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  1. Updates on Tuesday 11 July 2017

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Our live coverage across the day

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and the like for today; we'll do it again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Among today's stories:

  • The managers of the port of Workington said its future was secure after millions of pounds of investment since Cumbria County Council bought the harbour;
  • The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, promised new efforts to free Wigton's John Armstrong and five other men who've been in jail in India since 2013;
  • And Kirkby Lonsdale made a virtue out of a problem by converting what was the HSBC bank into a larger tourist information centre.

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.

Carlisle Crown Court

Police also seized a tin containing £2,300 worth of cocaine, found the car's boot.

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Mayor welcomes water tests announcement

We've more on the announcement that the Drinking Water inspectorate is looking into changes in West Cumbria's water supply.

There were complaints after consumers noticed their water was harder, and made a popping noise when boiling; United Utilities said this was because it was blending in supplies from a borehole to make up for a reduced take from Ennerdale.

Mike Starkie
Mike Starkie

Today the Drinking Water Inspectorate said the supplies were safe, but it was examining how a chamnge in the supply had been handled.

The Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, said: "It’s clear both the change in water quality and UU’s lack of communication around the change have caused great concern to residents, and they deserve an explanation."

United Utilities is holding meetings in Whitehaven and Egremont tomorrow and on Thursday to give consumers the chance to find out more, but Mr Starkie said "some distress could have been avoided with better communication."

Barrow manager tests trialists with Motherwell visit

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow AFC's pre-season continues tonight with the visit of SPL side Motherwell to Holker Street.

Manager Paul Cox says he'll be involving several trialists in tonight's game.

He said: "We're going to have some problems to solve, not just when we start but also seven or eight games into the season."

The kick-off is at 18:30 and there's match commentary online through the BBC Football homepage.

Carlisle are visiting Penrith tonight in a pre-season friendly, with another at Workington tomorrow.

Inspectors: West Cumbria water 'safe to drink'

Government inspectors say they've checked out water in parts of West Cumbria after public concerns, and it is safe to drink.

The comments came after United Utilities started blending the existing supply, from Ennerdale, with water from a borehole in Egremont, making it harder.

The water company says it's been told to reduce the supply it's taking from Ennerdale to protect the River Ehen.

Woman filling kettle
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The Drinking Water Inspectorate said it had tested samples of the new supplies and were satisfied with the results.

However, officials added that they would be reviewing the change in supply and communications with consumers,and they'd be contacting some of the people who complained.

Cumbria's weather: Long clear spells

BBC Weather

It'll be dry with long clear spells this evening and overnight.

There'll be light northeasterly winds and a minimum temperature of 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

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

Johnson vows to free anti-piracy guards from India

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has told MPs he will "leave no stone unturned" to free John Armstrong from Wigton and five other men from an Indian prison where they're being held on firearms offences.

John Armstrong

Mr Armstrong and his colleagues were working as anti-piracy guards in the Indian Ocean when the Indian authorities detained their ship in October 2013.

They and their families have fought ever since to have them released.

Answering questions in the Commons, Mr Johnson said he would try to approach the chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, rather than the Indian federal government.

"Whether we will be any more successful with her in making our points, I will ascertain, but we will leave no stone unturned," he said.

Voluntary services centre moves into new city base

An organisation that supports charities in Cumbria has officially opened its new home this afternoon.

Cumbria Council for Voluntary Services has moved to the Shaddongate Resource Centre in Carlisle, while the building was being renovated after flooding during Storm Desmond.

Shaddongate resource Centre

Travel: A66 'likely to be closed for some time'

BBC News Travel

Police say the A66 is likely to remain closed for some time after a two-vehicle accident between Appleby and Kirby Thore.

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cumbria - Stationary traffic on M6 northbound between J41, B5305 (Catterlen) and J42, A6 (Carlisle South), because of a rolling road-block and an accident.

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

Drug dealer jailed for three years after cocaine and cannabis found

A drug dealer from Lancashire who was found in possession of cocaine and cannabis when police pulled his car over near Durdar has been jailed for three years at Carlisle Crown Court.

Charlie Harrington, 22, from Crow Lane West, Newton Le Willows, was a passenger in the car; he handed over a packet of cannabis, and was also in possession of weighing scales and plastic bags.

Harrington, who had a previous conviction for selling drugs, admitted possessing cannabis and cocaine with intent to supply.

Your pictures: Scotby sunset

Tom Cavers from Scotby say the sun had just dipped below the horizon over Carlisle when he caught this view.

Sunset over Scotby
Tom Cavers

It's a striking effect - many thanks, Tom. 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.

Severe accident: A66 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A66 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between B6542 and B6412.

A66 Cumbria - A66 closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the B6542 junction in Appleby-In-Westmorland and the B6412 junction in Culgaith, because of accident investigation work.

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

Recreation centre extension gets green light.

An extension at Millom's Recreation Centre to house a new indoor play area for up 90 children has been given the go-ahead by planners.

There will also be a new fitness suite, studio and meeting rooms. The Copeland Community Fund gave £50,000 towards the work in 2015.

