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Cumbria's weather: Dry, with cloud drifting in from east

BBC Weather

It will be dry this evening with some sunny spells, but overnight low cloud will drift in from the east, with patchy mist forming in places. A light north-easterly breeze. Minimum Temperature: 11 to 14°C (52 to 57°F)

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You can always find the latest, detailed, BBC weather forecast for where you are, by searching for your location here.

Dangerous driver jailed and banned again

A driver who led police on a high speed late night police chase in his home town, the seventh time he'd been caught behind the wheel while banned, has been jailed for 14 months by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court..

Marc McIvor
Cumbria Police

Officers tried to stop Marc McIvor, 31, of Hillary Close, Salterbeck, Workington, just after midnight on 19 June, but he sped off at up to double the 30mph limit through residential areas and one red light before the car stopped.

McIvor admitted dangerous driving, no insurance, possession of heroin and diazepam and driving whilst disqualified.

Despite pleas by McIvor’s barrister for him to be given a chance to rehabilitate and turn his life around, Recorder Philip Grundy imposed the immediate jail term, banned McIvor from driving for three years, and ordered him to take an extended test.

You have an appalling criminal record. You are 32 tomorrow, you have 41 court appearances for 83 offences."

Recorder Philip Grundy

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

There are changes in some of the lockdown measures coming in tomorrow: More beauty treatments, small wedding receptions and live indoor performances will be able to resume.

Bowling alleys, casinos and soft play centres will also be able to reopen

New guidance will also mean that staff offering "close contact" services, including hairdressers, will now have to wear a face mask as well as a clear visor.

It's aimed at protecting customers and staff from droplets caused by sneezing, coughing, or speaking.

Brough Farmers' Market is back in the Memorial Hall tomorrow and lots of the regular producers will be there.

Organisers say Covid-19 measures will be in place to help keep the hall safe and secure for everyone.

There is now a walk-through coronavirus testing facility at the Castle car park in Carlisle, where the free swab test takes less than a minute.

Tests should be booked or ordered online as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 - you can expect your result the next day.

You can find contacts for local groups and other information on the BBC Cumbria Make a Difference page, and the latest national news and information is on the BBC News website.

Shotgun threats man warned to expect jail sentence

A man who admits threatening another with two shotguns as trouble flared following an Eden valley village birthday party in July has been told he should “expect” a jail term.

Malcolm Paul Newby, 52, of Low Lankaber, Maulds Meaburn, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court this morning over a video link from custody and pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Newby’s barrister, Kim Whittlestone, asked for the case to be adjourned while probation service says prepared, saying: “There is a wealth of material the defendant will be seeking to draw before the court for the date of sentence.”

Judge David Potter remanded Newby in custody until 25 September.

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria's registrars are now taking online bookings for birth appointments, copy certificates and other services, and you can find out more here.

But please note that they're still experiencing a high volume of calls as they work through the backlog from the closure of the service during lockdown.

If you're a parent feeling the pressure of the summer holidays on top of all that home-schooling, Action for Children has a free online service with tips, advice and guidance to support you.

You can also use the free and confidential live chat with Parent Coaches and find more details here.

If travel restrictions due to the pandemic mean you've had to cancel your holiday, Cumbria Trading Standards say that we need to be wary of criminals, claiming to be from airlines or travel companies, and offering to help you get a refund.

The advice is to contact the organisations you've booked your holiday with directly, using a known number or email.

You can find contacts for local groups and other information on the BBC Cumbria Make a Difference page and the Cumbria County Council website, and the latest national news and information is on the BBC News website.

Cumbria's weather: Cloud breaking to give sunny spells

BBC Weather

Cloud will tend to break to give sunny spells this afternoon and it will remain dry.

Winds will be light, with highest temperatures from 21C to 24C (70F to 75F).

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You can always find the latest, detailed, BBC weather forecast for where you are, by searching for your location here.

Looking further ahead, weather warnings for thunderstorms at the weekend have been updated and now no longer cover Cumbria.

Cumbria weather: Cloud breaking for sunshine

BBC Weather

This morning's low cloud is expected to gradually break, giving way to sunny spells in the afternoon.

It will remain dry, with light winds and temperatures reaching 23C (73F).

