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  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 March 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    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 cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk or via our Facebook page

  2. Weather: Patchy rain through the evening and night

    BBC Weather

    It may brighten up at times this afternoon but there will be a few patches of drizzle about. 

    Moderate winds and highs of 6C (43F).

    The rain will become patchy overnight with lows of 2C (36F).

    Tomorrow will be drier with sunny spells. It will be milder, with highs of 8C (46F).

    You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

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  3. Tomorrow's fells forecast: Cold, cloudy and windy

    If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells tomorrow, here's the forecast:

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (1,000m):  -1C (30F).
    • Winds: Fresh or strong north-easterly, gusts 40mph, easing moderate south-easterly by afternoon. 
    • Cloud: Broken cloud down to 1,300ft (400m), becoming more scattered through the day. 
    • Visibility: Mostly good, locally poor in hill fog. 
    • Freezing level: 2,000-2,600 feet (600-800m).
  4. Blind veteran to tackle second 100km walking challenge

    An ex-soldier from Egremont is hoping to break his own record on a charity walk this summer. 

    Darren Blanks has a rare genetic disease which has taken away most of his sight. 

    He's hoping to walk 100km from London to Brighton for Blind Veterans UK in under 20 hours - shaving five hours off his 2014 time.

    Darren Blanks (right) on the 100k walk in 2014
  5. Whitehaven woman jailed after stealing £13,000 from pensioner

    A woman who stole almost £13,000 from a vulnerable pensioner has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. 

    Rebecca Collier from Fleswick Avenue in Whitehaven took money from the man in his 70s over a 14-month period. 

    After making one trip with him to withdraw money, Collier took him back home and locked him in while she went on a spending spree.

    The 44-year-old had denied six charges of theft but after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court last month, a jury convicted her of three offences.

  6. Storm Desmond flood victims 'will need help into 2017'

    Victims of the Storm Desmond floods in Cumbria will need help into 2017, trustees of an appeal fund have warned.

    More than 5,500 properties were flooded last December - three times the figure of the last major floods in 2009.

    So far the Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal has raised £5.7m, with £2.5m already distributed to those in need.

    Clear-up after Storm Desmond
  7. Your photos: Blue skies over Workington

    Thanks to our BBC Weather Watcher 'Michael's Meadow' from Workington for this photograph he took earlier today.

    If you have any photographs you'd like to share with us you can email them to cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk

    Workington
  8. Weather: Drier and brighter afternoon

    A drier and brighter afternoon to come. 

    Moderate winds and highs of 5C (41F).  

    Tonight there'll be clear spells and a frost. Lows of 2C (36F).

    You can see the latest weather for where you live here.

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  9. Junior doctors on strike in Cumbria

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    Junior doctors in Cumbria have joined their colleagues across England and have gone on strike for the third time this year in a dispute about pay and conditions. 

    Health officials have said that the strike is "taking its toll on the NHS".

    Here's the picket line outside the Cumberland Infirmary earlier today.

    Junior doctors strike outside the Cumberland Infirmary
  10. Elderly woman from Brampton flown to hospital after fall

    An 87-year-old woman has been flown to hospital today after falling down some stairs.

    The Great North Air Ambulance were called to the woman's home in Brampton just outside Carlisle at 9:00 this morning. 

     She was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with head and hand injuries. 

    Great North Air Ambulance in field
  11. Girl airlifted to hospital from Kendal

    A three-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after she stopped breathing.  

    The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the incident in Kendal on Monday 12:00.

    The team treated the girl at the scene alongside paramedics from North West Ambulance Service. 

    She was then flown to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and received treatment throughout the flight. She arrived in a stable condition.

  12. Barrow bidding to extend Donohue's loan stay

    BBC Cumbria

    Barrow manager Paul Cox has revealed he's approached Everton in a bid to extend winger Michael Donohue's loan stay with the club.

  13. Dairy farmers say mood 'is pretty bleak at the moment'

    BBC Cumbria

    There's a warning that dairy farmers are being forced out of the industry because of falling milk prices. 

    Dairy herds are being sold off as farmers leave the industry. 

    Today in Cockermouth, just short of 60 dairy cows will be sold at auction. 

    Robert Craig is a dairy farmer in the Eden Valley. He says the mood among farmers is bleak:

    Quote Message: The vast majority of Cumbrian dairy farmers are receiving a fairly poor price for their milk at the moment, probably two-thirds of the cost it takes to produce it, so as you can imagine the mood is pretty dire at the moment." from Robert Craig Dairy farmer
    Robert CraigDairy farmer
  14. Dad with brain tumour campaigns for more research funding

    A man from Whitehaven who has an incurable brain tumour is adding his voice for calls for more money to go into finding a cure. 

    Brain tumours kill more children and young adults than any other cancer, but just 1% of funding for cancer research is invested in that field. 

    Today, Christopher Todd will join others to campaign outside Westminster. His daughter, Vicky, has raised more than £15,000 so far and says she won't stop until a cure is found.

    Christopher Todd with daughter Vicky