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  1. Updates on Friday 1 April 2016

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  1. Your live coverage throughout the day

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    Live updates for Cumbria have now finished for the week. Have a lovely weekend. We'll be back on Monday 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: Rain tonight and tomorrow morning

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy overnight with rain slowly pushing south-east. 

    The rain will be heavy at times especially over higher ground. It is set to feel milder than of late under the cloudy skies. 

    Strong winds are expected at first but they will ease by dawn. Minimum temperature 6C (43F).

    Saturday will start wet, with outbreaks of rain moving slowly north-east. This rain will be locally heavy, especially in the south of the county. 

    It will turn drier later, with some hazy sunshine. Winds will be mainly light. Maximum temperature 10C (50F).

    See the forecast for your area here.

    Weather graphic
  3. Cafe closes due to a lack of trade after the December floods

    A café in Keswick which was hit by flooding has had to close its doors due to a lack of trade.

    The Saddleback Cafe opened two years ago today. 

    Andy West from the cafe says: "Head over heart really, as I wanted to keep it going regardless. But looking at the time and effort and the financial outcome as well, maybe it's time to take a step back and have a look again in the future." 

    It comes as small businesses in Cumbria say they're not getting the financial support they need. 

    Some have applied for a flood recovery grant but have been unsuccessful. 

    The Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, which is involved in administering the scheme, says not everyone is eligible, but it has approved most applications.

    Flood damage in Keswick
  4. Mental health charity giving some people their 'only social interaction'

    £100,000 in government-backed grants has been awarded to a charity near Kendal, which supports people with mental health problems. 

    Growing Well has an organic holding at Low Sizergh Farm. It says the money will help it to find new ways of making the most from the produce grown by volunteers. 

    Clairelouise Chapman from the charity says if it can increase sales of its herbs and homemade soup then it may also be able to extend its services. 

    "We work with a real range of people. We work with people who have not left their homes for years. The only social interaction that they're getting is with us. We run a part-time mini-bus service from Barrow and Kendal and we would like to extend that."

    People digging on a farm
  5. Businesses in Cumbria struggling after December floods

    Some of the county's businesses say they're in danger of closing because of a downturn in trade after December's floods. 

    Julie Baxter, who runs Jeybeez Knitz and Babywear in Appleby, says she applied for a flood recovery grant, but was rejected

    She said: "The reason being my business wasn't viable enough. It's been really difficult. It's hit and miss whether I carry on or not."

    The Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, which helps to administer the grants, says it has approved most applications but has to follow certain criteria.

    Shops in flooded street
  6. Weather: Cloudy with rain this afternoon and tonight

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy afternoon with rain. Winds will be fresh and temperatures could reach 10C (50F). 

    There'll be more rain tonight, and it will be milder than it has been, with temperatures around 6C (43F).

    See the forecast for your area here.   

    Weather image
  7. Beacon to be lit in Cumbria to mark Queen's 90th

    A beacon is going to be lit on the top of Scafell Pike to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. 

    It will form part of a chain of more than 1,000 beacons across Britain.

    On 21 April the Queen will light the first beacon. Members of the Army Cadet Force will ensure the four highest peaks in the UK form part of the chain, including Scafell Pike in the Lake District. 

    The beacons could be traditional bonfires, or specially built gas-fuelled structures. 

    There's a long traditional of celebrating royal jubilees, coronations and birthdays with the lighting of beacons.   

  8. Concern for missing man from West Cumbria

    Police are worried about a man who has gone missing from his home in Calderbridge in west Cumbria. 

    Mark Jenkinson, 52, was last seen yesterday lunchtime driving a silver car, registration number PY53 FNN.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact officers on 101. 

    Mark Jenkinson
  9. Your pictures: Squirrel antics

    BBC Cumbria

    This photograph from Paul Nelson has been getting a great response on our Facebook page overnight.

    If you have any photos you'd like to share with us then send them to us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.  

  10. Shuttle bus in the Lakes is being well used

    A bus which is being used to bridge the gap in the A591 between Grasmere and Keswick is being well used by local people and tourists.   

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  11. Passengers won't pay for rail investment, says operator

    The company that has taken over some rail services in Cumbria says it doesn't expect passengers to foot the bill for its investment plans.   

    Arriva North is taking over the Northern Rail franchise today. It's promising to spend £1bn improving services. 

    But rail unions say the company wants to cut back on the number of trains that have a guard on board, and this will compromise passenger safety and lead to job losses. 

    But Alex Hynes from Arriva North says: "We're going to transform the quality and capacity of rail services in the next 44 months. Faster journeys, new trains, more seats, more services." 

  12. Cumbrian fell runner marking 80th birthday with new challenge

    Cumbrian fell runner Joss Naylor is going to mark his 80th birthday with yet another challenge. 

    His birthday was in February, and in June he's going to raise money for the Brathay Trust by running more than 30 miles from Caldbeck, across the northern and Western fells, then back to his home in Wasdale.

    Man running

    The trust, which is based near Ambleside, helps young people to develop life skills. 

    Mr Naylor says: "I've done a lot of walking and cycling this winter.  My legs are in very good nick. I've been doing some longish walks, one of at least 15 miles each week. I've put that up to 20 or 25 miles now and doing a bit more climbing too."

    The photograph above is of Joss running in the 1980s.