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  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 June 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

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

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Weather: Showers easing overnight

The showers should ease this evening, leaving a cloudy night with patchy mist or fog. There'll be more rain by dawn. Temperatures should fall no lower than 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

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

Piratical portage brings boat into Kendal for first time in decades

A restored motor boat has been dragged down the line of the former Lancaster Kendal canal, reaching the end of the waterway at Canal Head.

Strangely-dressed woman pulling boat under bridge
Frank Sanderson

The stunt recreated the "portage" in Pirates of the Caribbean where Captain Jack Sparrow pulls a boat overland. The Captain was played by Laurraine Smith, a Morecambe photographer.

The boat, Whimbrel, was restored by Colin Ogden after being abandoned on Windermere.  He organised the stunt as part of a long-running campaign by the Friends of the Lancaster Canal to get the northern reaches to Kendal, closed more than 70 years ago, reopened.

Report confirms: Locals want their hospitals kept open

A report by Healthwatch Cumbria, which looks after patients' interests in the NHS, says hospital services should be maintained in both West Cumbria and Carlisle.

About 3,400 people responded when the organisation put out a call for views on the future of health services.

A report published today says people wanted community hospitals kept open, maternity services in both Carlisle and West Cumbria, and a full suite of services including children's medicine at the West Cumberland Hospital.

The report will be sent to the team of government trouble-shooters running the Success Regime, the name for the special measures being used to sort out the hospitals trust's clinical and financial problems.

Cumbrian bobby listed for bravery award after battling swordsman

A Cumbrian police officer who tackled a man armed with a Samurai sword has been nominated for a bravery award.

PC Dave Cameron
Cumbria Police

The man was said to be attacking vehicles and threatening people with the sword in the village of Scaleby, near Carlisle.

When PC Dave Cameron arrived, the man started slashing at his police van.  The officer reversed to draw the man away from other people, and then disarmed him after a violent struggle.

PC Cameron's actions will be recognised at the 21st Police Bravery Awards on 14 July.

Hospitals boss reassures European staff

Jackie Daniel, the chief executive of the Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust, says she's worried about the feelings of staff from around the EU after the referendum result.  

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About 200 of the trust's 5,500 staff are from the EU.  

Missing girl still not traced

Police chief faces new commissioner in public for first time

Cumbria's new Police and Crime Commissioner will be holding his first public monthly conference to hold the chief constable to account for operational performance.

Peter McCall, who was elected to the post last month, said he wanted to "ensure the force is efficient and effective".

Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting at Carleton Hall, Penrith, on 6 July.

Peter McCall
Peter McCall

Mr McCall said: "Holding the Chief Constable to account is a crucial part of my role as it is all about ensuring the operational performance remains at the good level that we have all experienced."  

Antiques Roadshow comes to Holker Hall

Farron boards Brussels train in Euro-campaign

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has gone to Brussels today to talk to fellow politicians about his campaign to take the UK back into the EU after the next election.

Farron next to train
Tim Farron

While he was there, the UKIP leader Nigel Farrage said the union was in denial about its failure, and Britain would not be the last member state to leave.

Weather: Showers dying out this evening

There will be a few showers around this afternoon, but they will die out this evening. Top temperatures today will be around 16C (61F).

Weather graphic

You can find the latest forecast for your area here.

Bobbies on bicycles battle the weather for charity ride

Fourteen members of the Cumbria Police cycle club say a charity ride at the weekend was the hardest thing they'd ever done

Cumbria Police

The riders completed a route called the Tommy Goodwin challenge, around the boundaries of the county's policing areas. The riders covered 212 miles in 19 hours.

Sgt Lee Brumpton said: "The conditions were not favourable with heavy downpours which makes a total of 14,000ft of climbing even more difficult."

The riders were raising money for the Calvert Trust, which provides adventurous activities in the Lake District for people with disabilities.

