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  1. Tuesday 11 April 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

We've now finished posting news from across Cumbria for today. Here's a reminder:

We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 tomorrow. 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 very good evening

Cumbria's weather: Breezy with cloud increasing

BBC Weather

It'll be a breezy end to the day with cloud increasing from the north. Patchy rain will push southwards across Cumbria and the Pennines after midnight, with a minimum temperature of 8C (46F). 

Weather graphic
BBC

You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are here.

Union calls for government to guarantee nuclear plant as Toshiba totters

The trade union Unite has called for government guarantees that the planned nuclear power station at Moorside, near Sellafield, will be funded.

Kevin Coyne, a national officer for the union, was speaking after the company that now owns the project, Toshiba, announced £4bn losses and said its future was in doubt.

He said: "Unite renews its call to the business secretary Greg Clark to step in and pledge public investment to ensure that the project goes ahead on schedule, as Toshiba is in deep financial trouble and has a big question mark over its future." 

A spokesman for Mr Clark's department said the government was committed to new nuclear capacity.

He said Nugen had always planned to bring in other partners and Mr Clark had "visited South Korea last week for talks on future collaboration, including on civil nuclear projects."

Police commissioner lists actions taken after Poppi Worthington inquiries

Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall says a 14-point action plan drawn up after a number of reports following the death of Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington has now been fully implemented.

Poppi died in December 2012, and although a family court judge would later say he believe she had been sexually assaulted before her death, failures in the police investigation meant the full circumstances have not been established.  

Poppi Worthington
Family

In a statement at a meeting today Mr McCall said the failings had been addressed through a wide range of actions.

He said: “Cumbria Constabulary is a good force that is working hard to keep us all safe and will continue to work hard together with our communities and partners to meet the changing nature of crime.”

The pikes with an ancient history stand serene in spring sunshine

Martin Lewes

Reporter

Six thousand years ago, these crags saw the first industry in the Lake District, the production of stone axes.

The products have been found all over Britain and Ireland, prompting some paleontologists to wonder whether the tools and the mountains where they were made had some spiritual significance.

Langdale Pikes
Jen Spiers

Today they're an exciting and occasionally dangerous playground for walkers and climbers, a sort of human-sized Yosemite that is one of the iconic views of the Lake District.

Photographer Jen Spiers caught them from a different angle, and we're grateful for her sending this to us. 

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

Record numbers help Cumbria's scouts

More than 1,000 adults in Cumbria regularly help local groups of Scouts, Beavers or Cubs, according to figures released today.

But the waiting list has also reached an all-time high of just under 300.

The numbers of people involved, either as young members or adult leaders, has climbed by almost a third in the past decade, to 4,426.

The best-known adult scout leader is the Duchess of Cambridge, seen here on a visit to the Tower Wood scouting centre at Windermere.

Duchess of Cambridge at Tower Wood
BBC

Cumbrian farming generations face the cameras

James Robinson and his family, who've farmed near Kendal for five generations, are preparing for national exposure on the BBC's Countryfile.

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Prince finds Appleby in cautiously optimistic mood

Here are some more pictures of the visit by the Prince of Wales to Appleby to see how the town is recovering from the floods of the winter of 2015.

Prince in Bridge Street
BBC

The River Eden flooded the town during Storm Desmond, and then twice more - once the day after Prince Charles passed through on an earlier visit. He met a number of those who'd had to rebuild homes and businesses.

Charles with locals
BBC

There was a reception in the Methodist church hall where the royal visitor met a number of those who'd had to carry on day-to-day business after the floods.

Cadets and scouts outside church hall
BBC

Meanwhile outside, cadets and scouts waited patiently for an inspection.

Hands across the border in development project

Carlisle City Council is going to contribute £20,000 to a project to attract more investment to Cumbria and other counties along the English-Scottish border. 

Cumbria County Council is also involved in the Borderlands project, as it's called, along with authorities in Northumberland, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.    

