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  1. Updates on Monday 16 May 2016

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Lee Macaulay

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. 

Hopefully, you can join us then on what's forecast to be another summery day.

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 and clear overnight

BBC Weather

Dry and bright for the rest of the afternoon with highs of 13C.

Staying dry overnight with a few clear patches and not as cold as over the last few days with lows of 7C.

Tuesday is a another dry day with sunny spells, the odd spot of drizzle. Top temperatures of 16C.

Here's the rest of the day's forecast for Cockermouth, you can check the forecast for your area using the BBC Weather website.

Evening weather for Cockermouth

Carlisle United finance director "disappointed" about withdrawn fan representative role

BBC Sport

A little more on Carlisle United's decision to withdraw the fan representative role from their board of directors for the next season. 

In a statement, finance director Suzanne Kidd said: “We’re really disappointed that it appears that the appetite and support for the position is no longer there from the fans.

"As a board, we feel it has been very useful and valuable to have a fan representative both in the boardroom and active around the club."

She also paid tribute to 2015/16 fan representative Claire Winder who resigned less than a month ago over an alleged breach of confidentiality.

“Claire was the first person to take the position and she made huge strides in establishing the role in what we felt was a very positive way", she said.

"We’d hoped to be able to carry that on, and to further develop the role, but the low number of applicants means that won’t be possible in the coming season."

Carlisle United withdraw fan representative role from board

BBC Sport

There will not be a fan representative on the board of directors for Carlisle United next season.

In a statement posted on their website, the club said it was because of the low number of applications received for the position.

Three people applied to take on the role for the 2016/17 season compared to 12 applicants in 2015/16.

Less than a month ago, the first fan representative Claire Winder resigned after an allegation that she had breached confidentiality by sharing privileged information in a matchday programme.

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It's time to remove the stigma of suicide according to Cumbrian mother

A Cumbrian mother whose son took his own life wants to help people not be afraid to talk about suicide.

Kate Bainbridge from Penrith is helping the charity Eden Mind with a scheme called Suicide Safer Eden. 

It's swept under the carpet. It's the elephant in the room. It's things that people don't want to face.

Kate BainbridgeCampaigner, Suicide Safer Eden

On average, one person a week dies by suicide in Cumbria.

The first awareness session for Suicide Safer Eden is being held at Penrith Rugby Club later today at 19:00.

Final was experience of a lifetime says Cumbrian young musician

Jess Gillam who's 17 and from Ulverston was one of the two runners-up in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four last night. 

She said: "I was nervous before I went on. Just peering around the door to see that amount of people. The Barbican was absolutely packed and knowing that there were so many people watching on their screens. 

"But I think I managed to get my head into that place when I walked on stage that all I was thinking about was performing the piece and performing the music."

Jess Gillam at the final of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016

Borders Railway could come to Carlisle says Scottish Secretary

Extending the Borders Railway to Carlisle is a "realistic prospect" according to Scottish Secretary David Mundell.

During a speech in Edinburgh, the Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale pledged to work with the SNP on their manifesto pledge to explore extending the line into England. 

"Patently, such a development would require cross-border working and partnership."

"I am ready to work with the Scottish Government on this issue, as they develop their plans and thinking." 

"I think it is a realistic prospect. It obviously requires considerable work in terms of ensuring that the route is identified." 

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell

Shark detecting sonar created by Cumbria company

An Ulverston company is developing technology that could help protect people in Australia from shark attacks. 

The Clever Buoy is a sonar emitter which can detect the shape of sharks and send an automatic warning to lifeguards. 

Tritech made the hardware for the Clever Buoy which is being trialled off Bondi Beach.

It's a diversification for the company who are better known for providing services to the oil and gas industry.

Graphic showing how the Clever Buoy system works
Clever Buoy/ Tritech International Ltd (a Moog Inc. Company)

Football: Who would you pick for the England Euro 2016 starting line-up?

BBC Sport

England coach Roy Hodgson has named an initial 26-man squad for Euro 2016 - but who should start against Russia on 11 June?

Would you play captain Wayne Rooney in attack or midfield? Or would you not start with him at all?

Is there room for Jamie Vardy? And what about Harry Kane?

And then there is the question of formation - does Hodgson go with a lone striker or should he try to fit two up top?

Use our new squad selector to pick your England team, selecting from the whole squad and slotting them into the formation of your choice.

Roy Hodgson

Cash for footpaths damaged during Storm Desmond

A £3.5m fund is to be made available to repair rights of way in Cumbria which were damaged by Storm Desmond.

The cash, from the EU Rural Development Programme for England, will consist of individual grants of at least £100,000.

Landowners or public bodies can bid for the cash to improve rights of way in towns, villages, visitor attractions and trails.

The initiative is aimed at benefitting local communities and encouraging tourists to return to the region.

Aerial view of Cumbria floods

Weather: Sunny spells, dry and bright

BBC Weather

Dry and bright this afternoon with lots of sunny spells. A very slight chance of an odd spot of light rain in the east of the county. 

Light northwesterly winds and top temperatures getting to 13C.

Here's how the afternoon forecast for Cockermouth, you can check the forecast for your area using the BBC Weather website.   

Afternoon weather for Cockermouth

Some politicans "ignorant" of where Cumbria is according to Workington MP

The Labour MP for Workington says that one of her greatest challenges since being elected is that some politicians don't actually know where the county is.

It's one year since Sue Hayman took up her seat in Parliament following the 2015 general election.

