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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 April 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. 

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us then.

Until then, if you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page

Weather: Rain clearing overnight but more tomorrow

BBC Weather

Any rain should clear overnight, and it will turn mostly dry. But another weather front will move in from the west by the early hours introducing further outbreaks of rain. Minimum temperature 6C (43F).

A grey and wet start tomorrow. Outbreaks of rain will continue throughout the day with blustery north westerly winds, and feeling chilly.   

See the forecast for your area here. 

Weather graphic

Limited cockle picking to resume in Morecambe Bay

Some limited cockle picking is being allowed in Morecambe Bay for the first time in nine years, amid hopes that "commercial" fishing could resume next winter. 

The fishery is only open to permit holders restricted to taking ageing cockles that would likely die before the winter. 

Since 2007 Morecambe Bay has been closed to cockle fishing, after a dramatic drop in the population, caused by erosion of the cockle beds and intensive fishing. 

Now an area off Flookburgh has been reopened until the end of this month. 

Pickers fear the cockles are already spawning which reduces their commercial value considerably. 


Cumbrian firm gives Blackpool Tower a makeover

A West Cumbrian business that has been working on Blackpool Tower for the last eight years has almost finished the project. 

MPM North West, based in Maryport, has been replacing steelwork and repainting the tower. 

The company's director, Michael John Hawkins, says: "The weather has been a critical factor. We've lost quite a few days because of rain and wind. But it's a big sense of achievement to be able to tackle such a large structure. We feel relieved but we're also pleased that we've done it." 

Blackpool Tower

BBC Super League Show rewind: Barrow's Lancashire Cup glory against Widnes

Archive footage of Barrow RFLC beating Widnes to take the Lancashire Cup in 1983. 

See the whole article here.

Barrow's day in the Lancashire sunshine

Cumbria to share chief fire officer with Cheshire from today

The union that represents Cumbria's firefighters says it isn't convinced that sharing a chief fire officer with Cheshire will produce the best results. 

From today, Cumbria County Council is going to pay the Cheshire fire authority £60,000 for Paul Hancock to divide his time between both counties. 

It follows the retirement of Jim Onions who was paid £107,000 by the council. 

Dave Burn is the secretary of the Fire Brigades Union in Cumbria.: "It has been tried before in other services before and it hasn't worked, for whatever reason. So time will tell whether it's a good thing or a bad thing for Cumbria." 

Fire engine

Man admits hijacking taxi in Kendal

A man has been told to expect a prison sentence after he admitted hijacking a taxi in Kendal.

James Shaw, 23, was charged with robbery following an incident in the town in December.

Police found the stolen taxi in Windermere two days later.

Shaw appeared at Carlisle Crown Court and pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing a Skoda Octavia.

No details about the nature of the crime were outlined during a short hearing before Judge Peter Davies.

However, Shaw's lawyer, Christopher Evans, confirmed it was a case of "taxi hijacking".

Judge Davies adjourned the case for a background report. Shaw, of Longlands View, Kendal, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on a later date.

Repair work to canal in Cumbria after winter floods

Work has begun in earnest on repairs to the Lancaster Canal, parts of which run into south Cumbria, after the winter floods.

Engineers commissioned by the Canal and River Trust have started preliminary work at Stainton Aqueduct near Kendal.

In addition, a party of volunteers from the Waterways Recovery Group, called in by Lancaster Canal Trust, have cleared debris and rubbish at Killington Lake and rebuilt a badly damaged wall.

People rebuilding wall
Lancaster Canal Trust

Missing girl may be in Cumbria

It's believed a 14-year-old girl, missing from her home in St. Helens, could have travelled to Cumbria. 

Jade Lynch hasn't been seen for 10 days. Cheshire Police say she went into St. Helens town centre on Saturday 26 March with her two younger brothers. 

She told her brothers she was going to meet someone and then went off on her own. 

The police say she has links to the Merseyside and Manchester areas but she may also be in touch with people in Cumbria and Bristol.

Jade Lynch

Weather: Turning drier and brighter with some sunny spells

This afternoon it will turn drier and brighter with some pleasant sunny spells, and only one or two isolated showers. 

