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  1. Updates on Wednesday 29 June 2016

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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Woman jailed for stealing from Carlisle flood victim

More on the story we brought you earlier - A woman from Carlisle has been sent to prison for nearly two years after stealing cash from one of the city's flood victims.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Amanda Queen, 45, burgled the living area of a hostel in the city where a mother and her two children had moved to after Storm Desmond.

Queen, who lives on Blackwell Road, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary and was given a 22-month prison sentence.

Amanda Queen, jailed for 22 months for stealing from a Carlisle flood victim
Cumbria Police

Penrith war memorial listed to mark Somme centenary

One of Cumbria's war memorials is being given greater protection to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. 

The Battle was one of the bloodiest in human history with well over one million dead or wounded by the time it ended in November 1916. 

More than a dozen war memorials have received greater protected status to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

The War Memorial at St Andrew's Church in Penrith is now a grade two listed structure.

New chief exec of Carlisle United wants 'some clarity' about mystery billionaire

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United's new chief executive, Nigel Clibbens, has told BBC Radio Cumbria Sport he wants 'some clarity' to the club's mystery billionaire situation before the start of the new season.

Over a year has passed since United first announced initial contact from the potential investor with the two parties still to hold face-to-face talks.

Carlisle United stadium
Getty Images

Police say two reports of hate crime in Cumbria since Brexit vote

There have been two reported cases of hate crime in the county since the European Union referendum.

In a statement, Cumbria Police says it has had two reports of racially motivated comments being made to members of the public in west Cumbria.

The Government has promised extra money for security measures following a series of hate crimes against immigrants since the vote.

Pensions warning for thousands of women in Cumbria

About 25,000 women in Cumbria are being warned they could lose thousands of pounds because of a change to the state pension age.

It affects women born in the 1950s who won't now receive their pension at the age of 60. In some cases, they'll have to wait until they're 66.

The campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality says women in low-paid jobs or who took career breaks won't have paid enough National Insurance to receive a full pension.

Women from Cumbria have been in London today taking part in a demonstration about the issue, including Fiona Atkinson from Kendal. She left work early to look after her elderly parents without realising it could affect her pension.

I'm very fortunate because I was a teacher and... because of my parents I took an actuarially reduced pension. But one of the reasons I'm very angry about this is that I know there are thousands of women who haven't got anything."

Fiona AtkinsonDemonstrator from Kendal

Locals wait on replacement bridge for Sebergham

It's more than six months on from the floods caused by Storm Desmond, but there are still some communities waiting for vital repairs to be carried out.

The Bell Bridge at Sebergham, south of Carlisle, was completely washed away, but it's hoped a replacement won't be too far away.

Local people have met representatives from Cumbria Highways and county and parish councillors, along with the local Conservative MP Rory Stewart, to discuss what happens next.

They were told some design options will be put forward to the community imminently, and then work should begin "as soon as is practicable". 

Bell Bridge at Sebergham, damaged in Storm Desmond floods

Traffic: Delays on A65 just over the border with Lancashire

BBC Travel

An accident on the A65 at Cowan Bridge has blocked the road, causing delays in both directions between the Coulter Beck Lane junction and the A683 Burrow Road at Kirkby Lonsdale.

Traffic is moving very slowly.

You can check the situation throughout the day here.

Flood victim burglar jailed for 22 months

A prolific criminal who stole cash from a Carlisle flood victim has been jailed for 22 months.

Amanda Queen, 45, burgled the living area of a city hostel into which a mother and her two children were moved in the aftermath of Storm Desmond.

Queen was caught in the act by the woman. She saw the burglar had snatched loose change which she recognised as hers because it was covered in flood dirt.

Carlisle Crown Court heard the victim no longer felt safe at the hostel, but had nowhere else to go.

Queen, who has more than 100 offences on her criminal record, had pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary on 24 April.

"She was just one of a number of victims of these floods and deserved consideration," Judge Peter Davies told Queen, of Blackwell Road, Carlisle. "But you didn't care."

Carlisle United's away match against Hartlepool rescheduled

Carlisle United’s away fixture against Hartlepool United scheduled for Saturday 15 April has been brought forward by 24 hours and will now be played on Good Friday, with a 15:00 kick-off.  

Lunchtime Weather: Rainy and quite windy

BBC Weather

Persistent rain is expected this afternoon, and it will be quite windy, with highs of 15C (59F). 

Tonight should be dry, and mild, with lows of 10C (50F) . 

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

weather graphic

Your photos: A rainy afternoon

BBC Weather Watchers

This seems to be the picture for Cumbria this afternoon - thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Cumbrian stargazer' for this photograph.

Rainy view out the window
Cumbrian stargazer

Cumbrian councillors call for Jeremy Corbyn to stand down

Two Cumbrian Labour councillors are among 77 calling on Jeremy Corbyn to step down as leader of the party. 

The councillors have sent emails to their colleagues across the UK urging them to do the same. 

The Cumbrian councillors on the list are Barry Doughty, a county councillor for Dalton-in-Furness, and the labour peer, Roger Liddle, who represents Wigton.

The Lonsdale Cemetary on the Somme

Caroline Robertson

BBC Radio Cumbria presenter

This Friday marks 100 years since the start of one of the bloodiest battles of World War One

Nearly 60,000 British soldiers, including many from Cumbria, were killed, wounded or captured on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 

Belinda Artingstoll and I are in northern France this week following in the footsteps of some of the county's fallen soldiers.

