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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Today has been dominated by the publication of The Chilcot Report, if you want to continue to follow developments as they happen you can here.

Other than that we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. 

In the meantime you can send in news and pictures using Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page.

Have a good evening.

How to read the full Chilcot Report

The full Chilcot Report can be downloaded from the Iraq Inquiry website here.

An executive summary is available on the site along with Sir John Chilcot's statement and evidence heard during the inquiry.

The report has also been published in hard copy. The full report consists of 12 volumes and is 2.6 million words long. 

Anyone wanting to buy a copy will have to pay £767 and contact The Stationery Office, the private firm which has printed the document. A 150-page executive summary, published separately, will cost £30.  

The BBC has compiled the findings at a glance.

The Chilcot Inquiry

Barrow AFC fixtures 2016-17

Andy Wood

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Barrow AFC's National League fixtures have been released this afternoon with the club opening their 2016-17 season on 6 August at Holker Street against Aldershot. 

The final game will also be a home game against Dover on 29 April.. They face Gateshead at home on Boxing Day and away on New Year's Day.

The longest trips to Torquay and Dover both come on back to back Saturdays in August.

Other notable fixtures see home ties with Tranmere Rovers 4 February, York City on 24 September and Wrexham on 21 March.

You can see the full fixture list here.

Chilcot: Reaction from Rory Stewart MP

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border and Environment Minister, Rory Stewart, has been talking to BBC Radio 4's World at One. He was on the ground in Iraq as a coalition deputy governor in 2003.

He's been reacting to The Chilcot Inquiry, you can listen to the whole programme below or you can jump straight to it here.

Here's a couple of snippets of what he said:  

I think Chilcot is very, very good, paticularly on three things; he's very good on our lack of knowledge; he's very good on our lack of power and he's very good on what I'd call our lack of legitimacy - in other words we simply didn’t have the consent and support of the Iraqi population

The situation did not make sense - it didn't make sense for the British to try and occupy southern Iraq.

My honest belief at the end of 13 years thinking about this deeply, and going back and forth to Iraq, is that the invasion was wrong, we shouldn't have done it".

BBC Antiques Roadshow at Holker Hall: In pictures

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

The BBC Antiques Roadshow is busy filming at Holker Hall near Cartmel in south Cumbria today. 

Open until 16.30, entrance for visitors is free. Everyone is welcome to attend and no pre-registration is required.

You can find out more information here.

BBC Radio Cumbria's Caroline Robertson is presenting her show live from Holker Hall now.

BBC Antiques Roadshow at Holker Hall
BBC Antiques Roadshow at Holker Hall
BBC Antiques Roadshow at Holker Hall
BBC Antiques Roadshow at Holker Hall

What Blair said to Bush in memos

Memos sent by former Prime Minister Tony Blair to then US President George W Bush in the run-up to the Iraq War shine a light on the extent of the relationship between the two leaders.

The memos sent between 2001 and 2007 were released alongside Sir John Chilcot's report of his inquiry into the Iraq War.

You can read them here.

Tony Blair and George W Bush

Farron: Charles Kennedy 'right all along'

Speaking in the Commons, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron calls for an apology from those MPs who accused the party's late leader Charles Kennedy of appeasement over his opposition to the Iraq War.

He said Mr Kennedy "was right all along in leading the opposition across the country against the counter productive war".

An apology needed to be given to Mr Kennedy's family "to our servicemen and women, to our country and the people of Iraq", said Mr Farron.

Tim Farron

Weather: Today's fells forecast

If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells today, here's today's fells forecast: 

  • Temperatures at 3000 feet: 7C (45F).
  • Winds: Moderate westerly, gusts 25mph. 
  • Cloud: Patchy cloud around 2300 feet (700m), increasing and lowering to 1300 feet (400m) in the north during the evening. 
  • Visibility: Good, falling moderate later in any rain and poor in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.

Lunchtime weather: Cloudy with isolated showers

BBC Weather

Cloudy with isolated showers and a light breeze. Highs of 18C (64F).

Tonight will be cloudy with some rain or drizzle. It will be a milder night with lows of 12C (54F).  

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

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Barrow council refuses call for Dalton zoo licence to be transferred

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A hearing to decide whether a new licence should be issued for the zoo at Dalton in Furness has resumed for a second day. 

