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Summary

  1. Farmers ask for reassurance over future of Borrowdale sheep flock on National Trust-owned farmland
  2. Two people in hospital after pub fight
  3. More defibrillators than ever before available in Cumbria, says county council
  4. Wednesday 31 August 2016

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Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Our updates have finished for the day now; we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

In the meantime, if you've got a story to share or photographs you'd like the county to see, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

Weather: Dry overnight with clear spells

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Look North weather

It should be a cooler overnight as it will be dry with clear spells and lows dropping to around 11C.

Dry to start on Thursday morning with sunny spells but getting cloudier into the afternoon.

Highs of 16C tomorrow.

Here's this afternoon's forecast:

North East England and Cumbria Weather

Sport: Highlights from Carlisle v Oldham

BBC Sport

Carlisle United have posted highlights on their YouTube channel from last night's Checkatrade Trophy game against Oldham that ended in a 5 - 4 win for the Bluebirds.

It puts Carlisle United top of Group B and they face Blackburn Rovers Academy in October.

If you're not quite up to speed with the changes to this year's EFL Trophy, BBC Sport have written about the new format and some of the controversy from fans boycotting the competition over Premier League teams. 

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Politicians let down public in EU referendum campaign says Cumbrian MP and Lib Dem leader

Politicians "disastrously let down" people in the UK during the EU referendum campaign, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said.

During a speech in Manchester to think tank IPPR, the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale said that both sides of the debate "battered" voters who were "lied to" with "dodgy statistics".

Tim Farron speaking at IPPR in Manchester
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He said that it had left the country bitterly divided as a result, with politicians abandoning voters to their fate.

The Cumbrian MP also stressed that he would continue to campaign to remain a member of the European Union, but added he knew Leave voters and understood why they wanted to vote that way. 

Tour of Britain: The route through Cumbria

Want to study the route that some of the world's top cyclists will be following through Cumbria on Monday 5 September when the Tour of Britain comes to Cumbria?

The race will officially start from outside the old Town Hall in Carlisle at 11:00 before passing through Penrith, Pooley Bridge, Hesket Newmarket, Cockermouth, Grasmere, Ambleside and Bowness on Windermere before finishing on the steep Beast Banks in Kendal.

There'll be sprint sections when the fastest racers will go all out for extra points in Hesket Newmarket, Cockermouth and Grasmere and the mountain climbers will be competing during ascents of Whinlatter Pass, Chestnut Hill in Keswick and The Struggle at Kirkstone Pass.

2016 Tour of Britain Stage 2
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There's more information about the route on the Tour of Britain website  

Consultation over future of Cumbria Police extended

A consultation has been extended into the future of policing in the county.

Cumbria Police started the survey in July to ask how safe people in Cumbria generally felt and what the county's main policing issues are.

The consultation now ends on Wednesday 7 September 2016.

We've asked Cumbria Police for more information about why the consultation has been extended but so far they've provided this statement:

The Constabulary have decided to extend the Public Consultation Survey by a week to allow members of the public extra time to submit responses."

Cumbria Police

Time to pay top Cumbrian councillors more says independent panel

An independent panel has recommended a small increase in the amount of money that should be paid to some Cumbrian councillors.

Allowances for the Council Leader, currently Labour's Stuart Young, and other members of his top team, should be increased slightly according to Cumbria County Council's Independent Renumeration Panel. 

Last year, increases were recommended but councillors chose to take a smaller pay rise.

Cumbria County Council headquarters in Carlisle
BBC

The panel also recommended that the allowance that can be claimed towards hiring carers for family members while on council business should be increased to the National Living Wage (£7.20 per hour).

The plan would cost the council an extra £16,000 per year and will be considered by county councillors at a meeting next Wednesday. 

Can Team GB help the North rise again?

Cumbrian broadcaster Melvyn Bragg has already been making his views clear about the sale of a Lake District farm to the National Trust but, today, he's also calling on the Government to follow Team GB's model for Olympic success and invest more in the North of England. 

