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  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 March 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

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

  2. Child abuse images man 'had category A pictures'

    More now on Ian Chambers, of Grange-over-Sands, who has been given a suspended jail sentence after child abuse images were found on a laptop.

    Some of the pictures in Chambers' possession were classed in category A - the most serious. A number of the children depicted were estimated to be aged as young as five.

    Chambers admitted 10 counts of making an indecent photograph of a child. The offences were committed between 2005 and 2014. He was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today.

    As well as his suspended prison term, Chambers must sign the sex offenders' register and is subject to the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for the next 10 years.

  3. Suspended prison term for man with child abuse images on laptop

    A man who had scores of illegal child abuse images on his laptop has been spared an immediate prison sentence.

    Ian Chambers, 67, of Jack Hill, Allithwaite, Grange-over-Sands, was caught by police officers who raided his South Cumbria home and seized computer equipment. 

    Almost 200 illegal images were found on a laptop and 40 indecent films were recovered from an external hard drive.

    At Carlisle Crown Court, Judge Barbara Forrester gave him an eight-month jail sentence suspended for two years. He will undergo 24 months' supervision and complete one-to-one group work.   

  4. MP welcomes sport funding following storm damage

    Eight clubs in Copeland have been awarded £41,182 from Sport England’s Flood Relief Fund to help with the Storm Desmond clear up operation.

    West Cumbrian Labour MP Jamie Reed said: “Local sports facilities are an important asset in our communities and I am pleased that this funding will go some way to support our recovery.”

    The winter storms and floods devastated homes and businesses and infrastructure across Cumbria and also had major impact on sports facilities.

    In December, Sport England launched its Emergency Flood Relief Fund to help restore pitches and repair community sports facilities damaged by the rising water and strong winds.

    The River Greta in Keswick was swollen by rainfall
  5. Council 'stress' over badge theft

    Following the sentencing of Gavin Fletcher for stealing a £50,000 mayoress's badge, a Carlisle City Council spokesman said: "Unfortunately, this has been an extremely stressful incident for council officers, who had worked so hard to support Carlisle residents and to keep the business of the council moving following the December floods.

    Mayoress of Carlisle ceremonial broach

    "This stress can never be reimbursed by Mr Fletcher. Nor can he ever reimburse the citizens of Carlisle for the loss of this piece of local history.

    "The badge can never be replaced with its original diamonds and features as Mr Fletcher's actions ensured that these were lost forever.

    "A piece of history has been lost for the sake of a few hundred pounds in cash."

  6. Prince Charles in Cumbria: 'Now we have a spring in our step'

    The royal visit to Cumbria has provided a welcome boost, locals say.

    Miles MacInnes, chairman of the parish council, said of Prince Charles's visit to Pooley Bridge: "It's been absolutely marvellous because we have had a very difficult three months.

    Prince Charles pets a horse at Cumbria's Rookin House

    "The village has been like a ghost town. To have the bridge open we suddenly had people here again and after Prince Charles' visit we now have a spring in our step."

    The former stone bridge across the River Eamont at Pooley Bridge was destroyed by Storm Desmond in December. 

    The community faced long diversions, but a new temporary bridge has allowed easy onward travel to other parts of Ullswater and the wider Lake District.

  7. Prince Charles visit will see tourism 'really take off'

    Speaking as Prince Charles visited Pooley Bridge earlier, Penrith and the Border Tory MP Rory Stewart said tourism was now "going to really take off".

    He added: "It's Cumbria at its very best. You've got hundreds of people lined up on the streets. It's wonderful. It makes me very proud of Cumbria and proud of Britain."

    The region is still recovering from the devastating floods last year which washed away the bridge:

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    Video caption: Bridges collapses in Cumbria floods
  8. More visitors waiting for Prince Charles

    Hopefully Prince Charles has got his woolly jumper on when he meets these chilly guests waiting for him in Keswick:

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  9. Prince Charles says Cumbria is 'open for business'

    The Prince of Wales raised a glass of Guinness and declared Cumbria "open for business" as he returned to the county three months after the devastating floods of Storm Desmond.

    At the Sun Inn pub in Pooley Bridge, Charles lifted his half-pint and said: "I wish you all a very good fortune - here's to Cumbria."

    He was visiting the village whose 250-year-old bridge was  destroyed in December's floods, leaving the tourist spot cut in half. 

    Prince Charles

    He heard how the historic Grade I listed structure across the River Eamont was washed away as he met contractors who have installed a temporary bridge, which officially opened on Sunday.

    The Sun Inn's landlords, John and Jane McGuire, said they had prepared some Cumberland ale and a cup of Earl Grey tea, but when offered a choice the prince opted for half a Guinness.  

  10. Prince Charles visits Pooley Bridge

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    Here's the Prince of Wales on his visit to Pooley Bridge today:

    Prince Charles
  11. Prince Charles in Cumbria: Royal praise for Ullswater Community College

    On his visit to Ullswater Community College in Penrith, Prince Charles was given a guided tour of its Applied Learning Centre by headteacher Nigel Pattinson.

