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  1. Updates on Tuesday 8 March 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across 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.

    Until 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. Blue Peter presenter 'scared' to write her first book

    A former Blue Peter presenter appearing at a Keswick literary festival today says she was scared to write her first book. 

    Janet Ellis will give a talk at Keswick's Words by the Water about her first novel called The Butcher's Hook.

    The author says her agent encouraged her to send the book off to publishers under a pseudonym. 

    "When he first suggested it I was horrified because I said 'I have written all that and it wasn't easy and I don't think anyone else should take the credit for it!' But he rightly said you are not mega famous but on the other hand you have done things in the past that people associate you with."  

  3. Virtual fracture clinic for North Cumbrian patients

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    A new virtual fracture clinic at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is reducing the need for hospital visits.

    Patients who suffer minor fractures or broken bones can be treated in one visit without the need for a follow up appointment. 

    When they go to Accident and Emergency digital x-rays are taken and their injury is treated with a splint, plaster cast or sling. The x-rays are then reviewed the next day. In roughly half of cases the patient does not need to return to the hospital. 

    An increase in the number of splints has also reduced the need for patients to make a trip to the hospital to have their plaster casts removed. 

    X rays
  4. Your pictures

    This stunning image was taken by Mat Lindsay while looking down on Grasmere from Loughrigg Fell.

  5. Midwives face misconduct hearing

    Alex Worsick

    Reporter, North West Tonight

    Two midwives involved in poor maternity care at Barrow's hospital are facing misconduct charges at the Nursing and Midwifery Council today. 

    Gretta Dixon and Catherine McCullough were among those who looked after Joshua Titcombe's mother before he was born in 2008. He later died from an infection passed on by his mother.

    His father, James Titcombe, told the NMC hearing he distinctly remembers telling hospital staff he and his wife had been feeling unwell.  

  6. Weather: Rain overnight with more tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    There'll be heavier rain overnight, with snow on the fells. The winds will become strong. Temperatures will stay around 3C (37F). 

    Tomorrow will get off to a wet and windy start, but should brighten up later in the day. But it will still be chilly, with highs of just 5C (41F). 

    See the forecast for your area here.

    Weather graphic
  7. Questions over driverless lorries

    Questions remain over plans for a possible trial of driverless lorries on the motorway through Cumbria. 

    An announcement during the budget is expected to offer funding for the trial involving groups of up to ten lorries travelling closely behind each other on the M6, with only the first one steered by a human. 

    It's hoped it will reduce fuel usage and congestion, and speed up deliveries. But the details are still unclear.  

  8. Painted sheep to raise money for Cumbria charity

    The Calvert Trust hopes to raise £100,000 from an auction of these sheep later this year - but before that they will be popping up across the county. 

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  9. Lib Dems call for specialist shops for cannabis

    The Liberal Democrats say allowing specialist shops to sell cannabis could raise more than £1bn in tax revenue for the government.

    Cannabis is currently a class B drug and possession can carry a five-year prison sentence. 

    The party's leader and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, says prohibition of the drug has failed and it's time to try something new.   

  10. Weather: Cloudy with rain this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Mostly cloudy, with light, patchy rain - possibly wintry showers on the fells. Temperatures will reach 7C (45F) in moderate winds. 

    See the forecast for your area here. 

    Weather graphic
  11. Lake District nominated for World Heritage status

    Efforts to secure World Heritage Site status for the Lake District have reached a crucial stage. 

    The area has been confirmed as the UK's only submission for 2017.

    It's being entered in the category of cultural landscapes. If it's successful, the Lake District would be Cumbria's second World Heritage Site, the other being Hadrian's Wall.   

  12. Cumbrian climber features on TV

    Cumbrian climber Gwen Moffat is on Look North later today. She won an award from the British Mountaineering Council recently.

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  13. Man charged over attempted shop robberies

    A man from Carlisle has been charged after staff at three city businesses were threatened with a knife. 

    Martin Bainbridge, from Port Road, is facing two counts of attempted robbery, and one count of robbery. 

    The charges are connected with alleged incidents at Bargain Booze in Central Avenue, Peking Chef on Petteril Bank Road and Pizza Hut on London Road. 

     The 32-year-old appeared before magistrates today and was remanded in custody. 

  14. Report on green energy is 'flawed'

    A report that puts Allerdale at the top of a regional table for generating and using green energy has been criticised for not comparing "like with like". 

    Environmental think tank Green Alliance says nearly 87% of the energy used in the borough comes from wind, biomass, solar and anaerobic digestion. 

    Mike Hall from Friends of the Eden, Lakeland and Lunesdale Scenery. says the figures are flawed as many renewable energy schemes are not allowed within the National Parks. He says this has the affect of making Allerdale look far more successful than say South Lakeland. 

  15. Travel: Delays in Brough

    BBC Travel

    Heavier than usual traffic on the A66 westbound in Brough between the A685 junction and the Warcop turn off junction. 

    See more traffic news here.