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  1. Updates on Thursday 3 March 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. 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 cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk or via our Facebook page

  2. Weather: Warning for snow overnight

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow from 21:00 tonight until 15:00 tomorrow afternoon. Most will fall on the higher levels, other parts will have sleet or rain. Temperatures overnight will dip to 2C (36F) 

    Tomorrow will get off to a chilly start with highs of 5C (41F) and wintry showers. 

    See the forecast in your area here.

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  3. Part of Settle to Carlisle line could be closed for a year

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    Engineers have confirmed they will be building a mini viaduct underneath the railway line at Eden Brows near Armathwaite. 

    The affected part of the Settle to Carlisle line has been closed for some weeks following a landslip during the recent floods. 

    With the land still moving and the location difficult to access, Network Rail says the work could take more than a year to complete. 

  4. 'We stand alongside women' says abuse support group

    Barrow has the highest rate of domestic abuse in the county, with a fifth of reported cases coming from the town. 

    Rebecca Rawlings runs Women's Community Matters in Cumbria. Part of its work involves helping victims of domestic abuse.

    She says "we always say we haven't got all the answers, we're not experts but what we will do is stand alongside women while they work out for themselves what changes they want to make." 

    A conference is being held in Barrow today to look at other ways of supporting victims.

  5. Couple 'bewildered' after flood claim was rejected

    A couple say their hopes of returning to their flood-damaged home this year may be over because their insurance company refuses to pay their claim. 

    Sarah Walker and her husband were flooded out of their home in Carlisle late last year. 

    But they were then told by insurers that their policy was invalid because they had failed to explain their home had previously flooded. 

    Sarah Walker denies this saying that the firm was told when they bought the property that the house had been damaged in 2005. 

    She says  "It just makes me feel bewildered. They're supposed to act in your best interests as a customer. It's very frustrating."

  6. Your weather pictures: Clouds over Millom

    BBC Weather Watchers

    This stunning photo in the Millom area was taken by BBC Weather Watcher "Dave's View" earlier today.

    See more photos here.

    Coastal area
  7. Council cuts: Who gets the help to cushion the blow?

    Cumbria is one of the counties that will get additional funding from the government to help it cope with impending cuts.

    Councils are sharing an extra £300m of government cash. 

    BBC News looks at why some are getting far more per person than others.  

    See the full story here.

  8. Farmer crushed by cattle rescued by air ambulance

    A farmer from Kirkby Stephen has been flown to hospital after being crushed against a wall by cattle. 

    The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called out at 08:00 this morning to help the 71-year-old man who had sustained head, face, chest and abdominal injuries. 

     His condition is said to be serious but stable.  

  9. Plans for more than 550 homes in Penrith approved

    Plans to build more 550 homes on the edge of Penrith, along with a school and community centre, have been approved today. 

    Developer Persimmon homes has been given outline permission to build on land at Carleton Heights, to the north east of the town. 

    Eden council's planning committee gave the scheme the green light after reassurances the land would be properly drained, but the developer will still need to come back with more detailed plans before building can take place.   

  10. Work at Eamont Bridge continues

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    The A6 has been closed since the floods in December while repair work is carried out. Here's an update from the county council today.

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  11. Weather: Dry with wintry showers later

    Dry for a while, before clouding over later with more showers. Temperatures will reach 7C (45F). 

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow, from 21:00 tonight until 15:00. Most will fall on the higher levels, other parts will have sleet or rain. 

    See the forecast for your area here.

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  12. Cumbrian climber 'surprised' by awarding of honour

    More on the story we told you about earlier - A 91-year-old woman from Penrith has been awarded an honorary membership of the British Mountaineering Council. 

    Gwen Moffat was the first British female mountaineering guide in 1953 and she hasn't stopped climbing since. 

    A film made about her life has already won nine awards around the world. 

    She says: "It's an honour. I'm surprised I've been chosen. Surprised that people think so much of what I've done."   

    Mountain
  13. Shap flood victims working together

    People in Shap near Penrith, where about 30 properties were flooded by Storm Desmond, are now working together to try to protect their homes. 

    Water would usually drain off into streams feed into the River Eden. But villagers have raised concerns about drainage in the village and on the West Coast Main Rail Line, which runs beside Shap.

    Cumbria County Council, Network Rail and United Utilities have been invited to be part of the group which hopes to find the cause of the flood before putting a solution in place.

    Flooded home

    The chairman of Eden Parish Council, Jean Jackson, was one of the victims there. 

    She says "these are all the people who we think would be able to make improvements which would prevent it happening again".

  14. Coping with floods easier when 'many people have had it so much worse'

    BBC Cumbria

    A woman from Keswick whose home and holiday cottage business was flooded in December says some of her customers have already booked for 2017. 

    Chris Guy says the clean-up has been difficult but she has kept strong by "knowing how many people have had it so much worse and partly by watching the national news and seeing the plight of refugees from places like Syria, they would love to have my life."   

    We are reflecting on the aftermath of Storm Desmond three months on today.

  15. £2m now been given to flood victims

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

    Some £2m has now been given to flood victims in the county following the devastation caused by Storm Desmond. 

    The Cumbria Community Foundation says another £300,000 has been given to community groups which are helping to rebuild or replace sporting and social facilities. 

    So far £5.7m has been raised for the Flood Recovery Appeal.

    Today we are reflecting on how Cumbria is recovering from Storm Desmond three months on.

  16. Insurer being 'incredibly harsh' to flood victims

    The Cumbria Flood Forum says the insurance claims of some flood victims are being rejected because of honest mistakes by the homeowner. 

    The insurance underwriter, Integra, has refused to pay out because people did not say they were living in a flood risk area. 

    But Paul Hendy from the Cumbria Flood Forum says people believed their homes were protected because of the defences that had been put in place after the county was hit in 2005, and says Integra is being "incredibly harsh".

    The company says it doesn't comment on individual cases. 

  17. Flood forum says some insurance companies still refusing to pay out

    Homeowners are facing uncertain futures because the insurance underwriter Integra is refusing to pay out on scores of claims, according to the Cumbria Flood Forum. 

    It says claims are being declared void because of honest mistakes being made by people filling out their insurance forms. 

    One of those who fell foul of the rules was Jonny Forsyth. He lives in his flood damaged home in Carlisle with his wife and four children. 

    His claim was refused because he failed to say he lived in a flood-risk area. But he says his home had not flooded before Storm Desmond. And he says there are many others in a similar position. 

    A spokesperson for Integra says it doesn't comment to the media about individual cases.

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