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  1. Updates on Friday 23 September 2016

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  1. As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    Our service of Cumbrian news, travel reports and weather forecasts has now finished for today, and the week. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

    As always, if you have 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

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Why prosecutors are reviewing the Poppi Worthington case

    The Crown Prosecution Service says it's reviewing the case of Poppi Worthington, the Barrow toddler at the centre of a four-year controversy over her death in 2012, in response to a request under the Victim's Right to Review scheme.

    The service has not said where the request came from, but said the review would cover the evidence and whether further action was in the public interest, and be carried out by an official who had not been involved in the original decision.

  3. Threat of seaside rubbish will be highlighted by art

    Some of the rubbish washed up on Cumbria's beaches will be turned into sculptures to highlight the threat it poses to marine wildlife.

    Rubbish bag on beach

    Cumbria Wildlife Trust is organising the project, called the Waste Beneath our Waves, with the rubbish being collected on litter picks during October and November this year, and an exhibition in January 2017.

    Members of the public as well as artists are being invited to put the sculptures together.

    Quote Message: Seals have been seen to swim head first into clear plastic bags and be hit at high tide by plastic bottles and floating oil drums." from Amy Hopley Cumbria Wildlife Trust
    Amy HopleyCumbria Wildlife Trust
  4. Tourism industry launches winter campaign

    Cumbria Tourism, the county's tourist board, has announced a sales drive to attract more visitors to the county in winter.

    Cumbrian road in winter

    Ian Stephens, the managing director of Cumbria Tourism, said: "Unlike many other UK destinations, the Lake District Cumbria has a plentiful supply of popular events and places to visit regardless of the changing seasons."

    The marketing campaign will start in November and include a special card giving discounts to a number of attractions.

  5. Travel: coach breakdown slows traffic between Kendal and Windermere

    BBC Travel

    The A591 in Plantation Bridge west of Kendal is partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions at the Winter Lane junction, because of a broken down coach.

    The latest travel news is here.

  6. Video: Farmer's hi-vis sheep 'should be harder to steal'

    A Lake District farmer has sprayed his sheep with a lurid orange colour in the hope it'll make them less attractive to rustlers.

    Pip Simpson has a flock of 800 Cheviots in the Troutbeck valley and says almost 300 have been lost or stolen over the past four years.

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    Video caption: Lake District sheep sprayed orange to deter rustlers

    You can see more about this very visible crime-prevention measure on North West Tonight and Look North, from 18:30 this evening on BBC One..

  7. Rugby League: Whitehaven prop becomes youngest pro-coach, aged 24

    BBC Sport

    Whitehaven have appointed former St Helens prop Carl Forster as player-coach at the age of 24, the youngest in the professional game.

    Forster, who rejoined the club in July after 22 games on dual registration at Haven earlier in his career, replaces sacked James Coyle.

    He began his career at Saints, winning the academy Grand Final there, but was limited to five senior appearances.

    "This appointment will lift everybody," general manager Amanda Hewer said. 

  8. Former teacher jailed for child abduction

    A Cumbrian former teacher has been jailed for eight months after admitting charges of child abduction and having indecent photographs of a child under 16.

    Gary Baum

    From August last year Gary Baum, who's 57, and a 15-year-old girl, had sent each other explicit photographs, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

    Judge Barabara Forrester was told there was no proof of a sexual relationship but she told Baum, from Penruddock, near Penrith, what he'd done was a gross breach of trust.

    Baum admitted it had been inappropriate. He was sentenced to eight months for abduction, and four months for taking and possessing the photographs he was sentenced to four months, to run concurrently.

  9. Mountain pass crash victim was Kendal sports stalwart

    Police have confirmed that a man who died when his car left the Wrynose Pass in the Lake District was David Otway, well-known in Kendal for links with Netherfield Cricket Club and, nationally, the Marylebone Cricket Club.

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    Those paying tribute included the former England captain Michael Vaughan.

