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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 May 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. I'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 via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk or via our Facebook page

Free guided bike rides start in Eden area

A new series of free guided bike rides are being offered in the Eden area.

They start from today and run until the middle of August.

Ian Parker, Eden District Council’s leisure officer, says: “We hope that the rides appeal to local residents and visitors and it enables people to get involved in cycling locally."

Get more details of the rides here.

Bike saddles
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Weather: Cloudy with showers tonight and more of the same tomorrow

Rather cloudy this evening and overnight with occasional outbreaks of rain at first but these will die out. A mild, breezy night with temperatures down to 10C (50F).

Rather cloudy tomorrow and mainly dry but with the risk of a few isolated showers.  

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart
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People encouraged to talk more about death

People are being encouraged to discuss the end of their lives at a so-called "death café" in Barrow today. 

The hope is that people will be more open about their final wishes including their funeral arrangements and end of life care. 

Rev Ed Northey, the chaplain at the Furness General Hospital, says: "When it comes to end of life issues then people aren't prepared and they are making plans when they are feeling at their worst, and it's really difficult."

Coffin and bearers
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Racecourse worker to have tea with the Queen today

An employee from Carlisle Racecourse who is having tea with the Queen today after being recognised for his work during the floods has spoken of his delight.

Colin Dockerty was given an award from the Jockey Club after being the only one to make it into work during the floods. He then had to contact hundreds of people who were due to go to Christmas parties at the racecourse.

Colin's reward included a place at the annual garden party at Buckingham Palace today. He says: "I was over the moon. I was actually speechless. It would be really good if I can actually meet her and then I can I ask her about her horses." 

Racecourse sign
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Man goes on trial accused of sexual assault on child

A man accused of a serious sexual assault on a child during the 1980s has gone on trial at Carlisle Crown Court today.

Carlton Robert Taylor, 58, pleaded not guilty to one charge. It relates to an incident which is said to have happened in the Kendal area. 

Prosecutor Phillip Boyd said the alleged victim had had "flashbacks" after the incident and they had eventually gone to the police as an adult. 

But the court heard that when Mr Taylor, of Peat Lane in Kendal, was interviewed he claimed not to have known the child and said the incident "never happened". 

The trial continues.

A591 between Keswick and Grasmere to open two days early

The A591 was originally due to be reopened at the end of this month. But with work progressing more quickly than expected, the opening was moved forward to 13 May. It's now going to open tomorrow instead.

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New exhibition opens showing historic May Day celebrations

An exhibition of more than 70 photographs and original mementoes of May Day events has opened this week at Keswick Museum. 

The collection showing May processions, queens, games and competitions has been put together by local historian Brian Wilkinson.

Through archive research and contacting descendants in the town he has collected information and photos relating to all 50 celebrations from 1885 to 1938. 

May Queen in 1938
Elizabeth Petrie

Barrow football club releases eight players

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Barrow Football Club has released eight players today.

They are Jason Walker, Simon Grand, Paddy Lacey, Mo Fofana, Alex Newby, Brad Carroll, Dan Pilkington and Dan Eccles.

Walker made 254 appearances, scoring 91 goals in two spells with the club between 2007 and 2011, while Grand captained the side to last season's National North title. 

Venue for flood heroes awards was also flooded

Those who provided help for the victims of Cumbria's floods are to be recognised in an awards ceremony later this year. 

The publishers of the Evening Mail and the Cumberland News, the CN Group, have created the Spirit of Cumbria Awards. 

David Helliwell, the editorial director for Cumbrian Newspapers, says:  "July 1st will be our celebration evening at The Garden of Eden which itself was flooded. 

"It's kind of apt that we will be taking 400 people to somewhere that was a victim of the floods itself."  

Woman being rescued from floods
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Weather: Dry and bright this afternoon with cloud moving in later

BBC Weather

A dry and bright afternoon for most, although it will cloud over later. Temperatures up to 22C (72F).

Rather cloudy this evening and overnight with occasional outbreaks of rain at first.  A mild, breezy night with temperatures down to 10C (50F) and a moderate northeast wind.  

