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Grant gives young farmers a chance to get started
An agricultural charity, The Farmer Network, has been awarded £45,000 over three years to encourage young people into the farming industry.
The Cumbria Community Foundation allocated the money from the Barker Fund, the Brian & Ann Clark Fund and the Evening Hill Grassroots Fund, to a programme offered to 18- 30 year olds who have a
farm-related business idea but are limited by the resources or opportunities
available to them.
It provides a course on business
planning, one-to-one support from an experienced farm business adviser, the
chance to apply for a low interest loan and training grant, and continuing support from a volunteer business mentor.
Third blade offence means jail for Whitehaven man
A man found carrying a knife in Whitehaven has been jailed for six months.
Lee Jefferson, 24, was arrested by police in Coach Road in February in relation to a different matter, and the knife was found when he was searched.
Jefferson, of no fixed address, admitted having a bladed article in public.
Carlisle Crown Court heard he had two previous convictions for carrying bladed itens on a record of more than 150 offences.
The third offence of carrying a blade triggered a minimum prison sentence for repeat offending.
Cumbria's weather: Showers, with a chance of thunder
A concrete base will now be installed for protection with an "invert" underneath to allow more water to flow after heavy rain.
Engineers hope the bridge can remain open during the work, which is due to end in autumn, but the Sandes Avenue car park will be closed until November.
Mental health care for teenagers is focus of conference
About 70 people, including teachers, pupils and NHS staff, are meeting today to discuss mental health provision in west Cumbria after an initiative by young people in the area to increase the amount of help available.
The group We Will, which trains mental health first-aiders in schools and was set up by young people, will be giving a talk at the gathering.
Councillor Rebecca Hanson, who chairs the newly-established West Cumbria Youth Mental Health Network, says self-harm, anxiety and depression are all on the rise, but it is hard for young people to get help because of the rural nature of the area and NHS staff shortages.
The Cumbria Partnership Trust, which provides mental health services in the county, says it is working to reduce waiting times for routine referrals, which are currently about 31 days.
Cumbria's weather: Mostly dry at first, wetter later
A subsequent inspection of the site by planning officers revealed that original permission for general industrial use had indeed been changed before it opened as a laundry.
This means the company will now need to apply to bring it back into line with planning rules, although separate public safety concerns raised by Radiation Free Lakeland are not a planning issue and are regulated by the Environment Agency.
Council leader Marion Fitzgerald wrote to the campaign group, saying: “My visit assured me that stringent checks are in place both at Sellafield and at the laundry itself to ensure that there is no danger to employees or to the general public."
The materials handled at the laundry are, as above stated, at negligible risk of exposure to radiation and would be held on site at Sellafield if above normal background levels were ever detected.”
But Jo Lappin, the chief executive of Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), says the county has gained around £60m from the government's Growth Deal money, which was distributed by the Northern Powerhouse.
At Carlisle airport, we've invested £4.95m which has come by the Northern Powerhouse, ready for its opening on 4 July."
A plan to put signs on a roundabout at Tebay, where a link road to the M6 joins several other routes, has been refused permission.
Tebay Parish Council had asked whether it could put six signs on the roundabout so local firms could sponsor improvements in the area in return for the publicity, but Eden council had refused consent twice since 2017.
The parish appealed and now a government inspector has supported the Eden decision.
Highways officers had said the junction was complex and signs might distract drivers, and the inspector, Laura Renaudon, said there was not enough detail on where the signs would go to conclude safety would not be adversely affected.
Man due in court charged with murder after Barrow death
A 28-year-old man will appear in court today charged with the murder of 70-year-old John McMillan from Barrow.
Jonathan Macmillan, whose address police have given only as from Barrow, was charged with murder after an incident in Provincial Street on Tuesday evening, in which the older man suffered chest and throat injuries.
Jonathan McMillan will appear before Furness Magistrates’ Court later.
Cumbria's weather: Mostly dry with long clear spells
A builder who tricked
Cumbrian householders into signing away their rights relating to work on their
homes has been jailed.
Kevin Doyle, 36, of Dunbeth Court, Coatbridge, in North Lanarkshire, admitted five counts of fraud by misrepresentation and two of aggressive commercial practices when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.
The court heard the improvements, in St Bees, Wigton, Maryport and Whitehaven, would ultimately have been worth a total of £30,600.
Doyle failed to tell the unsuspecting customers of their legal cancellation rights, and when one woman who'd instructed Doyle to work on her late mother's property decided she didn't want him to continue, he told her there was no way out of the agreement.
Jailing Doyle for 14 months, Judge Andrew Jefferies QC said: "Whether your behaviour is described as feckless or malicious, it has had a huge impact on those that have had dealings with you."
A south Cumbrian couple are celebrating a victory in a long-running battle with planners to develop a tourist attraction featuring hybrid wolves and birds of prey.
Predator Experience at Ayside near Cartmel was set up by Daniel and Dee Ashman, offering people the chance to "walk with wolves" and see golden eagles flying, but ran into opposition from neighbours who said it was out of place.
Plans to expand the operation, including one that would have added cheetahs to the predators on the land, were repeatedly refused by the Lake District National Park Authority.
Now, after a three-day public inquiry a planning inspector has allowed a range of new buildings, a family home, viewing areas and a wet-weather flying building, although with strict limits on the number of vehicle movements a day.
