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Driver injured in A66 crash near Keswick

Police say a 48-year-old woman from Keswick was injured when her Citroen C1 collided with a lorry on the A66 near Penrith Road.

Officers say she is still in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, although her injuries are not thought to be life threatening, and the driver of the lorry was unhurt.

Police are hoping to hear from anyone who was in the area at about 01:00 yesterday morning, or who saw the vehicles before the accident.

Cumbria's weather: Clouding over later with a risk of mist

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It will dry with prolonged spells of clear sky at first but clouding over later in the night.

There is a chance of mist developing in southern areas as dawn approaches with lowest temperatures from 2C to 5C (36F to 41F).

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Haulage firm eyes Eddie Stobart for possible takeover

The haulage firm Wincanton says it is currently carrying out what is called "due diligence" on the Cumbrian company Eddie Stobart to assess the benefits of a merger.

Wincanton stressed it had not made any offer for the Cumbrian firm, and might not pursue the idea.

The Chippenham-based firm has until 15 November to either announce whether or not it will be making an offer for Stobart.

The Cumbrian haulage firm's shares were suspended in August after it revealed a £2m error in its accounts, and trading in them has not yet resumed.

Eddie Stobart wagon
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Police seek robber after Barrow attack

A 57-year-old woman was robbed while walking along Friars Lane in Barrow at about 18:00 on Saturday.

Police say she was approached by someone wearing red tracksuit bottoms and white trainers who pushed her to the ground, and her mobile phone and purse were stolen.

They were found nearby, but £50 was missing from her purse.

Flood agency: We're better prepared for big storms

Lessons have been learned after the devastation caused by Storm Desmond in 2015, according to the Environment Agency's flood risk manager for Cumbria.

Stuart Mounsey says the agency is now better placed to do what is necessary, such as clearing culverts and watching river levels, and to seek extra help in the event of a serious storm.

Agency workers clearing flood debris
Environment Agency

It's the ability to scale up rapidly - we can run within the area an incident that lasts about two days, we then need to call on help from the rest of the organisation to run that incident.

We are prepared, we've done this a number of times since Storm Desmond as well, and I'm absolutely confident we will give a first class response for Cumbria."

Stuart Mounsey

Body found on Walney beach

The body of a woman was found on the beach near South Walney Nature Reserve this morning just before 10:00.

Police say the coroner was informed, but they have given no other details.

Pensioner hit by car in Penrith dies in hospital

A 77-year-old woman, who was struck by a car in Penrith on Monday, has died of her injuries in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Police said she was Kathleen Boddy, who had recently moved to the Cumbrian town from Essex.

She was walking in Victoria Road just before midday, when she was hit by an Alfa Romeo driven by a 46-year-old local woman.

Police renewed an appeal for witnesses or any drivers in the area at the time with dashcam footage.

Latest figures show 16,753 now claiming new benefit

The latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show 16,753 people in Cumbria are now claiming Universal Credit.

The figures show more than one third, 6,267, are in work.

It's thought all of those still claiming under the previous benefits system will have moved across to UC within about four years.

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Conman who fleeced kind pensioner, 92, is jailed

A conman who fleeced a 92-year-old kind-hearted Cockermouth parishioner out of £27,000 after the two met in church, has been jailed for 30 months.

Scott Thomas Hanson, 35, of Tempest Road, Hartlepool, told the older man he had walked out on his wife and was living rough, and then, between August and October, talked the devout pensioner into handing over the money.

When the victim revealed banks were raising concerns about suspicious transactions, Hanson responded by saying: "If you call the police I will kill you."

Hanson, who was gambling heavily at the time, admitted fraud.

Shopping centre evacuated in fire alert

The Lanes shopping centre in Carlisle was evacuated today when a small electrical fire broke out in one of the stores.

Lanes fire
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A number of fire engines were called, but most returned once the scale of the incident was clear.

Farmer John Geldard gets top agriculture award

Martin Lewes

Reporter

The leading south Cumbrian farmer John Geldard, who founded the Plumgarths centre near Kendal which pioneered the supply of Asda stores with local meat from a number of farms, has been honoured by his industry.

