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  1. Updates on Friday 14 October 2016

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  1. As it happened live today

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    That's the end of our updates today but we'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with the county's news, sport, weather and travel.

    Have a great weekend and, in the meantime, if you've got a story or picture you'd like us to feature, why not email ustweet us or post on our Facebook page.

  2. Weather: Rain tonight but brighter tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    A rather cloudy evening, some showers redeveloping before they merge into longer spells of rain later. A minimum temperature of 9C (48F).

    Tomorrow it will be a cloudy start with outbreaks of rain soon clearing north. It will tend to brighten and feel a little milder.

    See the forecast for you area here.

    Weather chart
  3. Work under way to lay electricity cable on bottom of Wastwater

    Work's begun to lay a mains electricity cable beneath England's deepest lake to ensure power to homes at the head of the Wasdale Valley in Cumbria.

    People there lost power some years ago and had to rely on generators before a temporary cable was installed. Now a permanent solution costing £750,000 is being put in place. 

    The cable - supported by balloons - is being wound out before it's stretched up Wastwater and allowed to settle on the bottom. 

    Cable being strethed across Wastwater

    See more on this story on Look North at 18:30.

  4. Hundreds caught speeding near Longtown

    More than 300 drivers have been reported for speeding on the A7 through Longtown.

    Police have monitored traffic on the road for the past three months, after complaints from local residents.

    Officers have issued 322 notices of intended prosecution (NIP) for speeding offences, which indicate that the driver at fault may face prosecution. 

    The fastest vehicle was caught doing 60mph, double the speed limit on that stretch of the A7.

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  5. Cumbrian zoo told to do more to keep visitors safe


    A Cumbrian zoo has been told it must do more to prevent visitors being bitten or injured by its animals.

    At the latest hearing on licencing the South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton-in-Furness, Barrow Council says it's failed to comply with a condition to eliminate injuries.

    Walking among animals like lemurs and kangaroos at the zoo has always been central to its visitor appeal. But the council has become increasingly unhappy about the risks.

    The attraction has two weeks to provide a fresh written review of injury risks. The zoo meanwhile says it will apply for a new licence for a new company that excludes owner David Gill.

  6. Consultation on new electricity pylons

    A public consultation on how a proposed nuclear power station in west Cumbria could link into the electricity network will start on 28 October.

    Campaigners have already voiced concerns about plans to use pylons, and are calling for cables to be buried instead. National Grid says it has to balance the needs of the environment, with the cost of the project, which will eventually be passed on to tax payers.

    National Grid will hold 30 public information events in Cumbria and Lancashire.

  7. Your photos: Hedgehog in Ireby

    This photo of a hedgehog taken in Ireby features as England's Big Picture today.

    Keren Gudmunsen, who took it, said she was getting ready for a bike ride when "this little fella comes wriggling up, nose in the air, sniffing the surrounding"

  8. International comic art festival in Cumbria

    It's the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal this weekend and if you think it's just about superheroes and cute animals, think again!

    The range of styles of work and what inspires them is incredible.

    Some are funny, some are moving and some are rather dark!

    The festival features work from some of the world's top comic artists.

    Tintin and Astrix cartoon
  9. Weather: Sunny spells this afternoon, rain tonight

    BBC Weather

    Sunny spells and showers this afternoon with temperatures of 13C (55F).

    The showers will ease for a time tonight, before outbreaks of rain spread from the east. Lows tonight of 10C (50F).

    See the forecast for your area here.

    Weather chart
  10. Carlisle re-sign striker Asamoah

    Derek Asamoah

    League Two side Carlisle United re-sign striker Derek Asamoah on a two-month contract.

    Carlisle re-sign striker Asamoah

    Derek Asamoah

    League Two side Carlisle United re-signe striker Derek Asamoah on a two-month contract.

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  11. Children learning internet safety from global tech firm

    School children in Cumbria are being offered online safety advice from Google today.

    Pupils at Kendal's Heron Hill Primary will take part in an interactive assembly and will learn about passwords and how to use smartphones.

    It comes during a week-long campaign by Cumbria Police highlighting the potential risks to children from the internet.

    Hands on keyboard
  12. Coal mining plans on display in west Cumbria

    Plans to bring coal mining back to west Cumbria are going on display to the public over the next two days.

    West Cumbria Mining wants to extract more than two million tonnes of coking coal for the steel industries in the UK and Europe.

    The proposals to mine off the coast of Whitehaven and create more than 500 jobs will be on display at the Haig Museum.

    Company logo
  13. Woman loses childhood toy on train

    Have you ever lost your childhood toy?

    A 23 year old from Appleby has and she's on a mission to track her doll down.

    Bronwyn Lowery says she's devastated after leaving her precious Tom Plank on a train heading to Glasgow. She thinks he may have fallen on to the floor when she got off at Penrith but Virgin Trains haven't found him.

    Lost toy montage
  14. New free school opening in Cumbria

    A new school offering courses such as catering, engineering and the arts is being set up in Cumbria.

    The Queen Elizabeth Studio School in Kirkby Lonsdale will operate as a free school which will be funded by the government but not controlled by the local authority.

    A mix of professional and vocational courses will be available for 14 to 19 year olds.

    Engineering student with equipment
  15. Former Cumbrian soldiers remember the Aberfan disaster

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    A group of 30 former soldiers from Cumbria's army regiment are travelling to Wales today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster.

    A spoil heap collapsed and demolished the local school killing 144 people including 116 children.

    The King's Own Royal Border Regiment was sent to Aberfan the day after the tragedy to help in the search for survivors and to dig graves for those who died.

    Rescuers at Aberfan school
  16. Weather: Showers with sunny spells later

    BBC Weather

    We'll see a few heavy, persistent showers at times today. These are likely to ease throughout the afternoon, with the chance of a few sunny spells.

    A brisk easterly wind will take the edge off today's top temperatures, which are likely to get to around 13C (55F).

    See the forecast for your area here.

    Weather chart
  17. Cumbrian council defends land partnership

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    A Cumbrian council is denying claims it's set up a financial arrangement that could ultimately have a negative impact on local services.

    Some councillors in Allerdale have complained about the suitability of a partnership with a private sector company to sell off land, the Allerdale Investment Partnership.

    The council says the partnership is designed to regenerate land, create jobs and strengthen the economy.

    KMG Capital Markets, the private company involved in the deal, says the partnership is working positively and to plan. KMG is not accused of any wrongdoing.