She told Mike Zeller at Breakfast about some of the challenges she'd faced.

"I was really surprised at how ignorant people are of where Cumbria is and actually what kind of landscape we have. It's quite surprising actually."

Sue Hayman
Labour Party

The brutal trek of the Double Bob Graham round

We've been telling you this morning about Nicky Spinks who has completed a 132-mile run over some of the county's highest fells in less than 48 hours. 

This is what that route looks like taken from a map that tracked her progress all the way through the 45 hours and 30 minutes it took to complete the Double Bob Graham round:

Map of Bob Graham Route
Inov-8/Open Tracking/OS

Election body hopes to solve referendum confusion

We're talking about a vote on Europe that's splitting opinion.

No, not the Eurovision Song Contest...

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections in the UK.

It's sending every household in Cumbria (and the rest of the UK) a leaflet explaining how they can vote in the upcoming referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

The brochure is impartial with both of the official campaigns getting to put across their reasons for either leaving or remaining. 

It hopes it'll encourage the 7.5 million people who still haven't registered to vote to do so before the deadline on 7 June.

The front cover of the EU referendum voting guide
Electoral Commission

New brand for South Cumbrian town unveiled later

A regeneration body is set to show off a new brand image for Kendal this afternoon in a bid to give the town a unified image. 

Kendal Futures has been working with businesses and festival organisers in the town on the designs which include a new logo, colour palette and stock phrases to describe Kendal. 

Paula Scott, from the body, said: "We just want to make sure that Kendal is up-to-date and contemporary. We want more people to come and see what great stuff the town has to offer." 

The new brand will be revealed at an event in the town's Mintworks just after 17:30.

Crowds at the Kendal Festival of Food 2016
Crowds at the Kendal Festival of Food 2016

Cumbrian campaign hopes to rise awareness of effects of suicide

A drive is being launched to get people talking more about suicide and the effects it can have on the people who are left behind. 

Cumbria's suicide rate is slightly higher than the English average.

Kate Bainbridge from Eden is one of the people involved with the initiative. It follows her son Ben's death nearly two years ago.

The first Suicide Safer Eden awareness session takes place tonight at Penrith Rugby Club at 19:00.

Cumbrian musician Jess Gillam wins over social media with Bowie tribute

It wasn't just her performance that Ulverston saxophonist Jess Gillam was praised for during her appearance in the final of the BBC Young Musical of the Year competition last night.

People using social media were also impressed by the 17 year old's outfit in tribute to the late David Bowie.

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Your photos: Beautiful night sky near Millom

Every week a photo is chosen every day to feature in the England's Big Picture feature.

To round off last week was Lewis Horsley's striking image taken in the early hours of 9 May near Millom.

He says: "A planned Milky Way shoot was not so rudely interrupted by some minor activity from the Aurora"

Night sky near Millom
Lewis Horsley

Fell runner becomes second person ever to complete gruelling 132-mile route

A hill farmer from Yorkshire has completed a 132-mile fell run across the Lake District's highest peaks in less than 48 hours. 

Nicky Spinks is the second person to complete a Double Bob Graham round within 48 hours.

A complete single round is a 66-mile circuit of 42 summits within the space of 24 hours.

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Today's fells forecast

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for today:

  • Temperature at 900m: About 2C. 
  • Visibility: Very good.  
  • Hill Fog: Cloud free for much of the day, then isolated patches around 700m. 
  • Max wind above 500m: 5mph to 10mph north or northwesterly becoming 10mph westerly later.
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.
Wasdale Head

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watcher Robin for this great photo taken over the weekend from Wasdale Head.

South Cumbrian saxophonist takes runner up spot at BBC Young Musician of the Year

A 17-year-old saxophonist from Ulverston is one of two runners-up in the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. 

Jess Gillam performed in the competition final which was broadcast on BBC Four last night and was praised on social media for her performance of Where the Bee Dances composed by Michael Nyman.

She just missed out on the top spot which went instead to the Nottingham cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 17.

Meet BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam

Travel: Road clear at New Hutton near Kendal

BBC Travel

Just an update from earlier on.

The A684 between Kinn Road, New Hutton and the M6 J37 (Kendal, near Killington Lake) has been reopened following that accident earlier this morning.

Traffic there is back to normal.

Virgin Trains and Transpennine Express services are back to normal too after an signalling problem earlier on. 

Weather: Dry and bright with lots of sunny spells

BBC Weather

A dry and bright start to Monday with plenty of sun. Staying dry for most of the day with just an odd spot of light rain possible in a few places. Highs of 13C.

It'll stay dry overnight with a few clear patches. Not as cold as the last few nights.

Here's how the morning should go in Cockermouth, you can check the forecast for your area using the BBC Weather website

Morning weather for Cockermouth

Travel: Accident at New Hutton near Kendal and train delays

BBC Travel

A few updates to bring you if you're looking to get around the county this morning.

The A684 is blocked both ways between Kinn Road, New Hutton and M6 J37 (Kendal, Near Killington Lake) because of an accident. There's very heavy traffic there too. 

There are also reports of delays of up to 10 minutes on Virgin Trains and Transpennine Express services between Penrith and Oxenholme Lake District because of a signalling problem.

For updates on travel throughout Cumbria and further afield, there's the BBC Travel website.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage for the day

Lee Macaulay

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning. 

A sunny start but it's not quite the tropical weather (well, tropical for Cumbria...) that we had last week.

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, get in touch with BBC Cumbria Live on Twitter where we are @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or through our Facebook page.