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Cumbria's weather: Mainly cloudy with some heavy rain

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Tonight will be mainly cloudy with further outbreaks of rain.

The rain is likely to be heavy in places, perhaps with some rumbles of thunder, with lowest temperatures from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

There is a yellow Met Office warning just over the Scottish border for thunderstorms.

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Man jailed for slashing face of passer-by

A Workington man who left another man's face scarred by slashing him with a knife has been jailed for more than three years.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Kieren Alan Winder, 26, of Hunday Court, was high on Valium in March when he took a craft knife to a night-time meeting after an argument about who owned some illegal drugs.

Afterwards, Winder talked briefly with a passer-by before lashing out at him and causing what the judge called a "gruesome" injury.

Winder admitted wounding, and was sentenced to three years and seven months in jail.

Chicanes planned on seaside road to slow 'boy racers'

Traffic-calming measures designed to put the brakes on "joy boys" are to be installed at Biggar Bank, Walney, councillors have decided.

The Cumbria County Council scheme, costing about £20,000, aims to break up the long straight of Biggar Bank Road where racers accelerate as the road speed switches between 30mph and 60mph.

Biggar Bank Road

The new scheme could be installed by the end of the year and follows numerous complaints from residents about drivers speeding past their homes.

The county council said it would involve signage, new white lines and chicanes.

The majority of motorists drive at sensible speeds but some joy boys have been using Biggar Bank Road as a racetrack."

Councillor Frank Cassidy

Jury clears man of sexually assaulting child

A man who had denied the alleged historical sexual abuse of a young girl has been cleared of all the charges he faced.

David Andrew Little, 54, of The Crescent, Egremont, went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court this week facing charges dating back more than three decades which all related to the same primary school-aged complainant.

One alleged that he raped the child, another that he tried to rape her and two more alleged he had indecently assaulted her.

Mr Little was found not guilty of the attempted rape allegation midway through the trial, and today the jury also acquitted him of the alleged rape and indecent assaults.

Judge Brian Cummings QC told Mr Little: "That is the end of the trial. You are free to go."

Husband jailed for attack after judge shocked by screams

A husband who launched an attack on his wife so violent that police heard her screaming from outside their home, has been jailed for almost two years.

Kevin Steel, 53, of South Henry Street, Carlisle, denied causing actual bodily harm to Hannah Gavin but was found guilty after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Miss Gavin told the court she remembered being on the floor and kicked, with blood all over her face.

Judge James Adkin said anyone hearing the screams recorded on police body cams "would be shocked and appalled", and he jailed Steel for 21 months.

Mental health switch 'not being explained to public'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Health service managers have been accused of not telling the public well enough about a major change in how mental health services are provided in south Cumbria.

From 1 October, mental care will be handed over from the Cumbria Partnership trust to Lancashire Care.

When Lancashire Care directors Jo Moore and Mark Hindle appeared before Cumbria’s health scrutiny committee to update county councillors about the transfer, Ulverston councillor Mark Wilson said he was not seeing enough assurances that services would improve.

"We are constantly disappointed by the drift in this," he told them.

I am stopped in the street by people crying out for help with child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and wondering what the hell is happening with eating disorder services.”

Councillor Mark Wilson

Mr Hindle said this was unfair: “We have done extensive consultation discussion recently."

I also think we have to get the basics right first, get to safe staffing levels and ensure the places we provide care from are safe to provide care from."

Mark Hindle

Ms Moore said the Lancashire trust had a “comprehensive improvement plan” for services which would be shared at a later date, but she also said there were no quick fixes for waiting times or staff shortages.

Firefighters tackle Longtown barn blaze

Fire crews from Carlisle, Longtown and Penrith spent more than three hours earlier today dousing a blaze in 70 tonnes of hay at a farm near Longtown.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with rain, heavy in places

BBC Weather

It will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain this afternoon, heavy and thundery in places.

There will be gentle to moderate southeasterly winds and highest temperatures from 16C to 19C (61F to 66F).

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Police sergeant honoured for lone arrest of axeman

A Cumbrian police officer who chased, disarmed and arrested a man who'd just attacked another man with an axe has won a bravery award.

Kevin Milby and Yvette Cooper
Police Federation

Sgt Kevin Milby was presented with the North West regional Police Bravery Award by the MP Yvette Cooper at a ceremony in Manchester last night.

Arriving on his own at the incident in Dalton in Furness, Sgt Milby confronted the man in a shop, sprayed him with Parva spra and wrestled him to the ground.

