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  1. Farmers ask for reassurance over future of Borrowdale sheep flock on National Trust-owned farmland
  2. Two people in hospital after pub fight
  3. More defibrillators than ever before available in Cumbria, says county council
  4. Wednesday 31 August 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Our updates have finished for the day now; we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

    In the meantime, if you've got a story to share or photographs you'd like the county to see, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

  2. Weather: Dry overnight with clear spells

    Owain Wyn Evans

    BBC Look North weather

    It should be a cooler overnight as it will be dry with clear spells and lows dropping to around 11C.

    Dry to start on Thursday morning with sunny spells but getting cloudier into the afternoon.

    Highs of 16C tomorrow.

    Here's this afternoon's forecast:

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  3. Sport: Highlights from Carlisle v Oldham

    BBC Sport

    Carlisle United have posted highlights on their YouTube channel from last night's Checkatrade Trophy game against Oldham that ended in a 5 - 4 win for the Bluebirds.

    It puts Carlisle United top of Group B and they face Blackburn Rovers Academy in October.

    If you're not quite up to speed with the changes to this year's EFL Trophy, BBC Sport have written about the new format and some of the controversy from fans boycotting the competition over Premier League teams. 

    View more on youtube
  4. Politicians let down public in EU referendum campaign says Cumbrian MP and Lib Dem leader

    Politicians "disastrously let down" people in the UK during the EU referendum campaign, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said.

    During a speech in Manchester to think tank IPPR, the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale said that both sides of the debate "battered" voters who were "lied to" with "dodgy statistics".

    Tim Farron speaking at IPPR in Manchester

    He said that it had left the country bitterly divided as a result, with politicians abandoning voters to their fate.

    The Cumbrian MP also stressed that he would continue to campaign to remain a member of the European Union, but added he knew Leave voters and understood why they wanted to vote that way. 

  5. Tour of Britain: The route through Cumbria

    Want to study the route that some of the world's top cyclists will be following through Cumbria on Monday 5 September when the Tour of Britain comes to Cumbria?

    The race will officially start from outside the old Town Hall in Carlisle at 11:00 before passing through Penrith, Pooley Bridge, Hesket Newmarket, Cockermouth, Grasmere, Ambleside and Bowness on Windermere before finishing on the steep Beast Banks in Kendal.

    There'll be sprint sections when the fastest racers will go all out for extra points in Hesket Newmarket, Cockermouth and Grasmere and the mountain climbers will be competing during ascents of Whinlatter Pass, Chestnut Hill in Keswick and The Struggle at Kirkstone Pass.

    2016 Tour of Britain Stage 2

    There's more information about the route on the Tour of Britain website  

  6. Consultation over future of Cumbria Police extended

    A consultation has been extended into the future of policing in the county.

    Cumbria Police started the survey in July to ask how safe people in Cumbria generally felt and what the county's main policing issues are.

    The consultation now ends on Wednesday 7 September 2016.

    We've asked Cumbria Police for more information about why the consultation has been extended but so far they've provided this statement:

    Quote Message: The Constabulary have decided to extend the Public Consultation Survey by a week to allow members of the public extra time to submit responses." from Cumbria Police
    Cumbria Police
  7. Time to pay top Cumbrian councillors more says independent panel

    An independent panel has recommended a small increase in the amount of money that should be paid to some Cumbrian councillors.

    Allowances for the Council Leader, currently Labour's Stuart Young, and other members of his top team, should be increased slightly according to Cumbria County Council's Independent Renumeration Panel. 

    Last year, increases were recommended but councillors chose to take a smaller pay rise.

    Cumbria County Council headquarters in Carlisle

    The panel also recommended that the allowance that can be claimed towards hiring carers for family members while on council business should be increased to the National Living Wage (£7.20 per hour).

    The plan would cost the council an extra £16,000 per year and will be considered by county councillors at a meeting next Wednesday. 

  8. Can Team GB help the North rise again?

    Cumbrian broadcaster Melvyn Bragg has already been making his views clear about the sale of a Lake District farm to the National Trust but, today, he's also calling on the Government to follow Team GB's model for Olympic success and invest more in the North of England. 

    BBC News has looked into which of the regions' strengths it should focus on...

    Nicola Adams
  9. Nuclear police lose challenge over pension age rules

    Danny Shaw

    BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

    Representatives of more than 1,000 armed police officers have lost a legal challenge against new rules forcing them to work to 65 to receive their pension. 

