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  1. More than a hundred weapons have been handed in to police as part of a firearms amnesty
  2. The pros and cons of leaving the European Union will be discussed by farmers this evening
  3. Updates on Wednesday 13 April 2016

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Francesca Williams

BBC News

Our live updates for Cumbria have finished for the day. Thank you for joining us. 

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

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

Taking a trip around history, tradition, beautiful views - and beer

Francesca Williams

BBC News

We're a bit jealous of the Hairy Bikers. Especially since their latest series - starting next Monday on BBC Two - involves exploring the nation's pubs.

In the second programme Barrow lad Dave Myers takes Si King on a tour of the Lake District during which they try a wine-like drink called negus and try to find the "Biggest Liar".  

Si King and Dave Myers

They also visit popular climbers' watering hole The Wasdale Inn.  

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The pub that started life as a farm before being converted into a pub in the 1850's.

Government helping with farming subsidy payment delays, says PM

The Prime Minister says the agency which has left some Cumbrian farmers under financial pressure because of delayed subsidy payments has room to improve.

Last week, the National Farmers' Union in Cumbria said some farmers were having to rely on bank loans because of delays by the Rural Payments Agency.

David Cameron said: "We've made hardship payments amounting to over £7m but we do need to make sure that the lessons of how to make the system work better in future years are properly learnt."

Getting dryer as the evening wears on

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

The rain will get patchier and lighter overnight but it's likely to stay very cloudy with mist or fog in places.

Temperatures will drop to about 5 or 6C (41-43F).

Owain Wyn Evans

It'll be brighter tomorrow morning with some sunny spells, although increasing cloud will bring some light rain or drizzle.

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

Public meeting on proposed merger of two Barrow FE colleges

A public meeting will be held next week on the proposed merger of two further education colleges in Barrow.

Barrow Sixth Form College and Furness College are considering merging and a meeting will be held at Barrow Sixth Form College on Rating Lane on 19 April from 17:00 to 19:00.

People can also take part in an online survey here.

Your photos: Boats on Windermere

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Ambleside Maggie' for this photograph taken this morning.

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

Boats on the lake
Ambleside Maggie

Teenage girls approached by stranger

Police are appealing for information after reports a man has asked teenage girls to get into his car in a Cumbrian town on three separate occasions.

A 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds were approached by the man in three different areas in the north of Kendal.

The man has been described by Cumbria Police as being in his 20s, with dirty blonde hair and bad teeth and driving a blue car.

The force said none of the girls had been hurt but reminded young people never to get into the car of someone they don't know.

Football club secure funding for vital improvements

Penrith Football Club have secured enough money to make vital improvements to the pitch at Frenchfield. 

The wet winter weather meant that last season many games were postponed because of a water logged pitch. 

Now the club have been given more than £5,700 from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. They also have a grant of £4,000 from Eden Council and £1,500 from the county council.

Penrith AFC
Penrith AFC

Putting your cross where it matters

A Cumbrian council is warning people to make sure they've registered to vote in time for the upcoming local elections on 5 May.

If you are not already registered, you can do so by visiting this website.

And, if you want to find out more about the elections, you can visit the voter information website or the BBC News elections homepage.

A third of seats will be up for grabs on Carlisle City Council and South Lakeland District Council but Carlisle returning officer Dr Jason Gooding warns the deadline for registering to vote is next Monday.

Tim Farron MP: 'I will publish tax return'

North West Evening Mail


A Cumbria MP says he will publish his tax affairs because he wants to restore trust in the system.

Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat leader and Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, said the fallout from the "Panama Papers" was an indictment of how many wealthy people, although legally, conducted their tax affairs.

Tim Farron
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Police say weapons amnesty 'could save somebody's life'

A weapons amnesty in Cumbria has resulted in about 100 weapons including a crossbow being handed in to police.

The haul also included 75 knives, 10 air rifles, five shotguns and several rifles.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police taking advantage of the surrender "could save somebody's life".


The region has a large number of people who hold licensed firearms and store them appropriately, he said.

"However, we are very aware that there are a number of people who have collected firearms over years that sit unused."

The amnesty runs until 18 April and weapons can be handed in at police stations including Carlisle, Penrith and Workington.  

Weather: More rain this afternoon, heavy at times

BBC Weather

More rain is expected this afternoon which will be heavy at times. 

Temperatures could reach 10C (50F) in light winds. 

A few showers will remain tonight, along with patches of mist or fog. Temperatures will dip to 6C (43F). 

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

Weather graphic

Natural anti-flood scheme 'a success'

A natural flood management scheme saved a North Yorkshire town from floods at Christmas, a report has concluded.

The idea of reducing flow higher up to stem problems further down has been suggested by some as a way of protecting against further floods in Cumbria too.

The Environment Agency's scheme in Pickering slowed river peak flow by 15-20%, saving Pickering's museum and several homes, it said.

Work on the hills above Pickering

More than 2ins (5cm) of rain fell in the area over 36 hours from 26 December.

However, the EA warned the scheme that saved it last winter would not work in extreme rainfall.

The A Word: Catch up with Episode 4

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Tonight I'm going to be catching up with Episode 4 of The A Word, which was filmed here in Cumbria. I'm loving the series so much. It's also great to see our beautiful county on the telly.

Here's a link to last night's episode:

Cheese gas to heat hundreds of homes

Francesca Williams

BBC News

Now there's a headline you don't get every day.

