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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 January 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished this service of news, travel updates, a regular weather forecast and the odd choice morsel from social networks and the like, for today.

    The main points were:

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. If you have a picture to share or some news you think we should know about, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.      

    Have a good evening. 

  2. Weather on the fell tops tomorrow: Cloud lifting a bit

    Temperatures at 3,000ft: 3C. 

    Winds: Moderate or fresh south to southwesterly. 

    Cloud: Widespread 1,000ft (300m) at first, lifting to 1,500ft (450m), locally broken at 2,000ft (600m) during the afternoon. 

    Visibility: Moderate or good, falling poor in rain or drizzle and very poor in hill fog. 

    Freezing level: Above the summits.

    The report from Helvellyn by the Lake District rangers is here.

  3. More rubbish art on show to celebrate sea life

    More artworks made from rubbish found along Cumbria's shorelines is going on show in the county.

    Razorbill made from old plastic

    This razorbill is one of a number of exhibits in the show at the Wildman Gallery from 23 January.

    The aim of the project is to make people aware of the amount of waste being washed up on the tidelines, but also to highlight how much wildlife there is in the sea around the coastline.

    The rubbish found by volunteers clearing the shore were washed and turned into sculptures by schools and community groups.

  4. Carlisle MP: Bespoke UK trade deal must be the aim

    We've more reaction to today's Brexit speech by the Prime Minister Theresa May, making it clear that Britain would be leaving the EU single market and probably the customs union as well.

    Carlisle Conservative MP John Stevenson says this comes as no surprise, as he'd always seen leaving the union as involving both of these.

    "We've now got to seek the best bespoke deal for the country," he said.

    Speaking just before Mrs May's speech, the Barrow Labour MP John Woodcock said: "I have got a job to do for the people of Barrow and Furness to get the best deal, make sure the UK gets the best deal, for families and businesses in this area and that in my clear view means remaining part of the single market."

  5. Cumbrian police sergeant skippers England in international

    Cumbria police sergeant Lee Brumpton will be leading the England police rugby union team out again, against the Ireland combined services on 25 January.

    Lee Brumpton

    The match is at Newcastle at 18:00, and entry is free. Lee's been captain since September last year.

  6. Police lead drive to stop Barrow's youngsters boozing

    Police, schools, local authorities and people in the licensed trade are getting together in Barrow to reduce under-age drinking in the town.

    Inspector Matt Pearman said: “As well as causing health problems and increasing hospital admissions, this can also be associated with anti-social behaviour which effects the wider community.” 

    Hand reaching for tins of drink

    The various groups will be setting up a Community Alcohol Partnership, with a formal launch being held on Thursday.

    The opening event will be a workshop for licensees on limiting the access youngsters have to drink, and there will also be talks in schools.

  7. Cumbria's weather: Overcast, mild and misty

    BBC Weather

    It'll stay overcast and mild with some further patchy mist and fog developing and occasional light rain. 

    It will be frost-free, though, with lows of 6Cs (43F).

    Weather graphic

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

  8. Food bug confirmed in 12 cases at Kendal farm

    Twelve cases of the food poisoning bug Campylobacter have now been confirmed after investigations into illness linked to unpasteurised milk sold at Low Sizergh Barn farm shop, near Kendal.

    Raw milk being dispensed

    An online survey has now pushed the total number of suspect and confirmed cases to 65.

    The farm is working with the Food Standards Agency to trace the source of the problem and legal orders prevent the sale of milk from the vending machine until "corrective measures" had been undertaken.

    A spokesman for the agency added: "The farm will not be selling raw milk until satisfactory results from the three consecutive rounds of sampling are received."  

  9. Farming payments system 'working better', but some still left behind

    The system for giving farmers their basic state subsidies is working much better this year, but still struggling with the complexities of common land grazing, according to the Lib Dem MP Tim Farron.

    Of the 922 eligible farming businesses in the constituency, all but 45 have now been paid money that fell due in December last year, which it's understood is far better than last year.

    Herdwick sheep

    But Mr Farron said his concern was that the 45 were among those who had to wait longest for payment last year as well, because they were partly dependent on grazing common land, shared with other farmers.

    "I will continue to put pressure on the government to ensure that all payments, including those related to common land, get paid without delay,” he said.

  10. Nuttall fears a 'slow-motion' Brexit

    We've more reaction to the speech by the Prime Minister Theresa May on her move to take Britain out of the EU.

    Paul Nuttall, the UKIP leader, is one of the members of the European Parliament representing the North-West, including Cumbria.

