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Summary

  1. A new lifeboat arrives in west Cumbria today
  2. Drug dealer is jailed
  3. First Syrian refugees to come to Cumbria expected this month
  4. Wednesday 5 April 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

That's all from our updates of news, weather, and other aspects of Cumbrian life for today. 

Here's a reminder of some of Wednesday's main news:

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00. In the meantime, 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 good evening. 

New TV show set in Cumbria airs tonight

It's hoped a new BBC TV programme made in Cumbria will delight dog-lovers across the country. 

Me and My Dog is set in the grounds of Brathay Hall near Ambleside and sections were also filmed in Grizedale Forest and Rydal Beck. 

The participants will take part in physical and mental challenges to help the programme explain the science behind the bonds formed between owners and their pets.

You can see it on BBC Two at 20:00 tonight. 

Me and My Dog contestants
BBC

Financial changes spark concerns over proposed power station

The GMB union has expressed its concern after the French company Engie announced it is withdrawing from the partnership that's hoping to build a nuclear power station near Sellafield. 

It means that Toshiba will now take overNugen , the company that's planning to build at Moorside. 

Artist's impression of the proposed power station
NuGen

In recent weeks, there have been fears over the future of the project because of  financial problems at Westinghouse , which is Toshiba's USA nuclear arm.  

The GMB has described the situation as "hugely concerning" and says  there is too much at stake for the project not to go ahead

Workington's new lifeboat lifted out of the water

This picture shows the new RNLI lifeboat at Workington that arrived today. It's suspended from the special cranes, or davits, which are used to get it in and out of the water. 

BBC reporter Sian Hall was on board as it arrived. 

The RNLI says Workington is the only one of its stations to have an all-weather lifeboat that's launched by a davit system over the dock wall. 

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Man jailed for bringing Class A drugs to Cumbria

A man who travelled to Barrow to traffic Class A drugs has been jailed for three years and four months. 

Anthony Nurse with the drugs he was carrying
Cumbria Police

Anthony Nurse, from Hurstlyn Road in Liverpool, was caught after he took a train to Ulverston and Barrow several times between 27 January and 25 February. 

The 22-year-old was arrested as he got off a train in Ulverston and was found to be carrying six large wraps of brown powder and 15 wraps of a solid white substance.

Cumbria police identified them as heroin and crack cocaine, which they estimate had a street value of approximately £1,000.

He pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to two charges of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and two charges of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.  

Flying doctor given award for getting blood on board

A doctor working with one of the air ambulances that covers Cumbria has been given an award for her work in starting a service that's saving lives by carrying blood on board the aircraft.  


          Lt Col Rachel Hawes standing in front of a helicopter with emergency blood
Great North Air Ambulance Service

Consultant anaesthetist Rachel Hawes, a military reservist who's served at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, used her experience of taking blood by helicopter to injured service personnel to create a similar service with the Great North Air Ambulance.

The charity says the Blood on Board scheme has saved 18 lives during its first year of operation.

Lt Col Hawes has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate for Meritorious Service recognising "her commitment and dedication to developing and introducing systems that have saved many lives".

Watch: A tour of a community gym in Workington

BBC Cumbria

We meet some of the people who use the community gym at the Oval Centre in Salterbeck:

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Workington's new lifeboat arrives

It's finally here! Cumbria's newest lifeboat has arrived ready to take up its duties.  

It's the biggest of the boats shown in this clip from our reporter Sian Hall, who's been afloat with the crews preparing to welcome it to the county.  

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Grand National-winning trainer returns to Carlisle Races

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Grand National-winning trainer Donald McCain has four runners at today's jumps meeting at Carlisle including Freddies Portrait - a winner at the track back in February.

The six-race card gets under way at 14:00 with the last race at 16:35.

The Going is Soft, Good to Soft in places.

Donald McCain
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Watch: RNLI crews waiting for arrival of new lifeboat

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

Weather: A mainly dry and cloudy afternoon

BBC Weather

It will be a generally dry afternoon with variable amounts of cloud and some bright or sunny spells at times. However, there is a risk of the odd shower over the hills.

Highs of 13C (55F) are expected. 

You can get a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

Weather graphic
BBC

Bishop of Carlisle supports critical NHS report

The Bishop of Carlisle is supporting a report which says there is a shocking lack of long-term planning in the NHS in England. 

The Right Reverend James Newcome is a member of the House of Lords committee that took evidence from hundreds of people last year.

Its report criticises successive governments and says there should be a new, non-political organisation to examine long-term issues for the health service.

The current government says it is investing more in health and social care.

Bishop James Newcome
Diocese of Carlisle

Bishop James said:   

I think the report's findings are crucial if we are going to have an NHS in 2030. If the committee's recommendations are not acted upon, then things will simply get worse. The strain on services will be intolerable."

RNLI crews set to welcome new lifeboat

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

I'm at the port in Workington today with RNLI crews as they get ready to welcome their new Shannon Class lifeboat  

The boat has been named Dorothy May White after a woman who left £1m towards it in her will. 

The new vessel will be based in Workington where she will replace the Sir John Fisher boat.

Port of Workington
BBC

Cumbrian charity supports Prince Harry's campaign to rid the world of landmines

A global drive supported by Prince Harry to help rid the world of landmines by 2025  is to receive £100m of government funding.

The Mines Advisory Group, which was founded in Cockermouth in 1989, is among the charities supporting the Prince's campaign.

Prince Harry
PA

Concerns over NHS plans to save more than £500m

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Health bosses in South Cumbria and Lancashire need to plug a financial hole of more than £500m but there are concerns about the speed cuts may happen.

If no changes are made it's estimated there would be a gap of £572m in the trust's funding in four years' time.  

It's now emerged the area is one of nine across the country identified as likely candidates to put some of these changes in place faster than others

The Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, says he's deeply alarmed that cuts in the health service could be fast-tracked in the area. 

Furness General Hospital
Google

The NHS says the plans are designed to improve health-care and deliver better co-ordinated care, as well as saving money.    

Football: Ashton United 1 - 2 Workington

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Goals from Josh Calvert and Sam Smith gave Workington a 2-1 win at Ashton United last night to move to within four points of the Evo-Stik Premier play-off places with five games to play.

The Reds are back in action tomorrow night with a Cumberland Cup semi-final tie against Pirelli. 

Weather: Rather cloudy and feeling a little cooler

BBC Weather

Today will be cloudier and feel a little cooler than yesterday, but it will be largely dry with some bright or sunny intervals. 

The cloud will be thick enough to perhaps produce a few light showers over the fells.

HIghs of 11C (52 F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

Weather graphic
BBC

The first Syrian refugees to come to Cumbria expected this month

The first Syrian refugees to come to Cumbria will be settled in the north of the county. 

The county council says later this month a "small number" will be given homes in Carlisle and Eden, which is where the most suitable housing is available. 

It's likely that more families will come to Cumbria later this year and they could be found homes in other parts of the county. 

Generic photograph of Syrian refugees
Reuters

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that catch our eye from around the county through the day.

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