Feeling pleasant in the sunshine with fairly light winds. 

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F) .

Bridge in Kendal closed

Dockray Footbridge in Kendal has been temporarily closed for safety reasons. 

Cumbria County Council has asked people not to use it.

Cumbria needs more retained firefighters

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service says it needs at least 50 more on-call firefighters.

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Better mobile phone coverage promised for some parts of Cumbria

People living in some of Cumbria's rural areas are being promised better mobile phone coverage. 

Vodafone has developed a system which turns a home broadband connection into one that can be used by mobile phones. 

Rosthwaite and Seatoller in Borrowdale and Hesket Newmarket near Caldbeck are among the first areas to benefit. 

Gary Macrae from the Hazel Bank Country House in Rosthwaite says, although some of his guests had enjoyed being "out of range", many local people are welcoming the new system.

"They don't want to be walking out into the garden in the rain trying to find out if there's any phone coverage. So it's going to be of a benefit for community use as well." 

Mobile phones

Microchipping for dogs becomes a legal requirement from tomorrow

Cumbria Police are reminding people that compulsory microchipping of dogs comes into force tomorrow.

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New date for Whitehaven's game against London Broncos

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Whitehaven's Championship game against London Broncos has been rescheduled for Sunday 17  April.

Saturday's game between the two sides was postponed due to a waterlogged Recreation Ground pitch.

Whitehaven Rugby ground

Attempted break-in at shop in Sedbergh

Cumbria Police are appealing for information after someone tried to break into a shop on Main Street in Sedbergh. They say a safe was found near by. People are asked to ring 101 if they can help. 

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More people in Cumbria relying on charities for essential support

An increasing number of people in Cumbria are relying on charities for support, according to research. 

The Charities Aid Foundation says across the UK more than half the population has turned to a charity for advice. 

Pam Hutton is the chief officer of the East Cumbria Family Support Organisation which works in Eden and Carlisle.

She said: "We have seen a steady increase over the past year in the number of families referred to us. We've also seen an increase in the number of self-referrals which is quite significant really." 

Children's shoes

Cumbria 'needs more retained firefighters'

Cumbria doesn't have enough on-call firefighters, according to its Fire and Rescue Service.

A campaign is starting today to try to fill the one in every 10 positions that are vacant. 

Fire station

Cumbria Fire and Rescue says it currently needs to recruit 50 new retained firefighters to ensure it can provide full-strength crews at more than 20 of its fire stations. 

The firefighters get a yearly allowance and an hourly wage if sent to an emergency while on call. 

According to the service, rural fire stations such as Shap and Silloth are the worst affected because crews need to live or work within five minutes of their station.  

Weather: Rain will ease off through the day

BBC Weather

There'll be a few heavy showers at first today, but the rain will ease as the day goes on. Some areas will be dry this afternoon. Temperatures are expected to reach 12C (54F).

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather graphic

Workington MP to meet Business Secretary to discuss steel jobs

Workington Labour MP Sue Hayman says she's arranged a meeting with the Business Secretary Sajid Javid on Monday to discuss the future of Tata Steel jobs in Cumbria.  

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is going to hold talks with the Welsh First Minister this morning to discuss the situation.

Carwyn Jones will urge David Cameron to take the Tata plant in Port Talbot into public ownership until a buyer is found.

In Cumbria more than 250 people are employed by Tata, including 225 in Workington. 

Sue Hayman says: "I'm really hoping that we can get a buyer that will purchase it, and not just purchase it but invest into it, so we can secure the future of the Workington plant and all the jobs that are there."

Sue Hayman, MP
Labour North

Travel: Tyre causing disruption on motorway

BBC Travel

There's a tyre in the road on the M6 southbound between J40, (Penrith) and J39, (Shap).  

And the A5271 Crosthwaite Road in Keswick is closed in both directions between Crosthwaite Roundabout and the B5289 High Hill junction, because of roadworks.  

See all the latest details here.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning. Not a great morning in many places. I was wearing full wet weather gear to walk to work this morning!  

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

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