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  1. Wednesday 13 July 2016

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Our live updates have now finished for today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

If you see something you think we should know about, you can send in news and pictures using Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or by posting on our Facebook page.  

Weather: Any showers dying out, dry and bright tomorrow

BBC Weather

Any lingering showers will tend to clear tonight. Temperatures will  drop to 10C (50F). 

A very similar day tomorrow, it'll be dry with some brightness. Highs of sunshine of 20C (68F).  

See what the weather is like in you area here.

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Union calls on government to act over Trident

The government needs to "get on" with a vote on whether or not to renew the Trident nuclear submarine fleet, the GMB union says. 

Before stepping down as Prime Minister today, David Cameron announced a vote would be held on Monday. 

The GMB says it's had enough of politicians "playing politics" with tens of thousands of jobs linked to building new submarines. 

Trident submarine

New cables being laid under Wastwater

New power cables are being laid below the waters of England's deepest lake.

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Burglar jailed after coming face to face with victim in her own house

A prolific criminal has been jailed for four years for committing a daytime house burglary which brought him face to face with his victim.

Thomas Edward Morton, 39, from Grasslot Street, had denied the crime which took place in Maryport in March.

But after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court, Morton was today found guilty.

Jurors heard the victim was left "absolutely traumatised" after being confronted by Morton in her hallway. 

The court was told Morton had 123 dishonesty offences and a criminal record which stretched back almost 25 years. 

Thomas Morton
Cumbria Police

Police chase ends with car squashed between police vehicles

A police chase through Carlisle has been brought to a safe end.

The Ford car was pursued through the streets by officers.

Two people have been arrested.

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Man jailed after threatening to stab railway employee

A man from Millom who threatened to stab a member of staff at a railway station has been sent to prison.

Furness Magistrates' Court heard that Martin Gott, from Grammerscroft, reacted in a violent and aggressive manner when the woman, who had seen him spitting, shook her head as she walked past.   

He was found guilty of causing fear or provocation of violence and criminal damage, and sentenced to four months in prison. 

Police appeal for help in finding missing Whitehaven woman

A woman has gone missing in Whitehaven.

Linda Liddell, 45, was last seen in James Street by her family at 10:30 yesterday. 

It's thought she could now be in the Carlisle area.

Anyone who has seen her or has any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101. 

Linda Liddell
Cumbria Police

Midwife suspended over second Furness hospital baby death

A baby died in the care of a midwife already under investigation into her role in the death of another child.

Lindsey Biggs was awaiting a hearing into the 2008 death of Joshua Titcombe when a second child died in March of this year.

Last week a hearing ruled Ms Biggs, along with a colleague, caused Joshua to lose a "significant chance of survival" at Furness General Hospital.

She has now been given a suspension order in relation to the latest death.

Read the full story here.

Joshua Titcombe

Call for more foster carers in Cumbria

Cumbria is always in need of people who are prepared to foster a child, according to the county council.

The authority says 12% of the county's foster parents retire every year. 

The Labour county councillor with responsibility for children's services, Anne Burns, says:  "If you think you can help change a child's life please get in touch with us. Get the necessary information and think about what you can do and what you can offer."

Child holding adult's hand

More nuclear waste is being sent back to Japan from Cumbria

More radioactive waste is going to be returned by ship to Japan from Sellafield in the next few weeks. 

It will be the sixth time that waste has been sent back to Japan under a plan to repatriate highly active waste. 

Sellafield says that more details will be released closer to the move date.  

Nuclear Waste being unloaded
Sellafield Ltd

Evidence of life in Morecambe Bay 300 million years ago

Boreholes being drilled in Morecambe Bay have brought up samples dating back to the last Ice Age and as far back as 300 million years ago.

The surveying is being done to find the best route for a tunnel to carry electricity cables under the bay as part of work to connect the new power station at Moorside in West Cumbria to the national network. 

The National Grid project manager Robert Powell says: "“We’re also delighted to be able to share our findings with the British Geological Survey. We hope that they provide an interesting and valuable insight into the bay.” 

Men looking at soil samples
National grid

Cumbria School Games won by Furness

In case you missed it, Furness have been crowned the overall winners of the 2016 Cumbria School Games.

More than 600 school children from across the county represented the six districts in a range of sports including football and mini tennis.

Richard Johnston from Active Cumbria says: “The students who took part represented their areas with pride and enthusiasm. The various venues in Carlisle were hives of competition and there was a real sense of enjoyment amongst those taking part."

Netball players at the school games

Lake District is officially the most popular place for walkers

The Lake District is officially the most popular destination for walking in Britain, according to a new survey by Ordnance Survey.

Their OS Maps service analysed more than 500,000 routes over 10 years and revealed that the Lake District tops the league table, with Keswick and Ambleside being the most popular locations for walkers.

