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  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 March 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Live updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with news, sport, weather and travel updates.

You can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk or via our Facebook page.   

Arrests of children for firearms offences of little concern, says Cumbria police

People shouldn't be unduly alarmed that children are occasionally arrested for firearms offences, Cumbria Police says.

Figures from a Freedom of Information request show the force has arrested 19 children over the last three years for suspected firearm offences. That figure includes a child as young as 10. 

Seven children were arrested last year, slightly up on the previous two years.

But Insp Paul Telford from the firearms unit at Cumbria Police says: "Some of those offences relate to the possession of firearms, so simple licensing condition breaches, and we have got two-and-a-half times the national average of people in the county who possess firearms lawfully." 

Woman accused of stealing more than £20,000 from a charity

A woman from Carlisle accused of stealing more than £22,000 from a charity has appeared at Carlisle Magistrates' Court today. 

Kate Hetherington, from Aglionby, allegedly stole from her employer, Cancer Research UK, between April 2013 and September 2015. 

She did not enter a plea today and is due to appear at Carlisle Crown Court in late April.    

Weather: Chilly night with sunny spells and showers tomorrow

BBC Weather

Tonight there will be clear spells and occasional showers, mainly in the west, where they could be a little wintry over the tops. Another chilly night with temperatures down to 2C (36F) with a touch of ground frost.

A chilly start to tomorrow leading to a day of sunny spells and showers. The showers will be less frequent than today, however the winds will be lighter so any showers will be fairly slow-moving.

See the forecast in your area here.

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Man charged with death by dangerous driving

A man has been charged with death by dangerous driving after a collision on the M6 last year.

The incident happened in early January near Penrith.

Colin Balmer McLachlan, 74, is charged with causing the death of Christine McGuire by dangerous driving. 

Mr McLachlan, from Belmont Crescent in Kilmarnock, did not enter a plea and will re-appear at Carlisle Crown Court in late April.

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Cumbria Police

Microchipping almost 'pain-free' for dogs

Dog owners in Cumbria are being reminded that they have just a few more days to have their pet microchipped or risk a fine of up to £500. 

It will become a legal requirement from early next month. 

Dan Lewis, from Capontree Vets in Brampton, near Carlisle, says it's quick and almost pain-free. 

"It's over and done with in a matter of seconds. It takes longer to do the paperwork than to do the chipping itself," he said.

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Further hearing about death of Poppi Worthington

There'll be another hearing in July about the death of Poppi Worthington from Barrow. 

Poppi died in December 2012 when she was 13 months old, but little was known about the circumstances surrounding her death until a family court hearing earlier this year. 

The judge, Peter Jackson, said Poppi's father, Paul Worthington, had sexually abused her before her death. He denies that, and has never been charged with any offence. 

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The judge was also critical of the county council, the police and the first inquest which lasted just minutes, and where no evidence was called. 

A second inquest is expected to be held in the autumn. It was formally opened earlier this month, and now the coroner says there'll be another pre-inquest review in July. 

It's likely to discuss what evidence can be used at the inquest, and exactly when it will be held. 

RSPCA warns about dangers to birds

RSPCA officers in Cumbria are warning anglers to take all their kit home after a day's fishing.

It follows the recent rescue of a cormorant on the Ulverston canal. 

The bird had a fishing lure hooked into its head, but has since been released back into the wild. 

The RSPCA says thousands of birds are injured across the country every year and is asking anglers to take home unwanted fishing line, hooks and weights. 

It has a website with more advice here.

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Employing consultants can be cost-effective, according to think-tank

Consultants earning hundreds of pounds a day are being employed by local authorities in Cumbria. 

Figures show that Carlisle City Council is paying £850 a day to consultants working on a leisure contract. 

And, in the last year, both Allerdale and Copeland have paid in excess of £600 a day. 

Jonathan Carr-West is the chief executive of the local government think tank the Local Government Information Unit

He says: "Although a day rate sounds expensive it doesn't come with all the other costs that employment comes with, so, actually, employing someone on an expensive day rate for a short amount of time can be cheaper than employing a member of staff." 

Council offices
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Pub uses prize money to teach first aid to children

A Cumbrian pub has won £20,000 in a national competition that rewards those that "go the extra mile".

The Kings Arms in Burton-in-Kendal will use half the money to pay for first aid training for local primary school children and their teachers. The other half goes to the publicans themselves.

Ann and Neil France have run the pub for seven years and support a number of community events as well as raising money for local charities. Ann says: "We couldn't believe it when we were told we had won. It's a great honour for the pub and it will be great for the village."

The competition was organised by a food manufacturer and was aimed at pubs and restaurants.

New daffodil festival for Cumbria

It's hoped that daffodils will attract visitors to a part of Cumbria that suffered in December's floods. 

A new festival, called the Daff Fest, is taking place near Ullswater over the next fortnight. It's been inspired by the poet Wordsworth who wrote about the flower after walking in the area. 

Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, which are near the lake, were two of the villages badly hit by the floods.

Sue Wallace chairs the Ullswater Association, which is organising the festival. She wants to raise Ullswater's profile "even though it's the most accessible lake in the Lake District, it's one of those places where it's a new discovery, and it's for everybody."  

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Nearly 80 jobs gone at Cumbria's libraries in last few years

Seventy six jobs have gone in Cumbria's libraries over the last five years. 