Although he has partly retired, he can still sometimes be seen in the Kendal supermarket, checking the shelves are well-stocked with the products the business he founded supplies.

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Cumbria's weather: Sunny with a risk of heavy showers

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There should be some sunny intervals this afternoon but with a risk of showers, which could become heavy with the odd rumble of thunder.

It will feel cooler than yesterday with highest temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

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Police still hunting driver who trashed historic bridge

Police say they are still looking for the lorry driver who got lost near Sedbergh and pushed the parapet off Millthrop Bridge on the road to Dent.

Wrecked bridge
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The incident happened earlier this week and county highways engineers say the bridge, which is listed because of its historic interest, may not be open until after Christmas.

The bridge is the main link between Dent and Sedbergh, and drivers now face a lengthy detour, which has angered local people.

Fatal fire at farmhouse 'not suspicious' say police

Police say a fire at Thwaites, near Broughton, on Wednesday, which claimed the life of a 69-year-old woman, is not thought to have been started deliberately.

The woman who died was Cath Braithwaite, who lived at the farmhouse with her husband and two sons, and police say her death has now been referred to the coroner, who will take over the investigation.

Flowers have been left by local people near the farm gate.

Flower on wheelie bin outside farm
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  • Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service says it has officers in the area offering safety checks to anyone worried after the fire and they can be contacted on 0800 358 4777.

Cumbria's weather: Mostly cloudy, feeling cooler

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It will be mostly cloudy, but there will be some sunny breaks developing through the day.

A few showers may edge in from the west for a time and it will feel cooler than yesterday with highest temperatures from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

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Police make arrests across county in national drugs drive

Police in Cumbria made a number of arrests around Cumbria as part of a major national crackdown on "county lines" drugs gangs.

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Cumbria Police

Three arrests were in north Cumbria, with two each in the south and west of the county, and class A drugs were seized in several raids.

The operations were organised by the National County Lines Coordination Centre, and across the UK more than 700 people were held in raids at 655 properties, with 12 firearms, dozens of other weapons and drugs valued at £426,000 seized.

We are determined to disrupt drug supply into Cumbria and protect vulnerable people from the exploitation and violence brought by county lines dealing.”

Det Ch Insp David CooperCumbria Police

Cumbria's weather: Blustery showers and clear periods

BBC Weather

Some heavy and blustery showers are expected through tonight, though there will also be some drier and clearer interludes.

It will be windy at first, but the wind will ease towards dawn on Friday. Minimum Temperature: 3 to 6C (37 to 43F).

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Penrith gas leak cordon lifted

The cordon around a gym on the Gillwilly industrial estate in Penrith has now been lifted.

Police set up cordon around gym gas leak

Police have cordoned off part of Penrith around the Elite Fitness gym in Cowper Road, after a gas leak.

People working on the surrounding area of the Gillwilly industrial estate have been advised to stay indoors unless instructed to do otherwise by the emergency services.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue also has crews at the scene.

Cumbria's weather: More sunny spells and showers

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Bright or sunny spells and showers are expected throughout much of today, and the showers will be heavy at times.

Southwest winds will freshen as the day progresses and highest temperatures will be from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

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Lake District park 'putting tourists ahead of landscape'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

One of the Lake District National Park Authority's board members has accused it of promoting tourism rather than protecting the landscape, in the wake of the row over the surfacing of a path near Keswick.

At a meeting at the park's Kendal headquarters, Tony Lywood, a town councillor, said consultation over the path was inadequate and some increasingly felt they lived in the "Lake District National Theme Park".

Tony Lywood
LDRS

How can this body give more than a cursory consideration to zip wires over Thirlmere, the proliferation of 4x4s in Little Langdale, a gondola up to Whinlatter and now a wide-strip of scarring tarmac beneath Blencathra?”

Tony Lywood

The interim park chairman, Peter Allen, said consultation about the path along the former Keswick railway included engagement with local people, residents and visitors, 2,300 responses to a user survey, public meetings, drop-in sessions and exhibitions.

