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  1. Updates on Wednesday 1 February 2017

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  1. Our live coverage today

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    We've now finished for today. Here's a reminder of some of the things we've been talking about:

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

    As always, we'd like to hear from you if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you've news you think we should know, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Weather: Drizzle and rain overnight, unsettled tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Light rain and drizzle will arrive in Cumbria overnight. Breezy and mild, with lows of 7C (45F).

    A cloudy and breezy day tomorrow with outbreaks of rain, turning less settled with strong winds. Highs of 10C (50F).

    See the details for your area here.

    weather chart
  3. Volunteers helping in fight against illegal fishing

    Anglers are being asked to help to stamp out illegal fishing in Cumbria.

    The Environment Agency has just 70 fisheries enforcement officers to cover the whole of England and Wales.

    It's now working with the Angling Trust to train anglers to spot anything suspicious.

    Dave Lees, from the Trust, says: "My next induction day is in May and I've already had 30 expressions of interest including from Cumbria. We should more than double the numbers of volunteers in the north west area after that."

  4. Hop costs could lead to higher beer prices in Cumbria

    A Cumbrian brewer is warning that beer prices may have to rise after a sharp increase in the cost of raw materials.

    The Eden Brewery, near Penrith, says the price it's paying for some imported hops has almost doubled since last year.

    Its head brewer Jason Hill, says: "It's a crop and we've had a couple of years where we've not had such a good yield, so if you've not had a crop that's performed well and a high demand then it all has an impact on the price point."

    Beer barrels
  5. Mother supports campaign after son takes own life

    A Cumbrian mother, whose son took his own life, says helping people to spot when someone may be suicidal will be "incredibly worthwhile".

    The mental health charity, Mind, has raised £14,000 in Cumbria to spend on training for 500 people. It's hoped it will help them to notice when someone is considering taking their own life.

    Ben Osbourne died when he was 27. His mother, Kate Bainbridge, who took part in the fund-raising campaign says: "People wouldn't think to ask if someone was thinking of taking their own life. You need to be helpfully nosy and ask people how they are feeling."

  6. Cumbrian college head defends apprenticeships

    Both young and old benefit from the apprenticeships being offered in Cumbria, according to the principal of Furness College in Barrow.

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies says the government's target to rapidly increase the number of apprentices risks being 'poor value for money'.

    But Andrew Wren says: "The vast majority of the employers we work with keep them on as they've invested their money and time into those individuals. They have grown their own employees for the future"

    Apprentice welder and instructor
  7. Tribute to man killed in two-car crash

    A man who died in a collision involving two cars on the A594 at Dovenby say they are devastated by their loss.

    Terence Meddings, 67, from Caldecote Avenue, Cockermouth, died at the scene of the collision on Sunday.

    In a statement his family said: "Terry was a much-loved husband, dad and grandad. We have all been left utterly devastated by his loss.

    "He was a well-respected and immensely popular member of the local community that he adored. He will be sorely missed by all."

  8. 'Inconsiderate' parking can be a serious safety issue

    Research suggests that the average motorist spends nearly four days a year looking for a parking space.

    The British Parking Association says it has heard many complaints about the location of car parks, the lack of available spaces and inconsiderate parking by others.

    Austin Shields, the parking services manager for Cumbria County Council, says: "You get people parking in the middle of a space when they could have moved up to make more space. You get them parking on yellow lines and outside schools and that's often a serious road safety issue."

  9. Weather: Bright this afternoon, rain later

    BBC Weather

    A strengthening southerly breeze this afternoon with some brightness developing later. Feeling milder, with highs of 10C (50F).

    Light rain and drizzle will creep towards Cumbria overnight. Breezy and mild, with lows of 7C (45F).

    See the details for your area here.

    weather chart
  10. Hospital visit suspension lifted

    Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle is allowing visitors to the majority of its wards following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

    North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said the situation was now under control and all but three wards, where there are a number of cases of norovirus, had reopened.

    Visitors are still being asked to stay away if they or a family member have been ill or suffered flu-like symptoms in the past two days.

    Cumberland Infirmary
  11. Four areas in Cumbria are blooming successful

    Four areas in Cumbria have been selected to represent the county in the Britain in Bloom Awards.

    The finalists are Kendal, which is in the Large Town category; Dalston near Carlisle, which is competing for the Large Village award; Silloth on Solway, in the Coastal Community category, and the Penrith Business Improvement District.

    Flower planters

    The awards, run by the Royal Horticultural Society, are now in their 53rd year.   

    The winners will be announced in October.

  12. Five arrested over death of prisoner

    Five men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man at Haverigg Prison near Millom. 

    Keith Abbot, 32, was found dead in his cell on 15 July. His death is being treated as suspicious.

    Three men who are currently serving prison sentences in the North West were arrested on Monday. Cumbria Police said a further two men, aged 45 and 26, from the Merseyside area have also been arrested.

    The investigation into the death is part of a wider operation called Operation Knightsbridge, which is looking at a number of reports of physical and sexual assaults at the prison, as well as the circumstances surrounding two deaths.   

    Sigh outside Haverigg prison
  13. Cumbrian-brewed beer price could rise

    Cumbrian brewers say the cost of some imported hops has almost doubled.

    The Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) said the increase was down to a rise in demand, a fall in the value of the pound, and poor crop yields for some European hop growers.

    CAMRA said the price of beer would rise as a result.

    Beer glass on a bar
  14. 16-year-old pedestrian seriously injured in collision

    A 16-year-old boy is in hospital with serious injuries following a collision in Carlisle.

    Michael James, 59, from Carlisle, died in hospital after the crash on Dalston Road in the city on Tuesday evening.

    Cumbria Police said the teenager was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle in a "stable condition".

    Three other male pedestrians, aged between 16 and 17, and a passenger in the car, a 49-year-old woman from Carlisle, all suffered minor injuries.

  15. Volunteers being trained to spot illegal fishing

    Anglers in Cumbria are being trained to spot people who fish illegally.

    There are currently seven volunteers working in Cumbria and Lancashire for the Angling Trust and the Environment Agency - reporting suspicious incidents and gathering information that could be used as evidence. 

    The Environment Agency said 68 illegal fishing incidents were reported in Cumbria and Lancashire last year.

    Salmon in water
  16. Knife-wielding man faces possible prison sentence

    A man from Maryport who carried a knife in public and assaulted a woman has been told by a judge he could go to prison.

    Antony Aiken, 37, pleaded guilty to the assault and also to possessing the blade at Ellenfoot Drive, which is also the road where he lives.

    No details of the crimes were given during a short hearing on Tuesday at Carlisle Crown Court.

    He was bailed until 16 February, when the judge told him all sentencing options were possible, including jail.

  17. Apprenticeships 'not poor value for money' say Cumbrian firms

    Training providers in Cumbria have rejected claims that investing in apprenticeships could prove to be "poor value for money".

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies has criticised the government's plans to increase the number of apprenticeships on offer.

    Cumbria has nearly three times the national average of apprenticeships and there are plans for more.