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  1. Updates on Tuesday 4 July 2017

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Our live coverage throughout the day

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Our updates have now ended for the day.

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

Here's a recap of today's main stories:

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.

Repair work to start on Cumbrian bridge later this month

Work will begin to repair a bridge that was washed away in North Cumbria in just over a week's time, according to Cumbria County Council.

The historic Bell Bridge collapsed into the River Caldew in January 2016 following the huge amount of rain brought by the winter storms including Storm Desmond.

The local authority has appointed Story Contracting to design and construct a new bridge which is intended to be in place by November 2017.

Bell Bridge at Sedberham

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The loss of Bell Bridge had a significant impact on the local community and I’d like to thank them for their patience and understanding during this period.

"I’d also like to thank the engineers and officers from both the council and Story for their hard work in what is a tricky and complex set of plans – their skills and knowledge have been vital to finalising the design and construction programme for the new bridge.”

More redevelopment work at West Cumbrian hospital

A new diagnostics suite and mortuary will be completed by next spring as part of a project redeveloping West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The trust running the hospital says it has invested £8.9m into "Phase 1b" of the work, which follows the opening of a new hospital building in 2015.

The diagnostics suite will be in an area of the old hospital building refurbished to the same standards as the new building.

Some staff offices will also be created so that areas of the old hospital building can be demolished in preparation for redevelopment Phase 2, which was delayed after it emerged that the cost of the work had increases dramatically in 2015.

West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven

Your photos: Kirkstone Pass

Thanks to Andy Beck for sharing this photo from yesterday's lunch spot high up on Kirkstone Pass of all places.

If you've got a photo you'd like to share, let us know by sending an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

Kirkstone Pass
Andy Beck

Man pleads guilty to Maryport dangerous driving

A West Cumbrian man has admitted driving dangerously on three roads in Maryport.

Alan Baker, 62, of Main Road, Flimby, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on Curzon Street, Lawson Street and John Street.

Baker also admitted being more than twice the legal alcohol limit and two courts of both failing to stop and failing to report an accident.

All the offences took place on Friday 13 January 2017.

The case was adjourned until 31 July 2017 and Baker was granted bail and given an interim driving ban.

Seven days till Lake District world heritage decision

An update on a story we've been following for months now, the bid for the Lake District National Park to become a Unesco World Heritage site.

The Unesco World Heritage Committee is meeting in Krakow, Poland for the next week which is where the final decision will be made.

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Thirty-four sites from around the world have been put forward for world heritage status.

At the same meeting, a final warning is due to be discussed for Liverpool's waterfront which is currently included on the World Heritage in danger list.

Man sentenced for viewing thousands of child abuse images

A man who looked at thousands of pictures of child abuse while alone in his Carlisle bedsit has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Police found almost 4,000 illegal images on 45-year-old Tadeusz Chechinski's laptop and Carlisle Crown Court heard that some of the children were of a "very young age".

Judge Barbara Forrester heard that Chechinski would benefit from "support, assistance and guidance" rather than prison so she gave him an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

He must also sign the sex offenders' register and following the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.

James Bailey

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North Cumbrian hospital boss to also run Cumbria Partnership trust

The man in charge of the hospitals in North Cumbria is being appointed to run the trust which runs mental health and community hospitals county-wide.

The Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust's board of directors has agreed to appoint North Cumbria University Hospital Trust chief executive Stephen Eames as its own chief executive on an interim basis.

As reported by the News and Star, he would take up the job after current chief executive Claire Molloy leaves - but that date is yet to be confirmed.

Stephen Eames

The appointment of Stephen Eames as interim chief executive for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, CPFT, was agreed at the board of directors last week... Stephen will be meeting with CPFT non-executive directors later this month to finalise arrangements."

Cumbria Partnership Trust statement

Cumbrian town seeks emergency volunteers

The town worst affected by the 2015 Winter floods has founded its own emergency planning group to raise the alarm in case of a future emergency.

More than two thousand properties in Kendal were flooded following Storm Desmond.

