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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 May 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

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. 

Hopefully, 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 on Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or on our Facebook page

Weather: Wet and windy tonight and tomorrow

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will spread from the west overnight, some of these heavy. Strengthening south westerly winds but it will remain quite mild with lows of 11C (52F). 

A wet and blustery start to the day tomorrow. Brighter spells in the afternoon, but heavy showers will continue. Highs of 14C (57F). 

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Improvements along Hadrian's Wall will hopefully attract more visitors

More than £400,000 has been spent on making it easier for people to enjoy and experience Hadrian's Wall.

The government grant has helped to secure the 'Go North East AD122' bus service for a further four years.

There will also be new ‘Hadrian’s Wall Welcome Hubs’ in places like Carlisle, Haltwhistle and Hexham railway stations.

Money has also been spent on a new website and other marketing. 

Hadrian's Wall

People in Keswick to be consulted over future flood prevention plans

People living in Keswick are being asked how they would protect it from flooding in the future. 

The town was badly flooded in December when the Rivers Greta and Derwent hit their highest recorded levels and more than 500 properties were affected. 

Cumbria County Council and the Environment Agency have published a draft report into what caused the flooding and what needs to happen next, including looking into the build-up of gravel, and the obstruction caused by the Greta Bridge. 

People can go along to the Greta Gardens retirement home for flood advice from 17:00 this evening and can comment on the draft report, which will go on display from 19:00. 

Flood damage in Keswick

Your pictures: Penrith and the fells in their Spring colours

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo, showing lovely fresh green fields and trees, was taken by BBC Weather Watcher 'woodieonthehill' earlier this afternoon.  

See more from the BBC Weather Watchers here. 


Cumbrian family who lost son in Afghanistan see memorial unveiled

The family of a Cumbrian soldier who was killed in Afghanistan has watched the unveiling of a new plaque, dedicated to his regiment. 

David Shaw from Barrow was 23 when he was killed by a gunshot wound in 2013. 

The plaque, for the Duke of Lancaster's, has been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire by the Queen today. 

Kingsman Shaw's father, who's also called David, says: "It's just having a sense that there is something there to remember David by.  It's nice to know that we can go and visit and spend some quiet moments there. It's a beautiful place."


Volunteer seed collectors being sought to help save Cumbria's trees

Seeds from some of Cumbria's trees are being collected as part of a project to ensure their long-term survival. 

The UK National Tree Seed Project has been set up to help the research into pests, and diseases such as ash dieback. 

The Woodland Trust is asking for volunteers to help it collect the seeds which will be sent to a seed bank at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

Kew Gardens

NUT 'not too concerned' by amount spent on supply teachers in Cumbria

A teachers' union says the £5m spent on supply teachers in Cumbria last year represents just a small part of the education budget. 

The figures have been released by the Department for Education, following a Freedom of Information request by the BBC. 

Supply teachers are needed when permanent staff are off sick, on a training course or where a post is unfilled for a while.   

Although some union representatives claim the figures are a sign of a recruitment crisis, Chris Brooksbank from the National Union of Teachers says he isn't too concerned.

He said: "£5m sounds a lot of money and it is a lot of money but it's not an awful lot of money in terms of the education budget. It's about 2% of staffing costs approximately."


Motorcyclist dies in overtaking crash

A motorcyclist has died following a crash while trying to overtake on a road in Lancashire.

The 65-year-old man was on the northbound A6 near Yealand Conyers in the Carnforth area and crashed as a car turned right on to Tarn Lane on Monday.

The man, from the Warton area, suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene. No-one else was injured.

The road was closed for more than five hours. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Day five of the Brathay '10 in 10' marathon event

The Brathay Trust, a charity for young people based near Ambleside stages the epic '10 in 10' event every year. The runners run ten marathons in 10 days. Some photos from day four are below.

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Weather: Rain this afternoon and this evening

BBC Weather

A cloudy day, with rain forecast this afternoon. Temperatures will reach 16C (61F) in light winds. 

The rain will spread through the county tonight and the winds will pick up. It will remain mild, with lows of 11C (52F).

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Cancer survivor runs 132 miles across Cumbrian fells in less than 48 hours

A cancer survivor has completed a 132-mile fell run across the Lake District's highest peaks in less than 48 hours.

Nicky Spinks, 49, is only the second person to complete a double Bob Graham Round within 48 hours.

A complete single round is a 66-mile circuit of 42 summits within the space of 24 hours.

See the full story here.

Nicky Spinks

Cumbrian man at centre of Bob Dylan controversy 50 years ago

Fifty years ago, Bob Dylan was at the centre of a storm, with arguments raging on both sides of the Atlantic about whether his decision to play electric sets meant he had sold out his folk roots.

The controversy began at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival in the US, where he was booed when he played electric and it came to a head, unexpectedly, towards the end of his 1966 world tour at a concert in Manchester on 17 May.

Frustrated by what he was hearing, John Cordwell from Cumbria decided to vent his fury as the sound ebbed before Dylan's final song of the set with a heckle that has become one of the most famous in musical history.

He shouted a single word - "Judas".

See the full story here.

Bob Dylan on stage
Mark Makin

Cumbrian firm one of only two in the UK able to recycle paper coffee cups

The UK uses about seven million paper coffee cups a day but only 1% get recycled, due to the plastic the paper is combined with.

BBC Radio 5 live's Rowan Bridge had exclusive access to James Cropper PLC near Kendal in Cumbria, one of only two sites in the UK that recycle paper cups.

Hear her report here. 

Coffee cup

Family to attend a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum

A family from Cumbria, whose son was killed in Afghanistan, will join the Queen today as she unveils a plaque dedicated to the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. 

David Shaw, 23, from Barrow, was killed by a gunshot wound in 2013. 

His family will be amongst those attending a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

National Arboretum

Weather: Cloudier today, with rain possible later

BBC Weather

A bit cloudier than yesterday, and it may rain later but temperatures will reach 16C (61F).  

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Travel: Possible delays in Longtown

BBC Travel

There are temporary traffic lights and roadworks on the A6071 in Longtown near the Junction 45 of the M6.

See all the latest travel details here.

Cost of supply teachers evidence of 'recruitment crisis'

More than £5m was spent on supply teachers in Cumbria's schools in the last financial year. 

The figures come from the Department for Education, as the result of a Freedom of Information request from the BBC. 

They show that schools in Cumbria spent £5.1m in the year 2014 to 2015 buying-in teachers to cover absences in both primary and secondary schools. 

Teaching unions say the figures reflect a "serious teacher recruitment and retention crisis". 


Welcome to our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning. The weather is a bit dull where I am this morning but the birds are in fine voice!

I'll keep you up to date with all the news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria today. 

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