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  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 May 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Lee Macaulay

    BBC Cumbria Live

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

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

    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: Dry tonight and milder still tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It'll be largely dry overnight with clear spells before another settled and dry day with lots of sunny spells.

    Lows of 5C (41F) tonight and highs of 16C (61F) tomorrow.

    The forecast looks like this evening and overnight for Carlisle, you can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather website.

    Evening and overnight forecast for Carlisle
  3. Cumbrian adventurer to travel across Greenland using kitepower

    A Cumbrian climber and adventurer is attempting to travel 1,000 miles across Greenland by snowkiting.

    Leo Houlding, 35, is planning to make the journey from Kangerlussuaq in the south west Greenland and finish in one of the most northely towns on Earth, Qaanaaq with experienced snowkiter Bruce Corrie from Kendal.

    Snowkiting involves a skier using a kite to provide the power needed to glide on snow or ice. 

    The expedition begins on Friday and the pair aim to complete the trip with a month.

    Leo Houlding takes a selfie while snowkiting
  4. Bid for remaining Tata Steel UK assets likely

    Liberty House plans to submit a formal bid on Tuesday to buy Tata Steel's UK assets, which include the Port Talbot works employing about 4,000 people.

    An operation including a workshop in Workington that employs 228 people has already been sold in a separate deal but there's still uncertainty about the future of 30 jobs at Shap.

    Liberty, headed by Sanjeev Gupta, was first to express an interest in the assets when they were put up for sale.

    A spokesman for Liberty told the BBC that the firm had put together a team of advisers and financial backers.

    Tata Steel UK in Shap
  5. Family of Cumbrian man imprisoned in India meet Government minister

    The family of a man from Wigton who has been convicted of weapons offences in India has met a foreign office minister as part of their efforts to bring him home. 

    John Armstrong is serving a five year sentence for illegal weapon possession while working on an anti-piracy ship.

    His sister Joanne Armstrong met the Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire in Carlisle.

    He was charged alongside five other British men who have all always protested their innocence.

    BBC News spoke to the men in January shortly after they had been sentenced by an Indian court:

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    Video caption: Anti-piracy workers react to jail terms
  6. Rally held in Carlisle for British men jailed in India

    The families of six British men who are imprisoned in India over weapons charges have held a rally in Carlisle to raise awareness of their situation. 

    John Armstrong from Wigton is one of the men who were sentenced to five years in jail for possessing illegal weapons while on an anti-piracy ship.

    The men have always protested their innocence.

    The rally came ahead of a meeting between the men's families and the Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire.

    Screengrab of rally in Carlisle for jailed British men in India
  7. Cumbria museum marks 25th anniversary of major extension

    A museum in Carlisle is celebrating the 25th anniversary of a visit by the Her Majesty the Queen to open a new wing.

    The extension at Tullie House opened in 1990.

    It added an art gallery, shop and lecture theatre to the building which has been in use since the late 18th century.

    The Tullie House museum and art gallery
  8. Cumbrians taking adult education courses drops by quarter since 2012

    The number of people taking adult education courses in Cumbria has dropped by 4,000 over the last four years. 

    There were 16,046 enrolments in Cumbria Adult Education for the 2011/12 academic year and 11,957 in 2014/15.

    Cumbria County Council says it's down to a freeze in funding for courses which the Government describes as "leisure courses" and towards English and maths courses. 

    A Government spokespman said: "Funding for the Further Education sector has not only been protected, but will increase in cash terms under this government."

  9. Election 2016: The issues for South Lakeland

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    Affordable housing, support for businesses and recycling are just some of the issues voters will be thinking about this week in South Lakeland.

    Seventeen seats are up for election this Thursday on South Lakeland District Council which is held by the Liberal Democrats.

    The parties standing in the district have been telling BBC News that there's a need to provide enough housing for local people.

    Some though are warning that it shouldn't mean building on too many green sites and ruining the area's countryside. 

    A Ballot Box

    Another issue is the council's efforts to promote business growth in South Lakeland.

    There are still businesses across the area recovering from flood damage suffered in December.

    One more thing to watch out for is recycling and rubbish collection.

    SLDC is in the process of rolling out on-street recycling collection across the district but that's been delayed in some areas like Windermere.

    The council plans to introduce collections in the Lakes area in the autumn.

