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  1. Updates on Wednesday 2 August 2017

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We've now finished posting news, travel and weather for today.

We'll do it again from 08:00 tomorrow. In the meantime, 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.

Kendal Calling organisers 'sickened and saddened' by sexual assaults

The organisers of Kendal Calling have said they are "sickened and saddened" by sexual assaults and a rape at the festival.

Police say a man was arrested on suspicion of rape and has been released while inquiries continued.

There was also one report of a sexual assault.

A festival spokesman said: "Our whole team is sickened and saddened by the alleged sexual assaults. Absolutely no instance of sexual assault on any level is acceptable, either at festivals or in society as a whole."

They also say this year they were involved in the creation of a campaign which aims to raise awareness and encourage people to understand what constitutes sexual assault and to report it if it happens.

Weather: Showers this evening and overnight

BBC Weather

Rain will clear away this evening, with some clear spells at first.

However, blustery showers will soon follow with some heavy bursts at times.

Minimum temperature: 14C (57F)

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

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Windermere Ferry to be closed from 09:00 tomorrow for 'urgent repairs'

Cumbria County Council say that the Windermere Ferry will be closed from 09:00 tomorrow for urgent repairs to the cable drive system, which pulls the ferry across the lake.

They hope it will reopen later the same day.

The council apologises for any inconvenience and asks people to plan their journeys accordingly.

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Bovine TB: Vet says badger culling is 'going to be a necessity'

A vet from Penrith says badgers may need to be killed to control the spread of bovine TB.

Defra have confirmed that the disease has been found in badgers in Cumbria for the first time in about 30 years.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria, Chris Swift from Frame, Swift and Partners says culling is controversial as badgers are protected, but he believes it's "going to be a necessity":

Every vets dream is to have a healthy cattle population, healthy wildlife population, and we don't want to see anything culled, but in the interests of the wildlife and the cattle and the human health risk, ultimately then I think badger culling is going to be a necessity."

Bovine TB found in badgers for first time in decades

Bovine TB has been found in badgers in Cumbria for the first time in about 30 years, Defra has confirmed.

It comes after 16 cases of TB in cattle were confirmed in east Cumbria between November 2014 and February this year.

Cattle movement controls were then put in place across an area covering 250 sq km.

Now the government's confirmed that an investigation by the Animal and Plant Health Agency has found evidence the disease is present in badgers in the area.

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It says it's working closely with farmers and others to assess the extent of disease in the badger population.

Vet Chris Swift, who's a partner at Frame, Swift and Partners, says the disease was found in badgers last week through a wildlife survey in the Shap area.

South Cumbria company charged with fraud following fire

A company based at the site of a south Cumbria tourist attraction has been charged with fraud after a fire there.

Two men and a woman have also been charged.

Cumbria World Limited, which is based at Ducky's Park Farm in Flookburgh, will face two charges of fraud when it appears before Barrow magistrates next month.

In July last year a fire reduced it to nothing more than a smoke-blackened shell, The Mail reports.

Michael Milner, 48, from Field Broughton in Grange, has been charged with arson, as well as eight counts of fraud and breaching a company director's disqualification order.

He appeared yesterday at Barrow Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody to appear at Carlisle Crown Court next month.

Malcolm Keith, 44, of Somme Avenue in Flookburgh, is facing two charges of fraud as well as aiding and abetting Mr Miller.

And Elizabeth Egarr, 59, from Bolton, is charged with theft after allegations that £200,000 was stolen from a solicitors.

Police appeal following 'serious incident' in Carlisle

Cumbria Police are looking for three men who are believed to be responsible for a "serious incident" which left one man needing hospital treatment for a cut to his ear and another with "cuts, grazes, and bruising".

Police believe the incident began outside Coral's Bookmakers on Blackwell Road, Carlisle and then spilled on to Esther Street and Almery Drive.

A silver A Class Mercedes with a 16 plate registration was believed to have been used in the offence.

