee joints controlled by a computer.

Niki Tebbutt, clinical specialist physiotherapist in amputee rehabilitation, John Miller, and Neil Wallace, prosthetist.

Sensors in the knee joint monitor the wearer's steps and adjust the movement to cope with ramps and steps.

John Miller, seen here with staff members Nikki Tebbutt and Neil Wallace, was the first patient to complete a four-week trial period with the microprocessor-controlled knee.

He said: "I used to fall about eight or nine times a month but I’ve not fallen once since I got the new knee."

Severe disruption: A5094 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5094 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between B5345 Scotch Street and Coach Road.

A5094 Cumbria - A5094 Scotch Street in Whitehaven closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the B5345 Scotch Street junction and the Coach Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Fell scrambler 'could have died' in rock fall rescue

Rescue team members say a woman who was hit by a falling rock while trying to scramble up a Lake District valley could have died.

Rescue team member abseiling into gully
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

Keswick Mountain Rescue volunteers were helped by members of the Wasdale and the RAF Leeming teams after the group of four people called for help from Great End in Seathwaite on Saturday.

The rescuers had to descend 600ft into the gully, and it was six hours until the last of the group was helped to safety.

The woman was able to to walk down with assistance, but a team spokesman said the incident could have had "fatal consequences."

Wordsworth's words helped heritage site bid

This verse from the poet William Wordsworth was part of the presentation put together as part of the bid for the Lake District to become a world heritage site.

This morning the director of the WordsworthTrust, Michael McGregor, recalled them again.

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Police search for missing 15-year-old boy

Police in Kendal have appealed for help to find a 15-year-old boy who hasn't been seen since 19:30 last night.

Jonathan Byrne

Police say Jonathan Byrne was last seen wearing a black and white checked shirt and black jeans.

What makes a world heritage site?

Martin Lewes


The Lake District was awarded World Heritage status yesterday but what does that mean?

Unesco, which is part of the United Nations, started listing World Heritage sites in 1972 after a number of nations said they feared some could be lost through neglect or destruction.

Places can be listed, or "inscribed", for reasons of their cultural importance, or their natural features such as wildlife or landscape. The qualification is "outstanding universal value".

Years of research and a huge and detailed report were compiled as part of the Lake District application to Unesco

Being listed as a World Heritage Site will not automatically bring the national park authority any extra powers or money.

But it's likely to be cited in battles over planning applications or applications for grants.

Great Langdale

Cumbria's weather: Brightening up, but showers persist

BBC Weather

It will brighten up this afternoon but there will still be a few showers about - some will be heavy. There'll be light winds and temperatures up to about 20C in places.

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

Grasmere businesses hope for heritage site boost

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Businesses in one of the Lake District's busiest villages say they see few downsides in the area becoming a World Heritage Site.


Amanda Perrem, from Barney's Newsagents and Jigsaws. said: "Hopefully it will bring more tourists, more business into our shop.

"We struggled last year so we could always do with more."

Rugby League: Town's campaign goes to final week of main season

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Workington Town's hopes of reaching the League One playoffs will go down to the final weekend of the regular rugby league season.

A win at home to Keighley yeserday would have seen them qualify for the second phase of the season, when the top eight compete for the honours, but the two sides drew 30-all, so the West Cumbrians will have to win at York next weekend.

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: The other World Heritage Sites

The Lake District has joined more than 1,000 World Heritage Sites on the list drawn up by the international organisation Unesco, which is part of the United Nations.

There are 30 in the UK or parts of the world governed by it, including mining and industrial remains, the remote island of St Kilda, and the aptly-named and even more remote Inaccessible Island (pictured), which is in the South Atlantic.

Gough and Inaccessible Islands
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Unesco listing is welcomed across the Lakes

The Lake District has now joined The Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge and Hadrian's Wall on a prestigious list of destinations that have been declared World Heritage Sites.

The decision, made at a meeting on Krakow, Poland, yesterday, has been widely welcomed.

By most analyses it'll boost the local economy by about £20m and that's a really good thing."

John GlenMinister for arts, heritage and tourism
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The designation highlights the proud heritage of the area, and puts it on a global stage."

Dorothy FairburnDirector North, Country Land and Business Association.

MP Farron strikes note of caution on World Heritage Site

The Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron, whose constituency includes the southern part of the Lake District, qualified his welcome for the announcement that the Lake District had been added to the Unesco list of World Heritage Sites.

Mr Farron said the announcement was fantastic news for the area and the tourist economy.

But he added the designation "must not be used as an excuse to freeze in aspic our vibrant rural communities".

The Lake District must be a place where local people can afford to live, raise a family and find work so that rural communities can thrive."

Tim FarronMP for Westmorland and Lonsdale

Explorer, 73, to speak in Barrow

One of the world's greatest living explorers is appearing on stage in Barrow this evening.

Ran Fiennes
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be talking at the Forum about the challenges he's faced in his personal life and on his expeditions.

The 73-year-old mutiple record holder is currently attempting to become the first person to have crossed both polar ice caps and to have climbed the highest mountain on each continent.

Eden residents get chance to comment on homes development sites

Local people are being asked for their comments on where more than four thousand homes should be built in the Eden Valley.

The Eden Local Plan will be used to earmark land where developers will be more likely to gain planning permission.

Consultation documents and response forms will be available at district council offices in Penrith as well as at Local Links and libraries across the area.

Questions from public over Lake District 'Heritage Site' listing

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Lake District finally given the World Heritage Site tag

The Lake District has been listed among the world's most important places by the international organisation Unesco.

Yew Tree farm

In a statement after the decision yesterday, UNESCO said gave three reasons for including the area with other places such as the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Barrier Reef:

  • It was a landscape shaped both by glaciers and by by farming traditions;
  • It had inspired artistic and literary movements, such as the Romantic Poets;
  • It was a catalyst for protecting landscapes in Britain and across the world,for example being the birthplace of the National Trust.
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Travel: Carlisle road closed by lorry stuck under bridge

BBC News Travel

Kingmoor Road in Carlisle will be closed for some time while police extract a lorry that's become stuck under a bridge.

Cumbria's weather: Patch rain dying out

BBC Weather

Patchy light rain will die out with a scattering of showers possible, some of which could be on the heavy side.

There'll be gentle westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 20C (68F).

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Check the forecast where you are here.

Travel: Strike disrupts train services

BBC News Travel

Northern train services are disrupted this morning by the long-running dispute over proposals for driver-only trains.

You can find detailsof how lines in Cumbria are affected here.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning.

We'll be bringing you reaction to the long-anticipated decision to add the Lake District to the definitive list of World Heritage Sites, and of course the other 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 us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.