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  1. Updates on Monday 27 June 2016

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

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Watch: Millom family home gets the treatment from DIY SOS

The community gathers round Glyn Robinson, local rugby league star, after he's diagnosed with a tumour.

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Friends transformed Glyn's garden as a surprise

You can see the full report on North West Tonight on BBC1 at 18:30

Health watchdog launches online survey over threatened ward

Healthwatch Cumbria, which represents the interests of patients in the NHS, has started an online survey over the future of a mental health unit in Kendal.

The Cumbrian Partnership Trust had said the Kentmere ward at the Westmorland General Hospital didn't meet modern standards, but there was an outcry when it was threatened with closure. Patients could have to travels to Barrow or Carlisle.

The closure has been suspended temporarily, but the trust says it needs to have a suitable alternative in place if closure became inevitable.

Dr Andrew Brittlebank, medical director for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said “The online survey, and the drop in event, are both opportunities to hear what you think about Kentmere, and what an interim model of care could look like, if we have to take urgent action.” ​

Football: Tom Miller signs new contract with Carlisle United

BBC Cumbria

Defender Tom Miller has signed a new two-year contract with Carlisle United.

The 25 year old scored five times playing as a right-back or central-defender last season - having joined from non-league side Lincoln.

Tom Miller

Cumbrian firm 'could lose Romanian order' after Brexit vote

A playground equipment firm in South Cumbria says it could lose an export order because of the decision to leave the European Union.

Playdale, based in Haverthwaite, says its contract with a Romanian buyer is now in doubt because there's a clause allowing the deal to be scrapped if Britain voted to come out of the EU.

And they're worried their other export business could be damaged too.

People like of our biggest customers...currently have a free trade agreement with ourselves. Do they sit around for a couple of years until we exit and work out a new trade agreement, or do they start looking at people in Germany or in Australia?

Barry LeaheyManaging Director, Playdale Playgrounds

New fleet of buses bought to ply trade on 'wash-out' road

The bus company Stagecoach says it has bought a fleet of 12 new buses to run the 555 service between Lancaster and Keswick.

A key part of the route is along the A591, which made national headlines when parts were swept away in last winters floods, creating severe problems for local commuters and businesses.

Bus at Bowness

The bus company says the double-decker buses have free wifi and USB charging points and are designed to be accessible by people using wheelchairs or buggies.

The new fleet has cost £2.5m and will provide a more frequent service.

Pupils travel to bloodiest battlefield of the trenches

A Cumbrian school is the only one in the north west to be chosen to take part in the official commemorations in France marking one of the First World War's bloodiest battles. 

Lancashire Fusiliers prepare to advance

Nearly 60,000 British men were killed, wounded or captured on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 

A group from North Lakes Primary in Penrith will be at a special ceremony on Friday, 100 years since the start of the battle. 

The headteacher, Mike Pincombe, says exact details of what they'll be doing are still under embargo, but the whole trip will be a great opportunity for the children

Lakes cocaine dealer jailed for four years

A drug dealer found by police parked near Keswick with cocaine in his car has been sent to prison for four years at Carlisle Crown Court.

Colin Neale
Cumbria police

Colin Neale, from Maryport, entered a guilty plea to supplying the illegal substance. He also admitted possessing cannabis, diazepam and a knuckleduster.

Mobile phone evidence showed he'd been dealing in cocaine over the previous three months, the court heard.

Six priests ordained for Cumbrian parishes

The Bishop of Carlisle ordained six new priests (pictured) for parishes around Cumbria yesterday.

New priests in front of cathedral altar
Carlisle Diocese

In a service earlier, six new Deacons were ordained.

What will Brexit mean for traditional British food?

A feature you may have missed over the weekend - what will the decision to leave the European Union mean for traditional British food such as Cumberland sausages?

The legislation protecting these foods comes from the EU's Protected Foods Scheme.

Philip Cranston is one of 20 butchers allowed to make genuine Cumberland sausage, which has been protected since 2011.

He said he expects the UK government to carry out similar protections to stop imitators.

"I'd be shocked if it was let go and the process to produce the traditional sausage was opened up for everyone to make," he said.

Work starts to clear flood-damaged bridge

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BBC Farming Today reporter Caz Graham has been moved by the start of work on the Gowan Bridge at Staveley, which was badly undermined last winter.

It has meant the village is only accessible by one route from the main road.

Cumbrian had 18,000 indecent images of children

A man from a village near Kirkby Stephen has been ordered to sign the sex offenders' register after admitted downloading 18,000 indecent pictures of children.

David Andrew Russell, 36, and from Nateby, also admitted a charge of distributing pictures.

Carlisle Crown Court heard 57 of the images were in the most serious category.

Judge Peter Hughes QC adjourned the case for a background report to be prepared by the probation service. He said he would sentence Russell for a total of five charges at the end of July - but he must sign the register immediately.

