Cumbria Crack Breaking News Penrith, Cumbria, Carlisle, Lake District Tue, 26 Jan 2021 17:45:33 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Cumbria Crack 32 32 21713598 Police probe Penrith robbery Tue, 26 Jan 2021 17:42:22 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Police are investigating a robbery that occurred on January 19, behind Bluebell Lane, Penrith. It was reported that the incident occurred between 6:30pm and 7:10pm. Two men have approached another man and have begun to assault him. His phone was taken in the process. Officers are keen to speak to...

Handbag snatched from woman in Penrith Tue, 26 Jan 2021 17:39:46 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A handbag was snatched from a woman in Penrith by two young men. Police are investigating the incident, which happened at around 6pm on Saturday, at St Andrew’s Place, Penrith. It was reported that two young men approached the woman and took her handbag, containing her mobile phone along with other...

Green Michelin Star for Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume Tue, 26 Jan 2021 17:22:37 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Fine dining restaurant L’Enclume in Cartmel has been awarded a prestigious award to recognise its sustainabilty. The restaurant, run by chef Simon Rogan, was awarded a green Michelin star for its efforts, which includes preserving resources, embracing biodiversity, reducing food waste and the consumption of non-renewable energy and managing the overall...

Awards to celebrate businesses’ response to COVID-19 pandemic Tue, 26 Jan 2021 15:53:26 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Carlisle MP John Stevenson is supporting the High Sheriff of Cumbria’s COVID-19 Business Innovation and Community Awards. The awards, spearheaded by High Sheriff Julie Barton, aim to recognise the incredible ways businesses across Cumbria have confronted the challenges of the pandemic. Judges of the awards are looking for businesses who have...

£2.7m in legacy donations for Great North Air Ambulance Tue, 26 Jan 2021 13:50:57 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

The Great North Air Ambulance received £2.7 million from legacy donations in 2020. The charity said it was a remarkable rise, but bittersweet at the same time. The donations, it said, represented 40 per cent of the charity’s entire income and an increase on the £1.6m donated through this method...

Julie looking forward to retirement after 30 years in healthcare sector Tue, 26 Jan 2021 13:43:06 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A Kendal woman has retired after nearly 30 years of dedicated care to help people in the community. Julie Eldem, 64, was a client co-ordinator at Kendal-based Westmorland Homecare, which provides hundreds of hours of care each week, which enable elderly and often frail people to live independently in their...

Firms urged to register for online export event Tue, 26 Jan 2021 13:37:07 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Businesses in Copeland hoping to maximise on their exporting potential are being invited to attend a virtual session hosted by the area’s MP and the Department for International Trade.  Trudy Harrison is encouraging business owners to register to attend the Parliamentary Export Programme’s first session on Friday March 26 at...

Neighbour commended as Carlisle pensioner is brought to justice for sexual assault Tue, 26 Jan 2021 13:33:06 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A Carlisle pensioner who sexually assaulted a vulnerable elderly woman has been spared immediate prison. A judge who sentenced 71-year-old John Douglas Forsyth at the city’s crown court praised an eyewitness who saw his crime and captured crucial evidence on a mobile phone. The alert bystander had seen Forsyth committing...

Whitehaven woman admits stealing thousands of pounds from pensioner Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:31:54 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A woman has admitted stealing thousands of pounds from an elderly man while acting as his carer – and also trying to steal thousands more. Rachael Louise Sermon, 34, faced two charges when she appeared at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today. Sermon pleaded guilty to the theft of cash from...

Sixth form launches virtual open evening for new students Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:37:48 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Youngsters are invited to consider their options after leaving school at a virtual open evening for a Cumbrian sixth form. Year 11 students are encouraged to log on to West Coast Sixth Form’s event tomorrow. The event, at 6pm, is for students eligible to join the school, which has sites...

Hospital and primary care pharmacists roll out COVID-19 vaccinations Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:52:37 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Hospital and clinical pharmacists in primary care have worked together to ensure the safe and speedy acceleration biggest vaccination programme in NHS history. Pharmacists have been overseeing the safe handling of the COVID-19 Pfizer and Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines to ensure their integrity. This includes working with local leads on...

