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  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 June 2016

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Live updates have now finished for the day.  We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with more news, weather and travel updates.

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Cumbrian farm shows the cool way to diversify

More than 100 specialist cattle farmers from around the world have been visiting a Cumbrian farm to see how it has developed more than 40 flavours of ice cream.

Clare Bland with Jersey cow

Steven and Clare Bland (pictured) restocked their farm with Jersey cattle in 2002, following the foot and mouth outbreak.  

The members of the World Jersey Cattle Bureaux want to learn more about how the couple diversified into ice cream.

Carlisle student who fought masked robbers honoured by judge

A student at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle has been honoured by a judge for fighting off two robbers as they grabebd a bag containing her work.

Rachem M<ore with her parents and the judge
Craig McGlasson

Rachel More, pictured with her parents and Judge Peter Hughes QC, resisted attempts by two masked men armed with knives to steal her bag containing a laptop which contained the final-year student's almost-finished dissertation.  

The two and a female accomplice were jailed earlier this year.

Today Rachel, 22, was commended by Cumbria's High Sheriff, the Rev Richard Lee, and received a £750 reward from public funds. 

Judge Peter Hughes QC told today's ceremony: "This was a devastating experience and it is right that her bravery in standing up to her robbers should be marked with this award."

Rugby League's Noble says he'd like to see a Cumbrian Super League team

The former Great Britain Rugby League player and coach, Brian Noble, is reported to have reiterated his hope of a Super League team in Cumbria. 

Brian Noble

Noble, who's one of the sport's most successful coaches, is now the Director of Rugby for the Toronto Wolfpack in Canada. 

 In an interview with Forty20 magazine, he says his vision for the sport still sees a top-flight presence in Cumbria, as well as teams in Dublin, Glasgow, France and Holland. 

Met Office issues yellow warning of rain on Wednesday

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain for tomorrow for much of the north-west of England.

The warning is in place between 10:00 and 21:00.

It says: "Scattered heavy, thundery showers are expected to develop on Wednesday, and will lead to slow-moving downpours. As on preceding days, some locations will miss these downpours, but please be aware of possible localised flooding and disruption to travel where they do occur."

Names carved at historic mine anger photographer

James Kirby, a sports photographer from Kendal, says people are causing serious damage at old mining ruins near Coniston

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Man to be sentenced next month for child sex offences

A man from Penrith who has admitted three charges of inciting a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity has been told he'll be sentenced next month.

Dane Ashley Chambers, 23, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court via a prison video link.

A pre-sentence report was ordered by Judge Peter Davies, who adjourned the case until 4 July. Chambers, of Musgrave Street, Penrith, was remanded in custody. 

'Vegetative state' court case patient has died

Lawyers say a woman in her 40s who was in a permanent vegetative state has died after a judge ruled that doctors could stop artificially feeding her in response to Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Mr Justice Hayden ruled in May that medics could lawfully provide only palliative care to the woman after analysing evidence at hearings in the Court of Protection - where judges consider issues relating to sick and vulnerable people who might lack the mental capacity to make decisions. 

The CCG, which has legal responsibility for care of people in this condition, argued that withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration would be in the woman's best interests. Close relatives of the woman agreed. 

The judge, who made his ruling at a hearing in London on May 16, had said the woman could not be identified.

Minister says people must have their say over mental health unit

A health minister says he doesn't have the power to prevent the closure of a mental health unit in Kendal. 

Alistair Burt was responding to a question from the Liberal Democrat MP, Tim Farron. 

Officials had wanted to close the Kentmere ward at the Westmorland General Hospital this month because it failed to meet the necessary standards required by the Care Quality Commission. But following a campaign by local people, the unit will stay open until a public consultation has taken place. 

Alistair Burt is encouraging people to engage with that process to shape the unit's future.

Westmorland General

Minister - Sellafield will have to wait for plutonium decision

A Cumbrian MP has been told a decision on starting to reprocess the UK's plutonium stocks into nuclear fuel won't be taken in the near future.

Jamie Reed in Westminster Hall

In a Westminster Hall debate in parliament this morning Copeland Labour MP Jamie Reed (pictured) said action was needed to deal with the 140 tonnes of plutonium held at the West Cumbrian site.  

