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  1. Updates on Tuesday 22 March 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    Live updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    You can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.    

  2. Weather: Cloudy tonight but frost possible in some areas

    BBC Weather

    Mostly cloudy tonight with possibly the odd spot of rain in the west. Some clear spells in the south and east leading to a possibility of isolated ground frost and patchy mist. The minimum temperature will be 4C (39F).

    Tomorrow morning will be mostly dry but cloud will continue to thicken from the west with some patchy rain likely, particularly in the southwest of Cumbria. Light winds with a maximum temperature of 8C (46F).

    See the forecast for your area here.

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  3. Drugs raids in West Cumbria see 10 properties targeted

    Cumbria Police have carried out dawn raids across the west of the county leading to three arrests and the seizure of heroin, cannabis and amphetamines. 

    Ten properties were targeted in total, with the police hoping further intelligence gathering will lead to more arrests.

    Det Insp Dan St. Quentin says: "I hate drug dealers and if people come and tell us about them then we will deal with it and that's what we've done today. That's what our communities of West Cumbria want."

  4. Children in Need cash for charity that works with bereaved youngsters

    A charity has been given £90,000 to extend its work with bereaved children in Cumbria. 

    BBC Children in Need has awarded the grant to Child Bereavement UK, which says demand has grown in the county. 

    The money will help pay for three support workers for South Lakeland, Eden and Carlisle. 

    The charity says it will be able to reach up to 140 children and their families each year by 2018. 

  5. Fraud investigation at Britain's Energy Coast in Cumbria

    Allegations of financial fraud at Britain's Energy Coast, the organisation set up to attract investment to west Cumbria, are being investigated. 

    The organisation gets its money from a mixture of public and private sources. 

    Its new chief executive, Michael Pemberton, says he asked for an audit when he took over and a "historical financial discrepancy" has been discovered.

    The information has been handed over to the police. 

  6. Your pictures: A glorious tree near Windermere

    Thank you to Alan from Staveley near Kendal for sending us this stunning photo taken from Bannerigg near Windermere recently. 


    If you've taken a good snap you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.  

  7. Toilet archive plans have backing of famous climber

    Plans are gathering pace in a Cumbrian village to turn a toilet block into an archive centre to preserve local history. 

    The building in Braithwaite near Keswick faces closure by Allerdale Council.

    Braithwaite Community Archive wants to store photos, maps and other archives there. 

    The idea has the backing of the mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, who lives in Cumbria. He says: "I think it's brilliant. I think it's the expression really, of a live and dynamic community." 

  8. Drug rehabilitation centre to allow patients to bring their dogs

    Patients at a West Cumbrian rehabilitation centre are being offered the option of taking their dog with them.

    The family of a former resident, Jamie Harrison, has paid for kennels to be built at Turning Point in Workington, saying they've seen the benefits pets bring to someone receiving treatment. 

    Mary Grace Brown is the project manager at Turning Point. She says: "Their pets are an important part of their recovery. When Jamie was here his parents had a three hour drive to bring his dog to see him."

  9. Weather: Sunny spells with cloud later

    BBC Weather

    A few sunny spells this afternoon with the best of the brightness in the east. It will turn cloudy but it should stay dry with highs of around 12C (54F).

    Dry and cloudy overnight, with lows of 5C (41F).

    See the forecast for your area here.

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  10. Cumbrian MEP close to one of the explosions in Brussels

    Steven Woolfe is a UKIP MEP for the North West. He lives near the metro station in Brussels which was the scene of one of this morning's explosions.

    Speaking live on BBC Radio Cumbria from the European Parliament he said: "I heard a very loud bang outside like a car exhaust going off but the building shook a little and I thought 'oh no, not another one'." 

    See our live coverage of the Brussels explosions here. 

  11. Woman dies and lorry driver suffers serious injuries in crash

    A woman died after a crash on the A595 near Wigton yesterday. 

    The 51-year-old from Egremont was driving a Nissan Micra, which collided with a lorry. 

    The lorry driver, a man from Workington, suffered serious injuries after his vehicle left the road and ended up down an embankment. 

    The Great North Air Ambulance was called out to the incident.

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  12. Famous self portrait goes on show in Cumbria

    The Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal will be displaying a self portrait by the world-famous Dutch artist, Rembrandt.    

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  13. Lorry driver jailed over fatal crash near Shap

    A lorry driver has been jailed for causing the death of a woman in a crash near Shap. 

    Adam Rybicki, 52, was driving on the wrong side of the A6 when his HGV collided with a car in January. 

    Kathleen Bellas, who was a school receptionist in Kendal, died at the scene. 

    Rybicki, a Polish national, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. 

    He was jailed for 20 months at Carlisle Crown Court. When he's released, he won't be allowed to drive for two years. 

    Kathleen Bellas
  14. Bridge to reopen tonight despite delays due to weather

    A Cumbrian village cut in two after its bridge closed will be reunited tonight when Eamont Bridge reopens.

    It was damaged by the floods, but has been repaired and reinforced, meaning it's ready to take traffic again. 

    Matt Healey is a supervisor for the contractors Metcalfe Plant Hire. 

    He says "I think the goal was always to get it ready for Easter and it was looking unlikely at times with the way the weather was but it's certainly improved in the last couple of weeks so we're very, very happy."

    The bridge is due to re-open at 21:00.

  15. Renewable energy blames government cuts for its closure

    Staff at a Cumbrian firm have lost their jobs after it decided to close because of cuts to renewable energy subsidies. 

    Sundog Energy, near Penrith, installed solar panels and biomass boilers, but it's ceased trading after it says the government reduced the tariffs paid to people who generate renewable energy. 

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    Co-owner Ali Ross says: "Once that consumer confidence goes people don't think they can invest if they don't know what return they're going to get." 

    The government says the subsidies are paid for through people's energy bills and it's trying to be fair to families and businesses by keeping costs low.    

  16. TV drama set in the Lakes starts tonight

    A new TV drama showing the life of a Lake District family with an autistic child starts on BBC One tonight. 

    'The A Word' stars Christopher Ecclestone and Lee Ingleby and follows a couple who slowly accept their son has the disability. 

    Much of the six-part series was filmed around Broughton in Furness, Ambleside and Keswick.

    If you miss it, you can catch up here on the BBC iPlayer.

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