Councillors meeting in Barrow are being recommended to refuse the renewal of the licence - and this would be a significant step towards the possible enforced closure of the attraction.

Owner and licence holder David Gill is not attending the hearing but his directors are and they've asked that the proposed new licence be transferred to them or the hearing adjourned. 

The councillors have ruled that a transfer application submitted last month was incomplete and so is not prepared to accept it, and an adjournment has been ruled out. 

A decision on the licence is expected tomorrow.

Blair complained about UK forces' 'posture' after deadly month

Tony Blair complained about the "posture" of armed forces in Iraq after being told there had been 11 UK fatalities in the country in a month, the Chilcot Report shows.

His private secretary told him that April 2007 had seen the greatest number of UK fatalities in Iraq (11) since the end of major combat operations in 2003.

The dead included Kingsman Danny Wilson, 28, from Workington, who served in 2nd Battalion of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

Mr Blair commented: “I am really not happy about the posture of our forces in Basra. We must discuss this. 

"There is absolutely no point in taking casualties if they aren’t helping the effort.”  

Chilcot Report: Full statement from Tim Farron condemns 'catastrophic' Iraq War decision

The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, and Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron has issued a statement following the publication of The Chilcot Inquiry.

As a party leader, Mr Farron was given advance viewing of the report this morning. Here's his full statement:

Blair was fixated in joining Bush in going to war in Iraq regardless of the evidence, the legality or the serious potential consequences.

Daesh has arisen from the complete absence of any post conflict planning by the government.

Charles Kennedy’s judgement has been vindicated in every respect. I hope those in the Labour and Conservative parties who were so forceful in their criticism of him and the Liberal Democrats at the time are equally forceful in their acknowledgements today that he was right. An absence of scrutiny by the Conservative Party opened the door for Blair and the Labour Government to pursue a counter-strategic, ill-resourced campaign.

I hope Sir John Chilcot’s findings can in some way provide comfort to the families of the British servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives, and to the people of Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have lost their lives and a generation has been shaped by this illegal war.

Far from being Bush’s passenger, Blair was his co-pilot in taking this catastrophic decision which has destabilised Iraq, provided the hotbed for Daesh and tarnished Britain’s reputation around the world.”

Chilcot Report: Tim Farron's reaction

The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, and Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron reacts to The Chilcot Inquiry:

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Chilcot Report: MoD 'slow' to provide better protection and equipment for troops

Military and political leaders failed to act quickly enough to counter the threat from Improvised Explosive Devices and provide better armoured vehicles to British forces occupying Iraq, the Chilcot Inquiry has found. 

Sir John Chilcot's long-awaited report said the Ministry of Defence was "slow" in responding to the potential for casualties from the home-made bombs.

Kingsman Danny Wilson, 28, from Workington, who served in 2nd Battalion of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died in 2007.

 He was shot as his patrol stopped to check a possible bomb in the road. Kingsman Wilson, who was wearing enhanced body armour, was killed after he got out of his vehicle just 500 metres from the British base at Basra Palace.

Kingsman Danny Wilson

Opening statement by Sir John Chilcot

Here's the opening statement by Sir John Chilcot:

Iraq Inquiry: 'Peaceful options not exhausted' - Sir John Chilcot

Iraq Inquiry: Chilcot says invasion 'not last resort'

The UK did not exhaust all peaceful options before joining the invasion of Iraq, the chairman of the official inquiry into the war has said.

Sir John Chilcot said military action at the time "was not a last resort".

He also said judgements about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction "were presented with a certainty that was not justified" and post-war planning was "wholly inadequate".

Sir John was speaking ahead of publication of his report at 11:35 BST.

Watch live here.

Kendal magistrates' court's closure postponed

The planned closure of the magistrates' court in Kendal will not now take place until the new year. 

The court is one of more than 80 across the country that the government wants to close to save money. It had been expected to close this summer, but the Ministry of Justice says it will now be January at the earliest.

South Lakeland Magistrates Court

Chilcot Report: Timetable of the day's events

Here is a rundown of what will be happening today.