    The Civil Nuclear Constabulary police federation said its members would be unable to protect the public from terrorism if they had to work beyond 60.  

  10. Cumbria's afternoon headlines

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Here's just a few of the stories BBC Radio Cumbria listeners are hearing about this afternoon:

  11. Carlisle United miss out on Newcastle United forward Alex Gilliead

    Carlisle United have missed out on young Newcastle United forward Alex Gilliead after he joined League Two side Luton Town on loan.

    Keith Curle had targeted the 20-year-old but he will now stay at Kenilworth Road until January 2017.

    Gilliead spent most of last season on loan at Carlisle, where he made 41 appearances, scoring five goals.

  12. Weather: Drizzle and light rain but sunny spells too

    BBC Weather

    A few more outbreaks of light rain and drizzle to come this afternoon.

    Still a bit cloudy over the county but there'll be sunny spells later on in most places.

    Top temperatures around 20C.

    Here's the outlook for Keswick, you can check the forecast for your area on the BBC Weather website.

    Afternoon weather for Keswick
  13. Cumbrian broadcaster and Labour peer blasts National Trust over farmland purchase

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Some more on the story we brought you yesterday - The broadcaster and peer Melvyn Bragg has accused the National Trust of ignoring the interests of Cumbrians living in Borrowdale after the charity bought acres of farmland, without the accompanying farmhouse. 

    The charity now owns around 300 acres, common rights and a flock of Herdwick sheep at Thorneythwaite Farm in the valley after it was offered for auction as a separate item to the farmhouse building.

    Local farmers fear that it could hurt the area's farming system as Thorneythwaite will no longer be run by a farmer who lives and works on the land.

    Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning, the Labour peer said that the charity should never have bought the land:

    Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg
  14. Cumbria gets ready for next week's Tour of Britain stage

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

    BBC Radio Cumbria's Sian Hall and Sara Dumbell paid a visit to Penrith and Carlisle to see how businesses were preparing for Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour of Britain which starts off in Carlisle on Monday 5 September.

    The stage will wind across the county and pass through Penrith, Cockermouth, Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere before finishing in Kendal.

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    Video caption: BBC Radio Cumbria reporters in Penrith and Carlisle on next week's Tour of Britain
  15. Powercut left 1,300 properties without electricity in North Cumbria

    About 1,300 properties in Westlinton near Carlisle were without power this morning after a fault with an underground cable, according to Electricity North West

    According to the company, which maintains the North West's electricity grid, a fault was first reported at 09:20.

    Customers had their power restored in stages with the last 389 customers having their power turned back on at 10:00.

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  16. Cumbrian man makes final of national car repair competition

    A man from Appleby is one of 24 apprentices from across the UK to reach the final of a car body repair competition.

    Hayden Forrester, 24, works at the town's Excel Body Repairs and is competing in the 2016 IMI Skill Auto which is run by the Institute of the Motor Industry.

    He took on about 300 people to reach the last six in the final which takes place on Saturday 19 November at careers event The Skills Show in Birmingham.

    Hayden Forrester repairing a car
  17. Decommissioning breakthrough at toxic Sellafield silo

    In-Cumbria Magazine


    One of the ‘big four’ legacy facilities at the Sellafield site - the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo – is a step closer to being cleaned up thanks to the arrival of six stainless steel doors.

    Crane moves first door onto site
  18. More life-saving defibrillators in county than ever before says council

    Sara Dumbell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    People in Cumbria are much more likely to have access to emergency devices that can re-start a heart following a cardiac arrest than two years ago, according to Cumbria County Council.

    It says that in 2014, there were only 10 defibrillators but now there are 70.

    The devices can be found mounted on to walls near pubs, in village post boxes and other public places. 

    Defibrillator in Carlisle's The Lanes Shopping Centre

    The Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle has one of the devices and Ian Proudfoot from the centre says that medical skills aren't needed to use one: 

    "The defib machine is a very easy and simple machine to use. Anybody can use it. It is almost idiot-proof in its operation."

  19. Weather: A grey start but clearing up later on

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It's a cloudy start with outbreaks of light and patchy rain across the county.

    The rain should clear later on with only a few showers by this afternoon when it brightens up too.

    High temperatures of about 20C.

    Here's the outlook for Keswick this morning, why not check the forecast for your area on the BBC Weather website? 

    Keswick morning forecast