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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 September 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast, travel reports and other nuggets from the county, for today.

    Here's a reminder:

    • The Cumbrian cricketer Ben stokes was at the centre of national publicity over allegations that he'd been in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub;
    • Two hundred farmers from the county were told that a price rise for their milk, increasing their returns to 30p a litre when they'd been 20p or less last year, might not last;
    • And Langdale-Ambleside mountain rescue volunteers were scrambled to their 100th rescue of the season, with three months of the year still to go.

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

    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. Man accused to making cyclist crash is cleared

    A Workington man has been acquitted of allegedly "punching" a cyclist who collided with a van.

    Damien Tinkler alleged he had been "punched" just before a collision with a van which left him with severe face wounds by 21-year-old Raymond Kyle Smith, 21.

    Mr Smith denied this, telling the jury at Carlisle Crown Court that he and two friends had only wanted to "freak out" Mr Tinkler by jumping out from a bush.

    The jury unanimously found Mr Smith not guilty of unlawful wounding.

  3. Cumbria's weather: Dry and clear at first, rain later

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry and clear through the evening, but cloud will increase overnight with periods of occasionally heavy rain arriving later.

    Winds will freshen as rain arrives, with temperatures dropping to 10C (50F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. BreakingPC sacked for Facebook post

    Cumbria police say a constable has been sacked for an offensive Facebook post.

    The officer has been named as Ross Lister, who was serving in Barrow.

    At a special disciplinary hearing yesterday the Chief Constable, Jerry Graham, heard that the posting was offensive, derogatory and potentially inflammatory, and ruled it amounted to gross misconduct.

    A police spokeswoman added that potential criminal proceedings meant they could not add any more details to the statement.

  5. Watch: Minister starts two-day visit (as we all do) by posting his cards

    John Bowness

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

    The tourism minister, John Glen, sent his cards within a few hours of arriving on a visit to the Lake District today.

    It did make sure they would get home before he did, as he's only here for two days.

    They will also be postmarked with a special imprint marking the Lake District's designation as a World Heritage Site, and Mr Glen will spend today and tomorrow talking to the National Trust and other operators about the opportunities this presents.

    Video content

    Video caption: Tourism minister John Glen has started a two-day visit to the Lake District
  6. Cockermouth savours taste of success from weekend food festival

    Record crowds of 40,000 people descended on Cockermouth for the Taste Cumbria food festival last weekend, according to research carried out for the organisers.

    Crowds at Taste Cumbria

    They believe the event, which saw the main streets filled with stalls by food businesses from all over the county, brought £2m into the local economy.

  7. Dairy farmers warned: Good times may not last

    Cumbrian dairy farmers have been warned that an extra penny on the price per litre of their milk may be the market reaching a peak.

    Milk in buckets

    First Milk, a farmers' co-operative which does business with 200 dairy producers in the county, has just announced the increase to take place next month, bringing the price, which stood below 20p per litre at times last year, to nearly 30p per litre.

    But Robert Craig, a Cumbrian farmer who's also on the council of First, said: "Whilst it's good news at the moment, just bear in mind that when prices rise steeply, it tends to burn off demand."

  8. Your pictures: The autumnal morning glory of Keswick

    The mix of sunshine, dark cloud and increasingly autumnal colours was caught by Sue Grant from Keswick, and she was kind enough to send us the result.

    Autumn colours

    If you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook or on Twitter.

  9. Police investigate two cases of 'hate crime' abuse

    Police say they're investigating two cases where people were abused in the street as hate crimes.

    Yesterday, a teenage boy shouted homophobic insults at a woman in Salthouse Road in Barrow.

    In the other, last Sunday, a youth in Bitts Park in Carlisle shouted racist abuse at a man with a young child.

    Police say they take these offences seriously, and they'd like help in tracing those responsible.

  10. Stokes will not be considered for England, says ECB

    The England Cricket Board has just issued a statement saying the Cumbrian cricketer Ben Stokes and his friend Alex Hales will not be selected for international matches until further notice.

    The statement said both would remain on full pay while police investigated an alleged assault in Bristol at the weekend.

  11. Forecasters warn of heavy rain at weekend

    The Met Office has posted a warning of heavy rain for the north west including Cumbria for Sunday and Monday.

    The yellow alert, the lowest level of warning, says heavy rain is expected, giving 1in or 2in in many places, and perhaps 4in over the hills.

    The warning says the risk of flooding is small.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5086 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5086 Cumbria both ways severe accident, near A595.

    A5086 Cumbria - A5086 in Egremont closed and slow traffic in both directions near the A595 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. On the roundabout.

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

  13. Cumbrian dairy farmers to see price of milk nudge up another penny

    Cumbrian dairy farmers who send their milk to the cheese creamery at Aspatria run by First Milk are to get an extra penny per litre, bringing the price they are paid to just under 30p.

    This time last year the 200 dairy farms sending milk to the Lake District creamery were being paid 20.88p per litre.

    Dairy cows
  14. Cumbria's weather: Warm and dry (but it's the calm before the storm)

    BBC Weather

    Prolonged sunny periods are likely this afternoon.

    Winds will be mainly light southwesterly and temperatures could reach 19C (66F).

    However, there is an early warning of heavy rain over the next few days that could be causing flooding by Sunday or Monday.

    Weather graphic

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

  15. Travel: Roadworks slow traffic on A590 and A595

    BBC News Travel

    Roadworks are causing delays in two parts of Cumbria.

    On the A590 between Ulverston and Barrow, traffic is queuing at temporary traffic lights at Lindal.

    And there are also temporary traffic lights causing delays at Red Dial, between Thursby and Bothel on the A595.

  16. Travel: A685 blocked between Kirby Stephen and Brough

    BBC News Travel

    The A685 is closed between Kirkby Stephen and Brough because of a caravan fire at Kirkbank Lane.

  17. The cost of tidying up after M6 litterbug drivers

    John Bowness

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

    About £500,000 is being spent every year clearing litter from the M6 in Cumbria, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio Cumbria.

    Contractors clear the verges and central reservation, sometimes having to close lanes to protect the workers involved, and between 4,000 and 6,000 bags are collected each year.

    Drive-by litter bin

    Over the next few months more drive-by litter bins will be installed at service areas so drivers can dispose of rubbish without even leaving their vehicles.

    Peter Silverman, who runs a campaign called Clean Highways, says Highways England could be doing more:

    Quote Message: Highways England refuse to take on the powers to issue on-the-spot fines. They could take on those powers." from Peter Silverman
    Peter Silverman

    But Highways England takes a different view:

    Quote Message: That's a sledgehammer to crack a nut. What we're looking to do is to educate people." from Paul Elliott Highways England
    Paul ElliottHighways England
  18. Langdale-Ambleside volunteers run up 100 rescues in Lake District

    Martin Lewes


    The Langdale Ambleside team was called yesterday to help a walker with an ankle injury near Grasmere.

    Three team members making shapes for 100

    Some of the team found time while first aid was being administered to make the point that it was the 100th call-out of the year.

    Several other teams are past the 70 mark.