Mobile speed camera vans locations – January 26 Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:41:16 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Cumbria police’s road safety camera vans will be operating in Millom, the A590 between Levens and Lindal-in-Furness, Grange, Welton, Dalston and Plumpton today.

Two more deny alleged murder of Carlisle man Lee McKnight Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:26:01 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Two more people have pleaded not guilty to the alleged murder of a man whose body was found in a river in Carlisle. A total of seven people have been charged as part of a large scale probe by detectives into the death of 26-year-old Lee McKnight. Mr McKnight’s body...

Support Worker Vacancies – West Cumbria / Carlisle Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:17:12 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Recruiting Now!! West House has a number of services across West Cumbria and Carlisle ranging from supported living, residential care, day services, and children/adult respite. We have Support Worker Vacancies available for full and part time contracts. Please visit the careers page at

Fire crews tackle large goods vehicle blaze in Barrow Tue, 26 Jan 2021 09:08:33 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Firefighters tackled a blaze involving a large goods vehicle in Barrow last night. Crews were called at around 6.40pm to Park Road to the vehicle, which was carrying bioethanol tanks. They were at the incident for one hour and 10 minutes.

Cottage in the Wood retains Michelin star Tue, 26 Jan 2021 08:46:33 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A top Lake District restaurant says retaining its Michelin star is doubly important amid the challenges currently facing the hospitality industry. The Cottage in the Wood, at Whinlatter, near Keswick, has been confirmed as one of the recipients of the much-coveted accolade in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland...

Crime commissioner candidate revealed by Liberal Democrats Tue, 26 Jan 2021 08:34:09 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

The Liberal Democrats have announced their candidate for Cumbria police and crime commissioner. Elections are due to take place on May 6 for the role, currently occupied by Peter McCall. The elected commissioner is responsible for policing and holds the chief constable and the force to account. Mark Christie has...

Unemployment claims fall in Cumbria Tue, 26 Jan 2021 08:22:07 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Unemployment numbers have fallen in Cumbria, the latest figures reveal. The Office for National Statistics published its claimant count figures for the county this morning for December. Last month, the claimant count in Cumbria was 12,660, an overall decrease of 50 from November. Decreases were seen in Carlisle (-100) and...

Gilsland Railway Station campaign steams ahead as minister lends his support Mon, 25 Jan 2021 16:47:21 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A campaign to reopen Gilsland Railway Station has won support from a Government minister. The campaign, led by Penrith and the Border MP Neil Hudson and Hexham MP Guy Opperman, has secured support from railways minister Chris Heaton Harris. As part of the Restoring Your Railway Fund, announced in February 2020...

Carlisle man jailed for 20 years for rapes committed in the 1990s Mon, 25 Jan 2021 16:34:26 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A Carlisle man who raped a young girl repeatedly in the 1990s has been jailed for 20 years. Harold Nicholson, 71, of Holywell Crescent, was sentenced today at Carlisle Crown Court for five counts of rape. The offences, which were committed against a girl in Carlisle in the early 1990s,...

South Lakes MP urges COP26 climate conference president to block plans for West Cumbrian coal mine Mon, 25 Jan 2021 15:51:32 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has written to the President of the COP26 climate conference, urging him to block plans for a new coal mine in West Cumbria. According to a report in the Times at the weekend, Alok Sharma was said to be “apoplectic” with cabinet colleague Robert Jenrick,...

Arrests after TV sold from van in Carlisle car park Mon, 25 Jan 2021 15:38:01 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Police are asking anyone who may have bought a TV from a van in a Carlisle car park to come forward. Officers are investigating an incident that occurred in the Tesco car park on Warwick Road on Saturday and need people to come forward who may have bought a TV...

Man jailed for robbing elderly woman of purse in Carlisle city centre Mon, 25 Jan 2021 14:36:05 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

  A robber who snatched an vulnerable pensioner’s purse at a Carlisle city centre cashpoint has been jailed for 27 months. The 69-year-old woman was queuing outside the English Street branch of Barclays Bank, at 3.05pm on November 16 when Kyle Robert Crawford suddenly appeared, cut in front and “forcefully”...

