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  1. Updates on Friday 21 October 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    We've come to the end of our live updates for today - and for the week too.

    BBC Cumbria Live will be back on Monday from 08:00 to start a new week of news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county.

    We hope you can join us then.

    In the meantime if you've got a story or picture you'd like to share with the county you can email ustweet us or post on our Facebook page.   

  2. Weather: Mostly dry before a few showers tonight

    BBC Weather

    Continuing to brighten up through the afternoon with light winds.

    Top temperatures of 12C.

    A few showers to come overnight but turning largely dry.

    Lows of 4C means there'll be a few patches of fog around too. 

  3. County council plans to increase council tax by nearly 4%

    Cumbria County Council's share of council tax could go up by nearly 4% next year.

    The council has begun a consultation about the increase which it says includes a government directed 2% increase specifically to fund adult social care services.

    The council says that the proposed increase follows cuts in government funding.

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  4. A royal visitor in West Cumbria

    Workers at the Sellafield nuclear site got to play host to royalty today.

    The Duke of Edinburgh visited the complex to find out more about the decommissioning and reprocessing work done by employees at the site.

    It's the third time he has visited Sellafield.

    He previously visited Sellafield's predecessor Calder Hall in 1955, and opened the Sellafield Visitors Centre in 1988.

  5. Listen: BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero nominee says it's nice to be acknowledged

    Mike Zeller

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

    This morning, we spoke to 13-year-old Leia from Cumbria about her nomination for BBC Radio 1's Teen Hero awards for her charity and volunteer work

    Leia and her mum Tracey came into our studios to talk about being nominated:

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    Video caption: 13 year old Leia was chosen for her charity and volunteer work over the last 7 years
  6. Cathedral extension plan up for approval

    A project to construct a new building linking the Fratry at Carlisle Cathedral with a new pavilion are being considered by councillors today.

    The cathedral hopes to use the Grade I listed Fratry Hall for exhibitions and events while the pavilion would be used as cafe.

    Planning officers have recommended that councillors should approve the plan.

  7. Reaction to Cumbrian Apprentice candidates' confectionery challenge

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    We'll give you another chance to go away and watch this week's The Apprentice on the BBC iPlayer before we spoil the result of their latest task for you......



    . This is your final warning. Are you sure you want to find out this way? 






    Fellow candidates and even one of Lord Sugar's advisers having been bidding a fond farewell to Cumbrian Apprentice candidate Oliver Nohl-Oser, who was brought up in the Eden Valley. 

    He was fired last night and now Rebecca Jeffery is the only other Cumbrian candidate left in the contest:

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    Even Lord Sugar's tough-talking advisor Claude Littner had some nice words for Oliver after the programme went out:

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  8. Cumbria's sport headlines

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    • Manager Keith Curle says he's not concerned about other teams ahead of Carlisle United's trip to Stevenage on Saturday in League Two as the Cumbrians chase automatic promotion
    • Nominations for the Cumbria Sports Awards close at midnight tonight
    • Barrow AFC could extend their unbeaten run to 12 games when they make the trip to Woking in the National League
  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J43 for A69 and J44 for A7.

    M6 Cumbria - Rolling road-block on M6 northbound between J43, A69 (Carlisle) and J44, A7 (Carlisle North).

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  10. Cumbria's headlines this afternoon

    Here are the top stories from around the BBC in Cumbria this afternoon:

    • Some heritage architecture in Cumbria is at risk following last year's floods, according to Historic England
    • Cumbria's infrastructure had nearly recovered from the 2009 floods, before Storm Desmond hit according to the councillor responsible for highways and transport
    • Councillors have approved a plan to get rid of school nurses and cut the number of health visitors
  11. Cumbrian girl nominated for BBC Radio 1 Teen Award for charity work

    BBC Radio 1

    A 13-year-old girl from Cumbria has been nominated for an award by BBC Radio 1 for her charity and volunteer work.