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Cumbria's weather: Rain, sometimes heavy, moving in

BBC Weather

Spells of sunshine will gradually give way to cloudier skies from the south-west, with outbreaks of rain developing.

The rain could be heavy and thundery in places, with highest temperatures from 16C to 19C (61F to 66F).

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Cumbria PCC: We all have role in combating domestic abuse

Cumbria's police commissioner, Peter McCall, says many of the problems of a national report on domestic abuse in rural areas are present in the county.

Peter McCall
Cumbria Police

The report says victims in rural communities are less likely to report abuse and struggle to get support, with abusers sometimes effectively protected by their neighbours.

Mr McCall said victims would be believed and helped, and he had commissioned Victim Support to provide help, even when those involved did not want to report abuse to police.

We should be really clear, it is a societal problem and the police are only a part of the solution, we all have a role to play in dealing with this issue.

Most of all I want to reassure anyone suffering abuse of any form that the police and other agencies are ready to help and you will be taken seriously."

Peter McCall

Police renew appeal for teenager missing for a month

Police have renewed an appeal for help tracing a Carlisle teenager who has now been missing for almost a month.

Jay Hill

Jay Hill, 17, is 5ft 8in, thin, and was wearing a grey jacket and black tracksuit bottoms when he was last seen on 19 June.

Police say he may be in Annan, where he is believed to have family links.

Four arrested in west Cumbria street drugs crackdown

Four people were arrested during a two-day police operation in west Cumbria to tackle drug-dealing in Workington and Whitehaven town centres.

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Cumbria Police

Police say 34 wraps of heroin were found when one couple was stopped and searched, and 12 wraps of heroin, after another two people were stopped in Whitehaven.

All four were released while the investigation continues.

Insp Rachel Gale, of Allerdale police, said people had raised concerns about drug dealing in the areas concerned, and police had acted on them.

Apart from the obvious fact it is a crime, this type of activity can blight our communities and seriously impact on the quality of life for people working and shopping in our town centres.”

Insp Richard Smillie

Cumbria's weather: Showers easing, cloudier later

BBC Weather

Showers will ease and largely die out during the evening and overnight.

There will be some clear periods during the night, although it will start to turn cloudier later, with lowest temperatures from 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

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Minister offers talks with MP on rural buses

Transport minister Nusrat Ghani has offered to meet a Cumbrian MP to discuss how to improve local bus services.

She made her offer after the Liberal Democrat member for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, said community services run by volunteers had become essential because of the way governments of all parties had allowed rural communities to become cut off.

Cumbria's weather: Showers, some heavy

BBC Weather

This afternoon will see more showers than this morning, some heavy and thundery in some places.

It will be a breezy day, with highest temperatures from 16C to 19C (61F to 66F).

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South Cumbria 'struggles with skills for public services'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

South Cumbria could suffer a number of consequences because of shortages in staff for the health and social services, a leading councillor has warned.

Anne Burns, who is the county council cabinet member for children's services, said the Furness General Hospital did not have enough doctors, and both Barrow and West Cumbria struggled to attract social workers.

Jo Lappin (pictured), the chief executive of the county's economic agency, the Local Enterprise Partnership, said the county had an ageing workforce, with a study suggesting 20,000 unfilled posts by 2030 in Cumbria because of its "super-ageing" residents and a slow-growing population.

Jo Lappin
Cumbria LEP

If you have not got functioning public services here, no-one will want to move here.

We need to look at attracting more people here and we need to keep older people in the workforce for longer.”

Jo Lappin

Cycling trial on bridge 'will fail' says Walney councillor

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

A year-long trial to try to share space between cyclists and pedestrians on Walney bridge is doomed to failure, according to a local councillor.

Despite being on two nationally-recognised long-distance cycle routes, the road over is not wide enough for cycle lanes.

Walney Bridge

A trial, involving cyclists using the south side pavement only and pedestrians restricted to using the north side pavement only, is due to start once major works on the 111-year-old Jubilee Bridge are finished.

But Councillor Mel Worth, who represents North Walney, says he is pessimistic, believing people will not obey the new rules unless they are enforced.

The sooner this trial period starts and the sooner we review it, the better as I believe it will fail."

Councillor Mel Worth

We have to see it goes, we have to give it a try from a safety point of view."

Councillor Bill McEwan

Police commissioner warns MPs on rural crime impact

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has been telling MPs about the impact of serious and organised crime on rural communities.

