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Saving the Solway haaf netters

Saving the Solway haaf netters
Solway's haaf net fishers have warned that the thousand-year-old practice could disappear in a generation if they are not given legal protection.

A project to document the history and lives of the small group of half netters was presented at the Devil's Porridge Museum in Annan in Dumfries and Galloway.

The haaf netters hope the exhibition will attract interest in the traditional fishing technique, which is believed to have been brought to Scotland by the Vikings in 900AD.

Economic changes since the 1970s have made the once profitable trade in salmon fishing on the Solway dwindle, while recent drives to conserve the numbers of fish have also hit the community hard.

Severe accident: A596 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A596 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from Senhouse Street to Mealpot Road.

A596 Cumbria - A596 Curzon Street in Maryport closed and queues in both directions from the Senhouse Street junction to the Mealpot Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

School students sent home drenched after false fire alarm

Students at Netherhall School in Maryport were sent home early today after a false fire alarm meant they got drenched standing outside the building.

The head teacher David Tromans apologised to parents on the school's website, saying that all of the students were soaked to the skin and not in a fit state to continue at school.

The school, he said, would reopen as usual tomorrow morning.

Flood warnings posted as high winds batter Cumbrian coast

Flood warnings have been posted for the high tides in Morecambe Bay and the Solway as Storm Brendan closes in on the Irish Sea coasts.

The warnings cover each side of the lunchtime high tide, and say large waves are expected to affect the foreshore and possibly beaches, promenades and coastal footpaths dangerous.

Severe accident: A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway northbound

BBC News Travel

A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway northbound severe accident, at J17 for B7068.

A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway - One lane blocked on A74(M) northbound in Dumfries and Galloway at J17, B7068 (Lockerbie North), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Towns hope 2020 will be year of 'high street' cash grants

A number of Cumbrian towns are hoping the coming year will see large sums of government money arriving to improve their main shopping streets.

Dalton Road, Barrow
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Barrow, Maryport and Carlisle are in the running for a share of £1bn, which will be distributed across the country to 101 areas that have been shortlisted for the Future High Streets Fund.

Kendal is among towns that may not get money, but will be offered advice.

Severe accident: A75 Dumfries And Galloway westbound

BBC News Travel

A75 Dumfries And Galloway westbound severe accident, from Lochfoot to Lochfoot.

A75 Dumfries And Galloway - A75 in Dumfries blocked and it's slow westbound from the Lochfoot junction to the Lochfoot junction, because of an accident.

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

Cumbrian lifeboat crews combine for training day

Lifeboat and rescue crews from Silloth, Workington, St Bees and Maryport met in Whitehaven harbour to practice dealing with emergencies.

They formed teams to swim to a small liferaft and then light a flare, and must also have been quite a sight for people visiting the harbour.

Lifeboat crews with smke flare in dinghy
RNLI
Lifeboats with reflection in water
RNLI

Police take steps to track down climber who lost shoes

Police investigating a robbery in Maryport say they found a pair of shoes which they believe may have been taken in another, unreported, burglary.

Well-worn climbing shoes
Cumbria Police

Officers say the shoes are distinctive and they would like to reunite them with the owner.

Travel: Buses cancelled for safety as storm gathers

BBC News Travel

A bus service on the West Cumbria coast has been cancelled for the day because gale force winds have made the road unsafe.

The Coast Rider 60 between Maryport and Skinburness has been suspended, and the operator, Ellenvale, says services 68 and 69, between Maryport and Cockermouth may be suspended if conditions worsen.

Police hunt three people who abused woman over mobility scooter

Three men are being sought by police after they tried to steal a woman's mobility scooter and then tried to push her out of a takeaway after she followed them in.

The woman had challenged the three as they tried to detach the scooter from a lamp-post on High Street in Maryport at about 23:00 on Tuesday.

The three then verbally abused the woman, and when she followed them into the Pearl Garden on Wood street, they grabbed her and tried to force her out and made offensive gestures.

Officers say they would like to hear from anyone with information that might help track the men down.

Travel: Trains at a standstill on line into Scotland

BBC News Travel

Trains between Carlisle and both Glasgow and Edinburgh are at a standstill because of overhead line problems at Lockerbie.

Passengers on Virgin West Coast and TransPennine Express should check before travelling.

Boat runs aground between Maryport and Silloth

Ewan Murrie

Reporter

A boat ran aground between Maryport and Silloth at about 04:30 this morning.

Lifeboats from Workington and Silloth have so far been unable to free the vessel, which has one person on board.

Workington Lifeboat
RNLI

The Workington lifeboat - the Dorothy May White - has been slightly damaged during the rescue attempt.

Another attempt will be made at high tide later today.

Nobody has been injured.

New use found for council's rugby league cup money

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Money set aside for Workington’s cancelled Rugby League World Cup games will be spent on boosting the borough’s economy, it has been decided.

Earlier this year the new Independent-Conservative administration scrapped the ambitious stadium plans put forward by the previous Labour-led executive, ending Cumbria’s world cup dreams.

Allerdale council offices
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The council’s present executive has agreed to put £35,000 of the hosting fee awarded through Sellafield’s Social Investment Impact Investment Fund towards the creation of a growth planning budget, with the remaining £5,000 going into sports development.

The executive has also agreed to spend the remaining unallocated £70,000 from another fund, and a further £55,000 from Sellafield to support the council's drive to boost the economy, subject to confirmation of future funding from the nuclear giant.

Maryport celebrates kindness in online Advent calendar

Maryport in west Cumbria has a community Facebook page, and it's running its own Advent calendar, with every day celebrating a local act of kindness.

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This is day two, and they believe there's enough kindness in Maryport to last all the way to Christmas!