  • 11:05 - Sir John Chilcot will make a statement on his report and his findings - watch that here on the BBC News Channel
  • 11:35 - The report will be published on the internet
  • 11:45 - Families of soldiers killed in Iraq will hold a press conference
  • 12:00 - Prime Minister’s Questions, where David Cameron may face questions about the report's contents 
  • 12:30 - David Cameron is due to give a formal statement on the Iraq Inquiry, and that will be followed by a statement from the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn

Later today, Tony Blair is expected to give his reaction to the report.

You can follow all the latest developments, as they happen, here.

BBC Antiques Roadshow: Behind the scenes

If you're heading to Holker Hall today for the BBC Antiques Roadshow, here's a taster of what happens behind the scenes.

An insight into everything that goes on at one of our shows.

Watch: Exercise to test major emergency response in Barrow

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

An exercise to test the county's response to a major emergency is taking place at the Furness General Hospital in Barrow today. 

The training involves the North West Ambulance Service, Cumbria Fire and Rescue and BAE Systems. 

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What actually is the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war?

It's more than two million words long and it comes out this morning.   

Here's a short guide to what The Chilcot Inquiry actually is:

What actually is the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war?

BBC Antiques Roadshow in Cumbria today

The BBC Antiques Roadshow is filming at Holker Hall near Cartmel in south Cumbria today. 

Open until 16.30, entrance for visitors is free. Everyone is welcome to attend and no pre-registration is required.

You can find out more information here.

BBC Radio Cumbria's Caroline Robertson will be presenting her show live from Holker Hall from 14:00.

Fiona Bruce

Police concern for missing west Cumbria man

A 30-year-old man has gone missing in the area around Cockermouth. 

Cumbria Police say Barrie Colin Lee, who has no fixed address, was last seen at a friend's house on Sullart Street at 20:00 on Friday night.

He has connections to the Workington area. 

Barrie Colin Lee
Cumbria Police

Our soldiers who died in the Iraq War: Kingsman Danny Wilson

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

The Chilcot Report is due to be published this morning. Two Cumbrian soldiers were among the 179 UK service personnel who died in the Iraq War. Here's Danny Wilson's story:

Kingsman Wilson, 28, from Workington died in 2007. He served in the 2nd Battalion of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. He had been wounded by small arms fire after getting out of his vehicle to check the roadside ahead for explosive devices. He left behind a wife and son.

His commanding officer, Lt Col Mark Kenyon, said: "Danny Wilson was the sort of Kingsman whom it is a privilege to serve alongside. Selfless, committed and always ready to look on the bright side, he will be sorely missed."

Kingsman Danny Wilson
Ministry of Defence

Tactics used by anti-terror police in London used to protect Sellafield

Police officers who protect the Sellafield nuclear site have been learning new tactics from the City of London Police. 

The site is already guarded 24-hours-a-day by armed police, but the Civic Nuclear Constabulary says there will now be more, higher profile, armed patrols of the area around the site.

A dedicated telephone number has also been set up for residents to report any suspicious activity. The number is 019467 73999.

Sellafield Ltd

Our soldiers who died in the Iraq War: L/Cpl Dennis Brady

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War will publish its findings this morning.

Two Cumbrian soldiers were among the 179 UK service personnel who died during the conflict. We'll be bringing you their stories through the morning.

L/Cpl Dennis Brady, 37, was from Barrow and died in October 2006. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to The Light Infantry, 1st Battalion. 

The reservist medic was killed by mortar rounds in northern Basra.

He left the regular army in 2004 and after some time in the fire service volunteered to return to the military, deploying to Afghanistan with the Royal Gurkha Rifles, then a few months later to Iraq with the Light Infantry.

His commanding officer said the battalion had lost a "real friend".

Lance Corporal Dennis Brady
Ministry of Defence

Chilcot Report: What to look out for

This morning, the long-awaited Chilcot Report on the Iraq war is due to be published, seven years after it was first commissioned by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The aim of Sir John Chilcot's wide-ranging inquiry was to identify lessons to be learned from the invasion of Iraq, which ran from 20 March to 1 May 2003 and the aftermath up to the end of July 2009. 

But what are the things to look out for in the report?  

Click here to get all the information you need to know.

Sir John Chilcot is to publish his report into the UK's involvement in the 2003 Iraq War.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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