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  1. Woman raped in city centre park
  2. New trail to link flood-hit Lake District
  3. 'Sick' tweets mock Hillsborough victims
  4. Updates on Thursday 28 April 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    Our live updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. 

    I'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. 

    Hopefully, you'll be able to join me then. 

    Until then, if you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us on Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or on our Facebook page.

  2. Weather: Wintry showers overnight and into tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of rain and wintry showers continue overnight, with strengthening westerly winds. Lows of around 0C (32F).

    Further snowfall is likely on the fells for a time tomorrow, with rain or sleet showers at lower levels. A few bright spells later with highs of 7C (45F).  

    See the forecast for your area here.

    Weather chart
  3. Work on damaged footpaths 'must start soon'

    The effects of Storm Desmond are still being felt in Cumbria so it's vital the infrastructure is repaired to get tourism back on its feet, a park boss says.

    The chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority, Richard Leafe, says repairing damaged footpaths is vital to bring visitors back. 

    He said: "The rights of way infrastructure is really the veins and arteries in the visitor economy in Cumbria. 

    "So getting the message out that we are repairing that infrastructure, and indeed opening new footpaths, is vital to the recovery of the visitor economy."

    It's estimated it will cost £10m to repair the damage.

    People looking at lake view
  4. Sympathy for plans by Lowther Castle to charge for children

    A decision by a Cumbrian attraction to introduce an entry fee for children has been criticised by some local people. 

    Lowther Castle and Gardens near Penrith says it wants to charge £7 for children aged between three and 15 when its adventure playground opens in July. 

    It says the charge is comparable with entry fees at similar properties.

    Peter Frost Pennington, from Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass, says he has sympathy with Lowther: "I would love to be able to open Muncaster for free but we don't get any subsidies, and quite rightly so, and we have to cover our costs somehow." 

    Lowther Castle
  5. New trail alongside closed A591 opens

    Cyclists, walkers and horse riders have started using a new trail to allow them to get past a road closure near Grasmere. 

    The work was carried out by the Lake District National Park Authority and United Utilities after a section of the A591 at Dunmail Raise was washed away during Storm Desmond.

    Caroline Gilbert from British Cycling was one of the first people to use the new route.  "I was really impressed with it. It's a fantastic route to cycle along. Much more relaxed than if you were cycling along the road and you've got time to enjoy the view."

    Repair work on A591
  6. Warning over scam involving fake police officers

    Older people in Barrow are being warned about a scam involving fake police officers. 

    Cumbria Police says they've received two reports of people being phoned and told their money wasn't safe in the bank. 

    On one occasion an 81 year old woman handed over £5,100. Another woman was asked for over £9,000 but she later declined to part with it. 

    People are being warned not to give money or any personal details and to call the police 101 number if they're not sure whether a police officer is genuine or not.

    Cash in hand
  7. Flood defences in Keswick being repaired

    The glass panels lining the wall along the River Greta in Keswick are being refurbished after the floods in December. 

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  8. Minister describes Cumbria as 'peripheral part' of UK

    A government minister has described Cumbria as a "peripheral" part of the country. 

    Transport Minister Robert Goodwill was responding to a question from Workington's Labour MP Sue Hayman.  

    She was claiming there's a lack of plans for government investment in Cumbrian transport links. 

    In response, Mr Goodwill said: "Certainly we understand that all parts of our country, including the peripheral parts, do benefit from transport investment,  which is why it's such good news that this government does understand the importance of transport investment."

    Robert Goodwill
  9. Your pictures: Snow in Staveley

    Thank you to Ann in Staveley for sending this photo of snow in her garden this afternoon. Just days away from the first May bank holiday!

    If you've got a picture you'd like to share with us, get in touch on Twitter where we are @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or using our Facebook page.  

    Snowy garden
  10. Children's services 'going in right direction' says council

    Cumbria's Children's Services will continue to be run by the county council despite years of being judged "inadequate" by government inspectors. 

    Last year the department was rated inadequate for the third time in four years after Ofsted inspectors found serious failings in the way children in care were looked after. 

    But the county council has now been told there is no need for further intervention. 

    The council's Labour leader, Stewart Young, says: "We were disappointed with the most recent inspection but an awful lot of work has gone in over the past 12-18 months. We've more work to do but we're definitely going in the right direction."

    county council logo
  11. Voting ends today on scheme which could improve Barrow town centre

    Barrow could become the latest area of Cumbria to try to enhance its town centre by becoming a Business Improvement District. 

