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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.

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.

Crarey praises Raiders after Halifax hammered

BBC Cumbria Sport

Head coach Paul Crarey said his Barrow Raiders were magnificent after they beat Halifax 21-8 in yesterday's rugby league.

His side are still in the Championship relegation zone by a point, but the Raiders' coach believes the win will have a big impact on their season.

Paul Crarey

We were measured and methodical, explosive when we needed to be, but defensively I thought we were outstanding."

Paul Crarey

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

Barrow drivers 'vandalise sign to avoid parking rules'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

The Mayor of Barrow says "no parking" signs in the town are being vandalised to make the regulations unenforceable.

Councillor Kevin Hamilton was speaking after seeing figures showing Barrow had the smallest number of parking tickets issued of any of Cumbria's six districts.

Vandalised parking sign in Barrow

Mr Hamilton said Barrow suffered from a lack of clear signs and lines, and civil enforcement officers cannot penalise errant parkers if the signs are vandalised or the lines are broken.

A county council spokesman said the low number of tickets issued could be for various reasons, including BAE Systems encouraging staff to park responsibly and providing more car parking, and that the amount of through traffic was less than other areas of Cumbria.

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.

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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

Bay barrage firm to meet energy minister

The company that wants to build tidal barrages across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary is going to put its case to the Government.

The Energy Secretary Greg Clark promised to listen to the business case in response to a question from the independent MP for Barrow and Furness, John Woodcock.

Last week Northern Tidal Power Gateways told a meeting in Kendal about its plans, which could generate enough power for 2m homes as well as providing dual carriageway road links, but are likely to meet objections because of the impact on the bay's wildlife.

Map of Morecambe Bay and Duddon barrage plans

Anima shelter blames slug pellets for hedgehogs influx

Mark McAlindon

BBC Look North

Gardeners are being asked not to use slug pellets, after a rise in the number of hedgehogs being taken to an animal sanctury in North Cumbria.

Staff at Knoxwood, near Wigton, say they are receiving record numbers of poorly hedgehogs for this time of year; and some of them show symptoms of poisoning.

The Government announced last year that the pesticide metaldehyde, which is often found in slug pellets, would be banned by 2020 because of the risk it poses to wildlife.


Usually at this time of year we have very few hedgehogs other than injured ones that have been picked up on the roadside, but for some reason we've got babies, we've got mothers, dads, we've got the whole shebang."

George ScottFounder of Knoxood

Cumbria's weather: Rain easing, then returning

BBC Weather

Rain will continue to ease this evening and it should become largely dry for a time.

Another area of rain is likely to arrive after midnight, with a cloudy and wet end to the night expected, with minimum temperatures from 3C to 6C (37F to 43F).

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Date set for Princess Royal to visit West Cumbria

Cumbria will have another royal visit next month.

On 2 July, the Princess Royal will be in West Cumbria, to officially open Campus Whitehaven, on Red Lonning in the town.

Also, at Lillyhall, in her role as president of the City and Guilds of London Institute, Princess Anne will open the Gen2 Head Office on Blackwood Road.

She follows the Earl of Wessex who's visiting the Furness area today, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who were in the county earlier this week and who, after all the high-profile engagements, enjoyed a walk guided by senior staff from the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Caterine and William with Cumbria Wildlife trust staff

Library facelift 'could hit other services'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Windermere Library could shut for months for major refurbishment works, raising fears about services to residents.

Windermere Library entrance

As well as the library and the displays of the Lake District Holocaust Project, South Lakes Citizens Advice and South Lakes Housing operate from the building, a meeting heard.

The Ellerthwaite Road building belongs to Cumbria County Council, which has held talks with a charitable trust about taking it over on a long term lease, and the trust, the Lake District Paradise Project, wants to make improvements.

The county council meeting was told temporary arrangements would be made for the library and the Lake District Holocaust Project would remain, but members were concerned about the other services.

People like CAB can’t go away for six months”

Councillor Shirley Evans

Council sees rent arrears jump as new benefit comes in

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Barrow council rent arrears jumped by 20% when Universal Credit came in and other benefit changes were made, according to a council report being discussed today.

