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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 April 2016

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Nell Dunn

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. 

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BreakingComedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62

Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said.

She was well known in Cumbria after she chose a theatre in the county to premiere a stage version of her award-winning TV drama Housewife, 49.

Victoria Wood won two Bafta Awards for Housewife, 49 in 2007
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Wood was a patron of the Old Laundry theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere.

She wrote and starred in the original ITV version, based on a Barrow-in-Furness housewife's diaries from World War Two, which won two Baftas in 2007.

The production ran from 12 September to 5 October 2013.  

Unions hail bid to buy Tata Steel business

BBC Cumbria

Unions have welcomed an attempt by a senior executive at Tata Steel to stage a management buyout of the firm's UK operations.

Stuart Wilkie has formed a team and started the process of putting forward a bid. 

Tata employs 15,000 workers in Britain, including 228 people at a plant in Workington. 

Business Minister Anna Soubry said any effort to keep the firm's plants open is to be encouraged.

Keswick child sex abuser 'a predatory paedophile'

A Keswick man jailed for eight years for sexually abusing children is a "predatory paedophile whose actions were utterly perverse and deplorable", police say.

Duncan Waterhouse, 45, admitted 20 offences committed since 2010 and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.

Det Con Paul Scougal, from Cumbria Police, said: "The victims in this case will have to live with the memories of his actions and I would like to thank them and their parents for their bravery. 

"Our thoughts continue to be with them. Protecting children in Cumbria is of the utmost importance to Cumbria Police, and we work hard to bring those found to be abusing children to justice."

More photos of a sunny Cumbria

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'West Cumbrian' from Workington for this photograph taken earlier today.

How lovely is it to see the sun?

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Sun over the West Cumbria coast
West Cumbrian

Keswick man jailed for sexually abusing children

A man from Keswick has been jailed for eight years for sexually abusing four children.

Duncan Waterhouse, 45, had admitted 20 offences committed over the last six years. 

Waterhouse's abuse was said to have had a "profound and significant" impact. One child's future was described as having been "shattered".

Duncan Waterhouse
Cumbria Police

In the case of another, the effect was such that Waterhouse had left behind merely a "shell" where the child once was.

Waterhouse, of Coleridge Court, must also sign the sex offenders' register indefinitely and has been banned from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Flood-hit Carlisle stadium forces athletes to travel hundreds of miles

Athletes are being forced to travel hundreds of miles to train after a major sporting facility was damaged by storms.

Five months after it was flooded during the Storm Desmond deluge, Carlisle's Sheepmount Stadium remains closed and the repair bill could reach £3m.

The closure is forcing athletes to travel as far as the Scottish border to find facilities, it has emerged.

Carlisle City Council said the venue could be relocated.

Sheepmount Stadium

Donald Trump sick bags 'capture spirit of election'

A Carlisle artist who produced sick bags featuring Donald Trump has been hailed for her humour.

Lydia Leith has also made royal sick bags, and said: "Lots of people here in the UK can't believe he is serious." 

Royal sick bags
Lydia Leith

Communications agency director Mark Pack, who ran two Liberal Democrat general election internet campaigns, said political memorabilia becomes headline-worthy when it "captures the spirit of the election."

"The Trump sick bags certainly seem to do that," he said.

"They are a good example of how humour can capture the strength of emotion people have over a political issue, in ways that are hard to match with straight words without sounding [like] ranting."

Weather: More sunshine this afternoon

BBC Weather

There'll be more sunshine this afternoon allowing temperatures to reach 15C (59F).

It will become a little cloudier, but will remain dry tonight, with lows of 4C (39F). There will possibly be a frost in rural areas. 

Tomorrow will be another sunny day, with highs of 14C (57F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

Weather graphic

Some 30,000 passengers use shuttle bus after A591 closure

Figures from the bus company Stagecoach suggest that more than 30,000 passengers have used a shuttle bus service, that connects the north and south of the Lake District.

A section of the A591, between Keswick and Grasmere, was destroyed by Storm Desmond in December and is closed to general traffic. 

Flood-damaged A591

Stagecoach has been operating a shuttle service on a temporary road since February, and says it has been used by both local people and tourists. 

Shuttle bus on temporary road
Cumbria County Council

The A591 is expected to reopen on 13 May.  

Your photos: Stunning sunset in Maryport

Gary McKeating took this photograph last night from Maryport of the sun setting over Robin Rigg wind farm. 

