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  1. Updates on Wednesday 4 May 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Our 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. 

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

Weather: Dry tonight, sunny spells tomorrow

Another dry night to come with clear spells, lows of around 8C (46F). 

Remaining dry in most areas tomorrow, although some light rain is possible. For most it'll remain warm with sunny spells. Highs of 17C (64F).  

See the forecast for your area here. 

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Swiss art gallery steps in to help save important building

A Cumbrian building made famous by one of the 20th Century's most influential artists is safe from collapse, for now, thanks to a Swiss art gallery. 

An appeal for £125,000 has been launched after the Merz Barn created by Kurt Schwitters at Elterwater was damaged during the winter storms. 

The Galerie Gmurzynska has given the trust which owns the building £25,000 for emergency repairs. 

Merz Barn

Your pictures: Sunshine over Millom

This photo was taken this morning in Millom by BBC Weather Watcher, Dave's View.

See more from the BBC Weather Watchers here.

Coastal view

UK to resettle child refugees after peer's intervention

David Cameron says the UK will take in more unaccompanied Syrian refugee children from Europe, although it has not committed to a specific figure.

Ministers will talk to councils before deciding how many can be resettled.

Mr Cameron, who has been facing the threat of a Conservative backbench rebellion in a vote next week over the issue, said he had accepted a revised amendment to the Immigration Bill put forward by Cumbrian Labour peer Lord Dubs.

A child refugee

He told MPs: "I am also talking to Save the Children to see what we can do more, particularly about children who came here before the EU-Turkey deal was signed.

"What I don't want us to do is to take steps that will encourage people to make this dangerous journey because otherwise our actions, however well-meaning they will be, could result in more people dying than more people getting a good life."

Washing whalebones in Carlisle

Tullie House Museum in Carlisle is the new home for the bones of a whale that was beached off West Cumbria. They will go on display to the public eventually.    

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Man admits repeatedly kicking friend on the floor

A man from Carlisle who attacked his friend in the street while drunk has been told to complete 180 hours of unpaid work. 

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Mitchell Jay Robinson, 22, had drunk so much lager and rum that he didn't remember kicking Hannah Carthy repeatedly while she lay on the ground. 

After pleading guilty, Robinson, of Watermans Walk in the city, was told to also pay court costs

People in north Cumbria being asked to shape future healthcare

People in north Cumbria are being asked how they would improve healthcare and save money at the same time. 

It's part of the work being carried out by the Success Regime, which was set up following a critical report by the Care Quality Commission.

It said improvements were needed at the trust that runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven. It's also thought that it has to save about £70m. 

Sir Neil McKay, the chairman of the Success Regime, says: "This is intended to be a very inclusive process which we hope will end with conclusions being made in September. 

"Conclusions which I am very confident will result in a far better, safer and more sustainable health service in north Cumbria."

Hospital sign

Weather: Cloudy this afternoon but dry tonight

It'll be a cloudy afternoon, but mild, with highs of 14C (57F).

Dry tonight too, with lows of 8C (46F).

See the forecast for your area.

Weather chart

Man dies in road crash in West Cumbria

A man has died in a crash near St Bees in West Cumbria this morning. 

The car he was driving hit a wall, but the police say it's thought his death was caused by what they've described as a "medical episode".

Government looking at ways of taking more unaccompanied child refugees from Syria

The Government's under growing pressure to allow more unaccompanied Syrian children to come to Britain from refugee camps in Europe.

At Prime Minister's Questions this lunchtime, David Cameron was asked again if he would do more to help them. 

He said that the Government was going to to see what more could be done for children already in Europe but that he did not want to do anything that would encourage more parents to send children on their own to the EU.

The Labour peer Lord Dubs, who has a home in Cumbria, has been one of those calling for the UK to take in more child refugees from Syria. 

So what is a hog hole used for?

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Writer and Cumbrian sheep farmer, James Rebanks, has filmed his sheep demonstrating what a hog hole is! 