  10. South Cumbrian town is one of the country's top for voting

    A town in South Cumbria is in the top 10 wards for turnout over the last three local elections, according to an analysis by BBC News.

    Data gathered by the Electoral Commission shows that three out of four (76.22%) eligible voters living in Sedbergh cast a ballot in the 2015 local elections.

    One seat on South Lakeland District Council is up for grabs in Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale during this Thursday's local elections.

    Chart showing highest election turnouts in district council elections
  11. Man appears in court charged with Barrow man's murder

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    A man has been remanded in custody after being charged with the murder of another man in Barrow.

    Damien Hill, 44, of no fixed address, appeared at Furness Magistrates Court earlier.

    Guy Hamilton, 35, who lived on Meetings View in Ormsgill in Barrow, died shortly after arriving in hospital on Saturday night. 

    In a brief hearing, magistrates in Barrow remanded Mr Hill in custody to a bail hearing a Preston Crown Court on Thursday. 

  12. Man, 82, dies following two-vehicle crash

    An 82-year-old man died in a two-car crash on the A66 at Braithwaite near Keswick.

    The man from the Braithwaite area who was driving a silver Toyota Avensis died on Sunday after suffering serious injuries.

    The driver of a blue VW Bora, a 24 year old man, is still being treated for serious injuries.

    The A66 was closed for several hours following the collision on Friday afternoon and officers are asking for witnesses in the area to contact them. 

  13. Flood volunteer group hopes to raise £50k with cookery book

    A cookery book featuring recipes suggested by celebrities has gone on sale to raise money for charities helping victims of flooding in Cumbria. 

    The Up To Our Necks charity cookbook will feature recipes from presenters Helen Skelton, Julia Bradbury and the actress Wendi Peters. 

    There's a target of £50,000 and the proceeds raised will be split between Eden Flood Volunteers and farming charity the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. 

    Helen Skelton in the Lake District
  14. Star Wars fan to climb Scafell Pike dressed as stormtrooper

    A Star Wars fan who walked to the tops of Snowdon and Ben Nevis while dressed as a stormtrooper plans to tackle England's tallest mountain.

    Ashley Broomhall hopes to make the trek on Wednesday, the date of which - May the fourth- is often linked to the Star Wars phrase "May the force..."

    He will wear his stormtrooper armour for the walk up 3,208ft (978m) Scafell Pike in the Lake District.

    Mr Broomhall wore the costume for the treks up the two taller peaks (pictured below on Ben Nevis).

    Ashley Broomhall on the summit of Ben Nevis last year
  15. Woman rescued from Cumbrian mountain following allergic reaction

    A woman has been flown by air ambulance to hospital from a Cumbrian mountain after suffering an allergic reaction. 

    The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to Blencathra on Sunday at 13:00 to treat the 18 year old woman from Cockermouth.

    She was treated on the scene before being flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. 

    Air Ambulance Pride of Cumbria at Blencathra
  16. Cumbrian schoolchildren kept off school as part of primary tests protest

    Parents in Cumbria are among those who have taken their children out of primary schools today as part of national protests. 

    Some parents say that mandatory testing is putting their children under too much stress. 

    Janine Chapman lives in the Upper Eden Valley and told BBC Radio Cumbria's Neil Smith her child had been put under huge pressure by the curriculum.

    "He's having night terrors and nightmares," she said.

    "He gets very very frustrated when he's doing his homework and he can't get the answer straight away.

    "It's not the teachers and it's not the school.

    "It's the narrowed curriculum and this testing regime that's the problem."

    Primary School pupils during a lesson

    But the Education Minister Nick Gibb says that the National Curriculum assessments, or SATs, are important for improving standars.

    He said: "Schools should not be putting pressure on young people when taking these assessments. 

    "I've been to many schools where the children don't even know they're taking the tests.

    "They don't have an effect on the children themselves because they have no consequences for the children.

    "They are to hold schools to account to make sure that every school in the country is equipping children with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed."

  17. North Cumbrian man dies following crash near Carlisle

    A man from Roweltown near Carlisle has died following a crash between Roweltown and Longtown. 

    Eddie Morrow, 48, was driving a yellow BMW which hit a tree on a bend at around 21:45 on Monday, according to Cumbria Police. 

    Officers are appealing for people who saw the collision or the car which was travelling from Roweltown towards Longtown earlier that evening. 

    No other vehicles were involved in the crash.