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  1. Updates on Monday 6 June 2016

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Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. We'll be back with more live updates 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 via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.

Weather: Showers easing to a dry night

Showers should ease this evening, leaving a dry, clear but muggy night. Temperatures will fall to around 14C (57F)  You can find the latest forecast here.

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Cockermouth bridge 'creates flood dam' says businessman

A bridge in Cockermouth is being blamed for some of the town's flood problems.

Gote Bridge

Jonty Chippendale, a local businessman, says: "As soon as the river hits the top of the arches Gote Bridge becomes a dam, and that dams us all to flooding, Frankly, the time has come for Gote bridge to go."

A report on flooding in the town, by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council, is being discussed today.

Stone smashes train window on Windermere line

British Transport Police say they've stepped up patrols on the Lakes railway line after a train window was smashed by a stone near Kendal.

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One of the passengers was Michael Crick, the Channel 4 political journalist.  

A BTP spokesman said the incident happened about 20:45 on Saturday.  There's an appeal for witnesses.

'CSI' dogs start training in county

Two specialist dogs have started training in Cumbria to help scenes of crime officers find traces of blood and similar clues,

Close up of search dog Harley
Cumbria Police

Harley (pictured) and Hansa are two fox-red Labradors and just nine weeks old.

They'll have 12 months' training in searching crime scenes and finding everything from traces of blood to bodies.

Sgt Mark Yielder from the police dog unit said: “Once fully trained, the dogs will be able to find vital evidence such as drops of bloods in a fraction of the time it would take officers to do so, cutting down the number of resources needed to search.”

Police IT failure hits phone system

Cumbria police say the force's call centre has been hit by a computer failure. 999 calls are being dealt with by emergency operators, but the centre cannot deal with 101 calls at the moment.

Fears voiced for Cumbrian cottage hospital

A meeting in North Cumbria this evening will discuss fears for the future of a town's cottage hospital.

Brampton hospital

Brampton War Memorial Hospital is one of nine similar facilities in communities across the north of the county, often used for older patients to recover after a stay in a main hospital in Carlisle or Whitehaven.

The trust that runs hospitals across north Cumbria has been struggling for years and a project called the success regime is now reviewing all the options. It says there'll be a public consultation later this year.

John Holland, who's chairman of the Brampton League of Friends, is organising the meeting at 19:30 at William Howard School in Brampton.

He says: "These beds are massively used, not just Brampton, all the community hospitals are 90% full because step-down patients desperately need those places to avoid clogging up the Cumberland Infirmary."

Met Office issues yellow warning for heavy rain on Tuesday afternoon

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy, thundery showers on Tuesday afternoon over parts of Cumbria. 

These will be slow moving, and whilst many places will miss the worst, they will bring some localised torrential downpours. 

People should be aware of the possibility of surface water flooding and travel disruption. The warning is in place from 14:00 until 21:00 on Tuesday.

Watch: Carlisle Cricket Club before and after the floods

What a difference six months makes - Carlisle Cricket Club was flooded in December by Storm Desmond but now it has been opened again for play.

Take a look at the before and after shots with our video here.

Carlisle United announce second signing today

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United have signed two wingers today - both 25 and both from League Two rivals.

Earlier, United announced the signing of Bermudan international Reggie Lambe from Mansfield on a one-year contract.

Now they say they've signed Jamie Devitt (pictured) from Morecambe on a two-year contract. He scored seven goals in 46 appearances last season.   

Jamie Devitt, signed by Carlisle from Morecambe on a two-year deal

Travel: Traffic slow on A590

BBC Travel

Temporary traffic lights are causing delays on the A590 in Dalton-In-Furness at the Park Road junction. Congestion on Park Road to the Millstone Avenue junction.  

You can get the latest updates here.

On Look North at lunchtime: Cricket played on ground six months after floods

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

It's hard to credit it, but six months ago Carlisle cricket club was not just flooded, but under 16ft of water - that's enough to sink a double decker bus without trace. 

But this weekend, in one of the biggest turnarounds in a county which has seen some truly Herculean efforts, Cumberland have begun the defence of their minor counties crown on that very same pitch. 

Mark McAlindon will have the reporton BBC One at 13:30.

Flooded Carlisle cricket ground

Weather: Mostly fine and warm this afternoon

Another mostly fine and very warm afternoon to come. The heat and humidity will however trigger a few isolated heavy showers over the Fells, with a low risk of thunder. 

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Maximum Temperature: 24C (75F). 

Cumbrian health group nominated for national award

Cumbria's health watchdog has been shortlisted for a national award.

