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Cumbrian drivers stuck with 35,000 parking tickets

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Drivers were issued with 35,000 parking tickets for on-street infractions last year.

Parking ticket
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The figure was slightly down on the previous year, when 37,324 fines were imposed.

And although the fines brought it £1.3m, the service cost £1.4m to run, according to a report.

Former boxer jailed after towing stolen caravan in chase

A former professional boxer who led police at speeds of up to 60mph while towing a stolen caravan has been jailed for 11 months at Carlisle Crown Court.

The court was told the chase, along the A590 near Kendal, ended when Hugh Fury, 24, of Main Street, Lancaster, careered through a gate into a field.

Fury admitted handling the stolen caravan, and dangerous driving, but the court was told custody while awaiting charge had been "a wake-up call" and he had learned from his mistakes.

Judge David Potter said that after prison, Fury would have a 12-month driving ban, and would then have to take an extended driving test.

Volunteers sought to discuss sites for 'mini-reactors'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

A forum of local people, experts and representatives of the nuclear industry is being set up to research how people react to the idea of having one of the new "modular" nuclear power plants sited near where they live.

Artist's impression of modular n-power plant
Rolls Royce

The new small generating plants, such as the Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor (artist's impression), are largely built in a facory and assembled on site, making them cheaper and faster to install.

The University of Central Lancashire and the National Nuclear Laboratory are recruiting the forum, which would meet twice over the next couple of months, to assess what local people would want from the development.

Stephen Haraldsen, who is a Conservative county councillor and a research fellow in the nuclear industry, will write a report from the meetings, and is recruiting volunteers, who can contact him by email.

Mr Haraldsen said: “The government seems set to announce that west Cumbria will be one of several sites for the deployment of small and advanced reactors," but added that not enough was known about what the local community would want.

Cumbria's weather: Staying dry and fine

BBC Weather

It will be dry and fine with sunny spells and just some patchy cloud building up into the afternoon, with highest temperatures from 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).

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

Police appeal for help finding missing Whitehaven woman

Police say they are concerned about Leanne Smith, 39, who has been missing from her Whitehaven home sincew 18:00 on Sunday.

Leanne Smith
Family photo

Officers say they believe she was wearing a blue coat, and carrying a handbag.

Police appeal for witnesses after burglars steal jewellery

Police say jewellery valued at several thousand pounds was stolen from a house on Milnthorpe Road in Kendal.

The break-in happened during the day on Friday 6 September and police have now appealed for witnesses who saw anything suspicious in the area.

Officers say some of the items were of great sentimental value.

Police logo on van
Cumbria Police

Remembering Cumbrians who fought for the 'bridge too far'

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Journalist

More than 800 men from the Border Regiment who took part in the Battle of Arnhem will be remembered today on the 75th anniversary of the battle.

More than 500 of the men were killed, wounded or captured.

Border regiment soldiers at battle
Cumbria Museum of Military Life

The Battle was part of the famous Operation Market Garden, and was immortalised in the film, A Bridge Too Far.

The late Tom Northgraves from Penrith fought in the battles and this week his son Peter is travelling to the Netherlands for a special event to commemorate the anniversary.

I go back to think of them, to pray for them, they were just ordinary young men who were heroes."

Peter Northgraves

Police put the bins out to collect unwanted knives

People in Cumbria are again being urged to hand in knives and other weapons to the police, after a "surrender", as officers call it, saw 280 potential weapons anonymously delivered to the county's main police stations in a week last March.

Cumbria Police

Supt Mark Pannone says the level of knife crime in Cumbria is low, but he says the exercise is still worthwhile.

We had just over 150 incidents last year when a sharp instrument was used in a crime. That was actually down on the year before but we want to keep those numbers low and we want to get them lower."

Supt Mark Pannone

County lines heroin dealer 'was trying to pay drug debt'

A "county lines" drug dealer who was driven to Workington so he could peddle heroin to pay off a large drug debt has been jailed for almost four years.

Allan Kinsella
Cumbria Police

Allan Kinsella, 41, of Greenway Road, Birkenhead, ran up several thousand pounds of arrears with Liverpool crooks after becoming hooked on cocaine.

Carlisle Crown Court was told he was taken to Workington and given heroin to sell. Police found him with 100 wraps of the drug valued at £1,100 and £1,000 in cash.

Kinsella, who was said to have become drug-free while in custody, admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply. He also admitted possession of cocaine and was jailed for 45 months by Judge David Potter.

Sex offender jailed again after contacting teenage girls

A sex offender jailed repeatedly for flouting the terms of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order has been sent back to prison again by a Carlisle Crown Court judge.

