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  1. Wednesday 6 September 2017

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  1. Cumbria MP to raise case of ex-soldier imprisoned in India with Foreign Office

    A Cumbrian MP is promising to raise the case of a Wigton man imprisoned in India with the Foreign Office.

    Rory Stewart, who represents Penrith and the Border, has met with Joanne Thomlinson, the sister of John Armstrong.

    The former soldier was arrested on board an anti-piracy ship, with five others, in 2013 and convicted of illegally possessing firearms in Indian waters.

    Conservative Rory Stewart says he's "deeply concerned about the progress of the case" and will seek a meeting with FCO minister Mark Field.

    Joanne Thomlinson and Rory Stewart MP
  2. Farron urges government to do more to protect pubs

    Cumbria's Liberal Democrat MP, Tim Farron, is tabling an Early Day Motion to try to persuade the government to do more to protect pubs.

    An EDM is used by MPs who want certain topics to be debated in the House of Commons.

    Tim Farron, the member for Westmorland and Londale, wants the government to agree not to increase beer duty for the life of this Parliament and to give business rate relief for pubs in remote areas.

    Tim Farron
  3. Police investigate hate incident and assault in Carlisle

    A man from Carlisle was verbally abused and assaulted by two women during what officers say was a "hate incident".

    The 53-year-old was left with minor facial injuries after the incident on West Tower Street in Carlisle which happened yesterday at about 11:30.

    Police say that at the time of the incident there were many potential witnesses and so are asking people to come forward,

  4. New surgery opens in Hawkshead but funding cuts still threaten

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    It's hoped more NHS services could be brought to Hawkshead with the opening this week of a new, larger, doctors' surgery.

    The practice is struggling with cuts in funding and the new building has been provided to try and keep a surgery in the village.

    On top of that, patients have raised more than £37,000 to kit it out.

  5. Penrith man jailed for nine-and-a-half-years for 'horrific and prolonged attack' on ex

    A man has been jailed for nine-and-a-half-years for a violent attack on his estranged partner.

    Jamie Loveday, 27, of Brentfield Way, Penrith, was arrested following an attack at a Carlisle address in March.

    Loveday pleaded guilty to three charges including inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm with intent and assault causing Actual Bodily Harm.

    Acting Det Sgt Rob Ewin from North Cumbria CID said: “This incident was particularly distressing and violent and the sentence fits with the level of injuries sustained in a horrific and prolonged attack."

    Jamie Loveday
  6. Music therapy centre helps more than 7,000 people in first year

    The new Sunbeams Music Centre near Penrith has worked with more than 7,000 people in its first year.

    Children and adults with a range of disabilities or dementia attend music therapy sessions there.

    It's run by the Sunbeams Music Trust which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    Sunbeams Music Centre
    Sunbeams Music Centre
  7. People in Kendal to question council about ending free parking at New Road

    People living in Kendal will be able to question senior councillors about a plan to end the use of a common land 'car park' in the town.

    South Lakeland District Council is holding the first of its meetings about New Road Common from 14:00 this afternoon at Kendal Town Hall.

    Last week, the council's cabinet voted to close the area to vehicles because it said a report had highlighted safety concerns.

    Artist impression of what New Road car park will look like
  8. Volunteer gardeners grow fruit and veg for community to enjoy

    Mike Zeller

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

    This morning I chatted to the Penrith Community Gardeners during our week on the A66, meeting the people who live and work along the road.

    They fill containers with flowers and put them everywhere, including the local railway station. If they see a bare patch of land they'll plant something in it, given half a chance.

    They also give away fruit and veg once a week - a lot of it's donated by local people from their own gardens.

    Community garden in Penrith
    Community garden in Penrith
    Community garden in Penrith
  9. Copeland Mayor hosts public meetings

    Plans for a new coal mine in Copeland will be among the items on the agenda at a public meeting in Millom this evening.

    A representative of West Cumbria Mining will be there to provide an update on the firm's plans to extract coking coal with a processing plant in Whitehaven.

    The event, at the Clock Tower from 18:00, is the first of four being led by the independent elected Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie.

    More meetings are planned for Egremont, Cleator Moor and Whitehaven before the end of the month.

    Artist impression of mine
  10. Yout photos: Sun setting in Millom

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Gorgeous view at Millom last night as the sun set.

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Dave's View for sharing this photograph.

    Sunset at Millom
  11. 4,000 tonnes of trees felled on A6

    Nearly 4,000 tonnes of trees that were felled between Kendal and Shap will be replanted, according to Lowther Estates.

    It says the trees are usually cut down every 40 years, but that they were felled early this time because of concerns over damage from Storm Desmond.

    The wood has been sent to local mills to be used in the housing industry and also as cardboard and biofuel.

    Here's a photo of the trees before the were felled:

    Trees along A6 before they were felled
  12. Carlisle's MP says all new homes should have solar panels

    All new homes should have solar panels, according to one of Cumbria's conservative MPs.

    John Stevenson, the MP for Carlisle, will lead a debate on the subject in Parliament this morning.

    He says the change would increase the generation of green energy and drive innovation in battery storage technology.

    But he acknowledges that it would mean a small increase in house prices.

    Solar panels on roof
  13. Prince of Wales to visit Westmorland Show

    The Prince of Wales is coming to Cumbria again next Thursday.

    He's going to the Westmorland County Show to highlight his commitment to supporting British agriculture and rural communities.

    It was founded in 1799 and is one of the oldest and largest agricultural shows in the country. It attracts more than 30,000 visitors every year.

    Prince of Wales
  14. Cumbria's PCC worried about future police funding

    Cumbria Police have enough money to keep officer numbers numbers stable for the next financial year, but the Police and Crime Commissioner says he's concerned about the future.

    Peter McCall has just published his first annual report, which looks at the achievements of the last 12 months, as well as ways to improve in the future.

    Next year's budget will be about £111m, but after that budgets will depend on the outcome of a government review.

    generic photo of police officers
  15. Hopes new funding will soon be available to improve Penrith park

    There are hopes that plans to transform a Cumbrian park will move forward after a meeting with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Earlier this year, an application to the fund for just under £2m to improve Penrith's Castle Park was unsuccessful.

    The Castle Park Development Group hopes a meeting next week will identify which parts of the plan are suitable for Heritage Lottery Funding.

    Castle Park, Penrith
  16. Get Inspired Unsung Hero 2017: The search for great volunteers widens

    The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award is expanding its search to recognise those who devote their free time to help people in grass-roots activity and sports.

    Now in its 15th year, Unsung Hero is spreading its net wider in 2017 to include not only sporting volunteers but those in other fitness activities.

    This year the age-range limits have changed so you can now nominate volunteers aged from 16 upwards.

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    Video caption: Here's how to nominate your Unsung Hero