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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 June 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Steven Bell

    BBC Cumbria

    Thank you for joining us for our live updates. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with more news, weather and travel updates.

    In the meantime you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page

  2. 'Lock your windows and doors' plea

    Nearly a third of all the burglaries in Carlisle this year have been from homes that weren't locked. 

    Out of 124 incidents in the city so far in 2016, 40 happened at unsecure properties. 

    Cumbria Police is urging people to make sure doors are windows are locked overnight and when they're not at home.

  3. Weather: Dry tonight, sunshine and showers tomorrow

    Any showers should die out this evening and there could be patches of mist tonight with lows of 12C (54F). Thursday will be a mixture of sunshine and showers. 

    Get a five-day forecast for your part of Cumbria.

  4. Bus driver banned for three point turn on motorway

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    A bus driver has been given a nine-month professional driving ban for performing a three-point turn on a motorway and driving the wrong way up a slip road. 

    Mark Ingleton, 35, from Thursby near Carlisle, was told by the Deputy Traffic Commissioner that he'd let himself, his passengers and his employer down. 

    In July last year, Mr Ingleton was driving for Reays Coaches and was bringing members of the Whitehaven Rugby League team home after a game in London.

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    An accident on the M1 in Northamptonshire had led to delays, and after not moving for about 40 minutes, Mr Ingleton did a three-point turn on the motorway before driving the wrong way up the slip road, into oncoming traffic.

    He said he'd come under pressure from passengers to make the manoeuvre, which other drivers had already carried out.

  5. Arrests after Barrow crash

    Two people have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a crash between two cars in Barrow town centre.

    It happened on Abbey Road, near Rawlinson Street this morning. One car was left on its side. The police say "miraculously" no-one was seriously hurt.

  6. Kentmere Unit concerns to be discussed

    A group representing patients' views has organised a meeting for people have their say on the future of the Kentmere Unit, a mental health ward at Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital. 

    Healthwatch Cumbria says the drop-in event will help the Cumbria Partnership Trust, which runs the facility, listen to concerns.

    Kendal's hospital

    The trust was told by the Care Quality Commission that the unit doesn't meet necessary standards and the original plan had been to close the ward this month. 

    But, after a public outcry, health officials said they would keep it open until a public consultation on mental health care had taken place.

    Senior clinicians from the Cumbria Partnership Trust will be attending the meeting on Thursday 30 June between 13:00 and 19:00 at South Lakes Foyer on Stricklandgate in Kendal.

  7. Weather: A cloudy afternoon with sunny spells

    Quite cloudy this afternoon with the chance of a shower, but when the sun does get through the cloud, temperatures could reach 19C (66F).

    Any showers should die out this evening, and there could be patches of mist tonight, with lows of 12C (54F).

  8. Poppy project is career highlight for blacksmith

    A Cumbrian blacksmith is working on what he's called "the project of his career" after being invited to make poppies for a new cenotaph remembering victims of World War One.


    Alan Dawson, from Branthwaite near Workington, is one of 13 master blacksmiths chosen from around the world to take part. 

    His work will be displayed at Ypres in Belgium, where a number of battles were fought during the Great War.

  9. Alston drawing goes up for auction

    A picture of a Cumbrian market town by the artist L.S Lowry is going under the hammer today.

    Alston - a pencil and felt tip pen drawing - dates back to 1964 and is expected to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 when it's sold at Bonhams in London later. 

    It's currently part of a private collection.

  10. Fewer people out of work in Cumbria

    The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance or universal credit in Cumbria last month fell by 235 to 4,705.

    At 1,150, Barrow has the highest number of claimants.

    Job Centre

    In all Cumbria's districts, the figure fell and the claimant rate in Cumbria as a whole is below the national average. But claimant rates are above the national average in Barrow, Allerdale and Copeland. 

    Nationally, the rate of unemployment in the UK has fallen to 5%, the lowest since October 2005.

  11. Training exercise for crime-fighting dogs

    The police dogs which support the work of the county's officers have been hard at work this week...

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  12. Music revellers help boost county's economy

    The value of music events in Cumbria has been highlighted with concerts and festivals like Kendal Calling and Maryport Blues helping to create more than 4,000 jobs in the North West.

    And a new report says they pumped about £375m into the region's economy in 2015.

    UK Music says 1.2 million people visited the region last year, with hotels and other businesses benefiting from the money they spent.

  13. Safety worries at doctors' surgery addressed, inspectors say

    Health inspectors say concerns raised at a Furness doctors' surgery which serves more than 1,500 patients have now been addressed. 

    The Care Quality Commission visited The Surgery on Parklands Drive in Askam last year and highlighted concerns about infection control and prevention, a lack of emergency oxygen, staff fire training and fire drills. 

    Now, the CQC says after a follow-up visit last month these concerns have been addressed.

  14. Travel: Collision in Barrow

    BBC Travel

    There's been an accident on Rawlinson Street in Barrow. Traffic is coping well in the area.

    Keep up to date here.

  15. Met Office issues rain warning

    Weather forecasters are warning of heavy downpours in Cumbria tomorrow.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning between 10:00 and 22:00, predicting the possibility of localised flooding and disruption to travel. 

    Lightning could be an additional hazard, it says.

  16. Boy, 10, attacked in Barrow

    The police are appealing for witnesses after a 10-year old boy was attacked by four youths in Barrow.

    It happened on School Street on the afternoon of Friday 27 May. 

     Cumbria Police says a car had to stop for the victim who was in the road.

    School Street
  17. New radio drama stars fictional house

    Steven Bell

    BBC Cumbria

    A fictional country house in Cumbria will be the setting of a new BBC Radio 4 comedy series starting today.

    The crumbling "Plum House" is the formal home of a fictional poet, the terrible George Pudding. 

    The show stars Simon Callow, Jane Horrocks and Miles Jupp. The co-writer Ben Cottam once spent time working in Grasmere's Dove Cottage, but he says it was much better run than his comedy creation!

    Plum House
  18. Music means millions

    Music tourism brought £375m to the North West last year, according to a new report.

    Kendal Calling

    UK Music, a campaign group which represents the music industry, says 1.2 million people visited the region last year, coming to Cumbria for events including Maryport Blues Festival, Kendal Calling and Stepping Stones in Carlisle.

    The figures suggest music events create more than 4,000 jobs in the North West.