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  1. Updates on Monday 4 July 2016

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  1. As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

    Live updates have now finished for today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning with more news, weather and travel information.

    In the meantime you can send in news and pictures using Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page.         

    Have a very good evening.  

  2. Weather: Heavy showers, easing later

    It will be a largely wet evening, with heavy showers easing later.  The temperature will drop to around 12C (54F)

    Weather graph

    You can find a forecast for your area here.

  3. Shipping magnate's foundation gives £222,000 to teach new engineers

    A grant from a foundation set up by a famous Cumbrian shipping family will help pay for four new lecturers in engineering.

    The £222,000 funding is being put towards what's described as a STEM project - science, technology, enigineering and maths - through the University of Cumbria and Furness College.

    It comes from the Sir John Fisher Foundation, established by the late chairman of the Barrow-based shipping company, James Fisher and Sons Ltd

    Building module being lifted into place

    The university has also been developing its Fusehill Street premises in Carlisle after a grant of more £784,000 from the county's Local Enterprise Partnership.

  4. Shoreline search finds missing woman

    A woman missing from the Ulverston area has been found safe and well after a search of the Morecambe Bay shoreline.

    Coastguard staff say that after a police request, they sent out a rescue team and volunteers from Ulverston Inshore Rescue, near the Leven Viaduct. The woman was found safe and well by police officers.  

  5. Hotel reopens after flood repairs

    A Lake District hotel swept by flooding less than four years after it was restored and expanded at a cost of several million pounds, has been reopened today.

    Daffodil Hotel

    The Daffodil Hotel's owners say it was extensively damaged by Storm Desmond. Over the past seven months the whole ground floor has been refurbished with a new lobby area and bar.

    The hotel's spa is still being repaired and won't reopen until September.

  6. Firefighters rescue driver from flipped car

    Firefighters cut a driver from an overturned car in Workington this lunchtime.

    It happened in Volcan's Lane just before 12:30. Police say the Hyundai hatchback hit two parked vehicles and ended up on its roof.

    The driver was taken to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

  7. Paul Nuttall 'consulting' on whether to take top UKIP job

    The UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall (pictured), who represents the north west including Cumbria, says he's "taking soundings" about whether to put himself forward to replace Nigel Farage, who stepped down as party leader today.

    Paul Nuttall

    Mr Farage said this morning that his political ambitions had been achieved with the referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union.

    The party's only member of the UK Parliament, Douglas Carswell, tweeted a smiley face as Mr Farage's resignation became public.

    Mr Nuttall indicated he was taking soundings with fellow MEPs and the party's national executive committee about a bid to replace Mr Farage.

  8. Tebay services founder backs national park extensions

    The Cumbrian farmer who founded the Westmorland Limited chain of motorway service areas says he supports the impending expansion of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks.

    Tebay south serfvices

    John Dunning started by developing the Tebay services when the M6 was built on his family farm - much of which will now fall into the Dales park.

    The two national parks are being extended from the start of next month to take in landscapes excluded when they were founded in the 1950s.

    Some business people fear new planning restrictions will hamper business developments, but Mr Dunning said designating the area would help a struggling economy. 

    "Hill farms have been under a lot of pressure in recent years and I believe we should be looking to do things that augment the overall income of the area which is in the 20% of most deprived areas in this country and have an abysmal economy."

  9. Lowther builds new castle - just for fun

    Sara Dumbell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    The Lowther family has nearly completed a new castle on the family's estate near Penrith - but this one is built of wood, and is a huge children's play area.

    Play castle

    The three storey-high wooden structures are based on Lowther Castle, which was partly demolished in the 1950s. 

    Jim Lowther on castle

    It's the brainchild of Jim Lowther, who's spent the past five years redeveloping the estate to attract more visitors.  He says the wooden structures will eventually take a couple of hours to explore.

    They're deep in a large area of woodlands, with a number of summer houses, and views across the Lake District national park.

  10. Cumbria 'will get funding after Brexit'

    Cumbria has been promised the same support from public funds after Brexit, althought the money will come direct from the UK government rather than through the European Union.