He added that the £9.7m project to repair the path was partly funded by Highways England, and "given the user needs and preferences research, we and he, both agreed that a bound surface was the most appropriate proposed solution”.

Cumbria Police cadets win national award

Youngsters from the Eden police cadets were in London to collect a Home Office award for their work on a campaign about mental health.

Cadets on stage at awards ceremony
Cumbria Police

They produced six large banners encouraging people to talk and think about mental health, which are on display at various places around Cumbria.

They won the cadet team award at the Lord Ferrers Home Office Awards, which are for police specials and volunteers who make an outstanding contribution.

Among the runners-up were mini-police from Ewanrigg school who sourced metal signs in the shape of small police officers that can be used to warn people not to park outside schools or to park safely.

Police and fire experts hope to find cause of fatal blaze

An investigation into a fire that killed a 69-year-old woman in south Cumbria starts today.

Seven fire engines and four other vehicles from a wide area of the county were called, almost 24 hours ago, to the house at Thwaites, near Broughton.

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A 72-year-old man was rescued and is recovering in hospital.

Cumbria Police and the fire service are carrying out a joint inquiry to establish the full circumstances of the fire, and say they hope to get into the building to find the seat of the fire today.

Police confirm woman, 69, died in farmhouse fire

A 69-year-old woman died in a fire at a farmhouse in south Cumbria, police have confirmed.

Firefighters were called to the property at Thwaites, near Broughton in Furness, just before 09:00.

Det Insp Matthew Scott, who has been at the scene most of today, told BBC Radio Cumbria it appears the woman, who lived there, was trapped in the building and initial investigations indicate the fire started downstairs.

The cause of the fire cannot be fully established yet, as the building is unsafe, but it's believed it's not suspicious, and further investigations will be carried out.

A 72-year-old man is being treated at the Furness General Hospital in Barrow but his condition is not serious and police say he is expected to make a full recovery.

Police say they will release the name of the woman as soon as she has been formally identified, but they have spoken to her family.

Northern rail could be renationalised

The government is considering whether the management of the North of England's largest rail commuter service should be taken into public hands.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Northern's poor performance, with trains regularly arriving late or not at all, "cannot continue".

Mr Shapps said he had issued a "request for proposals" from the firm and the Operator of Last Resort (OLR).

This could lead to services being brought into direct government control.

Northern train
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Allonby School pupils are top at recycling

Primary school pupils in Allonby have been crowned winners in a countywide recycling competition.

Nine schools in Cumbria took part in the Recycle with Michael scheme, organised by The Salvation Army, and between them all they collected almost a tonne of clothes and shoes which would normally go to landfill.

The Allonby pupils won the competition as they recycled more per head of pupils than all the other schools.

Allonby school pupils with Michel the recycling mascot.
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Michael the recycling mascot at Allonby School

Cause of fatal fire not known yet

The cause of a major fire at a farmhouse at Thwaites near Broughton in Furness is not known yet.

One person died and a 72-year-old man is in hospital where his condition is said to be "stable".

The fire broke out just before 09:00 and seven fire appliances from all over Cumbria and an ambulance were sent to the scene.

Det Insp Matt Scott of Cumbria Police said the fire is being treated as "unexplained" at this stage, but an investigation is under way to find out what caused it.

Sixty transgender hate crimes reported to police

Cumbria Police says almost 60 transgender hate crimes have been reported to it in the last three years.

That’s according to data obtained by BBC Cumbria following a Freedom of Information request.

Transgender hate crime recorded by the police in the UK has nearly doubled over the past three years, according to national figures.

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Cumbria Police

Fifth burglary drives widow from her Cockermouth home

A Cumbrian businesswoman has abandoned her Cockermouth home after being raided five times by different criminals, Carlisle Crown Court has been told.

John McKechnie, 24, Scott Hodgeon, 30, and a 17-year-old youth travelled from Preston to target the house, and in less than 10 minutes, took £1,000 cash and did damage and stole property together valued at £5,600.

Among the sentimental items snatched from a clearly-labelled "memories" box was a photograph of the householder's deceased husband, the last to be taken while he was still alive.

