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Cumbria's weather: Turning cloudy with drizzle, and mild

BBC Weather

It will be clear initially this evening, then turning rather cloudy and windy overnight with the chance of some occasional drizzle.

It will be a milder night than last night with lowest temperatures from 4 to 7°C (39 to 45°F).

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

Cost of children in county's care overruns by £1m a month

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Children's Services in Cumbria County Council will be £12m over budget by the end of the financial year, a meeting was told.

Anne Burns
Cumbria County Council

The cabinet member in charge of the service, Anne Burns, said nine out of 10 councils had the same problem: "What do we do if someone says that a child needs to go into care? Do we say 'no, we're sorry, we've overspent on our budget by £12m?'."

Hilary Carrick, for the Conservatives, said the council was "incapable" of tackling the cultural changes required.

"Why have they not focused attention sooner on providing customised support for those with the greatest need?" she asked

Soldier 'punched and kicked man in Kendal pub'

A soldier who punched a man in a Kendal pub and then kicked him as he lay unconscious on the ground has been given a suspended jail term.

Chris Barnes, 23, of Menin Road, Colchester, turned violent at Ruskins Bar in Stricklandgate after being heard to shout about two other men refusing to buy him a drink on 8 August, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

Judge James Adkin heard Barnes was in the process of leaving the Army after seven years, had other employment lined up and was poised to take an intensive anger management course.

The judge suspended a 12-month prison term for two years and ordered Barnes to complete 200 hours' unpaid work.

West Cumbria police warn youngsters on using fake IDs

Teenagers in West Cumbria who use fake IDs are being told to expect a visit from the police, who are trying to reduce under-age drinking.

Pub and club staff are now taking part in a new scheme, which will alert officers to any young person who has fraudulent documents.

Sgt Mitchell Franks, the licensing officer for West Cumbria, says young people need to understand that tampering with documents, such as passports and driving licences, can be a criminal offence.

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Cumbria Police

Tinkler attacks directors after Stobart sacking judgement

Andrew Tinkler, who fought an 11-day court case with the board of Stobart Group last year, has angrily criticised the other directors after a judgement found that they had the power to dismiss him.

Andrew Tinkler

In a detailed statement issued after the court ruling today, he says Judge Russen QC found in his favour on two of the three claims made against him by Stobart, and he says the four directors, Iain Ferguson, Warwick Brady, Andrew Wood and John Coombs, should step down.

The judge found the directors had acted improperly in an issue of shares to make sure Mr Ferguson was re-elected to the board, but also, a Stobart spokesman pointed out, said they acted with the company's best interests in mind.

The company, during the hearing, withdrew claims that Mr Tinkler had made extravagant expenses claims, and the judge rejected a claim that he conspired to injure the company.

Police say drive for better behaviour 'is having results'

Police say reports of anti-social behaviour in Carlisle city centre were 20% lower in 2018 compared with the year before.

Police officers
Cumbria Police

There was a particular decline in problems with young people, down from 344 in 2017, to 268 in 2018, a 22% fall.

Sgt Lewis Powell said they had started by dealing with groups of up to 100 youngsters gathering in Scotch Street, intimidating shoppers and often involved in crime or disorder.

Officers had also worked with other organisations in a local hub in the Lanes shopping centre to reduce issues to do with homelessness or drinking in the street.

I am confident that there has been genuine improvements over the past couple years and that local people will see this when walking around, particularly on an evening time.”

Sgt Lewis Powell

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Cumbria's weather: Dry, sunny and very mild

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be dry with plenty of sunshine and blue skies.

It will be very mild again with a southerly breeze and temperatures from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

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

Severe accident: A596 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A596 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from Branthwaite Road to Ellerbeck Lane.

A596 Cumbria - A596 in Workington closed in both directions from the Branthwaite Road junction to the Ellerbeck Lane junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Lakes tourism firms staff up for summer influx

Cumbria's tourism industry works all around the year, but it is still busier in the summer and companies are starting recruiting the extra staff they will need.

MV Tern
Windermere Lake Cruises

For the first time Windermere Lake Cruises, weather permitting, will be having its major spring recruitment event on 24 February, on one of its vessels, the MV Tern.