I'll be presenting my show live form the Somme region this afternoon from 14:00.

This is the Lonsdale Cemetery on the Somme in France. More than 70 men from the Border Regiment are buried here.

The Lonsdale Cementary

Police concerned for missing Frizington man

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 43-year-old man who has gone missing from Frizington.

Jason Vaughan, of Kilbride Place, was last seen at Booths car park in Keswick at 21:35 on the 23 June.

Mr Vaughan is approximately 5ft 4in with a bald head and is of large build. He wears glasses and is believed to be driving a silver Vauxhall Agila, registration number PY05 KYC.

Police believe that he may be in the Essex area.

Anyone who may have seen Mr Vaughan are asked to get in touch with police.

Jason Vaughan
Cumbria Police

Liam Day search: Body found in sea

The police searching the Dorset coastline for a missing climber, originally from Tirrel near Penrith, have found a man's body.  

Liam Day, 26, went missing two week ago. 

An extensive air, sea and land search has been taking place. The police say a man's body has been recovered off St Alban's head.

The body, which has not yet been formally identified, was recovered by one of the boats.  

Liam Day
Family Photo

Driving ban for Carlisle man who led police on high-speed chase

A man from Carlisle who led police on a high-speed chase around the outskirts of the city has been banned from driving for two years. 

Steven Cherry, 21, was also given an 18-month prison sentence suspended for two years. 

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Cherry drove his Mazda into a ditch after losing control on the city's Raffles estate last November. 

Then little more than a week later, and while on bail, he led police on a high speed pursuit in darkness and dire weather in a Vauxhall Corsa.  He travelled at more than 80mph on country roads just outside Carlisle before crashing.

Cherry, from Borland Avenure. does not have a full driving licence. He pleaded guilty to seven offences including two counts of dangerous driving. 

 But the court heard he was a "vulnerable" man with learning difficulties so sentenced him to a suspended prison term, driving ban and to complete unpaid work. 

Walney Island's role in World Wars to be studied

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The role Barrow's Walney Island played during both World Wars will be studied in a new archaeological project beginning today. 

Researchers hope to learn how wartime structures were used at the South Walney Nature Reserve from the military remains that have been left there. 

The Morecambe Bay Partnership and professional archaeologists from Manchester Metropolitan University are leading the work.

wartime structures on Walney Island
Morecambe Bay Partnership

Cumbrian MP criticises Jeremy Hunt for pulling out of meeting

A Cumbrian MP has criticised Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for pulling out out of the meeting with local health campaigners in London today. 

The Labour MP for Copeland, Jamie Reed (pictured), says the meeting between supporters of the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and Mr Hunt was cancelled because the minister was likely to have "some urgent business". 

Jeremy Hunt is one of the Conservative MPs likely to stand in elections to be the party's next leader.

Instead, his place will be taken by Ben Gummer MP who is the Secretary of State for Quality at Department of Health.

Jamie Reed
Labour Party

Your photos: A moment of calm

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Brexit, Labour and Tory leadership news dominates at the moment. Things are moving so quickly I thought it would be a good idea to take a moment to stop and appreciate something a little calmer!

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Ambleside Maggie' for this photograph she took this morning.

Swan on water
Ambleside Maggie

Brexit: Traditional Cumberland Sausage could lose protected status

The traditional Cumberland Sausage may require a new law to protect it from inferior copies, according to the Cumberland Sausage Association.

It says the product will lose its protected status when the UK leaves the European Union.

Back in 2011 the Cumberland Sausage won protected status alongside the likes of champagne, Parma ham and Greek feta cheese under EU law.

Cumberland Sausage

Legislation from the EU defines whether a sausage can be called Cumberland.  

It has to meet certain criteria including being made in Cumbria, and containing at least 80% meat.

Conservative leader: Who's who in the Conservative leadership race?

Nominations officially open in the Conservative Party leadership contest today.

One by one candidates are declaring their hand. Read this guide by BBC Politics to who's who and how the contest will work.

You can keep up to date through the day by following the live stream from BBC Politics here.

Diagram to explain how electing a leader works

Weather: Sunny spells this morning then rain this afternoon

BBC Weather

A pleasant start to the day with some cloud around but also some brighter spells first thing. 

However, similarly to yesterday, cloud will build from the West throughout the morning followed by a heavier and more persistent band of rain. Things will turn noticeably windier as the rain moves in and we will continue to see this rain throughout the afternoon. 

Highs today of 15C (59F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

weather graphic

Conservative leader: Carlisle MP will wait to see nominations before deciding who to back

BBC Radio Cumbria

The Conservative MP for Carlisle, John Stevenson, has told BBC Radio Cumbria that he is going to wait to see the nominations before deciding who to support in the party's leadership election.  

The race to become the next Conservative leader and Prime Minister is formally starting today with the opening of nominations. 

Candidates are expected to include Boris Johnson, Theresa May and the Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb.

Campaign to keep services at Whitehaven's hospital goes to Westminster

A group campaigning to keep services at Whitehaven's hospital will give a document to the Government today which outlines some of the problems facing patients in the area. 

The We Need West Cumberland Hospital group says the problems are caused by reduced services. 

Ben Gummer, the Secretary of State for quality at the Department of Health, will meet the campaigners later today.

Sign at West Cumberland Hospital

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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