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  1. Thursday 14 September 2017

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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:

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

In the meantime, if you've a photo you'd like to share with the county,or news you think we should know, you can email us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Show director: Royal visitor 'gives us a huge amount of pride'

The director of the Westmorland County Show says today's visit by the Prince of Wales was effectively a huge thank you to more than 300 volunteers who help make the event happen.

Charles arriving

Christine Knipe, pictured left welcoming Prince Charles, said the show had once again attracted some 30,000 people to displays of livestock, demonstrations of country skills, hundreds of trade stands and exhibitions of craft and local food.

It gives us a huge amount of pride to be able to show off what we we do, but it was a huge thank you to our enormous band of volunteers, they do it year-in and year-out and it gives them the recognition that they are appreciated."

Christine Knipe

Expensive catch for highway patrol

Cumbria police patrols are continuing a campaign to reduce speeding on the M6.

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Cumbria's weather: Dry at first, more showers later

BBC Weather

It'll be dry for a time during the evening, but further showers are expected overnight with clear spells.

There will be light or moderate winds inland, brisk over hills and near coasts, and temperatures falling to about 7C (45F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Delays around Crooklands as show visitors set off for home

BBC News Travel

Traffic is slow around Crooklands east of Kendal on the A65 and the A591 and visitors and exhibitors leave the Westmorland County Show.

Auctioneers bang out better business

One of Cumbria's best-known auctioneers, 1818 Auctioneers based at junction 36 near Kendal, is doubling the size of its saleroom and taking on extra staff.

The company, which has featured on TV antiques programmes, says it's on target to turn over £1m this year.

New recruits at auctioneers
Steven Barber Photography

Travel: Crash slows A75 traffic into Scotland

BBC News Travel

A three-vehicle crash is causing delays between Annan and Dumfries on the A75 eastbound.

Six police forces combine to try to catch travelling criminals

Cumbria and five other police forces combined last night in an operation to try to catch criminals travelling across rural areas.

Across the region 137 vehicles were stopped, and while no arrests were made in Cumbria, two cars were seized when the drivers were found not to have them insured.

Elsewhere in Cleveland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumbria, and North Yorkshire, people were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, drug-driving and burglary.

Engineers offer three designs for replacement for Pooley Bridge

A suspension bridge is one of the three designs being put forward to replace Pooley Bridge, which was washed away in the floods of Storm Desmond.

Pooley Bridge

When local people were consulted during the summer, some people wanted a traditional bridge while others went for a more contemporary look.

All three would cross the River Eamont with a single arch, but two would have a different appearance which can be seen on the consultation document here.

How latest abuse report 'shocked' councillor in charge

The senior councillor in charge of children's services in Cumbria says she was "angry and shocked" when she read a report into the abuse of two vulnerable children.

A serious case review found a brother and sister had been born into a culture of alcohol, drugs, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and that delays and inaction by the county council's children's services had left the children unprotected.

Anne Burns
Cumbria County Council

Labour cabinet member Anne Burns, who has been involved with childrens' services in either administration or opposition for a number of years, told BBC Radio Cumbria that government inspectors were seeing improvements.

This case was eight years ago, looking at where we were then and where we are now, I understand totally why we needed to improve and we are improving. Ofsted are really saying to us now that they know we're improving."

Anne Burns

Police appeal for sightings of car after 'machete' attack

Police in Carlisle have appealed for sightings of a red Renault Clio, registration ND51 JYU, as part of their investigation into an attack on a teenager yesterday with what's thought to have been a machete.

The 19-year-old was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with a injured hand after the attack in Norfolk Street.

Two men from the city have been arrested.

A Prince among his people: Charles at the Westmorland County Show

Martin Lewes


The Prince of Wales has been making the most of a visit to the Westmorland County Show, seeing the best of the county's livestock and sampling some of the best of the food.

Prince Charles and Peter Gott

The Prince is an enthusiast for farmers who diversify into producing food as well as growing crops or breeding livestock, and one of the first into that field was Peter Gott.

Mr Gott farms wild boar, among other animals, not far from the showground, and has worked with top chefs such as Jamie Oliver, as well as selling his produce at Borough Market in London.

Charles among sheep pens

Charles has been to the showground before, and has meet some local people several times, such as local farmer John Geldard, right, and the show director Christine Knipe, to his left.

Charles and farmer

The tight squeeze: Keswick rescue volunteers extract climber

Details have emerged of a complex rescue carried out by Keswick mountain rescue volunteers after a climber fell into a deep crack at Dovenest in Borrowdale.

She slipped into a position where she could barely been seen from outside, and a team spokesman said that because at first they couldn't be sure whether the rock had moved to trap her, back-up was called in from a specialist cave and mines unit.

The climber wasn't injured, but it took three hours to extract her from the crevice, with the light fading fast on Monday evening.

Woman's legs trapped in crack
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team
Rescue teams descending crack
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team
Team working in crevice
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

You can find the full story on the team's Facebook page.

Cumbria's weather: Blustery showers developing

BBC Weather

Blustery showers will develop, some of which could be heavy with rumbles of thunder, although there will be some drier, sunnier periods. It will feel cool in the north westerly breeze, with a maximum temperature of 14C (57F).

Weather graphic

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

Students settle in to new college arts centre

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Students have been settling in to a new arts centre set up at the Rating Lane campus Furness College, a year after a merger of the two further education colleges in Barrow.

Artists in classroom

A computer suite, a photographic studio and dedicated facilities for screen printing and textile design have been developed, allowing students to follow courses for A-levels and HND qualifications.

