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  1. Our live coverage across the day - join us again tomorrow

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    Our updates have now ended for the day.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    If you've got any stories or photos to share in the meantime, let us know by sending us an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

    Have a good evening

  2. Weather: Dry with clear spells overnight

    BBC Weather

    This evening will stay dry, with clear spells overnight.

    Towards dawn we will see the cloud thicken though, with patchy rain and drizzle arriving in the Whitehaven and Workington area.

    Lows of 10C (50F).

    You can see a detailed Linkweather forecast for where you live here.

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  3. Objections to plans for power station near Kendal

    John Bowness

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

    More than 200 people have objected to plans for a gas-fired power station and battery storage facility near Kendal.

    It's the last day that organisations can make a formal response to the development near the village of Old Hutton.

    Opponents say it could cause pollution and visual damage to the rural landscape, while developer Statera Energy says the plant would help the electricity grid to cope with flucuations in demand.

    Councillors will consider whether to approve the development later this summer.

    site of proposed gas-powered power station
  4. Owner of pizza shop targeted in hate crime 'very upset'

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    The owner of a pizza shop in West Cumbria which as been the target of a hate crime says he has been left upset

    Fatih Guldesiren, who owns Flimby Pizza, says someone tried to burn the shop down and painted swastikas on the front of the building.

    Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria, Mr Guldesiren said he's "very upset" because he's lived in the village for nine years and has never experienced any problems.

  5. Plans for new coal mine submitted

    A planning application for a new coal mine off the coast of Whitehaven has been submitted to the county council.

    West Cumbria Mining says onshore and offshore exploration shows the presence of high quality coal in the area which would be very suitable for use in steel making. It hopes to start supplying the European steel making market which imports about 45 million tonnes of coal each year.

    A plan for the Woodhouse Colliery has been submitted to the County Council, you can see it here or at the West Cumbria Mining's offices.

    The company says it'll hold more public information events later this month, but it says so far public opinion has been "overwhelmingly positive".

    Site mock up
  6. Bride-to-be lied about speeding offence

    A woman who lied about a speeding offence committed on the way to her wedding has been given a suspended jail sentence.

    Stacey Thompson initially claimed a 70-year-old friend was driving the car spotted speeding on the M6 en route to Gretna Green, rather than her partner.

    Thompson, of Lancaster, later admitted perverting the course of justice.

    She was sentenced to 18 weeks, suspended for nine months, by the judge at Carlisle Crown Court.

    Charles Golightly and Stacey Thompson
  7. Swastikas spray-painted on to takeaway windows

    Swastikas were spray-painted on a takeaway in Flimby in what police have called a hate-related incident.

    Police said they were called this morning to a report of criminal damage to Flimby Pizza on Wedgewood Road. They said it is though there was an attempt to set the building on fire and swastikas were spray-painted on to the windows.

    They are also investigating after racist graffiti was found on a garden wall at a property on Brook Street.

    Det Ch Insp Roy Ledingham said: "The incidents at this time are not being treated as connected but all enquires are being conducted.

    "Hate crime will simply not be tolerated in this county and we do everything we can to find the persons responsible."

  8. Cumbria is first place in UK to use new technology to train hill farmers

    Sara Dumbell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    The next generation of UK hill farmers is being given access to the latest and most advanced training facilities here in Cumbria.

    A £430,000 sheep husbandry centre opened its doors yesterday at Newton Rigg College near Penrith.

    The facility at Low Beckside Farm in Mungrisdale is said to be a first of its kind in the UK and is equipped with the latest technologies in sheep farming.

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  9. Parents react after midwife struck off

    A senior midwife whose conduct "brought the profession into disrepute" has been struck off the nursing register.

    Jeanette Parkinson was maternity risk manager at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria when she failed to adequately investigate the deaths of two mothers and four babies.

    Prior to a misconduct hearing at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), she admitted she was unfit to practise.

    Alex Davey-Brady was stillborn in 2008 having not been properly monitored in the final stages of labour.

