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  1. Updates for Monday 18 July 2016.

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  1. As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    Live updates have now finished for today on BBC Cumbria Live. We'll be back with the latest news, weather and travel updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

    As always - we like to hear your stories and see your pictures.  Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.  

    You can follow the Trident debate in the House of Commons here, or of course watch it live on BBC Parliament.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Weather: A chance of sunshine this evening

    It's likely to remain cloudy in most places -- but warm with highs reaching around 21C (70F) and there could be some sunshine in the evening. It's likely to remain very warm overnight.

    Weather graphic

    You can see the latest forecast for where you are, here.

  3. Ex-minister pledges submarine start this year

    Work should start on the first of the new Trident submarines later this year, if the House of Commons supports the programme this evening, according to an MP in his final hours as a junior minister.

    Philip Dunne

    Philip Dunne told BBC Radio Cumbria: "Our current class of Vanguard submarines will need to be replaced in the 2030s and today's vote starts that process, allows us to begin to cut steel on the first Successor boat later this year and that programme will then be a committed part of the Government programme."

    The Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to open the debate this afternoon.

  4. Shipyard will start hiring as Trident successor orders come in

    There are already 1,700 people working on designs for the submarines that would replace the Vanguard class which has carried Britain's Trident nuclear missiles since 1994.

    Devonshire Dock Hall, Barrow

    The shipyard currently employs about 8,000 people, most still completing the programme of Astute class submarines.

    But after the debate in the House of Commons today, if the government as expected wins the vote, the shipyard will start cutting steel for the huge hulls.

    The workforce is expected to peak at 9,000, with workers transferring from the Astute boats as they are completed and an extra 1,000 or so taken on for the peak workload.

    No price has been put on the contracts, but estimates have started at about £31bn.

  5. Prime Minister to open Trident debate

    The Prime Minister Theresa May will open this afternoon's debate on the future of Britain's nuclear deterrent.

    The motion includes the House supporting the replacement of the current Vanguard Class submarines with four Successor submarines and recognising the importance of the programme to the UK's defence industrial base and "in supporting thousands of highly skilled engineering jobs".

    You can follow the debate here.

  6. Kendal 'BID' gets big firm backing

    The Kendal Business Improvement District scheme been picked to be part of a national programme, meaning it will get extra support from a number of national retail brands including Greggs, Marks and Spencer and Boots.

    Kendal, Stricklandgate

    The Kendal BID has already started several projects including a loyalty card that has 12,000 members.

    Brian Harrison of the Federation of Small Business, who's one of the BID directors, said support from Healthy High Streets would help complete trial Park and Ride and Park and Cycle schemes.

    There will be new bus shelters and secure boxes for cycle storage.

  7. Appleby people asked how horse fair was for them

    People living in Appleby will get a chance this evening to give their opinions on how last month's horse fair was managed. 

    Bowtop caravans

    Thousands of people gathered in the town for the annual event, which dates back to the medieval times. 

    The various councils and emergency services that cope with the event have organised the meeting tonight between 19:00 and 21:00 in the Public Hall in Appleby.  

  8. Listen: How Britain's nuclear punch compares

    Andrea Berger from the Royal United Services Institute compares the UK's nuclear weapons to other systems around the world, for PM on BBC Radio 4.  

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    Video caption: Andrea Berger compares our nuclear weapons systems to other countries
  9. Serious case review published into death of boy by morphine

    A serious case review that investigated the death of a 13-year-old boy after he was given a morphine tablet by his father has been published.

    Kye Backhouse

    Kye Backhouse died in 2014. His father Kevin was jailed for four years for manslaughter the following year.

    Backhouse gave his son the tablet because Kye had complained of a headache.

    The report says more could have been done about Kye's persistent truancy, but this was unrelated to his death.

    The Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board says it has learned lessons around how schools deal with non-attendance, which will be communicated to schools.

  10. Weather: Clouds should thin and break

    BBC Weather

    Clouds should soon start to thin and break with some good spells of sunshine throughout the afternoon. 

    There's a risk of one or two isolated showers. Temperatures should rise to 22C (70F).

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest forecast for where you are here.

  11. SNP: We want a nuke-free Scotland

    The Scottish National Party's expected to vote solidly against rneweing Britain's nuclear deterrent in the House of Commons debate later today.

    Brendan O'Hara

    Brendan O'Hara, the SNP defence spokesman, told the BBC his party would support retraining and diversifying the defence industry.

    His party would not support closing the Faslane base, which is home to the current Trident fleet, but would want to see it converted to a "conventional naval base".

    You can see the latest developments through the debate this evening here.

  12. Travel: Queues eastbound on A69

    BBC Travel

    Roadworks are causing queuing traffic on A69 eastbound between Carlisle and the Waters Meet junction at Warwick Bridge. 

    You can find the latest travel reports here.

  13. Town coach: We've won a chance in local derby

    Workington Town head coach Phil Veivers says yesterday's 30-28 win against Whitehaven has given his team a chance to "dig themselves out of the mire". 

    His side are are now just five points adrift in the relegation places.

  14. Travel: Signals hitch slows West Coast trains

    BBC Travel

    Delays of up to 10 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Carlisle and Glasgow Central are being reported because of  signalling problem between Lockerbie and Carstairs.  

    You can get the latest travel news for rail services here.

  15. Trident: Where the public stands

    Public opinion remains broadly in support of Britain having its own nuclear deterrent, according to polling organisations.

    And according to Joe Twyman of YouGov, it's not high on most people's agendas at all.

    He was on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning and you can see the interview here.

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    Video caption: YouGov's Joe Twyman explains the polling on Trident
  16. Engineers will run cable under deepest lake to keep the lights on in Wasdale

    Engineers are starting work today on a £500,000 project to upgrade the power supply to the remote community of Wasdale Head, at the foot of Scafell Pike.

    Cable drum being lowered

    Eleven homes were cut off when the first cable, installed in 1977, failed four years ago. Then it cost £750,000 to install a replacement for the faulty stretch (pictured).

    This new project will complete the replacement of the network, with some work along the lakeshore road starting today and more than two miles of cable being laid beneath Wastwater, England's deepest lake, in October.

  17. Hospital starts hard line on careless parking

    The trust that runs the Cumberland Infirmary says that from today people who park badly will be fined at least £40.

    The trust says it's responding to concern from the ambulance and fire services, and the police, that people are parking in areas reserved for access by the emergency services.

    Patients and visitors complain that there's not enough parking on the hospital site, but the trust says it's providing new spaces.