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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 April 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

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

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

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Weather: Cloudy tonight with rain and possibly sleet tomorrow

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy tonight with a few showers, although it'll stay dry across most parts. Lows will be 4C (39F). 

Tomorrow will see a band of rain to the south, with sleet possible on higher ground. It will feel a little cooler with northerly winds.  

See the forecast in your area here.

Weather chart

People in Kendal want their say on new flood defences

People in Kendal want to be consulted on how £24m is spent on local flood defences. 

The money was announced by the government yesterday and is part of an extra £700m set aside for flood defences in the Budget. 

Craig Holt owns an MOT centre on Mintsfeet Road North in Kendal. His business was flooded in December.

He says: "Perhaps some defence up on the hills, because the hills and the fells are where it starts. By the time it gets down here it's moving. It's the work that could be done further back up the river."  

River Kent

Fundraising campaign for Coast to Coast path is nearing target

A campaign to raise £15,000 to repair a section of the Coast to Coast Walk in Cumbria has almost reached its target. 

The trail links St. Bees with Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire. 

But a section of the route at Nine Standards Rigg near Kirkby Stephen is showing signs of erosion. The ground is now so boggy that some walkers got stuck and had to be rescued. 

The money is being raised by a crowd-funding website which will be live until the 25th of this month. 

Nine Standards Rigg
North Pennines AONB

Driver employed by Cumbrian haulage company jailed after reversing on motorway

A man working for a Cumbrian haulage company has been jailed for six months after reversing his lorry on a motorway. 

Stafford Crown Court heard that Frantisek Formanek was working for Eddie Stobart when he was stopped by police on the M6 Toll last month. 

He reversed 800m in the wrong direction forcing other drivers to swerve to avoid him.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and being drunk at the wheel and was also banned from driving for 12 months. Formanek was dismissed by Eddie Stobart when they discovered what had happened.

Watch footage released by police below.

Wrong way M6 Toll driver jailed

Damson Day festival cancelled

The annual Damson Day celebration which was going to be held on Saturday has been cancelled because of waterlogged fields. 

The event usually takes place in the Lyth Valley near the village of Crosthwaite. 

The organisers say it attracts between 3,000 and 5,000 visitors each year. 

Damson Day in 2013

Submarine built by schoolchildren heading for depths of Wastwater

An underwater vessel built by a group of Cockermouth School students will be lowered into Wastwater this weekend. 

The aim is to gather video footage from 79 metres below the surface. The sixth formers were challenged to create a machine that could also monitor temperature and pressure, and collect water samples, on a budget of £500.

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England's only resident golden eagle feared dead

England's only resident golden eagle is feared to have died, wildlife chiefs have said.

The bird, which occupied a site at Riggindale Valley, near Haweswater in the Lake District, has not been seen since before the turn of the year.

It is believed to be about 20 years old but has been without a mate for around a decade.

An RSPB spokesman said it was "incredibly sad" and added there was "a real sense of loss" among colleagues.

Golden eagles have been present in the Lake District since the late 1950s and first nested in the Haweswater area in 1969.

There are an estimated 440 annual breeding pairs in the UK.

Pairs mate for life and have traditional territories, with one nest site often used for generations. 

Haweswater golden eagle in 2011

Plans for new maternity unit in Barrow go on display

The plans for a new multimillion-pound maternity unit in Barrow are going on show to the public in a series of roadshows starting today. 

The new facility, which will cost £11m, would replace the current labour and maternity wards. 

There's a drop in session in the restaurant at the Furness General Hospital today from 15:00. 

It will be followed by events at the Westmorland General Hospital, the Ulverston Health Centre, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and the Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe.  

Maternity unit

Plans to reopen pub as community-run venture

There are plans to reopen a north Cumbrian village pub as a community-run business. 

The Salutation Inn in Irthington near Brampton closed last May. The village has also lost its post office, shop and bus service. 

The headteacher of the local school, Lynne Harrison, says: "It's been quite a loss, first the shop and now the pub closing. We have managed to offer the post office the chance to be in school twice a week which brings the community in and gives them an insight into what we're doing."

At a meeting later this month people living in the area will discuss how to raise the £190,000 they need to buy the pub.

