Cumbria Crack Breaking News Penrith, Cumbria, Carlisle, Lake District Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:59:19 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Cumbria Crack 32 32 21713598 71-year-old cyclist killed after collision in village Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:59:19 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Cumbria police is appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was killed yesterday in a north Cumbrian village. Officers were called by the North West Ambulance Service at around 4.25pm yesterday following the collision, which just involved the cyclist, in Westward, near Wigton. A 71-year-old man from Inverness was pronounced dead...

Police probe perfume theft from Whitehaven store Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:37:57 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Perfume was stolen from Whitehaven’s department store earlier this week. The burglary at Dixon’s, on Lowther Street, took place on January 19 at around 11pm. Entry was gained to the store through a sliding door and perfume was taken. Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen...

CCTV footage released of Workington men who robbed town store Fri, 22 Jan 2021 14:42:06 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Police have released CCTV footage after two men were jailed for more than seven years for a robbery at a Workington convenience store. Mark Huddart, 29, of Bowness Court, Workington and Brian Holliday, 34 of Harrington Road, Workington, were sentenced today at Carlisle Crown Court. Both men pleaded guilty. Huddart...

Snow and ice warning issued for Cumbria Fri, 22 Jan 2021 14:16:58 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A snow and ice warning has been issued from 4pm today until 10.30am tomorrow. The Met Office says snow and ice may cause travel disruption. Showers will continue at times across many areas. It said: “These will bring a cover of snow in places. 1-3cm could accumulate at low levels,...

1,500 laptops needed urgently to help educate Cumbria’s children Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:25:28 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Cumbria’s schools are appealing to local people and businesses to donate laptops for use by school pupils who are now learning from home due to lockdown. The Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders,  which brings together senior school leaders from around the county, has issued the appeal after research by schools...

Crooks wielded weapons as they robbed Workington store Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:00:43 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Two masked men who wielded weapons as they robbed a terrified Workington convenience store worker have been jailed. Mark Huddart, 29, was carrying an axe and 34-year-old Brian Holliday was carrying a crowbar which they raised while one demanded the key to a safe after entering McColl’s on Harrington Road...

South Cumbria fourth highest for COVID-19 vaccines Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:25:39 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

MP Tim Farron has praised the work of after it was revealed that the South Cumbria and Lancashire region has administered the fourth highest percentage of COVID-19 vaccines to people aged 80 and over in the country. New figures from NHS England show that as of January 17, 75.7 per...

Police investigate burglary and car theft in Barrow Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:22:54 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Police are investigating an incident of burglary and the theft of a car  in Barrow overnight on January 19. Entry was gained to a property on Walton Lane between 9pm on January 19 and 7am on January 20 through the back door. Keys for a white Ford Focus ST were...

Witness appeal after reports out-of-control dogs attack walker Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:15:28 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident of dogs being reportedly out of control in Cockermouth. Following new lines of inquiry, officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward who were in the area of Castlegate Drive at around 11.30am on December 28. It was reported that three dogs...

Woman accused of causing pedestrian’s death by careless driving appears in court Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:45:21 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A woman accused of causing an elderly pedestrian’s death by driving without due care and attention in Penrith has appeared in court. Kathleen Boddy, who was aged 77, suffered serious injuries when she and an Alfa Romeo vehicle were in collision in the Southend Road area close to the town...

More than 100 people caught in drink and drug driving campaign Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:16:10 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

More than 100 drivers were caught by Cumbria police in a month’-long winter drink and drug driving campaign. During December,  police officers conducted 492 breath tests. Of those, 30 drivers were over the prescribed limit and 12 arrested for failing to provide. Seventy-five drivers tested positive for driving whilst impaired...

Cumbria’s firefighters praised for work during COVID-19 pandemic Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:20:20 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Cumbria’s fire service has been praised for its support of the community during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services carried out an inspection of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service in August to assess how the service was performing during...

Mobile speed camera van locations – January 22 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:08:01 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Cumbria police’s road safety camera vans will be operating in Bridgefoot, the A66 between Cockermouth and Penrith, Rampside and Barrow today.

Dodd & Co’s charity support Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:05:33 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Cumbrian accountancy firm Dodd & Co has donated £2,000 to charities instead of sending Christmas cards. Staff nominated charities they would like to benefit from the donation and Dodd & Co said nominations flooded in, especially as so many charities had gone above and beyond during the pandemic, and all...

BAE Systems staff volunteer to help COVID-19 vaccine rollout Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:13:48 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Employees from BAE Systems are among those volunteering to support NHS staff as the coronavirus vaccination campaign continues. This week members of the Ulverston Self Isolation group, set up by BAE Systems manager Neil Fleming at the start of the pandemic, will continue working alongside GPs and other health staff...