You can follow the latest BBC Weather by searching for your location here

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Pine martens may hunt more grey squirrels, study finds

New research from Queen's University Belfast shows that pine martens prey on grey squirrels significantly more than they do on reds.

Though both species are on the pine martens' menu, they hunt greys exclusively in spring and summer, the study found.

Pine Marten
Noel Marry

Researchers say this could be because the reds evolved in Europe alongside the predators, and appear to have a better awareness of the threat they pose.

And they suggest a recovery in numbers of pine martens, apart from being some help to the native red squirrel, may be the reason that there's been a decline in the grey variety.

Cumbria's weather: Dry, with low cloud from the east later

BBC Weather

It will be dry this evening with some sunny spells, while overnight low cloud will drift in from the east, with patchy mist forming in places.

There will be a moderate north-easterly breeze, with lowest temperatures from 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F)

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Today was the first day this week without a weather warning, but there are now Met Office yellow alerts for thunderstorms covering the county for Sunday and Monday next week.

You can always find the local BBC weather forecast for where you are, by checking your location here.

New Covid-19 cases show small drop in Cumbria

Cumbria has seen a slight drop overall in the number of coronavirus cases recorded this week, but both Carlisle and Eden still have infection rates above the national average, according to the county's director of public health.

The latest figures show 55 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the county this week, slightly lower than the 59 cases recorded the week before.

Colin Cox
BBC

The director of public health Colin Cox says the decrease is very welcome, but stressed it was also very small.

He also says Cumbria's not seeing the sort of infection levels that have caused lockdown measures to tighten again in areas such as Preston and Aberdeen, but people still need to be careful and follow hygiene and social-distancing rules.

Cumbria weather: Sunny spells and staying dry

BBC Weather

It will be largely dry this afternoon.

Cloud will tend to break as the afternoon progresses, allowing sunny spells.

Temperatures peaking at 23C (73F) in a moderate north-easterly breeze.

This evening stays dry with some sunny spells.

And you can follow the latest BBC Weather, by searching for your location here

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Whitehaven coal mine decision is delayed again

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Liam Waite

A key decision on a proposed new £165m coal mine has been pushed back again.

Coal mine artist's impresison
West Cumbria Mining

West Cumbria Mining’s controversial plans to extract coking coal off the coast of St Bees, with a processing plant on the former Marchon site at Kells, was set to be considered by Cumbria County Council’s development control and regulation committee next Thursday.

That meeting has now been cancelled, delaying a decision again after one was initially due to be made in July but was postponed because of the number of people wanting to speak at the meeting.

A county council spokesman said the decision had been delayed because the officers' report was not ready, and the next meeting of the committee is currently scheduled for 2 October.

University 'looks at whole student' in year without exams

Staff at the University of Cumbria say they will consider all aspects of a student's application if there are problems with this year's version of A Level results.

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UoC

Grades have been estimated after coronavirus forced the cancellation of exams.

The University of Cumbria's Dean for Student Success, Dr Signy Henderson, says if a student doesn't get the results they need for a particular course, there will be other options..

We're going to look at the whole student, we're going to look at what we know of them from their application, their statement, their references, what they've told us of their ambitions, if they've done a portfolio or an interview, taking all of that into account."

Dr Signy Henderson

Mayor Starkie and campaigners line up in coal debate

The Conservative mayor of Copeland has written to the Prime Minister, seeking support for a planned coal mine, opposed by environmental campaigners.

In his letter to Boris Johnson mayor Mike Starkie lays out what he sees as the benefits of the proposed coal mine in Whitehaven, including 500 jobs at a time of economic crisis.

Coal mine demo
Penrith XR

Meanwhile campaigners have marched through Penrith protesting against the scheme because using the coal will release more carbon into the atmosphere, adding to climate change.

The company West Cumbria Mining is still seeking planning permission for an amended design, but supporters fear campaigners will again challenge approval through the courts.

Cumbria weather: Cloud at first, sunny spells later

BBC Weather

Today will see a largely cloudy start with some patchy mist. However, the cloud should tend to break up into the afternoon, to give sunny spells. Feeling cooler with a moderate north-easterly breeze.

