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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 March 2016

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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 or via our Facebook page.  

Weather: A few showers this afternoon and evening, becoming dry overnight

BBC Weather

There could be a few showers this afternoon, which will be wintry on higher ground. 

There'll be light winds and highs of 10C (50F).

The showers will continue tonight for a while. It'll become dry in the early hours and temperatures will drop to 2C (36F).

Tomorrow should be mostly dry, with sunny spells and highs of 10C (50F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

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Tata Steel: Union says staff in Workington have 'been under a cloud'

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

I'm at Tata Steel in Workington and have been speaking to Steve Gibbons from Unite.

Workington staff have been under a cloud for months, things look even more uncertain now."

Steve GibbonsUnite
Steve Gibbons

No 10 rebuffs Labour plea to recall Parliament

The government has no plans to recall Parliament to discuss the steel crisis, Downing Street says.

More than 250 people are employed by Tata Steel at two sites in Workington and Shap.

Earlier Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said MPs should be summoned back from recess.

Families whose babies died at Barrow hospital welcome new unit plans

Families whose babies died because of failings at Barrow's hospital have welcomed plans for a new maternity unit. 

Health officials approved the new £11m centre today. The proposals were drawn up following last year's Kirkup Report, which was set up after the deaths of 11 babies and one mother. 

Lesley Bennett's baby daughter Eleanor died at the Furness General Hospital in 2004 - the first preventable death caused by poor care.  

Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria she said she's particularly pleased that the plans include measures to encourage health services to work together.

She said:

Whereas in the Kirkup inquiry they said it was very fractured. This is about them all working as one team and it's just going to become second nature to them."

Catch up with new drama set in Lake District

Missed any of the BBC One six-part drama series The A Word?

It is set in the Lake District and follows the story of a family including a child with autism.

Well here's episode one:

And the full second episode:

Can Tata Steel still 'inspire generations' in Cumbria?

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

I'm at Tata Steel in Workington where there's this sign saying: "Inspiring Future Generations".

But unions say the future looks 'seriously uncertain'.

Tata steel sign

Britain's steel industry: What's gone wrong?

Over the past few months, one part of the UK economy, the steel industry, has been grabbing the news headlines, but for all the wrong reasons.

The announcement by India's Tata Steel of its plans to sell its loss-making UK business, putting the jobs of thousands of workers at risk, is the latest and most devastating blow to the industry.

You can see an in-depth report, by BBC Business reporter Tim Bowler, here.

Steel plant
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Today's fells forecast: Cloudy with poor visibility in wintry showers and fog

If you're thinking about heading out on to the fells this afternoon, here's today's fells forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: - 1C (30F) 
  • Winds: Moderate or fresh west to southwesterly, gusts 30mph. 
  • Cloud: Broken cloud 2,300 feet (700m), lowering to 1,300 feet (400m) in showers. 
  • Visibility: Good, falling poor in wintry showers and in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: Around 2,600 feet (800m).

Tata Steel: Live reaction

If you want to keep up-to-date with all the lastest news on Tata Steel you can follow the BBC Business live page here.

Luke Joyce: Carlisle boss Keith Curle backs midfielder following criticism

BBC Sport

Carlisle United boss Keith Curle has spoken in support of midfielder Luke Joyce following recent criticism from a section of supporters.

The 28-year-old was booed when he came on in the 62nd minute of Monday's3-2 win against Bristol Rovers.

"Luke wants to do everything he can do, not only for this club, but for himself too," Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"He brings maturity, professionalism, a willingness to work, learn and encourage younger players around him."

Luke Joyce
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Video: Watch a sneak peak of Secret Britain at The Lakes

Labour leader calls for MP recall over steel industry woes

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for Parliament to be recalled to discuss the crisis in the steel industry.

Weather: Chilly, dry and bright afternoon with a few showers

BBC Weather

A chilly, dry and bright afternoon for many across the region. A few showers will move in, some of these with a wintry feel on high ground. 

Light south-westerly winds with highs of around 10C (50F). 

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

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Osprey has arrived in south Cumbria

Hot on the heels of the return of ospreys to Bassenthwaite over the Easter weekend, another osprey has arrived at a nest in south Cumbria. 

The Cumbria Wildlife Trust is trying to establish whether the bird, at the Foulshaw Moss, has previously nested there.