Cumbria's weather: Brightening up

BBC Weather

It should brighten up this afternoon with sunny spells and a risk of a few showers.

There'll be light and variable winds and a maximum temperature of 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

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

Cumbrian shopping centre 'one of most successful'

The Washington Square shopping centre in Workington is 98% full, making it one of the county's most successful, according to the manager David Fletcher.

Workington centre

Mr Fletcher says it's been hard work attracting the national chains: "Persuading the big people, your Next and Debenhams, to come into the town was very difficult because of the transportation.

"We're 30 miles from the motorway and that's logistically quite a challenge."

South Lakelanders asked how rules for dog owners could be improved

Martin Lewes


People living in South Lakeland are being given a chance to help draw up new rules for dog owners.

The current dog control orders expire in October, and officials want to know whether a new scheme, called a Public Space Protection Order, could be used instead.

A series of public meetings is being held as part of an 11-week consultation, and you can find more details here.

Former bank reopens as tourist information centre

The former HSBC bank in Kirkby Lonsdale's been reopened housing the town's tourist information centre.

New tourist information centre

The town's information centre has been run by a local community interest company since South Lakeland Council closed a number of centres in a round of cuts, but it's had to fit into a small shop.

The former bank is large enough for the company to sublet parts to a firm of estate agents and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

South Lakes music student admits drug-dealing

A music student from Endmoor, near Kendal, has admitted five charges including supplying ketamine and cannabis, after police found drugs with a street value of more than £1,000 in his possession.

Samuel Bowen-Wild, 21, from Moorend Cottages, was said to be a successful student who hoped to get a first class degree, and who was now no longer taking drugs.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Peter Davies adjourned the case for reports, but said he intended to impose a suspended sentence with "difficult and challenging conditions" attached.

Respite centre reaches half-way mark in £150,000 funds drive

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

A Cumbrian charity is hoping to raise thousands of pounds to upgrade its respite centre for people with learning disabilities.

Carlisle Mencap needs £150,000 to carry out building work and install specialist equipment at California House. So far it has raised £75,000.

California House

Sheila Gregory, from Carlisle Mencap (pictured, left), says the needs of her clients are changing: "In the years since I was manager here the group has changed completely, we have a lot of complex needs and we need more staff on board."

Wipes, cotton buds and toys: All part of the catch at the wastewater treatment works

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

Wastewater engineers from United Utilities say supposedly "flushable" wipes can block their systems, because they don't break down in water.

Engineer showing off items caught in sewage works filter

Children's toys, golf balls cottonbuds and even false teeth are other items regularly found caught in the filters at the wastewater treatment works near Workington.

BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller's been for a tour of the works and you can find his report here.

Rail works

Passengers face disruption during upgrade projects along the line between Kilmarnock and Carlisle.

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Travel: Crash blocks A6 on county boundary

BBC News Travel

The A6 is blocked in both directions at Yealand Conyers on the Cumbria-Lancashire border after a serious accident.

Police say it will remain closed for some time.

Heritage status 'brings new challenges'

The man who chaired the successful bid for World Heritage Site status for the Lake District has been outlining the challenges that now lie ahead.

The National Park is now on a list of the most significant destinations in the world - including the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China - and closer to home, Hadrian's Wall.

Lord Clark of Windermere

Lord Clark of Windermere said he's worried that local tourism businesses think it will simply mean an increase in visitors.

"That thinking should not be allowed to develop. We're going to have to provide value for money and that isn't only cash value, that's the value of the peace and the reason why people come to the lakes," he said.

Workington port 'secure for generations' after £25m investment

One of Cumbria's biggest ports says its future is secure for generations to come, after investing £25m over the past 27 years.

Ship in Workington port

The Port of Workington survived the decline in the coal and steel industries, increased its capacity, and now says it's handling an average of almost a thousand tonnes of cargo each day.

That includes logs and wood pulp, and more recently huge water pipes imported from Spain for the new pipeline at Thirlmere.

Weather on the fell tops: Chance of a shower

BBC Weather

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: Up to 9C;
  • Winds: Light northeasterly;
  • Cloud: Occasional patches down to 2,300ft;
  • Visibility: Generally good, moderate in any showers.

Driver who brandished knife is jailed

A driver who threatened a family in another car with a knife in the middle of Kendal has been jailed for eight months by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court.

James Ian Waddington, 25, from Willowside Park in Haverigg admitted having a bladed article, driving without due care and attention, and two other offences.

New appeal for organ donors as report shows 360 Cumbrians live on

There's a new appeal for Cumbrians to become organ donors as figures show more than 360 people are alive in Cumbria thanks to a transplant.

Nationally, more than 50,000 people are alive today because of an organ donation, according to the NHS organisation's annual report.

The NHS Blood and Transplant organisation says 33 patients in the county received an organ or other donated items in the last year.

But the NHS says more donors are needed - the national average shows that three people die every day while waiting for a transplant.


Firefighters in the GMB union say they are not paid properly for the work they do at Sellafield.

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Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be keeping up with the news and travel reports, posting a regular weather forecast, and dropping in the odd other nugget from the county, through until about 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.