Peter McCall told the Commons Public Accounts Committee a reduction in funding for policing had consequences.

He also said that too often the issue of organised crime is focused on big cities and areas such as Cumbria were forgotten, even though the county was also affected.

Peter McCall at Commons PAC

Crime is changing and it is essential that we give our Chief Constables the resources to effectively keep our communities safe."

Peter McCall

Sharp rise seen in children with mental health problems

Figures obtained by the BBC show there’s been a significant increase in the number of primary school children referred to mental health services over the last three years.

Data from 46 health trusts, including Cumbria, indicates the number rose by nearly 50% to more than 31,500, figures described by the College of Royal Psychiatrists as "deeply worrying".

The Department for Education says it is determined to improve mental health support, but the headteacher of Pennine Way Primary School in Carlisle, Sue Blair, says "the crisis is really acute".

Children's feet
PA Media

Library visitors get chance to try 'virtual reality'

Jade Taylorson

BBC Cumbria reporter

Six libraries in Cumbria have been provided with virtual reality headsets, part of a distribution of 150 sets of equipment across the country in a BBC project.

Woman in VR headset

The headsets are available to try in Barrow, Carlisle, Whitehaven and Penrith this week, and Kendal and Workington next week.

Visitors are able to watch programmes including a three-part news documentary, an RAF mission during World War Two, and an animated story about Dr Who.

Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells and showers, maybe heavy

BBC Weather

There will be sunny spells today, but also the chance of showers, especially in the afternoon, and they may be heavy and thundery in some places.

It will be a breezy day with higehst temperatures from 16C to 19C (61F to 66F).

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Cumbria's weather: Showers fading, cloudier later

BBC Weather

Any showers that do form will quickly fade this evening.

Thereafter, conditions will be dry with clear periods, although it will tend to become cloudier later in the night, with lowest temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

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Burglar given final chance after break-in confrontation

A burglar who crept into the home of a Carlisle couple while they were asleep and was confronted by the householder, has been told by the judge he has been given a "final chance".

At Carlisle Crown Court, Liam Warwick, 22, of Wentworth Drive, Carlisle, admitted burglary, and the court heard he had a previous break-in on his record.

Judge James Adkin was told that Warwick had medical problems that were "long-standing, significant and relevant", and he imposed a 16-month jail term, suspended for two years, with orders for unpaid work and rehabilitation.

Warwick was warned by the judge: "If I see you again for burglary I will give you four years in prison."

Police force car to stop after Carlisle collision

Police forced a car to a halt on Victoria Viaduct in the middle of Carlisle with what they described as "technical contact", after it failed to stop.

Police cars were damaged but no-one was hurt.

The incident followed a collision on Warwick Road just after 19:30, after which officers say the driver of a black Audi left the scene.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and robbery and was still in custody this afternoon.

Thousands of degrees to be presented at cathedral ceremonies

Up to 4,000 people are expected to attend university graduation ceremonies in Carlisle Cathedral this week.

This year the University of Cumbria is awarding two special honours - to Canon Sarah Snyder from the Rose Castle Foundation, for her work promoting reconciliation, and to Imran Khan, who graduated in 2012 and is already a headteacher in Norfolk, and who's been described as inspirational.

Cumbria's weather: Staying dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It is expected to be dry this afternoon with sunny spells, although there is a small chance of the odd shower popping up.

It will be a reasonably warm day with light winds and highest temperatures from 18C to 21C (64F to 70F).

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Police seek missing Borrowdale man

Police are trying to trace a man missing from his Borrowdale home since 04:00 yesterday.

Adam Marsh

Adam Marsh was last seen wearing a white jumper, jeans and walking boots and carrying a purple a black rucksack and a smaller red rucksack.

The black marks that show possible fragments of history

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Archaeologists have started their exploration of part of the Lakes School site near Windermere.

Radar traces on paper

They are using ground-penetrating radar, producing traces like the one pictured above, where the black blodges may be fragments of concrete from the buildings that housed 300 boys liberated from Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War Two.

The Calgarth estate was originally built for people working on flying boats nearby, and after the "Windermere Boys" had lived there it was bulldozed to make way for the secondary school.

The archeological survey has centred at first on a school rugby pitch.

Operator pushing radar along ground

We've trawled through witness testimony, maps, plans, looking for information, descriptions of what these buildings might have looked like, we've overlain that on to modern maps, and that's what's given us the suggestion that one of those buildings should be here.

