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  1. Updates on Friday 15 April 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    Our live updates for Cumbria have finished for the day. Thank you for joining us. 

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

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

  2. Man avoids prison 'by a whisker' after stealing a lorry while drunk

    A man who stole and drove a lorry cab whilst drunk has avoided jail "by a whisker".

    Liam Horner, 23, took the Scania tractor unit from Lawson's Haulage in Cockermouth in January.

    When police arrived at the scene, on the A66 near Keswick, they found Horner had crashed into a wall. He was asleep in the cab, and a bottle of whisky was found close by.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard that Horner, who only had a provisional licence, was almost three times the drink-drive limit.

    Horner, previously of Finn Avenue, Carlisle, and now living in Swindon, pleaded guilty to four offences. 

    He was sentenced to a 10-month prison term suspended for two years. He was also given a four-year driving ban, 250 hours' unpaid work and must undergo rehabilitation. He also has to pay £2,500 to Lawsons.

  3. Confusion over Carlisle United supporters' letter

    The Official Carlisle United Supporters Club says it has not had a response from club after writing to request a meeting to discuss future investment. 

    United told BBC Radio Cumbria Sport this morning that the chairman, Andrew Jenkins, had responded, but that the response would remain "private and confidential". 

    But CUOSC, as the supporters club is known, says there has been no response to the letter sent on 23 March or the follow-up letter.

  4. Some disabled people have lost out over changes to care funding

    Figures seen by BBC Radio Cumbria show that 100 severely disabled people in the county have had their financial support reduced over the last few months. 

    They used to receive money from the Independent Living Fund, but the government closed this last year and transferred the funds to local councils. 

    Laura Lockhart, from Kirkby Stephen, says as a consequence, the hours of care that used to be offered to her daughter have been reduced from 35 to 22 a week.

    She says: "To be quite honest I thought it was all about saving money rather than looking at Rachel's needs. My concern is that money isn't ring-fenced and I don't know how long we'll have 22 hours."

    The county council says some disabled people have been given more money as the result of the changes, and all of the money passed on by the government is being used to help vulnerable people.

    Carer and client
  5. Cumbrian dahlia expert on BBC's Gardeners' World tonight

    People tuning in to this evening's episode of Gardeners' World on BBC2 will learn about dahlias from a Cumbrian expert.

    Jack Gott from Milnthorpe grows hundreds of varieties at his home. 

    He says: "There's that many variations. You've got the tiny ones that only grow 12-14 inches tall. And in the front garden we have a tree dahlia that could grow to 16 feet. And if we're lucky, in Cumbria, we may get it to flower."

    You can see Jack at 20:30 on BBC2. Or, if you miss it, you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer.  

  6. Weather: Colder overnight, with more wintry showers tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Rain, sleet and hill snow will gradually clear away south-eastwards, with clear spells following from the north. This will cause temperatures to drop, leading to frost and ice in places with temperatures down to freezing in many parts. 

    A cold and frosty start for many tomorrow. It will be cloudier with outbreaks of rain, sleet, or hill snow clearing to the south east. There will be some bright spells. It will feel cold in the northerly winds. 

    See the forecast for your area here.

    Weather chart
  7. North Cumbrian primary school still counting cost of floods

    A north Cumbrian school which is still using temporary buildings after the winter floods says its academy status has complicated things.

    Parts of Crosby-on-Eden C of E Primary School have been left unusable until repairs are complete. 

    The headteacher, Ayeesha Weston, says being a directly-funded academy has complicated paying for the repairs.

    She says: "The costs involved in setting up the temporary buildings and re-instating the school are huge. And yes, as an academy, we did find ourselves on our own as it were. But our insurers have been fantastic. And we have been able to get funding from other sources to future-proof the school."

    School gates and flood water
  8. Decorative sheep go on show in the Lake District

    A flock of decorated model sheep has invaded the Lake District in a bid to raise £1.3m for charity.

    The 60 life-sized ewes have formed an art trail between Keswick and Windermere.

    Each sculpture is sponsored by a local business and decorated by an artist.

    The Calvert Trust, which offers outdoor activities to people with disabilities, is hoping to raise £100,000 with the project.

    See the full story here.

    Decorated sheep
  9. Young Cumbrian saxophonist competing on the BBC tonight

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    A Cumbrian musician will be on television tonight competing in the woodwind final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. 

    Jess Gillam, who's 17 and from Ulverston, plays the saxophone. 

    It's not the first time she has taken part in the competition. She also reached the woodwind final two years ago. 

    She says: "It's brilliant to be back there and competing. The calibre of the musicians, to be competing against them is quite scary. But it is an amazing opportunity." 

    View more on youtube
  10. Bridges still closed in Cumbria after the winter floods

    Fourteen bridges around Cumbria are still closed following the December storms and floods.

    The County Council says eight of them are in Allerdale, five in South Lakeland, and one in Eden. 

    Most have suffered cracking, erosion, and even collapse because of the sheer weight of water during the floods.   

    Collapsed bridge
  11. BreakingTravel: A6 through Penrith closed because of accident

    BBC Travel

    The A6 Scotland Road in Penrith is closed and traffic is queuing in both directions between the Robinson Street junction and the Foster Street junction because of an accident involving two vehicles. 

    Queues are backing up into the middle of Penrith and the police are directing traffic.  

    See all the latest details here.

  12. Weather: Rain this afternoon but drier tonight

    BBC Weather

    There'll be a lot of rain around this afternoon, with heavy thundery, and possibly wintry downpours at times. Temperatures will reach 9C (48F) at best. 

    It will become drier tonight and temperatures will fall to allow a frost in places. 

    See the forecast for your area here.

    Weather chart
  13. Your pictures: The weather is looking 'pheasant' so far today

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thank you to BBC Weather Watcher 'Robin' who took this photo in Allonby earlier this morning. It's a grey day so far but it's hard to tell what the pheasant is making of it.

    See more from the BBC Weather Watchers here.

  14. Prison sentence 'inevitable' for man who's admitted child rape charges

    A man has been told a prison sentence is "inevitable" after he admitted raping and sexually assaulting three children.

    William Hope, 56, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday.

    During a brief hearing before Judge Peter Davies, Hope admitted six counts of raping a child, four sexual assaults on a child and four indecent assaults.

    The charges relate to three different victims. The offences were committed between the early 1990s and March this year in the Carlisle area.

    Hope, of no fixed address, is due to be sentenced at the crown court on 9 June.

  15. Your pictures: A run with a view

    Thank you to Justin for sending us this photo, taken when he was out for a run on Blencathra.

    Share your photos with us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or using our Facebook page

    Lake District view