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  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 February 2017

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

We've now finished this service of news, travel, weather, and other things that take our fancy around this county for today.

Here are the headlines from today...

As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share, or you have news you think we should know, you can  email ustweet us , or get in touch  through our Facebook page

Carolyn Farthing sent us this photo of Buttermere between the snow showers.

Buttermere
Carolyn Farthing

I'll be back to do it all again starting at 08:00 tomorrow. Have a great evening.

Industrial action on some of Cumbria's railway lines

Passengers on many Cumbrian railway lines could face disruption after trade union members voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over driver-only-operated trains .

The dispute is between the RMT union and Arriva Rail North which operates Northern services throughout the county.

The 24-hour strike will take place on 13 March.

Trains
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Weather: Rain and hill snow later, sunshine and wintry showers tomorrow

BBC Weather

Showery rain and hill snow will continue this evening but clear to the southeast during the first part of the night. The wind will ease allowing a widespread frost as temperatures drop to 0C (32F).

A fine start tomorrow with sunny spells. Wintry showers will develop through the morning and continue in places through the afternoon. Gentle westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 7C (45F).

See the details for your area here.

Weather chart
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Air ambulance crew get into the pancake spirit

The guys at the Great North Air Ambulance base in Cumbria are obviously keen cooks too.

But how many people can make their pancakes in the shape of helicopters? Impressive!

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Your pictures: Wintry Buttermere

Thank you to Emma Shackleton for this lovely photo of Buttermere.

Some snow on the tops and you can almost feel the crispness of the air!

Buttermere
Emma Shackleton

As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share, you can  email ustweet us  or get in touch  through our Facebook page

Carlisle's city centre bandstand dismantled

The bandstand in Carlisle city centre is being dismantled after a survey found that it was no longer fit for purpose.

The structure was built in 2002 and is used regularly for performances by local music groups.

A city council spokesman said: "A survey undertaken earlier this year concluded that more than £20,000 was needed to repair the structure and enable its continued use. 

"We are now removing it and will be looking at all options on how the city centre space will be used in the future."

It's not clear yet whether that would include a new bandstand or not.

bandstand
BBC

Wind farm firm sets up engineering skills fund

The company behind a south Cumbrian offshore wind farm says it will offer a £100,000 skills fund to train engineers around Morecambe Bay.

The money provided by Dong Energy, which is building the extension of Walney wind farm , will fund scholarships for up to seven students to study engineering at Furness College.

The remainder of the money will be spent on two careers co-ordinators to work in schools and colleges around Barrow and on hardship grants for college students. 

Wind turbines
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Millions of eggs lose free-range status

Millions of UK eggs will temporarily lose their free-range status after hens were forced to spend weeks inside barns as part of emergency bird flu measures .

Since December, poultry has had to be kept indoors under government orders to prevent the spread of the disease.

Under European Union rules, if birds have been housed for more than 12 weeks they cannot be marketed as free range.

David Brass, director of The Lakes Free Range Eggs Company based near Penrith, said: "So far it's slight disruption.

"It's all about animal welfare and keeping our consumers informed about what we're doing. We don't want the disease in the country."

Eggs
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Storm damaged A591 contractors awarded

The firms who rebuilt the A591 between Keswick and Grasmere after a landslide during Storm Desmond have won a national award.

A591
BBC

Kier Highways and Cubby Construction JV won the recognition from Highways England. They were among 130 entries in this year’s awards.

Award winners
Highways England

Weather: Rain and hill snow this afternoon, clearing later

BBC Weather

Cloud will increase from the west with showery rain and hill snow pushing eastwards across Cumbria. Fresh westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 7C (45F).

Weather chart
BBC

Showery rain and hill snow will continue this evening but clear to the southeast during the first part of the night. Winds will ease allowing a widespread frost as temperatures drop to 0C (32F).

Your pictures: Snowy day in Grasmere

Thank you to Grasmere School for allowing us to share this great photo.

It's snowing rather heavily but it's not stopped the children from practicing for their pancake race later on!

As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share, you can  email ustweet us  or get in touch  through our Facebook page .

Girl running in snow
Grasmere School

Council urged to refuse zoo's new licence

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Poor veterinary care, poor record keeping, and a "refusal to take responsibility" for failings are all being given as reasons to reject a fresh application for a zoo license from the South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton-in-Furness. 

Inspectors visited earlier this year, and say any progress that's being made is "seriously undermined" by the "deplorable" welfare standards in one aviary in particular.

The report also contains details of almost 500 animal deaths between 2013 and 2016.

The management style of the zoo's original owner, David Gill, is described as "intrusive", and it's in the areas he still controls that the inspectors say they found the more serious welfare issues.

The inspectors have recommended Barrow Borough Council refuses to grant a new licence.

A meeting will be held to decide on the matter next week.

Zoo entrance
BBC

Couple trying to change world through kindness after stabbing

BBC Radio Cumbria

"We are genuinely grateful".

Those are the words of Sally Roythorne, who says her and her partner Rob Plevin's lives were changed forever after the couple were stabbed in their sleep in 2010.

House party guest, Matthew Lucas, left Rob and Sally fighting for their lives when he attacked them at their home in Brampton. They now live in Armathwaite.

Now, the couple are trying to change the world through kindness by signing up for The Big Love Challenge.

Sally Roythorne and Rob Plevin
BBC

Cumbrian sailor to take part in historic race

A Cumbrian sailor is competing in an historic yacht race this week, which is taking place for the first time in 58 years.

The St Petersburg to Havana race, which was set up to promote business links between Cuba and the USA, was put on hold due to the US embargo.

Gareth Kelly, who's originally from south Cumbria, but now lives in California, is a member of the St. Louis Yacht Club which is taking part in the event.

Map
BBC

Your pictures: Lowther Castle in the morning sun

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

Our reporter Sian Hall was up nice and early this morning to report from Lowther Castle near Penrith.

She was looking for signs of spring!

She took this lovely photo that we thought you might like.

Lowther Castle
BBC

Carlisle United say talks with potential investor have ended

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United have announced that long-standing talks with a potential overseas investor have now ended .

In a statement released last night, the club said "a line had been drawn" 650 days after first announcing a "firm and genuine interest".

The identity of the potential investor was not revealed in the statement.

Carlisle United say they will now look to "facilitate new investment" with the help of CUOSC, its official supporters club.

Brunton Park
BBC

Another chance for Cumbrians to give views on number of MPs

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

People in Cumbria are being given another chance to have their say on a proposal to reduce the number of the county's MPs from six to five.

It's part of a wider plan by the Boundary Commission for England to reduce the size of the House of Commons from 650 MPs to 600.

From today, all of the responses made so far about the proposed boundaries can be read on the commission's website .

Hpuse of Commons
BBC

Weather: Cold and breezy with showers and sunny spells

BBC Weather

A cold and breezy day with sunny spells and isolated showers this morning.

Showers pushing eastwards this afternoon. The rain will be heavy at times and perhaps wintry over the hills.

Fresh westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 7C (45F).

See the details for your area here.

Weather chart
BBC

More council tax increases likely in Cumbria

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

More council tax increases are expected from Cumbrian councils this week, as they warn that further cuts to services are also likely.

The county's district authorities have been among the worst hit by reductions in government grants.

Four councils, Barrow, Copeland, Allerdale and Carlisle, have seen their spending power reduced by at least 20% compared to five years ago.

Council tax bill
BBC

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning! A lovely crisp morning on the walk in today.

I'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that take our fancy from around the county, until about 16:00.

As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can  email ustweet us  or get in touch  through our Facebook page .