The Cumbria Community Foundation has provided funding for five emergency planning groups across the county.

That includes the Kendal Community Emergency Planning Group which is now searching for volunteers who are ready to 'warn and inform' their neighbours before an emergency happens.

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Your photos: Ullswater

Thanks to Dave Lamb from Darlington for sharing this photo of Ullswater which was taken from the top of Knotts Hill.

Ullswater from Knotts Hill
Dave Lamb

If you would like to see one of your own photo here, let us know by sending us an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

Weather: Yellow weather warning for Kendal and east Cumbria

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of heavy rain for Kendal and parts of east Cumbria between 06:00 on Thursday and 06:00 on Friday.

Isolated thunderstorms are likely to develop across parts of England and Wales from Thursday morning, before clearing east early on Friday. While these storms may miss many places, where they do develop intense downpours are likely, bringing a low risk of sudden flooding of roads, transport routes, homes and businesses. Lightning and hail may be additional hazards."

Met Office
Weather warning for Rain
Met Office

Adapt to survive Brexit, Cumbrian farmers told

A Cumbrian firm is calling on farmers to diversity their businesses to help cope with the uncertainty of leaving the European Union.

H&H Land and Property is hosting a conference at Buckabank Farm in Dalston near Carlisle on ways that farmers can prepare for the future.

It's because the Brough family who own the farm have invested in a robotic milking system which allowed them to increase the size of their dairy herd.

“The current political uncertainty, and the issues Brexit will introduce, are not set to promote stability in agriculture. However, opportunities will appear and we need to be ready to respond to market forces and alter production accordingly."

Dr Nick PrinceSenior farm business management consultant, H&H Land and Property

Students rescued after getting lost on the fells

Six students have been rescued after getting lost on the county's fells yesterday.

They were taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and became stuck on steep ground near to Dove Crag.

The students were found by Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team on steep ground between Great Langdale and Brotherswater as darkness fell.

Map of area Brotherswater and Dove Crag
Ordnance Survey

Sport: Carlisle United in talks with forward

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United are speaking to a forward who could be one of the new arrivals which the club expects over the coming weeks.

The club have signed three players so far in the pre-season period.

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says that discussions have moved on from a player and his representatives:

The club's trying to make contact and find out if there's any business to be done with a centre-forward. How close are we? We haven't got to the situation of having someone in the building, we're not that close but we have got targets."

Keith CurleManager, Carlisle United

Watch: The moment Cumbrian man comes out to parents on camera

BBC Three

18-year-old Ross Bickerdike from Millom filmed the conversation he had with his parents when he told them he was gay.

The video has been used in a BBC Three documentary about Ross' experience of coming out.

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I'm Coming Out is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

The weather on the fells

Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours on Tuesday 4th July.

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: Up to 9C
  • Winds: Fresh southeasterly gusting 30mph becoming moderate southwesterly
  • Cloud: Patches above 500m (1,600ft), extensive down to 400m (1,300ft) on western fells
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor
  • Freezing level: Above the summit

Lake District Weatherline also records observations from Helvellyn regularly to help walkers and climbers understand fell top conditions.

Sport: Fourth signing on the cards for Carlisle United

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United are set to complete their fourth signing of the summer later today.

The defender is understood to have trained with the United squad yesterday before formalities of the deal could be completed.

Jack Bonham, Hallam Hope and Kelvin Etuhu have each joined the club in the last week.

Weather: Wet and cloudy with heavy rain

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy and wet day with some heavy and persistent rain.

Light winds with highs of 16C (61F).

Here's your full forecast:

Weather: North East and Cumbria

Cumbrian man films himself telling parents he's gay as part of documentary

A man from Millom has filmed himself telling his parents he is gay.

Ross Bickerdike, 18, recorded the conversation just before he left the town to go to university.

It's been billed as a UK first by the programme's producers, after Ross was inspired by similar videos made by American teenagers.

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Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning, we'll be bringing you live updates on the county's news, sport, weather and travel through until 16:00.

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