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Reds and Blues settle money row over Skelton's brief move

BBC Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds have confirmed today that the financial situation surrounding Gavin Skelton's short-lived appointment as manager has now been resolved.

Gavin Skelton

The Reds paid Carlisle United a release fee - understood to be in four figures - to enable Skelton to take up the post at Borough Park after Christmas.

However, the former Reds and Gretna player left his post after a week to return to Brunton Park. In a statement released today, Workington said all monies initially paid out by the club have now been returned with the matter now "considered closed".

Camper warned after police join rescue volunteers

Police say that although armed officers were deployed to join a mountain rescue team near Grizedale at the weekend, after a report of a "bladed article", nothing was found when they arrived at the scene.

A statement said the 20-year-old man, from Manchester, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a Calsss A drug, and a public order offence, but released with a warning.

Rail travel disrupted after incident between Carlisle and Newcastle

Be prepared for a delay of up to 60 minutes if you are travelling between Carlisle and Newcastle.

All lines are blocked while emergency services deal with an incident in the area.

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Animal centre cares for 'heatwave hedgehogs'

Jade Taylorson

BBC Cumbria reporter

Hedgehogs are being given special care at a centre in Cumbria because they were born too late in the year to survive hibernation.

The Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Centre has treated more than 100 since the autumn, because last year they were born later than usual, and the hot summer meant the ground was too hard for them to find food.


The hedgehogs, at the charity's centre in Wigton, will be released into the wild in the spring.

The founder, George Scott, says it is easy for people to encourage them in gardens, where they eat slugs.

Firstly, they need water, food, they're quite happy to eat almost anything, so if you supply food and water they'll continue to come."

George Scott

Armed police join rescue volunteers in 'drug' callout

Details have emerged of a mountain rescue call-out in which the volunteers were joined by armed police because drugs and an offensive weapon were reported to be involved.

Mountain rescue and police vehicles on track
Coniston MRT

The Coniston team was called to Satterthwaite Moor after one of a group of four men who were wild camping was said to have had a bad reaction to a recreational drug and passed out.

A report on the team's Facebook page says police took over the operation, on Saturday, after there was "a report of the use of an offensive weapon", and two firearms officers went with the team to escort the party off the moor.

The man who had lost consciousness was checked by paramedics and then taken into custody, while the other three collected their equipment.

Conservation group queries Carlisle 'new villages' plan

The impact that 10,000 new homes south of Carlisle will have on the landscape has not been considered, according to the group the Friends of the Lake District.

St Cuthbert's map
Carlisle City Council

The organisation, which also represents the Campaign to Protect Rural England in Cumbria, says there's not enough information about the impact on the environment or to support the need for the development, or the link road that will be built to serve it.

The planning officer at the charity, Lorayne Woodend Wall, said:“People have been in touch with us about both of these significant developments."

The group is holding a meeting at 16:30 in the Old Fire Station in Carlisle to discuss the proposals.

Friends of the Lake District is not anti-development and we support the concept of one or more modest size new villages of the right design in the most sustainable locations.”

Lorayne Woodend WallFriends of the Lake District

Road closed as sea eats away the land

The coast road from Maryport to Silloth has been closed after high tides and erosion washed away the shore alongside it.

Erosion at Dubmill Point
Cumbria County Council

A county highways spokesman said the erosion along the B5300 was "now too close to the edge of the road to keep the road open safely".

Engineers say they need a licence from government agency the Maritime Management Organisation to start work, which could take two to three weeks to arrive.

“Funding in the region of £281,000 has already been set aside to carry out these urgent works,” the spokesman said.

Cumbria's weather: Very mild with patchy rain

BBC Weather

Today will be cloudy at times with patchy light rain and drizzle across western parts this morning.

it will be mild with highest temperatures from 10C 13C (50F to 55F)

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

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and windy, with some rain

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy and breezy tonight, with outbreaks of rain at times.

Through the early hours and particularly towards dawn, any rain will become lighter and patchier, with lowest temperatures from 1C to 4C (34C to 39F).

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Tornados make one last low pass over Spadeadam ranges

The Tornado jets that have been the workhorse of the RAF for years made one last pass over their ground attack practice grounds at Spadeadam, in the far north of Cumbria this afternoon.

Tornados in formation
Paul Crabtree

Photographer Paul Crabtree was there and caught them flying over in tight formation, and was kind enough to let us use this shot.

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Cumbria's weather: Cloud building with light rain later

BBC Weather

Through this afternoon, cloud will steadily build from the west, with rain, mainly light, arriving later on.

