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  1. Updates on Thursday 23 June 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    Live updates have finished now for the day. We'll be back at 06:00 tomorrow with all the EU referendum results, news, travel reports and the weather forecast.

    You can send in news and pictures using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page.  

  2. Business calls for Roman Carlisle to get the Jorvik touch

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    There's a call today for a Jorvik-style visitor attraction to be built in the centre of Carlisle.


    Victoria Farley, owner of the tea rooms at Lanercost (pictured), east of Carlisle, was speaking after the county's tourist board said the sector could grow by £1bn over the next decade. 

    She believes that the county should make more of its Roman past and the fact that Hadrian's Wall is a World Heritage Site. 

    Ms Farley said: "I would say lobby for someone to build something like a Jorvik centre smack bang in the middle of Carlisle. Make a big tourist attraction, make it the edge of the empire attraction. And what kind of attraction would that be for people all over the world? They would certainly come to that." 

  3. Pictured: Chicks born to the rare birds released into Cumbria

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    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter Neil Smith was reporting this week on how some - but not many - of the red kites released into Cumbria over the past few years were now breeding.

    His story lacked only one thing; pictures of the new arrivals.  Apparently if you're a red kite, they're beautiful.

  4. Couple tie the knot in hospital ceremony

    Paul McGuirk and Jackie Fryer pressed ahead with their wedding - even though Paul was too ill to leave hospital, so they had no choice but to say their vows in hospital.

    Paul, who's 57, and Jackie, 55, had been engaged for four years, but decided to make it official when Paul was diagnosed with stomach cancer in January.

    Paul and Jackie, with cake

    Paul suffered a setback and although the couple had planned to marry in Cockermouth,  the ceremony had to be switched to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

    Jackie's a senior nurse at the West Cumberland Hospital, and a number of staff members were at the wedding.

  5. The bridge that looks as if the floods were yesterday

    This is Gowan Bridge in Staveley, near Kendal, parts of which were swept away and undermined by the floods of Storm Desmond last winter.  

    Gowan Bridge, showing damage

    It's now thought the main work to demolish what remains will start on Monday.

    It could be a year before a replacement is built, and local councillors have asked for a temporary span in the meantime.  

    As well as traffic, the bridge carries some utilities which have had to be diverted.

  6. Man charged over violence and obstructing police

    A man has been charged with two offences.

    The 24-year-old, of Patterdale Avenue, Whitehaven, was charged today by Cumbria Police.

    He is accused of using violence to secure entry and obstructing police

    He is due to appear at West Cumbria Magistrates Court on 15 July.

  7. Carlisle man's record prompts prison warning from judge

    A 21-year-old man from Carlisle has been told by a judge that he risks spending his life behind bars. 

    Matthew Johnstone, from Adelphi Terrace in Currock, admitted three separate crimes - burglary, producing cannabis and the possession of a disguised firearm - at the city's Crown Court. 

    The court also heard he has more than a dozen convictions, and has been imprisoned in the past. 

    Recorder John Corless sentenced him to two-and-a-half years, and warned "if you keep on committing these offences, you will spend the rest of your life in custody".

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  9. Flood-damaged bridge is coming down - but no new crossing yet

    Martin Lewes


    Gowan Bridge in Staveley near Kendal, which was badly undermined in the winter floods, is being demolished this week.

    County councillor Stan Collins has called for a temporary bridge to be put in because the permanent replacement is unlikely to be constructed for some time.

    The closure has meant all traffic for the village has to enter through the northern end, which local businesses, including firms like the Wheelbase cycle store, say has affected their business.

  10. Penrith man jailed for 'repugnant' blackmail

    A man from Penrith has been sentenced to two years in jail for blackmail. 

    Andrew Scantlebury, 32, pleaded guilty to blackmailing another man, whose identity is protected by a court order.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard it had a profound impact on the victim. 

    Scantlebury, from Brunswick Road in Penrith, was said to be remorseful but Recorder John Corless said that blackmail was a "particularly repugnant offence" and an immediate prison sentence was the right deterrent. 

  11. Trains hit by new Scotrail walk out.

    Trains from Carlisle into Scotland have been cancelled after the RMT union staged the second of six planned 24-hour strikes.

    The union's campaigning against the extension of driver-only operation.

    The union says the company's gambling with basic safety by reducing the role of the guards.

    ScotRail managing director Phil Verster said: "This is a strike only about who opens and closes doors on trains, nothing more."

    Passengers have been urged to check with the company before travelling.

  12. Rescuers celebrate Duke of Kent's visit

    The team at Bay Search and Rescue are clearly very pleased with their visit from the Duke of Kent. 

    They use specialist vehicles to go across the sands of Morecambe Bay, but in recent years the same vehicles have proved equally adept at dealing with deep snowdrifts and flood water.

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  13. Cumbrian schoolboy in card game national finals

    An 11-year-old boy from Carlisle will compete at the weekend in the national school finals of the popular Top Trumps card game.  

    Ashley Todd, from Irthington Village School, is one of only 12 competitors taking part in the event being held in Birmingham.  

    Organisers say it was entered by about 125,000 pupils aged between six and 11, from throughout the UK.  

  14. Cumbria's tourism winners

    The winners of the 14th Cumbria Tourism Awards have been revealed at a ceremony last night.  

    Organisers described the gathering of hundreds of people at Cartmel racecourse as "the biggest celebration... of Cumbria's tourism industry the county has ever seen".    

    Group shot of award winners

    As well as the awards in accommodation and hospitality businesses, a special presentation of the 2016 Bernard Gooch Tourism Personality of the Year Award was made to Nigel Wilkinson, MD of Windermere Lake Cruises, for the "outstanding contribution he has made to Cumbria".  

  15. Dozens of dogs stolen in Cumbria

    More than 5,000 dogs have been reported stolen to police forces in England and Wales since the start of 2013, a BBC investigation has found.

    Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show a 22.3% rise in reports in two years. Some 46 incidents have been reported in Cumbria .

    Gareth Johnson, a Conservative MP in Kent, has called for a specific crime of pet theft to be introduced.

    The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said courts were told to account for emotional distress.

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  16. Tests for cyclists rejected in Cumbria

    Cyclists in Cumbria say they don't think they should have to take a test before being allowed on the roads. 

    A recent survey of car drivers showed that three-quarters of those questioned support the idea, but the chairman of the Border City Wheelers cycling club in Carlisle, Chris Irving, told BBC Radio Cumbria he doesn't think it's necessary.  

    And Keith Peat, a former police officer, says it doesn't matter how many tests people take, accidents will still happen. 

    He says he'd also be concerned about the cost of introducing a test for cyclists.