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  1. Voting under way across the region
  2. How festival drug tests prompted one in five to ditch their fix
  3. News camera crews in Kendal polling station scuffle
  4. Horse fair opens with high water threatening river washing tradition
  5. Updates on Thursday 8 June 2017

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By Martin Lewes

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other nuggets for today. Here are some of the main points:

We'll be here through the night to keep you up to date with the election results as they come in, and through tomorrow with any remaining results, and reactions.

If you have a photograph you'd like to share, or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Man, 34, badly hurt in Barrow assault

Police say they're trying to gather information an attack in Barrow which left a man with a serious head injury.

The assault happened at the junction of William Street and Cavendish Street at about 04:30 on Sunday, and detectives have just appealed for witnesses.

The victim, who's 36 and from Middlesbrough, is still in the Royal Preston Hospital.


Cumbria's weather: A clear night with showers later

BBC Weather

It should be a mild night with clear and dry spells but also more showers, which could become frequent and heavy in the early hours.

Minimum temperature 11C (52F).

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

Paul's smile as England youngsters bowl over Italy for place in final

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Paul Simpson, the former Carlisle manager, has seen his England Under-20 through to the World Cup final with a 3-1 win over Italy in South Korea.

They meet Venezuela on Sunday.

Paul Simpson

Appleby caravan numbers 'slightly down' as fair rolls in

The numbers of Gypsies and travellers at Appleby Fair are slightly down this year on last, according to the co-ordinating group.

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Dr Robin Hooper, who chairs the group, said there were 118 horse-drawn bowtops and 375 modern caravans on Fair Hill, compared to 375 caravans and 119 bowtops at the same time last year.

Local people have mixed views about the fair: Local businesses often make a large part of their annual profit during the event, but other Appleby residents stay in their homes or stay elsewhere.

If we've got nice weather for the fair it can be four or five-fold for the takings."

Susan SowerbyAppleby Bakery

Hannah lets the landscape speak through her poems

Caz Graham


Hannah Fraser and her husband Rob make a country living in and around the southern Lake District, helping local farmers and writing.

This morning Hannah featured on Farming Today on BBC Radio 4 and you can hear her reading one of her poems here.

Hannah Fraser

'Reassurance' brings armed police patrols to Appleby

The police operation for Appleby Fair will include more visibly armed officers than usual this year, but the officers in command say it's not because of any specific threat to the event.

Temporary Chief Supt Mark Pannone says: "We have increased certain patrols, and we have increased armed patrols but that's not because of Appleby itself, it's supporting the wider national reassurance campaign that's going on."

Armed police at fair

Horses get traditional Appleby wash as clouds loom again

Martin Lewes


One of the big attractions at Appleby Fair is watching Gypsies washing the horses they're hoping to sell, in the River Eden.

But with the river levels higher than usual, the authorities have closed access to the water once and threatened to do it again since, so police are keeping a cautious eye on proceedings (and do tell us if they really did a sun dance!).

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Carlisle United's Brunton Park

Carlisle United are optimistic of adding their first signing of the summer, says financial director Suzanne Kidd.

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Power firm puts the lights back on for 16,000

Electricity North west says it's dealt with power cuts affecting 16,000 customers across the North west as unseasonally high winds have affected the region this week.

An area near Settle was worst affected with 4,700 homes cut off on Tuesday evening, but the company says there were other problems in Cumbria and Lancashire.

Electricity pole and trees

The firm say much of the damage was done by branches and other debris being blown into equipment.

City's troubled school is making grade, say inspectors

A Carlisle school that's been put in special measures twice says it's now been rated "good" by inspectors.

Richard rose Central Academy

Richard Rose Central Academy has been heavily criticised in the past for inadequate teaching standards, unruly pupils, and poor management.

It was taken over by a national organisation, United Learning, in 2013 and came out of special measures two years later.

Now the school says its latest Ofsted report, which will be published tomorrow, shows it's improved enough to be classed as good.

Three held after van driver robbed in Wigton

Three men have been arrested after a van driver was robbed at knifepoint in Wigton.

It happened while the driver was parked in Station Road at about 05:30 this morning.

A bag was taken from the van; police haven't said what was in it but say the contents were worth about £100.

Bomb hoax caller is jailed for two years

A man who made threatening calls including a bomb hoax while on a drinking binge after leaving prison has been sent back into custody for two years.

Andrew Bell
Cumbria Police

Andrew Bell, 40, threatened to harm police and himself as he made 999 calls from a phone box in central Carlisle.

Bell was in breach of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order; he admitted that and two other breaches at Carlisle Crown Court.

Judge Peter Hughes QC said of the bomb threat: "In the present climate in this country any such hoax has to be taken extremely seriously."

Pooch and pal pictures go on show at Grizedale

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A photography exhibition which shows the bonds between dogs and their owners opens in the Lake District today.

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The pictures by Karen Shepherdson have been taken at various locations in Grizedale Forest.

Cumbria's weather: Sunshine moving in

BBC Weather

Rain will ease later in the morning and skies will brighten up by afternoon. There may be a few heavy and perhaps thundery showers, most likely on the Lake District Fells. Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F)

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One of Cumbria's best-known farmers, James Rebanks, will be pleased.

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

Watch: News crews scuffle outside Kendal polling station

Party leaders tend to get more than a little media attention on polling day.