The college now offers qualifications ranging from A levels and apprenticeships to professional/technical courses and university degrees.

We know there is a demand for art courses which lead to exciting and varied careers in the creative industries."

Andrew WrenPrincipal, Furness College

MP 'does surgeries only by appointment' for security

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison has been reported as saying she doesn't hold public surgeries, because of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox last year.

Trudy Harrison
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The Conservative, who was first elected in a by-election in February, told the Whitehaven News her constituents can make appointments to see her.

Her office told BBC Radio Cumbria she was unavailable for comment and refused to go into detail on the nature of any safety concerns.

Charles chats to Westmorland show-goers

Martin Lewes


The Prince of Wales has arrived at the Westmorland County Showground and is now touring displays of sheep, cattle and other livestock.

Charles talking to local

The heir to the throne is often said to be at his happiest talking to farmers in areas like Cumbria, and he's been a frequent visitor to the county.

We'll bring you more pictures later.

Businesses offered 'Northern Powerhouse' money

Cumbria's businesses can learn how to apply for a share of £400m of Northern Powerhouse money today.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund offers three levels of funding; microfinance between £25,000 and £100,000, business loans between £100,000 and £750,000 and equity finance up to £2m.

Experts will be at a Local Enterprise Partnership event in Penrith today to advise businesses on how best to take advantage of them.

Travel: Show traffic queues around Crooklands showground

BBC News Travel

There's still very slow traffic around the Westmorland County Show in Crooklands, near Kendal.

Police advise drivers to follow the signs rather than their satnav.

Ulverston 'confident' that pharma site will find a buyer

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

There's optimism that Cumbrian jobs at a pharmaceuticals factory will be safe, despite a potential sell-off.

GSK entrance

GlaxoSmithKline announced in July that it would not be investing in a new drugs plant in Ulverston and that it was considering selling its existing manufacturing site, which employs nearly 350 people.

The firm has declined to comment , but Dr Bharath Rajan, an Ulverston town councillor and former manager at the plant, says it's a rare specialist facility which should attract a manufacturer of what are called generic medicines.

Two people held after Carlisle 'machete' attack

Two people have been arrested after a man was attacked in Carlisle with what's believed to be a machete.

Officers say the victim, who is 19, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with serious hand injuries.

The attack happened in Norfolk Street at about 16:30 yesterday.

Police say they're questioning two men, aged 25 and 22, from Carlisle on suspicion grievous bodily harm with intent.

Prince treads familiar ground at Kendal show

The Prince of Wales will be on familiar ground when he visits the Westmorland County Show near Kendal today.

Although it's his first visit to the show, he's been to the showground before in 2015

Prince of Wales on previous visit
Westmorland County Agricultural Society

Christine Knipe, the show director (pictured), says the Prince will see a comprehensive picture of country life in South Cumbria.

Cattle, sheep, livestock, we're hoping to look at some trade stands and of course food plays a huge part in agriculture here in Cumbria, so maybe there might be some Westmerian offerings."

Christine Knipe

Weather on the fell tops: Better than yesterday

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: About 6C.
  • Winds: Fresh or strong northwesterly, gusts 40mph.
  • Cloud: Well broken cloud 3,000ft, occasionally more widespread down to 2,000ft.
  • Visibility: Good, locally moderate in showers and poor in hill fog.

One in 10 doctors' jobs stand empty at Cumbria's hospitals

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

More than one out of every 10 medical posts at Cumbria's major hospitals is vacant.

Anonymous doctor
Getty Images

According to figures seen by BBC Radio Cumbria, one in five positions is vacant at hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven, while there's a vacancy for one in every 10 consultant jobs in South Cumbria.

The Cumbria Partnership Trust, which runs mental health and community health servicews, says it's short of 80 qualified nurses.

Because pay rates are often fixed nationally, recruitment campaigns in North Cumbria concentrate on attractions like relatively cheap house prices.

What we can do is explain to nurses out there, that your money will go much further in Cumbria."

Amanda DunkleyNorth Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

'Wigton' £10 note goes into circulation

The new £10 note enters circulation today and features the writer Jane Austen.

Like the £5 notes, part of the manufacturing process takes place in Wigton.

The notes include raised dots in the top left hand corner to help those who are blind or partially sighted.

New £10 note
Getty Images

Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells, heavy showers later

BBC Weather

Thursday morning will be breezy and cool again, but with long sunny spells.

During the afternoon, blustery showers will develop inland, some of which could be heavy with a rumble of thunder possible.

Maximum temperatures could reach 14C (57F).

Weather graphic

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

County show stands by for Royal visitor

The Prince of Wales is making his first appearance at the Westmorland County Show today.

Westmorland county show in previous year

Prince Charles supports several countryside and agricultural projects and his visit follows an invitation from the Westmorland County Agricultural Society in 2015.

The event had been threatened by the recent heavy rain but the organisers say only the show-jumping events have had to be cancelled on safety advice.

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Travel: Queues start early around Westmorland County Showground

BBC News Travel

Queues have started building up around the Westmorland County Showground between the A65 and A591 east of Kendal.

Police say people going to the showground should follow the signs, not their satnav.

Travel: Roadworks around Keswick on A591

BBC News Travel

The A591's closed in the Applethwaite area for water main works until Saturday, and there's advance warning of resurfacing on the other side of town at Chestnut Hill on the A591 for 10 days from Monday.

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.

It's a particularly big day in the south of Cumbria, with the Westmorland County Show, and a visit by the Prince of Wales

If you've a photo from the show you'd like to share with the county,or news you think we should know, you can email us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.