    His mother Liza Brady told BBC Radio Cumbria:

    Quote Message: If it was investigated properly it would have prevented further deaths at that time".
  10. Man arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm after armed police were called to a property in Carlisle.

    Police were called to Botcherby Avenue shortly before 09:00.

    A 45-year-old man has now been arrested.

    Cumbria Police said there had been no threat to the public.

  11. Britain - share your personal bests!

    London 2017

    Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley
    Image caption: Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley

    This summer, London is hosting the biggest global sporting events of the year - the 2017 World Athletics and Para Athletics Championships - and the organisers have launched a scheme to get people involved in athletics right around the country.

    It's called Team Personal Best and the idea is that local sports clubs or community groups across the UK sign up and put on events with an athletics theme.

    It doesn't have to be a track-and-field meet - it can be a fun run, family sports day, even an event screening or bake sale with activities. There's a list of suggestions on the TeamPB submission page, here.

    Event participants are then encouraged to share their athletic achievements - no matter how big or small - with the hashtag #TeamPersonalBest to build a nationwide buzz around the championships.

    You can find events near you here and if you want more information about how to get started in athletics, check out our Get Inspired guide.

  12. Crime rates in Cumbria remain stable

    The overall level of recorded crime in Cumbria has stayed almost unchanged from last year.

    According to the figures compiled by Cumbria Police, there were 551 fewer crimes between April 2016 and March 2017 when compared to the year before. That equates to a 2% decrease.

    The figures show an increase in shoplifting, sexual offences, and in the number of people injured or killed in serious road collisions.

    Anti-social behaviour decreased by 11% compared to the previous year.

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  13. Armed police dealing with firearms incident in Carlisle

    Armed police are at the scene of a property in Carlisle after reports of a man inside with a firearm.

    Police were called shortly before 09:00 to Botcherby Avenue.

    Armed officers have been deployed as a precaution and the road has been closed, Cumbria Police said.

    There is not believed to be a threat to the public, but police are asking that they avoid the area.

  14. Watch: Cumbrian school pupils' party political broadcast

    Pupils from a Cumbrian primary school have set up their own political parties to help them learn about video production and the media.

    The children at Grasmere School created parties such as the Safe Cyber Party and the Living Longer Party and then produced their own party political broadcast.

    The school says that it helps children understand and recognise the influence of the media.

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  15. Chinese State Circus comes to Cumbria for the first time

    John Bowness

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

    Kendal has being promised five days of acrobatics and aerial artistry as the circus comes to town.

    It's the first time the Chinese State Circus has visited the county. There are 36 performers who'll be entertaining the crowds with everything from acrobats to jugglers. The team even has it's own doctor and dedicated chef.

    The new production Dynasty is in Kendal from today until Sunday.

    Circus tents
  16. Carlisle United make no comment on speculation about Curle and Aberdeen

    Paul Newton

    Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

    Carlisle United are making no comment on speculation linking Keith Curle with a possible managerial vacancy at SPL side Aberdeen.

    Reports last night claimed Aberdeen had made inquiries about Curle with current Dons boss Derek McIness the favourite to take over at Sunderland.

    However, BBC Radio Cumbria Sport understands that no contact has been made between the two clubs at this point.

    Keith Curle
  17. Weather: Today's fells forecast

    BBC Weather

    If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells today, here's today's forecast:

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 10C (50F)
    • Winds: Fresh to strong southwesterly gusting 35 to 40mph
    • Cloud: Around 450m (1,500ft) at first otherwise cloud free
    • Visibility: Moderate improving mostly good
    • Freezing level: Above the summits
  18. Weather: Sunny spells and dry for most

    BBC Weather

    Patchy mist in places soon clearing to leave a fine day with sunny spells, hazy at times.

    There is a chance of a few light showers in places this afternoon but it will stay dry for most.

    Light southerly winds and a maximum temperature 21C (70F).

    You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

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