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  11. Tim Farron reacts to PM's Brexit speech

    The county's MPs have started to give their reactions to the speech by the Prime Minister Theresa May, giving more details about Britain's departure from the European Union.

    All six of the county's MPs supported remaining in the union, and perhaps not surprisingly, those carrying on the battle were first to respond.

    Tim Farron, the Westmorland and Lonsdale Lib Dem MP said: "All the polling we have on this says that 90% of the British people believe we should stay in the single market."

    We'll have more reaction as it comes in.

  12. Missing Colchester man 'may be in county'

    Police say Christopher Green, who's 23 and missing from home in Colchester, may be in Cumbria.

    He was last seen on 19 December and has family in both Cumbria and Kent.

    Christopher Green
  13. Kendal coach rallies players to turn season round

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Kendal RUFC coach Chris Downham says he remains confident his side can get their season back on track. 

    Mint Bridge

    The Mint Bridge club slipped down to eighth in National Three North on the back of Saturday's 18-14 defeat at Wirral - leaving the side with just one win in their last five games.

    "The biggest thing is maintaining positivity, making sure that people don't go within themselves," he said.

  14. Police officers 'having to help ambulance crews take strain'

    Cumbria's police are finding themselves having to care for car crash casualties or people with mental illness for too long because of pressure on the ambulance services, according to the Police Federation.

    Martin Plummer

    The county's federation chairman, Martin Plummer, was speaking in support of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, who's written to health managers saying that centralising some hospital services will put more pressure on his officers.

    Mr Plummer said officers were regularly finding themselves having to care for people when they didn't have the medical skills to do so, because ambulance were having to travel a long way or had been diverted. 

    "It really is not fair to put police officers into into circumstance where they are not trained.  We are not the only emergency services and if needed we need the help from someone who's properly trained."

  15. Building dangers hamper probe into House of Lords fire

    Investigations into the fire that destroyed a former working men's club in Barrow last week are being hampered by the state of the building.


    A fire and rescue spokesman said: "Due to the instability of the building, we cannot conduct an in-depth fire investigation."

    He said some work had been done with the police scenes of crime experts, and all the information gathered would be reviewed on Friday.

    The listed building, known locally as the "House of Lords", was one of the first clubs in Barrow, and may now have to be demolished entirely.

  16. Cumbria's weather: Drier but still cloudy

    BBC Weather

    It should become drier, but staying cloudy with light winds. It will feel mild with highs of 10 C (50F).  

    Weather graphic

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

  17. Bishop digs in to start work on 10 homes

    Work's started on 10 new homes in the village of Coniston, with the first turf being cut by the Bishop of Carlisle, the Right Reverend James Newcome.

    Bishop James with shovel and Steve Huddart, chairman of housing association.

    The homes are being built on the site of the former diocesan youth outdoor activities centre, by Mitre Housing; Bishop James and the chairman of the association, Steve Huddart are pictured above.

    The Bishop said: "It was always our stipulation that, after the Youth Centre closed, this site should continue to serve local people through the development of affordable housing."

  18. Police commissioner questions whether health service reforms will work

    Cumbria's police and crime commissioner has questioned whether a key part of plans to reform hospital services in North and West Cumbria are "robust".

    Peter McCall

    The Success regime, a management group brought in to sort out the North Cumbria hospitals trust's problems, is considering moving complex maternity and children's services to Carlisle, with a "robust and dedicated" ambulance service to carry patients in form west Cumbria.

    Peter McCall says police are already called on an almost daily basis to assis urgent cases from West Cumbria to Carlisle.

    "We are in very serious danger of not being able to deliver the robust service described," he says, calling for the proposal to be "independently stress-tested".

    Quote Message: If this 'robust service' cannot be effectively delivered the options proposed fail, and .... lives may inevitably be put at unacceptable risk." from Peter McCall
    Peter McCall
  19. Read: Report says rural counties suffer from patchy and declining services

    A new report says rural communities, such as those in Cumbria, are suffering because of a patchy provision of essential services. 

    The State of Rural Services report found that they have poor access to some health services and are facing drastic cuts in public transport.      


    David Moor lives in Seascale on Cumbria's west coast, which has lost both its banks, bus service and is now in danger of losing its library.

    He says vulnerable people are the first to lose out: "As we lose things like our libraries, our post office, as things like that start to disappear, it's the least mobile, because we lost the bus service last year, because there is no bus service from Seascale for people to get to the services in the main towns."