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  1. Updates on Monday 21 November 2016

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


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

    We'll do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow.

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

    Have a very good evening.

  2. 'Incredibly dangerous' driver given suspended sentence

    A driver who led police through the Lake District in a chase that touched speeds of 110mph has been given a suspended jail term.

    Judge Peter Hughes was told Bernard Ward (pictured), 22, now living in Gas Street, Platt Bridge, near Wigan, led police from Penrith to Kendal over the Kirkstone Pass, switched off his lights, ran through a red light and ignored speed cameras.

    Bernard Joseph Ward

    Ward, who was said to be mystified about why he didn't stop sooner, admitted dangerous driving.

    Judge Hughes said it was "an incredibly dangerous and reckless piece of driving".

    He handed him  an eight-month prison sentence but suspended it because it was his first offence.  

    He also ordered Ward to do unpaid work and obey a 12-week curfew, banned him from driving for 18 months and ordered him to take an extended driving test.

  3. Campaigners hand in critical report on Moorside plant

    Campaigners against the plan to build a new nuclear power station near Sellafield have handed in a critical report to local authorities in Cumbria today.

    Radiation Free Lakeland says the assessment, by Pete Roche of the Edinburgh Energy and Environment Consultancy, warns the reactor containment could leak large quantities of radiation into the atmosphere.

    Moorside artists' impression

    The Office of Nuclear Regulation, which licences new nuclear plants, said it had yet to agree the AP1000 design of reactor after three years.  

    A spokeswoman said that once the design was agreed, the site would have to be licensed, and ONR consent would be required for each step of construction

  4. And if you're going fell-walking tomorrow...

    • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: Minus 2C, rising to 0C. 
    • Winds: Gale or severe gale north to northeasterly, gusts 70mph, decreasing fresh or strong during the afternoon. 
    • Cloud: Extensive cloud around 1,000 feet (300m) at first, becoming more broken at 2,000 feet (600m) later. 
    • Visibility: Poor in rain, hill snow and hill fog. Occasionally good later. 
    • Freezing level: Near the summits.
  5. United close gap on League Two leaders with last-minute goal

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United have closed the gap on League Two leaders Plymouth to 4 points, after their last minute 3-2 victory over Exeter on Saturday.

    Keith Curle

    Blues manager, Keith Curle said after the match that the wealth of options available to him really helps to swing tight games like that.

    He said: "I've got to say the changes we made, they show the strength we've got within the squad."  

  6. New hope to free ex-servicemen held in India on gun charges

    Defence lawyers for six British ex-servicemen imprisoned in India say they've taken a substantial step forward today. 

    John Armstrong from Cumbria, Nick Dunn from Northumberland and Nicholas Simpson from North Yorkshire were part of a crew arrested in October 2013 while working on an anti-piracy ship. 

    In January they were convicted on illegal weapons charges and sentenced to five years in an Indian prison.

    The men have always maintained their innocence. 

    Today an appeal court hearing went ahead in India, and it's hoped the judge will deliver his ruling on the arguments before Christmas.

    Ship in India
  7. Driver warned after crash that killed woman, 96

    A driver's been warned he could go to prison after a crash that left a 96-year-old woman with fatal injuries.

    Eileen Limb died a fortnight after the crash on the B6254 near Old Hutton in South Cumbria.

    Shaun Ferguson

    She was a passenger in a car that collided with another driven by Shaun Anthony Ferguson (pictured above), who is 22 and from Ridge Square in Lancaster.

    Ferguson, who had originally denied causing death by dangerous driving, admitted a lesser charge of causing death by careless driving. 

    He'll be sentenced on 16 December.

  8. Old ordnance found in yard construction site

    We've more details on what's thought to be an old piece of ordnance at the BAE shipyard in Barrow.

    A BAE spokeswoman said the item had been found outside the nuclear site which forms the shipyard's most secure area.