Highest temperatures will be from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

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

Lakes park marks end of three years work on Desmond damage

Officials and Lake District park workers will gather near Grasmere today to mark the end of a three-year project to repair dozens of bridges and footpaths destroyed by the floods of Storm Desmond.

Badger Bridge

Much of the work on 40km (25 miles) of footpaths and 94 bridges has been done with techniques to make them stand up better to future flooding, in a £3m programme called Routes to Resilience.

Several major projects remain, the largest being to rebuild the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path.

Cumbria County Council says it has now completed work outside the Lake District, including the Hadrian's Wall Path, Isaac's Tea Trail in Alston, and riverside walks in Kirkby Lonsdale and Appleby.

When a lot of rain comes out of the sky you're never quite sure what's going to happen, but the way that we've designed this work is such that if we have the same rain again, it shouldn't have the same impact."

Ged ActonRoutes to Resilience programme

Traffic wardens warn of 'dropped kerb' crackdown

Cumbrian traffic wardens have been given powers to enforce parking legislation on so-called "dropped kerbs".

Dropped kerb in close-up
Hertfordshire County Council

A council spokesman said that warnings would be issued until 1 March, after which they would start issuing tickets with the usual £70 fine, halved if paid quickly.

Keith Little, the councillor in charge of highways, said the authority received a lot of complaints about dangerous parking.

RAF Tornado to roar across county one last time

One of the RAF's best-known jets is expected to perform a final flight over Cumbria this afternoon, before the type is retired from service.

RAF Tornado GR4

After 40 years as the RAF's main ground attack aircraft, the Royal Air Force Tornado has most recently been in action targeting the so-called Islamic State group.

Today, as part of a farewell tour, a Tornado will fly over RAF Spadeadam, on the Cumbria/Northumberland border, between 14:30 and 15:00.

Oldham game gives players chance to work on fitness

BBC Cumbria Sport

Midfielder Jason Kennedy and forward Mark Cullen are both expected to play a sizable part of Carlisle United's fixture against Oldham today as they look to improve their match fitness.

Both players are continuing their return from injury, and manager Steven Pressley hopes they will be able to join the team for the trip to Colchester at the weekend..

Steven Pressley

Police release pictures of masked man after caravan attack

Police have released this picture of a man suspected of attacking a 40-year-old woman at Black Beck Caravan Park at Bouth, near Ulverston.

B/W pic of masked man
Cumbria Police

The woman was slightly injured as she struggled with the stranger in a caravan between 10:00 and 12:23 on Friday 1 February, and officers say she is still distressed.

The man is 6ft and aged in his late 40s or early 50s, and he was wearing a zip-up jacket and loose-fitting jeans.

Cumbria's weather: Partly cloudy, with some showers

BBC Weather

It will be a partly cloudy start this morning, with some bright spells, but also the odd shower here and there.

Through the day, cloud will steadily build from the west, with highest temperatures from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

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

Teenage girl dies in three-vehicle crash

A 13-year-old girl has died in a crash involving three vehicles on the road between Ivegill and Durdar, at Southwaite, south of Carlisle.

Crash scene
Cumbria Police

The collision at The Crown crossroads involved a Citroen, a Land Rover and a Mercedes Sprinter van, and fire crews had to cut several of the casualties from the wreckage.

The Ctroen driver, a 43-year-old local woman, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where her condition is said to be stable.

The driver of the black Land Rover, a 60-year-old man, was was slightly hurt, and a 14-year-old girl was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for minor injuries.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Cumbria's weather: Showers dying out

BBC Weather

Showers are expected to continue crossing the area from the west at first this evening, but by the early hours, conditions will become partly cloudy and mostly dry, with lowest temperatures from 1C to 4C (34F to 39F).

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Travel: Ivegill road closed at Broadfield junction

BBC News Travel

The road from Carlisle to Ivegill is closed at the Broadfield junction by the Crown Inn.

All four roads at the crossroads are closed, according to police.

Prisoner 'sexually assaulted' before death, inquest told

A pathologist called in after a prisoner was found hanging in his cell at Haverigg Prison in July 2016 found evidence that he had been subject to "a serious sexual assault", an inquest at Carlisle Crown Court has heard.

Keith Abbott, 32, from Edge Lane in Liverpool, had been under a care plan because of his mental health history while on remand, but this plan closed before he was transferred to the Cumbrian jail to serve a four-year sentence.