Temperatures reaching 22C (71F)

You can keep up to date with the weather where you live here

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Penrith centre includes new 'mood lighting' for mums

New equipment and special lighting have been installed in a big refurbishment at the Penrith Birthing Centre.

Midwives with new birthing pool
NCICT

Money from the Maternity Transformation fund has paid for a state-of-the-art birthing pool with mood lighting, a special bed and improvements to some of the staff facilities.

The centre is a midwifery-led unit, designed for mothers who have enjoyed low risk and uncomplicated pregnancies.

Cumbria's weather: Thunderstorms fading for a muggy night

BBC Weather

Any thunderstorms will gradually fade this evening and overnight, and it will then be largely dry with some clear spells, although it will become mostly cloudy through the early hours.

It will be a muggy night, with lowest temperatures from 14C to 17C (57F to 63F).

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Met Office warnings for the storms remain posted for the county until tomorrow night, and there are more for the weekend.

You can always find the latest, detailed, BBC weather forecast for where you are, by searching for your location here.

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria's six main libraries have reopened this week and they have also launched a new Select and Collect service this past week, where members can order up to six books at a time by phone or email and book a slot to collect them.

Collection will only be possible from the six main branches and there are more details, as always, on the website.

Shielding for the clinically vulnerable has now ended, but there is still help available for anyone who needs it and doesn’t have family, friends or neighbours to rely on.

You can ring the county council’s emergency helpline on 0800 783 1966 to find out which organisations are offering support in your area from 09:00 to 17:00 on weekdays and 10:00 to 14:00 at weekends.

You can find more contact details for local groups and other information on the BBC Cumbria Make a Difference page, and the national news and information is on the BBC News website.

Fire crews cut casualty from wreckage in Aspatria crash

Firefighters cut free a casualty after a Honda Civic and a Citroen Panel Van crashed in the Market Square in Aspatria.

The driver of the Civic and a passenger, both in their 80s, were taken to Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle, with injuries that police say are not believed to be serious.

Transport campaigners call for 'billions' to be spent

Cumbria, and the rest of the north, need billions of pounds to be invested in roads and railways, according to the group, Transport for the North, which is calling for swift investment to rebuild the economy after Covid-19.

Kirkby Thore
Highways England

It is setting out its plans for £5bn of spending, and this includes a number of projects in Cumbria.

Peter Molyneux is the group's major roads director.

He says it's working closely with the county council to ensure that projects already under way can move ahead quickly.

The kind of schemes we are looking at are the Grizebeck improvements, the Carlisle southern relief road and the A595 at Bothel, but it's also rail improvements such as Carlisle station and the Cumbrian coast line, and in the medium term what we're hoping is to get more money for cycling and walking facilities."

Peter Molyneux

Minister says cash will help hospitals prepare for winter

Cumbria's hospitals are getting extra government money to help them prepare for winter.

The North Cumbria trust, which runs the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital, will get £4m and the Morecambe Bay Trust, which runs Furness and Westmorland Generals and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, will get just under £2m.

The health minister Edward Argar says the money should be used for developments such as such as expanding waiting areas, increasing A&E capacity and allowing space for social distancing.

Furness General Hospital
PA Media

It's to make sure those who need care in the normal run of a busy winter can access it, but also to mitigate the impact of any possible second wave of Covid-19."

Edward Argar

Business chief calls for 'works buses' from towns to Lakes

Cumbria's chamber of commerce has called on the government to support a service of "frequent, subsidised, buses" running from towns like Barrow, Whitehaven and Carlisle into the Lake District so people from the county can take up jobs in tourism.

The chamber says the tourism industry is currently heavily dependent on migrants to fill jobs, but this will become impossible under the new immigration legislation after Brexit because it requires people coming into the country to have a job paying a minimum salary.

Rob Johnston
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Rob Johnston, the chamber's chief executive, has written to the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, saying that with unemployment in the county likely to climb in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, it makes sense to enable Cumbrians to get to the jobs.

“The obvious solution is for Cumbrians to take these jobs but, as things stand, only car owners can do that because there are no buses at times to suit shift workers in hospitality.”