McKechnie, of West Park Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Hodgeon, 30, of Redcar Avenue, Ingol, Preston, and the youth admitted burglary and received respective jail terms of 54, 37 and 36 months.

The judge heard it was the fifth such burglary and the widow could no longer face living there and he told the three they must be severely punished.

This is one of the worst examples of non-confrontation dwelling house burglary I have ever seen."

Judge James Adkin

More details of new Carlisle bypass on show in plans bid

More details of the new road to be built around the southern side of Carlisle have been made public in a formal planning application that brings the £112m project a step closer.

Still from video of artists impression of new road
Cumbria County Council

The documents include a graphic video impression of what the new road will look like from the air as it wends its route through the countryside on the southern side of the city.

Apart from helping traffic avoid the city centre, the new road will open the way for thousands of new homes to be built in a series of small communities under the name of St Cuthbert's Garden Village

Union leader says Scots border could bring opportunities

An international border between an independent Scotland and England could bring opportunities for business, according to a leading trade unionist in the county.

Craig Johnston from the transport workers’ union, the RMT, campaigned for Scottish independence in the referendum five years ago.

This morning the Carlisle MP John Stevenson warned there could be economic problems because of a "hard" border, but Mr Johnston says there are already differences between the two countries in education and social care.

Border
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It might be a bit of an economic stimulant to us that we have a border just up the road."

Craig Johnston

Cumbria's weather: Largely dry, but mostly cloudy

BBC Weather

It will be largely dry this afternoon, although with a good deal of cloud and perhaps a few spots of drizzle.

There could be a few bright or sunny spells, especially later, and highest temperatures will be from 10C to 13C (50 to 55F).

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MP: Independent Scotland could mean Cumbrian problems

Carlisle's MP John Stevenson says an independent Scotland within the EU after Britain has left could cause problems for Cumbria's economy.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to press her case for another referendum on independence today at her party's conference and call for a vote next year.

Scottish border
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The lengthy negotiations over the Irish border show the problems of having a customs frontier between the EU single market and what the British government wants to be a different system of customs and regulations, without having a system of checks and delays for good inspections.

There is a potential for a hard border because of the EU rules, and there would then be certain friction living in a border area which I think would be detrimental to Scotland but potentially also to Cumbria

John StevensonMP for Carlisle

Cumbria's weather: Patchy drizzle easing, then dry

Martin Lewes

Reporter

Some patchy light rain or drizzle for a time this morning will ease and it will then be largely dry today, although with a good deal of cloud, and temperatures from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

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Councils in £250,000 row over therapist service

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Problems recruiting an occupational therapist have led to one Cumbrian council reclaiming £250,000 from another for failing to meet a service level agreement.

Carlisle City Council had asked the county authority to provide it with a therapist to help disabled Carlisle residents apply for grants and make improvements to their homes, allowing £250,000 for a member of staff and all additional costs such as equipment.

But the recruitment drive failed and the county council says it will be several months before it is in a position to provide the service.

Councillor Elizabeth Mallinson
Cumbria County Council

Councillor Elizabeth Mallinson (pictured), who holds the health and wellbeing portfolio on the city council, told a recent meeting that she was “very cross” that the city council had found itself in this position.

A county council spokesman said: “The county council is in the process of making arrangements to return the funds to the city council.

“It is disappointing that we have been unable to recruit a suitable candidate for the occupational therapist vacancy, despite carrying out a thorough recruitment and advertising process."

Two in iron bar attack 'deserve long jail terms'

Police say two men who are starting long jail sentences for seriously injuring a man with an iron bar, "thoroughly deserve their time in prison".

The 33-year-old victim suffered serious facial injuries and memory loss after the attack on Waterside, Kendal, last March, which a judge at Carlisle Crown Court described as "a ferocious and sadistic punishment beating".

Luke Canning, 22, of Bridge Street, Burneside, and Jordan Jenkinson, 26, of Lound Road, Kendal, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Det Supt Vicki Ellis of Cumbria Police said the victim could easily have died, had medical help not arrived quickly.

Jenkinson has shown little remorse for his violent actions, while Canning throughout admitted to causing the victim grievous bodily harm with intent. They both deserve their time in prison."