BBC News has looked into which of the regions' strengths it should focus on...

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Nuclear police lose challenge over pension age rules

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Representatives of more than 1,000 armed police officers have lost a legal challenge against new rules forcing them to work to 65 to receive their pension. 

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary police federation said its members would be unable to protect the public from terrorism if they had to work beyond 60.  

Cumbria's afternoon headlines

BBC Radio Cumbria

Here's just a few of the stories BBC Radio Cumbria listeners are hearing about this afternoon:

Carlisle United miss out on Newcastle United forward Alex Gilliead

Carlisle United have missed out on young Newcastle United forward Alex Gilliead after he joined League Two side Luton Town on loan.

Keith Curle had targeted the 20-year-old but he will now stay at Kenilworth Road until January 2017.

Gilliead spent most of last season on loan at Carlisle, where he made 41 appearances, scoring five goals.

Weather: Drizzle and light rain but sunny spells too

BBC Weather

A few more outbreaks of light rain and drizzle to come this afternoon.

Still a bit cloudy over the county but there'll be sunny spells later on in most places.

Top temperatures around 20C.

Here's the outlook for Keswick, you can check the forecast for your area on the BBC Weather website.

Afternoon weather for Keswick
BBC

Cumbrian broadcaster and Labour peer blasts National Trust over farmland purchase

BBC Radio Cumbria

Some more on the story we brought you yesterday - The broadcaster and peer Melvyn Bragg has accused the National Trust of ignoring the interests of Cumbrians living in Borrowdale after the charity bought acres of farmland, without the accompanying farmhouse. 

The charity now owns around 300 acres, common rights and a flock of Herdwick sheep at Thorneythwaite Farm in the valley after it was offered for auction as a separate item to the farmhouse building.

Local farmers fear that it could hurt the area's farming system as Thorneythwaite will no longer be run by a farmer who lives and works on the land.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning, the Labour peer said that the charity should never have bought the land:

Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg
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Cumbria gets ready for next week's Tour of Britain stage

BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

BBC Radio Cumbria's Sian Hall and Sara Dumbell paid a visit to Penrith and Carlisle to see how businesses were preparing for Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour of Britain which starts off in Carlisle on Monday 5 September.

The stage will wind across the county and pass through Penrith, Cockermouth, Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere before finishing in Kendal.

BBC Radio Cumbria reporters in Penrith and Carlisle on next week's Tour of Britain

Powercut left 1,300 properties without electricity in North Cumbria

About 1,300 properties in Westlinton near Carlisle were without power this morning after a fault with an underground cable, according to Electricity North West

According to the company, which maintains the North West's electricity grid, a fault was first reported at 09:20.

Customers had their power restored in stages with the last 389 customers having their power turned back on at 10:00.

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Cumbrian man makes final of national car repair competition

A man from Appleby is one of 24 apprentices from across the UK to reach the final of a car body repair competition.

Hayden Forrester, 24, works at the town's Excel Body Repairs and is competing in the 2016 IMI Skill Auto which is run by the Institute of the Motor Industry.

He took on about 300 people to reach the last six in the final which takes place on Saturday 19 November at careers event The Skills Show in Birmingham.

Hayden Forrester repairing a car
BBC

Decommissioning breakthrough at toxic Sellafield silo

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More life-saving defibrillators in county than ever before says council

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

People in Cumbria are much more likely to have access to emergency devices that can re-start a heart following a cardiac arrest than two years ago, according to Cumbria County Council.

It says that in 2014, there were only 10 defibrillators but now there are 70.

The devices can be found mounted on to walls near pubs, in village post boxes and other public places. 

Defibrillator in Carlisle's The Lanes Shopping Centre
BBC

The Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle has one of the devices and Ian Proudfoot from the centre says that medical skills aren't needed to use one: 

"The defib machine is a very easy and simple machine to use. Anybody can use it. It is almost idiot-proof in its operation."

Weather: A grey start but clearing up later on

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a cloudy start with outbreaks of light and patchy rain across the county.