Professor Caroline Sturdy-CollsStaffordshire University

Lakeland book awards to be announced later

The winners of the 35th Lakeland Book of the Year awards will be announced later.

The top prize in each of the six categories will be presented at a charity awards event at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.

The annual competition is open to amateur and professional writers.

Their book must have been published in 2018 and feature Cumbria in some way.

Cumbria's weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It is expected to be dry today with sunny spells, although there is a small chance of the odd shower popping up.

It will be a reasonably warm day with light winds and highest temperatures from 18C to 21C (64F to 70F).

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Cumbria's weather: Dry and clear with light winds

BBC Weather

It will be dry and mainly clear tonight, with light winds and perhaps a few shallow mist patches.

Minimum Temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).

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Police divers called in as concern grows for missing man

Police say they are now extremely concerned for 91-year-old Jed Doran, who has been missing since last Thursday,and divers have been deployed to search ponds in the area.

Officers and volunteers from Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team searched through the weekend, helped by a police drone and a helicopter.

Harrington Nature Reserve
Allerdale Borough Council

Officers say the divers will be searching areas including a reservoir and ponds on Harrington Nature Reserve.

With it being five days, the hot weather, dehydration, lack of food, we are now extremely concerned for his welfare."

Sgt Harley Young

Dealer whose plans fell through has jail sentence cut

One of three young west Cumbria drug dealers jailed last month for planning to take drugs to a music festival in Cheshire has had his sentence reduced because he may never have got to the event.

James Malcolm Murray (pictured), 20, of Primrose Terrace, Harrington, was sent to prison for 40 months for being concerned in the supply of both cocaine and ecstasy between early July and early September last year.

James Malcolm Murray
Cumbria Police

Twenty-year-old Murray and two other young men were found together in a car along with bagged-up cocaine deals and cash, and Carlisle Crown Court heard police also uncovered plans by Murray and one of the other men to smuggle ecstasy tablets into the Creamfields music festival in Cheshire.

But this week Murray was back in court because his barrister had evidence his client had not got to the festival, and the prosecution told the court it had no evidence that he did more than plan to go.

Recorder Alex Leach said that if Murray had not carried through the plan his sentence should be reduced from 40 months to 36.

Under the meadows, the search for historic foundations

Special equipment that can reveal traces of the past buried underground is being brought in to help archaeologists examine the remains of buildings used in 1945 to house children who had survived the Nazi Holocaust.

Archaeologists are working for two weeks, with volunteers, on the site that's now either open fields or occupied by the Lakes School near Windermere.

Calgarth fields
Lake District Holocaust Project

The buildings were part of a temporary village built to house workers in a flying boat factory in World War Two.

Hostels on site hosted 300 Jewish teenagers who spent a number of weeks in Cumbria while their futures were sorted out.

The archaeologists will use ground-penetrating radar and measure magnetic fields to locate the remains of buildings before, next week, they hope to work with volunteers to excavate part of one of the hostels.

Health groups improve after being split into two

Inspectors have rated the bodies that organise health services around Cumbria - the North Cumbria and Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Groups - as "good".

The rating, based on 58 areas covering aspects such as financial management and how well services are provided, covered the year to this April.

It was the second report since the old Cumbria CCG was divided, and an improvement, since the group covering the whole county was graded as requiring improvement.

Brexit leaves council 'extremely uncertain' about finances

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Council finance directors have been left "extremely uncertain" about how much money they will have over the next five years because of Brexit, according to a senior South Lakeland councillor.

Fragment of council tax form

Councillor Andrew Jarvis, the cabinet member for finance, said they were "making assumptions" about how much cash the council could have after a Government delay in revealing how town halls will be funded over the next decade.

The council has forecast a deficit of £625,000 for 2020-21, growing to just under £2m by 2023-24, which it now planned to address.

Mr Jarvis said: “Over the next four months I will be working with cabinet and the senior leadership of the council to focus on options for closing the projected deficit in the short term and identifying a programme of actions to potentially deliver significant savings and move us closer to a balanced budget for the long term."

Police car in Penrith collision

A patrol car was damaged in a collision in Penrith yesterday, police say.

Eden police said it followed an incident in which a Ford C Max was driven dangerously through the town and failed to stop. The patrol car driver was not injured.

Today police said a 33-year-old local man had been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving and released under investigation.

A vehicle was recovered from the Carleton Hill Road area.

