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  1. Famers 'under stress' face long delays on land payments
  2. Carlisle United's winning streak grows long with cup victory
  3. Government contests teachers' claims on school funding cuts
  4. Updates on Thursday 10 November 2016.

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By Martin Lewes

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We've now finished our 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 you think 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 will ease and it'll be a cold night

BBC Weather

Showers will ease this evening leaving most places dry with clear spells developing. 

Temperatures will drop quickly, with frost likely. By morning there will be some mist or fog patches which could be dense in places.

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

Weather graphic

Castle grounds are dressed with poppies for Remembrance

The grounds of Carlisle Castle are being covered in knitted poppies as part of preparations for Armistice Day.

The castle, used as a base by the Border regiments for many years, will be the starting place for a parade on Sunday.

Matt Lund and Jules Wooding from the Cumbria Museum of Military Life have spent the day "poppy bombing".

Matt Lund and Jules Wooding

You can find a list of other Armistice and Remembrance events here.

Cumbria's golden eagle 'likely to be the last'

Martin Lewes


The golden eagle that used to nest at Haweswater in the Lake District is likely to be the last, even though the species is thriving in Scotland, an expert has told BBC Radio Cumbria.

The Cumbrian eagle is believed to have died earlier this year after many years of living alone. Before then, several pairs had occupied a nest and occasionally bred.

Wardens tagging a golden eagle on its nest
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A survey in Scotland (pictured) found there were now around 500 pairs north of the border.

But Dave Shackleton from the Haweswater reserve said: "The big issues are a lack of wild food and too many people, recreational pressure is very high and it's unlikely they could colonise any areas in the Lake District now."

Shipyard firm sees shares soar after US election

City watchers have noted the impact of Donald Trump's victory on BAE, the parent company of the Barrow shipyard.

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Today shares are up again more than 4.5%.

Get the latest markets news here.

Your photos: The last snowman standing

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Yewdale Coniston for making me smile with this photo.

If you'd like to become a BBC Weather Watcher you can sign up here.

Snowman and a sheep
Yewdale Coniston

Dalton Zoo told to keep its rhino and giraffe warmer

The South Lakes Safari Zoo at Dalton's been ordered to improve the way it looks after rhino and giraffe.

Rhino on concrete with baby
Barrow Borough Council

A report to a meeting today said the Africa House, home to rhino, giraffe and other species had been unheated and had cold concrete floors when inspectors visited the zoo last week.

Councillors were told the enclosures were now heated and deep bedding was provided, and conditions have been added to the licence to require this in future.

Travel: Abbeytown road closed by crash

BBC Travel

The  B5307 Abbey Road in Abbeytown is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions at the B5302 junction, because of an accident.  

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Author hides prize for readers of new fell mystery tale

A writer who's publishing a detective story involving the mountain rescue this week has hidden a prize, with people having to read his story to find it.

Andrew Bibby hiding something in a tussock
Andrew Bibby

Andrew Bibby's created what's called a geocache that can only be found with clues in his novel In the Cold of the Night.

He spent weeks with the team to research for the book.

The story involves an investigative journalist who's also a member of a rescue team.  

The prize is dinner at a hotel in Waterhead.  

United keep that winning streak going

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

The records continue to tumble for Carlisle United, who set a new club record of eight consecutive victories last night with a 4-2 win over League One Fleetwood at Brunton Park in the Checkatrade Trophy to finish top of Group D. 

Goals from Charlie Wyke, Joe McKee, Danny Grainger and teenager Cameron Salkeld mean United will now play Mansfield at home in the second round.

Grainger's goal saw him on the scoresheet for a sixth game in a row - that equals another club record. 

Keith Curle

There's a lot of people out there that deserve credit. We want to going there, we want to improve ourselves, the team, the football club and people are getting on board to do that."

Keith CurleManager, Carlisle United

Your pictures: Wide sands and big skies across the Duddon estuary

Ian Ally tweeted us this fine view across the wet sands of the Duddon estuary, near Barrow, to snow-capped Black Combe.

View across Duddon Estuary
Ian Ally

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Farm payments agency explains delay: 'It's complicated'

The Rural Payments Agency, which is now almost a year behind making payments that could be half the annual income of some Cumbrian farmers, says it's paying as quickly as possible.

The agency handles the Basic Payment Scheme, which subsidises farmers on a rate depending on the amount of land they work.

A spokesman said the farmers facing long delays were those who shared grazing, because dealing with the medieval system had "proved challenging".

"This can be down to multiple and often very large land parcels, many commoners claiming BPS and a complicated historical allocation of grazing rights," he said.

Cumbria has more common land than any other county in England.

Whitehaven school first to click on Google business centre

A group of 36 sixth formers from St Benedicts school in Whitehaven was the first from Cumbria to go on a course in London to teach them how to start a business.