Eighteen of the 20 most popular walking locations in Britain are in the Lake District National Park. 

Ariel view of the Lake District
Stuart Holmes

Cumbrian lifeboat crews who helped in the floods are on TV tonight

A programme that shows how RNLI crews rescued people trapped by rising flood waters in Cumbria will be broadcast on BBC One this evening.

Saving Lives At Sea is about Britain's lifeboat volunteers. It's on at 21:00 and you can catch up if you miss it here.

Tim Chittenden, from the RNLI in Workington, is hoping that the programme will encourage people to make a financial donation.

He said: "All of our funding comes from donations from members of the public and it's particularly important for the Workington team as we are launching an appeal for the final £150,000 that we need to buy a new boat."


Cumbrian Hairy Biker heads for the building site for new series

Dave Myers, who's from Barrow, is appearing in a news series on BBC2. 

He's following the renovation of historic buildings around the country. 

You can watch below:

Barrow Raiders Super 8s fixtures revealed

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Barrow Raiders will open their League One Super 8s fixtures at home to Rochdale next Sunday. 

The games decide the final standings at the end of the season.

Barrow travel to Doncaster the following week, with three more fixtures to play before finishing with a trip to the south of France to take on Toulouse Olympique on Saturday 10 September. 

Barrow rugby ground

Woman tells court about finding a burglar in her home

A Cumbrian woman has told a court of her shock as she came face-to-face with a burglar in her home. 

The woman said she saw a man outside her Maryport home, then heard the handle on her front door being turned, followed by footsteps in her hallway. 

It's alleged by the prosecution that the man was Thomas Morton, from Grasslot Street. 

At Carlisle Crown Court, the 39-year-old has denied a charge of burglary with intent to steal. The trial continues.

Cumbrian business leader thinks the new PM will 'steady the markets'

Theresa May will become Prime Minister later today. She's taking over from David Cameron, who has been in Number Ten for six years. 

Rob Johnston, the chief executive of the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, says the stability he believes she will bring, will steady the markets.

He said: "We've ended up, I think, in quite a good place and done it very quickly. I think you can see that reflected in the markets and the way the business community generally is responding to this."  

Theresa May outside Number 10

Cumbrian politician says Labour party 'won't split' despite current problems

A second former shadow cabinet minister has announced their intention to challenge Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership. 

Owen Smith is to join Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Eagle in the ballot. 

The turmoil within the party has raised the possibility of a split. 

But the Labour leader of Barrow Borough Council, Dave Pidduck, rejects this, saying: "The Labour party is a broad church. 

"We are democrats and we will abide by the democratic decision. It will be tough, I don't deny that. But in terms of destroying the party, no, we are bigger than an individual."

Labour party flag

Hopes that foam pie fight in Ulverston will be a new world record

More than 1,000 people took part in the event in June which was inspired by Laurel and Hardy's films. Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston.

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Work starts to save historic mill

Work starts today to stop part of Cumbria's history being lost for ever. 

The Corn Mill at Warwick Bridge near Carlisle was built in 1839. It's a Grade II listed building, but has been been on the "Heritage at Risk Register". 

Now, Historic England is paying for emergency repairs and, in the longer term, there are plans to get it working again, and have an artisan bakery on site. 

Elanor Johnson, from the North of England Civic Trust, which owns the mill, says : "There're only four listed watermills in Cumbria. 

"The rest of them have been converted or previously restored. But this one, because it continued to work so late, until the 1980s, it's still got all the mill machinery."

Warwick Bridge Corm Mill
North of England Civic Trust

BBC series filmed in the Lake District now being shown in US

BBC series The A Word, which was filmed in Cumbria, is now being shown in the United States. 

It tells the story of a five-year-old boy and his family and how they cope when he is diagnosed with autism. 

Jane McFie from Millom has a 17-year-old son with autism. 

She watched the programme when it was shown in the UK, and says: "When my son was diagnosed 15 years ago, the only thing about autism on TV was an obscure documentary hidden away late at night on BBC2, so to have a mainstream drama was absolutely brilliant and to have it filmed in the Lake District was even better."

Cast of A word

Weather: Sunny spells but with showers possible later

BBC Weather

A chilly but mostly dry start to the day, with plenty of breaks in the cloud this morning allowing for sunny spells. 

The sunshine turning a little hazy at times, with increasing amounts of cloud throughout the afternoon and a few isolated showers are possible. 

Light to moderate westerly or north westerly winds, with highs today of around 19C (66F).   

Weather chart

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning. A pleasant morning where I am but I could swear I felt a spot of rain or two as I walked to work! 

I'll be keeping you up to date with the news, weather and travel reports for the county until about 16:00.

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