England's World Cup win a proud day for Durham - Killeen

England's astonishing World Cup win has been the talk of the whole country all day of course, even those who previously didn't like cricket.

But it went down particularly well in County Durham, where two of their local boys Ben Stokes and Mark Wood played such big roles.

And especially in the Durham dressing room, where the players watched following the end of their day's play in the home County Championship game with Worcestershire.

"Ben’s innings was phenomenal," Durham bowling coach Neil Killeen told BBC Radio Newcastle. "After going through what we went through in the T20 World Cup, that will mean everything to Ben. That’s the type of bloke he is.

Ben Stokes had the support of his Durham team-mate Mark Wood for that last dramatic ball at Lord's
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Ben Stokes had the support of his Durham team-mate Mark Wood for that last dramatic ball at Lord's

"He’s a true professional. And he thoroughly deserved it. And obviously Mark Wood did well with the ball early on. Both lads are Durham through and through. To see them stand up and be presented with the trophy was a proud day for the club and the whole of the North East.

"The last half an hour was so exciting, especially with our head coach James Franklin being from New Zealand. The lads have been giving him some stick.

“I’m sure this will all have a huge knock-on effect. Kids are going to want to bowl like Jofra Archer and Mark Wood and bat like Ben Stokes.”

Cumbria's weather: Fine, dry and warm

BBC Weather

It will stay fine, dry and warm this afternoon, with sunny periods and only a little fair-weather cloud.

While many areas will remain dry, there is a small chance of the odd shower, and highest temperatures will be from 20C to 23C (68F to 73F).

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Three rescued after speedboat crashes in Walney Channel

Three people were taken to hospital after a speedboat hit a sandbank and turned over in the Walney Channel, off Barrow.

Emergency services including the RNLI, the coastguard, fire and ambulance were called and spent up to two hours at the scene yesterday afternoon.

Two women and a man were on board, and although details released by the authorities are sketchy, it is though the two women were thrown into the water while the men remained, injured in the boat, which came to rest the right way up.

Fire crews trained in water rescue worked with paramedics to rescue the casualty from the boat, and all the injured were taken to the Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

Walney Channel

Cumbria's weather: Sunny, warm and dry

BBC Weather

It will be fine, dry and warm today, with sunny periods and only a little fair-weather cloud developing.

Highest temperatures could reach from 20C to 23C (68F to 73F).

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Search goes on for missing Jed, 91

Helicopter and coastguard searches have been carried out and specialist officers have been deployed over the weekend in the search for 91-year-old Jed Doran, who has been missing since Thursday.

Jed Doran
Family/Cumbria Police

Mr Doran, who was last seen at his home in Garnet Crescent, Salterbeck, last Thursday has dementia and police say he may appear confused.

Coastguard and mountain rescue volunteers have also been involved.

He's been described as walking almost in a shuffling motion and if a member of the public did approach him he would appear dazed or confused, he may not interact as you would expect, it would be very much head down."

Sgt Harley YoungCumbria Police

Cumbria's weather: Showers dying away, cloud increasing

BBC Weather

Any showers will die away this evening to leave it mostly dry overnight but with cloud tending to increase.

A light northerly wind is expected, with lowest temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

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Extra police patrols deployed as Keswick Convention opens

Police say extra officers are being deployed in Keswick from this weekend because of the growing numbers of people attending the anual Keswick Convention.

Keswick convention session in marquee
Keswick Ministries

The event, which runs until 2 August, brings thousands of Evangelical Christians into the town.

Insp Rachel Gale said local people might notice more police on duty.

"The numbers involved are the equivalent of a small town in itself, so this means we provide extra policing resources to make sure everything runs smoothly," she said.

I fully support the increased visible police presence during the Keswick Convention and indeed at other high profile events where large numbers of people gather."

Peter McCallCumbria Police and Crime Comissioner

Survey highlights 1,500 speeding cars passing school

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Nearly 1,500 speeding cars pass outside a Barrow school every day, new figures have shown.

A traffic survey on Hawcoat Lane found that on average, 7,578 vehicles went past St Paul’s Church of England Junior School every day, at an average speed of 26.4 mph.

But 18%, equivalent to 1,364 vehicles, topped the 30-to-35mph mark when the survey was carried out, with nearly 3% traveliing at more than 35mph.

Councillor Roy Worthington, the Conservative member for Hawcoat, called the results "shocking".

He has called for Cumbria County Council to install a zebra crossing and an official school crossing patrol, but a report going before a meeting next week says the existing crossing patrol is adequate.