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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 September 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    We've now ended posting updates on the day's news, sport, weather and travel for the day.

    Here's what was covered:

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

    As always, if there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook or on Twitter.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Weather: Rain tonight but clear by dawn

    BBC Weather

    Turning wet overnight but the rain will become lighter to clear in most places by dawn.

    Any drizzle will soon clear on Thursday morning for a dry day with sunny spells.

    Lows overnight of 13C (55F)

    Evening weather for Carlisle

    Get the latest forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

  3. Boulders go down to stop cars parking on Kendal common land

    A South Cumbrian council has started placing large boulders on a piece of common land in Kendal to prevent people from using it as a free car park.

    South Lakeland District Council says it was forced to close the land it calls New Road Common because of immediate safety concerns raised by internal and external reports.

    The decision has been heavily debated at a number of public meetings.

    Last week, dozens of protesters took part in a march through the town ending at Kendal Town Hall in opposition to the move

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  4. Royal visit to officially open West Cumbrian school

    The Duchess of Gloucester has officially opened a new school building in Workington.

    Pupils moved into the new Workington Academy earlier this year in February.

    Students and staff from the academy welcomed the duchess to the school where she was given a tour of the new facilities.

    The Duchess of Gloucester welcomed by students at Workington Academy
  5. Four drug dealers jailed as judge says bringing drugs into county is 'growing problem'

    A judge has said bringing drugs from Liverpool to Cumbria is becoming an "growing problem" as he jailed a gang of four men for supplying heroin and cocaine in South Cumbria.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard how an illegal business base was set up by the gang in March for shipping the class A drugs into Kendal and texting adverts for the drugs to users.

    Jonathan Calvert, 31, of Stricklandgate in Kendal allowed his address to be used by Merseyside criminals higher up the chain of command. He was jailed for two years and eight months.

    Stephen Welsh,31, of Ackers Hall Avenue in Liverpool described as the "branch manager" was jailed for five years and three months, while James Inglesby, 29, of Kirkby in Liverpool along with homeless Sean Till, who is 23, were both handed 40 months in prison.

    Judge Tony Lancaster told the gang members: "Bringing drugs into Cumbria from Liverpool is a growing problem area of criminal activity which, in spite of police successes and prosecutions, still continues to flourish."

  6. One day left to pick a new Pooley Bridge

    A consultation on the design of the new Pooley Bridge closes in a day's time.

    The new bridge, near Penrith, will replace the original 18th Century stone structure that was washed away during flooding caused by Storm Desmond in December 2015.

    Cumbria County Council has proposed three designs for the bridge: a suspension bridge, a solid arched bridge and a solid arched bridge with open spandrels.

    The final design will be revealed in October 2017.

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  7. Sheep stolen from Wigton

    Police say 16 Texel sheep have been stolen from the Glasson Village area of Wigton.

    Officers say the animals were taken on either Sunday or Monday and have asked anyone with information to contact them.

  8. Work begins on transforming space under Carlisle Station

    Plans to turn a disused space under Carlisle Railway Station into an arts venue are moving forward.

    The area, known as Undercroft, is being converted into a multi-purpose theatre with studios and exhibition space.

    Cleaning has already taken place and stone washing is expected to begin in November.

    Carlisle Railway Station
  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A6 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A6 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, near Wasdale Bridge.

    A6 Cumbria - A6 in Bretherdale Head blocked in both directions near the Wasdale Bridge junction, because of sheep on the road.

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

  10. Don't read this if you're eating your lunch...

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    I was busy enjoying my lunch then this photograph from Cumbria Roads Police came up on my Twitter feed.

    I felt like I had to share it.


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    Severe accident: A66 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A66 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between Main Street and Skygarth Road.

    A66 Cumbria - Slow traffic on A66 in both directions in Kirkby Thore between the Main Street junction and the Skygarth Road junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  12. Ben Stokes: England all-rounder needs to change lifestyle, says Michael Vaughan

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan has warned Cumbria's Ben Stokes he needs to change his lifestyle after the England all-rounder was arrested following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in the early hours of Monday morning.

    The 26-year-old was held overnight by police on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. He was later released without charge but under investigation.

    Test Match Special pundit Vaughan, writing in his Daily Telegraph column, said England's Test vice-captain needs to find alternative ways of letting off steam and must become as "streetwise" off the pitch as he is on it.

    "Ben Stokes can't say he was not warned," said Vaughan.

    "I have been privy to private conversations about him recently and he has been given strong warnings about his lifestyle".

    You can read more about this story here.

    Ben Stokes
  13. Watch: Cumbrian business plans to create state of the art cheese factory

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    A Cumbrian cheese maker is set to expand following a 20% increase in its business.

    The Appleby creamery goes under the name of Cows and Co and produces artisan cheese for retailers and wholesalers.

    They have invested £350,000 to turn an old warehouse into a state-of-the-art cheese factory.

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  14. Missing Carlisle teenager found safe and well

    Police say teenager Abbie Webster, who had been reported missing, was found safe and well in Carlisle yesterday evening.

  15. National Fitness Day


    It's National Fitness Day with plenty of fitness centres putting on free taster sessions or open days.

    All you need to do to get involved is type in your local postcode into the National Fitness Day activity finder and see what's available near you.

    People taking part in a National Fitness Day activity

    If you're still not sure, we've put together five suggestions for you.

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    Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Cumbria - An accident on M6 northbound between J37, A684 (Kendal) and J38, A685 (Tebay). Traffic is coping well.

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

  17. BreakingBen Stokes named in Ashes squad

    Durham's Ben Stokes has been selected by England for the forthcoming Ashes.

    The Cockermouth all rounder is included with three uncapped players in the squad for the tour in November.

    • Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain
    • Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
    • James Anderson (Lancashire)
    • Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
    • Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)
    • Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)
    • Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
    • Alastair Cook (Essex)
    • Mason Crane (Hampshire)
    • Ben Foakes (Surrey
    • Dawid Malan (Middlesex)
    • Craig Overton (Somerset)
    • Ben Stokes (Durham)
    • Mark Stoneman (Surrey)
    • James Vince (Hampshire)
    • Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)