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  1. Updates on Tuesday 8 August 2017

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Carabao Cup

Carlisle United reach the second round of the EFL Cup by stunning League One side Fleetwood after extra-time.

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National League

Barrow and FC Halifax play out a goalless draw in their National League clash at Holker Street on Tuesday.

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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 odd other nugget from around the county, for today.

Here's a reminder of some of the main developments.

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

Until then, 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.

Barrow hope for points from visitors Halifax

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow host FC Halifax Town tonight, still looking for their first points of the new National League season.

Joel Dixon, Andy Parry and Byron Harrison all miss out again through injury.

The Bluebirds lost their opening game to Dagenham 2-1 at the weekend.

Barrow shirt

Match commentary is on BBC Radio Cumbria's AM frequencies and online.

Cumbria's weather: Showery rain, then windier

BBC Weather

Heavy showery rain will continue this evening and initially overnight, before easing southeastwards.

It will then turn dry with strengthening winds, and temperatures falling to about 11C (52F).

Weather graphic

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

Sellafield defends pay offer as unions call ballots

Sellafield Ltd's defended a 1.5% pay rise given to staff, after two unions at the plant called ballots on industrial action.


Unite and the GMB unions, which together represent about 5,000 workers, have both rejected a 1.5% increase being paid from next month.

Unite said the rise was "paltry" but the company said it had already been accepted by a union representing more than half the 10,000 workforce, and would increase the wage bill by £12m a year.

“Like all publicly funded organisations we have to control costs and ensure we are delivering value for money for the tax payer, so we’re implementing a pay award which we feel is fair, reasonable and, most importantly, affordable."

Top mountain race returns to Lakes after nine-year gap

Martin Lewes


One of Britain's best-known mountain endurance races is returning to the Lake District next year for its 50th birthday, for the first time since 2008.

Competitors in the Original Mountain Marathon have to navigate their way up to 120km across a series of mountain checkpoints over two days, camping in the hills overnight and carrying all equipment and supplies.

fell runners

There was controversy in 2008 when the race, based in Borrowdale, was hit by severe weather, but competitors see cold, rain and wind, almost inevitable for the race's traditional timing at the end of October, as part of the challenge.

The 2,000 places in the race, starting on 28 October, are already booked with 300 in the waiting list.

Biker still critical after Ullswater crash

A motorcyclist is still in a critical condition in the Preston Royal Infirmary after a crash on the A592 at the weekend.

The 53-year-old man, from Manchester, was riding a Triumph that collided with a Ford driven by a man from Penrith.

The crash happened between Aira Force and Glenridding at about 18:00 and the road was closed for a couple of hours while the emergency services dealt wkth the incident..

Carlisle United short of defenders for cup tie

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United could be down to just four fit defenders for tonight's Carabao Cup first round tie at League One Fleetwood following an injury to summer signing Tom Parkes at the weekend.

Forward Sam Cosgrove is one of several players hoping to make their senior debut tonight following loan spells in the non-league.

Fleetwood town stadium

There's full match commentary on BBC Radio Cumbria FM and Freeview 721.

NSPCC joins praise for groping teacher's victim

The children's charity the NSPCC has joined police in praising the bravery of the young victim of a teacher jailed today for assaulting her.

David Harrison, 26, of Friars Garth, Abbeytown, had denied four charges of assaulting a child under the age of 13, but he was jailed for four years after the jury found him guilty.

The girl's evidence, in which she used two small mannequins to demonstrate to a police officer how she had bee assaulted, was shown to the trial.

A spokesman for the NSPCC said: "“Harrison knew what he was doing was wrong, yet he carried on abusing his young victim for several months.

“She has shown great courage in speaking out about the abuse she suffered at his hands."

Council offices shut as police investigations continue

Allerdale council says its office in Maryport will remain closed for the rest of the day, because it's inside a police cordon for an investigation into a stabbing last night.

Harry Blowing

Police release the name of an 18-year-old from Carlisle killed in an accident on the A7 north of Langholm.

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Man arrested after Maryport stabbing

A 32-year-old Carlisle man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident in Maryport left a second man critically ill in hospital.

Police say the 34-year-old suffered stab wounds in the assault in Senhouse Street just after midnight.

The injured man is now being treated in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Detectives say the scene's still cordoned off and they've appealed for witnesses.

Your pictures: The cattle built for the Cumbrian summer

It may be rather unseasonal weather for August, but for these HIghland cattle photographed by Carolyn Farthing up at Hartside, it's just water off a cow's back.

Highland Cattle
Carolyn Farthing

Many thanks to Carolyn; 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.

Police step up hunt for bar attacker as victim counts the cost

This man was punched in the face in the Walkabout Bar in Carlisle more than two weeks ago, but his bruises are still vivid, and his deeper injuries remain.

Swollen face
Cumbria Police

The 33-year-old suffered facial fractures and a head injury that lead to a brain haemorrhage, and has now been released from hospital.

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and questioned about the incident.

Silhouette of a woman

The senior family court judge previously said society should be "ashamed" for not protecting the teenager.

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Travel: Lorry fire slows traffic near Penrith

BBC News Travel

A lorry on fire near Penrith has closed the A6 near Kemplay roundabout and caused congestion on the A66, from the M6 at junction 40 past Kemplay roundabout.

Police welcome sentence for groping teacher

Police have welcomed a four-year jail sentence handed down to a teacher who was found guilty at Carlisle Crown Court of putting his hand down the front of a young girl's clothing.

David Harrison
Cumbria Police

David Harrison, 26, of Friars Garth, Abbeytown, was convicted by a jury of four counts of sexual assault on a girl under the age of 13; he has been placed on the sex offenders register for life, and must abide by an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Set Con Deborah Story said his victim had shown immense courage, and Harrison had shown a total lack of remorse.

We are pleased that Harrison will now serve time for his crimes."

Deborah StoryCumbria Police

Cumbria's weather: Increasing risk of showers

BBC Weather

There will be some bright or sunny spells this afternoon, though with an increasing risk of a few showers breaking out through the day.

The temperature will rise to 19C (66F) at best, but it will probably be much cooler.

Weather graphic

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

David Harrison

David Harrison was found guilty of four counts of sexually assaulting the girl aged under 13.

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Police seek driver after Dalton near-miss

The police are appealing for information after a grandmother and her granddaughter had to move out of the way of a vehicle that mounted the pavement in Dalton-in-Furness.

Ulverston Road

The incident happened on Ulverston Road near Prince Street on the afternoon of Thursday, 13 July, and police have just made details public. The vehicle is described and large and light coloured.

Ambulance service seeks more first responders

The North West Ambulance Service is appealing for more volunteer Community First Responders.

More than 500 Cumbrians already give up their time to attend emergencies, often arriving before ambulances.

The ambulance service says providing more immediate basic first aid can literally mean the difference between life and death, particularly in rural areas.

Anyone interested who should email the service, with their name and postcode.

Sellafield union ballots workers on 'paltry' 1.5% pay offer

The trade union, Unite, says it's going to ballot its 2,000 members at the Sellafield plant on whether to take industrial action over a 1.5% pay offer.

Unite officer Graham Williams said the union accepted a 0.25% increase last year, and this year's offer had been imposed from next month, backdated to April

He said: "This paltry pay offer is completely unacceptable."

We've asked Sellafield Ltd for the company's response.


BreakingTeacher who assaulted girl jailed for four years

A Cumbrian teacher who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a girl has been jailed for four years.

A week-long trial at Carlisle Crown Court heard how 26-year-old David Harrison would put his hand down the child's shirt and rub her chest.

The judge said Harrison, of Friars Garth, Abbeytown, had destroyed his career and brought lasting shame on himself.

David Harrison

Harrison, who was convicted of four counts of sexually assaulting a child aged under 13, must also sign the sex offenders register for life and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order indefinitely.

Rescue team praise walkers who helped man, 75, with hypothermia

Volunteers from the Keswick mountain rescue team have praised walkers who cared for a 75-year-old man they found suffering from hypothermia on a remote track near Grisedale Pike.

Keswick mountain rescue team members.

A team spokesman said the man had "run out of legs" and then become cold when he sat down for a rest.

Two walkers who found the main raised the alarm and then stayed with him, helping him into a survival bag until the team arrived.

The casualty, the team said, quickly recovered once warmed up with specialist heat pads and was eventually able to drive himself back to his hotel.

All credit to the couple who stayed with him whilst the team was mobilised."

Mick GuyKeswick Mountain Rescue Team

Weather on the fell tops: Chance of showers

Temperatures at 3,000ft: Up to 9C,

Winds: Gentle to moderate northeasterly, gusting 20mph.

Cloud: Patchy cloud around 2,600ft.

Visibility: Mainly very good but moderate in showers

Police commissioner wants more street cameras

Cumbria's police and crime commissioner has told BBC Radio Cumbria he'd like to see the county's CCTV network expanded.

It's two years since the current 53-camera system went live.

Peter McCall says local councils want more CCTV and he'd be keen to work with them to extend the network.

CCTV camera
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County defends sprinklers decision in new schools campus

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

There are no plans to put sprinklers in a new school building in West Cumbria, officials say, although government guidelines say they should be fitted in all but a few low-risk cases.

Cumbria County Council says there are no plans to include sprinklers in the design of the multimillion-pound Campus Whitehaven, which will be shared by St Benedict's and Mayfield schools.

The council says it takes fire safety extremely seriously and that the building's design complies with the relevant building regulations.

According to the Association of British Insurers, the average fire in a school did damage valued at £2.8m in 2014, and last year the ABI government guidelines on sprinklers should not be relaxed.

Travel: Train services suspended for lack of crews

BBC News Travel

The Northern rail service between Windermere and Lancaster has been suspended because of a shortage of train crews. The train company says it is trying to organise a replacement bus service.

Judge approves care plan for suicidal teenager

A senior judge has approved a plan for the care of a suicidal teenage girl who's formally in the care of Cumbria county council.

The 17-year old - known as Girl X - will be moved to a special unit on Thursday after doctors managed to find her a bed at an appropriate facility.

The case has led to calls for the the government to do more to improve mental health care for young people.

Sir James Munby

The country's most senior family court judge, Sir James Munby, who'd demanded a safe place be found for the girl in a scathing judgement last week, said it was not a matter for congratulation, because: "The provision of the care that someone like X needs should not be dependent upon judicial involvement, nor should someone like X be privileged just because her case comes before a very senior judge."

The teenager is due to be released from a custodial sentence next week, and because she had made dozens of attempts to hurt herself, experts said she needed specialist intensive care if she were not to kill herself.

Carlisle teenage driver dies in bridge crash

A teenage driver from Carlisle has died after a crash on the A7 north of Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway.

The 18-year-old was at the wheel of a black BMW which smashed into a bridge parapet.

He was freed from the wreckage by firefighters and transferred by helicopter to Dumfries Royal Infirmary where he later died.

The crash happened shortly after 19:00 last night. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Cumbria's weather: Just a scattering of showers

BBC Weather

It should be a bright day with just a scattering of showers and maybe a bit of sunshine. Temperatures will reach a cool 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Signals problem delays coast line trains

BBC News Travel

A signalling problem at Parton is causing delays up up to 30 minutes on Northern services between Barrow and Carlisle.

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 the day.

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.