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.
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.
You can always find the latest, detailed, BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.
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.
The chief executive of the Rugby League World Cup, Jon Dutton, has had a “constructive” meeting with senior staff and councillors at Allerdale over the future of the proposed new Workington stadium.
The borough council made a successful bid to host the sporting event in 2021 but the games hang entirely on the creation of the multimillion-pound arena, and these plans are under review after last month's election changed the political control of the council.
Mr Dutton said he had a "dialogue about the opportunities and risks of the stadium project,” but he has already made it clear that unless the stadium is complete, the world cup fixtures it might host would go elsewhere.
Hundreds of people joined a march through Workington town centre on Friday night in support of the plans for a brand-new 8,000 capacity venue.
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
Two men, aged 44 and 35 are still being questioned by police.
Illegal migrants found in city cannabis farm are jailed
Two Albanian illegal immigrants found caring for a cannabis farm on a Carlisle industrial estate have been jailed.
Elidon Hajdarmataj, 24, and
26-year-old Rafael Hysaj were found by police at the unit in Rosehill, inside which were 330 cannabis plants with a street value between £99,000 and £247,000.
Hajdarmataj and Hysaj, who had been living at the unit, told police they had been brought there from London and put to work.
They admitted cannabis production, and were each jailed for two years.
Judge Andrew Jefferies QC told the pair, both of no fixed address: "I accept you are highly unlikely to have been the organisers of this, but you were actively producing that cannabis, no doubt under direction."
Flood gear goes to help storm-hit eastern counties
The Environment Agency keeps some of the country's most powerful portable flood defences in Cumbria, but when the rain falls somewhere else, it goes where it is needed most.
Carer who stole £3,440 from pensioner is jailed for a year
A carer who stole thousands of
pounds from a vulnerable pensioner she was employed to look after has been
jailed for a year.
Laura Brunskill, 23, of Lady Anne Drive, Brough, stole a total of £3,440 from the 71-year-old vascular dementia and Alzheimer's sufferer, often withdrawing hundreds of pounds at a time from ATMs without her permission, and spending the money on show tickets and a holiday.
Brunskill admitted four theft charges and her lawyer, Brian Williams, said she was remorseful over the offences which were "completely and utterly baffling" and "out of character".
Jailing Brunskill, Judge Andrew Jefferies QC spoke of a "remarkable breach of trust", telling her: "Only immediate custody is appropriate in this case to punish you for what is a terribly mean offence."
Police to target Cumbria's worst drivers
Cumbria police has started an operation to identify the county's most dangerous drivers and target them.
Newly-qualified drivers who show signs of developing bad habits will be advised, so they know police are watching them, but officers say experienced drivers who regularly break the law will be taken to court.
I expect firm education for low-risk drivers, and robust action to be taken against offenders who just don’t get the message and think they are above the law.”
Ambulance crews battled to save man who fell into lake
Police say the man who died after falling into Windermere earlier this week was 57 and from Heversham, near Milnthorpe.
Emergency services were called to Glebe Road, one of the busiest tourist areas in the Lake District, just before 13:00 on Wednesday, and medical staff from the ambulance and air ambulance tried in vain to save the man's life.
Police say the coroner has been informed, and they have no reason to be suspicious about the man's death.
Cumbrian schools need extra money, researchers say
Researchers say eight schools in Cumbria should be among those getting extra funding under recent proposals.
A report from the think tank, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, says young people in the north from poorer families do not do as well as they should, and the organisation has identified schools around the country that have a high proportion of children from poor backgrounds.
Henri Murison from the partnership says an extra £1bn should be channeled towards such schools in the north.
Police say Appleby Fair hotline 'had positive response'
Police say 450 people called a special hotline set up for the Appleby Horse Fair, and it may become a fixture for future years.
People calling the police non-emergency line on 101 were given an option to speak directly to officers dealing with horse fair issues, and were put through on average in 75 seconds, a spokesman said.
Temporary Ch Supt Rob O'Connor, who was in charge of operations for the horse fair, said local residents had asked for a dedicated telephone line, and the response had been positive.
We always look to learn lessons from every fair and will look at whether we can continue to put this resource in place for future Appleby Horse Fairs.”
Two arrested after man badly hurt in Whitehaven attack
Two people have been arrested after a man was attacked in Whitehaven early this morning.
Police say they found the 30-year-old with serious head injuries in College Street at 03:20.
He was taken to the west Cumberland Hospital and was being transferred to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle this morning.
Police say two men, aged 44 and 35, have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
The force has appealed for anyone who saw the attack or knows anything about the circumstances to come forward.
Police ask for help after girl, 12, robbed
A 12-year-old girl in Barrow was hit with a crowbar by two teenage boys who then stole her mobile phone, police say.
Officers have just appealed for witnesses to the robbery which they say happened on Wednesday 5 June at about 19:30 in the field behind Lesh Lane Stores.
June is busiest year in county, says RSPCA
The RSPCA says June is shaping up to be its busiest month of the year again.
It is the height of the breeding season and many of the calls are about young animals.
Off the 1,489 calls to the charity's inspectors last year, 273 were in June.
Councillors want parking stewards, not lollipop patrols
Swapping lollipop men and women for parking stewards is one move being considered by county councillors, in response to a shortage of recruits.
Five of the eight established school crossings in the area are struggling to find a new patrol, and in some more rural schools, members of the county council's South Lakeland committee are considering using the money its not spending on vacant crossings to perhaps employ parking stewards instead to improve safety.