The company, which is officially the largest single tourist operation in terms of visitors carried, takes on an extra 100 people on fixed contracts from March until October each year.

Watch: Cockermouth athlete chases his Paralympic dreams

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Grant Taylor hoped to swim in the 2016 Paralympics, but his dreams were dashed.

So he switched to skiing, and now he is trying again.

Cockermouth man sets sights on Paralympics skiing gold
Cockermouth man sets sights on Paralympics skiing gold
Grant Taylor is fundraising to raise the £15,000 a year he needs to compete.

Stobart boss Tinkler loses sacking court case

A High Court Judge has found the directors of Cumbrian Stobart Group were within their powers to dismiss Andrew Tinkler from the company's board last year.

Andrew Tinkler

In a lengthy judgement issued from the High Court in London today, Judge Russen QC said the convoluted case arose from a "state of insurrection" on the Stobart Group board.

The judge relates in detail how Mr Tinkler tried to take over control of the group, and was then dismissed by the other four directors, and he finds almost entirely in favour of the directors.

At the end of the 189-page judgement he concludes that the dismissal of Mr Tinkler from his employment with the group, and as a director of the company, were both "lawful and valid".

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Drive starts to bring more visitors into west of county

Cumbria Tourism says attracting more visitors to west Cumbria could add more than £5m to the local economy.

Business and community leaders are gathering today to discuss how best to exploit the area's attractions.

Scafell and Wastwater

The western side of Cumbria boasts England's highest mountain and deepest lake, Scafell Pike and Wastwater, and also a number of other attractions ranging from Roman remains and Whitehaven's history, to the modern technology of Sellafield.

Copeland's Mayor, Mike Starkie, says today's summit will bring partners together to work on increasing visitor numbers, efforts supported by a new tourist information hub opening this summer within Whitehaven's Beacon Museum.

Work continues on Whitehaven sewer repair

Work has been going on overnight to repair a burst sewer pipe at Whitehaven Harbour.

The problem was noticed on Thursday morning and repairs are expected to continue into this afternoon.

The water company United Utilities says the issue isn't affecting local services.

Cumbria's weather: Dry, find and mild

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly start with the odd mist patch, then a fine and dry day with plenty of bright sunshine and mostly clear blue skies.

It will be very mild again with temperatures up to 13C (55F).

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

Students strike over climate change action

Some students in Cumbria will walk out of school classes and university lectures this morning to demonstrate their concern about climate change.

It's part of a co-ordinated campaign, with thousands of young people across the UK staging similar protests.

The campaigners want the government to declare a "climate emergency".

Travel: Windermere Ferry slowed by fog

BBC News Travel

Dense fog on Windermere means the car ferry across the middle of the lake, which normally takes 20 minutes to cross, is travelling much more slowly this morning.

Severe accident: A590 Cumbria westbound

BBC News Travel

A590 Cumbria westbound severe accident, from A592 to Brow Edge Road.

A590 Cumbria - A590 closed and heavy traffic westbound from Newby Bridge roundabout to the Brow Edge Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Benefit fraud woman claimed £40,000 over five years

A Whitehaven woman who failed to keep benefits staff informed of changes in her life, so she was paid £40,000 too much over five years, has been given a suspended prison sentence.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Laura Corkhill, 35, of Brakeside Gardens, admitted three charges and was also ordered to do unpaid work and rehabilitation.

The court heard the new offences came "a matter of weeks" after a suspended jail term she received for a previous benefit fraud had expired.

Judge Nicholas Barker had read specialist probation and psychiatric reports before passing sentence and been told Corkhill was turning her life around.

Cumbria's weather: Dry, clear and chilly

BBC Weather

It should be dry overnight with high cloud moving away, leaving clear, starry skies.

It will be a chilly night under the clear skies, with the odd mist patch forming and lowest temperatures from 0 to 3°C (32 to 37°F).

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

Engineers warn of disruption and noise as sewer bursts

A sewer has burst on West Strand, close to Whitehaven harbour, United Utilities engineers say.

The company has warned people living nearby that repairs will go on through the night, with engineers breaking through concrete to get at the ruptured pipes over the next few hours, so some noise is likely up to 23:00.