Gary Crandley
Cumbria Police

Gary Crandley, 40, was made subject to the order for possessing indecent pictures of children in 2009, and the court heard he had been given prison sentences in 2013, 2014 and 2017 for breaching its terms while living in the south of England.

Judge Nicholas Barker heard Crandley, latterly of Cumberland Court, Carlisle, was caught again earlier this year, striking up text contact with two 16-year-old girls, and police then found him in breach of the order in several ways.

Despite saying in court he was sorry for flouting the requirement, Crandley was given an immediate 20-month jail term

Cumbria's weather: Dry, mainly sunny, but cooler

BBC Weather

It should stay dry and mainly sunny through this afternoon.

Despite the sunshine, conditions will feel relatively cool, with gentle northwesterly winds and highest temperatures from 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).

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You can always find the latest, hour-by-hour, BBC weater forecast for where you are, here.

Troubled trucker Stobart 'reviews operations'

Press Association

The Cumbrian haulage firm Eddie Stobart Logistics says it is reviewing operations and financial performance after warning that annual profits will be "significantly below" expectations because of a poor first half of the year.

Eddie Stobart truck
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The distributor said "adverse performance" combined with an ambitious budget, as well as delays on a major project, cut into the company's earnings.

Eddie Stobart said it expects revenue for the six months to 31 May to be about £450m and underlying earnings between £10m and £11m.

Trading in the trucking group's shares remain suspended after the company admitted a £2m accounting error last month.

Work starts on facelift for key Whitehaven junction

Work starts today on a £2.5m scheme to improve an important road junction in Whitehaven.

Cumbria County Council says the project, where North Shore Road meets Bransty Row, is intended to improve a main way into the town, ease congestion, improve the flow of traffic and improve road safety.

The aim is also to prepare the junction to cope with building developments that are planned for the North Shore area.

North shore junction

Whitehaven attack victim critical in hospital

A 21-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after an assault in Whitehaven.

Officers found the victim unconscious, with a serious head injury, in Lowther Street early yesterday morning.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Cumbria's weather: A dry night with some clear spells

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells but also the occasional cloudier interlude.

Light winds may lead to the occasional patch of mist or fog, with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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

Police renew 'wanted' call over drug offences

Police have renewed their call for sightings of Louis Simpson, 26, in connection with drug offences in Carlisle.

Louis Simpson
Cumbria Police

Officers say he has a Liverpudlian accent, and connections in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire, and the force broadcast an appeal for information on the BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow programme today.

Sean Cleaver
Cumbria Police

On the same programme, police said they also wanted to speak to Sean Cleaver, 25, who has been wanted since July 2017 for offences in Carlisle including robbery and offering to supply heroin.

Man charged after woman is found with serious injury

A 62-year-old man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm after a woman aged 64 was found in a house in Keswick with a serious head injury, police say.

Officers were called to the house in St Kentigern Close at 23:20 on Wednesday night, by ambulance paramedics.

Patrick Webster, from Walker Road, Aberdeen, appeared before magistrates in Workington this afternoon and was remanded to appear before Carlisle Crown Court on 14 October.

The woman was said by police to be in a serious condition in the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle.

Cumbria's weather: Dry, sunny spells, but cooler

BBC Weather

It should be a dry afternoon with plenty of sunny spells but also the occasional cloudier interlude.

There will be light winds, but it will feel cooler with highest temperatures from 14C to 17C (57F to 63°F).

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

Lengthy road closures after crashes to be discussed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Councillors and police are to discuss the disruption caused when the A590, the only main road into Barrow, is closed by accidents.

Crash scene on A590
Cumbria Police

High Furness councillor Matt Brereton told a meeting there was still work to be done about accident blackspots, but he was also concerned about the way surrounding roads were used as rat-runs when the main roads were closed.

Councillor Keith Little, who is in charge of highways and also had a 27-year career in the fire service, said the length of time the road was now closed after accidents was "unacceptable".

I attended numerous road accidents on many busy roads and there was always a desire, particularly by the police, to get the road open very quickly and get the traffic flowing.”

Keith Little

It is leading to problems with congestion, speeding through 30mph zones and putting extra strain on the roads maintenance the county highways have to deal with.”

Matt Brereton

Number of Cumbrians on new benefit passes 16,000

The number of people in Cumbria claiming Universal Credit because they are either low-paid, unable to work or unemployed has now reached 16,131, figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show.

The introduction of the new system, which replaces six different benefits, now covers the whole of the county, for anyone making a new claim.