Young bee-keeper buzzes of to Czech Republic

A Cumbrian teenager is preparing to travel to the Czech Republic to represent England at a gathering of young bee-keepers. 

Sam Stott

Sam Stott (pictured, left), from Storth near Milnthorpe, will take part in the event, which includes competitions and skill-sharing.

Last year, the 15-year-old represented his country at the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers in Slovakia, where he came 13th out of 58 competitors.

Cumbrian athlete pleased with world final result

Bethan Lishman, a deaf athlete from Cockermouth, has been competing in the hammer throw at international level. 

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Cumbria's farmers ponder future outside EU

Martin Lewes


Farmers in Cumbria have mixed views about the future now the UK is to leave the European Union over the next few years.

Agriculture has always been at the centre of EU policy. Leaving the union will leave the UK government free to decide whether to continue or increase subsidies from the public purse, or do without them - New Zealand for example, abolished all government support in 1984.

Some farmers, like Les Armstrong, believe farmers will be better supported when the European Union is no longer in charge.  But the hope is that this will mean stronger backing, not less support.

We have to move agriculture forward in this country based on what's best for this country, not 27 other countries.

Les ArmstrongDairy farmer from Kirkoswald in the Eden valley

The National Farmers'Union is holding a national conference in London later this week to discuss the way forward.

Food production has got to be massively more important than it has been in the past.

Alastair MacintoshLivestock farmer from Ravenglass

Police appeal after robber threatens jeweller

A man who threatened staff at a Barrow jewellers is being sought by police in South Cumbria.

Rawlinson Street

It happened close to the junction of Rawlinson Street with Cavendish Street yesterday afternoon. No one was hurt and nothing was taken.

Cumbria council leader believes party should be pulling together

BBC Cumbria

A leading Labour councilor in Cumbria says he will support his party's leader and that they should all be pulling together.

Jeremy Corbyn is facing a vote of no confidence and there were a string of resignations yesterday.

Barrow Council leader Dave PIdduck told BBC Cumbria: "We don't want to start attacking each other because that is not what the people of the country want to see - what they want to see is how do we move forward, how do we deal with the result of the referendum."

Jeremy Corbyn
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Football: Carlisle United defender signs two-year contract

BBC Sport

More on the story we brought you yesterday about Carlisle United defender Tom Miller signing a new contract.

The two-year deal will keep the 25 year old at Brunton Park until the summer of 2018.

He joined the Cumbrians on a one-year contract after he decided to leave Lincoln City in June 2015.  

Tom Miller

Football: Keith Curle - England lacked game plan

BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle has been giving his opinions after England's defeat by Iceland last night at Euro 2016 and Roy Hodgson's resignation as manager.

He said: "Yesterday's performance you're thinking, where's the us how we are going to be able to progress as a footballing nation...we haven't got a plan, we didn't have a plan, and we certainly didn't have a plan B.

"I think we were a team that lacked experience, lacked a game plan or an obvious game plan and we looked like young talented players that were left to go and play how they wanted to play.."

Keith Curle

Your photos: Stunning dawn in Cumbria

A great image taken by one of the BBC Weather Watchers in Cumbria.

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Woman hurt in embankment fall

A walker was airlifted to hospital after falling 30ft down a rocky embankment.

The woman, from Carlisle, was walking above the River Eden near Lacy's Caves on Monday afternoon when she fell.

Scene of fall
Great North Air Ambulance

She suffered head, neck and arm injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics from the Great North Air Ambulance, before volunteers from Penrith Mountain Rescue Team transported her to the helicopter.  

Weather: A dry start for many but showers spreading from the west later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start for many, showery outbreaks of rain will spread in from the west by lunchtime. 

These may turn heavy in places. 

Abbie Dewhurst and BBC graphic

Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F).  

Travel: One lane closed on M6 northbound

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the M6 northbound between J35 A601(M) Carnforth and J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale), because of an accident involving one vehicle earlier on and recovery work. 

More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Cumbria.

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