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  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 November 2016

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We've now finished this service of news, travel and weather forecasts for Cumbria for today.

We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, if you have news we should know about or a picture you'd like to share, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Hope you have a good evening.

Weather: Showers continue overnight, feeling cold

BBC Weather

Showers will continue through this evening and overnight, locally turning heavy with the risk of hail for some, although there will be some clearer skies in between. 

Breezy, especially on the coast and feeling cold.

Highs of 8C (46F).

You can see the weather forecast for where you live here.

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Ex-servicemen jailed in Inida being held in 'acceptable' conditions

The government has said a group of British ex-servicemen are being held in "acceptable" conditions in an Indian prison, where they're serving five year jail terms.

The six, including John Armstrong from Wigton, were imprisoned in January, after being arrested while working on an anti-piracy ship in 2013 and accused of entering Indian waters without permission, carrying unlicensed firearms.

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Beith asked for an update on how the men are being treated. 

Replying for the government in the House of Lords, Lady Goldie had this to say:

I understand that the conditions are acceptable in terms of being better, I understand, than those that are available to many Indian nationals. I understand they don't share cells.

Government say they have 'the most comprehensive winter plan yet'

The government has announced its plans for the country in the event of flooding. They will have battalions - totalling 1,200 troops - on stand-by throughout the winter months and ready to be deployed. They are also investing £12.5m in new temporary flood defences. 

The winter preparations follow a Ministry of Defence review of the handling of the floods last year. Storm Desmond affected 6,500 homes and just short of 900 businesses in Cumbria.

Flooded Carlisle street
Reuters

"With the Army standing by, we have the most comprehensive winter plan yet to keep people safe and the country moving."

Ben GummerCabinet office minister

Your photos: Snow-capped peaks

Thanks to Christine Duff for this photograph of Derwentwater this morning .

If you have a photo you'd like to share you can email them to us.

Derwentwater
Christine Duff

The Bishop Harvey Goodwin School closed tomorrow

The Bishop Harvey Goodwin School in Carlisle will be closed tomorrow, according to Cumbria County Council.

It's because of problems with the heating. It is hoped to be open again on Friday.

Bus service facing closure

A bus service in the Eden Valley is facing closure next month. 

The 563 is run by Grand Prix Motors in Brough and goes through Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and Penrith. 

In 2014, the service lost subsidies and now the company says it's no longer viable and the route could stop in December. 

Tomorrow councillors will put a motion before Eden Council to highlight the importance of the service and try and save it.

Fresh pressure on government to raise case of ex-servicemen jailed in India

There's renewed pressure on the government to continue raising the case of a group of British ex-servicemen, who are serving five-year jail terms in India.

The six - including John Armstrong from Wigton (pictured) - were imprisoned in January, after being arrested while working on an anti-piracy ship in 2013 and accused of entering Indian waters without permission, carrying unlicensed firearms.  

John Armstrong
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Speaking for the government in the House of Lords, Baroness Goldie said the case is high on its agenda:  

Her Majesty's government has repeatedly raised this case with the Indian government at the highest levels. In fact this week the Prime Minister raised it with Prime Minister Modi, making clear the importance of seeing progress on the case."

Baroness Goldie

£1m paid in grants for flood resilience

More than £1m has been spent trying to protect properties in West Cumbria against flooding. 

Allerdale Council says it has received 691 applications for the grants since the storms in December. In total 292 grants have been paid and there are a further 328 applications which have been authorised and are awaiting payments.

The deadline for applications is 31 March. For more information visit Allerdale Borough Council's website.

Cumbrian village was home to the first recorded African community in Britain

The role Cumbria played in the history of black people in Britain is the focus of a new BBC documentary.

Black and British - A Forgotten History tells the story of how a group of north African troops were based in Burgh by Sands near Carlisle in Roman Britain. 

Two plaques at the village church now mark the site of the first recorded African community in Britain. 

Black and British - A Forgotten History is on tonight from 21:00 on BBC Two.

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Cumbria-based company lays World Cup final pitch

BBC Sport

Qualification is not even at its halfway point but England is already guaranteed involvement in the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow.

The pitch that will be used for the final in the Luzhniki Stadium on 15 July has already been laid.

Cumbria-based SIS Pitches completed the handover earlier this month.

The surface contains 95% natural turf and 5% specially designed polyethylene yarn.

It will be the first time a World Cup final has been played on anything but an all-natural grass surface.

Luzhniki Stadium
Reuters

Police confirm body found is missing Whitehaven man

Police have confirmed a body found in Whitehaven yesterday is that of missing man Matthew Dalton. 

The body of Mr Dalton, known locally as Jimmy, was identified by his family today.

He was found in Flatts Walk and police say his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Your photos: Snow at Skelwith Bridge

Thanks to Mark Squires for these photos he took last night of the snow at Skelwith Bridge, near Ambleside.

