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  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 November 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've come to the end of another day on this service of Cumbrian news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast.

    But we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

    If you've got a story we should know about or or a picture to share, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.   

    Have a very good evening. 

  2. Cox names full strenth side for Barrow FA Cup replay

    Barrow manager Paul Cox says he's naming a full-strength side for tonight's FA Cup first round replay with Taunton Town at Holker Street.

    The two sides drew 2-2 in the first mast, and the winner tonight will play either Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town, who will be playing their replay at the same time.

    BBC Radio Cumbria will be broadcasting match commentary from 19:00 and it will be available shortly after the end of the match here.

    Paul Cox
    Quote Message: There's be some managers who'd like to prioritise league games. We're talking about the biggest cup competition in world football and I'd never be disrespectful to the competition and field a weakened side." from Paul Cox Barrow manager
    Paul CoxBarrow manager
  3. £300 million Cumbria water pipeline clears final planning hurdle

    A new water supply system for West Cumbria's been given the final set of planning permissions, amounting in all to 100km (62 miles) of pipes, a new treatment works, two small reservoirs and a pumping station.


    The network will mean water for 150,000 people in communities including Silloth, Whitehaven and Cockermouth, comes from Thirlmere rather than a number of environmentally-sensitive sources, including Ennerdale Water in the west of the county.

    The project as a whole will cost £300m, take four years to build, and mean jobs for 400 people.

  4. Crashed van found near stolen quad bike

    We've more details of the cross-border police operation that ended with a stolen quad bike recovered, and a man arrested, on the boundary between Cumbria and North Yorkshire.

    The Yorkshire police were pursuing an orange van reported to be involved in the theft of a quad bike, and they'd asked Cumbria police to stand by in South East Cumbria.

    The officers from both forces responded to a call about an accident near Cowgill, in Dentdale, where a transit-type van had overturned, with a man trapped inside.

    Fire crews were called to free the man, who's now being treated in hospital.  

    The quad bike reported stolen was then found, and a second man, according to police, is currently being sought.

  5. Cumbria's weather: A dry cool night

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be largely dry with variable cloud and some clear spells where temperatures will drop into the low single figures in rural areas. 

    Overnight temperatures in towns and Carlisle will probably be about 8C (46F). 

    Weather graphic

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

  6. 'Friends' £60,000 helps fix six footbridges

    Martin Lewes


    An appeal by Friends of the Lake District has helped pay for six footbridges which were washed away in Storm Desmond, to be repaired.

    New footbridge over Rothay at Rydal

    The bridges repaired include one over the River Rothay at Rydal (pictured) and others at Watendlath, Hartsop, Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale and Whinfell.  

    The money's also helped repair footpaths at White Moss Common near Grasmere.

  7. Haverigg officers join national prison protest

    Prison officers at Haverigg, Cumbria's only jail, have joined a national protest following a series of violent incidents around the country.

    Prison sign

    The members of the Prison Officers' Association are holding meetings as they're not allowed to strike.

    John McLean from the POA said: "The prison service is on the edge. 

    "This is not a reflection on Haverigg Prison, we're just supporting colleagues around the country to highlight our concerns about what's going on."

    The Ministry of Justice says the prison protest is "unlawful" and the government is taking "the necessary legal steps" to end the action.

  8. Barrow Samaritan flies flag on top of Africa's highest peak

    Martin Lewes


    Peter Higgins from Barrow decided to mark his 60th birthday by climbing Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.

    Peter Higgins on Kilimanjaro

    And as a former director of the Samaritans in Barrow, Peter, who made the 5,895m (19 340ft) ascent with a friend from Canada. took a banner with him. 

    As you do. He's the one on the right.

  9. Minister 'to look into South Lakes cancer centre need'

    The health minister David Mowat has said he'll look into whether a cancer treatment centre could be set up in South Cumbria.

