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  1. Updates on Wednesday 1 March 2017

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Our live coverage throughout the day

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

We've now finished this service of news, sport, weather, and other things that take our fancy around this county for today. I'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

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 .

Have a great evening.

Weather: Rain and snow tonight, drier tomorrow

BBC Weather

Rain will spread into parts of Cumbria for a time this evening, falling as snow over the hills and possibly down to lower levels in the heavier bursts. It will become dry again later in the night. Temperatures will drop to 0C (32F).

A fine start to the day tomorrow with a little patchy rain pushing northwards through the day. Brisk westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 8C (46F).

See the details for your area here.

Weather chart
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Cumbrian firm hits out at business rates increase

A Cumbrian business says it's difficult to see how it can cope with a four-fold increase in the business rates it pays.

Andrew Wright from Mitchells Livestock Auction Mart in Cockermouth says: "Our rateable vaulation last year was £44,000. This year's will be £136,000. We are a profitable business but we do that on a very small profit margin."

The county's chamber of commerce is warning that jobs could be lost and companies could fold because of a revaluation in business rates.

But the government says the revaluation will help make sure rates are accurate and some businesses will save money.

Auction mart
BBC

Calls for changes to regulation after report criticises Cumbrian zoo

An animal rights group says that the way a south Cumbrian zoo has been regulated shows why the system needs to change.

Yesterday, a report from inspectors revealed that almost 500 animals had died in the past four years at the South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton-in-Furness.

Maddy Taylor from the Captive Animal Protection Society says: "The inspectors have had to tell them to sort the heating out, they needed to provide bedding. It's absolutely appalling. They can't even meet the most basic requirements for animals."

Barrow Council is considering whether to grant the site a new zoo licence. 

Rhino
BBC

Most children in Cumbria get place in chosen school

More than 93% of pupils in Cumbria have been given their first choice of secondary school this September.

Cumbria County Council says 4,795 students applied for a place.

It also says young people here are more likely to go to their chosen school than anywhere else in the country.

Classroom
BBC

Your pictures: Snowy Swirral

The view up Swirral Edge on Helvellyn today, showing the extent of the snow on the ridge and at the head of Brown Cove.

Thanks to the fell top assessors from the Lake District National Park for allowing us to use this fantastic photo.

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

Swirral Edge in the snow
LDNPA

Heartbroken Dalton mum appeals to find late son's last artwork

North West Evening Mail

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Weather: Sunshine and showers later, rain and snow overnight

BBC Weather

Sunny spells and scattered showers this afternoon. Moderate westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 7C (45F).

Cloud will increase from the south this evening as a band of rain spreads into parts of Cumbria for a time, falling as snow over the hills and possibly down to lower levels in the heavier bursts. 

It will become dry again later in the night. Temperatures down to 0C (32F).

See the details for your area here.

Weather chart
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New Copeland MP takes her seat in parliament

Trudy Harrison, who won the Copeland seat for the Conservatives at the by-election last week , has been sworn in.

There were cheers from the Conservative benches in the House of Commons and a handshake from Speaker John Bercow.

Ms Harrison takes over from Labour's Jamie Reed who stood down to take a job in the nuclear industry.

Trudy Harrison
BBC

Your pictures: Sunny Ullswater

BBC Weather Watchers

Thank you to BBC Weather Watcher Shankwood Wanderer for this lovely photo of Howtown on Ullswater.

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

Ullswater
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Some Cumbrian firms unhappy with new business rates

BBC Radio Cumbria

A Cumbrian hotelier is warning she'll have to lay off a member of staff in order to pay for increased business rates.

Louise Dinnes from the Black Swan in Ravenstonedale in the Eden Valley was told her business rates would rise from £30,000 to £60,000 a year from next month. Following an initial challenge, the rate was cut to £51,000.

But she says this is still too much: "In the past we've had increases but it's never been anything like this. I'll have to lose a member of staff because I don't make a lot of profit."

The government says the revaluation of business rates will help make sure they are accurate, with northern businesses saving hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

High street
BBC

Weather: Fell forecast for today

Very good visibility but dropping down to moderate in showers.

Occasional hill fog at 500m (1,640ft), especially across western ranges, but many eastern summits will be cloud-free.

Westerly winds will be fresh across the tops with average speeds of 20mph, gusts of 30mph over higher ridges and summits. 

Temperatures ranging between -1C and 5C in the valleys. The freezing level is at about 600m (1,968ft) but rising to 800m (2,620ft) later.

Lakeland fells
BBC

New robotic surgery equipment for Cumbrian cancer patients

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A cancer treatment centre used by patients from south Cumbria is to be equipped with new state-of-the-art robotic equipment to help doctors perform complex operations through keyhole surgery. 

The Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital will be the first place in the north of England to use the device that can be remote-controlled by surgeons.

Dr Nick Wood, a consultant surgeon at the hospital, said: "The word robot conjures up an image of a machine without a human attached. That's really the wrong image to have. 

"What this is is a mixture of mechanics and computers to enhance what a surgeon can do."

Surgery with robot
Intuitive Surgical

People in Cumbria encouraged to plant trees

A charity says it wants to see thousands of new trees planted in Cumbria to combat disease, climate change and the risk of flooding.

The Woodland Trust is concerned at the number of solitary trees in fields and hedgerows that are being lost to new diseases like ash die-back.

It says by doing "our little bit" by planting more trees, it will in turn provide a much richer eco-system.

Trees
BBC

Animal welfare charity 'shocked' by Cumbrian zoo report

An animal welfare charity says an inspection report on a Cumbrian zoo is "by far the most serious" it's seen in decades.

The report on the South Lakes Safari Zoo near Dalton-in-Furness revealed almost 500 animals had died at the site in four years .

The Born Free Foundation said many of the cases were "entirely preventable and completely unacceptable".

A solicitor for the zoo's founder, David Gill, said he'd been eager to hand it over to new management for some time, and that Mr Gill has stepped away from all trading and management activities connected with the zoo.

Zoo entrance
BBC
National League

Kevan Hurst gives Guiseley a vital victory over Barrow in their battle to avoid relegation.

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Your pictures: A starry night in Harrington

Thank you to Gary McKeating for this stunning photo of Venus shining over the Solway Firth in Harrington near Workington.

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 .

Night time scene over the sea
Gary McKeating

New law comes into force on using a mobile phone at the wheel

More than 600 drivers in Cumbria were fined last year for using a mobile phone while driving.

From today, using a handset at the wheel will mean a £200 fine and six penalty points . New drivers could lose their license if they're caught.

Cumbria Police says it will be running "targeted operations" to catch offenders.

In 2015 - the latest year for which figures are available - 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents where a driver was using their phone.  

Someone texting in a car
BBC

Weather: Fine start, wintry showers later

BBC Weather

Another cold and frosty start to the day but with sunny spells. Scattered wintry showers will develop through the morning and continue in places this afternoon.

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

See the details for your area here.

Weather chart
BBC

Welcome to our live coverage

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning! Guess who left their gloves at work yesterday? Freezing out there this morning but the feeling is gradually returning to my fingers!

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 .