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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    We've now finished our updates here for today - thank you for joining us

    Here are the main stories we have covered:

    We'll be back with more updates from 08:00 tomorrow; in the meantime, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can  email ustweet us   or get in touch  through our Facebook page

  2. Weather: Cold overnight, drier and brighter tomorrow

    It will be cloudy with rain and hill snow across Cumbria, easing northwards overnight. Drier and clearer spells will develop to the south. It will be a cold and windy night for most, with further outbreaks of rain will arriving from the east towards morning. Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

    And tomorrow early rain will move westwards on a brisk easterly wind, but drier and brighter conditions will follow through the afternoon. It will feel a little less cold, despite the wind. Maxmium temperature 11C (52F),

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  3. PM: cash to help 'beautiful' Cumbria as part of the North West region

    Theresa May said money is being spent on improving transport and businesses in what she's called the "beautiful county of Cumbria". 

    The Prime Minister's comments came in the Commons in response to Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson.  He pointed out that senior government figures should understand the area's transport needs after having made the journey to Copeland to campaign in the recent by-election.  

    Quote Message: If the government's industrial strategy is to succeed, places such as Cumbria need to be part of that success. Will the Prime Minister ensure that Cumbria gets the infrastructure investment which it requires? from John Stevenson Conservative MP for Carlisle
    John StevensonConservative MP for Carlisle

    Theresa May didn't make any specific promises about improving transport links in Cumbria itself, but did say the county will benefit from money being allocated to the North West of England more generally.  

    Quote Message: Cumbria and the North West has huge industrial potential. That's why we are getting on delivering our investment plans across the country, including in the North West. £556m has been allocated from the local growth fund to boost local productivity. The North's getting £147m to tackle congestion and improve local transport. from Theresa May Prime Minister
    Theresa MayPrime Minister
  4. More women encouraged to look at careers in nuclear industry

    A group is being formed in Cumbria to try to encourage more women to pursue careers in the nuclear industry.  

    People taking part in an introductory event

    Women in Nuclear was formed in 2014. It says at the moment, women make up just 19% of the UK's nuclear workforce. 

    Cumbria has been chosen as one of the first areas to establish a regional team, because of its existing nuclear industries and the potential Moorside development in future.  

  5. Councillors minded to refer some health changes to Secretary of State

    Councillors say they are minded to refer some plans for a shake-up of healthcare in Cumbria to the Secretary of State for health.

    Earlier this month, the Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group approved a series of changes.

    Cumbria councillors have been discussing the proposals today. They have yet to make a final decision but so far say they plan to refer three things to the secretary of state - the changes to children's and maternity services and the proposals about community hospitals.

    They will make a final vote this evening.

  6. News from more Cumbrian MPs after security alert in Westminster

    Cumbrian MPs have been speaking about this afternoon's terror incident in Westminster.

    Trudy Harrison, the new Conservative MP for Copeland has told BBC Radio Cumbria she's being kept safe, that she doesn't know the full extent of what's been happening, but she's been evacuated to a safe place. And she says "we're in safe hands. I'm just reassuring people that we're in safe hands". 

    The Westminster office of the Labour MP for Workington, Sue Hayman, has told BBC Radio Cumbria that they're all very shaken up, they've been told to stay put, the attack coincided with a vote so the MPs were already locked into chambers, and are still there.  

    And the Labour MP for Barrow and Furness, John Woodcock has also been talking about his experience today: 

    Quote Message: I was on my way to vote with a crowd of MPs through Old Palace Yard, in sight of Parliament Square ,when shots were fired and we were all ushered at top speed back to a secluded part of Portcullis House. I am now waiting in a meeting room in there on an upper floor away from the window, with Cat Smith MP and a team from Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust who were down for a meeting with us. from John Woodcock Labour MP for Barrow and Furness
    John Woodcock Labour MP for Barrow and Furness
  7. Cumbrian MPs caught up in Westminster security incident

    At least two of Cumbria's MPs have been reacting to this afternoon's incident at the Palace of Westminster.

    The Conservative MP for Carlisle, John Stevenson, has told BBC Radio Cumbria he was on his way to vote. He heard the commotion but wasn't at that stage aware of the situation.  

    Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, has tweeted to say he's in a group who've been moved to New Scotland Yard. 

    We'll have more MP's reaction shortly.  

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  8. 'Heated discussions' over Cumbrian health plans

    A number of heated discussions have been taking place today over plans to downgrade health services in West Cumbria. 

    Members of the county council are discussing the Success Regime proposals which could see the transfer of acute services for children from the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. The plans could also see the removal of in-patient beds at cottage hospitals. 

    Councillors will decide today whether to support the proposals or refer them to the Secretary of State for health.  

  9. Views south on South Lakes development sites

    People are being invited to comment on development plans for three areas in south Cumbria.

    South Lakeland District Council has approved draft planning briefs for the sites in Endmoor, Burton-in-Kendal, and Holme.

    A consultation is taking place between 6 April and 25 May, and the findings will be used to help determine what is encouraged or expected on each site.

  10. Jobs saved as struggling fashion shop is bought

    Part of the Scottish fashion and accessories brand Ness Clothing has been bought out of administration. 

    Four Ness stores - in York, Keswick, and at the Lawnmarket and the Royal Mile in Edinburgh - have been purchased by property and retail group Kiltane. 

    The Edinburgh-based firm has also acquired the wholesale and e-commerce divisions of Ness. 

    Ness bag
  11. Outbreak of norovirus at Furness General Hospital

    Visitors to Furness General Hospital in Barrow must take precautions because of an outbreak of norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting. 

    The Trust which runs the hospital says anyone with symptoms in the last two days must stay away.  

    Everyone else visiting Wards two and seven must not bring young children or arrive in large groups. 

    All visitors must wash their hands before going onto and leaving the wards, a spokesman for the hospital said.

    Norovirus
  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A6 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A6 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, around Huck's Bridge.

    A6 Cumbria - A6 in Forest Hall closed in both directions around the Huck's Bridge junction, because of a broken down lorry and snow.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  13. Penrith's Northern League match cancelled

    Tonight's Northern League game between Penrith and Dunston UTS is off due to a heavily waterlogged pitch.

  14. Your photos: Thick snow and sheep

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    I would have loved to woken up to these scenes this morning... (if i didn't have to go to work). 

    Although the sheep don't look too impressed.

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  15. Travel: Very slow traffic on A590

    There's very slow traffic on the A590 in both directions near the A5074 because of an accident.

  16. Your photos: Snowy Shap

    Who'd have thought it was Spring?

    Thanks to Tony Rumsey for this photo he emailed this morning from Shap.

    Snow in Shap
  17. Photos: The M6 around Shap and Tebay

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    This is the scene on the M6 around Shap and Tebay. Visibility isn't great but the traffic is coping well.

    Snow on the M6

    Look what I spotted in the snow by the M6. No sign of the owner though.

    Skis in snow by M6
  18. Travel: M6 northbound has re-opened

    The M6 northbound has re-opened after the earlier accident.