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Sunset over Robin Rigg wind farm
Gary McKeating

Fells forecast: Clear and sunny afternoon

If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells this afternoon, here's today's fells forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 2C (36F). 
  • Winds: Light & variable. 
  • Cloud: A few patches of low cloud as early mist clears, otherwise no significant cloud. 
  • Visibility: Good, locally poor in early valley mist or fog. 
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.

Your photos: Sunrise and frost

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Frome Flipper' from Sedbergh for this photograph taken this morning.

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Sunrise and frost in Sedbergh
Frome Flipper

How a Cumbria bakery is surviving after Storm Desmond

The owner of a traditional bakery hit by the floods caused by Storm Desmond in December has reinvented her business to keep it alive.

Claire Armitage took the decision to move her business on Warwick Road in Carlisle five yards away to a burger van.

Instead of home-made soup and scones, her best-sellers are now burgers, bacon sandwiches and sausages.

Cumbria floods: From bakery to takeaway

Hopes for something fishy going on at Derwent...

The Environment Agency is out and about in Blencathra trying to trap some salmon.

Smolts, if you didn't know, are young salmon or trout after the parr stage...

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Your photos: Lake reflections

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Cragrat' from Grasmere for this wonderful photograph taken this morning.

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Catch up with The A Word

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Have you been watching The A Word? Last night was the penultimate episode.

That's tonight's TV viewing sorted.

Match Report: Carlisle United 1-2 Luton Town

BBC Sport

Luton Town hung on to beat fellow play-off hopefuls Carlisle United and boost their own outside promotion hopes.

Joe Pigott put the Hatters ahead with a cool finish in the first half, and Josh McQuoid tucked in a close range second after the break.

Carlisle gained hope when Jack Stacey drilled in from the edge of the box.

However, the visitors defended resolutely to climb above the Cumbrians to 13th in the League Two table and remain six points off the top seven.

Match Stats

Flood-damaged Sheepmount Stadium: In Pictures

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

I've been up to the Sheepmount Stadium in Carlisle today to have a look at the damage caused by the floods in December and to find out more about what the future holds for the sports facility.

Sheepmount Stadium
Sheepmount Stadium
Sheepmount Stadium

Play about the effects of foot and mouth disease reaches finals of national competition

A play about the effects of foot and mouth disease on Cumbria has reached the finals of a national competition. 

 "The Wrong Fifty" has been written by The Brampton Young Farmers group and portrays one family's experience of the disease in 2001. 

The play will compete against two other productions in the National Federation of Young Farmer's Clubs in Blackpool next month.

Matthew Wilson planning a return to British Rally Championship

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Cumbrian driver Matthew Wilson is planning a return to the MSA British Rally Championship in the Pirelli Rally at the end of the month.

Wilson, who began his career in the event as a 17 year-old, will compete in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 Evo.

Matthew Wilson

Donald Trump sick bag created by Carlisle artist

An artist known for producing sick bags to commemorate high profile events has created one for the US presidential election.

Lydia Leith said the artwork featuring Republican nomination candidate Donald Trump would make a "good talking point".

"He has a face that is interesting to illustrate, he was an obvious one for a sick bag," she said.

Her previous successes include the 'Throne Up' bags made for the royal wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  

Donald Trump sick bag
Lydia Leith

Estimates of £3m to repair flood-damaged sports facility

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

The cost of repairing a major sports facility in Carlisle could cost up to £3m, according to the city council.

The Sheepmount Stadium suffered extensive damage during the December floods and the council says it's too dangerous to be used for sporting activity.

Sheepmount Stadium

Cumbrian charity sees 77% rise in sexual abuse cases

A Cumbrian charity is reporting a 77% rise in new cases of sexual abuse. 

Safety Net says the increase this year is a direct result of inquiries into historical sexual abuse. 

The charity says in the first three months of 2016 there were 119 new referrals, compared with 67 during the same period last year,

Abigail Finnegan from Safety Net told BBC Radio Cumbria this morning that publicity is giving people the confidence to come forward.

Weather: Plenty of sunshine

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Wow, look at all those lovely yellow suns. We very rarely see that  - it reminds me of when you check the weather forecast when you're going on holiday!

Today's weather: It will be another dry day with plenty of sunshine, just a little bit cloudy this afternoon. Winds will be light and temperatures could reach 15C (59F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

weather graphic

Travel: No major disruptions

BBC Travel

There are no major disruptions across the county at the moment.

Get the latest travel information here.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good morning - what a beautiful start to the day.

We'll be keeping you up to date with all the day's news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria.

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