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  1. Updates on Monday 11 April 2016

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Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day - thanks for joining us. 

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county at 08:00 on Tuesday.

You can contact us on Twitter where we are @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk or using our Facebook page.    

Weather: More cloud overnight and rain spreading toward the north

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Staying dry and bright for the rest of the afternoon with sunny spells but turning cloudy overnight as a band of rain spreads northwards with a few heavy spells possible. Lowest temperature about 7C.

Tomorrow starts grey and wet but becomes drier for a time before heavy showers with the risk of hail and thunder later on into the day.

Find a detailed forecast for where you are in the county on the BBC Weather website.

Weather for Monday night
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Tata deal 'ends uncertainty' for Workington employees

A trade union representing staff at Tata Steel's engineering workshop in Workington says today's deal to sell the company's Long Products Europe division to a UK investment company "hopefully brings an end to the uncertainty felt by the workforce have had for a number of months".

The GMB and Community trade unions have both welcomed an agreement which sees Greybull Capital take ownership of the Scunthorpe steelworks and two mills on Teesside as well as the Workington site.

After talks, Unite the Union believes the company has a long-term plan for 225 employees at the workshop:

Regional officer Steve Gibbons said: "I think it's very early to say, but indications are that Greybull see that the Workington site has a future so they're not just coming for the short term... From our understanding, they've indicated that they see a future for Workington and they want to invest in that future."

'Skinniest dog we've ever seen alive' making good recovery

A dog that was described by an RSPCA inspector as being the "skinniest we've ever seen alive" after it was found on an industrial estate in Cleator Moor is now putting on weight.

The two year old lurcher, who was named Spot by his rescuers, was described at the time as being "skin and bones" and being in a "truly shocking state" when he was found on Leconfield Industrial Estate in February.

Emaciated dog Spot who was found in Cleator Moor by the RSPCA
RSPCA

RSPCA inspector Martyn Fletcher said: "Spot is doing really well, he's putting on weight and enjoying all of the treats donated by members of the public. We're very grateful for all of the interest in his welfare.

"The media coverage of our appeal resulted in a number of telephone calls with information, which we have spent the past couple of weeks following up on, and our investigation is on-going. As the case is now active, we can't say any more at this time."

Council refuses to release info on £500k charging points in Cumbria

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Cumbrian The Voice runner-up says there's more to come

BBC's The Voice runner-up Jolan says there's more to come from him and there will be something happening "very soon".

Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria's Val Armstrong, the singer who's 22 and from Moor Row near Whitehaven, said that he is in talks with his coach Ricky Wilson about his future.

He said: "We speak all the time so I was having dinner with him yesterday actually. After the show, he invited me for a nice Sunday dinner. It's going to be interesting."

The singer also said that the show was a great platform for him and the other finalists.

Jolan performing on BBC's The Voice UK
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Jolan

The winner Kevin Simm said he'd become fast friends with the west Cumbrian singer after sharing a flat with Jolan during the show.

I've got so much respect for Jolan, his voice is just unreal. He's a very good friend of mine...and at the time I felt like I'd be really happy if Jolan won it.

Kevin SimmBBC's The Voice winner and former Liberty X member

Missing man from north Wales found dead in Cumbria

A man who had gone missing from his home in Wales at the start of April has been found dead in Crummock Water in the western Lake District.

Timothy Edwards was 45 and from Prestatyn in north Wales. 

His body was found shortly after 18:00 on Friday, and Cumbria Police says his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Man skis off Helvellyn summit

Climbers in the Lake District were stunned to see a man skiing off the summit of Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain.

The skier was filmed on Sunday after fresh snow had fallen on the Cumbrian fells.

Onlooker Kirsten Adkins said: "I was shocked to see somebody skiing off the cornice. It was terrifying."

(Footage via Amy Humberstone)

Man skis off Helvellyn summit

Group helping flood victims hails cash boost

Bosses at a group which is helping people affected by the December floods have welcomed a a £105,000 grant from the Cumbria Community Foundation.

Eden Flood Volunteers will use the cash to hire staff and to help with the cost of delivering furniture to flood victims

Chief coordinator Kerryanne Wilde said: "It's absolutely amazing, the amount of people we are going to be able to help and we know that the money is there for a year as well... We are definitely here for the next 12 months."

The Cumbria Flood Appeal, which is run by the Cumbria Community Foundation, has awarded £3.5m in grants across the county.  

Kerryanne Wilde
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Volunteers get record grant from Cumbria Flood Appeal

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

The future of a group helping people affected by the December floods has been secured for at least 12 months following a £105,000 grant from the Cumbria Community Foundation.

Eden Flood Volunteers will use the money to employ a project coordinator, warehouse and administration staff and to help with the cost of delivering furniture to flood victims.

Eden Flood Volunteers base near Penrith
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Cumbria flood appeal has raised £9.5m

The Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal, which was set up the same weekend that Storm Desmond caused flooding across the county, has now raised £9.5m.

It has reached the milestone after receiving match funding which had been promised by the government. 

The Cumbria Community Foundation, which is running the appeal, says it has given out more than £3.5m in grants so far.

Weather: Sunny spells but turning cloudy later on

BBC Weather

Sunny spells this afternoon with temperatures reaching 13C (55F). Becoming more cloudy through the afternoon though as temperatures start to dip towards a low of 8C this evening.

Find the forecast for your part of the county on the BBC Weather website.

Weather forecast for Penrith
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Tata Steel deal: What do we know?