New homes 'should help pay for new school in Carlisle'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Liam Waite

Carlisle will soon need a new primary school to cope with the rising demand brought by housing growth, a prominent councillor has warned.

Gareth Ellis, the deputy leader of Carlisle City Council and also a member of Cumbria County Council, said developers of previous housing estates in the north of the city had provided cash to the county council towards school places, and he believes the latest plans for 86 new homes at Deer Park, Belah, will also increase the need for more places

Mr Ellis called for the county council to provide a timescale for when it will deliver a new school for the area to avoid more expansion of classrooms in the current primary schools in Kingmoor and Stanwix.

A county council spokesperson said money contributed by developers would be spent on providing more school places but it has not been decided whether that would be in the form of a new school or an expansion of an existing one to meet the expected growth in numbers.

Your coronavirus information round-up

BBC Radio Cumbria

North Lakes Foodbank, like many others, provides emergency food for people dealing with things like redundancy, benefit delays or getting an unexpected bill.

You will need a referral voucher from a relevant organisation to be able to receive this food.

The foodbank can tell you how to get one, and you can call them on 07502 311452, email them, or visit one of their centres or look on their website.

The owners of Scalesceugh Hall just outside Carlisle would like to offer their grounds free for an event linked to the pandemic response.

If you're planning an event to say thank you to key workers or community heroes and would like to discuss this further, then call Anita on 07888 896902

West Cumbria’s hearing support service is coming back this month.

Three drop-in clinics will take place:

  • In Keswick on 20 August, from 09:30 to 12:00 at Keswick Hospital
  • In Workington on 25 August, from 09:30 to 12:00 at Age UK Bradbury Independent Living Centre
  • And in Wigton on 28 August 10:00 to 12:00 at Local Links Centre, Market Hall.

Covid-19 safety precautions will be in place and need to be followed.

Kendal Torchlight's annual parade won't be happening next month because of the pandemic, but they are hoping people will take part from their homes or doorsteps.

Jen from Drum Nation, the Kendal-based samba drumming band, is on Torchlight's Facebook page today showing people how to make drums from all kinds of things found from around the house.

There's lots more information on the BBC Cumbria Make a Difference page, and national news and information on the BBC News website.

Cumbria's jobless figure climbs by 300

There were 300 more people out of work in Cumbria in July than in the previous month, according to the latest figures.

The worst affected areas are Carlisle and South Lakeland, but overall it was an increase of 2.1%, compared to the national rise of 3.5%.

Jobcentre sign
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The number of unemployed people in Cumbria has more than doubled since March, to 14,205.

A county council analyst said there were signs that the job market is opening up a little with another increase in job postings in July, including a welcome increase in the hospitality sector, and an increase in business start-ups, although both figures still remained below the pre-lockdown level.

Cumbria's weather: Drier for a time, then more storms

BBC Weather

Showers and thunderstorms should diminish for a time this afternoon as sunny spells develop.

It will be very warm and muggy, with light winds and highest temperatures from 23C to 26C (73F to 79F).

The county remains under a severe weather warning for the storms, lasting through until Thursday.

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You can always find the latest, detailed, BBC weather forecast for where you are, by checking your location here.

County's coronavirus toll rises by three

Another three Cumbrians died with coronavirus in the week up to 31 July, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, bringing the total to 539.

The county's director of public health, Colin Cox, said 18 care homes in Cumbria are dealing with active outbreaks of coronavirus, but they are not as serious as previous outbreaks.

Flash, bang, what a picture: your photos of the storm

BBC Weather Watchers

A huge thunderstorm rumbled and flashed across Cumbria for hours last night, producing heavy rain and spectacular lightning.

Here are a few of the examples we have seen so far, starting with Devonshire Dock Hall at the BAE shipyard in Barrow and our thanks to James Bird who captured it.

Lightning over Devonshire Dock Hall
James Bird

The storms started over the Irish Sea and then came inland, and BBC colleagues took these over west Cumbria.

LIghtning over Haile
BBC
Lightning over Haile
Lightning over Whitehaven
BBC
Lightning over Whitehaven
Walney Lightning
Hollie Degnan

Back in the south of the county, the huge windfarm off the coast of Walney seems to have attracted a number of bolts, this one courtesy of Hollie Degan.

