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  1. Updates on Friday 19 February 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

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

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel. 

    Have a great weekend and we 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. Weather: Rain clearing tonight but there will be more tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    The persistent rain will clear overnight leaving just a few wintry showers with lows of 6C (41F). 

    Tomorrow will be wet with heavy and persistent rain, moderate winds and highs of 8C (43F).

    See the forecast for your area here.

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  3. Callls for historic bridge to be repaired

    A packhorse bridge in Ambleside must be repaired as a matter of urgency, according to the local parish council. 

    The bridge in Rothay Park is used by thousands of locals and tourists every year according to Michael Johnson, clerk to the Lakes Parish Council. 

    In December the bridge, which is Grade II listed, and nearby stepping stones were damaged and it had to be closed. 

    It replaced a previous bridge which was itself washed away by floods in 1884.   

  4. Cumbria MEP expresses doubts over David Cameron's chances at EU summit

    The Prime Minister David Cameron has gone back into talks at the EU summit in Brussels, saying he would do everything he could to get an agreement on the reforms he wants. 

    When negotiations broke up at 05:00 this morning the Prime Minister said some progress had been made.

    Paul Nuttall is the deputy leader of the UK Independence Party, and is also one of Cumbria's Euro MEPs. He wants the UK to leave the EU. 

    He told BBC Radio Cumbria that there's no real renegotiation happening in his view. He said: "There's no renegotiation of the freedom of movement of people, no laws being handed back to this country and no renegotiation of the Common Agricultural and Fisheries policies. This renegotiation doesn't add up to a row of beans."   

  5. Cumbrian MP calls on the government to apply for flood aid

    The government must apply for EU flood funding by the end of next week or lose out on millions of pounds, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron says.

    He met senior members of the European Parliament earlier this week and presented a petition signed by more than 2,000 constituents calling on the UK government to apply for the money.

    He says: "It is utterly ridiculous that the government still hasn't applied for this money. It is clear that people in the affected communities are desperate for the government to apply and the EU is willing to provide the funds. 

    "It seems the Tories would rather short-change flood victims than stand up to their own Eurosceptic backbenchers."   

    In January, David Cameron said he hadn't ruled out asking for money from Europe but that in the meantime it was better to use Britain's own resources.

    Group of people
  6. Older and disabled people to be helped to stay in their own homes

    The woman in charge of Cumbria's finances has been outlining some of the changes that will take place as the county council aims to save more than £75m over the next three years. 

    The full council met yesterday to discuss next year's budget. 

    Householders are being told to expect a 4% increase in their council tax, about £47 on an average Band D home. 

    Some £5m is going to be cut from the funding that goes into looking after frail and disabled people.

    The council's deputy leader, Liberal Democrat Patricia Bell, says they want to help people stay in their own homes for longer "by working with charities and voluntary agencies we hope we can help people to stay fitter and secondly we want to help promote peoples' independence".

  7. 'Campaign being waged' against councillor over Poppi Worthington case

    The leader of Cumbria County Council says he's "extremely concerned" about "the campaigns being waged" against councillor Anne Burns over the case of Poppi Worthington from Barrow. 

    The council faced criticism from a family court judge for failing to follow the proper rules following 13-month-old Poppi's sudden death in December 2012

    Poppi Worthington

    During a full council meeting yesterday, Labour councillor Stuart Young made a statement about the case, giving his "full support" to Anne Burns, the cabinet member for children's services. 

    He reiterated that the service was not involved with Poppi or her family at the time of her death. 

    He also called on the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Local Safeguarding Children Board to publish their reports into Poppi's death so that "the full story can be told".  

  8. Travel: Accident on M6

    BBC Travel

    There's been an accident on the southbound carriageway of the M6 in Cumbria. 

    It's near junction 45, the turning for the M74. 

    See the latest travel news here.

  9. Your weather pictures: High Wray in the rain

    A rain-soaked photo of the sky over High Wray. Taken by bayleaf, one of our BBC Weather Watchers earlier today.

    See more photos here. 

