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  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 March 2016

Live Reporting

By Nell Dunn

All times stated are UK

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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 or via our Facebook page

  2. Budget 2016: Where the flood defence money will be spent in Cumbria

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    The Chancellor has announced he's given the go ahead to new flood defence schemes in areas across the north of England. 

    George Osborne used today's budget to unveil a £700m funding increase for "flood defences and resilience". 

    Only a small part of the £700m will be for Cumbria - we're waiting to hear exactly how much.

    I've just spoken to the Treasury and they've told me the flood defence schemes will be in Kendal, Appleby, Flimby, Eamont Bridge, Wigton, Pooley Bridge, Rickerby Park and Braithwaite. 

    Overall they’ll protect 1,745 properties. 

  3. Woman describes alleged fatal punch as 'primeval'

    A woman has described how a punch that allegedly killed a Lake District hotel worker sounded "primeval".

    Mark Russell, 27, denies manslaughter following the death of Gordon Smith last July in Windermere.

    Lorraine Puzzau told police that she couldn't believe the noise and the force of the punch. "The sound that came from the pit of his (Russell's) stomach,was primeval. I couldn't believe the noise. I couldn't believe the force. He (Mr Smith) just crumpled as if he had been knocked out."

    When initially interviewed by police after the death of Gordon Smith, Lorraine Puzzau didn't say that she saw the fatal blow. However, she later contacted officers to tell them she had in fact witnessed the alleged attack in the early hours of 1 July last year.

    Russell, previously of Holly Terrace, Windermere, admits the killing but claims he acted in self-defence. 

    The trial at Carlisle Crown Court continues.

  4. Weather: Becoming cloudier, frost possible overnight

    BBC Weather

    Becoming cloudier again overnight with some mist and fog along coastal parts. 

    A touch of frost is possible, with lows of around 3C (37F). 

    Tomorrow will be a cloudy but largely dry day with limited sunny spells, highs of 7C (45F). 

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

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  5. Video: Walking along one of the most damaged parts of the Coast to Coast

    Sian Hall

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Urgent repair works are needed to part of the world famous Coast to Coast route in Cumbria.

    A crowd funding campaign has been set up by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership to raise money for the work.

    Here's some footage from the Nine Nine Standards Rigg, above Kirkby Stephen, which is one of the worst areas of the trail.

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  6. A county of extreme temperatures...

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    We really do live in a county of extremes. Today we've made it into the top 5 UK Cold Spots and top 5 UK Hot Spots on BBC Weather website!

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  7. Flood-damaged bridge re-opens

    The bridge near Old Hutton, St Sunday Bridge, has re-opened today. It was damaged in the floods in December.

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  8. Video: How the Budget will affect you

    Some of the key tax and spending announcements from George Osborne's 2016 Budget, are set out by Huw Edwards, soon after the chancellor delivered his speech.    

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    Video caption: Some of the key announcements from George Osborne's 2016 Budget
  9. Budget 2016 in words and numbers

    The Chancellor's speech was 9,223 words long. 

    "Next generation" was a key theme and a phrase used 18 times by Mr Osborne. 

    Here's a word cloud created by our BBC Politics colleagues who are live reporting on all the reaction to the budget.

    Word cloud of budget
  10. Roads cash announcement 'allows long-term dualling'

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    One Conservative tells me the A66/A69 announcement in the Budget is a commitment to long-term dualling - but it will allow scope for some improvements pre-2020.    

  11. Cumbrian wedding venue named 'top 100' in the world

    The former family home of the Earls of Lonsdale has been named as one of the top 100 wedding venues “in the UK and abroad” by a bridal magazine.

    Brides, the UK’s best-selling wedding magazine , has included Askham Hall near Penrith in its annual guide of the best wedding venues. 

    Askham Hall
  12. Chancellor pledges more money for Cumbria flood repairs

    The government will allocate more money to help Cumbria recover from the floods, Chancellor George Osborne says.

    In the Budget documents, it says there will be an additional £130m to repair roads and bridges in Cumbria, West Yorkshire, Northumberland, Greater Manchester, Durham and North Yorkshire 

    The government will also invest up to £25m in flood defences in Carlisle "once the Environment Agency has concluded a review of its needs".

    This is part of an extra £700m for flood defences by 2020-21 funded by a rise in the standard rate of Insurance Premium Tax by 0.5 percentage points.

  13. Will the A66 and A69 be revamped?

    Here's some more detail from the Budget about the infrastructure improvements announced by George Osborne.

    Mr Osborne told The Commons: "My honourable friends for Carlisle, Penrith and Hexham have told us not to neglect the north Pennines, so we'll upgrade the A66 and A69 too."

    However the full Treasury document says there will be £75m "to fast-track development of major new road schemes including on the M60, A66 and A69 and Trans-Pennine tunnel".

    It says this money is to "develop a business case for these schemes by the end of the year" and the "options to enhance" the roads.

    So it seems to be slightly less than a cast-iron commitment to definitely improve them.

  14. Your photos: Blue skies and sun

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Ambleside Maggie' for this photograph taken this morning.

    If you have any photographs you'd like to share with us you can email them to

  15. Budget 2016: A66 'to be upgraded'

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    The Chancellor pledges to upgrade the A66 and A69 - there will be close attention to the detail on that - finance and the timetable.     

  16. BreakingOsborne to increase flood defence cash

    Chancellor George Osborne says he will increase the standard rate of insurance premium tax to boost flood defence funding by the tune of £700m.

    He says he will improve schemes across Cumbria.

    Follow Budget 2016 live here.