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  1. Updates on Monday 15 February 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Updates for Cumbria have now finished - thank you for joining us.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, weather and travel and hope you can join us then. 

    If you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.       

  2. A cold and frosty night

    It will be a cold evening and night with long clear spells and light winds.

    A widespread frost is expected as temperatures dip below zero.

  3. Deaf athlete hopes to go for gold

    A Carlisle woman is hoping to compete for a medal at the World Deaf Athletics, if she can raise the cash to get there.

    Javelin thrower Colette Doran, a Great Britain record holder, has her eye on a gold medal at the championships in Bulgaria in June.

    The support worker with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Community Rehabilitation Service already has to fund her own transport to train in Wigan, after the Sheepmount sports ground was flooded in December. 

    Colette Doran

     The 32-year-old, who has been deaf from birth, said: "My dream has been to represent and always work hard for my country but not being able to finance the travel and training required needed may stop me from achieving this."   

  4. Your photos: Sun shines on Whitehaven harbour

    Thanks to Margaret Sykes from Egremont who sent us this photo of Whitehaven harbour taken at lunchtime.

    Whitehaven Harbour

    If you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.     

  5. Discussing the role of social media in business in Cumbria

  6. Rapist warned of 'substantial' jail term.

    A man has been found guilty of raping a young woman in Carlisle.

    Wayne Hilton, of Ewanrigg Road, Maryport, had denied the offence which took place in the early hours of 1 March.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard that the victim had woken in the bedroom of a friend's house and found him having sex with her.

    The judge warned 40-year-old Hilton that he faced a "substantial sentence of imprisonment" when he returned for sentencing in March.

  7. Cemeteries to by tidied for Spring

    Maintenance work is under way to prepare cemeteries in part of Cumbria for spring.

    Copeland Council, which operates cemeteries in Whitehaven, Hensingham, Millom, Nether Wasdale and Beckermet, along with Distington Hall Crematorium, has begun tidying up in advance of the grass cutting season.

    The council said it would also be removing out-of-date Christmas wreaths and decorations from graves.

    Whitehaven Cemetery
  8. Promotor sought for jazz festival

    The future of the Jennings Keswick Jazz Festival could be in doubt with Theatre by the Lake announcing that it will no longer be able manage it after 2016.

    Although the event will go ahead as planned in May, the theatre said it was no longer able to bear the responsibility for future ones.

    Patric Gilchrist, Theatre by the Lake's executive director, said: "The present arrangement is unsustainable for the theatre and there has to be change if the festival is to survive. 

    "We hope to find an experienced and enthusiastic promotor who can devise a credible business plan to take the festival forward and ensure its financial stability."

  9. Police issue car theft warning

  10. Video: Farmer says it will take him years to recover after floods

    The damage caused to his fields will cost him thousands.David Martin is one of about 650 farmers in Cumbria who were affected by the floods in December. David says he knows it will take years to fully recover.  

    Watch the video from North West Tonight here.

    David Martin
  11. Lorry driver admits causing road death

    A lorry driver has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

    Kathleen Bellas died in a collision between her Ford Focus and the HGV, which was travelling on the wrong side of the A6 at Shap on 12 January.

    Kathleen Bellas

    Adam Rybicki, 52, and from Poland, was bailed and will be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court in March.

  12. Price drop at city centre car park

    Carlisle City Council has dropped the price of parking at one of its city centre car parks in a bid to encourage people to stay longer and boost trade.

    It follows an increase in popularity of the facility in Upper Viaduct, after flooding in December put the pay and display machines our of order.

    These are now back in action, but to encourage continued use of the car park, it will now be between 20p and 50p cheaper depending on the length of stay.

  13. Will Young to play racecourse

    Will Young has been announced as the healdine act for this year's An Evening at the Races at Carlisle Racecourse on 2 July.

    The singer said: "‘I’m really looking forward to playing outside under the sunny skies at Carlisle Racecourse, I always have so much fun at the races."

    Will Young
  14. Campaign targets illegal off-roaders

    Police in Cumbria have cracked down on illegal off-road motorcyclists

    The force has been working with the Lake District National Park Authority, the Forestry Commission and the National Trust, to target the anti-social behaviour, which is damaging areas of fell and forest in the south of the county.

    A two-day operation resulted in six riders being spoken to and a number of warning letters sent out to keepers of suspected transport vehicles.

  15. Weather: A cold but dry afternoon with sunny spells

    It will be a cold but dry afternoon with plenty of long sunny spells throughout. 

    Maximum Temperature: 5C (41F)

    weather graphic
  16. Entries sought for 'unique' book awards

    Authors are being invited to submit their latest works for the Lakeland Book of the Year awards. 

    The event, described by organisers as unique and the most prestigious literary award outside London, has been running for 32 years.

    It is open to established authors and new writers, but to be eligible they must have a link with Cumbria and have been published in 2015.

    Prizes will be presented at a charity lunch on 6 July, which will also raise money for the Cumbria Flood Appeal.

  17. Opening date for West Coast Mainline reopening

    A major railway line between Scotland and England will reopen next week, following a seven week closure, Network Rail has announced.

    The West Coast Mainline was closed north of Carlisle after storm damage severely weakened a viaduct.

    Viaduct works

    A shuttle bus service has been in operation, adding about an hour to journey times between London and Glasgow.

  18. Flood-hit pub to reopen

    A pub in Carlisle which was damaged during Storm Desmond is reopening later.

    Up to 5ft of flood water swept through the Joiners Arms in Church Street in December. It was the second time the property had been hit by flooding.

    Joiners Arms pub

    Customers helped to move stock during the floods, which "minimised damage" landlady Marion Jones said.

  19. Tim Farron pays tribute to peer

    Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has paid tribute to the longest-serving peer and veteran human rights campaigner Lord Avebury, who died at the age of 87.

    Born Eric Lubbock, he became Liberal MP for Orpington in 1962 when he won a by-election with a huge 22% swing from the Conservatives.

    Lord Avebury

    MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Mr Farron said he was a "true Liberal", "great campaigner" and "committed internationalist".