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  1. Barrow councillors struggle with financial cuts
  2. Shipyard boss welcomes MPs' Trident Successor vote
  3. Carlisle group travels to migrant camp
  4. Updates on Tuesday 19 July 2016

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Martin Lewes


We've now finished updates on Cumbria's news, travel and weather for the day. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

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Weather: A warm and cloudy night with showers moving in

It's forecast to get cloudier into the evening and the earlier hours of tomorrow morning, with heavy showers and thunderstorms moving in by morning. It'll be very warm tonight, with temperatures no lower than 19C (66F)

There's a severe weather warning for thunderstorms with the  possibility of large hail and strong winds tomorrow.

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

Two face jail after cocaine haul found in car near kendal

Two men from North Wales have been told they face prison terms after cocaine with a street value of £10,000 was found in a car on the M6 near Kendal.

At Carlisle Crown Court, David Williams, 45, and Andrew Jones, 27, both from Chirk in North Wales, admitted possessing the drug with intent to supply.

Lawyers representing the men asked Judge Peter Davies to adjourn sentencing to allow them time to put their affairs in order before starting "inevitable" custody.

Judge Davies agreed and adjourned the case until 12 August.

BAE boss confirms 1,000 more jobs to come at Barrow yard

A thousand more jobs could be created at the Barrow shipyard, as work continues on the new submarines to carry Britain's nuclear deterrent.

MPs have voted to go ahead with the contract for four submarines, at a cost of more than £30bn.

Successor artist's impression
BAE Systems

About 1,700 people are already working on designs for the new submarines, out of the 8,000 currently employed at the shipyard.

Tony Johns, the BAE Systems MD in charge of the shipyard, says that construction work should start soon, and more people will be taken on as the workload increases.

"We've grown by 3,000 people in the past five years so yes, we'll grow by another 1,000."

Kingsmen march through Barrow

Soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment were exercising their Freedom of the Borough of Barrow today by march through the town.

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The parade was supposed to take place this morning, but was delayed by traffic hold-ups.

Body found by River Eden 'not suspicious'

Police say a man was found dead near the River Eden at Armathwaite, near Penrith, this morning.

A number of officers were called to the scene earlier today, but police now say they don't think anyone else was involved.

Police say he was 63, and his family's been informed, but his name has not yet been made public.  The coroner's been informed.

Cumberland and Cambridshire run tight on time in minor counties tie

Cambridgeshire were on 202 for 4 in their second innings, leading Cumberland by 89 runs, on the final afternoon of their three-day match at Netherfield in Kendal.

You can hear commentary on the match here.

Financial axe to swing at Barrow council

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

People in Barrow are being warned that new spending cuts at the town hall are likely to mean increased charges, fewer services, and the outsourcing of the town's Forum entertainments venue, the leisure centre and the kennels.

Barrow Town Hall

Some playgrounds and public toilets could also be closed, as the borough council responds to a further £2.3m cut in its grant from central government, on top of an earlier cut of £5m since 2010.

Phil Huck, the executive director of the council, says there is very little scope for efficiency savings because of the previous cut backs.

He said: "We've been through a cost code by cost code assessment of every single thing the council does and asked ourselves could we do it differently, could we do it better, could we produce more income, could we do it more cheaply and so on."

Penrith MP excited about new foreign aid role

The MP for Penrith and the Border Rory Stewart says he's honoured and excited to take up his new job at the Department for International Development.

Rory Stewart

Mr Stewart said he'd be looking very carefully at where and how money was spent.

"I will do my best to continue in the tradition of those who believe that meeting our responsibilities to the world's poorest, is in the interests of our own standing and security in the world," he said.

Derwentwater takes in the sunshine

There are few better places to enjoy this weather than down on the lake shore.  Christine Duff was kind enough to share her view.

If you've been out, show us what it was like where you were.

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Christine Duff

Concert raises cash for Keswick flood appeal

A concert at Keswick school this evening will raise money and offer support to people in Keswick whose homes and businesses were flooded.

The group that is organising the concert has already recorded a charity album called "CA12 and Friends". 

The audience will be encouraged to buy CDs, with the proceeds going towards a flood appeal.

Carlisle United directors will face the fans

Carlisle United's owners will face supporters questions at an event to be held at Brunton Park on Tuesday 2 August.

United owners John Nixon and Andrew Jenkins will be joined by the new chief executive Nigel Clibbens, along with fellow directors Suzanne Kidd and Phil King and a representative of the Carlisle United Official Supporters Club.

Labour activists leaflet shipyard staff

Labour activists were leafleting Barrow shipyard workers as they arrived to clock on this morning.

Activist leafleting worker

The leaflets, headed "Shipyard safe", said Labour MPs had helped secure the support of the House of Commons for the Successor programme, as the renewal of the UK nuclear deterrent is known.

The last time the Labour party was led by a politician committed to nuclear disarmament, Michael Foot, in the 1980s, the constituency returned the Conservative MP Cecil Franks at two elections.

Sunny day will end with storms, says Met Office

The Met Office has updated its weather warning for thunderstorms, saying they'll last longer into tomorrow evening than first thought.

