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  1. Updates on Tuesday 13 September 2016

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John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Our live updates have finished for the day. 

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast.

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Cumbrian seals to be video stars

Nature lovers can now watch a live video feed of seals hauling out on a Cumbrian beach.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust says its South Walney Nature Reserve, on Walney Island near Barrow is the main site in the North West of England that's frequented by grey seals.  

The trust's installed a webcam so people can observe them without disturbance, on protected beaches to which there's no public access. 

eBay ivory dealer handed suspended jail term

A man who tried to illegally sell African elephant ivory on eBay has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Shane David Ball, 27, pleaded guilty to keeping and offering a specimen for sale in June and July last year.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Ball attempted to bypass strict eBay controls by using the seemingly innocuous code word "cowbone" - instead of ivory - to describe his illegal wares. 

Ivory
Cumbria Police

Some of the tiny items eventually seized from his home at Derwent Avenue in Seaton, Workington, were on sale for about £100 each.

Ball was given a seven-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months. He must also undergo rehabilitation and pay £1,134 costs.

Recorder Kevin Grice told him: "It must be made clear to you and and anyone else who may become aware of this or any similar case that those who trade in African elephant ivory are, by that trade, promoting the slaughter of such animals."

Seathwaite payphone to stay after mountain rescue concerns

A "lifeline" phonebox in a remote part of Cumbria will not now be removed, after a plea by one of the county's mountain rescue teams. 

Picture of the payphone kiosk at Seathwaite
Google

BT had proposed taking away the public payphone in Seathwaite, Borrowdale, which they said was rarely used and costly to maintain. 

But Keswick Mountain Rescue Team argued it was essential because a mobile phone can't be used there.

BT says it's now established that "the removal of the payphone could prevent a call to the emergency services" and it won't be seeking to remove it "for the foreseeable future". 

Cumbrian flood victims getting more help thanks to new lottery funding

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A Cumbrian charity's been awarded almost half a million pounds of funding to support flood victims. 

Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service (known as CVS) in Penrith is one of 115 projects in the North West region who are getting a share of more than £4m from the Big Lottery Fund. 

The cash will be used to help communities at risk of flooding to become more resilient, by running events to encourage residents and organisations to work together, sharing ideas to better prepare for future flooding and recovery.

New campaign to encourage Cumbrian foster carers

A campaign's begun today to encourage more people in Cumbria to considering becoming foster carers.

Cumbria County Council says there are 497 children in foster care, and 230 homes are supported by the county council.

But each year 12% of Cumbrian foster carers leave the service to retire, and the turnover creates a constant need for more to come forward.

The "youcanfoster" campaign is being advertised on TV for the next two weeks across the North west. 

More details of ship that's gone aground at Silloth

The molasses tanker that's grounded on a sandbank off the Port of Silloth is called the Zapadnyy. 

The ship tracking website vesselfinder.com says it's 78m (255ft) long, and 14m (42ft) across its beam.

It was built in 1988, is registered in Belize, and its last port of call was Bremerhaven in Germany before arriving at Silloth.  

Molasses ship comes stuck off Silloth

Here's the full story - A cargo vessel carrying molasses has come stuck off the coast of Cumbria. 

The Silloth lifeboat operations manager Eddie Studholme says nobody has been injured, but the Belize-registered ship has run aground on a sandbank. 

It happened at about 10:00 at the entrance to Silloth harbour, and it's expected there'll be attempts to refloat it at high tide tonight.

Port of Silloth
Google

BreakingShip runs aground on Cumbrian coast

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A cargo ship has run aground on a sandbar, obstructing the entrance to the Port of Silloth.

We'll bring you more information when we have it.

Union welcomes investment news for Cumbrian nuclear power plant

The GMB Union says it welcomes reports that the company wanting to build a nuclear power station at Moorside in West Cumbria is in talks with potential foreign investors.

The GMB, which represents energy workers, calls it "welcome news for Cumbria's nuclear industry" and says investment in nuclear is crucial to "bridge the gap for renewables until there are technological breakthroughs in carbon capture or solar storage".  

Aerial view of how the new site might look when completed
Nugen

Man in hospital after being trapped by lorry

A man's been taken to hospital after he became trapped between a tanker and a lorry near Penrith. 

Cumbria Fire and Rescue says firefighters were called to Redhills just before 5am, where they discovered a man trapped between the tanker, and the cab of another lorry.  

It took almost an hour to free him using specialised cutting equipment. 

New plastic £5 notes 'not indestructable'

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, says the new £5 note partly made in Wigton would be cleaner, safer and stronger.

"The use of polymer means it can better withstand being repeatedly folded into wallets or scrunched up inside pockets, and can also survive a spin in the washing machine," he said.

However, the notes are not indestructible.

But the Radio 4 Today programme had a good go:

Power cut for North Cumbrian customers

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

The company that runs the region's power network says more than 400 customers in the Wigton area are affected by a high voltage fault.  