Across the country almost 8,000 jobs have been shed. Anita Timperon, from the trade union Unison, says "my concern is, still with around £80m of cuts to come over the next few years, that we are going to see further cuts in library provision in the county".

Ian Stewart, the Liberal Democrat county councillor with responsibility for libraries, says although the mobile library service proved too expensive to run, the library buildings are still in use and he's delighted to see the main libraries extending their services. 

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Busy Easter weekend for air ambulance

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to five incidents alone on Good Friday, including two in Cumbria. 

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Weather: Sunshine and scattered showers

BBC Weather

Sunshine and scattered showers this afternoon with moderate to fresh winds and highs of 9C (48F). 

There will be a few more showers overnight, possibly wintry on the fells. Temperatures will drop to 2C (36F) with a touch of ground frost in places. 

See the forecast for your area here.

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Ongoing delays on M6 on Cumbria/Lancashire border

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed with queuing traffic and long delays on the M6 southbound between J36 (A590  Kirkby Lonsdale) and J35 (A601 Carnforth) because of a multi-vehicle accident and an overturned car.  

An earlier incident on the northbound carriageway in the same area has now been cleared.

See the latest travel details here.

Female osprey has returned to Bassenthwaite

Ospreys nest near the lake every year and have returned once again.

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Dead tiger 'had killed zoo worker'

It's emerged that the tiger that died at the South Lakes Safari Zoo recently was the one responsible for the death of an employee there nearly three years ago. 

The zoo in Dalton in Furness announced on its Facebook page this weekend that Padang, the Sumatran tiger, had been put down several weeks ago after advice from specialist vets.

The tiger killed 24-year-old Sarah McClay in May 2013.

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Delays on M6 on Cumbria/Lancashire border

There have been two accidents on the motorway, according to Highways England.

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Fines for dog owners who don't microchip their pets

Dog owners in Cumbria are being reminded that they have just a few more days to have their pet microchipped or risk a fine of up to £500. 

It will become a legal requirement early next month.

Dan Lewis, from Capontree Vets in Brampton, near Carlisle, says: "If you lose your dog there's also a significantly increased chance that you will be re-united with your dog if you have the microchip."

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Child 'had cache of knives and air rifle when stopped by police'

Some more on the news that Cumbria Constabulary arrested seven children for suspected firearm offences last year, up from six in 2014 and six in 2013. 

They included a 10-year-old in 2014, two 11-year-olds in 2015 and two 12 year olds - one in 2015 and one in 2013. 

One boy was stopped by police and was found with a pen knife, lock knife, hunting knife, axe and loaded air rifle in a case. 

Cumbrian councils playing consultants hundreds of pounds a day

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Professional consultants are being paid hundreds of pounds a day by Cumbrian councils. 

Councils hire consultants for professional expertise in a range of areas but it can be controversial as they command high fees which are not always popular with the public. 

Carlisle City Council is paying £850 a day to consultants working on a leisure contract, while both Allerdale and Copeland have paid in excess of £600 a day in the last year. 

The authorities argue the specialists can save them money overall by finding cheaper ways of working and that it's difficult to retain those skills among the councils' own staff at a time of cuts. 

Carisle Civic Centre
BBC

Tiger dies at south Cumbrian zoo

A tiger has died at the South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria. 

The zoo announced the death of Padang, a Sumatran Tiger, on its Facebook page.

The Sumatran tiger is an endangered species. 

The zoo in Dalton-in-Furness says Padang was put to sleep a few weeks ago, following specialist advice. 

There are still four other Sumatran Tigers living at the zoo. 

Sumatran tiger
BBC

Men in hospital after fight in Kendal

Two men are in hospital after a fight in Kendal yesterday afternoon. 

Police were called to Aynam Road just after 17:00. 

They say a 23-year-old from Morecambe was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary with a head injury, and a 21-year-old needed treatment for an arm injury. 

Children arrested by Cumbria Police over firearms offences

Nineteen children have been arrested by Cumbria Police over the last three years for suspected firearm offences, including a child as young as 10 years old, A Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Seven children were arrested by Cumbria Police last year, slightly up from both 2014 and 2013 respectively when six had been arrested for suspected firearm offences. 

In one case a boy stood at a doorway and shouted at children while carrying an unknown firearm, according to information released by the force. 

Another alleged offender was arrested after carrying and firing a gas-powered ball-bearing gun that looked like a handgun. 

Gun
BBC

Weather: Sunshine and scattered showers

BBC Weather

It'll be bright and breezy with sunshine and scattered showers, which may be wintry at times. 

Temperatures will reach 9C (48F) in a moderate to fresh wind. 

See the forecast for your area here.

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Travel: Delays in Cleator Moor

BBC Travel

The road at Wath Bridge in Cleator Moor is closed in both directions at the A5086 Trumpet Road junction because of an accident earlier on and emergency repairs.  

Also slow traffic on A5074 Lake Road westbound in Windermere between the Bank Road junction and the A592 junction. 

This is also affecting A592 between A5074 Crag Brow and Millbeckstock  

See all the latest details here.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning. A bit gloomy weather-wise this morning but it didn't spoil the walk into work too much.

We'll be keeping you up to date with all the day's news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria until 16:00.

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