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Travel: Trains suspended on West Coast Main line at Oxenholme

BBC Travel

Services are suspended on Virgin Trains West Coast at Oxenholme, the Lake District due to a points failure. Trains are on hold.

This is expected to continue until at least 13:30. It's also affecting First Transpennine services. 

Get the latest here.

Celebrity recipe book to raise money for flood victims

It's hoped that a cookery book which contains recipes created by celebrities could raise up to £50,000 for Cumbrian charities helping people hit by the floods. 

TV presenters Helen Skelton and Julia Bradbury, along with former Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters, are among those who have contributed to the book, which is called Up To Our Necks.

All the money from the sales will be donated to the Eden Flood Volunteers and farming charity the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

Helen Skelton

Cumbrian sheepfold is part of art in the great outdoors

A sheepfold in Cumbria features on the BBC iWonder website at the moment, as part of an article about art in the countryside.

The structure is by artist Andy Goldsworthy who reimagined a number of sheepfolds around Cumbria a few years ago.

See the full article here.

Ball of twigs suspended above a stream, also by Andy Goldsworthy

Retailers showing 'renewed interest' in empty units in Penrith

It's claimed that retailers are showing a renewed interest in the New Squares shopping complex in Penrith following a 40% cut in business rates.

The development opened three years ago but only 11 of the 24 units are occupied. 

The Mayor of Penrith, David Whipp, says retailers have shown more interest in the last two weeks than they have done in the last two years. 

New Squares shopping centre
New Squares Penrith

Family heads out to Florida to support son at Invictus Games

The parents of a Cumbrian soldier who's competing in the Invictus Games are heading to the USA later this week to see if he can win another three gold medals.

Charlie Walker, who's originally from Dalton in Furness, is representing the UK in wheelchair basketball and rugby, and sitting volleyball. He won medals in all three events in 2014.

The Invictus Games are an international competition for wounded and injured service personnel and are being staged in Florida next week.

Charlie Walker was medically discharged from the army after losing both lower legs due to meningitis.

Sitting volleyball

Cumbria's cricket clubs get £250,000 to cover flood repairs

The county's cricket clubs have received almost £250,000 in grants for repairs after the winter floods to make sure their grounds are ready for the start of the season. 

The England and Wales Cricket Board has given out more than £200,000.  And Sport England says it has given out grants worth £27,000. 

Cricket ball hitting bails

Weather: Sunny this morning, with cloud later

BBC Weather

Mostly dry today, with sunny spells this morning but more cloud this afternoon. It'll be mild, with highs of 14C (57F).  

See the forecast for your area here. 

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Workington Reds win the Cumberland Cup

Workington Reds are the new Cumberland Cup holders following a 4-1 win over Aspatria in last night's final at Carlisle United’s Brunton Park.

Reds captain Kyle May lifted the trophy at the end of his 511th and final appearance for the Borough Park club.

Workington Reds' ground

Road out of Whitehaven towards St. Bees is closed

Cumbria Police says a road in Whitehaven is closed due to an accident.

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Proposals to improve healthcare in North Cumbria are unveiled today

A series of proposals, drawn up to improve healthcare in north Cumbria, will go before the public this week.

The ideas are from the Success Regime, which was set up following a report by the Care Quality Commission. It said that improvements were needed at the trust that runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven. 

The suggestions will be outlined at two public meetings today, two on Thursday and one next Tuesday.  

Cumberland Infirmary

Travel: Quiet on the roads this morning so far

BBC Travel

Just a reminder that the A591 at Dunmail Raise near Grasmere is still closed. It's due to re-open on 13 May.

See all the latest travel news here.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning. Nice morning in most parts and feels much warmer than of late. Let's hope that's a sign of things to come! 

We'll keep you up to date with all the news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria today.

If you've got a story to tell or a picture you'd like to share with us, you get in touch with Twitter where we are @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or through our Facebook page.