Police special retires after 30 years of service Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:37:41 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A police special who has dedicated over 100,000 hours over to serving his community is set to retire on Saturday. Special Inspector Ian Walby has spent 30 years as a special officer, starting his career as a special constable in 1991. As inspector Ian over saw volunteer policing for West...

New MD appointed at Harrison & Hetherington Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:24:51 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A managing director has been announced to run Harrison & Hetherington. Scott Donaldson, who has been with the firm for over 10 years and latterly was joint managing director, he has been appointed as sole MD. H&H operates nine auction marts across the north of England and Scottish Borders and...

Police concerned over welfare of missing Barrow teenager Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:15:01 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 16-year-old boy, who was last seen in the Barrow area on Friday. Will Coulton Jr is described as 5ft 9in, of slim build, with curly short, brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black top and joggers, with a grey hoodie...

Make a small change to help make Cumbria’s rivers cleaner Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:40:45 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A Cumbrian environmental charity is calling on everyone in Carlisle and the Eden Valley to pledge to help make rivers cleaner and healthier. Eden Rivers Trust has launched Act for Eden online, which asks for people to make a small change to something they do every day for two months....

St Bees School head to address MPs about pupil’s mental health Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:21:22 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

The headteacher of St Bees School will talk to MPs, education experts and Government officials about remote learning at a prestigious conference this week. Roger Sinnett will give a talk about key priorities for the independent schools sector at the Westminster Education Forum Conference on Thursday. He is due to...

Platinum award for H&H Insurance Brokers Mon, 25 Jan 2021 10:48:16 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A leading Cumbrian insurance broker has been awarded a top accolade by a customer ratings website. H&H Insurance Brokers has been awarded the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award for the second year in a row. Firms are rated by customers online via Feefo and the best are given awards for excellence...

Marcus Rashford inspires Kendal County to help fight food poverty Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:27:41 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Kendal County football team has been inspired by Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and his battle against food poverty. Kendal County chairman Kris Clough and secretary Dan Ferguson decided they wanted to help out a local foodbank in Kendal. Kris said: “Kendal County always has been a family and community club,...

Road traffic collision in Millom Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:21:20 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

A fire crew had to help paramedics release an occupant of a vehicle following a road traffic collision in Millom last night. Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service was called at around 7.15pm.  

Fire crew rescues person stuck in mud Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:17:51 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Fire crews rescued a person stuck in the mud at Abbeytown on Friday. The person was stuck by the B5302 and the fire service was called at 12.06pm. No medical intervention was required and crews were detained for 20 minutes.

Firefighters tackle garage and house blaze in Workington Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:14:28 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Firefighters tackled a garage blaze – which spread to the adjoining house in Workington last night. Crews were called at around 7.30pm to deal with the fire, on Brierydale Lane, Stainburn. Four fire engines, plus the command unit, attended and were at the scene for around three hours.

Coronavirus fines issued to people travelling to Lake District Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:09:13 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

People travelling hundreds of miles to visit Cumbria have been fined by police. Under the national lockdown regulations, people are permitted to travel in their local area, unless they fall under one of the exemptions, like travelling for work. Eden officers used social media platform Twitter to say on Saturday,...

Police investigate sexual assault in Ambleside Mon, 25 Jan 2021 08:53:27 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault on a woman in Ambleside. The assault was reported to have happened at 5pm on North Road, Ambleside on Wednesday January 13. The woman was not reported to be injured. The man who carried out the assault was described as 5ft...

People urged to be vigilant after suspected attempted dog thefts Mon, 25 Jan 2021 08:51:06 +0000 Cumbria Crack:

Police are investigating a suspected attempt to steal dogs from a village near Brampton. No dogs were stolen in the incident, which happened at about 4pm on Thursday outside a property at Walton. Officers believe this was due to security measures in place and the vigilance of the owners. There...

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...

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...