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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 October 2017

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  1. Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

    Good morning.

    We'll be keeping up with the news and travel reports, posting a regular weather forecast, and dropping in the odd other nugget from the county, through until about 18:00.

    As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or 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.

  2. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, travel updates, a regular weather forecast and other nuggets from the county, for today. Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to do it all again. As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or 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.

  3. Cumbria's weather: Seriously wet and windy

    BBC Weather

    It will become windier and cloudier through the evening with heavy, persistent heavy rain and south westerly gales arriving during the second part of the night. temperatures will be about 11C (52F).

    The rain is heavy enough to justify a yellow warning, with up to 4in expected on high ground, less at lower levels and some flooding is possible.

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, and details of the weather warning, here.

  4. Judge: Cannabis 'gardener' to be held until deportation

    A Vietnamese man found hiding in the basement of a house being used as a cannabis farm must be held in custody until the Home Office is ready to deport him, a judge at Carlisle Crown Court ruled today.

    Judge Peter Davies was told the house in Church Hill, Arnside, was "absolutely stuffed" with cannabis plants and specialist hydroponic growing equipment, creating a harvest valued at nearly £100,000.

    Duong Pham, 48, of no fixed address, admitted two cannabis production offences, and was jailed for 16 months, after the judge concluded he had played a lesser role in the cultivation, being "used by others".

    But after being told Pham had skipped bail after being found in charge of another cannabis operation in London, Judge Davies directed that he should not be released until he could be deported.

  5. Sam, 11, raises cash after bike crash rescue

    An 11-year-old boy who was flown to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance after crashing on a bicycle, has presented £400 he raised with schoolfriends to the paramedic who cared for him.

    Sam Fearon with parents and paramedic

    Sam Fearon, from Flimby, seen presenting the money to Terry Sharpe of GNAA , suffered facial injuries and was flown to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool to check he hadn't done more serious damage.

    His mum, Lindsey, said: "The crew provide a brilliant service and I’m so glad they were there for us.”

    Sam and other pupils at Flimby Primary School had a non-uniform day to raise the money.

  6. Barrow MP Woodcock urges action on BAE job losses

    The Barrow Labour MP John Woodcock has urged the government to match its words with action after the announcement this morning of 2,000 job losses in the defence company BAE.

    The Barrow shipyard is not affected by the job losses.

    But after the Business Minister Claire Perry said efforts would be made to find other jobs for skilled workers, Mr Woodcock urged the government and other MPs to help BAE find new orders.

    Ms Perry praised his efforts to promote the Barrow yard.

  7. Shoppers watch as police arrest man in Barrow

    Police say they have made an arrest in Barrow after reports of a man slashing tyres on parked cars on Fenton Street.

    Officers were called just after 12:50 and held a man as dozens of lunchtime shoppers watched in Duke Street.

    A knife has been recovered and the 26-year-old remains in custody.

  8. Sellafield's 'afterthought' filters that stopped disaster

    Sixty years after the fire at Windscale that is still Britain's worst nuclear accident, the chimneys on top of the piles where it happened are still being dismantled.

    Top of Sellafield pile.

    The distinctive bulges on the tops of the chimneys contained filters that were added to the design at the last moment at the insistence of Sir John Cockcroft, then director of the Atomic Energy Research Establishment.

    They were nicknamed Cockcroft's Follies by his engineering colleagues, but they stopped an estimated 95% of the contamination that might otherwise have poured out of the towers.

    You can read the full story here.

  9. MP presses government on overnight mental health care

    The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron has asked the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to look into the way mental health emergencies are dealt with overnight in Cumbria.

    The Cumbria Partnership Trust has been told to strengthen overnight cover in its in-patient units around the county.

    It has asked the county's Clinical Commissioning Group, which oversees all health services, to find other staff to assess patients in the community who might need hospital admission.

    Mr Farron says this could mean no overnight care for people suffering mental health emergencies - something the trust has repeatedly denied.

    Mr Farron raised the issue in the Commons today.

    Video content

    Video caption: MP Tim Farron raises issue of Cumbria overnight mental health cover

    This morning Stephen Eames, who is chief executive of the Cumbria Partnership Trust, was asked what was happening by Mike Zeller on BBC Radio Cumbria.

  10. Sellafield silo job helps sell Maryport robot overseas

    A small firm in west Cumbria is attracting worldwide interest in a robot being used to clean out 10,000 cubic metres of radioactive waste at Sellafield from a store that was never meant to be reopened.

