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  1. Tuesday 6 September 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates have finished for the day. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast.

    If you've a photograph to share with us or news we should know, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

  2. Making a mountain out of a... hill

    BBC Cumbria

    Well, here's something you don't hear every day - a Cumbrian hill has become a mountain.

    In 2010 Calf Top near Sedbergh was measured at 1,999.9ft (about 610m), but new - more accurate - measurements show it's actually 2,000.02ft high.

    That's according to the Ordnance Survey (OS), which says anything over 2,000ft is officially a mountain.

    In a statement, the organisation said: "Calf Top has not grown. The change in height has resulted from improvements to the OS GPS co-ordinates network and even greater precision on how we measure heights from the mean sea level in Britain.

    "Is Calf Top now a mountain? Yes. It now measures over 2,000ft."

  3. Sellafield safety 'non-negotiable', says minister

    In response to Labour MP Jamie Reed's urgent question in Parliament about Sellafield, energy minister Nick Hurd said he agreed "100%" with the Copeland MP's assessment that safety is "non-negotiable".

    He added the UK has the "safest nuclear industry in the world" with "stringent safety laws" and went on to say he has been "assured the regulator is doing its job".

    The minister closed his statement by saying the regulator had firmly rebutted the points made in the Panorama programme and said "none were new".

    The BBC investigation was prompted by a whistle-blower - a former senior manager who was worried by conditions. 

    In response, Sellafield said the site is safe and has been improved with significant investment in recent years.

  4. Lake District Wildlife Park welcomes zebra foal

    A new arrival at a Cumbrian wildlife attraction has been wowing visitors.

    The Lake District Wildlife Park, near Keswick, has welcomed a Grant's zebra foal - the fourth to be born there.

    It is the second born to mum Zara, who previously gave birth at the park a year ago. Bosses have not yet given her a name.

    Manager Richard Robinson said: "Zara is doing a great job, she’s had several foals before and it’s second nature to her. 

    "She’s always very protective, keeping the other zebras away until she’s properly bonded. With the poor weather we were a little concerned, but the foal is really spritely."

    The as-yet-unnamed foal
  5. Listen: Cumbrian MP responds to Sellafield safety concerns raised by BBC documentary

    Kevin Fernihough

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

    The Labour MP for Copeland Jamie Reed spoke this morning about the concerns raised by a BBC Panorama documentary detailing a catalogue of safety concerns at the Cumbrian nuclear site.

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    Video caption: The Labour MP for Copeland Jamie Reed speaks to Kevin Fernihough about Sellafield.
  6. Copeland MP Jamie Reed presses government over Sellafield

    Copeland Labour MP Jamie Reed has asked an urgent question in Parliament following a BBC Panorama documentary into the safety of the Sellafield nuclear site.

    Saying it presents "arguably the most challenging engineering challenges anywhere in the world", Mr Reed called on energy minister Nick Hurd to make a statement on the matter.

    Mr Reed also declared it is "essential" that the nuclear regulator has the necessary resources to deal with any concerns and went on to add he sees Sellafield as a "national asset" which could become a "global centre of excellence" helping bring billions of pounds into the UK economy.

    Panorama found parts of Sellafield regularly have too few staff to operate safely and that radioactive materials have been stored in degrading plastic bottles. The programme was told that parts of the facility are dangerously rundown.

    Sellafield
  7. Cumbrian fire chief praises firefighters for tackling Kendal blaze

    As part of a statement explaining what happened during a serious fire at Kendal's Westmorland Shopping Centre this morning, the county's chief fire officer paid tribute to the firefighters who were called out to the fire.

    Quote Message: This was a major incident and crews responded admirably to a dangerous situation. It’s to their credit that the fire was quickly brought under control. We will continue to monitor the situation and will be conducting a follow up investigation to determine the cause." from Paul Hancock Chief Fire Officer for Kendal
    Paul HancockChief Fire Officer for Kendal
  8. Listen: Reliving yesterday's Tour of Britain through Cumbria

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    More than 120 of the world's best cyclists powered their way through the county as Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour of Britain took place between Carlisle and Kendal. 

    Julien Vermote out-sprinted Britain's Steve Cummings in an uphill finish in Kendal to win stage two and take the leader's yellow jersey.

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    Video caption: BBC Radio Cumbria followed the tour all the way from Carlisle to Kendal
  9. Former rugby player due to be sentenced

    BBC Cumbria

    A former Workington Town rugby league player who breached a court order that was meant to stop him contacting his ex-wife, is expected to be sentenced later. 

    Carlisle Crown Court heard that Stephen Holgate, 44 and of no fixed address, repeatedly breached a restraining order over two and a half months. 

    Holgate, a member of Wigan's 1998 Super League Grand Final-winning side, pleaded guilty to eight charges earlier.

  10. Employees allowed back in after Kendal shopping centre fire

    We're hearing from an employee working in one of the stores inside the Westmorland Shopping Centre that staff are now being allowed back into the centre.

    It's after a fire meant that the centre was evacuated earlier this morning.

    We're still waiting for official word from the the centre's management on when it will reopen to the public.

    Quote Message: The main focus now is the investigation and trying to get back to some level of normality for the shopping centre as best we can over the next few hours from John McVay Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
    John McVayCumbria Fire and Rescue Service
  11. Hydro power scheme nearing completion

    Cumbria's steepest hydro electric scheme, on the mountain slopes above Thirlmere reservoir, is expected to be up and running within weeks, according to developer Ellergreen.

    Fisherplace Hydro, on the banks of Helvellyn, has a 2 in 1 gradient, and once live, will be able to generate enough electricity to power 700 homes. 

    Fisherplace Hydro project

    Work has been taking place for the past 10 months, and the scheme is now three quarters of the way through its construction. 

    Ellergreen, which has been building hydro-electric schemes in Cumbria for the past five years, is delivering the project, on land leased from United Utilities.

  12. Staff shortage hospital unit reopens

    Susie Moss

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    A Cumbrian community hospital where the in-patient unit was closed last month has now been reopened.

    Patients at the unit in Alston were transferred to Brampton because there were not enough staff to look after them. 

    Although Cumbria Partnership Trust said the closure was a temporary measure, people in the town were worried it would never open again. 

    This is because the future of Community Hospitals in the county is under review, as part of the Success Regime, which is looking at saving money and improving health care across North, East and West Cumbria. 

    A spokesperson for the partnership trust said there was still a high number of nursing vacancies across the community hospitals and they were doing all they could to recruit more staff.   

  13. Shopping centre car park in Kendal reopens after fire

    The multi-storey car park attached to a Kendal shopping centre has reopened after a fire in a store room in the Westmorland Shopping Centre.

    There's no official word yet on when the centre itself will reopen.

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  14. BreakingGovernment to answer urgent question on Sellafield

    It's been confirmed that the Labour MP for Copeland Jamie Reed will ask an urgent question on Sellafield. 

    The Speaker of the House of Commons has granted his request following a BBC Panorama documentary into a series of safety concerns on the nuclear site. 

    It will follow Justice Questions which start at 11:30 but it's not yet clear who will answer on behalf of the Government.