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  1. Updates on Thursday 8 September 2016

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

That's all for BBC Cumbria Live today but we'll be back with all your news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

We'd love to hear your stories and see your pictures of the county so get in touch with by email, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us using Facebook.

Have a great afternoon.

Weather: Cloudy and breezy

BBC Weather

Turning cloudy with a southwesterly breeze. Some patchy rain in places on a fresher night than most.

Lows overnight dipping to 13C.

Here's the overnight forecast for Crooklands, but you can check the forecast where you live on the BBC Weather website.

Evening weather for Crooklands
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New round of savings 'cutting to the bone' for Barrow Council

People living in Barrow will have to pay more for many council services after Barrow Borough Council agreed a budget including £2.3m of savings.

Councillors have also decided to ask other groups to take over the running of The Forum entertainments venue, the Park Leisure Centre and the town's dog kennels in a bid to save some of the money. 

The council says that the budget strategy that runs up to 2020 is the "best [it] could do" in the face of another reduction in the grant it gets from central government. 

The Forum venue in Barrow
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Time running out for businesses to get growth funding

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

There's not much time left for Cumbrian firms to get hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding to grow their business.

The Cumbria Growth Fund is a pot of money from the government for manufacturing businesses that want to invest in projects which will create or project jobs.

There's £400,000 left in the fund after a significant level of demand from Cumbria's firms.

The Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, which manages the scheme, says the rest of the money is likely to go soon and is encouraging businesses to contact them for more information.

Paralympics: Cumbrian wheelchair racer Simon Lawson says thank you

Here's a Tweet from a Cumbrian athlete who'll be in Rio for the next few weeks.

There's a bit of a wait for Simon Lawson from Maryport though because he's competing in the T54 Marathon on the final day of the games 18 September.

There's a full schedule of events over on the BBC Sport website.

View more on twitter

A66 reopened after man dies in car and lorry crash

Police say that the A66 has been reopened eastbound between Brough and Bowes following a fatal crash earlier this morning.

The man who died was driving an Audi A4 which was involved in a collision with a lorry near the Stainmore Cafe at 05:22.

The driver of the HGV was not injured.

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Paralympics: What it's like to get the GB call up for Cumbrian athlete

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

It's the first time that Simon Lawson from Maryport has competed at a Paralympic games in Rio.

Simon won silver in the Great North Half Marathon and will be competing in the T54 Marathon on the final day of the games. 

He's been explaining what you've got to keep handy to make sure training isn't interrupted by a puncture and how it felt to get the phone call from British Athletics to say he was going to Brazil:

Maryport's Simon Lawson will make his Paralympic debut in the T54 Marathon in Rio.

Reaction to flood report from Cumbria flood group: 'Restructure Environment Agency'

The chairman of a group representing people living in flood risk areas of Carlisle says that it's time to make changes to the body that currently manages flooding in England.

Dr Stephen Gibbs from the Carlisle Flood Action Group was speaking after the publication of the National Flood Resilience Review which recommends spending more money on temporary flood defences and combining Met Office rain forecasts with Environment Agency flood models for the first time.

We're looking for a restructure of the Environment Agency following the model of Somerset. Somerset set up a Rivers Authority that took over the lead from the EA. We'd like to do that here in Cumbria -- professionals and locals working together to focus on our rainfall catchment areas -- and allow the EA to step back into a back office role

Dr Stephen GibbsCarlisle Flood Action Group

Weather: Cloudy with sunshine to come

BBC Weather

Some sunshine should break through during the afternoon but it'll stay cloudy in parts of Cumbria.

Highs reaching 18C.

Here's this afternoon's forecast for Crooklands where the Westmorland County Show is being held today:

Weather in Crooklands
BBC

Get the weather forecast where you are with the BBC Weather website.

Flood review: Recommendations from national report into winter flooding

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here are the main points from today's government report after last winter's flooding:

  • £12.5m investment for new temporary defences stationed around England.
  • A commitment from utility companies to increase flood protection of their key local infrastructure, such as phone networks and water treatment works.
  • Improvements to information sharing between the government and utility companies.
  • A new stress test of the risk of flooding from rivers and the sea in England. 
Environment Agency workers checking the river defence barriers on Osney Island in Oxford
Steve Parsons / PA
  • Met Office forecasts of extreme rainfall scenarios will be linked with Environment Agency modelling for the first time to provide a new assessment of flood risk.
  • £750,000 investment for Fire and Rescue Services and other groups to maintain flood rescue teams.
  • Pilot scheme to design innovative flood defences for Sheffield - with plans to roll out similar schemes in other cities.
  • Surface water flooding to be officially recognised as a separate risk from coastal and river flooding.

The report is available to read in full on the gov.uk website.

Travel: M6 slip roads clear at J36

BBC Travel

The slip roads taking people on and off the M6 Northbound at J36 for Kirkby Lonsdale are now clear.

There were queues there earlier on as drivers travelled to the Westmorland County Show at Crooklands.

Get the latest updates for the county's travel on the BBC Travel website.

The headlines in Cumbria so far today

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Travel: Very slow traffic at Kemplay Bank roundabout in Penrith

BBC Travel

A pair of broken down vehicles are affecting traffic at the Kemplay Bank roundabout for the A66 and A686 at Penrith.

It's also affecting traffic from Appleby heading towards Penrith.

Judging under way at the Westmorland County Show

BBC Cumbria

Hear updates from the Westmorland Show throughout the day on BBC Radio Cumbria.

Just click the speaker icon at the top of the page to listen live.

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BreakingMan dies following A66 crash

A man has died after a collision between a car and a lorry on the A66 at Stainmore.