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart
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Power cut in Barrow set to be fixed shortly

Lottery money to help older people in Cumbria feel less lonely

A Cumbrian charity has hailed a grant of almost £500,000 from the National Lottery to tackle loneliness among older people.

Age UK West Cumbria, will use the money to develop a community befriending scheme. 

Dr Kellie Payne from the Campaign to End Loneliness says the impact on health is serious: "It's linked to mortality, equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It's actually worse than obesity and it's been linked to heart disease and strokes. It's also been linked to mental health problems like depression."

Appeal to raise money to repair Coast to Coast path is a 'success'

An appeal to raise money to repair a damaged stretch of Alfred Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast walking route has been a success. 

Led by the team at the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, in collaboration with the Friends of the North Pennines, the online campaign has raised more than £21,000, £6,000 more than the original target.

The part of the route that runs between Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria and Keld in North Yorkshire, which was proving hazardous for walkers, will now be flagged with stone. 

Patterdale
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Cumbria's outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner outlines his 'achievements'

A new CCTV system and a dedicated centre for victims of sexual assault are the main achievements the outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner lists in his final report. 

Richard Rhodes took on the elected position in 2012 and says it's been an honour and a privilege. 

His successor Peter McCall starts his first day in office on Thursday. 

Richard Rhodes
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Racecourse employee will have tea with the Queen today

An employee from Carlisle Racecourse will have tea with the Queen today after being recognised for his work during the floods. 

Colin Dockerty was given the "Best People" award by the course's owner, the Jockey Club, after he was the only member of staff to make it into work on 5 December. 

He then had to contact hundreds of people who were due to attend Christmas parties at the venue that night.

Colin's reward included a place at the annual garden party for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace today. 

Queen meets guests at garden party in 2012
Anthony Devlin/AFP

Horse fair public meeting tonight

People in Kirkby Stephen are being encouraged to go along to a public meeting tonight to hear about plans for this year's Appleby Horse Fair. 

The annual event starts on Thursday 2 June. 

The meeting tonight will be at the Kings Arms at 19:00 and there'll also be another in Appleby on the 23 May in the public hall.

Horses in the river
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Family's anger as 'black widow' is told she will not have to repay stolen inheritance

North West Evening Mail

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Search for Cumbria's flood heroes

The search is under way to find the county's flood heroes. 

The Spirit of Cumbria Awards are being run by the publishers of the Evening Mail and the Cumberland News, the CN Group. 

The aim is to celebrate those who helped others during the winter floods. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony in Carlisle on 1 July.  

See the nomination form here.

People being rescued from flood water
BBC

People being encouraged to discuss their final wishes at a 'death cafe'

The chaplain at the Furness General Hospital in Barrow is hoping people will be more open about their final wishes at a special café today. 

The event, at the town's Forum, aims to encourage people to talk about their hopes for their end of life care. 

Ed Northey says many people forget very practical considerations including thinking about how to, safely, give access to things like their online bank account and emails after their death.

Funeral
BBC

Weather: Dry and bright in most areas today

BBC Weather

A dry, bright and breezy day for most areas, with more cloud than yesterday. 

Temperatures up to 22C (72F).

See the forecast for your area here.

Weather chart
BBC

Cumbrian charity to spend £500,000 on reducing loneliness

A Cumbrian charity is hoping to tackle loneliness amongst older people after being given a grant of almost £500,000.

Age UK West Cumbria will use the money from the National Lottery to develop a community befriending scheme. 

Recent figures show almost one million people in the UK aged 65 or over are chronically lonely. 

Older person's hands
BBC

Travel: Possible delays due to roadworks in Thursby and Ulverston

BBC Travel

The A595 in Thursby is closed in both directions between Thursby Roundabout and the Fitz Roundabout junction because of roadworks.  

Also, the A5087 (The Ellers) in Ulverston is closed in both directions between Tank Square Roundabout and the Lund Road junction, also because of roadworks.

See all the latest details here.

Good morning and welcome to our coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning and welcome to our updates on Tuesday 10 May.

I'll be keeping you up to date with all the day's news, sport, weather and travel.

If you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at cumbria.locallive@bbc.co.uk or via our Facebook page.