Youngsters round a table
St Benedict's School

The Future Founders programme started in Chicago, and opened a branch at the Google London Campus earlier this year.

The students saw presentations from staff at the centre and then divided into teams to to come up with start-up ideas that would help their community in Copeland.  

Cumbrian farmer 'does odd jobs to keep farm afloat'

A Cumbrian farmer says he's had to take on odd jobs to subsidise his farm because of delays in government payments.

Farmers are paid a certain amount, called the single farm payment or basic payment, depending on the area of the land they farm.

But the complications of calculating the payments for common land, which is grazed by a number of farms, has meant money that should have been paid to some recipients nearly a year ago hasn't arrived.

Great Langdale

Mike Toms, who farms in Great Langdale, says he's been hedging and walling to bring in come income:

Our single payment adds up to more than our annual income so it's absolutely necessary to the survival of these farms in the central Lake District."

Mike TomsLake District farmer

The Rural Payments Agency says it hopes to do better with this year's payments.

Police warning after pharmacy is burgled

Police have warned people not to take pills that were stolen when a pharmacy in South Cumbria was burgled.

Flookburgh Pharmacy

Medication boxes containing codeine and dihydrocodeine were taken from the Flookburgh shop, probably on Tuesday night.

Police say the tabets could cause damage to internal organs.  

They've appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Furness nurse hits high notes for charity single

Jo-Anne Helliwell, a nurse from the Furness General Hospital in Barrow, sings in a choir of nurses and families on a single for WellChild, a national charity that helps seriously ill children.

Jo-Anne Helliwell

The record, a cover of Bad Day,  is being sold to raise money for the charity at Christmas. 

Travel: Broken-down freight train slows West Coast Main Line services

BBC Travel

A broken-down freight train at Oxenholme is causing delays to Virgin West Coast and Transpennine Express services between Lancaster and Carlisle.

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Delayed state payments 'put county's farmers under strain'

Mounting debts are putting a big strain on the county's upland farmers, according to Cumbria's agricultural chaplain, Chris Blackshaw. 

Cumbrian fells

Some haven't yet had payments from the Rural Payments Agency that became payable in December 2015

One Cumbrian farmer has told BBC Radio Cumbria he's taken on odd jobs just to keep his farm going. 

The agency says making the payments has 'proved challenging' because of changes to the way they're calculated, but it expects the next round of payments to be easier. 

Travel: Two crashes slow traffic

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on M6 at J44, (Carlisle North).  

Traffic's not thought to be badly delayed.

There's also been an accident on A595 High Cross Brow in Broughton in Furness at the A593 junction.  

You can find the latest travel reports here.

Hostel in hills listed as top school trip

Schoolchildren have nominated a Cumbrian youth hostel as one of the best places for a school trip. 

Eskdale Youth Hostel

The YHA at Eskdale is a finalist in the first annual School Travel Awards, thanks to students who visited from Yorkshire. 

The winners are being announced later.

Weather for fellwalkers: Wintry showers on tops

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): Minus 2C, rising to 0C. 
  • Winds: Moderate west or southwesterly. 
  • Cloud: Scattered cloud at 2,500 feet (750m) becoming more widespread at 2,000 feet (600m) in and around wintry showers. 
  • Visibility: Good, locally poor in wintry showers in in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: 2,000 feet (600m), rising to 3,000 feet (900m).

Teachers claim schools will lose out in finance shake-up

Two teaching unions have claimed new funding formulas could mean some schools losing between 13% and 16% of their budgets.

The National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers research says Barrow's Furness Academy, Stanwix and Belle Vue Schools in Carlisle, Kendal's Heron Hill School and Workington's Seaton Academy would be the worst affected institutions.

Some schools could gain, including Milburn School, which would receive an extra 20% in funding.

The government says it's yet to publish the new formula, and the figures are speculative and scaremongering.

Cumbria's Stokes knocks up fourth 100 in India

BBC Sport

Ben Stokes learned his cricket in his teenage years, spent in Cockermouth.

But he's just been caught on 128 as he helped propel England to 517-9 in the first Test against India.

Follow live coverage here.

Ben Stokes

Cumbria's weather: A chilly start, then showers

BBC Weather

It'll be a chilly start, and then a mixture of sunshine and showers, becoming a little drier later. 

It'll be milder with a top temperature of about 7C (45F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast for where you are, here.

Today's main stories in Cumbria

BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

  • Delayed government subsidies are putting some Cumbrian farmers into so much debt that the county's rural chaplain fears they'll suffer mental illness.
  • Teachers' unions say some Cumbrian schools are in line for sharp budget cuts, but the government says the claim is speculative scaremongering.
  • The organisation that brings together Cumbria's tourism industry is having an extraordinary meeting today to discuss streamlining its management structure.

We'll have more on these and the rest of the news throughout the day.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be bringing you the county's news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast, a nice photo or two and the occasional snippet from the social networks through until about 17:00.

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