Det Supt Vicki Ellis

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with rain in places

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy at first tonight with rain in places.

Later the rain will move away to the east, leaving partly-cloudy skies and the chance of some mist with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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Man jailed for 'bombarding' ex-partner with threats

A man who bombarded his ex-partner with threatening Facebook messages as he persistently harassed and stalked her has been jailed for two years at Carlisle Crown Court.

Ainsley Mackay
Cumbria Police

Ainsley Mackay, of High Street, Wigton, admitted both the stalking and intimidation of his former girlfriend earlier this year after the couple's "acrimonious" split.

Mackay first bombarded the woman with 343 Facebook messages, some of which were described as "extremely threatening", and phone calls through the same social media application, and then made two direct threats as she became a witness in police proceedings.

Mackay was also banned from contacting the woman through the strict terms of a restraining order for five years.

Two burglers held by tenants are jailed

Two men detained by the tenant of the flat they were burgling have been jailed by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court.

The court heard Aaron Wildey was using a shared bathroom when he heard noises and going into his flat he found Richard Ireland (pictured), 30, and 33-year-old Billy Moorhead.

Richard Ireland
Cumbria Police

He also realised money was missing and after a struggle, assisted by other tenants, the two were held and £110 recovered.

Ireland, of Flower Street, Carlisle, admitted burglary and a separate charge of arson and was given a 45-month jail term, while Moorhead, of Albert Street, Longtown, admitted burglary and was locked up for 18 months.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudier with a chance of rain later

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy through this afternoon and later rain may edge into some districts at times, especially those lying further to the east and south.

Winds will remain light and highest temperatures will be from 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

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Severe accident: A6 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A6 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from A66 to Roper Street.

A6 Cumbria - A6 Victoria Road in Penrith closed and it's heavy in both directions from Kemplay Bank Roundabout to the Roper Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Cumbria's weather: A dry, clear night

BBC Weather

Any scattered showers will clear to leave it dry overnight with clear spells and variable cloud.

The lowest temperatures will range from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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Police hold four after couple are attacked in Carlisle

Police say four suspects have been arrested after a robbery in Carlisle in which two people were injured.

Charlotte Street, Carlisle
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A local man and woman were treated at the Cumberland Infirmary in the city for cuts and bruises after they were attacked in Charlotte Street at about 20:30 on Wednesday evening.

Three men, aged 17, 25 and 42, and a 41-year-old woman have now been arrested on suspicion of offences including robbery and attempted assault causing grievous bodily harm.

Police say they'd like to hear from anyone in the area at the time, who may have been in the Lidl or Dunelm car park, or who has webcam footage from between 20:30 and 21:00.

Lakes chief defends new surface on repaired rail path

The chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority has issued a lengthy blog defending the resurfacing of the flood-damaged trackbed from Threlkeld to Kewsick with bitumen.

Cyclists on Keswick railway
LDNPA

At an angry meeting last night Keswick Town Council passed a vote of no confidence in the park authority, saying the new surface was out of place.

In his long response, Richard Leafe says: "It is very disappointing then that we don’t enjoy wholehearted community support."

He describes the lengths the park has gone to in consultation, and says the solid surface is needed because it is likely the popular trail will have to stand up to regular intense storms as the climate changes.

Cumbrian peer hits out at park authority over Keswick path

One of the Lake District National Park Authority's longest-standing political allies has said it is ignoring the views of local people.

David Clark
BBC

Lord Clark of Windermere led the National Park's successful World Heritage Bid and has championed national park authorities in Westminster.

He was speaking as Keswick Town Council passed a vote of no confidence in the board, made up of appointed local councillors and others picked by national authorities.

David Clark says the authority is neglecting the wishes of people in Keswick by pressing ahead with its plans to repair a flood-damaged four-mile footpath with bitumen.

There's 40,000 of us live in the park, we are never consulted about anything, and our public representatives are just so frustrated as we have seen in the Keswick case."

David Clark

Cumbria's weather: Becoming largely dry and sunny

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Any early showers should clear to leave it largely dry with sunny spells through the day, with highest temperatures from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

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