Healthwatch Cumbria scrutinises the organisations providing health and social care in the county. It has been chosen from more than 120 entries for its work to improve the county's maternity services.

The winner will be announced on Thursday.

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Healthwatch Cumbria

A new 'Shakespeare's Oak' planted in Kendal

A tree has been planted in Kendal to replace an oak which had marked the 300th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.

'Shakespeare's Oak' was planted at Kendal Green in 1864, but was cut down in 2009 because it had developed a fungal disease.

The planting of the new sapling coincides with the 400th anniversary of the death of The Bard.

The new sapling planted at the site of 'Shakespeare's Oak' at Kendal Green

Carlisle United sign new winger

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United have signed 25-year-old winger Reggie Lambe from League Two rivals Mansfield Town.

The Bermudan international scored five goals in 39 appearances last season. He spent a lot of his early career playing in Canada and Sweden.

He has signed a one-year contract with Carlisle, with the option of a further year after that.

Reggie Lambe, scoring for Mansfield Town (against Leyton Orient)

Flood-hit school fully reopens six months on

A school flooded by 3ft (0.9m) of water during Storm Desmond has fully reopened for the first time six months on.

Crosby-on-Eden School, near Carlisle, had to be stripped out and refurbished following the deluge in December when record-breaking amounts of rain fell in Cumbria.

Temporary cabins were put in place in the playground to house classes.

Head teacher Ayesha Weston welcomed the return of 100 school pupils to the original building earlier on Monday.

Crosby-on-Eden School

Fans of The Stone Roses queue for Carlisle gig tickets

North West Evening Mail


The Stone Roses announced yesterday that they would be playing at Carlisle's Sands Centre on Wednesday.

Last month, the band released its first single for 21 years.

Tickets went on sale at the venue's box office from midday but only to fans who went along with a Stone Roses record, concert ticket or T-shirt.

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The North West Evening Mail reported that hundreds of fans queued for tickets which sold out in about four hours.

Flood grant advice on offer this week

There will be a session for people to get free flood grant advice at Kendal Sandylands Church between 10:00 and 14:00.

It is one of a number of sessions being helf at different locations this week.

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Cricket: Cumberland v Suffolk to continue

BBC Cumbria

Six months ago, Carlisle Cricket Club's ground was left deep under water by the flooding caused by Storm Desmond.

Yesterday, minor counties champions Cumberland began their defence of their crown at the ground.

Cumberland will resume their first innings on 93-6 at Carlisle today - 119 runs behind Suffolk  

Carlisle cricket ground

Environment Agency to review systems after Cockermouth floods

The Environment Agency says it will review its flood warning systems after a report into the Cockermouth floods during Storm Desmond in December when more than 460 properties in the town were flooded.

The report, by the agency and Cumbria County Council, has made 17 suggested actions to try to prevent future flooding.

One criticism was that flood warnings weren't issued quickly enough.

We're reviewing our flood warning and modelling forecasting systems, and we'll look to improve those to ensure that people get much more time and warning should we ever be in a similar situation again

Andy BrownFlood and Coastal Risk Manager at the Environment Agency

Cockermouth 'not given enough warning of December floods'

A report into the flooding in Cockermouth during Storm Desmond in December has found that flood warnings weren't issued quickly enough.

The flood investigation report, produced by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council, also said the new flood defences in the town weren't high enough to cope with river levels.

There are 17 suggested actions to prevent future flooding. There's a public meeting at Christ Church in Cockermouth at 17:00 to discuss the report.

Gote Road in Cockermouth during the floods
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Weather: Fine start to the day, a few isolated heavy showers later

It will be a fine start to the day with plenty of sunshine allowing it to become very warm for many, coolest on the coast in places such as Whitehaven and Barrow-In-Furness. 

This will trigger a few isolated heavy showers in the afternoon with a low risk of thunder. 

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Maximum Temperature: 24C (75F).

No arrests at Appleby Horse Fair this weekend

The police say there were no arrests at the Appleby Horse Fair at the weekend.

But, on Saturday afternoon, armed officers were part of a road block on the A66 to stop a group getting to the fair. The police believed they were planning to cause trouble.

As the horse fair now draws to a close, motorists are being warned to look out for horse drawn vehicles on the roads leaving the area.

Motorists are being warned about horse drawn vehicles on the roads around Appleby

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Morning! Welcome to our updates on Monday 6 June 2016. 

It's been a bright morning across much of the county so far, but you might need your brolly later as the forecast includes some heavy showers.

We'll bring you news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cumbria across the day.

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.