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  1. Updates on Friday 20 May 2016

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  1. Our live coverage for the day

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria Live

    Our live updates for Cumbria have finished here for today. 

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

    Have a great weekend and hopefully, you'll join us back here 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: breezy with showers

    BBC Weather

    There'll be further sunny spells for the rest of the afternoon with the odd shower, and it's set to turn cloudy later on as outbreaks of rain spread north-eastwards.

    Here's tonight's forecast for Wasdale Head.

    You can find the forecast for your local area at the BBC Weather website.

    Evening weather for Wasdale Head
  3. Cumbrian newspaper wins national award

    The Cumberland News has been named Best Weekly Newspaper with a Circulation under 20,000 at the Regional Press Awards.

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    The judges said it was a "a great old-school weekly with an assured sense of identity standing proudly for the interests of the regional community. "

    Fellow CN Group newspaper the News and Star was highly commended in its category for Best Daily Newspaper (under 20,000) and Newsquest's The Westmorland Gazette was highly commended in the Best Weekly Newspaper (over 20,000).

  4. Public supports South Cumbrian college merger, say principals

    Public reaction to plans that would see Barrow Sixth Form College merge with the Furness College has been broadly supportive, according to the institutions. 

    Barrow Sixth Form College has debts totaling £500,000 and the move would allow them to be written off.

    Officials says the move would benefit students because the merged institution would be able to offer a better choice of academic and vocational subjects.

    Eighteen responses were received during a public consultation.

  5. West Cumbrian MP calls on Government to lower Nuclear Police retirement age

    Labour MP for Copeland Jamie Reed has written to the Energy Secretary Amber Rudd to press for Civil Nuclear Constabulary officers to be able to retire at the same age as regular police officers.

    The Civil Nuclear Constabulary guards Britain's nuclear sites including Sellafield in west Cumbria.

    Jamie Reed speaking in Westminster Hall

    During the most recent reforms of police pensions, the retirement age for police officers was set at 60.

    However, Civil Nuclear Police Officers who are overseen by the Department for Energy and Climate Change are set to retire at the state pension age of 65 in line with broader reforms for civil servants.

    Ground was broken on a new training facility for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary near Sellafield on Monday.

  6. Haverigg prison legal high drug death 'almost inevitable'

    A fatality caused by legal highs such as Spice is "almost inevitable" at a prison in Cumbria, a prison watchdog has warned.

    The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) at HMP Haverigg was widespread.

    Chairman Mick Ross told Mike Zeller at Breakfast on BBC Radio Cumbria  that prisoners were "very inventive" and got drugs into jail "in the most amazing ways".

    The Prison Service said it took a "zero tolerance approach to contraband".

    It added it worked to "prosecute those involved".

  7. Fraudster 'stole from fund set up to help Cumbrian communities'

    Serial conman James Cox has been jailed for six years after stealing £40,000 from Britain's Energy Coast.

    Cox had provided a false CV and references to get a job at the Government-funded development agency.

    Quote Message: James Cox has stolen over £40,000 from a fund set up to help communities in Cumbria that need it most, he has put jobs and community projects at risk." from Detective Dan St Quintin from Cumbria Police
    Detective Dan St Quintinfrom Cumbria Police

    He's urged companies to be diligent when taking on new clients or staff.

    He said: "Check CVs, follow up references and report any suspicions quickly.

    "Britain’s Energy Coast did this, so we were able to catch Cox." 

  8. Cumbrian town overlooked for flood recovery says business owner

    One of Appleby's business owners says that the town is still struggling to recover from the December floods.

    Many of the businesses were inundated by floodwaters on The Sands are now open again.

    Quote Message: I think Appleby's getting a little bit forgotten really from Jackie Kirkpatrick Furniture shop owner
    Jackie KirkpatrickFurniture shop owner

    Here's a report from the weekend that Storm Desmond hit the county:  

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    Video caption: Flood water submerges street in Appleby, Cumbria

    Jackie Kirkpatrick owns the furniture shop Jak and Co and says the town is often overlooked in favour of the Lake District.

    "People do think of Cumbria and think of the Lake District," she said.

    "I think Appleby's getting a little bit forgotten really.

    "So we do need to see more tourists and we also need locals to support us."

  9. Cumbrian sport reporter highly commended at Regional Press Awards

    Carlisle United reporter for the Cumberland News and the News and Star Jon Colman has been highly commended in the Weekly Sports Journalist award at the Regional Press Awards.

    The ceremony's being held in London now.

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  10. James Cox admitted lying to get job with firm he defrauded

    Convicted fraudster James Cox who admitted lying to get a job at an energy firm he then defrauded of more than £40,000 has been jailed for six years.

    The 51-year-old forged a signature to fraudulently obtain £40,687 from Cumbria firm Britain's Energy Coast in May last year, which he spent on a Jaguar car, Carlisle Magistrates' Court heard.  

    He admitted committing fraud to get the job, obtaining the £40,687 through fraud and four counts of transferring criminal property, which related to his swapping the Jaguar for other cars.  