Firefighters tackle chimney blaze Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:05:04 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Firefighters were called at 8pm last night to tackle a chimney blaze in Ambleside. One fire engine attended the incident, at Kirkstone Court, Chappel Hill, at about 8pm. They were there for around 40 minutes.

Help shape national strategy to tackle violence and abuse Fri, 22 Jan 2021 07:57:00 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Views of women and girls across Copeland are being sought to help shape government strategy to tackle violence and abuse. The Government is updating the Violence Against Women and Girls strategy and said it wanted to make sure that the views of people have been affected by abuse and/or violence...

Firms urged to apply for COVID-19 grants Fri, 22 Jan 2021 07:45:06 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Businesses are being encouraged to apply for government grants to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a number of government-backed business grants on offer and Allerdale council is urging firms to check if they are eligible for any of them. There is financial support available for particular restriction...

Appeal for missing 15-year-old Fri, 22 Jan 2021 07:33:25 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Concerns are growing for a missing 15-year-old boy from Blencogo. Lex Pedley was last seen at 10am yesterday. He is described as being of slim build with dark brown hair and a long fringe. He was last seen wearing grey joggers, black trainers, a dark grey Berghaus duffle jacket with...

Barrow Raiders raise £3,000 for Furness General Hospital Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:55:27 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

People who bought NHS Heroes clothing from Barrow Raiders have helped the rugby league club make a donation of almost £3,000 to Furness General Hospital. The club made the donation via the Bay Hospitals Charity, which raises money to improve patient care and experience across University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay...

Man who sparked 12-hour stand-off tells court: ‘I’m really sorry. I was very drunk’ Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:17:56 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A man who sparked a dramatic 12-hour Lake District stand-off has told a judge: “I’m really sorry. I was very drunk.”‬ ‪Armed police responded and a Windermere street was cordoned off as officers dealt with a lengthy incident involving 36-year-old Remus Cutea on November 30.‬ Cutea appeared at Carlisle Crown...

Rare butterfly spotted at Eycott Hill reserve Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:07:40 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A nature reserve near Blencathra is abuzz after a new report finds insects are thriving at the upland site. Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Eycott Hill, near Berrier, has published its latest Eycott Hill invertebrate survey. The 2020 report describes how interesting and rare species are establishing themselves at the nature reserve,...

County leaps to support of Cumbria police chief Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:23:34 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A national online news report that showed the daughter of a top Cumbrian police officer allegedly breaking lockdown restrictions has been criticised by people across the county. Mailonline published a video of Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery’s 19-year-old daughter at a party at her university in Leeds – linking her...

Probe launched after 118 tyres dumped in South Lakeland Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:16:02 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Investigations have been launched after two fly-tipping incidents in the South Lakes. A load of 118 used tyres was dumped onto a country road at Barbon on Saturday evening, and what appeared to be a skip-full of builders’ waste was tipped onto the road between Arnside and Silverdale on Tuesday,...

COVID-19 infections drop but hospital numbers rise Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:57:35 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

New COVID-19 infections dropped by 25 per cent but more people than ever before are in hospital with the virus, putting strain on the NHS. In the week ending January 15, the number of cases was recorded at 2,632, down 868. However, the county’s hospitals are now treating more COVID-19...

Four women to stand trial for fraud Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:58:49 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Four women are to stand trial accused of a £500,000-plus fraud in which a Penrith-based haulage company was allegedly targeted. Appearing at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today were Stephanie Charnock, 40, of Maplecroft; Joanne Palmer, 37, and Stephanie Palmer, 36, both of The Precinct, Romiley; and Kelly Shaw, 38, of...

Honister is a record-breaker for rain Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:54:08 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Honister is a record-breaker – for rainfall this winter and 2021 so far. As Storm Christoph hit Cumbria, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, the Environment Agency said that on Tuesday, provisional records show that Honister received 123.8mm of rainfall, a new daily rainfall record for this winter and 2021....

Red Shepherdess joins fight to save Newton Rigg Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:08:21 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

The Red Shepherdess is supporting the campaign to save Newton Rigg College. Hannah Jackson has joined forces with Penrith and the Border MP Neil Hudson. It was revealed last year that York-based Askham Bryan College had decided to stop running courses there from the summer. Hannah, a first generation farmer,...

Work to start on £2.3 million training centre in West Cumbria Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:56:57 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Building work on a £2.3 million training centre in West Cumbria is set to begin next week. The civil engineering training centre at Lakes College, Lillyhall, will open its doors to students in September. It will be built opposite the college’s main entrance and be built by Cumbrian contractor Story...

Financial planning consultant joins Armstrong Watson Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:58:34 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A financial planning consultant has been appointed to Armstrong Watson’s Penrith office. Paul Moody joins the firm’s financial planning and wealth management team after 12 years running his own successful practice in the town. Paul, who has lived in Penrith for 20 years, said: “I am delighted to join such...