Tenants failed to pay £477,000 bringing the total owed to the council to £757,000 after write-offs.

Barrow’s mayor Kevin Hamilton said the problem was that housing benefit was paid to the council directly, whereas Universal Credit (UC) was paid to the tenant, and people might then have problems budgeting.

The figures show that the majority of tenants are regular payers as the council collected £10.6m in rent in 2018-19, or 98.3% of all rents due, but officials have now created a management process which means they can target UC claimants who may be struggling.

People can get laid off from a job or a delay in getting Universal Credit, and once you get into debt, it can be very hard to get out of it.”

Kevin Hamilton
Barrow Town Hall

Nick swings close to his best to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

BBC Cumbria Sport

Cumbrian hammer-thrower Nick Miller recorded the second-best throw of his career in Poland yesterday to reach the qualification mark for next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The 26-year-old Commonwealth gold medallist from 2018 threw 78.39 metres in the Bydgoszsz Cup event.

Nick Miller

Supermarket chain brings in new car park chargers

More charging points for electric cars are being made available in Cumbria.

The regional supermarket chain, Booths, will have chargers at four of its stores in Kirkby Lonsdale, Ulverston, Keswick and Windemere.

Eight new points are also being introduced by the Lake District National Park Authority in Coniston, Glenridding and Grasmere.

Car charging stock picture

Numbers of women taking cancer test reach 20-year-low

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

The number of people accepting cervical smear screening in parts of Cumbria and it is now at a 20-year low.

Health officials in Morecambe Bay say three in 10 women are not turning up for smear tests, although cervical cancer is the most common form affecting women under the age of 35.

Nurse with smear test tool
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Advances in treatment mean the prospects for woman whose cancer is picked up early are good, and Jay Clark, whose wife Susan died after a late diagnosis, says it is worth the embarrassment or inconvenience of the test.

My kids have lost their mam, I've lost my wife, we thought we were going to have all our lives ahead of us, but it was just a bit too late for us."

Jay Clark

Travel news: Weekend roadworks will close A65

BBC News Travel

Some advance warning: The short stretch of dual carriageway between junction 36 on the M6 and the roundabout at Crooklands by the auction mart will be closed for resurfacing from 16:00 on Saturday 15 June and 18:00 16 June.

It will mean traffic heading for Kirkby Lonsdale and Yorkshire down the A65 from the M6 or the Lake District, or heading west from Kirkby Lonsdale towards the M6, will have to find another route.

Man dies after Windermere emergency

A man in his 50s died after getting into difficulties in Windermere, police say.

Paramedics and an air ambulance were called in just before 13:00 yesterday, and a road was closed while they tried to revive him.

Armed police draw blank in 'man with gun' search

Armed police officers were deployed to the area between Whitehaven and Sandwith yesterday evening after people said they'd seen a man with a firearm.

Officers were told he was in the Wilson Pit Road area, but following an extensive search, nothing was found.

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Cumbria Police

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and wet

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with rain for much of the day.

The rain will be particularly widespread this morning with some heavy rain locally, but it should then start to ease in some areas. Highest temperatures will be from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

Weather graphic

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Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with more rain moving in later

BBC Weather

It will be a largely cloudy night with a few spots of rain initially, but more persistent rain starting to edge in from the south during the early hours and lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

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More plugs installed in Lake District for electric cars

Local Democracy Reporting Service

More electric car charging points are being provided across the Lake District to cut carbon emissions, with eight new points being introduced by the Lake District National Park Authority.

Coniston’s boating centre will get them, as will the car park at the independently-run tourist information centre.

The LDNPA is also installing them on Glenridding car park, near Ullswater, close to its tourist information centre, and Grasmere’s electric charging point will go at the LDNPA’s Stock Lane car park.

Electric car
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Doorstep sword man gets suspended sentence

A man who was holding a samurai sword when he answered the door to police has been given a suspended sentence by a Carlisle Crown Court judge.