The yellow warning says up to 50mm (2in) of rain could fall in the storms, which are expected to start over Northern Ireland and Scotland this evening, before moving into Cumbria.

The heavy rain could be accompanied by frequent lightning, large hail, and strong winds. 

The storms should move eastwards afterwards.

Driver cut from car after A590 crash

Firefighters freed a driver from a car after a three-vehicle crash on the A590 at Newby Bridge this morning.

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The driver was checked over by a doctor from the Great North Air Ambulance, and found to have escaped with cuts to his head. 

The road was blocked for an hour.

Weather: Sunny and unusually hot

BBC Weather

We don't get to say this very often...

Temperatures are expected to soar and reach 29C (84F) in some places, so it will feel very hot with a light south-easterly breeze.

Prolonged spells of sunshine and clear blue skies will continue for much of the day.

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You can see how long this weather's going to last here.

Cumbria's Labour MPs attack party leader Corbyn

The county's Labour MPs were harshly critical of the party's leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who voted against the renewal of Britain's nuclear deterrent in the Commons debate last night.

Jamie Reed MP

Jamie Reed, the MP for Copeland, branded Mr Corbyn's opposition "juvenile" and "narcissistic" and said shadow cabinet members who voted against Trident should resign and return to the backbenches because they would be voting against Labour Party policy.

And John Woodcock, the MP for Barrow and Furness, said: "There has long been a principled tradition of unilateralism in the Labour Party, I myself was born into it.

"But what Labour's front bench is currently doing is not principled. It shows contempt for the public, for party members and, often in what they say, for the truth."

John Woodcock

For the official opposition to have a free vote on a matter of such strategic national importance is a terrible indictment of how far this once great party has fallen."

John WoodcockMP for Barrow and Furness

Kingsmen on parade through Barrow

Soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment will parade through Barrow shortly to exercise their Freedom of the Borough.

The Band of the Kings Division will lead the 2nd Battalion through the streets from the Army Reserve Centre on Holker Street, up Dalton Road and round to the Town Hall.

The Mayor, Anita Husband and Colonel Ray Hughes will take the salute there from the regiment.

Cumbrian group takes caravans to French migrant camp

A team of Cumbrian volunteers is offering help and support to migrants at a camp in Dunkirk.

The group from Carlisle's One World Centre will spend two weeks there and members are taking caravans and other items to help those without homes.

Sarah Wilson from the centre says they've taken caravans before:

I know some of the families that have moved into caravans from Cumbria and what a difference it makes to them."

How Cumbrian MPs voted

Five of Cumbria's six MPs supported the government motion in the Commons last night to renew Britain's nuclear deterrent with a new fleet of four submarines to be built in Barrow.

The only exception was Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale. 

The Liberal Democrats support a fleet of three submarines.

Shipyard boss: Another proud day at the office

The managing director of BAE systems, Tony Johns, says the approval of the Trident Successor programme is a tribute to the 8,000-strong workforce in Barrow.

Tony Johns

Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria this morning, Mr Johns said the workshops should now be able to start preparing construction work.

He said: "We know there are many challenges ahead to build these very large, complex, difficult submarines. We're proud to have the task of getting on with it."

You can hear the full interview here.

It's heads down, another day at the office."

Tony JohnsManaging director, BAE Systems Submarines

Travel: A590 blocked by crash at Newby Bridge

BBC Travel

Two cars and a lorry have collided at the Newby Bridge Roundabout on the A590. The road is blocked in both directions.

You can find the latest travel news here.

Kye Backhouse death 'could not have been predicted'

Some more on the story we brought you yesterday - The death of a 13-year-old boy who died after his father gave him a morphine tablet could not have been predicted, a serious case review has found.

Kevin Morton, of Ewan Close, Barrow-in-Furness, was jailed for four years in July 2015 after admitting the manslaughter of his son Kye Backhouse.

The Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board found the boy's death was "not predictable by professionals".

It concluded Morton alone bore responsibility for the "tragic death".

Kevin Morton
Cumbria Police

Steel to be cut on Successor submarines

Martin Lewes


Directors at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow say they're hoping to start construction work soon on the new class of Trident submarines now approval's been given by Parliament.

Inside DDH
BAE Systems

Tony Johns, MD of BAE Systems Submarines, said:  “We now move ahead into the construction phase of the four-boat Successor programme.

"We enter construction with a highly mature design and significant investment in operating systems, facilities and skills."

The Commons supported the renewal of Britain's nuclear deterrent last night by 472 votes to 117.

Shipyard welcomes Trident vote in Commons

Directors at the BAE shipyard in Barrow have welcomed the overwhelming support given to he Trident Successor programme in a House of Commons vote last night.

Devonshire Dock Hall
Getty Images/Christopher Furlong

Tony Johns, MD of BAE Systems Submarine, says it is excellent news.

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning, and it's forecast to be the hottest of the year so far. 

We'll be keeping you updated with the weather - and news and travel information through today until around 16:00.

As always - we'd like to hear your stories and see your pictures.  Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.