Platinum service award for the Cumberland Thu, 21 Jan 2021 09:35:01 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

The Cumberland has achieved a prestigious award from customer reviews platform Feefo. It was awarded the Platinum Trusted Service Award. It has been awarded after the building society landed its third Feefo Gold Award in three years. The annual awards recognise businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, given to businesses that use...

Playdale Playgrounds embraces new technology Thu, 21 Jan 2021 09:26:46 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

SME manufacturers in Cumbria joining the Industry 4.0 revolution are driving up the demand for data science and software engineering skills. Made Smarter, the movement helping businesses grow through technology adoption, said seven out of the 16 technology projects being adopted by Cumbrian businesses with the support of its North...

Online exhibition about how underground radioactive waste disposal facility works Thu, 21 Jan 2021 09:19:38 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

An interactive virtual exhibition has been launched today for people living in Copeland to show how a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste works. The virtual experience, which includes videos, graphics and information has been set up by the Copeland GDF working group, established to help people get involved in...

Prince Charles helps mark Red Squirrel Appreciation Day Thu, 21 Jan 2021 08:21:05 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Prince Charles written a letter of support to the Red Squirrel Survival Trust to help mark Red Squirrel Appreciation Day today. The Prince of Wales is the long-standing patron of the trust, and his letter expressed his encouragement and admiration for the efforts of volunteers fighting for the survival of the...

Storm Christoph: Latest information you need to know Thu, 21 Jan 2021 07:25:46 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Flood alerts are still in place across Cumbria and train passengers are advised not to travel until at least noon today as Storm Christoph batters the region. Two flood warnings – for Keswick Campsite and River Eden at Carlisle, Rickerby Park, Swifts and Stoneyholme golf courses – remain in place....

Christian art retreat planned for Keswick Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:47:24 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A creative retreat for Christian artists is planned for Keswick in April. The three-day Art Retreat is being organised by Keswick Ministries with Morphē Arts, a mentoring charity for Christians in the creative arts. The retreat is for artists who work in the visual arts, but all are welcome. It...

Online vintage and antique toy sale at Mitchells Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:06:42 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A leading Cumbrian auction house will be holding an online vintage and antique toy sale from next Friday. Mitchells, in Cockermouth, has 500 lots of vintage and antique toys, dolls, cars, trains and comics to go under the hammer at the auction, which starts at 9am on Friday, January 29...

Windermere Lake Cruise vessel’s facelift to celebrate 130 years in service Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:22:54 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

One of Windermere Lake Cruises’ oldest vessels is being given a facelift in time for the 130th anniversary of the boat’s launch onto the lake. Originally to be named Swallow, a last-minute change of heart resulted in the vessel being named MV Tern. Launched in 1891 with an original passenger capacity of...

MP tells Parliament animal welfare is priority in trade deals Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:43:36 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

MP Neil Hudson told Parliament that animal welfare must be at the highest standards in future trade deals. Dr Hudson, who represents Penrith and the Border, spoke in the debate on the Trade Bill in the House of Commons as MPs were considering Lords amendments. Dr Hudson voted against his Government...

UPDATED: Trains cancelled due to Storm Christoph Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:31:52 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Trains between Maryport and Carlisle have been cancelled today and passengers are advised not to travel. Roads in the area are also reported to be deteriorating and no bus replacement service will be in operation. The Carlisle to Skipton route has also been suspended for the rest of the day....

More than 6,000 meals handed out to people in need Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:02:45 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

More than 6,000 meals have been handed out by the Salvation Army in Penrith since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the first national lockdown came into force in March last year,  the team has provided more than 6,000 three-course meals or tea and treat bags. The community foodbank...

Vehicles damage cemeteries Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:59:56 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Vehicles have damaged grass areas at two Copeland cemeteries. Tyre damage has been found near graves at Hensingham and Whitehaven cemeteries. Copeland council is reminding visitors that no vehicles are allowed in the cemetery other than those connected with a funeral and must not be driven at a speed exceeding...

Bus services in Cumbria to change from Monday Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:52:13 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Bus services in Cumbria have been changed by Stagecoach to comply with government lockdown guidelines. Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire is reducing some services but maintaining links for those that have to travel with early and late buses still running. The changes will happen from Monday. In most cases services...

South Lakes mum raises £25,000 for hospitals Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:46:07 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A South Lakes mum has raised more than £25,000 for  hospital emergency, babies and children’s departments in the region. Mum-of-two Louise Phillips who works with the occupational therapy team at Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, held events for the Royal Lancaster Infirmary’s emergency department and the University Hospitals of Morecambe...

Jealous partner left woman with facial fractures and drinking through straw Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:26:36 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A jealous partner who attacked a woman in her own home, leaving her with multiple facial fractures and having to drink through a straw, has been jailed. Trevor Lockwood and the woman – who have since parted – had argued during a car journey on 31st August last year. She...