Around one third of those claiming are in work, and the way the new benefit is paid monthly, sometimes with a delay before the first payment, has been blamed for some people having to use food banks.

But ministers say the system is a force for good, giving people personalised support and helping them find work.

£15m plan could bring new dawn for Carlisle station

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Plans for a £15m facelift around Carlisle's Citadel Station should be published next week so the public can say what they think about the proposals.

Carlisle station at dawn

It will be the first concrete results in the county of the Borderlands Growth Deal, which could see up to £394m spent in counties on both sides of the border between England and Scotland.

The county council's leader, Labour councillor Stewart Young, says improvements have been needed for a while.

There's been a long-standing aspiration to address some of the shortcomings of the station, particularly the congestion in Court Square where the cars are picking people up and dropping them off, and people are arriving on foot."

Stewart Young

Cumbria's weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It should be a dry and largely settled day as high pressure starts to build, with plenty of sunny spells.

There will be light winds, but it will be a cooler day, with highest temperatures from 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).

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

Inspectors say health trust still 'needs improvement'

A trust that provides health care in parts of South Cumbria has been rated as "requiring improvement" again after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Lancashire Care sign

The inspectors highlighted concerns at the Lancashire Care trust over "patient safety and privacy" and found 37 issues that must be dealt with immediately.

The report said staff were caring and there were examples of outstanding treatment in dental services and the child and adolescent mental health ward.

Police renew appeal after Brampton attack

Police investigating an attack on a man near Brampton last month say the driver of a white Ford Focus could have vital information.

The victim was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for stomach injuries from a sharp implement in the attack on the Brampton Junction road near the railway line, on Friday 30 August.

The local man, in his thirties, was treated and released the same day after the attack, which happened just after 13:00.

The attacker fled in a pick-up, towing a livestock trailer, travelling towards Kirkhouse.

Cumbria's weather: Clear spells and winds easing

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain will soon clear, leaving it dry and allowing plenty of clear spells overnight.

The winds should ease in the early hours with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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Council says bridge 'should not need to close again'

We have a litle more on our report earlier that repairs to Victoria Bridge in Kendal will not be complete until next summer.

Because of the rare species that live in the river, work is only allowed for a few months a year, and engineers this summer found their attempts to repair damage by Storm Desomond were interrupted so badly by heavy rain pushing up water levels that they are now running out of time.

This afternoon a Cumbria County Council spokesman said work would continue until the end of October, when the Environment Agency's "window" for working in the river ends.

Works to complete the permanent repair of Victoria Bridge will then recommence in the spring when the window re-opens.

We do not anticipate any further closures of the bridge being necessary throughout the remainder of the works.”

Cumbria's weather: Cloud, rain and brisk winds

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain roll in from the north-west through this afternoon, and any sunshine will be in short supply.

Winds will be moderate to brisk, with highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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

Police appeal for sightings of missing Egremont man

Police have appealed again for help tracing Peter Jewell, 67, from Egremont, who has been missing since 18 August.

Peter Jewell
Cumbria Police

Mr Jewell has since only been seen once, in a pub in Barrow, the Furness Railway on Abbey Road, on 3 September.

Kendal bridge repair 'may not be complete until next year'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Victoria Bridge in Kendal, damaged in Storm Desmond and closed repeatedly this summer during repairs, may not now be fully fixed until next summer.

Picture Cumbria

The "environmental window" for contractors to get in the River Kent and fix the bridge, had been lost, because of the damage caused by heavy rain this summer, the councillor in charge of highways told a Cumbria County Council meeting in Kendal.

Councillor Keith Little said that after heavy rain, a coffer-dam built to protect repair work channeled raised river levels into part of the bridge that had not been damaged before.

It put twice the volume down there at twice the velocity. That again caused some under-scarring at the footings.

What we are doing at the moment is making the bridge winter safe and putting in the work we need to do which will hopefully keep the bridge open throughout the coming months."

Councillor Keith Little

Northern and TransPennine trains 'worse than in 2018'

Northern and TransPennine Express, the train operating companies that run many services in Cumbria, have been told their performance is worse than it was a year ago.

People waiting for a train
PA Media

Northern was criticised last year when a new timetable was introduced, leading to cancellations and other disruptions.

But Transport for the North says more services were either late or cancelled in July and August this year, than in the same months in 2018.

The rail company has blamed the summer weather, flooding and extreme heat, and says its performance has improved this month.

Westmorland show expected to draw large crowds

About 30,000 people are expected to attend today's Westmorland County Show, said to be Cumbria's biggest one-day event, at the showground near Crooklands, south of Kendal.