The Fleet Street and TV "pack" apparently found it a bit of a squeeze as they tried to get a shot of the Liberal Democrat candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, at a polling station.

Media fight outside polling station

It's understood no one was hurt at the incident, which happened at a hotel being used for voting.


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Secret Garden Party founder backs the calls after a successful pilot scheme at his 2016 event.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

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M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, at J36 for A590.

M6 Cumbria - Two lanes closed on M6 northbound at J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale), because of a police incident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Water in the works stops talking newspaper

The talking version of the Whitehaven News won't be available this week, for the first time in 25 years.

A leaky roof has flooded the paper's office.

Paul Turnbull

Chester complete the signing of Paul Turnbull on a two-year contract after the midfielder rejected a new deal at Barrow.

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River ramp closed at Appleby as Eden rises

And within minutes of us posting the story about how the heavy rain might might make it unsafe for the traditional washing of horses at Appleby Fair, the ramp that's used to lead animals down from The Sands has been closed.

Robin Hooper, who chairs the co-ordinating group for the fair, said: "The continued level of rain in the Appleby area means the level of water in the river and the water temperature could be a safety risk to animals and people.

"We are continuously monitoring the river levels and ask people not to bring their horses into The Sands area of Appleby for washing if the River Ramp is closed.

"We will assess the river level again at 09:00 on Friday."

Community helps archeologists save copper mine heritage

Volunteers are helping consolidate the remains of the copper-mining industry brought to the fells around Coniston in Elizabethan times.

Peter Marshall has been seeing the work in progress.

Archeologists are exploring old copper mines around Coniston

Rising river may mar horse fair tradition

Appleby Horse Fair, said to be Europe's largest gathering of Gypsies and travellers, starts today, drawing thousands of people to the traditional areas of the town such as Fair Hill and the Flashing Lane.

Gypsy rider washing horses
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One of the event's traditions, when horses are ridden into the River Eden in the centre of the town for washing, may be disrupted this year if heavy rain today brings water levels back up; the ramp into the river was closed until yesterday afternoon.

It's something Gypsies have been doing for centuries and it's also part of the tourist attraction, but we don't want it getting too deep where it's actually going to be dangerous."

Billy WelchLeading Gypsy

Test results at festivals 'prompted music fans to ditch drugs'

Drug testing pilots at two music festivals last year, one of which was Kendal Calling, prompted almost one in five users to to dispose of their drugs, according to new research.

Loop staff at Kendal calling

Hundreds of people at the Cumbrian festival asked for their drugs to be tested by the Loop team at the Lowther castle site last year, without risking police being involved.

Details of the study will be published in the journal of the Royal Society for Public Health, which says testing facilities should be "standard" at future music festivals.

Debbie Pay, whose son Christian died after taking a toxic substance sold as MDMA at Kendal Calling two years ago, says: "No parent in the world will ever think that their child will take drugs, but if they do they would like to think that they would be sensible enough to have them tested first."

We urge events companies to make these facilities a standard part of the UK festival and clubbing landscape, and we urge both local and national police and public health authorities to provide the support that will enable this."

Shirley CramerChief executive, Royal Society for Public Health

£5,000 worth of cash, cigarettes and drink taken in Alston burglary

Police say drink, cigarettes and cash worth more than £5,000 were taken in one of two burglaries at garages in Alston on the same night.

The break-ins happened in the small hours of Monday morning at Moredun Garage and Townfoot Garage.

A white Ford Connect vehicle was seen in the area at the time and was found abandoned nearby.

Detectives say they'd like to hear from anyone who has CCTV near the two garages.

Weather on the fell tops: Much better this afternoon

Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 6C to 10C;

Winds: South or Southwest gentle to fresh increasing near gale gusts 50mph by evening;

Cloud: Extensive, often overcast, with bases at 1,000ft to to 1,960ft, lifting in the afternoon with the best of the conditions expected over the Eastern and Far Eastern Fells, well up to 3,000ft by evening;

Visibility: Moderate, occasionally poor, with hill fog, becoming mostly good or very good in the afternoon;

Freezing level: Above the tops.

Watch: Climate change may have brought 'spooky web' moth north to Carlisle

These trees at Eden Golf Club near Carlisle have become covered with webs made by caterpillars.

Climate change is thought to be one reason why the spindle ermine caterpillars have hatched there.

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Deb Muscat from the Cumbria Biodiversity data centre says the insects are extending the northern limits of their range:

Some of it might be related to climate change. We are seeing more and more little creatures in Cumbria that we haven't seen before.

The moths are are mainly found in the South of England, there have been some found in South Cumbria, but not in this vast number and not covering so many trees."

Cumbria's weather: A wet morning

BBC Weather

It'll start rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain which will become heavier and more persistent through the morning.

Temperatures won't get higher than 17C (63F).

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

Polling opens for voters to make their mark

Polling stations are open across the county for the general election, and voters will be able to make their choice until 22:00 this evening.

You can find out who's standing, and other facts and figures about the county's six constituencies on the BBC's website: Barrow and Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Penrith and the Border, Westmorland and Lonsdale, and Workington.

Hand putting ballot paper in box
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If you're a first time voter, there's a complete guide to how to do it here.

We'll have results overnight and through tomorrow.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We'll be keeping pace with the news and the weather forecast and finding a few other items of interest from around the county through to about 18:00.

If you have a photograph you'd like to share, or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.