MasterChef champion teams up with University of Cumbria Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:49:34 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Irini Tzortzoglou, who won TV series MasterChef in 2019 is teaming up with the University of Cumbria to offer students cookery classes. The six free sessions, called Uni.Yum, will begin on January 27. Irini will present a 45-minute session from the kitchen of her home in Cartmel, south Cumbria. Via...

Mobile speed van locations – January 20 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:43:01 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Cumbria police’s road safety camera vans will be operating on the A6071 between Brampton and Longtown, the A69 Lowrow area and the A5689 between Carlisle and Brampton today.

Double success for Carlisle financial planning firm Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:39:48 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Carlisle-based financial planners, Stan Sherlock Associates, is celebrating two successes at the start of the New Year. The team has just been shortlisted for the National Family Business of the Year award with Family Business United. One of the firm’s financial advisers, Hannah Heslop, is also celebrating having added a...

Recipe boxes launched by Booths Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:31:09 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Family-owned supermarket Booths has launched recipe boxes for its customers. The Let’s Cook boxes include ingredients in correct portion sizes for two people and a recipe card with step-by-step instructions. Kate Rathbone, Booths brand development manager, said: “I am incredibly excited about the launch of our new Let’s Cook recipe boxes....

Wind farms generate energy to supply 19,000 homes Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:20:24 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Two North West wind farms owned and operated by Banks Renewables generated enough electricity to meet the annual electricity needs of more than nearly 19,000 homes. The Armistead scheme, which sits to the east of the M6 between junctions 36 and 37, and the Heysham South wind farm generated almost...

Keswick Mountain Festival challenges off-road cyclists with new gravel event Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:53:50 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Keswick Mountain Festival has announced details of a new gravel cycling event for 2021. The DexShell Hell in the Fells will see riders tackle 72km of challenging ascents and descents on gravel routes in the North Lakes. Designed for riders of all abilities, the latest addition to the festival’s comprehensive...

£130,000-worth of grants for good causes in West Cumbria Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:37:27 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Cumbria Community Foundation is continuing to support community groups in West Cumbria through grants worth almost £130,000. Twenty-five charitable organisations received a share of the funds at its recent West Cumbria grants committee. The money came from funds set up by local people and businesses including Lord Egremont, Lamont Pridmore,...

Carlisle firm nominated for national family business award Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:29:48 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A Carlisle firm has been nominated for a national family business award. K&S McKenzie, on the Kingstown Industrial Estate, is a family businesses of over 50 years with two premises in the city. They started off this year with a bang having been shortlisted as finalists in the 2021 Family...

Is 2021 the time to be your own boss? Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:15:54 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A series of workshops will be held next month for people thinking about starting their own business. Cumbria Business Growth Hub will host the web-based workshops – Is my business idea a good one, Enterprising women in Cumbria and Building blocks of an entrepreneur. They begin on February 11. Cumbria...

Talented Penrith veterinary nurse is top of the class Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:49:45 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A talented veterinary nurse at a Penrith practice is officially top of the class after being recognised for her  work combining a degree with a full-time job. Lottie Helm joined Veterinary Vision in June 2019 and has been working towards a part-time veterinary nursing top-up degree at Myerscough College, in...

Virtual tour of Kirkby Lonsdale to help beat lockdown blues Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:44:49 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A Kendal financial management firm is preparing to host a virtual tour of an historic Cumbrian town to keep people entertained during lockdown. Financial Management Bureau has teamed up with Blue Badge guide Tess Pike to run the online tour of Kirkby Lonsdale on Thursday January 28 from 7.30pm to...

Podcast trio gaining global audience Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:38:50 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A Cumbrian business trio are finding an audience across the world for their efforts to brighten the gloom of lockdown. Neil Bowness, Lisa Joyce and Wayne Singleton are now podcasting on a regular basis under the label The Enthusiasts. The three, who met a few years ago on a Lancaster...

Support to extend business rates holiday Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:34:50 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A survey by Windermere and Bowness Chamber of Trade shows overwhelming support for extending the business rates holiday. Most of the local businesses in the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors that responded to the survey favoured a 12-month extension to help the economy grow after lockdown. The vast majority of...

South Lakes pupils invited to design bin wagon artwork Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:17:03 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A competition has been launched for schoolchildren to design artwork for South Lakeland District Council’s bin wagons. The winning designs will be emblazoned onto several vehicles from the council’s fleet which visits 56,000 homes each week, travelling around 17,000 miles, as well as being displayed on posters across South Lakeland....

Cleator Moor’s Leconfield estate bought by Copeland Council Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:07:28 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Cleator Moor’s Leconfield Industrial Estate has been bought by Copeland Council and has the potential to create up to 800 jobs. It plans to develop the site and work with new and existing tenants to create jobs and business opportunities within the community. The council has been supported in the...