  10. Trail will be provided alongside the damaged A591 near Thirlmere

    A trail that would allow walkers, cyclists and horse riders to bridge the gap in the A591 near Thirlmere could be ready for use in April.

    The problems caused by the floods have been eased slightly for some people with a temporary shuttle bus service now running between Keswick and Ambleside.

    But to help walkers, cyclists and horse riders, the National Park is working on a trail, which it says is an existing right of way on the west side of the A591.

    See more about this in the video below.

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      Meanwhile, work to repair and eventually re-open the road, is continuing.   

  11. Eden residents to see 1% hike in council tax

    Eden District Council is increasing council tax for residents.

    Householders will face a 1% rise, an increase of £1.85 a week for a Band D property.

    Eden District Council leader Kevin Beaty says: “Our budget for next year protects our services. 

    "This is a tremendous achievement, given the major grant reductions we have faced. It is because the Government has recently announced additional funding for rural areas."

  12. Sport: Barrow could field three new players at the weekend

    Three new players could make their debuts for Barrow against Braintree tomorrow in the National League. 

    Forwards Ben Tomlinson and Michael Donahue joined on loan ahead of last week's called off game at Eastleigh, while defender Dany Rowe signed yesterday from Wycombe.

  13. Man arrested over racist abuse at FA Cup match

    A man has been arrested after racist abuse was directed towards the players during Carlisle United's FA Cup fourth round tie with Everton. 

    The incident happened after Everton's first goal in the match at Brunton Park on 31 January. 

    An 18-year-old from Silloth was arrested and bailed.  

    The Toffees won the match 3-0.

  14. Hay meadows restoration to continue

    Work to restore Cumbria's hay meadows will continue for an extra six months. 

    The Cumbria Wildlife Trust says it has not yet spent all of the money it was given for the three year project.


    The Trust raised concerns about the state of Cumbria's hay meadows in 2005 when it found that just a fifth of sites identified in the 1980s were still in existence. 

    The hay meadows were considered to be in such decline that they were put on a list of the county's most vulnerable species and habitats. 

    The Trust then secured a grant of almost £500,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money is being used to restore at least 60 hectares of hay meadow.

  15. New rules for disposal of flood waste in Allerdale

    New arrangements have been made in Allerdale for the future removal of flood-damaged waste from homes and businesses.

    The rules on the disposal of building materials, such as plaster and plasterboard, were relaxed in the immediate aftermath of the floods, which meant the borough council could take this type of material as part of its normal collections.

    But this exemption has now ended and the council won't collect this material in future.

    Householders can take any bagged building waste to the local waste sites in Maryport, Workington or Wigton. 

    Any material produced by building contractors should be disposed of by them in the correct way as commercial waste..

    The council also offers a bulky waste collection for householders. Residents can have up to six items collected for £19.17. This includes items such as sofas, fridges and mattresses.

  16. Fifteen years since UK's worst foot and mouth outbreak

    It's 15 years since signs of foot-and-mouth disease were first discovered at an abattoir in Essex. It led to the UK's worst outbreak with six million farm animals being culled. 

    Nearly half of the infected farms were in Cumbria. 

    In 2001 William Little was a dairy farmer near Carlisle, and he remembers the toll the outbreak took on the whole county and says it was the worst time of his life.   

    He says "I don't care whether your farm got foot and mouth or it didn't, it was still a traumatic time".

    Dead animals
  17. Everyone 'should share the risk' of flooding insurance cost

    People in Cumbria could find their home insurance going up by £10.50 to help fund a scheme to provide cover for flood victims. 

    Properties that have been flooded cost more to insure and some people say they haven't been able to afford the premiums. 

    The government and the insurance industry have put together a scheme called Flood Re, which will start in April. 

    This will allow companies to offer cheaper insurance because they won't have to carry the risk.

    Flood Re chief executive Brendan McCafferty told BBC Radio Cumbria he believes even people whose homes are not likely to flood should have to make a financial contribution. 

    He says: "We share the risk together, so if I leave my window open and am burgled I'm still covered by insurance, so that's the nature of insurance."