Silver came from the Middle East to Viking Beckermet
Some of the silver in a hoard of ingots found in Beckermet in 2014 had been made by melting down coins from Europe and the Middle East, scientists say.
The scientists, from Oxford University, used equipment in Southampton to analyse the silver by studying the lead that is naturally found in it.
Dr Jane Kershaw, from the university said more detailed findings would follow, but the first results showed a mix of Carolingian coinage, from France or Germany, and Islamic Dirhams, buried some time just before 925AD.
The silver was found by two metal detectorists, and is now on permanent display at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven.
BreakingPolice arrest bogus doctor in new probe
A bogus psychiatrist jailed for faking the will of a dementia patient to try to inherit her estate has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.
A police statement said: "The woman, who was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false
representation, obtaining a pecuniary advantage and possession of criminal
property has been questioned by officers and will be subject of further
“Officers have also conducted searches of addresses in
Burnley, Huddersfield and Omagh in Northern Ireland as part of this
It added it was working with a number of
agencies, including the NHS Counter Fraud Authority and the General Medical
The Lake District National Park Authority is in the dark over its future funding because of the turmoil at the top of British politics, its chairman says.
The national park receives 42% of its income in government grant, £5.49m, with another 35% from its commercial activities and the balance from various one-off grants and payments.
Mike McKinley, who had just been re-elected to the chair, said that with the Secretary of State with responsibility for parks, Michael Gove, in the leadership race, a change at the top of Defra was almost certain.
There is also a special review of national parks due in the autumn from the writer Julian Glover.
Will a new Secretary of State for the Environment want to be bothered with national parks if he or she is dealing with the aftermath of Brexit, Common Agricultural Policy and all the rest of the shenanigans?”
West Coast line to be closed for two weeks in July
Travellers to London will face longer rail journeys for more than two weeks in July while engineers replace a complete junction near Warrington.
Network Rail staff say trains from Carlisle to Euston will be diverted, and others will stop at Preston going south, and Crew going north.
The company says there is never a good time to close the railway, but it is a time of year when fewer people are travelling, and the work is essential.
We are tearing up old track, removing the track beds, we are putting up new bits of wire and other infrastructure, this is not the sort of job we could do in a few hours overnight where there are not any trains running."
Sunny weekend may go out with a bang (and a flash)
Reopening of a coal mine in Cumbria will create around 500 well-paid jobs, but with an inevitable environmental impact will people jump at the opportunity?
Bid to extend Lake District National Park boundary
A request has been submitted to extend the boundary of the Lake District National Park.
Friends of the Lake District want it to include "the area of outstanding landscape" in south Cumbria - the area between Silecroft and
Grange-over-Sands, the Millom Without, Furness and Cartmel peninsulas and
the estuaries of the rivers Duddon, Leven and Kent.
The proposal, which has been sent to Natural England, would increase the size of the park by 155 sq km and by 6%.
Natural England and the Secretary of State for the Environment will make the final decision.
It will be a cloudier evening, but it should remain largely dry, with lowest temperatures from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).
However as the night progresses, there is a growing chance for showery rain to move in from the south.
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Police say only electronics stopped 89mph driver crashing
Police experts say the 89mph clocked on a Mercedes articulated wagon coming down from Stainmore on the A66, was one of the highest speeds recorded from a heavy goods vehicle by Cumbria's fleet of police camera vans.
The video shown to Carlisle Crown Court today as Stanley James Yeagers appeared on a charge of dangerous driving shows the rig on the edge of control as he tries to reduce its speed.
Sgt Graeme Hodgson said the vehicle was fitted with a speed limiter, but was travelling at no less than 89mph.
"One way this is possible, despite speed limiters fitted to such vehicles, is if the driver deliberately decides to allow gravity to take over control of the vehicle’s descent."
It is probably only down to the safety features and electronics of the vehicle and trailer alone that a major collision has been averted."
Lorry driver banned for 89mph 'seconds of madness'
A lorry driver clocked at almost 90mph on a busy Cumbrian trunk road road has been given a suspended two-month jail term and banned from
driving for a year.
Carlisle Crown Court heard how
a police speed detection van caught Stanley James Yeagers' laden Mercedes HGV
travelling downhill at 89mph as it overtook a car on the A66 westbound at
Stainmore, near Brough.
Video filmed as Yeager spots the van and brakes heavily, according to police, shows that without electronic stability control, the lorry might have jack-knifed.
Yeager, 71, of Harlestone Court, Grimsby, had a completely clean driving record, and told a probation officer of his remorse for "eleven seconds of madness that he wishes never happened".
Judge Andrew Jeffries ordered Yeager, who admitted dangerous driving, to take an extended test after his ban, but the court heard the incident would end the driver's career.
A lorry driver is banned from driving for a year and given a suspended prison sentence after he was caught travelling at 89mph on the A66 in Cumbria.
Truck driver who neared 90mph on A66 awaits sentence
A trucker caught travelling at
almost 90mph on one of Cumbria's busiest trunk roads has admitted dangerous
The court has heard a police
speed detection van clocked the westbound Mercedes HGV driven by Stanley James Yeagers, 71, travelling at "not less
than 89mph", almost 30mph more than the limit for that kind of vehicle.
Yeagers, of Harlestone Court,
Grimsby, was said to be a man with no previous convictions who had driven "all
over the world".
He will be sentenced later today.
Man jailed for more than five years for Carlisle stabbing