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Tata Steel in Cumbria: What we know

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Here's what we know about Tata Steel in Cumbria:

  • It has two sites - at Workington and Shap.
  • The company employs 225 people in Workington and 28 people at Shap.
  • The site at Workington is one of the largest engineering facilities in the UK - comprising 19,200 square metres of workshop capacity.
  • The site at Shap is a lime quarry and has been producing quicklime and limestone products since 1962.

Plans for new maternity unit in Barrow approved by health chiefs

Plans to create a new £11m maternity unit in Barrow have been approved by health officials.

The plans were drawn up following last year's Kirkup Report, which looked into maternity failings at the Furness General Hospital. 

The new unit will be split over two floors and will include 14 en-suite birthing rooms, two dedicated theatres, a Special Care Baby Unit, Maternity Assessment, and a Bereavement Suite. 

The design now needs planning approval. If that is successful work could start in September with the unit ready by the end of next year.

Artist impression of new maternity unit
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Tata Steel: Governments working to solve problems

The UK and Welsh governments say they're working tirelessly to look at all viable options to keep a strong British steel industry. 

It's in a joint statement which comes after the Indian steel giant Tata announced it's considering selling its loss-making business in the UK, putting the jobs of thousands of workers at risk.

The company has two sites in Cumbria, at Workington and Shap Fell. 

Plans for a new emergency service's 'hub' in Ulverston could be approved today

Plans for a new centre to bring together the emergency services in south Cumbria could move a step forward today.

The proposals for the Blue Light Hub in Ulverston will go before the county council's development panel today.

Councillors are being recommended to approve it. 

But part of the project - on-site accommodation for fire fighters, so they can work a new shift pattern - is opposed by the Fire Brigades Union.

Penrith charity warns it may need to cut services

A charity says the support it can offer to vulnerable children and adults will be cut if a fund-raising venture isn't successful. 

Eden Mencap helps people who have learning disabilities. It's based on Duke Street in Penrith, but the building will be put up for sale at the end of the year. 

The charity is trying to raise enough money to buy it and is asking people to support its Buy a Brick campaign.

Travel: M6 lane re-opened

BBC Travel

The broken down van on the exit slip road at J43 on the M6 has now been removed. The lane has now been re-opened.

You can see all the latest travel information here.

Flood Forum offering advice in Carlisle

People whose homes and businesses were affected by December's floods are being invited to attend a flood forum today. 

The National Flood Forum has organised a two day event at the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre's Assembly Rooms. 

Advice is on offer from 10:00 - 16:00 today and tomorrow.

Cumbria's secrets to be revealed

Some of Cumbria's secrets will be exposed on a national television programme this evening.

The presenters of Secret Britain will visit parts of the county that are not as well known as the traditional tourist spots. 

 They include a Lake District waterfall and a smugglers' route.

The programme is on this evening on BBC 1 at 21:00.

Presenters of Secret Britain

Your photos: Sun rising over Carlisle

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Chris3011 in Carlisle for this photograph he took this morning.

If you have any photographs you'd like to share you can also email them to us at

Sunrise near Carlisle

Lower speed limit introduced on stretch of A66

A lower speed limit is going to be introduced on the A66 near Brough in the hope that it will reduce the number of accidents there.

Cumbria Police says between 2010 and 2014, there were 48 casualties on the road between Warcop and Brough, and last year three people died.

Highways England wants the 60mph limit to be lowered to 50mph for a trial period of 18 months. 

The move is supported by Warcop Parish Council, which says a survey found motorists averaging speeds of 71mph.

Weather: Mostly dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

A chilly, dry and bright start for many with decent spells of sunshine developing through the morning.

Light south-westerly winds with highs of around 10C (50F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.  

Weather graphic

Travel: Snow on Kirkstone Pass causing hazardous driving conditions

BBC Travel

There's hazardous driving conditions on Kirkstone Pass (A592) between the Troutbeck junction and the Hartsop junction, because of snow.  

You can see all the latest travel information here.

A new maternity unit for Barrow could be approved today

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A decision is expected today on whether a new maternity unit, costing £11m, should be built in Barrow. 

The plans were drawn up following last year's Kirkup Report, which looked into maternity failings at the Furness General Hospital. 

The new centre would have two operating theatres, 14 en-suite rooms, a special care baby unit and bereavement room. 

Maternity Unit at Furness General Hospital

Travel: Lane closed on M6 at J43

BBC Travel

There's a lane closed on the exit slip road northbound at J43 because of a broken down van.  

You can see all the latest travel information here.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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

You can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.