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  1. Serious accident on M6 southbound near Carlisle
  2. National Park hopes to improve relationship with farmers
  3. Entertainment venue bounces back from flooding
  4. Thursday 30 March 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Our updates have come to an end today on BBC Cumbria Live.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 when we'll be getting ready for the reopening of the Settle-Carlisle railway line. 

Today,  we found out who will be on the panel for BBC Question Time in Carlisle tonight.

The Lake District National Park talked about its plan to improve its relationship with farmers - a new farming officer. 

And four people have been arrested in connection with an alleged knifepoint robbery in a Carlisle park. 

Have a great evening. 

Big rise in bookings for flood fixed venue in North Cumbria

A Carlisle entertainments venue which had been open for just seven months before it flooded has seen a big increase in bookings since it reopened.

More than 8ft of water deluged the Old Fire Station during Storm Desmond.

          The Old Fire Station during flooding and following renovations
Nell Dunn / BBC

The venue reopened last September following nine months of drying out and improvement work.

Since then, 126 events have been held there. 

In 2015, the figure was just 75. 

Sport: Carlisle United without Nicky Adams at Yeovil

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United are looking to end a seven game run without a win when they face Yeovil this weekend.

The Blues will be without their influential midfielder Nicky Adams after he picked up a hamstring Injury against Crewe.

We need goals to come. One of our most likely creative players is going to be out for a period of time with an injury. But we've got players coming back. Jason Kennedy, Jabo Ibere, James Bailey. Signing of two new players that are very hungry, have got different dynamics, a physical presence, an eye for a goal. It gives us another opportunity.

Keith CurleCarlisle United manager

Bank of England asks about animal products in Cumbria-made notes

BBC Business News

£5 note in use
Getty Images

A consultation's started today into the use of animal products in polymer banknotes produced in Cumbria.

The current polymer is made at Innovia in Wigton and contains traces of animal fat.

It's used in the production of the current £5 note and will be used in the planned new £10 note.

However, the bank says it's prepared to consider a suitable, plant based material for new £20 note and future reprints of the £5 and £10 notes. 

The consultation ends at 23:00 on 12 May 2017.

South Cumbrian roller derby team finds new home

          Rebecca Jones, Furness Firecrackers Roller Derby at Ulverston Tennis Centre
Rebecca Jones from Furness Firecrackers Roller Derby

A roller derby team in South Cumbria has found a new place to train in after years without a proper home. 

Roller Derby is a full contact sport played on quad roller skates with players trying to score points by passing their opponents. 

The Furness Firecrackers will now train at the Ulverston Tennis Centre.

Their first practice sessions at the centre start next week.

Finding mobile phone 'vital' in sex attack investigation

Cumbria Police believe that finding a mobile phone posted through a letterbox in Whitehaven in January could be crucial for their investigation into a sexual assault. 

It was reported in January that a 49-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted in the park at Woodhouse Road in Whitehaven. 

Detectives are now trying to find a mobile phone that they think was posted through a letterbox in the Woodhouse Road or Fleaswick Avenue area around Thursday 5 January 2017.

Club's new home: What is roller derby?

BBC Sport

We've been telling you today about how after years of searching, the Furness Firecrackers roller derby team have finally found a base to train in.

Here's an explainer about the rules of the game,  courtesy of BBC Get Inspired

Roller Derby: Learn the rules

If you're looking for a new sport or activity to get involved in, give the activity finder on the BBC Sport website a try.

Four arrested in connection with knife point robbery in Cumbrian park

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Cumbria Police have arrested two men, aged 19 and 20, on suspicion of robbery.

It follows a robbery in Carlisle's Melbourne Park on Tuesday 28 March when it's said two men holding knifes demanded a woman hand over her phone and handbag.

The two men remain in custody for questioning.

A woman aged 25 has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender while 17-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Both of the women have been bailed. 

Desperate appeal for coach to train footballers of the future

Harraby Catholic Football Club need more volunteers to help coach their under-sixes.