A company spokeswoman said there had been a more serious burst at another point on the same pipe in 2017, and there would now be an investigation to see whether further work was needed.

Carlisle 'could be Powerhouse hub'

Carlisle could become an economic hub for the entire Borders region, according to the man in charge of a project aimed at boosting growth in the north of England.

The director of the Northern Powerhouse, Henri Murison, was speaking after the Government announced it was pledging £100m towards the cost of building a southern link road for Carlisle.

Ministers say the road will improve transport links for businesses, and open up a swathe of land south of the city for housing development.

Henri Murison

The Borderlands growth deal will make Carlisle the centre not just for many communities in Cumbria but also for those across the border in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders as well as Northumberland."

Henri Murison

Cumbrian hospitals A&E waiting times miss four hour line

None of the NHS trusts running hospitals in Cumbria have met their A&E waiting times targets, according to the latest figures.

The statistics show emergency department waiting times in England have reached their worst level since 2004, when the current target was introduced.

Furness general A&E entrance

Last month, just 84.4% of patients across the country were treated or admitted in four hours; well below the target of 95%.

The figures for the Morecambe Bay and North Cumbria hospital trusts were 79% and 87% respectively.

Police issue photos of man sought over pizza arson

Police have issued CCTV pictures of a man they want to talk to after an arson attack in Workington.

CCTV pictres of man
Cumbria Police

The attack, at the Pizza Den in Salterbeck Road, happened more than two months ago, on 1 December last year, but officers say they now have a new line of inquiry.

Commuters face charges for using council office car park

Work to resurface a council office car park in Kendal and then start charging the shoppers and commuters who have been using it for free will cost £750,000.

Busher Walk, Kendal

Councillors have been told the "private" car park behind County Hall was intended for staff, councillors and visitors, but has been used by the public to park for free, causing "conflict" over spaces.

A report to councillors said: "The project is self-financing with a three-year payback period for the initial capital investment through the income from expected ticket purchases."

Missing Egremont man found safe

Peter Jewell, the Egremont man reported missing earlier today, has been found, police say.

Cumbria's weather: Mild with hazy sunshine

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be dry with spells of hazy sunshine. It will be mild with just a gentle southerly breeze.

Highs of 12C (54F).

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

Police concerned about missing Egremont pensioner

Police say they are concerned about Peter Jewell, 66, who has been missing from his Egremont home since 09:30 on 11 February.

Peter Jewell

Peter, who is 5ft 5in, has links to the Preston area.

Council homes in on target to bring on 1,000 houses

South Lakeland Council says it is almost half-way to a target of 1,000 "affordable" rented homes by 2025.

Building site

In 2014, the authority set out a plan to develop more housing in most of the district's communities, and today it announced 460 were completed, mainly for housing associations, by the end of last year.

Cockermouth athlete aims at new peaks after dashed dreams

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Grant Taylor, from Cockermouth, hoped to make the 2016 Olympics as a Paralympic swimmer, but saw his dreams brought down.

He decided, you could say, the best way forward was all downhill from there.

Grant Taylor on slope

The 24-year-old has motor neuropathy, which means his brain and his muscles do not communicate properly.

But after his disappointment in swimming, he took up winter sports, is now skiing competitively in Europe, and trying to raise the annual cost of competing in this sport.

Ultimately the goal is to achieve at least one gold medal at the 2022 Olympics in Beiljing, but for this season hopefully we'll end there as British champion."

Huge grant for Carlisle bypass paves way for new homes

BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

The county has been awarded £102m for the project to build a road around the southern side of Carlisle, a project that will clear the way for more than 10,000 new homes to be built.

Map showing line of new road
Cumbria County Council

The southern bypass will link the M6 at junction 42 to the A595, west of the city.

The road will the open the way for a crescent of new developments which the city council has called St Cuthberts Garden Village.

There's a general acceptance that the city is going to have to grow to create a critical mass to be able to fund and develop the services that we need.

It's a very long term project, we're talking tens of years really in terms of the housing, but the road is absolutely vital in order for that to happen."