    Local business owners are voting on whether to adopt the scheme, which would require them to pay a levy. This would be used to improve the town's appearance, and promote it more effectively. 

    Today is the last day of voting.

    The steering group chairman, Phil Collier, says: "With the major investment planned elsewhere in the town, we want the right people with the right skills to come and live here and I believe we have to give them a decent offering as far as the town centre goes, as well as the people who already live here."

    Barrow town centre
  12. Royal visit to farm hit by winter floods

    The Duke of Gloucester has visited a Cumbrian farm badly hit by Storm Desmond.

    He was visiting in his capacity as president of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, a farming welfare charity that has paid out emergency grants of £88,000 to flood victims.  

    Low Bridge End Farm near Keswick, which is run by Graham and Sarah Chaplin-Brice, is downstream of Thirlmere Reservoir. 

    Graham Chaplin-Brice and the Duke look at gravel dumped on farmland

    Storm Desmond caused an estimated £200,000 worth of damage, including lost livestock and damage to an access bridge and walling and fencing. 

    In addition more than 6,000 tonnes of gravel was dumped across 20 acres of grassland. 

  13. Children's services department won't be taken over despite failings

    Cumbria's children's services will not be taken over by any other organisation despite years of failings, the government says.

    Inspectors found enough improvements had been made at the troubled county council department. 

    Last year children's services were rated inadequate for the third time in four years after Ofsted inspectors found serious failings in the way children in care were looked after. 

    Cumbria County Council says it's a positive outcome.

  14. Police release CCTV images after bar fight

    Police have released CCTV images in connection with an incident of affray at a pub in Carlisle last month.

    The incident happened at the Cumberland Inn on Botchergate on 18 March.

    It involved people fighting inside the bar, using chairs and other items as weapons.

    Anyone with information or who recognises the people pictured should contact Cumbria Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

    CCTV images
  15. Weather: Rain this afternoon, with wintry showers later

    A cloudy afternoon with rain, and possibly sleet and snow on higher ground. Temperatures will reach 8C (46F) at best, with strong winds. 

    There'll be more wintry showers tonight, with temperatures down to freezing.  

    See the forecast for your area here.

    Weather chart
  16. Mixed views over future of Tata Steel site in Shap

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    A Cumbrian community is waiting anxiously to see whether 30 jobs at a Tata Steel works are going to be safe. 

    Tata is selling its UK business and the section that includes the Workington plant has already been bought. But the future for the Shap Fell site is still unclear. It supplies the Port Talbot blast furnace with lime. 

    Dave Anderson runs the newsagents and Post Office in Shap. He says sub-contractors and other local businesses could be affected if the plant closes.  

    But Jean Jackson, who chairs the parish council, is more optimistic. 

    She says: "There are other job opportunities in the wider area. We don't often see people without a job, even those who have been made redundant in the various quarries over the years."   

    Tata Steel plant in Shap
  17. Kendal fireworks display may not go ahead this year

    It's unlikely that this year's firework display at Kendal Castle will go ahead because of difficulties complying with health and safety legislation. 

    In recent years the event has been organised by the Kendal South Westmorland Rotary Club. But it says it doesn't have the resources or expertise to continue. 

    The Town Council says it's happy to hear from any other organisations that would like to run the event instead.

    Fireworks over Kendal Castle
  18. Carlisle park cordoned off after a woman was raped

    A Carlisle park has been cordoned off after a woman was raped. 

    Police say she was attacked in St James' Park between 03:50 and 04:30 this morning. 

    Officers say the woman, who is 19, had met the man in the city centre. They then walked towards her home and when they entered the park he raped her. 

    The man had dark hair, and was wearing jeans and a grey top. 

    The police are carrying out inquiries in the Denton Holme area, and members of the public are being asked to stay away from the park.

    Police officer outside St. James' Park
  19. Aftermath of winter storms 'keeping visitors away' from Cumbria

    The effects of Storm Desmond are still being felt in Cumbria, with visitor numbers down by between 15 and 20%. 

    That's according to the chief executive of the Lake District National Park, Richard Leafe.

    He says it's going to cost about £10m to repair the damage to footpaths and other rights of way. The government has offered £3m.

    Feet on mountain