Police are investigating the death of a man who was found injured in Cockermouth today.
Police were called at 3:03am this morning with a report of a man found injured at the Globe Hotel on Main Street in Cockermouth. The man was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. The death is being treated as suspicious at this time.
Temporary Detective Inspector Ralph Henderson from Cumbria Constabulary said: “We have a team of detectives working hard to find out the identity of the male, and establish what exactly has happened. We have closed a section of Cockermouth while we carry out our enquiries. “I would like to reassure people that we don’t believe there is any danger to the public at this time, and thank local people for their patience while we undertake a thorough investigation. “At this early stage in the investigation I would urge anyone who was in the Globe Hotel last night between 11pm (Saturday night) and 2:30am (early hours of Sunday morning) to make contact with West Cumbria CID by contacting 101.”
The roads currently closed include:
- A section of Station Street (between Main Street and South Street)
- South Street to River Cocker
The areas within these boundaries are also closed. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
Carlisle's Nepalese community have been on the city's streets raising money for the victims of last month's earthquake.
More than 8,000 people died, thousands more are injured or homeless.
All the money raised will go directly to people in the worst-affected areas of the country.
A Cumbrian folk singer has brought a Gambian kora player to the UK where they will perform together to raise funds for his wife's hospital treatment.
Yankuba Conteh lost his daughter in a gas explosion earlier this year, and his wife was left badly burned.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
Last week's Keswick Mountain Festival raised £20,000 for victims of the Nepal earthquake.
The four-day event took place on the shore of Derwentwater and provided a feast of live music sport, outdoor activities and high profile speakers including Ray Mears, Jonny Brownlee and Leo Houlding.
£1 from the sale of each ticket bought at the festival was earmarked for Community Action Nepal (CAN) and when this money is added to other fundraising efforts and donations made during the festival it amounts to around £20,000.
CAN is a UK based charity set up by mountaineer Doug Scott in 1975 to help the mountain people of Nepal and is supported by mountaineers and mountain-lovers from across the globe.
The video below is all about about fundraising for CAN during the festival.
Mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott are inviting Cumbrians to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.
They're asking them to join a fundraising event on 12 June, where climbers will scale the height of Everest on Cumbria's only indoor ice wall.
The key thing is, you're doing it for such an important cause. Because Community Action Nepal has a large number of health posts and medical centres and schools throughout that area in Nepal.
And just about every single one of them has been destroyed."
Mountaineers from the region have today announced major fundraising plans to help the displaced victims of the Nepal earthquakes.
The plans were unveiled as Keswick gets ready to host the first Mountain Festival since the disaster.
The situation in Nepal is likely to dominate the festival as many of the climbers will know the country and its people well.
You can watch Fiona Marley Paterson's report on the preparations for the festival below.
Cumbrian mountaineers Doug Scott and Chris Bonnington have launched a 24-hour challenge to help survivors of the Nepal earthquakes.Read the full story ›
The Kendal Mountain Festival gets underway today.
Here's a list of some of the events and activities that are happening:
- Stand-up paddle boarding - 1:30pm
- Ghyll scrambling - 1:30pm
- Discover rock climbing - 5pm
- Catbells evening wander - 6pm
- Moonlit canoeing - 8pm
- Via Terrata Xtreme - 9:30pm
There will also be speakers at the Theatre by the Lake:
- Leo Houlding (climber and adventurer) - 9pm
- Doug Scott CBE (Mountaineer and charity worker) - 7:30pm
- Andy Kirkpatrick (climber, author and comedian) - 6pm
You can find the full list of activities here.
Keswick Mountain Festival is set to kick off today.
It's the first mountain festival, where leaders in climbing, mountaineering and outdoor sports will meet, since the Nepal earthquakes.
It's sent shock waves through the community, many of whom have a connection with the country as mountain ranges around Everest feature many popular climbing routes.
Organisers announced this week that £1 from the sale of each ticket bought over the festival weekend will be donated to Community Action Nepal.
Those going can expect live music, sport, outdoor activities and high profile speakers that include Ray Mears, Jonny Brownlee and Leo Houlding.
The four-day event, which has been running since 2007, takes place on the shore of Derwentwater and around Keswick.
Keswick Mountain Festival organisers have announced that £1 from the sale of tickets bought over the festival weekend will be donated to Community Action Nepal.
It applies to all festival entry tickets bought during the event from Thursday 11th May to Sunday 17th May.
Festival organisers say the earthquakes in Nepal have sent shock-waves through the mountain community and this is about doing their bit to support the country.
Community Action Nepal was founded by mountaineer Doug Scott who lives in Wigton in Cumbria. The money raised from the festival will be used for long term support, rebuilding and rehabilitation of remote mountain communities.