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  1. Cumbrian firms react to new £1 coin
  2. Four men banned from Carlisle's Botchergate
  3. Honister Slate Mine celebrates 20th birthday
  4. Tuesday 28 March 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

That's all for our updates of the county's news, weather, travel and sport for the day.

We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00.

Here's a recap of today's events: 

Cumbrians have been reacting to the introduction of the new £1 coin . Four men have been banned from a Carlisle city centre street after admitting affray and the so-called 'Lindal Dip' is no more

If you've got a story or a photo of our county that you'd like to share, you can  email us  ,  tweet @bbc_cumbria  or  get in touch using Facebook .

Have a good evening. 

Cumbrian tourist attraction marks 20 years in business

Honister Stale Mine

A Lake District visitor attraction and working mine is celebrating its 20th birthday.

Honister Slate Mine was bought by the company that currently runs it in 1997.

The mine attracts thrill-seekers to climb its Via Ferrata up Fleetwith Pike but still exports slate across Europe and into America and Australia. 

Cumbrian hospital trust holds thanksgiving service for staff

North Cumbrian hospitals staff have been thanked for their hard work during a service at Carlisle Cathedral. 

Yesterday's event featured readings and stories from patients at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. 

Cumberland Infirmary chaplain Rev Annie Gray organised the event: 

A thanksgiving service for North Cumbrian hospital staff was organised by Rev Annie Gray

County council pays tribute to former education head

More on the news that's been reported by the North West Evening Mail that former Cumbria County Council education chief Caroline Sutton has died, aged 53.

Cumbria County Council has released a tribute to her: 

We are saddened by news of her sudden death and our sympathies go to her family. Caroline was a dedicated public servant whose energies were always focused on achieving the best educational outcomes for children. She made many friends in Cumbria while she worked here and she has left a lasting legacy in many of the initiatives she took in moving education forward in the county.

John Macilwraith Corporate Director for Children and Family Services, Cumbria County Council

Weather: Scattered showers

BBC Weather

Sunny spells for the rest of the day with scattered showers this evening.

It'll become more cloudy with bursts of rain at times.

Lows tonight of 8C (46F).

Check on the weather for your area with BBC Weather.

Family pays tribute to Cumbrian man who died in Great Orton crash

The family of a man from Houghton near Carlisle who died in a crash at Great Orton has paid tribute to him.

Jeff Matthews, who was 28, died at the scene of a collision between his motorbike and a car on Sunday .

Jeff Matthews and his partner Julie
Cumbria Police / Family of Jeff Matthews

Jeff was one of the kindest most sincere young men anyone could ever meet. He was passionate about his job and loved his family dearly. He had a hunger for life and died doing what he loved, riding his motorbike on a sunny afternoon. We love him and miss him with all our hearts.

Family of Jeff Matthews

Call for memories of south Cumbrian working men's clubs

The county's archive service is calling for records, photographs and memories of social and working men's clubs in south Cumbria.

A drop in session is being held between 10:00 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 16:30 today at Barrow Library where archivists hope to make copies of documents and photographs. 

Part of a Victorian building in Barrow which was gutted by fire is being demolished.

It's after some of the records held at  Barrow's former House of Lords club were destroyed in a major fire in January .

Cumbria Archives says that the books used to minute club meetings have been preserved though because they had already been put into storage.

Men banned from major Carlisle city centre street

Four men have been banned from drinking on Carlisle's Botchergate after they admitted being part of a fight in a city centre pub.

Carlisle Crown Court was told that chairs were thrown and a snooker cue was brandished as a weapon during the brawl in the Cumberland Inn.

Four men admitted an affray charge:

  • Christopher Callum Lowe, 30, from Baird Road, Carlisle
  • Jonathan Wall, 40, from Stonegarth, Carlisle
  • Gary Green, 52, from Mayson Street, Carlisle
  • Aaron Larmour, 28, from Barrington Street, Manchester
A picture of Carlisle's Botchergate taken in 2012

Another man, Jonathon Victor O'Neil, 40, from Rimworth Drive in Manchester, said he intended to plead guilty once he had legal representation. 

The men will be sentenced next month and have been given bail on condition they do not go to any bars on Botchergate.

Police share student-told story warning of sexual exploitation

Cumbria Police have thanked Cumbrian students for producing a story warning children and teenagers about the dangers of sexual exploitation. 

In what the force says is a UK first, the Carlisle College students told the story of a fictional girl who agreed to send a naked photo of herself to her boyfriend which leads to her being sexually exploited.

