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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Steven Bell

    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 then.

    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. Massive games ahead for Carlisle United

    Keith Curle has described Carlisle United's next two games as "absolutely massive" as his side try to reach the League Two play-offs. 

    United are four points outside the top seven ahead of games at home to Mansfield on Saturday after Hartlepool at Brunton Park tomorrow night.

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  3. Weather: A wet night to come

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Cloudy tonight with some patchy rain at first. 

    More persistent rain will spread across the region through the course of the night, perhaps turning heavy at times across Workington and Whitehaven. Minimum temperature 7C (45F). 

    Rain will turn lighter and patchier through Tuesday morning with many places becoming dry in the afternoon. Maximum temperature 10C (50F).

    Check the forecast where you are.

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  4. Coach firm's staff to reach record level

    Wigton-based coach and bus company Reays has announced a recruitment campaign which will take its workforce to the largest it's ever been. 


    The family-owned firm is taking on qualified and trainee drivers, mechanics and administration staff because of growth in its coach business.  

    It will fill 20 roles, taking its head count to more than 140 people. The company puts the increase in demand down to economic recovery and increasing interest in coach holidays by younger people.

    You can hear more on this story on BBC Radio Cumbria's business programme Money Talks at 18:00.

  5. Cox undecided over players' futures

    BBC Sport

    Manager Paul Cox has not yet made his mind up which players he wants to keep at Barrow next season. 

    His side are at home to Braintree tomorrow in the first of just six games left in the National League season.

  6. Cumbria to share Cheshire's chief fire officer

    The county council's going to pay £60,000 to share a chief fire officer with Cheshire, it's been announced.

    In an arrangement starting tomorrow, Paul Hancock, who has been Cheshire’s CFO since 2009, will also oversee operations in Cumbria following the retirement of Jim Onions, whose annual salary was about £107,000.

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    Mr Hancock, who started his fire service career in Cumbria in 1985, said the move will save money and lead to "increased resilience and expertise".

    Cumbria County Council will pay Cheshire Fire Authority £60,000 as part of an agreement reached between both organisations. The arrangement will be reviewed in a year.

    In 2014, a new fire control centre in Warrington in Cheshire started handling 999 calls from Cumbria.

  7. Police ask drivers to stay away from part of Windermere

    Police are warning drivers to stay away from the scene of the accident in Windermere:

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  8. Travel: Serious crash shuts Windermere road

    BBC Travel

    There's been a serious crash in Windermere. 

    Emergency services have been called to Glebe Road, near the junction with the A592. 

    The collision happened at about 15:00. The police say one vehicle is involved and the road has been closed. 

    Keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel.

  9. Chef hoping to cook up final success

    A chef working at the L'Enclume restaurant in Cartmel is one of six people taking part in the final of the Roux Scholarship today. 

    Ben Champkin, 23, from Grange-over-Sands, will be judged this afternoon, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in London this evening.

  10. 'Hand in illegal weapons and no questions will be asked'

    Ben Maeder

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    Six police stations in Cumbria are collecting firearms and ammunition that are being kept illegally, or are no longer wanted.

    The initiative starts today and runs until April 18. Cumbria Police says the move will stop firearms getting into the wrong hands.


    Any kind of active or replica firearm and ammunition can be handed in at police stations in Penrith, Carlisle, Barrow, Kendal, Whitehaven and Workington with no questions asked. 

    Cumbria Police will also collect knives and other weapons. 

    The last surrender of weapons in Cumbria was in 2014 when 130 firearms and other items were handed in.

  11. 'Make rural crime a priority'

    An organisation which speaks for thousands of farmers, landowners and other rural voices says countryside crime needs to be a top priority for Cumbria's next police and crime commissioner.

    In May, an election will take place to find the person to succeed Richard Rhodes, who's stepping down after one term as the county's PCC.

    The Country Land Association, says crimes such as livestock thefts and fly-tipping cost £800m in England and Wales last year.

  12. Bluebirds dig deep at Aldershot

    BBC Sport

    Barrow recorded a third successive win for the first time since 2011 with a hard-fought victory at Aldershot.

    Ben Tomlinson almost sparked the game into life for the visitors with a 12-yard drive against Phil Smith's post.

  13. Flood Re: Talks taking place to make sure businesses get help

    Business owners in Cumbria who won't benefit from a new flood insurance scheme have been told that discussions are taking place to try to ensure they get the help they need. 

    Flood Re, which starts today, has been set up by the Government and insurance companies to reduce cover costs in flood-hit areas. It will be funded by a levy of about £10.50 on all household premiums across the country. 

    The chief executive of Flood Re, Brendan McCafferty, said a public consultation last year did not suggest businesses were finding it difficult to get affordable insurance. 

    He told BBC Radio Cumbria's Kevin Fernihough talks are taking place between the government and the insurance industry to look at how businesses can be given more support.

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  14. Stokes will bounce back... In time

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Unfortunately for Ben Stokes, whenever there is a World Twenty20, that final over will be shown. For as long as he is playing T20 cricket, it will be flying around. He will have to get over it.

    "He is a very competitive and strong-willed and he is a very talented cricket. He will get over it, but it will take a while.

    "Maybe one day when he is retired, he will think he has been involved in something pretty special at Eden Gardens, but it will take a long time to get there."

  15. Keeper Gillespie 'will make amends for Portsmouth mistake'

    James Phillips

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United boss Keith Curle expects goalkeeper Mark Gillespie to make up for his error in the Portsmouth game when the Blues face Hartlepool tomorrow night. 

    United were on for a fine point in their push for the League two play-offs, when Gillespie fumbled a shot into the path of a Portsmouth striker for the winning goal.

  16. The Voice singer Jolan speaks of 'bizarre' rise to fame

    Caroline Robertson

    BBC Radio Cumbria presenter

    Cumbria's latest music star says it has been quite difficult to get to grips with his new-found fame. 

    Jolan Gidney-Craigen, from Moor Row, a village near Whitehaven, is one of four artists who've made it through to Saturday's live final of BBC One's The Voice. 

    Jolan, 22, told me it's been an interesting time for him and his family.

    Jolan on The Voice

    "It's bizarre, I think; they're not used to it, the same as I'm not. We just live in a small town and all of a sudden you're singing in front of a good few million people, so it's weird.

    "I think it's probably more weird for them than it is for me because I'm the one on stage and they have to see what people say about me."

    You can hear my chat with Jolan from 14:00 this afternoon on BBC Radio Cumbria.

    Jolan and Caroline
  17. Weather: Bright but showery

    There may be a few bright spells this afternoon, but there'll also be showers, which could be heavy and thundery. Temperatures could reach 12C (54F).

    Get a five-day forecast for your area.

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