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  1. Updates on Friday 8 September 2017

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other items that catch our eye, for today and this week.

Here's a reminder:

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday to do it all again.

If there's something that should be here such as a story or photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Have a good weekend.

Disqualified driver who flouted bans is jailed

A disqualified driver who was caught behind the wheel while subject to a six-year ban been jailed for two years.

Lee Christopher Cooney
Cumbria Police

Lee Cooney, 39, of Chatsworth Square, admitted seven offences when he appeared before Carlisle Crown Court, including handling stolen goods, possessing heroin and failing to surrender to bail, as well as driving while disqualified.

Judge Peter Davies, who was told Cooney's record of 124 offences included being caught driving while banned 11 times, said the jail term, with another driving ban to follow, would give the defendant "some further time to reflect".

Prison for thief who damaged medieval cathedral carving

A criminal with 127 convictions on his record damaged a 15th Century wooden panel after breaking into Carlisle's cathedral.

Damaged woodwork in cathedral
Cumbria police

Dean George Higgins, 34, of Howard Place, Carlisle, had been seen climbing up stone fretwork before trying to steal from a charity box.

Higgins admitted burglary with intent to steal and two unrelated shoplifting offences and was jailed for 28 months.

Record Andrew Nuttall told Higgins he had been a "plague on this city for a long time".

Cumbria's weather: More heavy, blustery showers

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy at times with a risk of further heavy, blustery showers over western hills and temperatures 11C (52F).

Weather graphic

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

Traffic and travel: A66 reopens after earlier blockage

BBC News Travel

The A66 has finally reopened after earlier problems on the stretch from Brough to Scotch Corner.

A lorry had shed its load near West Layton, with a 67-tonne digger becoming wedged on a trailer.

Things should hopefully be getting back to normal now:

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'Tree surgeons' steal cash and jewels

Three cold callers who obtained work trimming trees in Thurstonfield, west of Carlisle, distracted the householders while a fourth went into the home and stole cash, jewellery and old coins worth an estimated £700.

Police say the four men were dressed in high-visibility clothing and helmets, and travelled in a long-wheelbase van at lunchtime on 6 September.

Festival staff optimistic about 'Keep' artistic inflation

Earlier in the week, the artist Steve Messam was not optimistic about the weather allowing him to inflate his installation, Keep, in Kendal this weekend before Sunday.

But this afternoon, after a test inflation, staff at the Lakes Alive festival said would be in place tomorrow morning.

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Driver critically hurt in crash

Police say a driver is critically ill in hospital and his passenger was also injured in a crash near Burton-in-Kendal early this morning.

The two local men, one 21 and the other 22, were in an Audi A3 which crashed on the A6070. They were taken to the Preston Royal Hospital.

The road was closed for five hours, and police have appealed for witnesses.

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J36 for A590 and J35 for A601.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) and J35 A601(M) Carnforth, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Police on Ulverston point duty to recruit more specials

Police will be outside the Coronation Hall in Ulverston tomorrow in a recruiting drive for more special constables.

Special with speed camera
Cumbria police

In the past month, Cumbria police specials made 16 arrests, carried out more than 100 checks on vehicles and were involved in a number of operations.

The recruiting team will be in Ulverston from 12:00 to 17:00.

Being a volunteer means you can work alongside regular police officers across a large area, from the busy town of Barrow out to the likes of Coniston, in the countryside."

Insp James Bailey

Some hairdressing for the herd as farmers prepare for show

It's less than a week until the Westmorland County Show near Kendal, one of the two biggest shows in the Cumbrian agricultural calendar.

Like farmers across the north, James Robinson, who runs an organic dairy herd not far from the showground, has got the brush and clippers out...

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Study shows worries for future of Dales communities

Wildlife crime and the future of farming after Brexit are considered to be important topics by people who took part in a survey by the Yorkshire Dales National Park, according to a consultation.

More than 600 people sent in submissions during June this year, many highlighting the shortage of affordable housing for locals and the lack of well paid work, meaning young people were moving away from small communities.

