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Cumbria's weather: Mostly dry with long clear spells

BBC Weather

One or two showers are possible tonight, but in general most places should simply remain dry with lengthy clear spells.

There'll be a gentle to moderate breeze and lowest temperatures from 3C to 6C (37F to 43F).

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

There is also advance warning of thunderstorms from Sunday afternoon through until Monday night.

Builder jailed for misleading clients on rights

A builder who tricked Cumbrian householders into signing away their rights relating to work on their homes has been jailed.

Kevin Doyle
Craig McGlasson

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."

Couple (and wolves) celebrate planning victory

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

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.

Dee and Daniel Ashman, with a hybrid wolf in a van

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.

Zholia Alemi, 56, is understood to have been arrested two days ago by Cumbria police, the Times and Star says.

Zholia Alemi
Cumbria Police

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 inquiries.

“Officers have also conducted searches of addresses in Burnley, Huddersfield and Omagh in Northern Ireland as part of this investigation."

It added it was working with a number of agencies, including the NHS Counter Fraud Authority and the General Medical Council.

Cumbria's weather: Lengthier sunny spells

BBC Weather

This afternoon will see lengthier dry and sunny spells, occasionally interrupted by showers, and highest temperatures from 12C to 15°C (54 to 59°F).

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

Lakes park 'in dark over future funding'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

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?”

Mike McKinley

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."

Simon EvansNetwork Rail
Network Rail

Sunny weekend may go out with a bang (and a flash)

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for most of England for thunderstorms from late on Sunday and through Monday.

The warning says the storms will be scattered but up to 40mm (1.5in) of rain could fall in a few hours, creaing a slight risk of flooding and power cuts.

Weather warning map
Met Office

Map shows park boundary would skirt South Cumbrian towns

Martin Lewes


Here's a map showing the areas that would be brought within the Lake District National Park under proposals just published by the Friends of the Lake District.

Map in lurid shade of purple
Ordnance Survey/FoLD

The line would cut very close to the edges of towns such as Millom, and Ulverston, where the Hoad Monument would be within the park.

The last time the Lake District was extended, largely to the east, was only two years ago, but that followed a 15-year debate, many public meetings, and a lengthy public inquiry.

There was what you might call robust argument then, and there is again today, as you can see from the BBC Radio Cumbria Facebook page.

Fresh warning after Carlisle crews called to second fire involving a hob in a week

News and Star


A fresh warning has been issued after firefighters in Carlisle were called to a second fire involving a hob in less than a week.

Burned cooker hob
News and Star CFRS

Police get more time to question man in 'murder' probe

Police have been given another 36 hours to question a 28-year-old man on suspicion of murdering a pensioner found dead in Barrow.

John McMillan

Last night the police said the man found at a house in Provincial street was John McMillan, 70.

Cumbria coal mine: a well-paid job that's bad for the planet
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.

A number of consultation events are being held to give residents and businesses the chance to comment and the details can be found here.

£900,000 drive will give bees a boost in county

Hundreds of thousands of pounds is being spent improving life for pollinators such as honey bees in Cumbria, along the verges of some of the county's busiest roads.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is starting a three-year restoration project at sites along the A66 and A595. It comes after the trust received just over £900,000 in National Lottery funding.

Bumble bee on cornflower
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Cumbria's weather: Cloudy, with a chance of rain later

BBC Weather

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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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.

Stanley James Yeagers
Craig McGlasson

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."

Sgt Graeme HodgsonCumbria Police Mobile Support Group

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.

Truck driver banned for driving at 89mph on the A66 in Cumbria

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.

Truck driver banned for driving at 89mph on the A66 in Cumbria
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.

Rugby World Cup boss meets councillors over stadium

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

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.

Artist's impression of stadium
Allerdale BC

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 driving.

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.

Watch: Cumbria's top tweeting shepherd is back on line

Martin Lewes


For the social media fans out there, the Cumbrian hill farmer James Rebanks has started tweeting to his 114,000 followers again.