Alastair Graham, 45, had been drinking heavily and it was the second time that night that officers had been called to his flat in Lingmoor Rise, Kendal, because of the noise.

The court was told the doorstep encounter lasted only a few seconds and Graham was empty-handed when he opened the door again, at which point he was Tasered and handcuffed,

Judge James Adkin heard Graham was "incredibly remorseful"; had written a letter of apology to police; and sought counselling to address alcohol problems.

Judge Adkin suspended an eight-month jail term for two years, and ordered Graham to complete 250 hours' unpaid work.

Cumbria's weather: Largely cloudy, but mostly dry

BBC Weather

It will be a largely cloudy afternoon, though with some bright spells possible. Most places will stay dry, but the odd shower is possible.

Highest temperatures will be from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F).

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

Cumbrian mountaineer: Everest madness must stop

The leading Cumbrian mountaineer Doug Scott, one of the first two Britons to reach the summit of Mount Everest, has added his voice to calls for a limit to be put on the numbers of people being taken to the top of the world's highest mountain.

At the height of the season, pictures of climbers queuing to stand on the summit made the front pages of newspapers around the world, highlighting the industry that has grown up around taking adventurers to the top.

In a speech in Kathmadu, Doug also called for people wanting to ascend the mountain to have to ascend at least two other 7,000m peaks in the Himlayas first, for permits to be restricted and their cost increased, and for better regulation and a rescue service to be established.

Doug Scott
Doug scott

How the plans are put together for a Royal visit

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Lake District today has been partly organised by the Queen's representative in Cumbria, the Lord Lieutenant, Claire Hensman.

She says each Royal visitor has different interest which she tries to meet.

Claire Hensman says the work puts her in touch with a huge variety of people from across Cumbria, and highlights the huge variety of things that go on in the county

Claire Hensman

For instance the Prince of Wales has an agenda and if I've got any particular requests or if I think there are things that would interest him, I put that into the mix and we work out an itinerary

The best bit about it actually are people I meet, it gives me an opportunity, the doors open and I meet lovely people.”

Claire Hensman

Wildlife expert Jamie notes birds decline on charity walk

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A Cumbrian wildlife expert who is currently walking from St. Bees to Robin Hood's Bay on the Yorkshire coast says he's noticed a decline in what used to be common species as he trudges along.

Jamie Normington
Terry Abraham

Jamie's main mission is to raise money to buy 200 copies of a book about nature, The Lost Words, for 200 schools.

He says the absence of familiar wildlife on his walk has confirmed his fears that many are in decline.

I heard cuckoo, coming down into Patterdale, which you don't hear very much any more, you're not seeing swallows that you once saw, the birds you saw flying in and out of farm buildings, you're seeing them but 10 times fewer, I'm guessing..."

Jamie Normington

Cumbria's weather: Largely cloudy. mostly dry until later

BBC Weather

It will be a largely cloudy day today, with early showers quickly clearing to leave it dry and occasionally bright for a spell.

There's a sometimes gusty wind coming in from the east, and highest temperatures from 11 to 14°C (52 to 57°F)

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Travel: Problems on trains, delays in Carlisle

BBC News Travel

Signalling problems at Haltwhistle on the line between Carlisle and Newcastle are causing delays, and there are some cancellations and delays of up to 30 minutes on the West Coast Main Line down in the Midlands.

On the roads, traffic lights are back on Warwick Road, coming into Carlisle from the east.

Man who assaulted baby jailed for 14 years

A Barrow man who assaulted a baby, causing life-changing injuries, has been jailed for 14 years by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

Callum Crowe
Cumbria Police

Callum Crowe, 23, of Richmond Terrace, was found guilty at an earlier trial for offences connected to an assault that occurred in Barrow in late 2016.

The baby suffered multiple skull fractures, extensive bleeding on the brain and facial bruising.

Det Insp Jason Mckenna said it had been an incredibly emotive case for all concerned.

We are pleased we have been able to provide justice"

Det Insp Jason Mckenna