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  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 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.

    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. Hotel worker died after 'single fatal punch'

    A Lake District hotel worker died after he was struck with a "single fatal punch", a court has heard.

    Gordon Smith,  44, is said to have suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit by another man in Windermere.

    Mark Russell, 27, denies manslaughter following Mr Smith's death during the early hours of 1 July last year.

    On the first day of the trial today, Carlisle Crown Court heard that the two men had been drinking in the same Windermere hotel bar.

    Jurors heard that while Russell "admits the killing", he claims to have acted in self-defence.

    Prosecutor Francis McEntee told the court: "We say that he assaulted Mr Smith in a display of drunken machismo and further we say that the defendant's claim of self-defence is entirely inconsistent with the bragging behaviour that he displayed in the immediate aftermath of the killing."

    Mr Russell, previously of Holly Terrace, Windermere, was said to have told police immediately upon his arrest that he had been trying to defend himself.

    The trial continues.

  3. BreakingBody found in burnt-out caravan

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    A body has been found in a burnt-out caravan in Moor Road in Workington.   

    Police are investigating.

  4. Weather: Cloudy with rain

    BBC Weather

    Tonight the temperature will dip to 4C (39F) and it will become cloudy with a few spots of rain. 

    Tomorrow morning will also be cloudy with a few spots of rain. 

    See the forecast for your area here.

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  5. Inquiries continue following armed robbery at bookies

    Police are continuing their inquiries into an armed robbery that happened last night at a bookmaker's in Carlisle.

    Officers were called at 20:06 to the Coral betting shop in Old Raffles Parade.  Police say a man walked into the shop and threatened staff with a hand gun. The man left with an unspecified amount of money. No-one was hurt but the staff were left shaken by the incident. Armed police were deployed as a precaution.      Det Chief Insp Lesley Hanson says: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the staff and the members of the public in the bookmaker's. Thankfully nobody was hurt but understandably those present were left shaken. I would like to appeal to anyone with any information on this to contact us.”  

  6. West Cumbrian rail line not 'satisfactory'

    The local line linking Carlisle with West Cumbria and Barrow is far from satisfactory, the chairman of the Copeland Rail Users Group, Tony Potts, says.

    He claims single line stretches of track should be doubled, some tunnels need to be widened and more rolling stock is also needed.

    Meanwhile, the Labour MP for Workington, Sue Hayman, says a report by a public body that advises on transport in the north also overlooks key Cumbrian roads.   

    But the Conservative MP for Carlisle, John Stevenson, says the Government is investing in the county and that feasibility studies into upgrading the A66 and A69 roads are under way at the moment.

  7. Man to go on trial for attempted robbery

    A man who's accused of attempted robbery at a newsagents in west Cumbria has pleaded not guilty at Carlisle Crown Court. 

    Nathanial Rudd, of Robert Owen Place in Cleator Moor, also denied threatening two people with a kitchen knife. 

    The allegations follow an incident at Sproat's newsagents in Ennerdale Road last month. 

    The 27-year-old will go on trial later this year. 

  8. Weather: Dry and bright this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Mainly dry, with some brighter spells, with highs of up to 13C (55F). 

    Tonight the temperature will dip to 4C (39F). It will become cloudy with a few spots of rain.  

    See the forecast for your area here.

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  9. New sports facilities after floods

    Temporary athletics facilities are being built at a Carlisle school to accommodate sports clubs left homeless by the floods in December. 

    The main athletics venue at the Sheepmount near Carlisle Castle still can't be used. 


    Now the city council and Caldew School in Dalston have been awarded £25,000 from the Sport England Flood Relief Fund. 

    It'll be used to create an athletics track, training facilities and improved jumping and throwing areas. They're expected to be ready just after Easter.  

  10. Appeal launched to buy charity HQ in Penrith

    A Cumbrian charity that supports people with learning disabilities is trying to raise £200,000 to buy the building it uses at the moment. 

    Eden Mencap in Penrith has had to move premises three times in the last ten years because it is renting and the leases ran out. 

    It's now set up a 'Buy a Brick' campaign. People will be asked to donate the cost of a brick and the money will go towards the fundraising effort. 

    Jenny Sutton chairs the trustees. She says the charity's clients would benefit from continuity, adding: "You've got to bear in mind that they are living with long-term conditions, learning disabilities, or they may well be on the autistic spectrum, so they like routine."

  11. BreakingCarlisle Utd ban supporter following smoke evacuation

    BBC Sport

    Carlisle United have confirmed a male supporter has been banned from Brunton Park until the end of the season after a smoke grenade caused their match at Exeter City to be stopped.

    Saturday's game was halted after just nine minutes when smoke was seen coming from behind the Stagecoach Stand. The stand had to be evacuated.

    “The matter remains in the hands of the authorities, but we have taken this step to send a further message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated," Carlisle's media officer Andy Hall said in a statement on the club's website.

  12. Woman rescued minutes from drowning in her car

    A woman from Cumbria has been describing how she came within minutes of drowning in her car when she was caught in last December's floods. 

    Angela Richardson was driving home to Barrow at night when she turned on to an unfamiliar road near Kendal to try to avoid flood waters. 

    But what she thought was a shallow puddle turned out to be so deep it disabled her car, locking her inside as the water rose around her. She was eventually rescued by firefighters who have now been given an award by their chief fire officer.  

    Angela said: ""he back of the car was filling up but I was able to kneel on the back of the seat. But if they hadn't found me when they did, the car would have been full."

  13. Cumbrian shops caught selling alcohol and tobacco to children

    Six businesses in Cumbria have been caught selling tobacco and alcohol to children. 

    The police worked with trading standards officials to test 14 shops in Barrow, Keswick and Workington. 

    The 16-year-olds were able to buy e-cigarettes, tobacco products and alcohol without having to prove their age. 

    Two of the businesses have been fined £90. If they're caught again they could be given a bigger fine or lose their licence.