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  1. Updates on Wednesday 17 August 2016

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We've finished updates for today. 

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, weather and travel reports.

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

Olympics: Nick Miller does not go through to hammer final

BBC Sport

There will be no British representation in the final of the hammer after Nick Miller - who is from Cumbria - Chris Bennett and Mark Dry weren't able to do enough to get through. 

Weather: Late sunshine this evening

BBC Weather

The evening will stay pleasant with plenty of late sunshine. 

It will be followed by a dry night, with more cloud and milder temperatures than last night, staying warmest around Barrow-in-Furness and the coast. Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

weather graphic

On Thursday we will have yet another warm, dry and sunny day with light south easterly winds. 

Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F).

Olympics: Two fouls for Nick Miller in hammer qualifying

BBC Sport

Four-time Olympic javelin champion and BBC comentator Steve Backley says Nick Miller has put himself under a lot of pressure to get into the final round after a foul on his second throw, making two, which means everything is resting on his final throw.

Video: Creating 3,000 ice sculptures

A project to create 3,000 ice sculptures started in Kendal this week. The artwork, by Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo aims to discuss issues of climate change and global warming.  

Volunteers are helping to create the figures before they are exhibited as part of the Lakes Alive art festival later this month.

Ice sculptures

Olympics: Nick Miller competing in the hammer throw qualifying round

Cumbrian Nick Miller is currently taking part in the hammer throw qualifying round.

Nick Miller

Nick Miller's family cheer him on.

Nick Miller's family

Cumbria MP calls for more support for people with diabetes

One of Cumbria's MPs is gathering signatures on a petition that calls on the Government to do more to support people with Type 1 Diabetes.

Jamie Reed, the labour MP for Copeland, wants continuous glucose monitors to be available on the NHS.

He says they are considered to be a less invasive and more reliable technique than the blood glucose meters, that are available at the moment. The MP himself has Type 1 Diabetes.

Olympics: Reaction from Tom Farrell

Cumbrian Tom Farrell gave his reaction after finishing 20th in the 5,000m, a minute outside his personal best, which meant he failed to qualify for the final.

I'm not happy with my performance but I've had a fairly tough year. It hasn't really been clicking for me. I knew it was going to be a fairly big ask for me to reach the final but I came in positive and gave it everything I have....I'm honoured to make it to the olympics. It's a huge deal".

Tom Farrell

Olympics: Tom Farrell fails to qualify for 5,000m final

Cumbrian Tom Farrell has failed to qualify for Sunday morning's (01:30 British time)  5,000m final.

Team GB will be represented by Mo Farah and Andy Butchart.

More opposition to proposed pylons in Lake District

There's more opposition to plans for pylons in the Lake District, to carry power from a proposed nuclear power plant near Sellafield, to the National Grid.

A dozen parish councils are calling for the plan to be abandoned, they want the cables to be buried underground instead.

The proposed pylons would take power from Moorside to Heysham, crossing parts of the Lake District. The National Grid says the pylons would have to be 60m high - twice the height of the existing ones - to cope with the amount of energy that would be produced.

Opposition has already been voiced but the National Grid says underground cables would be expensive and require the use of unproven technology.

A formal consultation will begin next year.


Olympics: Updated start times for Farrell and Miller

Our two Cumbrian athletes in action this afternoon will be competing at the following times:

  • Tom Farrell is competing in the second heat of the 5000m at 14.27.
  • Nick Miller is competing in Group B of the hammer throw due to begin at 15.05.

Today's fells forecast: Good or even excellent visibility

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

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 12 C (54F).
  • Winds: Moderate south-easterly.
  • Cloud: Cloud generally above the summits
  • Visibility: Good or even excellent at times in the afternoon.
  • Freezing Level: Well above the tops

Council could reduce number of councillors

A Cumbrian council could cut its number of councillors by eight, saving more than £24,000 a year.

Allerdale Council is going to have its ward boundaries reviewed by the Local Government Boundary Commission because of a large variation between the number of voters in different areas.

The council has drawn up proposals to put to the commission which involve reducing the number of members from 56 to 48.

Councillors will vote on the proposal at a meeting this evening.

Lunchtime weather: Warm, sunny with a gentle breeze

BBC Weather

Another pleasant day with plenty of sunshine to come this afternoon

It'll be warm and dry with a gentle to moderate south easterly breeze.  How lovely!

Highs of 21C (70F).