Dr Alison armour

The Home Office pathologist, Dr Alison Armour (pictured), also told the jury she found other unusual features, including a "complex and intricate ligature".

Because of all the unusual features," she concluded, "I could not exclude that an unlawful act had occurred in the death of Keith Abbott in the process of hanging."

Police made a number of arrests after Mr Abbott's death, but after an investigation no charges were brought.

The inquest continues.

Police 'concerned' about missing Carlisle teenager

Police in Carlisle say they're concerned about Jay Hill, 17, who was last seen near Mardale Grove on 13 February.

Jay Hill
Family photo

Officers say he is 5ft 4in and slim, and was last seen wearing a dark green tracksuit and grey trainers.

Health boss highlights effects of childhood traumas

It's estimated that almost 200,000 adults in Cumbria could be experiencing mental and physical suffering because of a childhood event.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, and how they continue to affect people when they grow up, are the subject of this year's report from Cumbria's Director of Public Health.

Stock image of child's feet and teddy bear
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Colin Cox says Adverse Childhood Experiences can include abuse, neglect, bereavement and serious injury or illness, and such experiences can cause both immediate and long lasting physical and mental harm.

He estimates 36,000 adults in the county have experiences four or more such experiences, making them more likely to suffer a range of illnesses including strokes, lung disease and mental problems.

Cumbria's weather: Heavy showers and some sun

BBC Weather

Further heavy showers are expected this afternoon and although there will be some sunny spells, there will be rather a lot of cloud around.

It will be less mild than of late with a fresh southwesterly breeze and highest temperatures from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

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

New transport plan 'could mean better roads in Cumbria'

A new government plan on developing road and rail transport n the North has been welcomed by a Cumbrian business leader.


The 170-page document sets out where government money should be spent over the next 30 years.

Rob Johnston, chief executive of Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce, said Cumbria had been "sold short" in earlier drafts of the document, but now it highlighted the importance of tourism and developing West Cumbria's road links.

Mr Johnston said the document might mean developments on the A595, and a road on a tidal gateway across Morecambe Bay, both of which would give people access to more jobs.

Schemes like these have a greater chance of attracting funding given the emphasis in the Strategic Transport Plan.”

Rob Johnston

Police plan drive after red light survey clocks 51 jumpers

Police in Carlisle say they will be starting a campaign to stop drivers running red lights, after a survey recorded 51 vehicles taking the risk in one day at just one junction.

Red traffic light
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The study at the junction on Scotland Road followed complaints from other drivers.

Collision reduction officer Norman Black said: "This type of driving offence puts all road users at risk including other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists."

Cumbrian food firms urged to step foward

Cumbrian food producers hope they will once again find top-table places at the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

Nominations for the annual competition close tonight.

Caroline and Lucas David at 2018 awards

A previous winner, Caroline Davis, from the Peace and Loaf Bakehouse in Barrow, says it's not just local people who have been impressed..

We've had people from all over the country, which is fantastic because we're a tiny little shop."

Caroline Davis

'Please don't pat' says guide dog user

A guide dog user from west Cumbria, who is registered blind, is urging people not to distract working dogs.

Guide dog at work
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Amy Thompson, 29, and from Egremont, suffers from kidney failure and relies on her dog Magic for help with daily activities.

She says people often want to stroke guide dogs, which can cause them to miss potential dangers:

When he's out he's concentrating, and if you distract that dog, that dog may not see what it's supposed to and somebody may hurt themselves."

Amy Thompson

Cumbria's weather: Showers at first and later, less mild

BBC Weather

It will be partly cloudy with showers at first, becoming dry for a time through the middle of the day.

It will be less mild than of late with a fresh southwesterly breeze and highest temperatures from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

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

Cumbria's weather: Turning cloudy with drizzle, and mild

BBC Weather

It will be clear initially this evening, then turning rather cloudy and windy overnight with the chance of some occasional drizzle.

It will be a milder night than last night with lowest temperatures from 4 to 7°C (39 to 45°F).

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

Cost of children in county's care overruns by £1m a month

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Children's Services in Cumbria County Council will be £12m over budget by the end of the financial year, a meeting was told.

Anne Burns
Cumbria County Council

The cabinet member in charge of the service, Anne Burns, said nine out of 10 councils had the same problem: "What do we do if someone says that a child needs to go into care? Do we say 'no, we're sorry, we've overspent on our budget by £12m?'."

Hilary Carrick, for the Conservatives, said the council was "incapable" of tackling the cultural changes required.