Electricity NorthWest says engineers have been sent out to begin repairs for about 446 properties in the CA7 postcode area. 

It hasn't yet said when the supply is due to be restored. 

Analysis: Political implications of Cumbria's proposed boundary changes

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

The overall result of the proposed boundary changes in Cumbria is the loss of a Labour seat, but the creation of a safe-ish one in West Cumbria.

There’d be an extended Carlisle constituency that would likely stay Tory for a while, as it now includes many Conservative-voting rural areas of the Carlisle district.

Rory Stewart has such a large majority in Penrith and the Border, the Penrith and Solway constituency would likely be a Tory seat, and Tim Farron remains in a strong position in Westmorland and Lonsdale.

Getting part of Copeland could benefit John Woodcock in Barrow, who currently holds the seat for Labour with a slim majority.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens in Workington and Whitehaven. Two Labour MPs, Jamie Reed and Sue Hayman, have a big stake in that constituency, and more than 40% of the electorate appears to come from each of their seats; the threshold at which a Labour MP is usually able to stand in a newly-created constituency. 

Yellow warning of rain for parts of Cumbria

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain for North West England, including East Cumbria.  It's valid from 14:00 to 23:00 tonight. 

Although the likelihood is assessed as "very low", the potential impact could be "high". 

Graphic showing warning area over East Cumbria
Met Office

Outbreaks of showery rain may turn torrential and thundery across parts of northern England and southeast Scotland. Whilst most places will miss the worst, there is also a risk of large hail, frequent lightning and strong winds. Please be aware that this could cause flash flooding and disruption to travel.

Met Office

Consumers face wait for plastic fiver

Brian Milligan

Personal finance reporter

The new plastic £5 note which is partly made in Wigton is being launched today, but most people may have to wait up to a week to get one.

The polymer note - which is much more durable than the old fiver - will initially only be available from a handful of banks and cash points.

ATMs in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Hull and Cardiff will be among the first to stock them.

But only about 7% of cash machines dispense £5 notes in any case.

However, most bank branches are expected to have the notes within a week or so, suggesting those who want to obtain one may have to go into a bank and ask for one.

The new plastic £5 note
Getty Images

More details on plans to shake-up Cumbria's constituencies

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Here's a quick run-down of the proposed boundary changes forelecting Cumbria's MPs.

Workington and Whitehaven would be in one seat, and Barrow would extend North into Copeland.  

There would be a huge Penrith and Solway constituency, taking in a big chunk of what's now the Workington constituency, including Cockermouth and Silloth, and some of Copeland as well, including Keswick.  Carlisle constituency would become the same as the city council's boundary. 

Westmorland and Lonsdale would grow to include parts of what's now Penrith and the Border, including Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. 

Full details from the Boundary Commission for England are on its website.

Cumbria's weather: humid and warm but with showers later

BBC Weather

Today will be humid and generally warm, or very warm.  There will be plenty of sunny spells, although cloud amounts are likely to increase during the afternoon, bringing a risk of showers, which may be heavy or thundery at times.  

Here's today's weather graphic for Penrith.  You can also get a personalised forecast for where you live, from BBC Weather.  

Graphic showing today's weather forecast for Penrith
BBC

Tonight it'll be warm and feel muggy.  Showers may continue to break out during the evening and early part of the night, but they should ease later in the night.

A5086 closed both ways in West Cumbria

BBC Travel

The A5086 is closed in both directions at Ullock for bridge maintenance work. 

Drivers are being asked to take a long diversion via the A595.

Get the latest travel information here.

Plan for fewer Cumbrian MPs

Cumbria will lose one of its MPs if proposals put forward by the Boundary Commission for England are adopted.

It comes as part of a move to reduce the number of MPs in the House of Commons from 650 to 600 by the next general election.

The plans would bring together Whitehaven and Workington, and also create a Penrith and Solway constituency, stretching from the west coast to the eastern edge of Cumbria.

This map shows how the whole region would potentially change:

Map showing old and proposed new constituencies for the whole of the NW including Cumbria
BBC

Man's body found in Barrow

An investigation is under way after a man's body was found in shrubbery in Barrow.

The discovery was made by a member of the public at about 18:30 yesterday near Channelside Walk.

Cumbria Police says the inquiry is in its early stages, and the body has not yet been identified.

Britain's new fivers out today are made from Cumbrian plastic

The new five-pound note, made from plastic produced in Cumbria, is now in circulation.

Specimen image of the front of the new five-pound note
PA

It's made from a plastic polymer, instead of cotton paper, at the Innovia plant in Wigton.  

The Bank of England says it will be cleaner, safer and stronger. And it's expected to last up to five years; about twice as long as paper notes. 

The company has invested £40m pounds in the factory, and 80 jobs have been created.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

We'll be keeping you up to date with the news, weather forecasts and travel reports through to about 16:00 today. 

If you have news or pictures you think we should add to the mix, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook