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  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 June 2016

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  2. Lake District tourist "steamer" to mark 125th birthday

    The company that runs the historic boats known as "steamers" on Windermere says it's preparing to celebrate 125 years since one of its fleet was built.  

    MV Tern was launched on the lake on 27th June 1891, and is said to be one of just a handful of boats of her size from the Victorian era that are still sailing.  

    MV Tern on Windermere

    Windermere Lake Cruises estimates their vessel has covered about a million miles, and carried more than 17 million passengers.  

    To mark the anniversary, there'll be an evening cruise re-uniting some of the Tern's previous captains and crews.  

  3. Cumbrian college celebrates A-Level figures

    A Cumbrian college says new government figures show it's achieving the second highest A-Level results in the whole region. 

    External photo of Barrow 6th Form College

    Barrow Sixth Form College on Rating Lane says official figures from the Department for Education's Skills Funding Agency give it an an overall A-Level achievement rate of 97.4% for the academic year 2014-15, putting it in second place in the North-West behind Rochdale Sixth Form College. 

    Nationally, Barrow says it's ranked 16th out of 93 sixth form colleges for A-Level achievement. 

  4. BreakingMan guilty of drugs charges following festival death

    A man has been convicted of plotting to supply class A drugs at the Kendal Calling music festival.

    Michael Mountfort, 42, will be sentenced in August along with two other men who have admitted their roles in the conspiracy.

    It followed a police investigation into the death of 18-year-old festival-goer Christian Pay, pictured.

    Mr Pay, of Millom, died in hospital having been taken ill at the Kendal Calling site near Penrith last July.

    Mountfort denied the charges and went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court, and was today found guilty by a jury of six men and six women.

    Judge Barbara Forrester adjourned his case until 1 August.

    Christian Pay
  5. Zoo pleaded guilty to two other breaches at earlier hearing

    It can also now be reported that the South Lakes Safari Zoo, which has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches after a keeper was mauled by a tiger, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two other breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

    That followed a zoo keeper who fell from a ladder while preparing to feed big cats in July 2014. 

    The company admitted it failed to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of its employees, including Yasmin Walker, and also to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.

  6. Zoo accepts it should have had better inspection of door

     A zoo admitted health and safety breaches after a keeper was mauled to death by a tiger.

    The Sumatran tiger got through an unlocked gate and attacked Sarah McClay in May 2013. 

    On Wednesday, the company provided a basis of plea in relation to the health and safety breaches committed on that day.

    It accepted its risk assessment did not address sufficiently the risks arising from a failure to maintain the dark den door. 

    The company said "a more proactive maintenance and inspection regime" should have been in place to ensure that the door functioned efficiently and that its self-closing mechanism worked properly. 

    It added: "The failure of the door to self-close was a more than trivial cause of harm." 

  7. Downpour causing flash flooding in South Cumbria

    We're getting reports of heavy rain leading to flash flooding in Sedbergh.  

    BBC Radio Cumbria's reporter Martin Lewes took this photo showing the extent of the deluge.  

    Heavy rain in Sedbergh with water already reaching bottom of car wheel rims
  8. Zoo owner made no comment as he left court

     A zoo where a keeper was mauled to death by a tiger has admitted health and safety breaches.

    The zoo's owner, David Gill, 55, had faced individual charges on the same allegations but was formally acquitted. The prosecution offered no evidence against him.

    Mr Gill (pictured below) made no comment as he left Preston Crown Court.

    David Gill at Preston Crown Court
  9. Theatre Street closed in Ulverston

    Problems for drivers today wanting to park in Ulverston - a "large crack" has opened up in the wall of the Rainbow Chinese Takeaway, blocking off the entrance to the one-way Theatre Street which is the only route to one of the town's larger car parks. 

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  10. Stone Roses look forward to Carlisle gig

    Hundreds of fans of influential band The Stone Roses are looking forward to their performance in Cumbria tonight. 

    The short-notice gig, only announced on Sunday morning, will be a warm-up before their main concerts this summer in the UK and abroad.  

    The Stone Roses

    With just 1,800 tickets offered, fans queued at The Sands Centre in Carlisle, having been told to take items of the band's memorabilia to underline their devotion. Tickets sold out within four hours.  

    The Stone Roses released their first single for 21 years, All for One, in May. 

  11. Weather: A mostly fine and warm afternoon

    It will be a mostly fine, warm afternoon with sunny spells, although it is set to be cloudier and murkier in coastal areas such as Whitehaven. 

    Some showers, perhaps heavy and thundery, are likely to develop too. 

    Maximum Temperature: 23C (73F).

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  12. Keeper's boyfriend pleased family does not have to go through trial

    South Lakes Safari Zoo pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches this morning ahead of a scheduled trial.

    It followed the death of Sarah McClay who was mauled to death by a tiger in May 2013.

    Following the hearing Miss McClay's boyfriend, David Shaw, said: "It's a shame it took this long to come to what was a fairly obvious conclusion but I am pleased we do not have to go through a trial."

  13. Zoo director aquitted after prosecution offers no evidence against him

    A zoo where keeper Sarah McClay was mauled to death by a tiger has admitted health and safety breaches.

    Sarah McClay died at South Lakes Wild Animal Park - now known as South Lakes Safari Zoo - in Dalton-in-Furness, south Cumbria, in May 2013.  

    The prosecution offered no evidence against the firm's sole director, David Gill, 55, who faced individual charges on the same allegations and formal not guilty verdicts were recorded against him. 

    South Lakes Safari Zoo
  14. Zoo due to be sentenced on Friday

    In court today, the South Lakes Safari Zoo admitted that on or before May 24, 2013, it failed to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of employees, including Miss McClay, arising out of and/or in connection with the keeping of big cats. 

    It also pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that persons not in its employment on the above date were not exposed to risk to their health and safety. 

    It will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Friday.

  15. Inquest into keeper's death found tiger got through open door

    The South Lakes Safari Zoo has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches following the death of keeper Sarah McClay who was mauled by a tiger in May 2013.

    An inquest into her death which was held in 2014 found the tiger got through an open door to a corridor she was working in.

    The venue was called South Lakes Wild Animal Park at the time but has since changed its name to South Lakes Safari Zoo,

    Sarah McClay
  16. Keeper was mauled to death in May 2103

    Jennie Dennett

    BBC Cumbria

    The South Lakes Safari Zoo has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches following the death of a keeper in 2013. 

    Sarah McClay, 24, was mauled by the zoo's male Sumatran Tiger, Padang, when it got through an unlocked gate. 

    The hearing at Preston Crown Court is now considering how much the zoo should be fined. 

  17. BreakingZoo pleads guilty to health and safety breaches after keeper killed by tiger

    South Lakes Safari Zoo Ltd has pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to health and safety breaches after keeper Sarah McClay was killed by a Sumatran tiger in May 2013. 

  18. Investigation under way into cause of Ulverston fire

    Firefighters tackled a blaze in a three-storey building in Market Street, Ulverston, at 04:15 this morning. 

    It took them just under four hours to prevent it spreading and ensure the building was safe. 

    An investigation's going on into the cause of a fire in Ulverston this morning.   

  19. Bid for extra cash to improve Penrith's road network

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    The Penrith area could benefit from £3m of government funding to upgrade roads. 

    There are plans for a series of roadworks around the town, including improvements to Junction 40 of the M6, and better links to and from the town centre. 

    Eden District Council plans to apply for just over £3m of government money to help fund the programme, which it's thought will cost just under £4m. 

    The council's ruling executive agreed last night to put in the bid to Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership, which is in charge of the money.