The findings will be used to guide the policies for running the national park, which was increased in size by 25% earlier this year.

You can see the full report here.

Dales field barn ruin
Getty Images

Rising tide of burglaries prompts police warning

Police have warned householders in Carlisle to make sure doors and windows are secure after a spate of burglaries.

Det Insp Dave Cooper said the increasing number of break ins had particularly affected the west of the city, with five crimes recorded that involved unlocked doors in a week.

He said that in some cases the thieves had entered homes while people were in other rooms.

Our message is a simple one – burglars are looking for the easiest targets they can find. The unlocked door. The open window."

Det Insp Dave Cooper

Watch: Investigation starts into garage fire

Kerry Parvin


An investigation's started into the fire that led to homes being evacuated in the Clay Flatts area of Workington.

Firefighters from across West Cumbria were called in, and for a time there was concern that gas cylinders might explode.

A fire in a garage in Workington sees homes evacuated.

Travel: Shed load blocks A66 near Scotch Corner

BBC News Travel

Traffic's queuing over several miles in both directions on the A66 after a lorry shed its load near West Layton, at the eastern end of the stretch from Brough to Scotch Corner.

Police say a 67-tonne digger has become wedged on a trailer, which will have to be dismantled to free the load.

There's no indication of when the road is likely to reopen.

Please note the #A66 will be closed for some time whilst recovery of this 67 tonnne excavator takes place

Please note the #A66 will be closed for some time whilst recovery of this 67 tonnne excavator takes place

Four weeks on, search for missing Penrith man spreads to Yorkshire

Police have repeated an appeal for sightings of a man missing from his home in Penrith since the middle of August, who may be in the Doncaster area.

Michael Gorman, CCTV grab
Cumbria police

Officers say they're concerned for the welfare of 60-year-old Michael Gorman,who has connections in Yorkshire, and they'd like to hear from anyone who's seen him, or Mr Gorman himself.

Kendal festival brings second attempt to inflate castle tower

There'll be a second attempt at the weekend, probably on Sunday, to put up an inflatable red castle tower created by the artist Steve Messam.

Castle tower
Steve Messam

The first attempt, near Keswick on Wednesday, was defeated by the weather.

This time the tower will be next to Castle Howe, in central Kendal, as part of the Lakes Alive Arts festival.

The event begins with a Jacob's Join tea at Abbot Hall Park this evening, and includes light shows at Kendal Castle and Abbot Hall Park, puppet shows, street theatre and other events and installations.

Cumbria's weather: Sunshine and blustery showers

BBC Weather

There'll be a mixture of sunshine and blustery showers.

Some of the showers may turn heavy and thundery, especially over western hills.

Temperatures should reach up to 16C (61F).

Weather graphic

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

Walker flown to hospital with hypothermia

Volunteers from the Langdale-Ambleside rescue team were called when an elderly man fell ill at the top of Far Easedale, near Grasmere, and became hypothermic.

The walker was flown to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance and his friends were escorted down by the team in conditions described as "pretty damp".

Helicopter on scene

Your pictures: Out for an early paddle on Bassenthwaite

As the writer Beatrix Potter made clear in the Jeremy Fisher story, a showery morning's just right for an outing on the water.

Ben Bush was out early with "the pack", as he put it, on Bassenthwaite, and was kind enough to send us this picture. Many thanks.

Dogs in canoe

If you have a picture you'd like to share with the county you can Tweet it @bbc_cumbria as Ben did, or by by sending an email, or on Facebook.

Workington blaze now out, say fire crews

Firefighters tackling the blaze in a garage at Clay Flats in Workington say the fire is now out and people are being allowed to return to their homes.

A spokesman said there was no longer a risk to the public from gas cylinders.

The A597 has now been reopened.

Charity asks for childrens' views on Cumbria

The views of 5,000 children across Cumbria are being gathered for a new project by Barnado's.

