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  1. Monday 27 March 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

That's the end of our news, sport and travel posts for today. 

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 but before then here's what we covered today:

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Weather: Mostly clear with some mist in places

BBC Weather

The county stays mostly clear with some patches of mist forming.

Dry overnight with lows of 4C (39F).

A grey start to Tuesday but becoming brighter through the morning. Top temperatures reaching 13C (55F)

Here's a look at the forecast this evening and overnight for Keswick.

Evening forecast for Keswick

Find out more about the outlook in your area with BBC Weather.

Cumbrian teenagers asked to shape work of Cumbria Police

The county's police and crime commissioner is speaking in two schools this week to mark the creation of a body to give children and teenagers a voice on policing.

Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall says that establishing the Cumbria Youth Commission was one of his manifesto commitments. 

So often you hear young folk say 'Oh no one listens to us, you know, why should I bother' and really I want them to feel as though they own this process

Peter McCall Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria

The Police and Crime Commissioner has spoken to students at Workington Academy today and is due to speak to Sixth Form students at Ullswater High School on Wednesday.

Cumbria's headlines this afternoon

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here are the headlines across BBC Cumbria this afternoon:

Listen: Fell walkers and bikers on contentious gravel path

BBC Radio Cumbria

Earlier on, we were telling you how work to protect a bridleway on Loughrigg Fell near Ambleside had been criticised by some of the mountain bikers who use the trail.

The Lake District National Park Authority has put down the gravel path to make the fell more accessible as part of a flood recovery project.

Some of the people using the fell told BBC Radio Cumbria what they thought of the new path.

A resurfaced bridleway on an Ambleside fell is causing concern for some bikers

Mixed picture for county's tourist attractions says National Trust

Some of the county's tourist attractions had a good year, according to the National Trust , despite the effects of Storm Desmond and the winter floods. 

The body says that the Beatrix Potter 150 year anniversary celebrations in particular helped many of its indoor attractions to bring in more visitors. 

Across the UK, figures from the Association of Large Visitor Attractions show there was a 7% year on year growth in visitor numbers.

However, the trust says it wasn't as easy for some attractions such as Cockermouth's Wordsworth House:

It's easy to forget that a year ago the Lakes were cut in two and they really struggled for the first few months because of that problem there.

John Moffatt General Manager of the National Trust in the South Lakes

Cathedral eagerly awaits reopening of flood-hit railway line

          A test train passes over the repaired Settle-Carlisle railway line
Network Rail/PA Wire

The reopening of a Cumbrian railway line later this week could provide a boost in visitors for the county's only cathedral.

Carlisle Cathedral has suffered a drop in visitor numbers since the Settle-Carlisle railway was damaged by a landslip in February 2016.

One of the cathedral's full-time clergy told BBC Radio Cumbria earlier today that he thought the closure had affected visitor numbers.

Our big hit was probably the Settle to Carlisle railway. There's no through service so therefore we get quite a lot of people who make the cathedral their prime visit and then go on to the castle. So that's where we feel we were hit.

The Reverend Canon Michael Manley Canon Missioner, Carlisle Cathedral

The line is scheduled to reopen on Friday.

A special service pulled by the Flying Scotsman is due to be one of the first trains to run over the repaired section of track at Eden Brows near Armathwaite. 

Sport: Fine for sent-off Carlisle player and Barrow defender out for at least one game

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says that Shaun Miller will be fined for being sent off in their 2-0 home defeat to Crewe.

The forward was given a red card for a reckless lunge and the loss saw Carlisle United slip out of the League Two play-off places.

The FA has confirmed Miller's four match ban.

Meanwhile, Barrow defender Nick Anderton won't be available for their National League game against Chester tomorrow night and might also be out for Saturday's game at Maidstone after he was sent off during the match against Solihull Moors.

It's the second time that he's been dismissed for a second-bookable offence which means the ban's expected to be extended to two games.

National park authority responds to concerns over 'urban' path on Cumbrian fell

BBC Radio Cumbria

This morning, we've been telling you how mountain bikers are unhappy about a new gravel pathway that's been laid down on Loughrigg Fell near Ambleside.

Earlier on, the Lake District National Park Authority told BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller that the new path would encourage more people to use the fell:

Different routes are designed for different people if you like. I think broadly we are focused on accessibility. So in this case, I think that path has been identified as one which is fairly essential to try and get more people up on the fells.

Ged Acton Flood recovery project manager, Lake District National Park Authority
Fire engines in Kendal

The 38-year-old man was arrested after a woman died as a result of a fire in Cumbria.

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Your photos: Place Fell at Patterdale

Thanks very much to Gillian McDonald who sent in this photo from Patterdale while walking up Place Fell:

Place Fell in Patterdale
Gillian McDonald

If you've got a photo you'd like to share with the county, you can email it to us

Mountain bikers criticise new gravel path on Cumbrian fell

Work to protect a Cumbrian bridleway from the weather and future flood damage has been criticised by the mountain bikers who use it. 