    Man putting ROV into access hole

    The Avexis robot was made by a Maryport firm, Forth Engineering (Cumbria), and is said to be the cheapest of its kind in the world as well as one of the smallest.

    The silo contains tonnes of metal stripped off used nuclear fuel rods, dumped since the 1960s, but it's now thought to be no longer suitable for storing radioactive waste waste.

    Mr Telford, the company's founder, said the £10,000 device was already attracting interest from overseas customers.

    Quote Message: Having Sellafield on our doorstep gives us a huge advantage. It’s a testbed where we can develop unique skills and technologies." from Mark Telford
    Mark Telford
  11. Travel: Link road into Appleby shut after lorry sheds load

    BBC News Travel

    The B6542 from the A66 into Appleby is blocked by a lorry's shed load of steel.

    It's expected to take some time to clear, so traffic is being diverted onto the link at the north-western end of the town.

  12. Cumbrian community rail groups get national praise

    Groups of people across Cumbria who support rail services in various ways have picked up six awards at the national Association of Community Rail Partnerships annual gathering.

    They ranged from an Outstanding Contribution award for Community Rail Cumbria which brings small groups across the county together, to a silver award for the Friends of Kents Bank station for the way they look after the small halt.

    Tim Owen, who chairs the Furness and Lakes line rail partnerships, serves on the county group, and volunteers with the Friends of Cark Station, was given a prize for outstanding voluntary contribution, and three other projects were also given prizes.

    Cumbria rail partnership team
  13. Rain forecast prompts weather warning

    A yellow warning of rain has been posted for Cumbria from just after midnight tonight until tomorrow afternoon.

    The Met Office says up to 4in (10cm) could fall over the fells, with less at lower levels, resulting in spray and surface water that might make journeys longer.

  14. Cumbria's weather: Dry, bright, and getting breezy

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry and bright afternoon with some good sunny spells. It will turn a little bit breezy over the hills and coastlines later.

    Temperatures will not rise further than about 14C (57F).

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are now, and the weather warning issued for rain tonight and tomorrow, here.

  15. Court told how barman disarmed drunken brawler

    A Penrith barman had to intervene twice to disarm a drunk customer who'd armed himself first with pool balls in a sock and then with a pool cue, Carlise Crown Court heard.

    Conor Paterson, 25, of Aglionby Street in Carlisle was high on Valium and alcohol as he attacked a customer in the Last Orders in August.

    He admitted affray for what Judge Peter Hughes described as "really quite disgraceful" behaviour.

    Judge Hughes suspended a nine-month prison sentence for two years and ordered Paterson to complete rehabilitation, a thinking skills course and 120 hours unpaid work.

  16. Mental health chief: No plans to remove overnight service

    The chief executive of the trust which runs mental health care in Cumbria has insisted there's no threat to the service that assesses whether people having a crisis in the community need to go into hospital.

    The MP Tim Farron had said the Cumbria partnership trust was planning to end the system, which means doctors from the county's mental health units go out to assess patients, by January because the clinicians would be kept to improve in-patient cover at night.

    Stephen Eames

    But Stephen Eames told BBC Radio Cumbria that a broader pool of doctors was being sought to provide the assessments in the community.

    Quote Message: There are no plans to end this service now or in the future. Our consultant psychiatrists will keep this service going until there's an alternative solution" from Stephen Eames Chief Executive, Cumbria Partnership Trust.
    Stephen EamesChief Executive, Cumbria Partnership Trust.
  17. Roman tunnel explored by 21st century camera

    Sian Hall

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    A remote-controlled camera is being brought in to investigate a tunnel discovered beneath a 4th century Roman bath house on the site of Carlisle Cricket Club.


    The club say what's thought to have been a drain was discovered just before the end of a month-long dig, along with an inscribed stone slab that's thought to refer to a Roman cavalry unit stationed nearby.

    Only one other inscription of this sort has been found in the area before.

    Quote Message: It was always a very interesting site, and very high up on the archeological ladder, and we're just so pleased to find this second inscription." from Kevin Mounsey Wardell Armstrong Archeology
    Kevin MounseyWardell Armstrong Archeology
  18. Herdy sets his flock right: Sheep are not all the same

    Almost 100,000 people follow the tweets of the Lake District farmer James Rebanks, as he explains his way of life.

    Here he firmly sets them straight: Sheep do not all look the same.

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