    A BBC analysis shows the top five areas for EU support all voted to leave; four of the five lowest-funded areas voted to stay.

    EU Graphic

    Nine days before the referendum, 13 Government ministers and senior Conservatives said recipients of funding would continue to get it after a Leave vote. However, they were speaking as Leave campaigners rather than as the government.  

  11. Travel: Failing traffic lights slow A7 traffic

    BBC Travel

    There is still slow traffic on the A7 around the Carlisle North junction 44 on the M6, because of a traffic light failure. Approach with care.  

    You can find the latest travel updates here.

  12. Football: Carlisle sign Posh defender

    James Phillips

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United have signed former Peterborough defender Shaun Brisley on a two-year contract. 

    Peter Brisley on running machine

    The 26 year old cost Peterborough more than £300,000 when he signed from Macclesfield in 2012. 

    He also played against United for Northampton and Oldham during loans last season - and says a meeting with manager Keith Curle made up his mind to move to Brunton Park.

  13. Main Carlisle street to close overnight for work

    Lowther Street, one of the main thoroughfares in Carlisle, is to be closed for the next five nights so it can be resurfaced.

    Lowther Street

    A Cumbria County Council spokesman said work would start at 19:00 and finish at 06:00. It would involve what's described as "intrusive" traffic management, with diversions and parking restrictions.

  14. Parks extension 'won't stifle business'

    The chief executive of the Yorkshire Dales national park, which will take over planning controls in a larger part of Cumbria at the start of next month, says this won't stifle business developments.

    Wild flower meadow

    The Dales and the Lake District are both being extended to take in areas of landscape left out when they were established more than 50 years ago.

    David Butterworth is chief executive of the Dales, which will extend over the northern Howgills towards Penrith. 

    He says: "We fully accept that the future viability of local communities is absolutely critical to the well-being of the area and we will play our part in that."

    Dorothy Fairburn from the Country Land and Business Association says tighter planning restrictions could have had negative effects.

    She said: "We've been working with the national parks since the decisions were made and we're encouraged that they're listening to our concerns."

  15. Rescuers called twice to same gill as fell runners fall in

    Martin Lewes


    Volunteers from the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called twice to the same location after competitors in a fell race were injured in falls.


    The first, a man, suffered a head injury after falling near Dubhow Beck. He was taken by stretcher from the fell and flown to hospital in Preston by the Great North Air Ambulance.

    In the second incident on Saturday, a woman runner had what was described as a tumbling fall, with arm, back and chest injuries. A Coastguard helicopter flew her to the West Cumberland hospital in Whitehaven.

    The team said in its report than both were competing in the Saunders Mountain Marathon.

  16. Commissioner apologises after residents in Barrow made to pay for unstamped campaign letters

    North West Evening Mail


    The county's police and crime commissioner has apologised to residents who were left to foot the postage bill for unstamped letters distributed during his election campaign.

    Peter McCall
  17. County's national parks prepare to grow

    It's now less than a month until Cumbria's two national parks, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, expand into new boundaries.

    Lake District view

    Many of the areas being included now were only excluded when the parks were set up because the boundaries were based on county lines, so the Dales, for example, ended halfway across the Howgill Fells.

    You can see maps for the changes to the Yorkshire Dales park here and to the Lake District park here.

    The extensions were agreed after a lengthy public inquiry in 2013. The inspector's report was considered by ministers for two years before the changes were confirmed last year.

    The tighter planning restrictions have been welcomed by many residents, partly because they're likely to prevent wind energy developments.  But some businesses fear they will stifle growth.

  18. Four on bail after man found dead in Barrow

    Investigations are continuing after the death of a 52-year-old man in Barrow. 

    This morning neighbours laid flowers at the door of the house where the body of Steven Pearson was found in his living room on Saturday evening.

    Front door in Smeaton Street with flowers laid

    Four people were arrested in connection with the death. They were a 48-year-old man, two men aged 21, and a 25-year-old woman, all from the Barrow area. They have been released on bail.