Tata Steel has confirmed it will sell its Long Products Europe division to UK investment company Greybull Capital:

  • Workers are being asked to accept a pay cut and a less generous pension.
  • The deal includes an engineering workshop in Workington where 225 people work.  
  • New owners Greybull are arranging a £400m investment package as part of the deal.
  • The business will be rebranded as "British Steel" when the deal is completed in eight weeks time.
The exterior of the Tata Steel workshop in Workington
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Tata Steel Workington

BreakingWest Cumbrian Tata Steel workshop sold

A workshop employing some 225 people in Workington has been sold by Tata Steel as part of a larger deal.

The investment company Greybull Capital has agreed to buy the company's Long Products Europe division, which also includes the Scunthorpe steelworks and two mills on Teesside.

No announcement has been made about the plant owned by Tata in Shap, which employees 28 people.

Photos: Work continues on vital Lake District road

There's still just over a month to go until the A591 is scheduled to reopen between Grasmere and Keswick.

The road was damaged in multiple places past Dunmail Raise heading north, including one section of road which fell away completely that has come to be known as "The Gap".

Here are some pictures showing how the reconstruction of the road is going, taken from Thirlspot:

A road closed sign on the A591
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Repair work on the A591 past Dunmail Raise with a beck running in the foreground
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Repair work on the A591 past Dunmail Raise
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The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced last week that the road would reopen on Friday 13 May, two weeks earlier than first planned.

Lottery grant to help disused Cumbrian building become community asset

A building in Frizington which has been empty for more than 15 years could reopen as a centre for the community.

The North of England Civic Trust and Cleator Moor's Phoenix Enterprise Centre have been given £10,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as receiving £10,000 from the Architectural Heritage Fund, to draw up plans for the former council chambers in the village.

The building was highlighted as 'at risk' following a review of heritage buildings in Copeland in 2010.

Video: See the production line inside a Cumbrian biscuit factory

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Already today, we've been hearing about how Carr's Water Biscuits, which can only be made in Cumbria, are back on the shelves more than four months on from the factory being flooded in December.

In this video posted to BBC Cumbria's Facebook page, see the process of making the savoury snack from dough to finished water biscuit in the Carlisle factory.

The Carr's Water Biscuits production line at the McVitie's factory in Carlisle
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Cumbria river restoration to entice spawning salmon

Work is under way to return a Cumbrian river to its natural course to help spawn salmon and other wildlife.

Some 200 years ago, a section of the River Eden near Haweswater was straightened to clear land for grazing.

Nature experts say that left a lack of natural bends and faster flowing water meaning that Atlantic salmon have fewer areas to spawn.

Work has now begun to redirect Swindale Beck, which flows into the Eden, to create a more natural habitat.

Your photos: Sun breaking through clouds

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watcher 'windywynne' for this photo of the sun breaking through an overcast sky in Great Urswick.

A lone tree in front of an overcast sky with the sun breaking through
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Fourteen people rescued from stranded ferry

Fourteen people on a ferry in Cumbria had to be rescued after its anchor rope got caught in the propeller.

Endeavour was carrying 12 passengers, two crew and a dog, when it became stranded between Roa and Piel Islands at about 13:00 BST on Sunday.

Volunteer lifeboat crews from Barrow RNLI rescued the passengers and took them to safety on nearby Piel Island.

Lifeboat operations manager, John Falvey, said the spring tide was "very strong and running at a fast speed".

The inshore lifeboat Vision of Tamworth
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Biscuits back on shelves but flood damage still hitting Carlisle businesses

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

A biscuit that's only made in Cumbria is back on the shelves for the first time since a shortage caused by the December floods. 

Carr's Water Biscuits are being produced again at the McVitie's Carlisle factory on Caldewgate, where 800 people work.

The gates of the McVities factory on Caldewgate in Carlisle
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Not every business is ready to open again though after flood waters were as high as 5ft on the street. 

Maz Burgess is the owner of a dance studio opposite the factory which has still not reopened:

I've lost in the region of 70 to 80 per cent of my business. I have been able to access another venue and have two classes but that's due to finish in a week's time.

Maz BurgessOwner of Let's Dance, Carlisle

Business: Tata Steel starts UK plant sale

Tata Steel has begun the formal process of selling its UK plants and invited interested bidders to submit their offers for the company.

More than 250 people are employed by the company in its two Cumbrian plants at Shap and in Workington.

Only one company has publicly expressed an interest in buying the UK plants

Travel: Congestion in Bowness-on-Windermere

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A5074 Lake Road in both directions in Bowness-on-Windermere between the Craig Walk and the A592.

There are temporary traffic lights on the A596 Hall Brow in Workington near to the A66 Ramsey Brow junction.

And the A591 is still closed in both directions between Grasmere and Keswick because of damage caused by the winter floods but a temporary shuttle bus service is running between them.

Get updates throughout the day on the BBC Travel website.

Cumbrian actress goes undercover to investigate ageism

BBC Radio 5 Live

An actress from Carlisle best known for her role on Emmerdale has taken part in an investigation to find out if our society is ageist.

It took four hours using make up and prosthetics to turn Roxanne Pallett into 90-year-old 'Doris'.

Actress Roxanne Pallett goes undercover to find out if society is really ageist.

A ComRes survey found 27% of 55-64 year olds have experienced ageism (1,001 British adults were interviewed by telephone between 11 – 13 March 2016).

Boy taken to hospital after rugby game injury

A 12-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after suffering a suspected spinal injury during a game of rugby.

Air ambulance The Pride of Cumbria at Wigton Rugby Club
Great North Air Ambulance

The Great North Air Ambulance says it was called out to Wigton Rugby Club at 13:20 yesterday afternoon to help the North West Ambulance Service care for the boy. 

The boy was later driven to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary by the ambulance service after being treated.

Welcome to today's live coverage

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Good morning, it's Monday 11 April 2016 and we'll be keeping you up-to-date with live updates of the county's news, sport, weather and travel until 16:00.

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