Westmorland county show library photo of sheep
Getty Images

Free buses will run between Kendal and the site itself, and drivers are being asked to allow extra time for journeys in the Crooklands and Milnthorpe areas.

Cumbria's weather: 'Tropical remanants' bring in rain

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and partly cloudy start and through the morning, patchy rain associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle will encroach on the area from the north west.

Highest temperatures will be from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

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CCTV released in rugby club theft investigation

Officers investigating a theft from a Cumbrian rugby club have released a CCTV image.

The incident happened at Creighton Rugby Club in Carlisle at about 14:00 on 17 August.

Police would like to speak to the person pictured.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.

CCTV showing a man
Cumbria Police

Online child sexual grooming cases jump by a third

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

The number of children being sexually groomed in the North East and Cumbria has jumped by more than a third, according to new data.

The NSPCC says 369 offences of sexual communication with a child were recorded by police in the region in the last year.

The Government has indicated it will publish a draft Online Harms Bill early next year, with tough sanctions if the social networks fail to keep children safe on their platforms.

Cumbria's weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet start, but by the mid-morning, any rain should clear. The rest of the day will be mainly dry and partly cloudy. Windy conditions are expected, with sunny spells and perhaps the odd shower.

Maximum temperatures will reach 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

Cumbria weather forecast

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Calling all budding radio presenters in new voices campaign

The audition for Radio Cumbria is on 29 September at Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre, Finkle Street in Workington, from 10:00 to 16:00 BST.

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Prison inmates to double when jail goes ‘open’

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

There are going to be twice as many inmates in Haverigg Prison, as it is turned into an "open jail".

The Government says later this year Haverigg will start taking low-risk, category D inmates.

The Government wants to increase prison places that boost rehabilitation.

The number of prisoners at Haverigg was halved a couple of years ago after a violent protest, and the numbers will double back to 570 inmates "later this year" when the jail switches to "open" status, housing offenders who pass a "tough risk assessment".

While some in Millom are worried about more inmates being allowed into the community, the town's MP and mayor are both welcoming the development at what is Millom's largest employer.

Haverigg Prison

University to offer tourism degree

BBC Cumbria

The University of Cumbria will be one of the first in the country to offer a masters degree in business administration in tourism.

The industry is worth about £3bn a year to the county and from September 2020 the course will be offered from the Ambleside campus.

Principal lecturer in tourism, Dr Angela Anthonisz, says the course is aimed at people who are already working in the industry:

Lake District

Work under way to prevent power cuts

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

Work to minimise the risk of powercuts is being stepped up, along with investment of more than £90m in Cumbria's electricity network.

Teams are pruning and sometimes felling trees at risk of pulling down lines and are also being put on call in response to any bad weather forecasts.

The company which manages Cumbria's network, Electricity North West, says it's all part of work to improve resilience and minimise the chances of power cuts.

It's part-way through a £91m investment programme with its latest project, a £2m flood-proofing upgrade of Carlisle's substation due to finish next month.

Man who threatened to 'cut' Carlisle door staff spared prison

A man seen with a modified blade after threatening to "cut" Carlisle door staff has been spared immediate prison.

Mohammed Rahsidi, 23, of Valley Mill Lane, Bury, became "aggressive" after being removed from the city's Walkabout nightclub, off Botchergate, during the early hours of 5 May.

Rahsidi later admitted to verbal assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

At Carlisle Crown Court today, he was given a nine-month jail term suspended for 18 months and must also complete unpaid work and was given a night-time curfew.

Mohammed Rahsidi

Egremont's Crab Fair will go ahead

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Egremont's Crab Fair will take place this year, thanks to a local authority intervention.

Cumbria County Council stepped in to fund the £1,000 publicity costs for the centuries old festival.

A temporary traffic regulation order, that protects the public, means there's a requirement by law for September's event to be advertised.

The cash was taken from the authority’s General Provision after it emerged the type of closure in place for this year's festival wasn't correct.

The Crab Fair, which dates back to 1267, will be held on 20 and 21 September.

Police urge people to be wary of doorstep callers

People are being urged to be wary of doorstep callers after reports of a man calling at the home of a vulnerable couple in Carlisle.

Cumbria Police said his actions were suspicious.

Police officers

Sgt Scott Adams of Cumbria Police said: “If anyone knocks at your door carrying out door-to-door selling activities, please ensure that they have identification, a contact telephone number for their head office and a registered business or charity number.

"If anyone has any doubts of the credibility of any doorstep seller then they are not to engage with them and politely decline their business.”