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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 June 2016

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  1. As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

    We've finished live updates for BBC Cumbria Live for today - 16 June.  We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

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

  2. Watch: Restoration in progress after Russian oligarch wrecked a Lake District home

    New owners are restoring a listed Lake District house after a Russian oligarch who was later assassinated in Moscow ripped out the original features.

    The view from Underscar

    Alexander Mineev was reported shot in Moscow in 2014. He bought Underscar, with its spectacular views of Keswick, in 2009.

    The project manager who's now restoring it, Michael Leviseur, says: "The decorative arches had all been destroyed, the original flooring had all been overlaid, there'd been paneling put on that wasn't approved, and a lot of stonework had been destroyed."

  3. Pupils watch the England v Wales

    Well that was quite an afternoon with England beating Wales with the winning goal scored right at the end.

    Pupils at Pennine Way Primary School'will have been delighted they were allowed to watch it.

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  4. Cumbrian firms ' equally divided on EU'

    A poll by a Cumbrian accountancy firm suggests small businesses in the county are evenly divided on whether they think Britain's better off in or out of the European Union.

    The 100 firms questioned by Lamont Pridmore found 45% of respondents wanting to leave - and the same proportion wanting to stay.

    Graham Lamont, the accountancy's firm's chief executive, said that left 10% still to make their minds up.

    He said: “It is clear that both sides of the debate have muddied the waters somewhat by not always providing clear and relatable facts leaving many SME owners feeling very uncertain about their future."  

  5. Carlisle drug dealer jailed for five years

    A drug dealer caught with heroin valued at £20,000 in his car has been jailed for five years at Carlisle Crown Court.

    When police searched the Denton Holme home of Stuart James Kendrick, 34, they found weighing scales, lists of debtors and almost £6,000 in cash, the court heard.

    Stuart Kendrick

    Kendrick told the court he was holding the cash for someone else, but Judge Peter Hughes concluded that he'd played a "significant" role, although under the direction of others.

    Kendrick admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply, possession of cannabis and possession of criminal property.

  6. New role for Carlisle United director

    BBC Sport

    Carlisle United's director of external affairs John Nixon (pictured) has been appointed the League Two representative on the Football League Board. 

    John Nixon

    He replaces Ian Lenagan in the role on the nine-man EFL Board.

  7. Anger at careless repairs to flood-hit homes

    There's a warning that sub-standard repair work is being carried out on homes in Cumbria that were hit by the floods. 

    The Flood Advisory Service says in some cases valves, airbricks and exterior doors have been wrongly fitted and people need to check that products have been safety tested.

    Sarah Marriott from the service said the work that had been done without due care and attention had made her "angry" because homeowners have already "been through an awful lot."

    flood damaged items
  8. Cumbrian writer decides to move office for the match

    Suzanne Elsworth is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in the northern Lake District. Normally she works from home or clients' offices...

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  9. Volunteers clean up harbourside

    The harbourside in Workington is getting its annual facelift this week.

    Harbourside area

    Volunteers have been clearing litter from the shoreline and painting seats, railings and capstans.  

  10. Wordsworth prayer book stolen from church

    Cumbria Police say a William Wordsworth prayer book dating back to 1835 has been stolen from a church in Grasmere. 

    St Oswald's Church was broken into at some time between late afternoon on Tuesday and mid-morning on Wednesday. The book was taken from a glass display cabinet which was smashed.

    Grasmere church
  11. Majority of flood claims now paid

    The Association of British Insurers says 90% of the 15,000 insurance claims that followed December's storms have now been fully or partly settled. 

    More than 6,000 homes and businesses in Cumbria were flooded by Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank. The ABI says the final bill for all flood-related repairs is expected to reach £1.3bn.

    Flooding in Cockermouth
  12. Euro 2016: More police for town centres

    Extra police officers will be on patrol in Cumbria's town centres for this afternoon's big Euro 2016 match between England Wales.

    Police in Barrow used Twitter to ask followers to enjoy themselves responsibly as pubs, including the town's Victoria Tavern (pictured), prepare for a rush of customers to watch the match, which kicks off at 14:00.

    At least 36 people have been arrested in Lille in France following clashes between French police and football fans at the tournament.  

    Pub in Barrow
  13. Parking tickets start 'for safety' at Carlisle hospital

    Drivers who break the rules in car parks at the Cumberland Infirmary will get parking tickets starting next month.

    Hospital managers say the penalty - £50 or £25 if paid within 14 days - is to make the car parks "safer".

    Stephen Eames, chief executive at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "The police, ambulance service and fire service have been in touch to say they have experienced difficulties recently in accessing the Cumberland Infirmary due to cars parked inappropriately."

    Staff car park at hospital

    The penalty will apply to staff, patients and visitors, and will be issued for vehicles parked in areas where they shouldn't, including in disabled spaces if the driver hasn't got a blue badge. The trust is expanding the amount of parking at the hospital.

  14. Boxing: Conroy ready for title fight

    BBC Sport

    Barrow boxer Liam Conroy says he's in the best shape of his life as he prepares to fight for a junior world title this weekend. 

    Conroy, 23, fights for the WBC World Youth Silver Light Heavyweight crown at Preston Guild Hall on Saturday night.

  15. Stan Laurel's birthday remembered

    It's 126 years since one of Cumbria's best-known international exports, Stan Laurel, was born in Ulverston.

    The world famous comedian (pictured below left) was one half of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy (also pictured) and is known for his film appearances.

    He's being remembered at Ulverston's Laurel and Hardy Museum where visitors can celebrate his life with a slice of cake.

    Laurel and Hardy
  16. Russian millionaire's former home restored

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    Local tradesman are restoring a Lakeland home to its former glory. 

    Underscar Manor was built in the mid 19th century on the slopes of Skiddaw overlooking Derwentwater.

    Many of its original features were lost when it was bought by a Russian millionaire. It's now owned by the Cumbrian-born businessman Jonathan Brown. 

    It' hoped the restoration work will be finished by the end of the year.

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  17. Crash witnesses asked to come forward

    Steven Bell

    BBC Cumbria

    The police in Barrow are asking anyone who saw a crash in the town centre yesterday to contact officers.

    Two people arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving have been released on bail after the collision, near where Abbbey Road and Rawlinson Street meet.

    Two cars were involved in the crash, at about 10:30. One car was left on its side but no one was seriously hurt.