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  1. Thursday 2 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: Showers possible overnight, more rain tomorrow

BBC Weather

Winds easing during the evening with a few showers possible, wintry over the hills. Turning largely dry by dawn with a patchy frost. Lows of 3C (37F).

Cloudy with patchy light rain in the morning, becoming breezier later in the afternoon with longer spells of rain spreading up from the south, perhaps heavy at times in the evening. Highs of 8C (46F).

See the details for your area here.

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Major diversions in place for roadworks later this week

Part of the A595 in south Cumbria will be closed for repairs from tomorrow for up to five days. Diversions will be in place as shown on the map below.

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Man jailed for assaulting pregnant sister

A man who assaulted his heavily pregnant sister and robbed her partner has been jailed.

Gareth John Sharpe, 27, was said to have "acted like a lunatic" during a violent, alcohol-fuelled incident in Egremont in January.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that he pinned Zoe Sharpe against a kitchen wall and held a metal bar across her body.

She was said to have sustained minor injuries but did not appear to have had problems with her pregnancy, the court heard.

Sharpe stole £40 from her partner, Stephen Hinde, during the same incident, and made threats to kill the couple and burn their house down.

Having pleaded guilty to robbery, actual bodily harm, and a restraining order breach, he was jailed for 18 months.

Pupils move into new school building in Workington

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Pupils from two former west Cumbrian schools have moved into a new "state of the art" building today.

The new Workington Academy, which has cost £16.5m has the latest equipment and technology as well as a dance studio and a theatre.

The headteacher says it's a vote of confidence in local children.

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Murder victim told police about her ex-partner's temper

A jury has heard how a Carlisle woman told police just days before her death of her ex-partner's "terrible temper".

Miklos Verebes, who's 29, is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court accused of murdering 33-year-old Melinda Korosi who was found fatally injured at her home in September.

Today jurors watched a video recording of a police interview with Ms Korosi where she alleged Mr Verebes would pull her hair, slap her and try to strangle her.

She went on to say: "During the years I tried so many times to literally walk away. I didn't want somebody who hurts me all the time."

Mr Verebes denies murder and has also pleaded not guilty to three rape charges.

The trial continues.

More support for students with mental health problems

Students from the University of Cumbria are being offered more support to help them cope with mental health problems.

The university has taken on two mental health case workers who will help people who are trying to cope with the challenges of life on campus.

It comes as University Mental Health Day starts across the country, giving students advice and assistance.

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Brexit could be 'catastrophic' for Cumbria's nuclear industry

Britain's nuclear industry could face a "catastrophe" after Brexit, according to the former MP for Barrow and Furness, John Hutton.

Lord Hutton, chairman of the Nuclear Industries Association, is warning against leaving the European Atomic Energy Community without alternative arrangements. He said membership of the organisation had brought "very significant benefits" to the UK's nuclear industry. 

He claims that if the UK leaves without a plan, it won't be possible to trade with companies in the United States, Canada, Japan, India, South Korea or Europe.

John Hutton
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Weather: Dry and bright this afternoon, hill snow possible later

BBC Weather

Staying mainly dry and bright in the afternoon, but with a few wintry showers possible over the hills. Feeling cold in the wind with highs of 8C (46F).

Winds easing during the evening with a few showers possible, wintry over the hills. Turning largely dry by dawn with a patchy frost. Lows of 3C (37F).

See the forecast for your area here.

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Younger people urged to join parish councils

People in their early 30s and 40s are being asked to consider becoming parish councillors in Cumbria.

There are 268 parish councils in the county, but some are struggling to find enough people willing to take on the roles.

Appleby town clerk, Caroline Dodgeon, said: "They should have life experience and skills they can bring to the council. Someone from a professional background or someone who already takes a leading role in the community."

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

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M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J42 for A6 and J43 for A69.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J42, A6 (Carlisle South) and J43, A69 (Carlisle), because of a broken down abnormal load. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Pupils at Workington Academy move into new £16.5m building

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Pupils from two former west Cumbrian schools will be moving into their new state-of-the art school today.

The building at Workington Academy, which has cost £16.5m, has the latest technology, as well as a dance studio and a theatre space.

In November 2013 both Stainburn School and Southfield Technology College were rated as "inadequate" by Ofsted. 

Cumbria County Council stepped in and merged the two schools which is based in the old Stainburn School building.

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Police raids in Cumbria as part of anti-drugs operation

Police have raided several addresses across the North as part of an anti drugs operation. Barrow was one of the places targeted in Cumbria.

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Cumbria's hospitality industry plans for World Heritage announcement

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Hundreds of people from Cumbria's hospitality industry are taking part in a trade show near Kendal this week.

Organisers say they've invited experts in branding and online marketing this year, to help Cumbrian firms hoping to make the most of the Lake District's bid for World Heritage status .

A decision on the bid is due to be announced in July.

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Cumbria Police rated 'good' by inspectors

Cumbria Police has been rated "good" by inspectors for crime prevention, investigation works, and tackling serious and organised crime. 

But Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said there was "still room for improvement" in its protection of vulnerable people.

Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said he "welcomed" the overall rating.

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UK has 'moral obligation' to help world's poor, Cumbrian MP says

A Cumbrian MP says the UK has a "moral obligation" to help the world's poorest people.

Rory Stewart, the Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border, and a minister for international development, says the government is spending £100m over the next year in Somalia and South Sudan, areas that are threatened with famine.

The UK's total overseas aid budget is £12bn and some, including UKIP, say this is too much, especially when more money is needed at home.

Rory Stewart
BBC

Weather: Cold and frosty start, hill snow possible later

BBC Weather

A cold and frosty start, but dry through the morning with some sunny spells, and turning breezy.

Staying mainly dry in the afternoon, but with a few wintry showers possible over the hills. Feeling cold in the wind with highs of 8C (46F).

See the details for your area here .

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Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning! A lovely morning where I am - blue sky and crisp air.

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 .