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  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 May 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria 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. We hope 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 via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page

  2. 'Still unclear if dog that killed West Cumbrian man was a banned breed'

    Cumbria Police say it won't be known until tomorrow whether a dog that killed a man at the weekend was a banned breed. 

    The 45-year-old was attacked in a house on Robert Owen Avenue in Cleator Moor on Sunday afternoon.

    It's thought the dog could be a Staffordshire Pit Bull type but this has yet to be confirmed. 

    Ingrid Grayling is a dog trainer in Penrith. She says the breed of a dog doesn't necessarily indicate whether or not it will pose a threat: "Potentially you could say that any dog could be dangerous or turn on you. I think it's more to do with training or that people possibly don't understand the type of breed they've got." 

  3. First osprey chick hatches at Foulshaw Moss

    It's a mixed week for Cumbria's ospreys, with two chicks sadly being snatched by a magpie from the nest at Bassenthwaite.

    But in better news, the first chick has hatched on the nest at Foulshaw Moss in South Cumbria. 

    Three eggs were laid about a month ago and now the first has hatched.

    This is the third clutch of chicks the osprey pair has produced.  They successfully fledged three chicks last year. 

    Hundreds of people have been visiting the viewing platform at the nature reserve which lies just off the A590 near Witherslack. 

    Chick on the nest
  4. Weather: Cloudier tonight and rain at times tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Turning cloudier overnight, although it'll remain largely dry. It won't be as cold as last night, with lows of around 7C (45F). 

    A cloudier start to the day tomorrow, with a few bright spells initially. Outbreaks of rain will develop throughout the day, some heavy. Drier across western parts for a time, with highs of around 12C (54F).   

    See the forecast for your area here.

    Weather chart
  5. MP is 'badgering ministers' over future of mental health unit

    A Cumbrian MP has helped collect more than 1,500 signatures from people who are against the closure of a mental health unit at Kendal's hospital. 

    The Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust says the Kentmere Ward will close at the end of June. 

    But Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, says: "I'm badgering health ministers as well to make sure they get on side. It's very important that mental health is not seen as second division as compared to physical health. It's very wrong when you get a proposal like this."

    Westmorland General
  6. Cumbria tourism industry 'benefiting from downturn in foreign holidays'

    It's thought Cumbria's tourism industry is benefiting from a downturn in people taking holidays abroad.

    Figures show there's been a 90% fall in UK visitors to Tunisia after last year's terror attacks. 

    Jonathan Denby from the Lakes Hospitality Association says: "I think there will be a natural tendency for people, if they think it's dangerous to go to their usual destinations, to look elsewhere. The Lakes is the obvious choice, There's no doubt, at all, that the area does get a knock-on effect from this kind of tragedy."

    Walkers on fell above a lake
  7. Your pictures: Lakeland fells at their best

    These photos were taken near the Blencathra Field Studies Centre earlier today. It makes you want to get your walking boots on doesn't it?!

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  8. Tick disease warning to Cumbria walkers

    There's a warning in Cumbria today about the risks posed by a common tick which carries Lyme disease.

    Some people in Cumbria say they've had to wait years before being correctly diagnosed, and treated, for a disease that causes severe health problems.


    Tracy Clarkson was bitten by a tick in Arnside 11 years ago and has suffered severe complications. She says doctors simply didn't believe she could have the illness.

    "My Mum was a nurse who knew about Lyme disease. She asked doctor after doctor, could this be Lyme disease? But we were told absolutely not, it's very rare, this is not Lyme disease."

    The advice is to avoid long grass and to wear long trousers and sleeves.

  9. Cumbrians urged to support the county's agricultural shows

    People in Cumbria are being urged to support the county's farmers by turning up to one of the many agricultural shows this summer. 

    The Federation of Show Societies says 650 farms were affected by Storm Desmond in December and many farmers are still recovering from the floods. 

    Keswick Show has already been cancelled after the site suffered extensive water damage.  

    Ponies at Keswick Show
  10. Gulls 'spoiling' Barrow's sporting venues

    A Barrow Raiders' fan says more should be done to stop gulls leaving their mark on the town's sporting venues. 

    Barrow's rugby league match against Toulouse had to be delayed while officials cleaned the pitch. 

    Chris Brunton went to the game at Craven Park and says: " If they announced at the start of the game and at half-time, tell people not to put food on the floor. There are bins but no-one uses them. They smell the chips and the pies and that's what they come for, but if no-one throws it on the ground they'll go away, won't they."

  11. Weather: Fine, dry and feeling warm

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a fine and dry day with plenty of sunny spells. It will be feeling warm in the sunshine with mostly light winds, although it will turn breezier in the afternoon.  

    Weather graphic

    Check the forecast where you are.

  12. Magpies steal Cumbrian osprey chicks

    More on the story we brought you earlier that magpies have taken two osprey chicks from their nest near Bassenthwaite.

    Osprey in otherwise empty nest

    Three chicks hatched in the nest last week. The Lake District Osprey Project, which uses cameras to monitor the nest around the clock, says the second chick was taken by a magpie while the adults were chasing others. 

  13. Watch the Foulshaw ospreys feeding chick live on camera

    The osprey chick on the nest at Foulshaw Moss in South Cumbria hatched earlier this week.

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  14. Cumbrian holidaymakers avoiding certain countries

    British holidaymakers are avoiding Tunisia this summer following the terror attacks there last year. 

    Figures from the Tunisian Tourist Board show a 90% fall in UK visitors for the first four months of the year after the Foreign Office cautioned against all but essential travel to the country. 

    Paul Cusack from Cockermouth Travel says:  "People are also avoiding Greece which is crazy really. 

    "There have been some issues with refugees going through Greece but it's not affecting 99% of the islands and the mainland." 

    Meanwhile, the Tunisian ambassador to the UK is asking the Foreign Office to change its advice to tourists. Nabil Ammar says the UK government hasn't taken into account improvements in security since last year.

    Tunisian beach
  15. Cumbrian pub in running for a national award today

    A Cumbrian pub could be named the best in Britain today. 

    The White Mare in Beckermet, near Egremont, has already won the Best Pub in Cumbria category in the National Pub and Bar Awards. 

    It will now be judged against 93 other county winners for its customer service, product range and internal design. 

    Beer glass