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Breaking'All clear given' at the Barrow shipyard

The BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Beale has tweeted the latest on the incident at the Barrow Shipyard.

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BreakingBarrow shipyard bomb call 'considered to be hoax'

A phone call claiming a bomb was on a vessel that led to the evacuation of part of the Barrow shipyard is considered to be a hoax, Cumbria County Council says.

The call at 05:00 this morning led to 1,700 people from the affected part of the yard being sent home for the day.

Earlier, the shipyard's operator BAE Systems said there was no perceived threat to the public and the rest of the site is operating as usual.

Cumbria police and Cumbria Fire and Rescue have been involved in the response since about 06:00 this morning.

BreakingPart of Barrow shipyard evacuated during police investigation

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The main submarine construction facility at the Barrow shipyard has been evacuated, with a police presence on site.

Hundreds of workers in the main Devonshire Dock Hall (DDH) had to leave the building this morning over what site owner BAE Systems would only describe as an "ongoing incident".

It says it is liaising with Cumbria Police "who are carrying out an investigation" but will not be drawn further on this, and neither will the police.

Staff affected have been sent home; the company has also been working with its contractors and people who live near the DDH to keep them informed.

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It's a wrap: Final part of final Astute sub goes in

For those who don't know, submarines at the BAE yard in Barrow are built in slices and the slices are then carried through the streets on special transporters to be put together, like a Swiss roll in reverse, in the huge Devonshire Dock Hall.

Wrapped submarine slice on back of transporter
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And this, three storeys high and wrapped in protective material, is the final part of the seventh and last boat in the Astute class of nuclear-powered submarines, to be called Agincourt, being taken to assembly.

There is a fair amount of work to do yet before this vessel goes into service. HMS Agincourt, as she will become, will head out to sea in the 2020s.

Women shipyard engineers head East to inspire

Three female engineers at the Barrow shipyard are hoping to inspire Girl Guides in the far east that engineering isn't just a career for boys.

Sophie Dent, Lauren Eastburn and Beth Howarth-Henry

The three, Sophie Dent, Lauren Eastburn and Beth Howarth-Henry, (pictured left to right) travel to Singapore tomorrow to launch She Solves - a series of activities around technology and computing.

The engineers want to pass on their enthusiasm and change perceptions about the industry.

Third Dreadnought sub will be called Warspite

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said the third Dreadnought submarine will be called Warspite, a name used by eight previous warships including one built in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Dreadnought artists impression
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Mr Williamson was visiting a Rolls-Royce plant in Derbyshire which provides various support and materials for the nuclear power plants on board the current fleets of Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute submarines.

Warspite, which is still on the drawing board, will be the third of the class, joining Dreadnought and Valiant which will be the first new boats to carry Britain's nuclear missiles.