    Mr Otway played for Kendal as an under-19, and for Netherfield as a junior through to the first team.

    A family tribute said:“His work for the Netherfield club continued when he left this area in many ways, particularly arranging and looking after the professionals who played at the club."

  10. Barrow lifeboats to be rededicated at special service

    Barrow's two lifeboats will be rededicated at a special public service at the Roa Island station tomorrow.

    Barrow Lifeboat Grace Dixon, launching

    The station has two boats, the Grace Dixon (pictured) and the inshore boat, Vision of Tamworth.

    The service starts at 14:00 and will be led by the Rev Martin Williams, with music from the Steelworks Band.

  11. Poppi: Why the coroner must delay the inquest

    The inquest into the death of Poppi Worthington has been adjourned while a fresh review is carried out by the Crown Prosecution Service.

    It was a coroner's investigation that highlighted the questions around the death of the Barrow toddler, and resulted in details of a family court hearing, that would normally remain confidential, being published.

    But under the terms of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, a coroner must suspend an inquiry if another inquiry might result in a prosecution.

  12. Cumbrian businesses ponder Brexit opportunities and uncertainties

    A Cumbrian businessman's urged colleagues to start looking for opportunities outside the European Union.

    Adrian Rawlinson is managing director at Marl International, which makes LED lighting products in Ulverston; he says tere'll be new chances for small and medium-sized firms.

    Quote Message: I would like to see this as an opportunity to stimulate growth in the SME sector" from Adrian Rawlinson MD, Marl International
    Adrian RawlinsonMD, Marl International

    But others, like Bill Lowther, the former boss of UCB, says uncertainty isn't helpful.

    Quote Message: There's risks to any business, you want to minimise the risks, and in the case of these negotiations we haven't even got started." from Bill Lowther
    Bill Lowther

    The two were speaking on the Hotseat programme on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning.

  13. Your photos: Sunrise over misty Grasmere

    How about this for a stunning image - sunrise through the mist at Grasmere. It was taken by Press Association photographer Neil Squires.

    Sunrise over misty Grasmere
  14. Club gives 'mystery billionaire' a deadline

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United will give its 'mystery billionaire' until early next week to make 'significant progress' on any proposed investment in the club, it's understood.

    United's directors met last week when it's believed a revised deadline of early next week was given to the agent of the foreign businessman.

    Its thought the club is ready to call time on the saga, nearly 500 days after the first approach, if no substantial movement takes place between now and the deadline.

  15. Your photos: The time of year to swing a chestnut

    Martin Lewes


    Well, by the looks of it from this photo, Autumn is well and truly here...

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  16. Key dates in Poppi Worthington case

    Today's announcement that the inquest into the death of Poppi Worthington will be reviewed is the latest in a case which has spanned four years.

    Her father was initially arrested but has never been charged, and has always denied any wrongdoing.

    Read about the key dates.

    Poppi graphic
  17. New date for Poppi Worthington inquest to be set after review

    Cumbria coroner David Roberts said he will suspend his investigation into the death of Poppi Worthington, who died in 2012 aged 13 months, until the CPS has carried out its fresh review of the evidence.

    He said it would be suspended until 30 November as he had been advised the review should be completed in about 56 days.

    Once that period has expired he said he would arrange a new date for the inquest.

  18. Coroner suspends Poppi Worthington inquest as review announced

    The Crown Prosecution Service is to carry out a fresh review into the death of Poppi Worthington, who died in December 2012 aged 13 months

    In January 2016 High Court family judge Mr Justice Peter Jackson made public his ruling that, on the balance of probabilities, Poppi's father Paul Worthington sexually assaulted her shortly before her death. He has always denied that.

    In July 2016, the CPS announced there was insufficient evidence to charge Mr Worthington over her death.

    Today Cumbria coroner David Roberts announced he was suspending the inquest into Poppi's death, which was due to be held on 10 October, after the CPS announced its review.