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  1. Monday 17 October 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

That's the end of our updates for today.

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

If you've got any stories or photos you'd like to share, you can emailtweet us or post on our Facebook page.  

Weather: Showers easing before a band of heavy rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Some persistent showers that will ease throughout the day.

Plenty of sunny spells for the rest of the afternoon as the showers become scattered. Highs of 14C.

Those showers should ease overnight but a band of heavy, showery rain will pass over the county. Lows of 7C.

Weather: North East and Cumbria

Cumbrian school pupils make their dreams into a music video

Here's something that we've shared over on the BBC Cumbria Facebook page.

It's a video that's been produced by a group of primary school pupils in Carlisle who were asked where they would go if their dreams could come true. 

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Robert Ferguson School headteacher Graham Frost says that project has helped with the children's literacy, art, drama and music. 

Whitehaven mother says her baby would have died without consultant-led unit in town

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

Each day this week, we'll going to take a close look at plans put forward by the West, North and East Cumbria NHS Success Regime to improve health services and save money.

This morning, I spoke to Andrea Murray who told me that she thinks her baby would have died if a proposal to transfer all emergency deliveries from Whitehaven's hospital to Carlisle was in place now. 

She told me how her low risk pregnancy become more complicated:

Andrea Murray told Mike that her 'low risk' birth quickly became much more complicated

The Success Regime says proposals to move emergencies to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle will not compromise health care in the area.

On Thursday morning, the Chief Executive of the trust running the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital will be taking part in an hour long interview for In the Hot Seat with Mike Zeller. 

Inquest hears Cumbrian woman found dead in prison cell after giving birth

A prisoner from Cumbria was found dead in in her cell just days after giving birth, an inquest has heard.

Michelle Barnes, 33, was serving a two-year sentence at Low Newton Prison in Durham for drugs offences when she was found with a ligature around her neck in December 2015.

The inquest at Crook Civic Centre heard that she had a history of mental health problems and had found out she was pregnant while in prison.

The inquest continues. 

Michelle Barnes
News & Star

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, between J44 for A7 and J45 for A74.

M6 Cumbria - One lane blocked on M6 northbound between J44, A7 (Carlisle North) and J45 A74(M), because of an accident.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Cumbria's headlines this afternoon

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here are the top stories we're reporting across BBC Cumbria this afternoon:

  • Work has begun on a 'world class' training facility for the nuclear industry in Cumbria
  • It's 60 years since the world's first full scale nuclear power station opened in the county
  • Public hearing takes place about plan to reduce number of Cumbrian MPs from six to five

Work begins on National College for Nuclear in Cumbria

A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place on a new college to create the "workforce of tomorrow" for the UK's nuclear industry.

The Northern Hub of the National College for Nuclear will be based at Lakes College in Workington.

A seconded campus will be built at Bridgwater in Somerset. 

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Lakes College Principal Chris Nattress said: "It will play a huge role in the future of nuclear, both here in Cumbria, and on a national scale, and Lakes College is proud to be a part of it."  

Weather: Heavy showers and sunny spells

BBC Weather

A few heavy showers still hanging around in the county this afternoon.

They will become well scattered leading to plenty of sunny spells for most places.

Highs of 14C.

Afternoon weather for Kendal

Get the latest forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Watch: Calder Hall - 60 years since world's first commercial nuclear power station

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

Today marks 60 years since The Queen opened Calder Hall nuclear power station in West Cumbria.

It was the beginning of a new chapter in the county's nuclear history.

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Cumbrians wrong to think slavery doesn't exist in county say police

People living in the county are wrong to think that modern slavery doesn't take place in Cumbria, police say.

Eight offences have been committed under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in the county between September 2015 and August 2016, according to Cumbria Police. 

The figures have been released as the police take part in a regional campaign to raise awareness of modern day slavery and human trafficking.  

People may have the misconception that modern day slavery doesn’t happen in Cumbria, and that it is only an issue for big cities. However, human trafficking and slavery can happen anywhere and I would urge anyone who has concerns to report them to the police immediately.

Det Insp Craig SmithCumbria Police

Walking Dead artist announced as comics laureate at Cumbrian festival

BBC Arts

An artist best known for his work on the comic book series The Walking Dead was chosen as the UK's second comics laureate at the Comic Art Festival in Kendal over the weekend.

Charlie Adlard has drawn the Walking Dead since 2004 and has also worked on Savage, The X-Files, Mars Attacks and Judge Dredd.

