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January 12 · Issue #4 · View online
Fine Fettle
Fine Fettle is a weekly round-up of Cumbrian news. Send me your favourite stories to be featured: [email protected]

Hello and a belated happy new year.
2019 is less than two weeks old, and there’ve already been some pretty tough things to deal with.
I’m so impressed at how the team at BBC North West Tonight managed to put together such a loving tribute to Dianne Oxberry and I hope you had a chance to watch it.
You’ll struggle to find someone in the North West who didn’t think very fondly of her - especially when Peter Kay crawled into the forecast that time!
My thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues.
Coming up...
  • Dozens arrested as Cumbria Police raid homes across the UK in operation sparked by drug deaths.
  • Millions of pounds added to the cost of a new shared stadium for football’s Workington Reds and rugby league’s Workington Town. Why? More office space…
  • Three people have died in just a few weeks following collisions on Cumbria’s roads, leading officers to plead for caution.
On the horizon
Multiple arrests target 'county lines' drugs trade (BBC News) Multiple arrests target 'county lines' drugs trade (BBC News)
A big week for Cumbria Police who put just shy of a year’s work into action as officers raided addresses in Barrow-in-Furness, Coventry and London over a 48-hour period.
What triggered the tactics? The dark time at the start of 2018 when drugs were blamed for the deaths of at least 12 people in Barrow over just a few months.
The officer in charge of the operation, Rob O'Connor, didn’t mince his words, as reported by Barrow paper the Mail:
“I make no apologies for the fact that my officers over the last two days have forced entry to the homes of suspects and given them a rude awakening by dragging them out of their beds at six in the morning.”
In the end, nearly 30 people were arrested as part of Operation Horizon and 20 people have been charged. Some have already appeared in court while others are due to appear before Barrow Magistrates next week.
Stadium love
Image: Allerdale Council
New £25m sports stadium to house 300 Sellafield staff and NHS workers (Times and Star)
A juicy exclusive for North and West Cumbria Local Democracy Reporter, John Connell, after he was passed an unredacted copy of the business case for Workington’s planned new football/rugby league stadium.
The cost has gone way, way, up because Sellafield Limited hopes to house hundreds of staff in an office building which would be part of the scheme.
The document also revealed that one of the assumptions built into the scheme was that Workington Town would be promoted to the Super League within the next five years.
Also, it was great to hear John making an appearance on BBC Radio Cumbria to talk listeners through the story he broke.
Danger on the roads
Cumbria Police
A fatal road traffic collision occurred this afternoon in Windermere Road in Kendal. Please avoid this area as road will remain closed for some time. More info here:
4:55 PM - 6 Jan 2019
Pedestrians and drivers urged to be cautious at night
You don’t need me to tell you this, but it’s not nice out there at winter.
It’s really sad though that despite the fairly mild weather so far this season, there’ve already been three people killed in collisions on the county’s roads.
Police officers are asking people to be careful during the dark nights (and mornings) so that the number doesn’t increase, especially if the ever-promised Beast from the East 2 does make it here.
In other news...
Up in the air: After months of speculation linking Flybe to Stobart Group, the Cumbrian firm was revealed to be part of a consortium, with Virgin Atlantic and a venture capital company, which has taken over the struggling airline. I’m looking forward to popping into the Virgin Atlantic lounge at Carlisle Lake District Airport… When do flights start again?
Sound as a pound: A new year and a new look for the still young Lake District Pound. Nice to see some recognition for Charlotte Mason - a name well known to the thousands of teachers who’ve trained in Ambleside over the years. Sir Chris Bonington makes an appearance too. He must be one of the few living Brits to grace currency - apart from the obvious one 👸.
Image: Lake District Pound
Another fine mess: Congratulations to Steve Coogan who scored a BAFTA nomination for his performance as Ulverston’s most famous son Stan Laurel in the film Stan and Ollie. My friends and colleagues at BBC Radio Cumbria, Jennie Dennett and Caroline Robertson, interviewed him (1h40m in) when he visited Ulverston last month.
Crash for cash: People living in Milnthorpe are quickly running out of places to withdraw money. For the fourth time, one of the town’s ATMs has been targeted during a raid which completely destroyed a shop’s front wall. Police arrested two people on suspicion of burglary.
Telling their stories: Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, inside Carlisle Castle, has been given £20,000 to collect stories from soldiers who served in Afghanistan. The tales will become part of an exhibition and then be preserved in the museum’s permanent archive.
  • Allerdale Council executive meeting. Plans for a Workington football/rugby stadium (see above) and a proposal to sharply increase council tax for empty homes are up for discussion.
  • Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson MP due to visit Copeland to meet local businesses and charities with constituency MP Trudy Harrison.
One more thing
I'm getting a misshapen hat? CFM's Pete Moss is better at this than me.
Something missing?
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