    He was then treated to a display by the college's award-winning UCC Wolves cheerleading team and a performance of Joseph And The Technicolour Dreamcoat by its music and drama group.

    After he unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion, he said: "It's been a great privilege just to have this brief glimpse of the school.

    The Prince of Wales is reflected in a mirror as he meets hairdressers at the Applied Learning Centre at the Ullswater Community College in Penrith

    "I am so impressed to see all your vocational training opportunities and the huge difference I am sure that must make in the long run in providing people with that all-important alternative to the academic side."

    Since 2010, students have honed their skills with a choice of facilities including a engineering garage, a hair and beauty salon and workshops for plumbing, joinery and bricklaying. 

  12. Prince Charles visits Penrith students

    The Prince of Wales has returned to Cumbria three months after the devastating floods which ravaged large parts of the county.

    Charles visited in the wake of Storm Desmond and today returned to see the recovery as the region bounces back with the message that Cumbria, which receives millions of visitors every year, is very much open for business.

    Prince Charles looks at dry stone wall being built at the Applied Learning Centre at the Ullswater Community College in Penrith

    On the first engagement of a five-visit tour, he met students at Ullswater Community College in Penrith, which serves the largest catchment area in England. 

    Pupils aged 14 to 18 are able to take advantage of a range of vocational training opportunities at the school, which has developed a close relationship with The Prince's Teaching Institute.   

  13. Carlisle building will be lit for Purple Day

    Cumbria County Council's Courts building is to be lit up purple on Saturday to mark a global day of epilepsy awareness.

    The Epilepsy Action charity is encouraging people to take part in purple-themed events and challenges, and Trafalgar Square is among the other landmarks that will be lit.

    Purple Day was created in 2008 by then nine-year-old Cassidy Megan, a Canadian girl living with epilepsy. 

    She came up with the idea as a way to dispel the myths surrounding the condition and raise awareness positively. Epilepsy - the tendency to have seizures - affects about one in every 100 people in the UK and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day.

  14. Young athletes compete for pride of schools

    It's time for the county's best young athletes to compete for the pride of their school and where they live. 

    Thousands have taken part in qualifying events for the Cumbria School Games 2016, and the finals are under way at Penrith Leisure Centre. 

    The county council's Active Cumbria team organises the annual event which involves 1,500 children competing in tag rugby, athletics and gymnastics. 

  15. Mayoress's badge thief 'gave into temptation'

    More now on the sentencing of Penrith man Gavin Fletcher, who stole the £55,000 mayoress's ceremonial badge from Carlisle Civic Centre.

    The city's crown court heard that having seen the distinctive gold item in a room, he "gave into temptation".

    He snatched the 117-year-old badge before breaking it into tiny pieces, some of which he sold for around £500. It had been part of the mayoral regalia since the 1940s.

    The mayoress's badge, which was stolen and broken up

    The court was told Fletcher also later stole a water pump from the civic centre. When he later confessed to all his crimes, he told police he planned to use this pump to help stricken residents near his home town and "make a little bit of money".  

  16. Guard jailed over theft of £55,000 mayoress's badge

    A security guard has been jailed for stealing an historic mayoress's badge from the flood-ravaged Carlisle Civic Centre.

    Gavin Fletcher was looking after the Rickergate building after it was deluged by flooding during Storm Desmond in early December, although he was not directly employed by the council.

    The 35-year-old, of Roman Road, Penrith, has been jailed for a total of 30 months by Judge Peter Davies at the crown court today.

    He had pleaded guilty to a total of eight crimes which were committed during December and January.

    Gavin Fletcher
  17. National park plan to boost visitors

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    The Environment Secretary has outlined a new plan for national parks saying she wants to build visitor numbers to 100 million a year  

  18. Criticism of Cumbria Partnership Trust is 'fair judgement'

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    More now on the story we brought you earlier about Cumbria's mental health care and community healthcare services coming in for criticism from the chief inspector of hospitals.

    The Cumbria Partnership Trust has been told it "requires improvement" in the safety, effectiveness, responsiveness and leadership of the services it provides, following an inspection which took place in November.

    Dr Sara Munro, director of nursing and quality at the trust, said: "That's a fair judgement of where we are across all out of services. Overall, our staff were rated good across every single service... we've got a strong platform to build on.

    "We really need to focus on the consistency in the quality and clinical standards of our services.

    "The report has not found any immediate issues of safety or concern about the quality of care that is given. They can see we are on a journey of improvement, we need to continue that."

  19. 'Worthless' dairy farmers feel forced to 'sell-up'

    Financial pressures on dairy farmers are forcing some to sell up or go bust, according to campaigners. 

    The group Farmers for Action, including many from Cumbria, is holding a protest march in London later.

    Cow

    Dairy farmer Margaret Wilson, of Thackwood Farm, Southwaite, is taking part in today's march. 

    She said: "You can survive a few months like this - perhaps a year if you haven't borrowed too much. 

    "We feel worthless - my banner says: 'Are we needed?' If the answer is no then we should sell up."