He's put out a selection of highlights from his year of abstaining from Twitter, of which this is one of the best.

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Police welcome sentence on child abuser

Police have welcomed a 10-year jail sentence handed down at Carlisle Crown Court to a man who abused two children a number of years ago.

Svenn Richard Norendal, 66, was found guilty after a trial of eight charges yesterday.

Sgt Nick Oliver, the investigating officer, said: "He put his victims through vile abuse.

"Hopefully the sentence will go some way to giving the victims the justice they deserve."

Svenn Norendal

Hedgehog signs 'need a touch of humour'

There's been a welcome in Cumbria for new signs featuring a picture of a hedgehog that are going to appear on roads to warn motorists of the likely presence of wildlife.

Hedgehohg road sign
Department for Transport

They'll be placed in areas where there are large number of hedgehogs, otters and badgers.

Some roads in Cumbria already have specific signs warning of red squirrels or rare toads.

George Scott from the Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust near Wigton says the signs will have more chance of working if an element of humour is used in the design.

Wouldn't it be nice to involve the kids and let them design the signs ... and hopefully the parents will take more notice of it."

George Scott

Ex-partner is jailed again for eighth breach of order

A man's been jailed for 14 months at Carlisle Crown Court after admitting breaching a restraining order, banning him from approaching his ex-partner, for the eighth time.

Elijah Ali, 29, is homeless and was sent to prison in January after he breached the order for the seventh time.

This time he was found by police in the woman's back garden in Carlisle, having climbed over a 6ft high locked gate.

Anthony Parkinson, defending, said: "It is a nuisance-type breach, as opposed to anything more sinister," but Judge James Adkin said a breach of the licence meant prison.

Barber who drove after smoking drug is banned

A hairdresser who breached a suspended sentence by driving under the influence of cannabis has been fined £600 and lost his licence for a year.

Christian Newland, 20, of Greystoke, near Penrith, had been given the suspended sentence in 2017 for possessing an imitation firearm in public.

Last November, Newland was stopped after police saw him driving erratically in Penrith, and a roadside test proved positive.

He admitted drug-driving and being in breach of the suspended sentence, and appeared at Carlisle Crown Court for sentence.

Judge Andrew Jeffries was told Newland had done everything asked of him under the previous court decision, and was due to start work as a barber in London next month.

Allerdale officials warn of fake council tax texts

Fraudulent texts have been sent to people in Allerdale, inviting them to visit a website to claim a council tax refund.

Allerdale council says it would never contact people by text and the messages are a scam.

The authority says that if it has residents' bank details, it will pay them directly, and that otherwise it will contact them by conventional mail.

Third man held as police probe Whitehaven attack

Cumbria Police have made a third arrest after a man was found with serious head injuries in Whitehaven last week.

Scenes of Crime tent in College Street

Officers say the 30-year-old man from West Yorkshire is still in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, where his condition is said to be "stable".

Now a 23-year-old man from Whitehaven has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Two other men - aged 44 and 35 - who were arrested last week, have been released under investigation.

Bungalow badly damaged in fire

Firefighters from Brampton, Lazonby and Carlisle were called in when a bungalow caught fire at Newbiggin yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters tackle blaze
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

No one was hurt, but the home was badly damaged by the blaze, which started just before 14:00, and firefighters spent much of the afternoon dealing with it.

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.

Cannabis farm
Cumbria Police

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.

It has barely stopped raining for a week in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, and a burst dyke cause serious flooding in some areas.

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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 Elizabeth Brunskill
Cumbria Police

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.

Cumbria Police

Drivers who regularly get behind the wheel when drunk or high on drugs, or who use cars for crime, will be among those classified as medium or high risk under Operation Dreadnought.

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.”

Peter McCallPolice and Crime Commissioner

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.

Anonymous school stock picture
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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.

Bowtop caravans and police car

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.”

Ch Supt Rob O'Connor

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.

College Street, Whitehaven

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

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

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.

Lollipop person