    The Westmorland and Lonsdale Lib Dem MP Tim Farron said people in his constituency faced a two-hour round trip to the Rosemere centre at Preston for radiotherapy.  

    He asked Mr Mowat whether he agreed this was unacceptable, and whether he'd support a centre being set up in Kendal..

    David Mowat in House

    The minister replied: "I certainly agree with him that two hours is a long time, it is a large constituency.  I'm very happy to look at the specific point he makes."  

  10. Mario Cacciottolo

    BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme

    Layla Ibrahim

    Mario Cacciottolo

    BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme

    A woman who was imprisoned after being convicted of faking her own rape says she is now fighting to clear her name.

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  11. Sex abuse charity given £410,000 lottery grant

    A charity that works with survivors of rape or sexual abuse in South Cumbria's been given £410,000 from the Big Lottery Fund reaching communities programme.

    Birchall Trust staff and members.

    The Birchall Trust says the money will support the work of the trust in the county and North Lancashire.  

  12. Parliamentary props bring civics class to life

    Ulverston schoolchildren are getting a rare chance to get an insight into the Houses of Parliament without having to leave the classroom. 

    School pupils with mace, despatch box etc

    Croftlands Junior School is one of just 50 in the country chosen to take part in an education project with special lessons, models of the dispatch box and a mac, so the pupils can act out their own debate and learn how national politics works. 

    You can see more here. 

  13. Watch: Woman fighting to clear name after 'fake rape' conviction

    A woman sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of faking her own rape says she is now fighting to clear her name.

    Layla Ibrahim, from Carlisle, was convicted of perverting the course of justice in 2010 and served 18 months of her sentence, giving birth in prison.

    She alleges she was attacked and on this morning's Victoria Derbyshire programme gave her description of what she says happened.

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  14. Tourism industry 'needs line electrified'

    Tourism businesses have joined criticism of the delay in electrifying the Lakes railway line, which connects Windermere with the West Coast Main Line at Oxenholme.

    Oxenholme station

    The £16m project was due to start next year, but the Lib Dem MP Tim Farron says he's been told it's now put back until at least 2024.

    The fear is that with increasing electrification elsewhere on the network, services into the Lake District from stations such as Manchester Airport could deteriorate.

    Nigel Wilkinson, who runs Windermere Lake Cruises, says the industry wants to attract more overseas visitors from countries such as China, adding: "Electrification of the Lakes line, the arterial route into the Lake District, is central to that development."

  15. Police warn of quad bike thefts after arrest

    Police fear a spate of thefts of quad bikes in North Yorkshire could spread over the border into Cumbria.

    They say one machine was stolen in Dent last night, although a swift response from the public and local officers meant it was recovered nearby.

    One person was arrested, and officers say a suspect escaped.

    PCSO Tom Robinson said 15 machines have been stolen just over the county boundary in the past few weeks, and owners should make sure their bikes are safely locked when not in use.

  16. Travel: Crash slows Barrow traffic

    BBC Travel

    Dalton Road in Barrow-in-Furness is partially blocked near the Michaelson Road junction because of an accident.  

    You can get the latest travel reports here.

  17. Flood rescuers wait for international award news

    The crew of Rescue 936, a coastguard helicopter that rescued 10 people across Cumbria during Storm Desmond, should hear today whether they've won an international award.

    The crew, led by Cpt James Lorraine, flew for 13 hours in winds gusting to 70mph. 

    Person being winched up

    You can see film of some of their work here.

    The annual HERO awards are made by the International Maritime Rescue Federation, and include daring operations from all over the world. 

    The winners are being announced later in ceremonies in Portugal and the USA, and if they arrive in time we'll let you know.

  18. Barrow line up for FA replay

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Barrow take on Taunton Town in their FA Cup First Round replay at Holker Street tonight following the 2-2 draw between the two sides 10 days ago.

    The winners of tonight's tie will meet the winner of the Bristol Rovers versus Crawley Town replay which also takes place this evening.

    Holker Street