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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 August 2017
  2. Youngsters collect A level results
  3. Top government lawyer praises Cumbria hate crime work
  4. Cumbrian firms named for underpaying

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that catch our eye from round the county, for today.

    Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to do it all again.

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

    Have a very good evening.

  2. United boss Curle sends out scouts to draw up shopping list

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says he hopes the club's Carabao Cup draw against Sunderland will provide him with funds to strengthen his squad.

    The United boss has made no secret of his wish to add at least one more signing before the transfer window closes, and says his backroom staff will be watching potential targets once again this week.

    Quote Message: Between them, they're taking in seven games. We need to make sure the money, when we do spend it, is as close as possible to what we need." from Keith Curle
    Keith Curle
    Brunton Park
  3. The Canadian author from Whitehaven who wrote the book on mine disaster

    Among those at a church service this evening to mark 70 years wince the William Pit disaster in Whitehaven, will be Amanda Garraway Roberts, author of a book about the explosion.

    Amanda, who's spent most of her life in Canada, says she was mesmerised by the story from the day she learned about it at the age of eight.

    "I wanted to know all about the 104 men, who they were and what their lives were like before they died. I didn't want William Pit to have the last say."

    Her book won a Lakeland Book of the Year award in 2008, and although 104 Men: The 1947 William Pit Disaster is currently out of print, Amanda says she's planning a new edition soon.

    William Pit
  4. Shopping centre shutters scheme gets thumbs down

    A proposal for shutters to secure the entrances to the Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle has been rejected by city councillors.

    The plans involved blocking off the area from 19:00 at night until 07:00 in the morning, to stop anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

    Sign over Lanes Entrance

    Councillors turned the plan down against the advice from their officials, saying it would reduce pedestrian access and opportunities for physical activity in the city centre.

    The owners of the Lanes say they may appeal after they've considered the reasons why the plan was refused.

    Quote Message: We're disappointed that the support we had did not get a fair airing." from David Jackson Commercial director
    David JacksonCommercial director
  5. Cumbria's weather: A dry, clear night

    BBC Weather

    The showers will fade out quickly this evening and the night will be dry and clear.

    There'll be light southwest winds and a minimum temperature of 9C (48F).

    Weather graphic

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

  6. Travel: M6 closed on Lancashire border

    BBC News Travel

    Police are holding the traffic temporarily on the M6 between junctions 36 and 35 on the Cumbria-Lancashire border, which ambulance and air ambulance staff care for someone with a medical emergency.

    Police car blocking motorway
  7. Cumbrian photographer's climate change work wins national award

    Lake District photographer Ashley Cooper has won a Green Apple environment award against competition from 500 other nominations from across Britain.

    Ashley Cooper with book

    Ash has spent 13 years travelling the world to capture photographs of the effects of climate change, and he's gathered many of them into a book, Images from a Warming Planet.

    He's also in line to represent the UK in the international awards run by the Green Organisation.

  8. The price of coal: Whitehaven remembers the William Pit disaster

    A remembrance service in Whitehave later today will mark 70 years since 104 miners died in the William Pit disaster.

    Fourteen died in the explosion, and the rest asphyxiated, trapped behind a roof fall, two-and-a-half miles out under the Irish Sea.

    Collecting tin from William pit disaster.

    The disaster widowed 89 women and left 230 children without fathers.

    There was an international response; the Whitehaven miners had sent money to the Czechoslovak mining town of Lidice after a wartime massacre there, and the kindness was repaid.

    Quote Message: Fortunately there were attempts to raise money locally, which kept some going from hand to mouth, there was some compensation, then there was the Czechoslovakian mining communities that decided to help us because we had helped one of their communities." from Joseph Ritson Whitehaven historian
    Joseph RitsonWhitehaven historian

    It was not the worst of West Cumberland's mining disasters, but it was the last to take more than 100 lives.

    William Pit
  9. Your pictures: Heather, cloud and sunshine show Carrock Fell in good light

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    When the sun does break through this rather soggy summer, the fells are looking good.

    This is Carrock Fell, right up in the north-eastern corner of the Lake District, taken by Steve Skelton

    Carrock Fell

    There seems to be a lot of heather about this year. If you've a photo to share, email it to us here.

  10. Photographer Paul makes a prized front page

    Paul Crabtree, from Brampton, is a keen amateur meterologist and photographer, and he's managed to combine the two into a sense of achievement.

    The picture was taken in Mauritius, a bit off his normal beat around north east Cumbria.

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  11. Power engineers start reconnecting homes in Sedbergh

    North West Electricity engineers now say they hope to have all the 104 homes affected by a power failure in Sedbergh, reconnected by 15:30.

  12. Cricket: County match abandoned after rain

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    The minor counties match between Cumberland and Buckinghamshire at Sedbergh has been abandoned after heavy rain left the pitch waterlogged.

  13. Police try to trace youths after young mum is assaulted

    Police say a 17-year-old mother walking in a Carlisle park with her child in a pushchair was slightly injured in a confrontation with a group of youths.

    Officers say they'd like to hear from anyone who was in Heysham Park just before 21:00 last Wednesday.

  14. Travel: Crash slows traffic on A591 near Kendal

    BBC News Travel

    An accident's partly blocking the A591 at Plantation Bridge, near Winter Lane, between Kendal and Windermere.

  15. Power cut blacks out 104 homes in Sedbergh

    North West Electricity says engineers are on their way after a power cut affected 104 customers in Sedbergh.

  16. Concern growing for missing teenager

    Police say they're increasingly concerned for a teenager who has gone missing from Lancashire who's thought to be in Carlisle.

    Alfie-Lee McIntosh

    Alfie-Lee McIntosh, 14, was reported missing from Wigan on 4 August, and he's thought to have travelled to the city.

  17. Cumbria's weather: More sunny intervals, and showers dying out

    BBC Weather

    There'll be fewer showers and more sunny intervals this afternoon.

    The temperature could reach 18C (64F).

    Weather graphic

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

  18. Whitehaven pit disaster remembered on 70th anniversary

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    The anniversary of one of Cumbria's worst mining disasters is being marked today.

    The explosion at the William Pit at Whitehaven 70 years ago cost the lives of 104 men; 89 women became widows and 230 children lost their fathers.

    Joe Hewer and joyce Haile

    Joe Hewer and Joyce Haile lost their father in the disaster.

    Quote Message: I remember my brother, who's sadly no longer with us, he sat above the pit for three days, waiting to see if dad would be brought out alive." from Joyce Haile
    Joyce Haile
    Quote Message: It'll be sad but I think a lot of people who've maybe not been to Whitehaven for a lot of years are looking forward to coming and meeting old friends to catch up. There's people here from Canada." from Joe Hewer
    Joe Hewer
  19. Travel: Lanes closed on A590

    BBC News Travel

    Lanes are closed on the A590 from junction 36 on the M6 to the Brettargh Holt roundabout while council contractors cut the grass.