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

snow
Mark Squires
snow
Mark Squires

Army put on stand-by for winter floods

More than 1,000 UK troops have been put on 24-hour stand-by to help in the event of flooding this winter.

The government is also investing £12.5m in new temporary flood defences for its "most comprehensive winter plan yet".

This follows a review of the handling of the problems caused by Storm Desmond in parts of the UK late last year.

The Met Office warned of icy conditions in north-east England and the East Midlands tomorrow, after snow hit parts of northern England and Scotland.

Flooding in Cumbria
MoD

Police urge motorists to drive to weather conditions

Police are warning motorists to adjust their speed due to deteriorating road conditions as rain and snow continues to fall across the county.

Earlier today there was a multi-vehicle accident on the M6 at J41 southbound.

Other roads across the county will continue to be affected and drivers are urged to adjust their driving style in respect of the weather conditions.

Police release name of man who died in accident on Sunday

Police say the man who died in a crash in Whitehaven on Sunday was Colin Aplin, who was 73 and from Bransty. 

 He was driving a Land Rover Discovery which hit a wall at the junction of High Road and Monkwray Road.

Weather: A cold afternoon with possible showers

BBC Weather

Some showers expected to move into the west this afternoon. It will be cold, especially with any lying snow over higher ground.

Maximum temperature: 5C (41F).

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

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Three men arrested on suspicion of affray

Three men have been arrested following reports of a fight in Whitehaven.

Officers were called to the town centre just after 13:00 yesterday.

Three men aged 23, 27 and 41 were arrested on suspicion of affray. They have been released on bail.

Tim Farron on Trump victory: 'I fear for the world that my children will inherit'

Commenting on the election of Donald Trump as US president, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP and leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

I am personally devastated by the US election result. Trump's campaign was based upon fear of others, hatred and division.

Tim Farron
BBC

I fear for the world that my children will inherit if such extremism can triumph.

Of course, America is still an important friend and ally and we must not give up on our friends, but it is a stark reminder of the need to stand up for liberal values of tolerance, openness and the rule of law."

Travel: Kirkstone Pass closed

BBC Travel

Hazardous driving conditions because of snow has closed the A592 at Kirkstone Pass.

Snowploughs are currently trying to clear the road.

Get the latest travel information here.

Your photos: Winter is here

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

This was my view on the way to work this morning near Penrith.

Snow in the Eden Valley
BBC

US Election: Cumbrian UKIP chairman is 'elated'

Chairman of the UK Independence Party in Cumbria, Fiona Mills, is happy this morning.

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Travel: M6 reopens following crash at J41

BBC Travel

The M6 southbound at J41 has re-opened and traffic is easing following a multi-vehicle accident this morning.

You can see the latest travel information here.

Travel: Hazadous driving conditions at Hartside Pass

BBC Travel

There's hazardous driving conditions on the A686 A686 Hartside Pass between Alston and Melmerby because of snow.

You can see the latest travel information here.

Local farmers to discuss Brexit

The uncertainty surrounding Britain's decision to leave the European Union will be discussed by farmers today.

The seventh annual Northern Farming Conference takes place at Hexham Auction Mart.

Local farmers will be guest speakers at the event, which will also include updates on the latest technology available in the industry.

Cows in field
BBC

Theresa Griffin MEP: '27 years ago the Berlin Wall fell, today a man is elected to build a new one'

One of Cumbria's Labour MEPs, Theresa Griffin, reacts to the election of Donald Trump.

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M6 crash: Recovery work about to start

Cumbria Police says that recovery work is about to begin at J41 southbound of the M6 after a four-vehicle crash earlier today. 

They say three people have been taken to hospital.

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US Election: Councillor congratulates Donald Trump

Councillor James Airey, the leader of the Conservative group on the county council, welcomes the election of Donald Trump:

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BreakingTravel: M6 closed southbound at J41

The main carriageway at J41 on the M6 southbound is closed because of a multi-vehicle accident.

A diversion is in operation via the exit and entry slip roads.

More news to follow as soon as we have it,

Cumbria Roads Police have just tweeted this:

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Weather: Rain and snow to slowly clear, remaining cold

BBC Weather

Rain and snow will slowly clear eastwards this morning and it should become dry for most.

Some showers will move into the west this afternoon and it will be cold, especially with any lying snow over higher ground.

A yellow warning for snow remains in place until 10:00.

Highs of 4C (39F).

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

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BBC

Severe disruption: A592 Cumbria southbound

BBC Travel

A592 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between B5360 and A590.

A592 Cumbria - A592 closed southbound between the B5360 junction in Windermere and Newby Bridge Roundabout in Newby Bridge, because of a fallen tree.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

On the day Donald Trump is elected president of the United States, we'll be bringing you local reaction. 

We'll also have local news, travel and weather through until 18:00.

Snow has been falling around some parts of the county but we don't have any in Carlisle - so if you have any photos you'd like to share you can email them to us here.