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  1. Updates on Friday 8 April 2016

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Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Cumbria at 08:00 on Monday.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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

Weather: some rain this evening, before a dry and bright morning

BBC Weather

For the rest of the day, winds will be light, and temperatures could reach 12C (54F). 

This evening, a band of rain will pass through the county, becoming more patchy by the early hours. Temperatures will dip to 3C (37F) in places. 

Tomorrow will be dry and bright in the morning, with a few showers possible in the afternoon - and colder than today.

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

Weather graphic

Woman rescued from sands of Morecambe Bay as tide came in

A woman has been rescued after she became stuck on the beach at Bolton-le-Sands. 

Police say the woman was trapped up to her waist as the tide came in. 

A rescue hovercraft was used to free her, before she was  given a medical assessment by paramedics.

Tomorrow's fells forecast: cold but mainly clear

If you're thinking of going on the Cumbrian mountains tomorrow, here's what to expect: 

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: About 0C. 
  • Winds: Gentle to moderate southwesterly. Increasing to strong from the south during the evening, gusts 40mph. 
  • Cloud: Patchy cloud at 500m (1,600ft) through the morning, mostly clearing for a time before returning by the evening. 
  • Visibility: Very good through the day falling to poor, or very poor, by this evening. 
  • Freezing level: Just above the summits.

Warning after man injured in old Cumbrian mine working

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A Cumbrian mountain rescue team is warning people about the dangers of old mine workings in the Lake District, after a man was seriously injured when he fell in a disused slate mine near Coniston. 

Map of Coniston area
Ordnance Survey

The man, in his 20s, was found with "severe" hand injuries, and suspected serious upper leg and pelvis injuries.  After treatment by mountain rescue volunteers, he was flown to hospital in Preston. 

Coniston Mountain Rescue says that although many mines may look quite safe, they can be extremely dangerous, with drops and unstable rock inside. The team says they should only be investigated by "experienced people with the correct equipment".  

Cumbrian cricketer Ben Stokes reveals how it felt to bowl THAT final over

Ben Stokes, from Cockermouth, has been talking about bowling the last over in which the West Indies beat England in the T20 World Cup final. 

In an interview with The Telegraph he said “I thought, ‘I’ve just lost the World Cup’.......It was like the whole world had come down on me.....It was just complete devastation.”  

He says since then, he's taken great comfort from supportive messages he's been sent, including one from Shane Warne.  

Ben Stokes

Keith Curle says side are focused on League Two play-offs

BBC Cumbria

Manager Keith Curle says his Carlisle United players are fully focused on reaching the League Two playoffs - after moving to within a point of them this week. 

His side could move into the top seven with a win at home to Mansfield tomorrow.

Keith Curle

River dredging not a straightforward way to prevent flooding - Environment Agency

Dredging rivers is not a simple answer to solve Cumbria's flooding problems, according to the man in charge of the Environment Agency in the county. 

Keith Ashcroft was the guest in the Hot Seat on BBC Radio Cumbria. He says dredging is often put forward as a solution, but it's a complicated issue. 

You'd have to move or dredge an immense amount of material. We did an assessment after 2009 for Cockermouth....I think it was five metres deep for eight miles. That raises a huge array of issues in terms of costs.....there is a balance point there in terms of what actually, effectively, makes a difference.

Keith AshcroftEnvironment Agency

Celebrity lookalike to appear on TV: But can you tell who she looks like?

A celebrity lookalike from Windermere is appearing on a television show tonight. 

Natalie Vella looks like Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, formally Cheryl Cole. She will appear on a show called Lookalikes on Channel 4 at 22:00.

Natalie Vella
Natalie Vella

Weather: Sunny spells and isolated showers

Sunny spells and isolated showers will continue this afternoon but it'll turn cloudy from the west, with a band of showery rain arriving into western fringes by the end of the day. 

Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

weather graphic

Cumbrian musician in finals of national BBC competition

A saxophonist from Cumbria is one of the 25 finalists in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, which is now in its 38th year. 

Jess Gillam, who is 17 and lives in Ulverston, will compete in the Woodwind final which is on air a week tonight. 

Portrait of Jess Gillam

This isn't the first time she has taken part in the competition - she also reached the woodwind final in 2014. 

BBC Four will cover the performances, starting with the Keyboard final this evening.  

Coastal flooding is possible today

This afternoon's high tides could cause some flooding along parts of the Cumbria coast. 

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert, which is its lowest level of warning. It says the places most likely to see some flooding are Port Carlisle on the Solway Firth, and Sandside on Morecambe Bay. 

Police appeal over missing horses

Cumbria Police have put out photographs of two horses that are missing in West Cumbria.

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Your photos: Evening light on the Cumbrian fells

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Chipoyl" in Barbon, for this great photograph from last night showing evening sun on the fells.

Sunshine on Cumbrian fells

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

Concerns over pollution in River Kent

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Concerns are being raised about partially-treated sewage that has been pouring into a Cumbrian river since December. 

A treatment plant in Kendal was damaged during Storm Desmond, and the Kent Angling Association says people shouldn't let their dogs into the River Kent until it's fixed. This is their picture, taken when the pollution was more visible than today: 

Pollution in River Kent
Geoff Waites

Dr Mike Sturt, from the South Cumbria Rivers Trust, says bacteria will feed on the sewage, causing problems for fish.  

Cumbria's water company, United Utilities, says the water quality of the Kent should have returned to normal by next week. The Environment Agency has also been monitoring the river, and it hasn't found any evidence that the sewage is causing any problems downstream. 

Barrow GP surgery described as 'outstanding'

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A Barrow GP surgery which helps 500 people a year avoid having to go to hospital has been described as "outstanding" by health inspectors.

The Norwood Medical Centre runs a dermatology clinic for patients across Barrow treating some of the less serious skin cancers and the worst cases of acne.  

Norwood Medical Centre

Your photos: Northern Lights over Cumbria

Were you lucky enough to see the Northern Lights last night? Thanks to Stuart Atkinson and Stella Coxon from the Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal for these photographs they took from Shap.

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

Northern lights from Shap
Stuart Atkinson and Stella Coxon, Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal.
Northern lights from Shap
Stuart Atkinson and Stella Coxon, Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal.

Travel: No major disruptions

BBC Travel

No major disruptions to report so far this morning. But there are still the ongoing problems across the county following damage caused by Storm Desmond.

You can keep up-to-date with all the latest travel information here.

Midwife cleared over baby death failings

A midwife accused of failings that led to the death of a newborn baby has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Gretta Dixon was alleged to have failed to refer Hoa Titcombe for a medical assessment on 26 October 2008.

Mrs Titcombe's baby Joshua (pictured) was born the next day at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria, but died nine days later.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing concluded there were "inconsistencies" in some of the accounts and the allegation was found not proved.

Joshua Titcombe

Weather: Dry start to the day becoming showery this afternoon

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry this morning, with sunny spells but showers are likely to develop this afternoon. 

There'll be light winds and temperatures could reach 12C (54F).

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

Weather graphic

Knife held to nine-year-old boy's throat by group of youths

A group of youths held a knife to a nine-year-old boy's throat in Workington last night, Cumbria Police said.

The child was threatened at 19:30 at the junction of Sarsfield Road and Garth Road. The police say they want to talk to a young woman wearing floral leggings who may have been with a young child on a scooter.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

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