    He had previously been sentenced to two five-year jail terms for fraud offences.  

    James Cox
  11. BreakingSerial fraudster jailed for six years

    Mark McAlindon

    BBC Look North

    A serial conman who lied his way into a top job with a Cumbrian development agency has been jailed for six years.

    James Cox provided a false CV to become finance director at Britain's Energy Coast in Whitehaven and then stole £40,000 to buy luxury cars. 

    Today at Carlisle Crown Court, Cox - who has previous convictions for fraud - was jailed for six years. 

  12. Weather: sunshine and passing showers

    A few passing showers this afternoon but brighter skies and some sun shine will come from the west. 

    Getting cloudy with more rain this evening.

    Highs around 16C.

    Here's the outlook for Wasdale Head (I'm jealous if you're planning a wander around there) this afternoon, why not check your own local forecast on the BBC Weather website. 

    Afternoon forecast for Wasdale Head
  13. Cumbrian newspapers up for awards today

    Four of the county's newspapers will find out if they've won awards celebrating the best in local and regional journalism today.

    The Westmorland Gazette (weekly newspaper above 20,000),The Cumberland News (weekly newspaper below 20,000) and The News and Star (daily/sunday newspaper below 20,000) are all vying to be best newspaper in their category.

    The Cumberland News has also received two nominations for Campaign of the Year, one for Supplement of the Year and one for Front Page of the Year for their edition following the floods:

    Front page of The Cumberland News

    The North West Evening Mail is also nominated for Front Page of the Year.

  14. Cumbrian minister in Keswick for Floods Partnership meeting

    Cumbrian MP and the floods minister Rory Stewart says that the lessons learned about flooding here in Cumbria will be applied in the rest of the country.

    The Conservative MP is taking part in a Cumbria Floods Partnership meeting being held in Keswick to hear from people who were affected in December.

    He says that the most senior officials will listen to what people in Cumbria say about the floods.

    He said: "They shouldn't ever hold back from challenging us or pushing us because often it's easy for a scientist or a water expert to come up with a plan but it's the locals that really understand what the water did."

  15. Professors hired to attact staff to West Cumbrian hospital

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Two professors have been hired to work at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven to make it a more attractive prospect for new doctors who want to train there. 

    Hiring high profile staff is one of the objectives of the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime that has been asked to help improve healthcare services in the county. 

    The independent mayor of Copeland Mike Starkie (pictured) thinks many people will be happy to see their arrival.

    He said: "This initiative's now really starting to get legs with the appointment of UK renowned professors.

    "So I think it's fantastic news. It's not going to solve all the problems of West Cumberland Hospital but it's certainly going to be a big step in the right direction."

    Mike Starkie appearing on BBC One's Sunday Politics North East and Cumbria
  16. Visitor numbers up in Lake District village after A591 reopens

    Businesses in Hawkshead say visitor numbers have increased significantly since the reopening of the A591 between Grasmere and Keswick, even though the village isn't on the main road itself. 

    The A591 collapsed during Storm Desmond in December and was reopened last week.

    Only a few properties were flooded during December's storms but the effects were felt on the village according to Maria Whitehead from Hawkshead Relish.

    She said: "Road closures and bridges being down and... businesses being closed has had an enormous impact on visitor numbers coming to Hawkshead as whole."

    She says that's starting to change now though.

    "We've seen coaches coming back, already, there seems to be a greater number of vehicles on the road." 

  17. New path opens around Cumbrian lake

    A new path around Derwentwater opens today coinciding with this year's Keswick Mountain Festival

    The 10-mile route passes through ancient woodland and along the shores of the lake.

    Derwent water

    It has been paid for by the Keswick Tourism Association, the National Trust and the Lake District National Park.   

    The Derwentwater Walk will be officially opened by TV presenter and festival speaker Julia Bradbury later this morning.   

  18. Prison Service responds to drug death fears at Cumbrian prison

    The Prison Service says it has got a "zero tolerance approach" to contraband in its prisons including HMP Haverigg in South Cumbria.

    It's after the Haverigg Independent Monitoring Board said in its annual report that a death caused by drug abuse was "almost inevitable" despite hard work by prison staff to tackle drug abuse.

    A Prison Service spokesman said: "We take a zero tolerance approach to contraband in our prisons and work closely with the police and Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute those involved.

    "We have already legislated to make smuggling new psychoactive substances into prison illegal and those caught trying to throw packages over prison walls can now face up to two years in jail.

    "However we must do more, which is why we are investing £1.3bn to transform the prison estate, to better support rehabilitation and tackle bullying, violence and drugs."

  19. Cumbrian netballer explains why the sport took over her life

    BBC Sport

    Carlisle's Helen Housby plays professionally for the England Netball and Superleague side Manchester Thunder as Goal Attack and Goal Shooter. 

    She's been telling BBC Sport why she chose netball:

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    Video caption: Helen Housby on why she chose netball