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  1. Updates on Friday 11 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 week. 

    Have a great weekend. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Monday. 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: Cloudy overnight and patchy rain tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It'll be cloudy overnight with mist and fog that should keep temperatures above freezing. There may be rain in the early hours. 

    Tomorrow will be cloudy with patchy rain and highs of 10C (50F). 

    See the forecast for your area here.

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  3. Man collapses on A591 shuttle bus

    A man in his 60s collapsed while on the shuttle bus which is currently bridging the gap on the damaged stretch of the A591 near Thirlmere.

    The Great North Air Ambulance was called out just before lunchtime today. But after treatment the man from Liverpool was taken to Keswick Hospital by road.

  4. CCTV released in connection to yard lead theft

    Police are investigating a burglary at a builder’s yard in Station Yard in Grange-over-Sands.

    The incident is thought to have happened on 21 February. CCTV shows the suspects leaving the area at 19:00 before returning at 23:00.

    A large quantity of lead was stolen.

    Police would like to speak to the men in the images.

    Anyone with information should call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC Ainsley, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  5. Disappointment at failure to sign devolution deal for Cumbria

    The leader of the Conservative group on Cumbria County Council says he's hugely disappointed a devolution deal for the county hasn't been agreed. 

    James Airey's comments follow council leaders' decision not to sign up to an offer from the government to devolve power and funding from central government to the county. 

    Peter Thornton, the leader of South Lakeland Council, says he wasn't given enough time to consider the deal before the deadline to agree to it had passed, but that he's still prepared to negotiate with the government.

  6. Police operation leads to 20 arrests

    Police in South Cumbria have made 20 arrests as part of a two-week crackdown.

    Officers focused on criminals "who target the most vulnerable in our communities, such as drug dealers and burglars". 

    During the week 12  addresses were searched and drugs such as heroin, cannabis and cocaine were seized with a street value of £72,000. 

    There was also £20,000 of cash and £1,500 of stolen property seized.

    Of the arrests made, seven offenders were charged, six released on bail, three given a caution, and four released with no further action to be taken.  

    They also dealt with a number of vehicle offences and visited a number of licensed premises with Trading Standards. 

  7. Dairy farming is a 'very challenging environment'

    The financial challenges in milk production are among the issues being discussed at an event for diary farmers in Carlisle today. 

    The Total Dairy Expo was held for the first time last year at the Borderway Mart and returns at a time when some producers say they're being forced to leave the industry. 

    They say the cost of production isn't covered by the price they're paid for their milk. 

    One of today's speakers is Will Tulley from the Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy in Penrith. 

     He says events like the Expo are a good way of farmers getting together as "it's a very challenging environment, it's very easy for them to become quite despondent so I think it's a great opportunity to meet with other farmers and get some mutual support". 

  8. Man 'lucky to be alive' after fall in Lake District

    A man who fell off Striding Edge on Helvellyn has been described as "lucky to be alive" by mountain rescuers. 

    Volunteers from the Patterdale and Penrith teams were called out yesterday afternoon. 

    The man was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle by helicopter. 

    The leader of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, Mike Blakey, says conditions on Helvellyn are still very wintry and walkers should be properly equipped, with an ice axe and crampons. 

  9. Carlisle Trampoline Club 'one of best in the region'

    The Carlisle Trampoline Club has been judged the Best in the North of England. 

    The North East Gymnastics Association awarded the accolade in recognition of the club's success in competitions, and dedication to the sport. 

    Nineteen team members will be competing on Sunday to represent the club and the North of England in the National Development Programme finals.

  10. Challenging times for dairy farmers

    The financial challenges in milk production will be among the issues being discussed at an event for dairy farmers in Carlisle today. 

    The Total Dairy Expo was held for the first time last year at the Borderway Mart and returns at a time when some farmers are being forced to sell up. 

  11. Salmon numbers declining in West Cumbria

    The West Cumbria Rivers Trust has made a film showing salmon spawning in the Lake District.

    It includes footage of a hen salmon (female) creating a hollow in which to lay her eggs.

    Salmon populations on the River Derwent system have declined very rapidly over the last few years, and the Trust is working in partnership with other organisations to improve habitat for salmon and other aquatic species.

    See the film here.

  12. Man with 152 offences on criminal record jailed

    A man who broke into a house in west Cumbria while a woman was asleep inside has been jailed. 

    Nicky Petre stole equipment, including a lap top, from the property at West View Walk in Workington. 

    He denied burglary, but was found guilty following a trial at Carlisle Crown Court. 

    The 39-year-old, who lives at Bounty Avenue in Maryport, was sentenced to three years in prison. The court was told his criminal record now runs to 152 offences.

  13. Council leader hits out at doubt over Cumbrian devolution

    The leader of Eden District Council has hit out news that a proposed deal to devolve powers and funding to Cumbria could be under threat.   

    Conservative councillor Kevin Beaty said: “The government have offered to commit hundreds of millions of pounds into the local economy for the next 30 years and £35m towards urgently needed flood resilience in our communities over the coming months. 

    "By not agreeing to sign the deal document the other leaders are not only risking this much needed investment into Cumbria but are denying the people of Cumbria and the councillors they elected the chance to discuss and decide how we wish to be governed because that is the next stage in the process."

  14. Tree planting 'can reduce flooding'

    Roger Harrabin

    BBC environment analyst

    Planting trees around rivers could reduce the height of flooding in towns by up to 20%, new research suggests.

    A study for the Environment Agency concludes that trees round a feeder stream can slow the rush of rainwater and save properties from flooding.

    But it warns that natural flood prevention methods do not always work.

    See the full article here.

  15. Vigil to be held in Whitehaven over nuclear plant plans

    A group opposed to the building of a nuclear power plant near Sellafield is  using the anniversary of the Fukishima disaster to highlight its potential dangers. 

    Five years ago the plant in Japan suffered a series of meltdowns following an earthquake and tsunami.

    Radiation Free Lakeland will hold a vigil at the harbour in Whitehaven to remember the disaster and oppose plans to build a nuclear facility at Moorside.