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  1. Updates on Thursday 24 March 2016

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    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    Live updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. Have a great Easter weekend and we'll be back on Tuesday 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: Colder tonight but dry and fine tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Rain will clear overnight with skies turning increasingly clear. With light winds this will lead to colder conditions than of late, with local frost and fog in some areas. Minimum temperature 2C (36F).

    Tomorrow will be a largely dry and fine day with sunny spells especially through the morning. Winds will be light before it turns breezier towards evening as cloud thickens from the northwest. Maximum temperature 10C (50F)

    See the forecast for your area here.

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  3. Cumbria still good habitat for butterflies despite decline in some species

    Conservationists say a butterfly commonly found in Cumbria is in decline because of wetter winters and the loss of its habitat. 

    The Small Copper butterfly has had its worst year on record, with numbers down by almost a quarter last year, compared to 2014. 

    But Chris Winnick from Cumbria Butterfly Conservation says "it's remarkable that the county is still home to forty different species, especially as butterflies normally prefer warmer and sunnier conditions".  

  4. Cumbrians to receive Maundy Money at Windsor Castle

    Four Cumbrians will receive Maundy Money from the Queen at Windsor Castle today. 

    James Craig from Newbiggin near Croglin, Una Barrett from Carlisle, Matthew Dobson from Crosthwaite, near Kendal, and Kath Wise from Walney Island will be part of the annual tradition which dates back to the 13th century. 

    They were put forward by senior staff at the Diocese of Carlisle in recognition of their service to the church and their community. 

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  5. Closure of women's refuge is sending wrong message say campaigners

    A women's refuge for victims of domestic abuse in Carlisle will close in the coming days. 

    Impact Housing says it can't afford to run the service following changes to the funding it receives from Cumbria County Council. 

    The chief executive of Carlisle Citizen's Advice Bureau, Andy Auld, says "the message it's giving out is that there's no care and support out there and it's not as important as other things, when it should be."

    Cumbria County Council says it has not cut funding for victims of domestic violence, and new arrangements will mean there's support available across the whole county.

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  6. Mountain bike accidents due to riders taking on more challenging routes

    The number of times Cumbria's mountain rescue teams have been called out to mountain bike accidents has more than doubled in a year. 

    It's thought extreme sports fans are taking on more challenging routes. 

    Richard Warren, the chairman of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, says: "We want to get the message out there to wear protective gear and also get people to do some first aid training as there are some really key steps required to get people into a stable condition."  

  7. Cumbrians nominated for food awards

    The Hairy Bikers, a Cumbrian-born wine writer and a local restaurant have been nominated in the Great British Food awards.

    Dave Myers, one of the Hairy Bikers, lives in Barrow. They've been nominated in the Best British TV Personality and the Best British Cookbook categories.

    Jancis Robinson writes for the Financial Times and has been nominated in the Best Drinks Writer category.

    L'Enclume restaurant in Cartmel has been nominated in the Best British Restaurant category.

  8. Jockey to miss Grand National after appeal fails

    Sam Waley-Cohen has lost his appeal against a seven-day ban following his ride on Long Run in the Hunter Chase at Carlisle last Sunday.

    He was suspended after he was adjudged to have prematurely stopped riding.

    The hearing at the British Horseracing Authority was held today. 

    This means he will miss next month's Grand National at Aintree.

  9. Two Keswick women honoured for work during floods

    Two women from Keswick have been awarded for their work during December's floods. 

    Clare Horsburgh and Tara Vallente were presented with a Point of Light Award by David Cameron. 

    They were recognised for volunteering at the town's foodbank which distributed £48,000 worth of goods.

  10. Spate of thefts from petrol stations in south Cumbria.

    The police are urging petrol station owners in south Cumbria to make sure their premises are secure after a spate of break-ins. 

    Cigarettes and other Items worth thousands of pounds have been taken in burglaries in places including Oxenholme, Ulverston, Kirkby Lonsdale and Broughton in Furness.

    Ten garages have been targeted on thirteen occasions. 

    Detective Chief Inspector Nick Coughlan says "We believe that these are criminals coming from out of the area. It is important however that business owners increase their security by improving simple things like the sturdiness of doors and windows and making sure they are locked each night."

  11. BreakingAnother baby dies at troubled hospital unit

    Another baby has died at Barrow's maternity unit a year after the report into the deaths of 11 babies and one mother there. 

    The Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust has started an investigation but is releasing few details of what it calls an "incident" at the Furness General Maternity Unit. The unit was at the centre of a decade-long scandal of poor care of babies and mothers. 

    The Trust says it is "not appropriate" to disclose details, but a "full independent investigation" had been launched to "understand what happened" and whether "anything that could or should have been done differently". 

    Medical director Dr David Walker described the death as "tragic" and sent condolences to the family.

  12. Deadline for applying for help with restoring land after the floods

    Farmers and land managers affected by last year's flooding are being reminded that they only have until April 1 to apply to the Farming Recovery Fund. 

    The funding can help with the costs of restoring agricultural land to the state it was in before the flooding took place. 

    The minimum grant available is £500 and the maximum is £20,000. 

    The Country Landowners' Association is encouraging its members to submit their claim before the deadline even if they're uncertain as to the final cost. 

  13. Toddler reunited with her rescuers

    A mother who was told her toddler had only two hours left to live after a serious car crash has been reunited with the air ambulance crew at the scene.

    Amy Houghton’s daughter, Ava Pearson, from Maryport, and Ava's dad, Adam Pearson, were seriously injured when their car collided with a tanker on the A66 near Cockermouth in September.

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  14. Butterfly numbers in decline

    A butterfly commonly found in Cumbria has had its worst year on record. 

    The Small Copper butterfly has been declining because of long wet winters and a loss of its habitat. 

    Cumbria Butterfly Conservation says numbers fell by almost a quarter last year, compared with 2014.

  15. Keswick Show cancelled due to flood damage

    Flood damage has led to the cancellation of this year's Keswick Show. 

    Organisers are now in the process of contacting exhibitors and competitors. 

    Show secretary, Judith Hildreth, says "Unfortunately the new show field which we've only had for the past two years was flooded. The owners have decided they'd rather not have the show there this year and let the land recover for next year hopefully."

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