The club is entirely dependent on parents and volunteers. 

Coach Andrew Hewson worries that some children will have to play elsewhere if they don’t get the extra help.

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Cumbria's headlines this afternoon

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here are the headlines from across BBC Cumbria this afternoon: 

Your photos: the sky at Bassenthwaite

Thank you to Ben Bush for sharing this stunning photograph of Bassenthwaite Lake.  

Bassenthwaite lake at night
Ben Bush

If you've got anything that you'd like to share a photo you've taken of Cumbria, why not  email ustweet @bbc_cumbria  or  get in touch using Facebook .

Cumbrian students in top 10 for national Lego robot competition

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A team of students from Keswick School has made it into the top 10 schools in a national competition to build robots using Lego.

They built and programmed the robot to follow a course and retrieve small objects.

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First Lego League designed to encourage children to follow a career in science and technology.

Panel announced for BBC Question Time in Cumbria


Tonight, BBC Question Time comes from The Sands Centre in Carlisle.

Here's the panel that will be answering questions from the live studio audience:

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Question Time will be shown on BBC One tonight at 22:45.

Weather: Breezy with outbreaks of rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Some outbreaks of heavy and persistent rain through the afternoon.

Highs of 15C (59F).

Weather for the North East and Cumbria

Travel: Delays expected on A66 westbound because of abnormal loads

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Cumbria Police are warning drivers to allow extra time for their journey if travelling westbound on the A66 in East Cumbria.

Two long, abnormal loads are travelling from Darlington to Aberdeen.

Delays could be expected between 11:00 and 14:00 today before the vehicles join the M6 northbound towards Scotland. 

Highways bosses apologise for 'bedlam in Barrow' as motorists hit by roadworks

North West Evening Mail


Lake District National Park hopes to improve fractured relationship with farmers

Herdwick sheep

The Lake District National Park Authority has told BBC Cumbria that it's not been open and honest in its dealings with farmers in the past.

Now, the authority says it's trying to improve its relationship with farmers by appointing a new farming officer who'll work to protect the industry.

The uncertainty of the UK leaving the European Union and the area's bid to be a World Heritage Site will be two major issues for whoever gets the job. 

Travel: Delays on Cumbrian Coast line

There are delays of up to 60 minutes and some cancellations on Northern services between Whitehaven and Sellafield due to safety checks of the signal box at St Bees.

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

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, between J36 for A590 and J35 for A601.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) and J35 A601(M) Carnforth, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Weather: Fells forecast

Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours today: 

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft:  6C
  • Winds: Strong southwesterly, gusting 45mph
  • Cloud: Extensive cloud 1,600ft (500m), lowering to 1,000ft (300m) in the west, although with some breaks likely during the morning and again in the evening
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor generally, locally good in cloud breaks.
  • Freezing level: Above the tops

If you're planning a walk on some of the county's higher fells, don't forget to plan ahead and check out the fell top assessors' weather forecast first. 

Weather: Mild and breezy

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A mild start to a breezy and cloudy day with outbreaks of rain that could be heavy over higher ground.

Highs today of 15C.

Check out the latest forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Morning forecast for Kendal

BreakingSliproad reopens after car goes down embankment from M6

Steven Bell

BBC Cumbria

A car has left the M6 and gone down an embankment near Carlisle, according to Cumbria Police.

The emergency services are on the scene at the J42 (Carlisle South) southbound sliproad.

Officers tell BBC Cumbria that a silver Toyota left the motorway at about 06:45.

There was one man inside the car and the extent of his injuries are not yet known.

The sliproad has now been reopened.

M6 J42 southbound sliproad

Fire service at serious accident on M6 says Highways England

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, at J42 for A6.

M6 Cumbria - M6 entry slip road closed southbound at J42, A6 (Carlisle South), because of a serious accident.

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

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning. Stay with us through the day for the county's news, weather, travel and sport throughout the day.

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