Cumbria 'well-prepared if virus returns' says health chief

Cumbria has learned a lot from the coronavirus outbreak, and is well prepared to deal if there is a second increase in cases, according to Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, Colin Cox.

Colin Cox
BBC

He says problems with personal protective equipment have now been resolved, and more is known about how the virus spreads in hospitals and care homes.

At the moment, about 50 cases of Covid 19 are being diagnosed every week, but Colin Cox says any decision about future lockdown measures will not be based on numbers alone.

There's a long conversation that is happening all the time between local areas and national governments and it's a joint decision about what sort of measures need to be imposed at what point as numbers start to rise.

Colin Cox

Cumbria weather: Showers easing for sunny spells

BBC Weather

Expect showers and thunderstorms this morning but they should diminish in the afternoon with sunny spells developing.

Very warm and muggy, with light winds and temperatures of 24C (75F).

And you can check the latest BBC Weather forecast where you live here

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Cumbria weather: Rainfall warning

Forecasters are predicting the UK could get more than two months' rainfall in just a few hours as thunderstorms move in across the country.

The worst affected areas are expected to be between Birmingham and Cumbria, from around 1600, although almost the whole of the country is covered by a Met Office weather warning between now and Thursday evening.

"It's a worst-case scenario - a caution, really, for what could happen - but we are looking at a potential for 150mm rain in three or four hours.

Normally for August you're looking at around 70mm for the month, so it's potentially a lot of rain."

Bonnie DiamondMet Office meteorologist

The Environment Agency said it would update its flood warnings and alerts as the situation changes, and said those wanting to keep up to date can check on the Gov.uk website, or social media, or through the Floodline service on 0345 988 1188.

Cumbria weather: Thunderstorm warning

The Met Office has a yellow thunderstorm warning in place for the next few days

That means some places are likely to see severe thunderstorms today - but there is significant uncertainty in location and timing.

A yellow warning means the weather is likely to have some impact, for example travel disruption.

Cumbria thunderstorm warning graphic
Met Office

West Cumbria river restoration milestone

The West Cumbria Rivers Trust has completed the first phase of a restoration project on the River Keekle near Whitehaven.

The team is removing plastic lining from the river bed, installed decades ago to reduce contamination from a nearby mine.

To allow the works to take place, the river was diverted into a channel - but following completion of the first phase, a 1.25km stretch has now been reconnected.

Project manager Luke Bryant said he was "very hopeful" that, weather-permitting, the rest of the works could be completed before the end of the summer.

River Keekle near Whitehaven
West Cumbria Rivers Trust

Westmorland drive-in kite show

Take a look at these photos from a kite show with a difference at the weekend.

Westmorland County Show and Agricultural Society held what's it's called the UK's first drive in kite display at the weekend.

If you missed it - it happening again next weekend.

Kites over showground
Westmorland County show
More kites in the sky
Westmorland County show

Cumbria weather: Fells forecast : Cloudy with risk of showers

  • Temperatures at 3000ft (900m): 13C-17C (55F-63F).
  • Winds at 3000ft: Generally a gentle easterly breeze with gusts no higher than 20mph, but 20-30mph gusts are possible in local spots.
  • Cloud: Often cloudy, with areas of low cloud even to lower slopes around any persistent showers.
  • Weather: Hot and humid, with some sunshine in the west initially, but there is a risk of showers and thunderstorms pushing up from the south. Freezing level: Above the summits.
  • Visibility: Initially excellent in the west and good in the east, but turning poor during showers.
  • UV index: 5 (Moderate).

If you are visiting the Lake District and planning walking in the hills for the first time,these are the information pages recommended by the volunteer mountain rescue teams.

Surge in Lake District visitors "very difficult", say police

Ewan Murrie

Reporter

A "phenomenal" number of visitors caused "difficulties" in the Lake District over the weekend, according to Cumbria Police.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery estimated that there were double the number of visitors compared to a "normal busy August weekend" - with 88 camper vans and 21 tents at a Windermere car park.

The number of people using small boats on the lake had made it "very difficult" for larger vessels to navigate safely, said ACC Andy Slattery, adding that the situation had been "replicated" on Coniston, Derwent Water and Ullswater.