Stuart YoungLeader, Cumbria County Council

Travel: Three-mile queues build up at A590 roadworks

BBC News Travel

Delays of 15 minutes have built at at temporary traffic lights on the A590 between Greenodd and Haverthwaite

Cumbria's weather: Bright and mild with hazy sunshine

BBC Weather

After a rather cloudy start with the small chance of the odd spot of drizzle, the cloud will break up, leaving it bright with hazy sunshine and mild, with highest temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

Weather graphic

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

Severe accident: A5092 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5092 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from The Farmers Arms to A5084.

A5092 Cumbria - A5092 in Lowick Green blocked and heavy traffic in both directions from The Farmers Arms junction to the A5084 junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Firefighters' union fears smaller service will not cope

The Fire Brigades' Union in Cumbria says changes planned to the county's service could leave it unable to deal with major incidents such as another Storm Desmond, which might put firefighters and the public at risk.

Fire fighters dealing with a fellside fire

Senior officers at the service are proposing to swap traditional fire appliances at Arnside, Staveley, and Frizington, and one of the engines at Maryport, with smaller rapid response vehicles.

Another proposal is that vehicles that were crewed with five firefighters will travel with three, meaning any fire-fighting would have to wait until back-up arrived.

A public consultation on the proposals ended last week and the service is now considering the final version that will go before councillors in April.

Cumbrian stations in line for £1.2m makeover

Railway stations on the Cumbrian Coast, Lakes and Furness lines are to being given improvements costing £1.2m in the run up to spring.

Workington Station
Network Rail

Network Rail has joined with the two main train operating companies and Transport for the North to improve seating, toilets and customer information at Workington (pictured), Whitehaven, Sellafield, Barrow-in-Furness, Burneside, Staveley and Windermere stations.

Pedestrian, 72, dies two weeks after Penrith crash

A pensioner from Penrith has died two weeks after being hit by a van in Bridge Lane in the town.

Colin Jeffrey, 72, was flown to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle with serious injuries after the collision at 06:30 on 28 January.

Police renewed an appeal for witnesses who were in the area at the time.

Judge jails 'professional' shoplifter

A shoplifter from Cockermouth has been jailed after her third court appearance in eight months.

Kirsten Shearman
Cumbria Police

Kirsten Shearman, 40, from St Leonards Close, was banned last June from shops in Cleator Moor, Cockermouth and Whitehaven, and given a suspended prison sentence after another court appearance in October.

Today at Carlisle Crown Court Shearman admitted stealing from shops in Workington and Cockermouth, and taking outdoor jackets worth £1,610 in Keswick in three visits in four days.

Judge Nicholas Barker said: "She is a professional shoplifter, isn't she - it's what she does?"

He then jailed her for 11 months.

Cumbria's weather: A mild, cloudy, breezy night

BBC Weather

Skies will remain mostly cloudy with a few patches of drizzle, but there will be a better chance of some clearer breaks later.

It will be breezy but mild, with lowest temperatures from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

Weather graphic

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

Cumbria's weather: Staying mild, breezy and cloudy

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be mild but also rather breezy.

Skies will remain mostly cloudy with some pockets of drizzle and temperatures will range from 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Train breakdown puts one-hour delay on main line

BBC News Travel

A broken-down train is causing delays of up to one hour on services on the West Coast Main Line between Lancaster and Penrith.

Three Cumbrian attractions listed for national awards

Three Cumbrian attractions have been given awards for the experience they offer to visitors.

The tourism organisation, VisitEngland, has announced the 76 attractions that have won an Attractions Accolade.

The North West winners include the Abbot Hall Art Gallery (pictured) and Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal, Kirklinton Hall and Gardens near Carlisle and the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite.

Abbot Hall
Lakeland Arts Trust

Your pictures: Yew Tree Tarn on a mirror-still morning

You almost get the feeling Steve Hillman had to hold his breath to get Yew Tree Tarn, near Coniston, this still.

Yew Treet tarn with mirror still water
Steve Hillman

Steve captured this yesterday and was kind enough to tweet it in our direction.

Legion seeks Cumbrian D-Day veterans

The search is on to find Cumbrians who took part in the D-Day landings 75 years ago.

The Royal British Legion is taking veterans to the Normandy beaches in June, but so far no one from the county has applied for a place.

The landings began on 6 June 1944.

D-day landings from barge
Getty Images