The rain should clear later on with only a few showers by this afternoon when it brightens up too.

High temperatures of about 20C.

Here's the outlook for Keswick this morning, why not check the forecast for your area on the BBC Weather website? 

Keswick morning forecast
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Sport: Carlisle boss eyes Newcastle forward

BBC Sport

Carlisle United's Keith Curle says he's still hoping to do some deals before tonight's transfer deadline at 23:00.

It's understood that Newcastle forward Alex Gilliead remains a target for the United manager.

Newcastle United's Alex Gilliead during Premier League 2 match between West Ham U23 v Newcastle Utd U23
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Sport: Carlisle United win nine goal trophy campaign opener

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United came away on top in a 5-4 win over League One Oldham in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Bluebirds had led 3-1 through goals from Michael Raynes, Reggie Lambe and Shaun Miller before going 4-3 down midway through the second-half. 

Tom Miller made it 4-4 before defender Macaulay Gillesphey was shown a straight red with ten minutes to go only for Raynes to get his second - and United's winner - in the final minute.

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Two in hospital after fight outside Cumbrian pub

Two people have been taken to hospital after police were called to a fight outside a pub in Carlisle.

Cumbria Police say it happened at the Joiners Arms on Caldewgate.

Several people are reported to have been involved in the fight but it's not thought by officers that any weapons were used.

Police outside Carlisle's Joiners Arms
BBC

Cumbria's morning headlines

BBC Radio Cumbria

Here are the top stories that BBC Radio Cumbria listeners are hearing about this morning:

  • A sheep farmers' group has asked for reassurance from the National Trust over the future of a Borrowdale sheep flock living on land it now owns.
  • Two people have been taken to hospital following a fight outside a pub in Carlisle
  • Cumbrians have more access to lifesaving defibrillators than ever before, according to the county council

Travel: Delays expected around Carlisle Racecourse later

BBC Travel

Keep an eye out later on if you're driving around Durdar near Carlisle because there's a race meeting this afternoon at Carlisle Racecourse. 

The gates open at 14:45 with the last race at 19:50. 

There's a chance of delays around the racecourse until 21:15 tonight.

Herdwick farmers call on National Trust for reassurance over Borrowdale farm

The group representing the traditional method of sheep farming in the Lake District has asked for reassurances from the National Trust about the future of a Borrowdale sheep flock. 

The National Trust has bought the farmland of Thorneythwaite Farm in Borrowdale, but it's been criticised for not buying the accompanying farmhouse.

The Herdwick Breeders Association aims to promote and support the farming of Herdwick sheep, especially in and around the Lake District.

I just hope that they can make it available to someone to continue working it in traditional Lakeland fashion and to maintain the Herdwick sheep flock that goes with the land to the standards that we like to see amongst the farming community."

Will RawlingChairman, Herdwick Breeders Association

Travel: roadwork delays in Penrith

BBC Travel

It's looking quite clear on the county's roads in spite of the wet weather. 

There could be delays for drivers in Penrith today as A592 Castlegate is closed in both directions between Great Dockray and Auctionmart Lane while work is being done on a gas main. 

There is a diversion in operation via Ullswater Road, the M6 roundabout, A66 and the A6 which could mean a delay to your journey.

Get the latest travel news on the BBC Travel website.

A592 Castlegate in Penrith
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Weather: Fells Forecast

BBC Weather

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 8C. 
  • Winds: Strong southwesterly, gusts 40mph, decreasing fresh westerly during the afternoon. 
  • Cloud: Widespread cloud above 1300 feet (400m) with patches down to 650 feet (200m), lifting to broken cloud around 2300 feet (700m) for the afternoon. 
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor in rain, very poor in hill fog, improving mostly good later. 
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

We'll be here to keep you up to date with all of the county's news, sport, weather and travel through to 16:00 this evening. 

It's not exactly the blue skies we were all hoping for on the last day of summer so far - but the outlook does get better later on. 

If you've got any stories to tell or photos to share, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us using Facebook