Lake District general shot
BBC

He said: "Unfortunately, the Lake District National Park Authority have only got so many staff and we are back at pre-covid levels of demand for policing, we're simply not able to be wardens for tourists... so it's making it very difficult."

Cumbria's main libraries re-open

Six of Cumbria's libraries have re-opened today, following the easing of lockdown.

Carlisle, Penrith, Whitehaven, Workington, Kendal and Barrow have opened - but smaller sites will stay shut until they can be made Covid-secure.

Library books
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There will be reduced opening hours at the main libraries, with members of the public only allowed to enter between 1030 and 1230 Monday to Friday.

Members will have access to a new "select and collect service", allowing them to order up to six books using phone or email, which can be picked up using booked collection slots.

Cumbria weather: Cloudy with sunshine, showers possible

BBC Weather

Cloudy with a few sunny spells.

Showers are likely with the chance of a few sharp showers or thunderstorms.

Continuing very warm, with temperatures of 23C (73F), in light winds.

And you can check the latest BBC Weather forecast, by searching for where you live here

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Cumbria weather: Dry and muggy

BBC Weather

It will be dry with some cloud this evening and occasional sunny spells.

Overnight, it will stay dry with some mist or fog patches.

Feeling muggy with lows of 10C (50F).

And you can check the BBC forecast, by looking for your location, here.

Weather forecast
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Bid for south Cumbrian roads to be made safer for walkers and cyclists

The government's been asked to help to upgrade two south Cumbrian roads, to make them safer for walkers and cyclists.

Cumbria County Council says it's applied for up to £930,000 to improve Bridge Road and Michaelson Road in Barrow, and Milnthorpe Road in Kendal, to keep pedestrians and bikers away from motorised traffic.

It says they were the most suitable schemes among more than 600 suggestions.

The money's intended to improve health, air quality and congestion by encouraging more people to cycle and walk.

Whitehaven man tried to destroy evidence of 10,000 illegal images of children

A Whitehaven man who tried to destroy evidence of more than 10,000 illegal images of children has been given a three-year community order.

Liam Rothery, who's 32 and from Ceda Park, attempted to reset an iPad and also put a Samsung tablet under water after police knocked at his door in November.

The prosecutor told the court “he admitted it was to destroy evidence”.

Rothery admitted both making indecent photographs of children and another charge.

He must complete an accredited sex offender’s course, 150 hours’ unpaid work and also sign the sex offender register for five years.

Town's only public loos to go

The only public toilets in a west Cumbrian town are going to be demolished, seven years after they closed.

The facilities - in the Chapel Street car park in Egremont - are owned by Copeland Council.

They were shut because it was considered too expensive to keep them open.

A report for councillors says the site will be cleared a when the toilets are knocked down, and could be used for more parking spaces.

Cumbria's weather: Warm with sunny spells

BBC Weather

There'll be spells of sunshine this afternoon and it will fell very warm.

A slight chance of a few showers later in the day. Highs of 22C (72F).

You can always find the latest, detailed, BBC weather forecast for where you are, by searching for your location here.

Weather forecast
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Small increase in Covid-19 cases in Cumbria

Cumbria’s director of public health is again warning people living in and visiting the county that the coronavirus is still spreading.

Colin Cox
BBC

It comes after a small rise in the number of infections in Cumbria, with 59 new positive cases confirmed in the last week - up 12 from the week before.

Colin Cox says while the increase in the number of cases is concerning, it remains well below the levels which have prompted local lockdown measures in Greater Manchester.

It is also very clear that the virus is still circulating and being passed between local people in the community, so we must not think that the risk has gone away."

Colin Cox

Residents and visitors are being reminded to follow coronavirus safety measures, provide contact details to any venues visited and wear masks in indoor settings and on public transport.

Man accused of false imprisonment faces trial next year

A man from Whitehaven, who is accused of detaining a woman against her will, will go on trial next year.

Niall Kennan, who is 25 and from Richmond Terrace, faces five charges - including false imprisonment, dangerous driving, and assaulting two police officers.

He pleaded not guilty to all five charges at Carlisle Crown Court and was given unconditional bail until his trial in April.