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  1. Updates on Wednesday 21 September 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    Updates have now finished for the day.

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

    If you've news you think we should know about or a photo you'd like to share, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

    I hope you have a lovely evening. 

  2. Nuclear waste ship on course for Japan

    A ship carrying nuclear waste from Sellafield back to Japan has now passed through the Panama Canal, according to Sellafield Ltd.

    It's being carried aboard the vessel the Pacific Grebe, which is operated by Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd.

    Pacific Grebe
  3. Cumbrian charity 'pom pom' world record attempt

    A Cumbrian charity is hoping to break a world record this evening by filling a shopping centre with pom poms.

    The Eden Valley Hospice is marking 25 years of supporting families through serious illness.

    Volunteers have already produced more than 27,000 pompoms which will be connected and arranged in The Lanes in Carlisle from 17:00.

    The record is currently 7,000 and is held by a place in Australia.

    Eden Valley Hospice volunteers
  4. Weather: Showers continue, easing for a while

    BBC Weather

    Showers will continue into the evening but eventually easing for most. There may be further outbreaks of rain later in the night. Some mist patches possible during the early hours.

    Temperatures could dip to 11C (52F).

    You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

    Weather graphic
  5. Kendal man admits possessing heroin with intent to supply

    A man from South Cumbria has admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply.

    Mark Holden, 34, from Anchorite Road in Kendal, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court via video link.

    He also admitted possessing cannabis. He'll be sentenced on 29 September. He was remanded in custody.

  6. Your photos: Breathtaking Buttermere

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    I wish I was there to see this beautiful scene for myself.

    Royce Meckin took these photos at Buttermere yesterday and they are proving very popular on our facebook page.

  7. Public consultation into future of health services to begin next week

    A public consultation into the future of health services in north, west and east Cumbria will start on Monday.

    The Success Regime was introduced by NHS England to sort out the problems within the area's health services. The consultation process will last for 12 weeks.

  8. Travel: Wrynose Pass closed following collision

    Emergency services are dealing with a one-vehicle collision at Wrynose Pass, Little Langdale, Ambleside. Police were called at 11:42 today and the road is closed between Fell Foot and Cockley Beck.

    Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

  9. Teenager looted flood-hit Carlisle home

    A teenager who looted a flood-hit house in Carlisle was caught after leaving blood in the property.

    The boy, 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was one of three teens who targeted a home in Corporation Road on 22 December.

    Prosecutors at Carlisle Magistrates' Court said the house had been damaged by Storm Desmond three weeks before.

    The boy was given a 12-month curfew and rehabilitation order.

    You can read more here.

    Flooded Carlisle street
  10. Your photos: Buttermere bathed in evening light

    Thanks to Trevor Earthy for sharing this photograph of the beautiful evening light over the Buttermere fells yesterday.

    If you have any photographs you'd like to share you can email them to us.

  11. Nursery school to open on site of former St Bees School

    A nursery school is going to open on the site of the former St Bees School in west Cumbria.

    The independent school, which had educated pupils for more than 400 years, closed more than a year ago. The governors said it was no longer viable.

    The St Bees Little Learners Nursery will open there next month, creating eight jobs.

  12. Weather: Cloudy afternoon with some bright spells and possible showers

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy afternoon with some bright spells. There's also risk of showers as well, some could be heavy. 

    Any showers will ease for a time this evening before returning tonight.

    Highs of 18C (64F).

    You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

    Weather graphic
  13. Analysis: Why Kendal maternity changes may become permanent

    The changes at the Helme Chase unit at the Westmorland General Hospital were introduced two years ago to make better use of the midwives' time.

    Officials say that during the first 15 months, 3,000 hours were freed up which allowed midwives to spend more time supporting women in their own homes and to help out at busier hospitals.

    Also, in the past few years, fewer babies have been born at Helme Chase. 

    The Trust that runs the hospital says there are about 10 births a month, whereas three years ago there were about 17.

    A public consultation is running from today until 4 November.

    Further information can be found here.

  14. Changes at Kendal maternity unit could be made permanent

    Plans to permanently change the way a maternity unit in Kendal is staffed could be closer to becoming a reality.

    Almost two years ago, the Helme Chase unit at the Westmorland General Hospital stopped having midwives on duty 24/7. 

    Instead, when there are no women or babies to care for in the unit, the midwives are on call.

    Health officials now want to make that arrangement permanent.

  15. Your photos: The sun rises over Wastwater

    Thanks to Chris Garner from Seascale for this photograph taken earlier this week of the sun rising over Wastwater.

    If you have any photos you'd like to share you can email them to us.

    Sun over Wastwater
  16. Increase in complaints to Cumbria's water company

    The water company that supplies people in Cumbria has seen the biggest rise in complaints of any other similar firm in the north of England.

    The customer watchdog, the Consumer Council for Water, says complaints about United Utilities rose by 13.5% in the year to April, compared with the previous financial year. 

    It's thought many related to sewage after the Cumbria floods.

    United Utilities said the increase was disappointing after several years of improvement. 

    It says the overall number of complaints is down by a third since 2004 and it's confident that next year's figures will show a further improvement.

  17. Cumbria expected to help resettle Syrian refugees next year

    Some Syrian refugees are expected to arrive in Cumbria next spring.

    Local councils have repeated their earlier offer to help resettle families who've fled the crisis in their own country.

    The authorities say that over the next few months they will decide how many can be resettled in Cumbria between 2017 and 2020.

  18. Cumbrian paralympian back in UK but only for a short while

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Cumbria's only paralympian is back in the country but is already preparing to depart again for another event in Berlin.

    Simon Lawson, from Maryport , finished 14th in the men's T54 marathon at the Paralympics in Rio.

    He told BBC Radio Cumbria that he suffered a problem with his hydration system that meant he couldn't get a drink during the race.

    He's expecting to be back in Cumbria next week.

    Simon Lawson

    The Queen praised the performance of Britain's Paralympics team at Rio 2016 as 'magnificent' as the athletes returned to the UK on a special flight yesterday.