IPCC 'not needed to investigate alleged Ulverston crash'

It's understood the police watchdog won't investigate events around an alleged hit and run in Ulverston last week that's left a cyclist fighting for his life.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission was informed because the Cumbria force had officers "in the area at the time".

But Cumbria Police say they've been told to investigate their response using their own Professional Standards Department.

John Burns from Manchester was remanded in custody yesterday in connection with the incident.

Carry on Camping: Tourism figures show increase in Cumbria

There's been an increase in the number of people camping and caravaning in Cumbria, tourism bosses say.

The number of people staying on the county's campsites was up by a fifth in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2016.

Figures from Cumbria Tourism also show occupancy rates for self-catering accommodation have gone up by nearly 10% and hit an all time high in June of 70%.

Business owners have told BBC Radio Cumbria that customers are choosing a "staycation" over holidays abroad.

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Tributes paid to Cumbrian Battle of Britain pilot

The RAF airman captured during the first Gulf War, John Nichol, has tweeted a tribute to Battle of Britain pilot Ken Wilkinson, from Cumbria, who has died aged 99.

He says he was a "true gentleman and loved a glass of red".

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Your photos: Glorious Loweswater

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Thanks to Lisa Mcleod for sharing this photograph she took yesterday at Loweswater. Given today's weather forecast you'll be lucky if the view is the same today, but if you do have any photos you'd like to share you can email them to us.

Loweswater
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Legionnaires' Disease in Barrow: Fifteen years on

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

It was on this day, 15 years ago, that news broke of an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in Barrow, which went on to be one of the worst seen in Britain.

Seven people died and 180 were infected by a badly maintained air conditioning system at the arts centre Forum 28 in 2002.

The findings of an independent review, chaired by the former Lancashire MP Colin Pickthall, were adopted by the Health and Safety Executive to try to guard against similar mistakes.

These photos were taken at the time:

Forum 28
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Police outside Forum 28
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Weather: Today's fells forecast

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

  • Temp at 900m (3,000ft): up to 11C (52F).
  • Wind above 600m (2,000ft): Strong southeasterly becoming southerly gusting 40mph
  • Cloud: Extensive above 600m (2,000ft) lowering to 450m (1,500ft) at times especially southern and western fells
  • Visibility: Good at times especially early and late in the day, mainly moderate to poor
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Watch: Lauren Richardson, 12, completes Wainwright challenge

Young "radio ham" Lauren Richardson spent two years climbing the Cumbria peaks and making a signal from the summit.

Lauren Richardson one of youngest radio hams in country

Police investigate rape at Kendal Calling music festival

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape at Kendal Calling.

Police say he has been released while inquiries continue, and the victim is being supported.

Another 11 arrests were made during this year's event. Seven people were held for drugs-related offences and four people on suspicion of burglary.

Meanwhile, Cumbria Police arrested or dealt with 14 people at the weekend's event, compared with 54 in 2016.

The force says the use of dog patrols, amnesty bins and a drug testing service helped.

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Ken Wilkinson with Prince William

Kenneth Wilkinson was one of the pilots dubbed "the few" by wartime leader Winston Churchill.

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Two older men attacked by teens in separate attacks

Cumbria police are investigating two unrelated attacks on older men by teenage boys.

An elderly man was punched in the face, knocking him to the ground, when he confronted a group of youths in Egremont who are believed to have caused damage to a front door on Chapel Street.

It happened at 15:00 on Monday afternoon. The police say his attacker was about 15 years old.

In Millom on Monday evening, a 66-year old man was tackled to the ground and assaulted by two 14 or 15-year-olds at the tennis courts in Millom Park.

The boys were part of a larger group of youths seen in the area.

The police are appealing for information about both attacks.

Weather: Turning wet and windy

BBC Weather

Skies will quickly cloud over this morning and outbreaks of rain will move in from the west.

Winds will strengthen into the afternoon making it feel cool for many.

There will be some drier spells but it will stay on the cloudy side.

Highs of 19C (66F).

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

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Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

We'll be keeping you up to date with the news, travel reports and weather until about 16:00.

As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.