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  1. Updates on Thursday 15 September 2016

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Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

That's all for our live updates today, we'll be back tomorrow morning at 08:00 with the county's news, sport, weather and travel. 

If you'd like to share a photograph or have some news we should know about, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.   

Weather: Sunny spells with a few showers possible

BBC Weather

Sunny spells this afternoon with a few showers possible in places. Highs of 23C.

Some low cloud, mist and patchy fog develop overnight as a band of rain passes over the county. Lows of 15C.

Forecast for Carlisle this afternoon and overnight
Forecast for Carlisle this afternoon and overnight

A wet start to Friday, with more heavy rain on the way that will gradually clear into the afternoon.

Find the latest forecast for your area on the BBC Weather website.

Company behind Moorside nuclear plant welcomes Hinkley Point go ahead

The company that wants to build a new nuclear power station next to the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant has welcomed the government's decision to go forward with a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

A final investment decision for the Moorside project is due to take place in 2018, according to NuGen.

Tom Samson is NuGen's chief operating officer:

He said: "It demonstrates the viability of new nuclear investment in the UK, based on the Government's Electricity Market Reform Programme and is welcome evidence of the UK Government's commitment to new nuclear as an essential part of the U.K. energy mix"

"During operation, NuGen's Moorside Power Station will employ more than 1,000 people in highly skilled Cumbrian jobs and create additional sustainable supply chain and service opportunities across Cumbria and the North West.

"Hinkley Point C is the start of the nuclear new build renaissance in the UK, of which NuGen are an integral part, and today's decision is an essential step towards strengthening the UK security of supply."

Watch: Police speak about investigation into woman's death in Carlisle

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Cumbria Police is continuing to investigate the death of a 33-year-old woman in Carlisle this morning.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody.

Police are investigating the death of a woman in Carlisle. Mark McAlindon reports.

Winter storms put extra pressure on mental health services, says MP

The Labour MP for Workington says Storm Desmond has put extra pressure on mental health services in Cumbria.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Sue Hayman said one of the county's mental health nurses has expressed concerns about the "stresses" put on services since the bad weather.

The MP asked for a debate to be held on what extra mental health support could be put in place for areas that have suffered problems such as flooding. 

The Leader of the House of Commons David Lidington replied it was for the NHS locally to help people badly affected by disasters such as flooding, before seeking help from the health service nationally.

Sue Hayman MP speaking in the House of Commons
UK Parliament

Cumbria's afternoon headlines

Here are the top stories across BBC Cumbria this afternoon:

Community fund reacts to abandoned extreme sports centre plan

Here's more on the story of the company behind a proposed extreme sports centre in Cleator Moor dropping the plans because it would be too risky to continue with development.

David Moore chairs the Copeland Community Fund which funded the project during its initial stages:

It is disappointing for the area that this project will not go ahead at this time, but Copeland Community Fund are proud to have supported such a potentially transformational project. Unfortunately, there is always a risk that some of these schemes will fail to materialise."

David MooreChair, Copeland Community Fund

How much does care cost in Cumbria?

BBC News has put together a guide for the whole UK about the cost of social care for people aged 65 and over.

Here, Cumbria County Council will contribute £296 on average towards nursing home care with another £210 coming from the individual.

There's more information about the state of the care system on the health pages of the BBC News website.

A guide to the cost breakdown of nursing home care in Cumbria

Plans for extreme sports centre in West Cumbria dropped

The company behind a proposed extreme sports park in Cleator Moor says it has abandoned the project. 

Regen North East Copeland says it would be too risky to continue work on Westlakes Xtreme because developers have not been able to commit to the project before the end of the year.

It's as an option that the company has to buy land in town comes to an end in December.

The project was funded by the Copeland Community Fund, which was set up to recognised the role Copeland plays in hosting the Low Level Waste Repository at Drigg.

Any opportunity to bring such a significant amount of jobs and business to our communities will be pursued by RNEC and it is a disappointment to us that we have been unable to realise this project. We will continue to work with all our partners to help development growth in Cleator Moor and the surrounding parishes."

Bob MetcalfeChairman, Regen NE Copeland

Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: Up to 15C, falling to 12C in the evening. 
  • Winds: Fresh south to southeasterly, slowly easing and veering light to moderate southwesterly by evening. 
  • Cloud: Variable cloud amounts at 1,600 feet (500m). 
  • Visibility: Good, locally moderate in showers and poor in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: Well above the summits.

Police find dead man's family after appeal

Cumbria Police says it has been in touch with the family of a man who was found dead in Barrow on Monday.

Sixty-year-old Paul Hawkrigg, of no fixed abode, was found dead on Monday evening.

A next of kin has been found for Mr Hawkrigg. We would like to thank everyone for their help. We have spoken to Mr Hawkrigg’s family who are now in contact with the coroner."

Det Sgt Mike WallaceCumbria Police

The cause of the man's death has not been confirmed and details of the case have been passed to the coroner.

Watch: Timelapse of Storm Desmond's impact on Brotherswater

A Cumbrian lake rose by more than a metre when Storm Desmond hit the county.

This timelapse captures the rising surface of Brotherswater on the night of 4 December 2015.