The charity says it's been asking about the things children aged between eight and 12 love and fear most about growing up in the county.

An event in Carlisle next month called Summit 17 will reveal the results and give children the opportunity to ask questions to a number of people from Cumbria's support agencies.

Black and white historical pic of children in Cumbria
Getty Images

Severe disruption: A597 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A597 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between A597 Solway Road and Lakes Road.

A597 Cumbria - A597 Solway Road in Clay Flatts, Workington closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A597 Solway Road junction and the Lakes Road junction, because of a building fire at a garage. Also affecting Bessemer Way between A597 Solway Road and Lakes Road.

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

Taking the plunge: The growing sport of open water swimming

Kerry Parvin


Open water swimming has become one of the Lake District's major activities over the past decade, with events such as the Great North Swim attracting thousands of participants, and even specialist shops.

Those who don't dive in are often baffled by the attraction, so here's a glimpse of what draws people to dip more than a toe:

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Cumbrian kit picks up Mexico quake

The seismograph at Keswick, operated by the British Geological Survey, picked up the vibrations from a powerful earthquake off the coast of Mexico this morning.

The @Cumbriaweather Twitter account, which follows all sorts of things apart from the weather, was quick to pick it up.

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Police set up exclusion zone as fire crews tackle garage blaze

A 200m exclusion area has been set up around a fire on Clay Pits in Workington.

Police cordon

Fire crews from Workington and Maryport were called to a garage attached to a house at about 08:40 and police are asking people to avoid the area.

Two homes and a children's play area have been evacuated, but there are no reports of anyone being hurt.

Cumbria Fire Service says three cars and what are thought to be acetylene cylinders are involved.

Travel: Fire leads to road problems on A597

BBC News Travel

Smoke is blowing across the A597 at Bessemer Way and Annie Pit Lane, Workington.

Cumbria Fire Service is dealing with a major blaze at Clay Pits and it is likely roads will be closed in the area.

BreakingBreaking: Major fire breaks out in Workington

Fire crews are dealing with a major blaze in a garage in Clay Flats, in Workington.

They say three cars and gas cylinders are involved.

Two fire engines from Workington and one from Maryport are at the scene.

Weather on the fell tops: A bit wild this morning

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: About 8C.
  • Winds: Strong to gale force westerly, gusts 50mph, decreasing fresh during the afternoon.
  • Cloud: Broken, occasionally widespread, cloud above 2000 feet (600m).
  • Visibility: Good, falling temporarily moderate or poor in showers and very poor in hill fog.

Brakes go on for controversial Carlisle road scheme

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Controversial plans to widen one of the main routes in and out of Carlisle now look unlikely to go ahead.

Protest sign near road

Cumbria County Council's idea to widen Warwick Road to reduce congestion met a backlash from locals.

They said it would cause more trouble than it was worth and involve cutting down an avenue of trees.

Now the city council is likely to oppose the idea in a motion put forward by Labour leader Colin Glover on Tuesday.

But the Labour county councillor responsible for highways, Keith Little, says the proposals were drawn up on the basis of the city council's infrastructure plan, but if the authority opposes them, it's unlikely the scheme would be forced on the area.

We will listen to what the the people of Carlisle are saying to us, we will listen to what the city council says, and if this is not what's required we will look to spend the money elsewhere in Cumbria."

Keith Little

Cumbria's weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

There'll be a mixture of sunshine and blustery showers.

Some of the showers may turn heavy and thundery, especially over western hills, where it will be quite cloudy and windy during the morning.

Temperatures may reach 16C (61F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: A6070 being cleared after crash

BBC News Travel

There was a one-vehicle accident on the A6070 between Burton Road in Holme, and Tanpits Lane in Burton, but emergency services are hoping to have the wreckage cleared for the rush hour.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning.

We'll be posting the news, travel updates, sport and weather, and other things of interest that might catch our eye, for Cumbria throughout the day.

If there's something that should be here such as a story or photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook or on Twitter.