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  1. Thursday 17 August 2017

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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 around the county, for today.

    Here's a reminder of the main developments:

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

    If you have news you think we should know, or want to 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.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. MND paraglider Tony prepares to return to the air over Skiddaw

    A paraglider from Keswick who's disabled by motor neurone disease is planning a flight from Skiddaw to raise money for the MND Association.

    Tony Thompson flying

    Tony Thompson, pictured above flying before his illness, and below with his family, hopes to use an all-terrain wheelchair to reach the top of the mountain before flying in a tandem rig with a fellow pilot, Jocky Sanderson.

    Tony Thompson with family

    Tony was diagnosed last December; he now uses a wheelchair, speaks through a computer and needs assistance to eat

  3. Man who engaged girls in lewd online chat is sentenced

    A man from Appleby who sought out young girls on Snapchat has been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.

    Daniel Bradley, 33, who now lives in Longton Street, Chorley, engaged two girls, one, the court heard, around nine or 10 years old, in a sexual conversation in which he requested explicit photographs.

    He also downloaded almost 100 illegal images.

    Judge Peter Hughes imposed a three-year community order, telling Bradley he must complete a sex offender treatment course and a rehabilitation requirement, and sign the sex offenders' register for five years.

  4. Cumbria's weather: Blustery with heavy showers

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a mainly cloudy night in Cumbria with some blustery and occasionally heavy spells of rain or showers moving through.

    Temperatures will fall to about 13C (55F).

    Weather graphic

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

  5. Appleby station shortlisted for magazine's awards

    Appleby Station's been shortlisted for two honours in the Rail magazine awards, with the train operator there up for a third.

    The station itself is listed for the small station of the year, while Emmanuel Wright, who works there, is nominated for his oustanding service dealing with staff while rail services were disrupted by the Eden Brows landslip.

    The Settle to Carlisle train operator Northern is nominated in the teamwork category for running the steam locomotive Tornado on a timetabled service, the first in England for almost 50 years.

    The winners will be announced next month

    Tornado at station
  6. Many Cumbrian schools see 'improved' A-level results

    Cumbria County Council officials say some of their schools have seen "outstanding individual successes" in today's A-level results.

    The A-level system's been changed this year and there were concerns that some students might struggle with the new format, where all the work of two years is tested in exams at the end rather than in coursework as well.

    John Macilwraith, the director for children's services, said: “Whilst it is too early to comment on the overall Cumbria picture in detail, many schools are reporting some outstanding individual successes and many are celebrating improved outcomes."

  7. Police release CCTV in hunt for bar brawl men

    Police say they want to trace two men caught on CCTV after a disturbance in a Carlisle bar in which one man was hit with a bottle and another with a pool cue.

    Two men walking into bar

    The assault happened in the Bronx bar in Botchergate on 13 June, and detectives have just released a picture of two men they want to question.

    Two men were attacked close to the pool tables, one suffering a broken nose and eye socket.

  8. Schools see turn for better reflected in A-level results

    Two once-troubled Cumbrian schools are reporting record A-level results.

    Whitehaven Academy

    Whitehaven Academy, which was hit by strikes and put into special measures last year, says its students passed all exams at A* - E grades.

    The Richard Rose central Academy in Carlisle, which is now rated good by Ofsted, saw a third of exams passed at A* - B.

  9. New twist in Sellafield dispute as company 'bans ballot meetings'

    There's been a new turn in the dispute between two of the three trade unions at Sellafield over this year's pay rise, and the company that runs the site.

    The employers are proposing a pay rise of 1.5%, which has been rejected by unions representing about half the 10,000 workforce.

    Sellafield

    The company's told the union Unite that they cannot hold meetings in the run-up to a ballot on industrial action, prompting an angry exchange of press statements.

    Quote Message: What is happening here is that the management crackdown includes banning legitimate workplace meetings to discuss the below-inflation pay offer. The management is slavishly kowtowing to the pay diktats of the government." from Graham Williams Unite Regional Officer
    Graham WilliamsUnite Regional Officer
    Quote Message: Unite has already publicly announced their intention to ballot for industrial action. As such, we feel it is in nobody’s interests to disrupt important work on site when their decision has already been made.” from Sellafield Ltd
    Sellafield Ltd
  10. Show secretaries share the one big hope: Sunshine

    The country show season is pretty much at its height, but they all depend on the one thing in rather short supply this year...