The man was driving an Audi A4 at 05:22 when the collision happened.

The lorry driver was not injured.

Cumbria Police are asking motorists to avoid the area.

Report recommends four times as many temporary flood barriers for northern England

A national review of the winter floods says that £12.5m will be spent on new temporary flood defences that can be moved around the country in case of flooding. 

The review was commissioned after 16,000 houses in Cumbria and Yorkshire were flooded during the wettest December in a century last year.  

The investment would mean the Environment Agency would have four times as many temporary flood barriers than in 2015.

members of the armed forces helping distribute sandbags to residents following flooding in Carlisle
Owen Humphreys

Travel: All lanes reopened but queues on M6 J36 slip road for Westmorland County Show

BBC Travel

We told you earlier on that two lanes were closed on the M6 Southbound between J37 and J36.

That's been cleared now and all lanes have reopened on the motorway.

However, there is queuing traffic on the slip road leaving the M6 at J36 for the A590 and Kirkby Lonsdale.

It's because of drivers heading to the Westmorland County Show. 

We're also getting reports of an accident involving a lorry because of rain and surface water which has partially blocked the slip road.

We'll bring you more updates as we get them.

Get updates about the county's travel on the BBC Travel website.

More than £12m to be spent on temporary flood defences, says report

Millions of pounds will be spent on new temporary flood defences following the recommendations of a national flood review by the Government.

The National Flood Resilience Review was set up after last winter's devastating floods across parts of northern England including Cumbria.

The report outlines £12.5 million for temporary defences such as barriers and high-volume water pumps.

The temporary defences will be held at seven locations around the country.

Paralympics: Meet the athletes from Cumbria and the North East

Three athletes from the North East and Cumbria are competing at this month's Paralympic Games in Rio.

They are:

  • Wheelchair racer Simon Lawson from Maryport in the T54 Marathon
  • Wheelchair racer Jade Jones from Middleborough in the T54 800m, 1500m, 5000m
  • Swimmer Josef Craig from Jarrow in the 50m, 100m & 400m free (S8, SB8, SM8)
Rio Paralympics 2016: North East and Cumbria athletes ready

Travel: Two lanes closed on M6 between Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale

BBC Travel

There are two lanes closed on the M6 Southbound between J37 A684 for Kendal and J36 A590 for Kirkby Lonsdale because of debris on road. 

That's led to queues of traffic on the motorway.

We've also had reports of very slow traffic on the A65 Northbound between A6070 / A590 Crooklands Roundabout and B6385 because of drivers heading for the Westmorland County Show.

There are more updates about the county's travel on the BBC Travel website.

Weather: Fell forecast

BBC Weather

If you're planning a fell walk today, here are the all-important conditions you need to know about:

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: Up to 16C. 
  • Winds: Strong south or southwesterly, gusts 40-45mph, occasionally gale force gusts 55mph.
  • Cloud: Cloud around 1,600ft (500mm) in rain. 
  • Visibility: Good, falling moderate in rain & poor in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: Well above the summits.

Paralympics: Great Britain says hello in Rio

BBC Sport

In case you didn't manage to stay awake to see it during the Paralympics Opening Ceremony, here's the moment that team ParalympicsGB were introduced to a crowded Maracanã stadium in Rio.

Flagbearer and ten-time Paralympic equestrian champion Lee Pearson led Great Britain's athletes in the parade.

Great Britain's first medal could come as early as tonight when Dame Sarah Storey competes in the C5 pursuit.

Maryport's Simon Lawson will compete on the final day of the games in the T54 Marathon.

Paralympics welcomes Great Britain to Games

Weather: Muggy start with sun on the way

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A muggy, murky morning with low misty cloud.

Outbreaks of rain across the county this morning but that should change into the afternoon with some sunshine breaking through.

Top temperatures about 18C. 

Here's more of today's forecast:

Weather for North East England

Travel: Congestion at Milnthorpe and Levens for county show

BBC Travel

There's congestion on B6384 Main Street heading east through Milnthorpe between A6 Church Street / B5282 Park Road and B6385. 

It's as people are heading for today's Westmorland County Show at Crooklands near Kendal.

There are also reports of slow traffic on the A590 Eastbound between the Brettargh Holt roundabout and M6 J36 for Kirkby Lonsdale and Crooklands as people head to the show.

If you're heading to the event, the organisers are asking you not to use a Sat Nav and to follow their directions and the 'County Show' road signs instead.

Map to Westmorland County showground at Crooklands
Westmorland County Agricultural Society

Get the latest travel updates on the BBC Travel website.

Cumbria's morning headlines

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

  • An official report on England's flood defences, including those overwhelmed in Cumbria last winter, will be published later this morning
  • Business owners in Cumbria are being told there's not much time left to take advantage of hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding through the Cumbria Growth Fund.
  • Cumbria's top policing boss says he's seeking monthly assurances that the county's police force is going to stay within its budget.

Travel: A66 closed heading east from Brough to Bowes

BBC Travel

Some difficult travelling in the east of the county this morning as the A66 Eastbound is closed between A685 / B6276 New Road at Brough and A67 for Bowes. 

That's because of a serious accident according to the police and Highways England and it's affected traffic heading from Appleby for the A1 in the North East.

There's also queuing traffic on the A685 Southbound between A66 / B6276 New Road at Brough and B6259 Victoria Square, in Kirkby Stephen as people try to find their way around that accident. 

There are more updates on the BBC Travel website.

A66 at Brough
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Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live today.

We'll have all of the county's latest news, sport, weather and travel until 16:00 this afternoon. 

There's always room here for your stories and pictures so get in touch with by email, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us using Facebook.