    It was uncovered during construction work in the Buccleuch dock area, at about 12:30.

    Police said there is not believed to be any risk to the public at this time.

    An explosive ordnance disposal team is preparing to assess the situation.

  9. BreakingBomb disposal team called after alert in Barrow docks

    An army bomb disposal team's been called after what police described as "a piece of ordnance" was found in Barrow docks.

    Police say an area's been cordoned off, but have released no other details.  

    Barrow was heavily bombed during World War Two.

  10. Cumbria's weather: Wet, windy and cold

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a wet night with heavy spells of rain at times and snow over the fells.

    There'll be gales on the coasts and high ground - with a yellow warning in place from the Met Office until the early hours.

    Temperatures will go down to about 6C (43F) on low ground.

    Weather graphic

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

  11. The A590 roadworks: the reasons why

    Ulverston's famous in a small way for having a bypass that goes straight through the middle of the town; and now drivers face months of disruption as that road is improved to deal with growing traffic.

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    • At Quebec Street for the Coast Road, there'll be new traffic lights and extra lanes.
    • At North Lonsdale Road, there'll be improvem,ents; both these and the Quebec Street work are to improve access to Ulverston's industrial areas, including the major expansion jow underway at GlaxoSmithKline.
    • At Daltongate, an entrance is being created to the new "hub" for emergency services.

    Businesses have welcomed the improvements but say they are concerned about the disruption.

    Quote Message: We've got things going on all the way through December up to Christmas. We'll have to see how it goes." from Chris Nelson Ulverston Business Improvement District
    Chris NelsonUlverston Business Improvement District
  12. Glenridding Hotel, flooded so many times, finally counts the days towards reopening

    The Glenidding Hotel was flooded four times last winter, and preparing it to entertain guests again has taken almost exactly a year.

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  13. PCC wants to find 'true level' of LGBT abuse

    People from the LGBT communities are being asked whether they would report a sex assault, and if not, why not.

    Peter McCall

    Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall says there are suggestions that abuse and violence are under-reported.

    "The aim of the consultation is to ascertain the level of sexual assault and why people are hesitant to come forward and report."

    Information's being gathered by the organisation Outreach Cumbria with a survey on its website.

  14. Hoteliers hunt for business in Korea for first time

    A group of hoteliers and tourist businesses from the Lake District are taking a trade mission to South Korea for the first time. 

    Korean street scene

    It's part of a nine-day tour which will also visit China, as the firms try to promote Cumbria as a destination in the UK to visit. 

    Ian Stephens is the managing director of Cumbria Tourism and says he's optimistic the county will see an increase in visitors from South Korea.

  15. Strange stuffed foxes tested to see if hunters' yarns were true

    Jennie Dennett

    BBC Cumbria

    The hunt is on for specimens of a fox that could have been once unique to Cumbria's uplands. 

    So-called greyhound foxes were known to huntsmen in the Lakes and described as being bigger and faster than today's foxes.

    Wierd looking fox

    Ron Black from Ambleside and Professor Robin Allaby of Warwick University are tracking down stuffed foxes, like this example above, for DNA testing to see if the animals were indeed a separate sub-species, or just incompetent taxidermy.   

  16. Paddler Alan honoured for developing sport

    A West Cumbrian sea kayaking enthusiast's been given a national award for his voluntary work on the sport.

    Alan Ashby

    Alan Ashby has set up 14 annual sea kayaking events all over the British Isles, including the Hebrides. 

    He's treasurer of the Cumbrian regional development team, and sea kayaking representative.

    He was given the award by British Canoeing, at an annual event where it honours volunteers and athletes.

  17. Cumbria's weather: Rain spreading in and wind rising

    Rain will continue to spread north, sometimes heavy, perhaps falling as snow over high ground. 

    It'll feel colder as the gusty north easterly wind picks up this afternoon with coastal gales developing.

    Temperatures will reach about 5C (41F).

    Weather graphic

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