    Radio 1 Teen Awards nominee Leia

    BBC Radio 1 Teen Award nominee Leia started fundraising for charity when she was aged just seven.

    She was the driving force behind her primary school's Charity Superstars Group, which raised more than £3,000 and continued her volunteering at secondary school by helping to teach dance and cookery to younger pupils.

    She was also the only young person to win a Spirit of Cumbria award for her work at one of the county's flood reception centres during the storms last December.

  12. Cumbrian tourism boss steps down

    The body that promotes Cumbria's tourism industry is looking for someone new to take up its top job.

    Cumbria Tourism says that Ian Stephens is stepping down after more than a decade in the role.

    The county's tourism sector is worth £2.6bn and supports 40,000 jobs.

    Quote Message: It has been an honour and privilege to work in one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors in UK's economy. After 14 years as a director of Cumbria Tourism, I feel I need a change and the next six months seems a good time to make the move." from Ian Stephens
    Ian Stephens

    During his time as chief executive, Cumbria Tourism has run campaigns to promote the county as an Adventure Capital and to help tourism businesses recover from the effects of foot and mouth and the winter floods.

  13. Police urge shop owners to be on guard for till thefts

    Shop owners have been urged to be vigilant by the police after three separate incidents of theft from tills across the county.

    Shops in Kendal, Penrith and Carlisle have been targeted, according to Cumbria Police. 

    In one case, a man claimed his mother had left her walking stick behind but when the shop assistant went to try and find it, he stole more than £100.

    Cash till
  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

    BBC Travel

    M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J37 for A684 and J36 for A590.

    M6 Cumbria - One lane blocked on M6 southbound between J37, A684 (Kendal) and J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale), because of abandoned vehicle.

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  15. Cumbrian MP welcomes new successor submarine name

    We've found out today how the Ministry of Defence has decided the first of four submarines to carry Britain's nuclear weapons system should be named Dreadnought.

    BAE Systems has already begun manufacturing the boat at Barrow shipyard and it will be the latest in a long line of Navy vessels to carry the name.

    Labour MP John Woodcock says the name has a special connection to Barrow as well:

    Quote Message: This is a nod to the illustrious past of the Royal Navy but also, of course, it will remind many people in Barrow of that historic building programme which they carried out in the 1960s to build Britain's first ever nuclear submarine - also called Dreadnought. from John Woodcock MP Labour MP for Barrow and Furness & chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party backbench defence committee
    John Woodcock MPLabour MP for Barrow and Furness & chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party backbench defence committee
  16. BreakingControlled explosion carried out in West Cumbria

    A bomb disposal team has carried out a controlled explosion on Rose Hill Beach at Harrington between Workington and Whitehaven. 

    Earlier this morning, the News and Star reported that a car park had been cordoned off after an unexplained package had been found.

    Cumbria Police says that detonation took place at about 10:00 this morning as a precaution after a cordon had been put in place around the area.

    It's after a passerby found what has been described as a flare yesterday afternoon.

    The police say there was no risk to the public.

  17. Cumbrian play area reopens after £200,000 spent on flood repairs

    A play area in Carlisle's Bitts Park has officially reopened after more than £200,000 was spent repairing flood damage. 

    It ended up under 8ft of water last December during Storm Desmond.

    The play area now also features wheelchair-accessible swings and a trampoline.

    Carlisle City Council leader Colin Glover opens new play area
  18. Get Involved: Do you know an Unsung Hero?


    Do you know a local sports volunteer who deserves some much-needed recognition?

    There are just three days left (nominations close at midnight on Sunday, 23 October) to nominate them for the 2016 BBC Unsung Hero award.

    Find out how to here.

    Unsung Hero award graphic
  19. Weather: Fells forecast

    BBC Weather

    Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours on Friday 21 October:

    • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: Up to 4C. 
    • Winds: Light & variable. 
    • Cloud: Patchy low cloud as early mist or fog lifts, otherwise no significant cloud. 
    • Visibility: Good, locally poor in valley fog patches. 
    • Freezing level: Above the summits.