But the minister of state for energy, Andrea Leadsom, said talks were continuing on how to deal with the highly toxic material.

The minister said she shared Mr Reed's enthusiasm for reusing the toxic stockpile in mixed oxide fuel, but there were three proposals on how this should be done, and talks were continuing on which was best. The USA nuclear industry, she said, had overspent by millions of dollars trying to deal with the same problem.

"It's about taking the right decision at the right time, underpinned by the right evidence," she said.

Weather: Mostly dry and brighter

Most of the county will be dry this afternoon and there could be some brighter spells. Temperatures could reach 19C (66F) in the sunshine.

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You can find the latest forecast for where you are here.

B&B owner celebrates wood-fired heating award

A Cumbrian bed-and-breakfast owner has won an award for using woodland to heat his business.

The Royal Forestry Society award picked the Sawrey Ground Plantation as the best in the Small and Farm Woodland category.

Sawrey Ground plantation

Gary Primrose bought the woodland in 2010, and said they'd just installed a woodchip boilers to provide heating and hot water. 

He said: "We thought when the Forestry Commission was talking about selling off this outlying bit of forestry that it would be interesting to integrate our own production of wood with the woodchip boiler."

The Education Award went to the Bill Hogarth Memorial Trust - which runs training courses in a woodland near Bouth in the south of the county.   

Praise for Cumbrian woodlands

Two Cumbrian woodlands have been judged to be among the best in the north of England by the Royal Forestry Society.

The Education Award went to the Bill Hogarth Memorial Trust, which runs training courses in a woodland near the south Cumbrian village of Bouth. 

The Sawrey Ground Plantation near Hawkshead was judged the best in the Small and Farm Woodland category. 

Social services 'should be monitored' in wake of Poppi report

Cumbria's social services department should be closely monitored to ensure vulnerable children are protected, an MP has said.

Poppi Worthington
Family photo

The comments by Barrow MP John Woodcock come after the publication of a serious case review into the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington in 2012.

Mr Woodcock said he believed the department had improved in the last four years - but its progress must continue to be monitored.

Man sentenced for car blast threat

A man who breached a court order by shouting insults at a pensioner has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Terrence Cunningham, 61, yelled abuse at Kenneth Robinson, 79, and threatened to blow up his car while the pair were in a Workington bookmakers on 14 April

The incident was in breach of an indefinite restraining order Cunningham was given in 2010 for previous harassment of Mr Robinson.

Cunningham, of Duke Street, Workington, admitted the breach and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court to a two-month prison term suspended for a year.

MP calls for action

Copeland MP Jamie Reed has called for "action" to plan for an efficient and effective way to dispose of the 140 tonnes of civil plutonium at Sellafield.

Mr Reed said: “It’s not a waste, it’s an asset and the longer we leave it, the harder it becomes to do anything with.

”By ulilising the stockpile as a fuel rather than waste, we will help to meet our non-proliferation objectives, secure our energy supplies, and fight climate change”.

Copeland MP Jamie Reed
Labour Party

A debate is to take place in parliament to raise the issue of plutonium disposition with the government.

Four injured in two-car collision

Four people were injured when two cars collided on the A5086 at Arlecdon, near Frizington.

The incident happened just after 18:00 on Monday.

All four were treated at the scene by firefighters and paramedics before being taken to hospital.

Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Your pictures: Blea Tarn

Tracey Laing from Consett in County Durham sent us this stunning image of Blea Tarn above Great Langdale.

Blea Tarn
Tracey Laing

MPs consider Sellafield's plutonium disposal problem

A debate will take place in Parliament later about how to dispose of plutonium stored at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in West Cumbria. 

Sellafield Ltd

It has been secured by Copeland's Labour MP Jamie Reed, who says there are 140 tonnes of the radioactive material in his constituency and the government needs to decide how to deal with it. 

The debate, at Westminster Hall, will look at the possibility of turning the plutonium into fuel.

Weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells

After a cloudy start there will be some bright or sunny intervals for most of Cumbria during the day, but a few showers could develop the further east you are.

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Temperatures should get up to about 18C in light North Easterly winds.

Any showers will ease into the evening leaving a dry and clear night.

Get you latest forecast here.

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