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  11. Judge 'most satisfied' by outcome for suicidal teenager

    The senior judge who warned ministers they might have "blood on their hands" because of the lack of care available for a suicidal teenager has said there has been "a most satisfactory outcome" in the case.

    Judge James Munby

    Sir James Munby, head of the family division of the High Court, published his scathing judgement after being told no bed could be found for a 17-year-old, who was formally under the care of Cumbria County Council, even though staff believed she'd take her own life within 48 hours if returned to the community.

    A bed was found, and today the judge said the girl had now been transferred, adding: 'This is, in all the circumstances, a most satisfactory outcome.'

  12. Fire crews put out blaze in hay barn

    Firefighters say a barn at a farm near Wigton was well alight when they arrived after a call at 11:30 this morning.

    They say the fire involved hay and straw bales, and was dealt with in the traditional manner with hose reels.

  13. Tracker leads police to stolen digger

    An electronic tracker helped police find a digger worth £20,000, that was stolen from Kirkbride, near Wigton.

    The tracker showed the found the machine, on a trailer, had not been taken far.

    Police found it near a railway line, and officers are now appealing for information.

  14. New trains fill the Sunday gap on Cumbrian coast line

    Sian Hall

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Rail passengers will again be able to take a train along the entire route of the Cumbria Coast Line on a Sunday.

    At the moment, trains from Carlisle only go as far as Whitehaven, but from May next year, the operator Northern says it will offer services all the way to Barrow.

    David Andrews at Whitehaven station

    David Andrews, the secretary of the Copeland Rail Users' Group, says the services haven't kept up with increasing passenger demand.

    Quote Message: Now we've got a busy line with a big gap leaving towns like Millom completely isolated on Sundays. from David Andrews
    David Andrews
  15. Your pictures: Raven steaming beneath the clouds

    Quintin Smith was kind enough to send us this picture of the MY Raven, one of the Ullswater steamers, at Pooley Bridge.

    It's yet another demonstration that clouds as well as sunshine are good ingredients for a picture of the Lake District.

    SY Raven at Pooley Bridge.

    If you want to 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.

  16. Keswick's Abbie Scott starts in Women's RU group decider

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Keswick's Abbie Scott starts for England in their Pool B decider against the USA at the Women's Rugby Union World Cup in Dublin today.

    The former Sedbergh School pupil plays her club rugby for Darlington Mowden Park.

    Abbie Scott

    Sedbergh School was famous when it was a boys school for producing top rugby internationals such as Will Carling, and has continued the tradition since it became co-educational in 2000.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, between J37 for A684 and J38 for A685.

    M6 Cumbria - M6 partially blocked and heavy traffic northbound between J37, A684 (Kendal) and J38, A685 (Tebay), because of an accident.

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

  18. Cumbria's weather: Breezier but mostly dry

    BBC Weather

    Becoming breezier this afternoon with a couple of well scattered showers, but staying dry for most with plenty of warm sunny spells and temperatures up to 21C (70F).

    Weather graphic

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

  19. Flood work completed after months of road delays

    Work to reduce the chances of the A66 being closed by flooding is complete, after delays on the main route to West Cumbria through most of this year.

    Drains

    Part of the £7m project involving raising the whole dual carriageway by 1.5m (5ft) near Bassenthwaite Lake to prevent the road being inundated as it was in 2015 and 2009.

  20. Stone 'fold' protects tree named for its lonely home

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    A stone "treefold" (as in sheepfold) is being built on a common near Kirkby Stephen to protect the remains of the Dowly tree.

    Andy Mason building treefold

    The sycamore that has stood alone on Little Asby Common for many years is now only a dead stump, and the reason for its name (Dowly is Cumbrian dialect for lonely or sad) probably relates to its isolated location.

    But the conservation organisation Friends of the Lake District, which owns the common, is planning to replant a tree there next year, and the fold will protect it from the weather and deer while it's a sapling.

    The fold, built by the master waller Andy Mason and carver Pip Hall, is part of a larger project that will see six other trees in unusual places protected as well.