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

Weather graphic

Unemployment figures: Numbers of claimants in Cumbria falls

The number of people claiming job seekers allowance or universal credit in Cumbria has fallen slightly, and is also lower than a year ago.

Last month, the figure was 4,495 which is 145 fewer people than at this time last year.

Olympics: What time will Farrell and Miller be competing today?

Two Cumbrian athletes will be in action this afternoon.

Runner Tom Farrell will be competing in the 5,000m which begins at 14:05 and Nick Miller will be competing in the hammer throw qualifying round which begins at 13:40.

You can see a full list of all today's events here.

Tour of Britain: Details of South Lakeland section

Details about the South Lakeland section of the Tour of Britain have just been released. Here are the key points and timings:

2.06pm-2.45pm – A591 riders approaching Grasmere

2.13pm-2.54pm – Yodel Sprint – Broadgate/Church Stile, Grasmere

2.18pm-3pm – A591 Rydal

2.20pm-3.03pm – Arrive Ambleside

2.21pm-3.04pm – Start of King of the Mountains – The Struggle, Ambleside

2.28pm-3.12pm – Finish of King of the Mountains – Kirkstone Inn, Kirkstone Pass

2.37pm-3.23pm – Rayrigg Road, Windermere

2.39pm-3.25pm – A592/Promenade, Bowness

2.41pm-3.27pm – Longtail Hill, Bowness

2.47pm-3.36pm – B5284 Crook

2.52pm-3.41pm – Windermere Road, Kendal

2.54pm-3.44pm – Stricklandgate/Highgate, Kendal

2.55pm-3.45pm – Stage Finish – Beast Banks, Kendal

Your photos: Sunny Cumbria

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

What a beautiful day around the county. Your photos are such a tease as I sit in the office!

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

If you'd like to share your photos you can email them to

Ambleside Maggie

Tour of Britain: More details about Cumbrian stage announced later today

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Hot off the heels of an amazing couple of days of cycling in the Olympics more details about the Tour of Britain, which will run through Cumbria next month, will be announced today.

The Cumbrian stage of this year's cycle race starts in Carlisle, passes through Cockermouth, Grasmere and Windermere before finishing in Kendal on 5 September.

By the way, anyone else not getting enough sleep because they are engrossed in the Olympics? I'm truly addicted!

Whitehaven Rugby League Club sack head coach

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Whitehaven Rugby League Club have relieved the club’s head coach James Coyle of his duties with immediate effect.

It follows a disappointing Championship campaign that has left the Recreation Ground club bottom of the table on the back of six consecutive defeats.

Work to resume on Barrow's Waterfront Business Park

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Work is expected to resume on the Waterfront Business Park development on Barrow Island next week.

Activity there ground to a halt in 2010, because of austerity cuts. The government will now pay £8m for work that will prepare the site for business units.

The land could provide space for 1,500 workers and the diggers are due to move in next week.

Barrow waterfront

Your photos: Last night's sunset

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

The sky the past few nights has been absolutely breathtaking. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'redrobin1' from Windermere for this photograph he took last night.

I'd love to see some of the photos you've been taking around the county, you can email them to me


Football: Carlisle United 1 -1 Cheltenham Town: Match stats

BBC Sport

Substitute Jason Kennedy salvaged Carlisle's unbeaten run with his late equaliser after Harry Pell had given Cheltenham a second-half lead on the break.

The Robins took a defensive pounding but looked to have survived until a long ball hoisted forward was scrambled across the line by Kennedy at the near post.

You can read a full match report here.

Match stats
BBC Sport

Olympics: Cumbria athletes Farrell and Miller compete today

Two athletes from Carlisle will be competing in the Olympic Games this afternoon. 

The hammer thrower Nick Miller will be in action, as will the 5,000m runner, Tom Farrell, who will be up against Mo Farah.

Tom Farrell

Travel: Roadworks in Penrith town centre

BBC Travel

There are two sets of roadworks in Penrith town centre that are likely to cause delays. These are because of gas main works.

  • A6 Middlegate / Devonshire Street is closed and you can expect delays in both directions between the A592 Brunswick Road junction and the King Street junction.

  • A592 Brunswick Road is closed and there will be delays in both directions between the B5288 Cromwell Road junction and the A6 Corney Square junction.

You can get up-to-date information throughout the day here.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good Morning. We'll be bringing you the news, travel and weather until 16:00.

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