Police appeal for missing Barrow girl

Police say a 16-year-old girl from Barrow is missing after a trip to Carlisle.

Madeleine Wilkinson
Cumbria police

Madeleine Wilkinson was last seen on Currock Road in Carlisle on Saturday at about 18:30.

It is believed she may have caught a train and travelled to either the Blackpool area or Bradford.

She was last seen wearing a grey jumper and pink T-shirt, blue jeans, Nike trainers and carrying a large brown handbag.    

Carlisle boss has growing shopping list

James Phillips

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says he wants to sign between three and five more new players to be ready for the new League Two football season. 

Keith Curle

The United boss has already brought in seven new signings after letting 12 leave the club in the summer.

Today Curle said he wanted to start the season with a squad of about 22 players.

He said: "I think you can always say there's going to be potentially 25% of your squad missing at any one time, so with the new loan system that's coming in we want to make sure that we're not falling short, but we don't want to be too top-heavy as well."

Architectural award for Cumbria firm for motorway services

A Cumbrian firm has won national recognition for the architecture of one of its motorway service stations.

Inside Gloucester Services

Westmorland Limited has been given the award by the Royal Institute for British Architects for its latest venture - Gloucester Services.

In Cumbria, the firm owns and operates the Rheged Centre near Penrith as well as Tebay Services. 

Power supplies restored in Kirkby Stephen

Hen harriers breeding at Cumbria nature reserve

A pair of rare hen harriers are breeding at a nature reserve in Cumbria, experts have said. 

The news that five eggs have been spotted at Geltsdale comes amid fears 2016 could be a 'very poor year' for hen harriers.

Earlier this month the RSPB said only a handful of nest attempts had been registered so far this year. 

The charity said if the eggs hatch, they would be the first chicks at Geltsdale for a decade. 

hen harrier
RSPB Images

Rise in cases of child cruelty and neglect in Cumbria

There has been a 72% increase in the number of reported cases of child cruelty and neglect in Cumbria in the last three years.

The children's charity the NSPCC obtained the figures through a Freedom of Information request to police forces in England.

The charity says one factor could be greater awareness of child abuse and people are becoming more willing to contact a helpline.  

Family in silhouette

Properties in Kirkby Stephen affected by power fault

Lib Dems' Tim Farron pledges to fight for UK re-entry to EU

Over the weekend, Liberal Democrat leader and Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron (pictured) said the party will fight the next general election pledging to take the UK back into the European Union.

The UK voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48% in Thursday's referendum.  

Mr Farron said: "For many millions of people, this was not just a vote about Europe.

"It was a howl of anger at politicians and institutions who they felt were out of touch and had let them down.

He added: "The Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore British prosperity and [its] role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union, not out."

Tim Farron

'Corbyn should go' says Copeland's Labour MP

Copeland's Labour MP says it's time now for his party to have a new leader.

Jamie Reed resigned his post as shadow health minister when Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader because of his stance on the nuclear industry.

Now, he says he can't see Labour making any headway in a general election as long as Mr Corbyn remains in charge.

Labour's losing significant support in its heartlands. I think Jeremy's making that worse not better, and we need to take a pretty quick course of action in order to try to turn these events around.

Jamie ReedLabour MP for Copeland
Copeland MP Jamie Reed

Cockermouth firm 'already losing money on back of Referendum vote'

A motorcycle clothing firm based in Cockermouth says it has already lost tens of thousands of pounds as a result of the UK voting to leave the European Union.

The head of Planet Knox, Aaron Travell, says they've already lost money because of the weakening pound, but half the firm's business is with EU countries.

He says he's now expecting a recession as people hold off on buying things because of the current financial uncertainty.

We're exporting to 26 different countries. 60% of our business is export, and 50% of our entire business is export to the EU. Brexit is going to be very difficult for us to handle.

Aaron TravellOperations Director, Planet Knox

Cumbria tourism boss says it's 'business as usual' after Brexit vote

There aren't long-term worries about tourism in Cumbria as a result of the UK decision to leave the European Union, according to the head of the industry in the county.

Ian Stephens, the managing director of Cumbria Tourism, says there are some short-term concerns because of the current period of uncertainty, but he says tourism in the county is particularly resilient and the weak pound makes Britain a cheaper place to visit.

Don't panic. We've been in worse situations with the recession and with natural disasters...and we've shown resilience, we've shown we can bounce back and get through these difficult times.

Ian StephensManaging Director, Cumbria Tourism
Windermere from Low Wray campsite

Weather: Mainly fine, but some showers too

BBC Weather

Today will be a largely fine day with variable cloud amounts and sunny spells.

There will be a few showers around, but they will move through fairly quickly in the brisk westerly wind and many areas will miss them.

Fingers crossed. 

BBC Weather forecast 27 June

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