It was originally told using the police's new social media account on Snapchat - cumbriacops .

Here's the story in full:

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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J39 for B6261 and J40 for A66.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J39, B6261 (Shap) and J40, A66 (Penrith), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Weather: Showery rain through the afternoon

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will arrive this afternoon that could turn heavy and thundery in places.

There'll still be some drier, brighter spells though before a mild and cloudy night. 

Highs of 13C (55F)

Here's the outlook for Whitehaven this afternoon:

Afternoon forecast for Whitehaven

Get the latest forecast where you live with BBC Weather.

New beer to mark inaugural south Cumbrian food festival

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

          Beer pump label for Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Taste Cumbria Easter Brew
Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery / Taste Cumbria

A special beer is being brewed to mark the first edition of a food festival in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The Taste Cumbria Easter Brew goes on sale today and will also be available during the town's Taste Cumbria festival between Friday 14 April and Sunday 16 April while stocks last.

It's been created by Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery with help from Kennedys Fine Chocolates of Orton. 

Concern for missing woman from Whitehaven

The police say they're concerned about a 25-year-old woman who's gone missing from the Whitehaven area.

Gemma Rice was last seen at 16:10 yesterday at the West Cumberland Hospital when she was seen wearing a black tracksuit. 

Cumbria Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.

Missing person Gemma Rice from Whitehaven
Cumbria Police

Police joy at an end to the 'Lindal dip'

We've been reporting today that the so-called Lindal dip - an area of the A590 in South Cumbria which was notorious for flooding in heavy rain - has been repaired and reopened.

Here's how Barrow Police have reacted to the news today:

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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J36 for A590 and J35 for A601.

M6 Cumbria - M6 partially blocked southbound between J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) in Kendal and J35 A601(M) Carnforth in Carnforth, because of an obstruction on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

How did we get to the new £1 coin?

The new £1 which enters circulation today is the 13th new coin to be introduced in the UK over the past 50 years.

Here's a look back at how we got our current set of pocket change.

A brief history of decimal coins

If you liked seeing the old footage in the video, you might like following BBC Archive on Twitter which posts new pictures and videos everyday from the BBC archives. 

This morning's headlines for Cumbria

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here are the headlines across BBC Cumbria this morning: 

  • Cumbrian businesses and charities are reacting to the brand new £1 coin which comes into circulation today
  • Four men have been banned from part of Carlisle following a brawl at a city centre pub
  • A Cumbrian visitor attraction - Honister Slate Mine - is celebrating its 20th birthday

Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours today:

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: +5C 
  • Winds: Moderate or fresh south or southeasterly gusting 30mph 
  • Cloud: Patches above 600m (2,000ft) becoming more extensive in rain later 
  • Visibility: Generally good but occasionally moderate or poor in rain later 
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

If you're planning to tackle one of the higher peaks today, don't forget to check the fell top conditions from Lake District Weatherline before you go. 

Beginning of the end for the 'Lindal Dip'

Here's an update from BBC Radio Cumbria Furness reporter Neil Smith.

When he's not interviewing people about the new £1 coin, he's using the A590 in South Cumbria where you've not been able to miss the roadworks being done by Highways England to remove the so-called Lindal Dip.

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The roadworks are set to be completed by the end of March, according to Highways England.

Weather: Dry with bright spells

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry for most this morning before showery rain arrives this afternoon. 

Light winds and top temperatures of 15C (59F).

Here's the rest of your forecast: 

Weather for the North East and Cumbria

Thousand pound cost of new £1 coin for South Cumbrian business

A South Cumbrian amusement arcade is spending hundreds of pounds to make sure it's ready for a new £1 coin. 

The new 12 sided £1 coin is being put into circulation today by the Royal Mint. 

It claims that the coin is the 'most secure in the world'.

Frank Bailey, the owner of Bailey's Amusements in Barrow, has been telling BBC Cumbria about the alterations he's had to make to all of his machines:

From a business point of view, with the new coins plus the new notes that have been introduced over the last year and the future year coming. It's a cost, again, that's not reimbursable to us and it's a one off cost that we have to bear.

Frank BaileyBailey's Amusements
New 12-sided £1 coin
Royal Mint

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning. We'll have all of Cumbria's news, weather, travel and sport throughout the day.

If you've got a story or a photo of our county that you'd like to share, you can email us , tweet @bbc_cumbria or get in touch using Facebook .