Salutation Inn, Irthington

Earthquakes recorded in Solway Firth

Two minor earthquakes have been recorded in the middle of the Solway Firth between Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria.

The tremors - measuring 0.8 and 1.7 on the Richter scale - occurred within 10 minutes of one another at about 21:50 on Wednesday.

Maps showed the location as about midway between Maryport in Cumbria and Kippford in Dumfries and Galloway.

The larger quake showed up on monitoring stations on the mainland.

Weather: Cloudy this afternoon

BBC Weather

This afternoon should be mostly dry, but cloudy, with highs of 10C (50F). 

Temperatures will dip to 4C (39F) tonight. 

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Deadline for registering to vote is next week

There are elections taking place on 5 May but you will only be able to vote if you’ve registered to do so, and the deadline is next Monday.

If you are not already registered you can do it by visiting the following website:

And if you want to find out more about the elections then you can visit the voter information website here:

Or the BBC News elections homepage:

Ballot box

School students planning to film in England's deepest lake

A group of Cumbrian students will try to get video footage from Wastwater, England's deepest lake, this weekend using an underwater craft they built from scratch. 

A company from Cleator Moor challenged Cockermouth School to build a submarine-type vehicle that can collect temperature, pressure and water samples for only £500. 

Year 12 student Adam Pointon, who has been working on Project Abyss, says: "The challenges have ranged from the design, shape and size of the craft and managing our budget. A lot of the equipment we needed was more than £500, so getting the equivalent has definitely been a challenge."


More than 50% of properties are holiday homes in some parts of Cumbria

More than half the properties in some Cumbrian villages are second homes, or holiday homes. 

The figure, from the Lake District National Park Authority, comes as a council in Cornwall is going to hold a referendum aiming to restrict the sale of new homes to people who will actually live in them. 

Linda Taylor is the Mayor of St Ives. She says: "There is something wrong if your community can't provide affordable housing or housing at a realistic price. Having such a high proportion of second homes doesn't help St. Ives grow as a community."

Cumbrian village street

Barrow charity wants more support for self-harming children

North West Evening Mail


A Cumbria charity has warned of the growing need to reach out to vulnerable children as figures show the number using their self-harm service is continuing to rise.

North West Evening Mail

Lambing in the raw as ewe welcomes new lamb

@Herdwick Shepherd, otherwise known as sheep farmer and author James Rebanks, is in the thick of lambing at the moment. 

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Northern League cricket postponed due to the weather

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

This weekend's opening round of Northern League cricket fixtures has been postponed following the recent bad weather.

The Northern League announced its decision last night following consultation with its member clubs.

The games have been rescheduled for Saturday 23 April.

England's only golden eagle may be dead

It's believed that England's only resident golden eagle, which lived near Haweswater, has died. 

The bird, thought to have been about 20 years old, hasn't been seen for several months. 

A spokesman for the RSPB says at this time of year, the bird would normally be seen "sky dancing", trying to attract a mate. Sadly, the eagle has been without a mate for about 10 years.

See the full story here.

Golden eagle

Travel: Disruption following overturned caravan on M6 southbound

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the M6 southbound at J45 A74(M), because of an earlier overturned vehicle. All lanes have been reopened. Congestion on A74(M) to J22, A75 (Gretna Green).  

More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Cumbria.

Weather: Cloudy but with bright spells later

BBC Weather

A cloudy day ahead with a few patches of mist and fog initially but bright spells later. Highs today of 10C (50F).  

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart

Kendal to get £24m for new flood defences

Kendal, which was badly hit by the floods in December, is being given £24m to spend on flood defences. 

The money will come from an extra £700m which was pledged for flood defences in the recent Budget.

This is according to the MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart in a written answer to fellow Cumbrian MP, and Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron. 

Upstream storage of water and new flood walls are being considered to protect more than 1,000 homes in Kendal.

swollen river in Kendal

Travel: Possibly delays in Workington and Ulverston

BBC Travel

There are temporary traffic lights and roadworks on the A596 Washington Street in Workington at the B5297 Jane Street junction.

There are narrow lanes on the A590 County Road westbound in Ulverston between the Tank Square Roundabout and the Park Road junction, because of roadworks. 

See all the latest details here.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning. We'll be bringing you live updates of the county's news, sport, weather and travel until 16:00.

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