"Why have they not focused attention sooner on providing customised support for those with the greatest need?" she asked

Soldier 'punched and kicked man in Kendal pub'

A soldier who punched a man in a Kendal pub and then kicked him as he lay unconscious on the ground has been given a suspended jail term.

Chris Barnes, 23, of Menin Road, Colchester, turned violent at Ruskins Bar in Stricklandgate after being heard to shout about two other men refusing to buy him a drink on 8 August, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

Judge James Adkin heard Barnes was in the process of leaving the Army after seven years, had other employment lined up and was poised to take an intensive anger management course.

The judge suspended a 12-month prison term for two years and ordered Barnes to complete 200 hours' unpaid work.

United pass their 8k for MK target with a day to go

Carlisle United should be roaring tomorrow after the club passed its target of selling 8,000 tickets for the match with Milton Keynes.

The reaction at Brunton Park was to go for one more - that's one more thousand...

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City writes off debts of two national shop chains

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Carlisle city councillors have been told the authority's had to write off more debts than usual because of the financial problems of two large chains.

A scrutiny panel was told a particularly large debt figure of £151,000 was largely accounted for by DIY store Homebase, and the stationery chain Staples, which between them owed £120,000 in business rates.

Homebase Carlisle

Both companies were at the time in Company Voluntary Arrangements or CVAs, because of financial problems.

Alison Taylor, corporate director of finance and resources, said: "Both have gone into a CVA so we have had to write off the debt on those two properties.

"They total for £120,000 - that's why the figure is so much higher than in previous years."

West Cumbria police warn youngsters on using fake IDs

Teenagers in West Cumbria who use fake IDs are being told to expect a visit from the police, who are trying to reduce under-age drinking.

Pub and club staff are now taking part in a new scheme, which will alert officers to any young person who has fraudulent documents.

Sgt Mitchell Franks, the licensing officer for West Cumbria, says young people need to understand that tampering with documents, such as passports and driving licences, can be a criminal offence.

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Cumbria Police

Tinkler attacks directors after Stobart sacking judgement

Andrew Tinkler, who fought an 11-day court case with the board of Stobart Group last year, has angrily criticised the other directors after a judgement found that they had the power to dismiss him.

Andrew Tinkler

In a detailed statement issued after the court ruling today, he says Judge Russen QC found in his favour on two of the three claims made against him by Stobart, and he says the four directors, Iain Ferguson, Warwick Brady, Andrew Wood and John Coombs, should step down.

The judge found the directors had acted improperly in an issue of shares to make sure Mr Ferguson was re-elected to the board, but also, a Stobart spokesman pointed out, said they acted with the company's best interests in mind.

The company, during the hearing, withdrew claims that Mr Tinkler had made extravagant expenses claims, and the judge rejected a claim that he conspired to injure the company.

Police say drive for better behaviour 'is having results'

Police say reports of anti-social behaviour in Carlisle city centre were 20% lower in 2018 compared with the year before.

Police officers
Cumbria Police

There was a particular decline in problems with young people, down from 344 in 2017, to 268 in 2018, a 22% fall.

Sgt Lewis Powell said they had started by dealing with groups of up to 100 youngsters gathering in Scotch Street, intimidating shoppers and often involved in crime or disorder.

Officers had also worked with other organisations in a local hub in the Lanes shopping centre to reduce issues to do with homelessness or drinking in the street.

I am confident that there has been genuine improvements over the past couple years and that local people will see this when walking around, particularly on an evening time.”

Sgt Lewis Powell

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Cumbria's weather: Dry, sunny and very mild

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be dry with plenty of sunshine and blue skies.

It will be very mild again with a southerly breeze and temperatures from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

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Stobart boss Tinkler loses sacking court case

A High Court Judge has found the directors of Cumbrian Stobart Group were within their powers to dismiss Andrew Tinkler from the company's board last year.

Andrew Tinkler

In a lengthy judgement issued from the High Court in London today, Judge Russen QC said the convoluted case arose from a "state of insurrection" on the Stobart Group board.

The judge relates in detail how Mr Tinkler tried to take over control of the group, and was then dismissed by the other four directors, and he finds almost entirely in favour of the directors.

At the end of the 189-page judgement he concludes that the dismissal of Mr Tinkler from his employment with the group, and as a director of the company, were both "lawful and valid".

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Here's something to while away five minutes...

The New York Times has come up with a quiz to try and show where you're from based on how you pronounce certain words.

We liked the one about how you pronounce the word "scone". Obviously it's pronounced "scone" ;-)

Have a go here.

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