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  1. Updates on Monday 18 April 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    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. Weather: Feeling chilly overnight

    A generally cloudy start, but with some clear spells, especially in the north and east. 

    Winds becoming light allowing some isolated mist or fog patches to form around Windermere and the lakes. Feeling chilly. 

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    Minimum Temperature: 1C (34F).  

  3. Coming up on Money Talks tonight

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    Join me for Money Talks from 18:00 on BBC Radio Cumbria, where I'll be looking at the business of movement. 

    My studio guests tonight are Stuart Goodman from independent sports shop Chivers Sports and Karen Douglas De Fenzi from De Fenzi Movement. 

    And I'll be looking at community-run pubs and farmers voting on Europe.

  4. Red cards and injuries cause headache for United

    Carlisle United could be without as many as four players for tomorrow night's match at home to Luton in League Two. 

    Forward Hallam Hope and defender Mark Ellis, both pictured, are definitely out after both were sent off in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Cambridge. 

    But Michael Raynes and Charlie Wyke could also miss out after limping off with injuries at the weekend.

    mark ellis
    hallam hope
  5. Cheers! Award for police station turned pub

    A Lake District pub which used to be a court building and police station has won a national award for its design.


    The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, in Keswick, won the "Conversion for Pub Use" category in awards run by the Campaign for Real Ale, Historic England and the Victorian Society.

    Formerly the town's magistrates' court and police station, the building was empty for several years before the chain Wetherspoons turned it into a pub.

  6. New water pipeline to be funded by £500m loan

    Cumbria's water company is getting a £500m loan to help improve its water network.

    United Utilities will use some of the money to build a pipeline to link West Cumbria to Thirlmere, pictured, and the rest of the region's water network because it needs to stop taking water from Ennerdale for environmental reasons. 

    The 18-year loan, from the European Investment Bank, is part of a £3.5bn investment by United Utilities.

  7. Barrow to make historic contract offer to forward Cook

    James Phillips

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Barrow will offer striker Andy Cook a new contract which will make him the highest-paid player in the club's history this week, but they want an answer before the season ends a week on Saturday against Wrexham. 

    The Bluebirds have also told BBC Radio Cumbria Sport there's been no approach for manager Paul Cox, who was linked with his former club Notts County last week.

    Barrow says there's a substantial buy-out clause in his contract.

    Paul Cox
  8. Valuable rings snatched from Barrow jewellers

    Police in Barrow are hunting a man who snatched two gold rings worth £9,000 from a jewellers shop. 

    It happened on Saturday afternoon, but the information has only just been released by Cumbria Police.


    Officers say the man, who had thinning blond hair, didn't use any force or a weapon in the Goldsmiths store on Portland Walk. 

    After grabbing the rings from an assistant, he ran off towards Dalton Road and then Greengate Street.

  9. Bobbies with a view

    Steven Bell

    BBC Cumbria

    There are worse things to have to look at when you're at work!

    Check out this tweet from police in the south of the county.

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  10. 'Man had 62 indecent images of children'

    A man from Carlisle who was found with 62 indecent images of children on his computer has been given a suspended prison sentence. 

    Carlisle Crown Court heard how police found the photographs on Robert Jackson's laptop, some of children as young as five. 

    Jackson, 32, of Alexander Street, admitted downloading the pictures between 2010 and 2014. He was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

    Carlisle Crown Court
  11. Cockermouth swimmer awaits Olympic fate

    BBC Sport

    Swimmer Luke Greenbank faces a nervous wait to see if he's a wildcard pick for this summer's Olympics in Rio. 

    Luke, 18, from Cockermouth, won the 200m backstroke at the British Championships last night, but not in the Olympic qualifying time.

  12. Hairy Bikers on the road again

    A new television programme will discover the history of the Lake District through its pubs. 

    The Pubs that Built Britain starts on BBC Two tonight. 

    It'll be presented by the Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers, who's from Barrow.

    Hairy Bikers
  13. The trig pillars that helped map Great Britain

    Ordnance Survey (OS) is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the triangulation pillar, most often known as a "trig pillar" or "trig point" - a welcome sight to many a walker as they reach the peak of their walk.

    Few people can resist a trig pillar photo. Aleks Kashefi-Mofrad managed a pistol squat on his recent visit to High Seat in the Lake District.

    Trig point in Cumbria
  14. Weather: Turning cloudy with drizzle at times

    A bit cloudy this afternoon with drizzle at times, light to moderate winds and highs of 11 C (52 F).

    weather graphic
  15. New hospital unit frees up beds

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    The trust which runs Carlisle's struggling hospital says it has freed up about 150 beds a month for seriously ill patients, with the introduction of a new unit to treat people with less serious conditions.

    Cumberland Infirmary

    The Medical Procedures Unit at the Cumberland Infirmary has been open for six months and now treats about 210 day patients every week. 

    This means those patients don't need to be admitted to wards, leaving beds free. The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust says it has been a huge success.

  16. Farmers consider EU position

    The National Farmers Union is meeting today to decide what position, if any, to take on the EU referendum. 

    Members have been holding a series of votes on the issue at county level.

  17. How do we encourage more young people to stay in Cumbria?

    Steven Bell

    BBC Cumbria

    There's a plan to encourage Cumbria's young people to pursue careers in the county, rather than choosing to leave. 

    Carlisle Youth Zone is launching a new project called Get a Future today, which it also hopes will raise the aspirations of those under the age of 21.


    Keeping young people in Cumbria after their studies has always been a challenge. It's hoped this new three-year scheme will help nurture talented, enthusiastic young people and match them with suitable, local employers, hopefully on a path to a dream career. 


    Accountancy firm Armstrong Watson is the first to get on board, but Carlisle Youth Zone wants others to get involved, to offer a broader range of opportunities and experiences.

    It says the project will raise aspirations, and get young people to think ambitiously about their future - in Cumbria.