Gravel pathway on Loughrigg Fell near Ambleside

A gravel pathway has been laid down on Loughrigg Fell near Ambleside as part of a flood recovery project for the Lake District National Park Authority. 

Some people say that it ruins the look of the landscape because the pathway looks too urban.

The national park authority says the pathway helps to make the fells more accessible.

Weather: dry and fine with plenty of sun

BBC Weather

A dry and fine afternoon with lots of sunshine. 

Light easterly winds with maximum temperatures of 15C (59F).

Here's how the afternoon looks for Keswick:

Afternoon forecast for Keswick

Find out more about the outlook in your area with BBC Weather.

Investigation into peregrine falcon's mysterious death

The RSPB is investigating the death of a wild peregrine falcon.

The bird's remains were discovered on a public footpath in Bove Wood near Brampton and an X-ray revealed three lead shot fragments embedded in its neck, knee and hip. 

But bird charity experts believe they wound may be an old one and are investigating what killed the bird. 

Cumbria Police's Sarah Rolland said: “The post mortem indicates the fragments may be historic and were not the direct cause of its death. 

 "It is therefore difficult to establish when or where the bird was shot.” 

Image and X-ray of dead peregrine falcon found in Cumbria

Peregrines are protected under UK law and anyone found guilty of killing or harming one could be fined £5,000 and sent to prison. 

Workington man charged in connection with stab attack

A Workington man is due to appear in court charged with grievous bodily harm after a man was found with a suspected stab wound. 

Officers were called to a house in the town where they found a 31-year-old man seriously injured. 

Police said an 18-year-old man was arrested and charged with the attack.  

He is due to appear before North Cumbria Magistrates' Court later. 

The victim is still in hospital in a serious but stable condition. 

Breaking Man arrested in connection with fatal Kendal fire released on bail

The scene of the fire on Stramongate in Kendal

A 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder following a house fire in Kendal has been released on bail. 

The 67-year-old woman who lived at a house on Stramongate suffered serious injuries in the fire on Sunday morning and later died in hospital. 

Officers say they're not seeking anyone else in connection with the death. 

The man has been bailed until 14 May. 

Cumbria among worst for share of term-time holidays

BBC News England

Term-time holidays accounted for more than 40% of unauthorised absences from schools in Cumbria, according to a BBC News analysis of official figures. 

For schools in England, the figure is just over a quarter based on data collected by the Department for Education. 

          Chart showing areas with holidays as the highest share of absence

If a school declares an absence as unauthorised, councils can fine parents £60 per child, which doubles to £120 if not paid within 21 days.

Teachers said the fines were a "blunt instrument" and the problem was down to the price of holidays.

The Department for Education said unauthorised absences damage children's life chances.

Motorcyclist killed in crash near Carlisle

A motorcyclist has died at the scene of a crash at Great Orton, according to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. 

The service says a car was also involved in yesterday afternoon's collision and that it ended up on its side near Village Hall Road. 

Two people who were trapped inside were cut out of the vehicle by firefighters and taken to hospital. 

Cumbria's morning headlines

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here are the headlines from across BBC Cumbria this morning:

Weather: A chilly start to a dry day with plenty of sunshine

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cold start with patchy mist will clear soon for a dry day with lots of sunny spells. 

Light easterly winds with highs around 15C.

Here's how this morning looks for Keswick: 

Morning weather forecast for Keswick

Find out more about the outlook in your area with BBC Weather.

Police hold man, 38, in connection with fatal Kendal fire

Fire engines in Kendal
A woman was taken to hospital where she later died

A 38-year-old man is in police custody after being arrested in connection with a fatal Kendal fire.

Fire engines in Kendal

Blaze leaves one dead and one hurt

A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fire.

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Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours on Monday 27 March 2017:

  • Temperatures at 3000 feet: +5C 
  • Winds: Moderate to fresh east or southeasterly 
  • Cloud: Patches at 300-450m (1000-1500ft) early and late in the day 
  • Visibility: Generally very good 
  • Freezing level: Above the summits 

Looking for inspiration for a fell walk? Here's a picture that BBC Weather Watcher Becster shared from Patterdale yesterday morning:

BBC Weather Watcher 'Becster'

Severe accident: A590 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A590 Cumbria both ways severe accident, at Devonshire Road.

A590 Cumbria - A590 Walney Road in Barrow-In-Furness blocked in both directions at the Devonshire Road junction, because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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

Good morning for a new week with BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning. 

Like you might have heard Mike Zeller saying earlier this morning, it seems like spring has well and truly sprung with possible top temperatures of 15C (59F) today. 

Stay with us through the day for all of Cumbria's news, travel, weather and more until around 16:00.

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