The Telegraph newspaper is reporting that hundreds of homes in Cumbria will be heated using cheese.

It says the Lake District Creamery in Aspatria will receive millions of pounds in subsidies for turning whey and other residues from the cheese production process into "biogas".

Some will be used to generate electricity on-site and the rest will feed into the local gas grid.

As long as there's enough of this...


  ...left to put on the newly resurrected water biscuits.  

Cockermouth's Stokes gets Wisden's approval

England's Ben Stokes has been named as one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year.

All-rounder Stokes, 24, was named following a "string of match-changing performances", including his 198-ball 258 against South Africa in Cape Town.

Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to Cockermouth when he was 12 and played with the local club.

Jonny Bairstow (left) and Ben Stokes (right)
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Earlier this month two New Zealand radio presenters were suspended after broadcasting a phone call from Stokes' mother - which she believed was off-air - complaining about criticism of her son's showing in England's World Twenty20 final defeat.

Leader of the Green Party is coming to Barrow to argue the case for nuclear disarmament

BBC Radio Cumbria

The leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, says the Barrow shipyard shouldn't rely on getting an order for the next generation of nuclear deterrent submarines and make wind turbines instead. 

More than 8,000 jobs depend on the order to build new boats that would carry the nuclear weapons. A decision is expected later this year but design work is already underway at the shipyard. 

The local Labour MP, John Woodcock, says Natalie Bennett's suggestion would lead to major job losses.

Natalie Bennett
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But, speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria this morning, Natalie Bennett said the wind energy industry would create more jobs in the end.

She will speak at an open meeting in Barrow this evening. 

Today's fells forecast: Visibility generally moderate, falling poor in rain

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

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 3C (37F). 
  • Winds: Variable. Around 10mph at first becoming 30mph during the afternoon. 
  • Cloud: Periods around 200 to 300m at first, perhaps persistent above 400m in the north.
  • Visibility: Generally moderate falling poor at times in rain. 
  • Freezing level: Above summits.

Man avoids jail after victim writes letter of support

A Cumbrian man who attacked his partner on New Year's Day has avoided a prison sentence after she wrote a letter supporting him. 

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Shaun Boyd, who's 25 and lives on The Crescent in Cummersdale, was serving a suspended sentence for another attack on the same woman when he attacked her again. 

But the judge decided against sending Boyd to prison after reading her letter. Instead, he imposed a 12-month community order with a 25-day rehabilitation requirement. 

Your photos: A foggy start in south Cumbria

BBC Weather Watchers

It was a foggy start to the day in Great Urswick. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'windywynne' for this picture.

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

Foggy Great Urswick

The pros and cons of leaving the European Union will be discussed by farmers this evening

Cumbrian farmers voting in the EU Referendum are being told it's one of the most important decisions they will ever have to make.

The EU is UK farming's biggest trading partner with exports worth almost £13bn a year.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) commissioned research by a Dutch University which suggests farm incomes could fall by up to £29,000 a year if the UK leaves the union. 

But those in favour of leaving say it would offer more opportunities for British farmers. 

Cows in field

The NFU is organising a series of meetings around the country to try to help farmers make up their minds. 

At the moment the organisation is remaining impartial.

Should Cumbria's MPs reveal their tax affairs?

In-Cumbria Magazine


As the political shock-waves of the “Panama Papers” continue to be felt across the world, that question is increasingly being asked.

But is it all a storm in a political teacup? Or does this emerging scandal mark the beginning of a new and welcome era in financial and political accountability?  

Police seize 29 'dangerous dogs' over past three years


Figures obtained by the BBC show that 29 dogs suspected to be from banned breeds have been seized in Cumbria over the last three years. Police forces in England and Wales have seized nearly 5,000 dogs since 2013.

The figures were released to the BBC following a series of Freedom of Information requests.

Pitbull terrier

The RSPCA wants the Dangerous Dogs Act to be changed so dogs are banned on the basis of behaviour not breed.

Breeds banned under the 1991 act include pitbull terriers, Japanese tosas and Argentine mastiffs.

Bookings down by 80 per cent for flood-hit camping site

A luxury camping, or glamping, site in Cumbria hit by Storm Desmond needs business to return to normal or it may not survive beyond the summer. 

Bookings are down by around 80 per cent for Drybeck Farm at Armathwaite. 

Drybeck Farm

The site, which has yurts and caravans, was severely hit by flooding when the River Eden burst its banks in December. 

Weather: A wet day with heavy showers this afternoon

BBC Weather

A cloudy and damp start to the day with outbreaks of rain, low cloud and a few patches of mist or fog. 

Heavy showers will develop across the county this afternoon. Light winds with top temperatures of 10C (50F).

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

Weather graphic

More than 100 weapons already handed in during amnesty

Cumbria Police have received more than 100 weapons as part of a firearms amnesty in the county.

The surrender is running between 4 April and 18 April

In the first week police have received: 

  • Ten air rifles 
  • Seven blank firing pistols 
  • Five air pistols 
  • Five shotguns 
  • Two revolver pistols 
  • One automatic pistol 
  • One deactivated pistol 
  • One crossbow 
  • Various amounts of ammunition including shotgun and rifle calibres 
  • Over 75 knives 

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.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage throughout the day

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good morning. We'll be bringing you 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 or using our Facebook page.