Scientists led by Richard Chiverrell from Liverpool University had 'traps' in the lake at the time to capture how sediment was washed into Brotherswater.

The team found that the Cumbrian floods of 2009 and 2015 were the most significant since the 16th Century.

Storm Desmond in 2015 changed the level of Brotherswater by more than a metre in 24 hours.

Recent Cumbrian floods most extreme for over half a millennium says scientists

Scientists say they've discovered that the Cumbrian floods of 2009 and 2015 were the most extreme flooding events experienced by the county for more than 600 years.

A team from the University of Liverpool, the University of Southampton , Durham University and King's College London have been studying the sediments - grains of sand and silt - at the bottom of Cumbrian lakes.

A sediment trap used in a Cumbrian lake
Richard Chiverrell
Richard Chiverrell's group studies the sediments in four lakes

The sand and silt is often delivered to the lakes because of floods and the team found that the most severe storms were able to move bigger grains of sand because they had more energy to carry the larger particles.

It's hoped their work will help engineers to plan how to prevent floods by giving a better idea of how often, and how badly, they threaten Cumbria.

BreakingMan arrested over woman's death 'was known to her'

A man arrested on suspicion of murder was known to the 33-year-old woman who died this morning in Carlisle, police say.

A new statement from Cumbria Police says that a 29-year-old man has been detained and the scene surrounding the property in Orton Road is still cordoned off.

Orton Road remains open to drivers.  

We can confirm that a man is in custody following the death of a 33-year-old woman this morning. The man arrested is known to the victim and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time. Such incidents are rare in the county and extra officers are in the area to reassure and support the local community.

Supt Justin BibbyCumbria Police

Plea for volunteers by lifesaving mountain rescue team

One of the county's mountain rescue teams says it needs more volunteers. 

The Penrith Mountain Rescue Team says that numbers have dwindled over the last two years. 

But the team says that volunteers would be expected to devote a certain amount of time to the team:

We will require, and any teams in the Lake District do require, a fair level of commitment for training but also the other side of things, we're entirely non-funded so we have to do a lot of fundraising. So yes, it is a fairly hefty commitment."

Kaz FrithDeputy Team Leader, Penrith Mountain Rescue Team

Government agrees to Hinkley Point nuclear power station deal

The government has given the go ahead for a new £18bn nuclear power station in the UK after imposing "significant new safeguards" for future projects.

The new plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is being financed jointly by the French and the Chinese.

It's been reported this week that the developers of a new nuclear power plant here in Cumbria, which is due to open after Hinkley Point, are in talks with overseas investors about backing the Moorside project.

an artist's impression of Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant
Artist's impression of Hinkley Point C building proposals

The new safeguards include the government taking a "special share" in all nuclear projects following Hinkley that would mean invested stakes cannot be sold without the government's knowledge or consent.

Police cordon off Carlisle road after woman's death

BBC Look North reporter Mark McAlindon is on the scene of an investigation into the death of a woman in Carlisle:

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Police say that they've arrested a man on suspicion of murder following the woman's death. 

Neighbours shocked at woman's death in Carlisle

Mark McAlindon

BBC Look North, on Orton Road in Carlisle

Police officers are standing guard outside a house on the corner of a quiet cul-de-sac on Orton Road.

They were called here just after 06:00 this morning where they found a 33-year-old woman in a critical condition.

She was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbours this morning have spoken of their shock at the news.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

A police officer stands guard on a Carlisle cul-de-sac

Cumbria's morning headlines

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here are the headlines across Cumbria this morning:

Weather: Misty start before sunny spells

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Look North weather

A misty, foggy start for many but it'll brighten up with sunny spells for most.

There could be a few showers at times as top temperatures reach 23C.

Check the forecast where you are.

Weather: North East and Cumbria

BreakingMan arrested following death of woman in Carlisle

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman died in Carlisle.

Police were called to an address on Orton Road just after 06:00 this morning where they found a 33-year-old woman in a critical condition.

She died a short time later and police are treating the death as suspicious. 

The man is being questioned and the scene has been cordoned off while the investigation continues. 

Travel: Delays possible for some as bridge repairs continue

BBC Travel

There's nothing too severe to tell you about when it comes to travel this morning. 

In Carlisle, the A595 Bridge Street at Newtown Road and Warwick Road at Victoria Place are busy but moving. 

The A5086 is closed at Ullock in both directions between Fangs Brow and Brownrigg Brow because of bridge maintenance work and drivers are being advised to use the A595 as a diversion instead. 

A5086 between Fangs Brow and Brownrigg Brow at Ullock

There are also temporary traffic lights on the A595 at Blackbeck near Hardgates Road / Mill Lane and on the A595 at Egremont between North Road / East Road / Main Street (Egremont) and B5345 Morass Road (Calder Bridge) because of bridge maintenance work. 

Get the latest travel news wherever you are with BBC Travel. 

Travel: Signalling delays on West Coast Main Line

BBC Travel

Expect delays of up to 10 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast heading north between Carlisle and Lockerbie.

According to Virgin Trains, that's down to a signalling problem.

Get the latest travel news wherever you are with BBC Travel. 

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning. 

We'll be here until 16:00 with all of today's news, sport, travel and weather for Cumbria.

If you'd like to share a photograph or have some news we should know about, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.