Unlike the post of poet laureate, the comics laureate is not appointed by the monarch.

The scheme was set up two years ago by the Comics Literacy Awareness Trust charity.

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Charlie Adlard

Walking Dead artist is comics laureate

Artist Charlie Adlard, best known for his work on The Walking Dead, is named the UK's second comics laureate.

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Flood warnings for parts of Cumbrian coastline this lunchtime

A flood warning is in place for parts of the county's coastline today which means that flooding is expected.

The Environment Agency has issued a warning for Roa Island, Roosebeck, South Ulverston, Canal Foot, East Plain Farm, Arnside and Sandside (areas in red).

Flooding is expected to peak around high tide at lunchtime today.

Flood warning for South Cumbria
Environment Agency/HERE/Intemap/Microsoft

A further warning has been issued for the coastline between Gretna and Silloth.

Flood warning for North Cumbria
Environment Agency/HERE/Intemap/Microsoft

There are also a number of areas where a flood alert is in place which means that flooding is possible.

  • Coast from Silloth to St Bees
  • Coast at Duddon Estuary
  • Coast at Barrow in Furness
  • Coast at North Morecambe Bay  

Carlisle United extend upbeaten run with Hartlepool win

BBC Sport

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Ten-man Carlisle beat Hartlepool 3-2 to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games and equalling their best-ever league start.


Carlisle United 3-2 Hartlepool United

Ten-man Carlisle beat Hartlepool 3-2 to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games and equalling their best-ever league start.

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Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 4 or 5C.
  • Winds: South at first then becoming Southwest, strong breeze with gusts up to 50mph. 
  • Cloud: Periods of fog above 600m at first but becoming scattered above 800m. 
  • Visibility: Excellent air clarity but occasionally poor with nearby peaks obscured during heavy showers. 
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.

Weather: Heavy showers at first before sunny spells

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Some heavy showers for parts of the county at first this morning.

Those should ease throughout the day and become scattered leading to plenty of sunny spells for most places.

Highs of 14C.

Weather forecast for Kendal

Find the forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Walker dies in 500ft fall from Dove Crag

A man has died after falling about 500ft (152 metres) while walking in the Cumbrian fells.

The 50 year old, who has not yet been named, was with a group of eight friends who had planned to spend the night on Dove Crag on Saturday.

But he lost his footing and fell, suffering fatal injuries.

A team of rescuers, which included search dogs and a helicopter with heat-seeking equipment, led the rest of the group to safety.

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Cumbria's headlines this morning

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here are just a few of the stories from across BBC Cumbria this morning: 

  • A 50-year-old man has died after falling from Dove Crag
  • It's 60 years since the world's first industrial scale nuclear reactor opened in Cumbria
  • A Cumbrian charity says that 300 people are dying each year in the county as it starts its Winter Warmth appeal.

Travel: Slow traffic due to accidents in Staveley and Ambleside

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic in Ambleside on A5095 Borrans Road in both directions between A593 Rothay Road and Mciver Lane because of an accident. 

The A591 is also partially blocked westbound between Staveley and Windermere because of an accident.

More travel updates with the BBC Travel website.

Travel: Delays on West Coast Main Line and road closed in Bowness

BBC Travel

Just a couple of things to know if you're getting around the county this morning.

There could be delays of up to 10 minutes on the West Coast Main Line through the county because of a points failure which affected trains between Stafford and Crewe. 

One lane is closed on the M6 southbound at Junction 38 for Tebay and both the A5074 Kendal Road in Bowness-on-Windermere and the A5271 Penrith Road in Keswick are closed for roadworks and resurfacing respectively. 

For more travel updates, there's the BBC Travel website. 

Man dies after falling from overhang on Cumbrian fell

A 50-year-old man has died after falling down the front face of Dove Crag.

He had planned to spend the night with a group of eight friends in the Priest's Hole, a cave which has seen an increase in visitors since it was featured in a BBC documentary earlier this year. 

The Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team says it was called out on Saturday night after the man had slipped and fallen about 500ft.

He was found with the help of a helicopter using an infrared camera but had suffered fatal injuries.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome to our take on the day's news, sport, travel and weather from across the whole of Cumbria. 

There'll be live updates throughout the day until 16:00. 

It might be a grey and wet start where you are (it is here in Carlisle) but don't worry, it looks like it will brighten up.

Some of the best stories and pictures we share come from you, so please get in touch by emailtweet us or post on our Facebook page so we can post them here too.