Carlisle Castle
BBC

Prince meets the people who helped flooded Appleby

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

The Prince of Wales has toured Appleby to see how the town has recovered from the three floods of winter 2015 - one of which happened the day after he visited.

Prince being presented with hamper
BBC

At a reception for many of those involved, he was presented with a hamper by the Mayor, Councillor John Pape, and the town clerk, Caroline Dodgeon.

Prince with cheeses
BBC

Later he toured Appleby Creamery, run by the company Cows and Co, sampling some of the variety of cheeses produced there.

Workington Reds aim to take step towards play-off place

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds will move to within a point of the Evo-Stik Premier play-off places if they win at home to Buxton tonight.

The visitors are currently in the final play-off spot, but victory for the West Cumbrians would close the gap significantly on the Midlands-based club.

The Reds also have a game in hand on their rivals.

Kendal music fans shocked by death of Jonty Martindale

Music fans in South Cumbria have been shocked by the sudden death of a popular Kendal performer and businessman. 

Jonty Martindale opened his live music bar Bootleggers in the town 19 years ago and both local performers and internationally known acts played there.

Jonty Martindale and Elio Pace
Matt Daniel Baker

Mr Martindale, left, is pictured here with Elio Pace, a regular performer at Bootleggers who said in a Facebook tribute : "We lost a beautiful, beautiful man today."

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Weather: Some hazy sunshine and a freshening wind

BBC Weather

There'll be variable cloud and bright or hazy sunny spells with freshening westerly winds.

There is a chance of the odd light shower in places and a maximum temperature of 12C (54F). 

Weather graphic
BBC

You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are by  clicking here .

Moorside nuclear plant firm reports £4bn loss

The Japanese company that's now totally responsible for the planned Moorside nuclear power plant has reported losses of nearly £4bn .

Artist's impression of Moorside
Nugen

Toshiba is in deep trouble partly because its subsiduary, Westinghouse, racked up huge losses on several nuclear projects in the USA.

Westinghouse was due to provide the reactors for Moorside - with the same design as those that have run into problems in America.

In today's announcement, Toshiba acknowledged it may struggle to survive the crisis.

Prince of Wales tours Appleby Creamery

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

The Prince of Wales is now touring Appleby Creamery, on the second day of his visit to Cumbria.

Prince in Creamery
BBC

He encouraged the creamery to work with farmers from nearby Bewcastle on a previous visit three years ago and he was due to taste the results today.

Cars damaged in Ulverston

Youths, throwing bottles and drinking alcohol, damaged a number of vehicles in Ulverston last night.

Police officers went to the area around Hart Street and Ford Park Crescent after reports of trouble.

Officers are also investigating after another group of youngsters damaged vehicles parked near Cavendish Dock Road in Barrow.

Police appeal for sightings of missing man

Police say they're worried about a Carlisle man who hasn't been seen since Friday.

John Rickerby is 6ft 2in tall and may be wearing a yellow hi-viz jumper with the number 23 on the back.

John Rickerby
Police/Family

Prince crosses the Eden into Appleby

Prince Charles has arrived in Appleby. He's seen here crossing St Lawrence's Bridge over the River Eden, which flooded the town the day after his last visit.

Prince Charles on bridge
BBC

Crowds flocked to see Prince Charles

As we've been telling you, Prince Charles has been in Cumbria since yesterday visiting a number of places.

He was greeted by schoolchildren in Ennerdale and while there stopped off at The Gather - a new gym, cafe and village shop formed by members of a community co-operative who came together to save their local pub from closure.

The prince also stopped off at Flimby's New Balance factory.

Prince Charles meets youngsters in Ennerdale
PA

          The Prince of Wales visits The Gather, a new gym, cafe and village shop formed by members of a community co-operative who came together to save their local pub from closure, in the village of Ennerdale
PA

          Prince Charles is shown trainers at Flimby's New Balance factory
PA

Weather on the fell tops: Winds rising to gale force

Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 2C;

Winds: Fresh to strong west or southwesterly gusting 45mph increasing gale force gusting 60mph later;

Cloud: Broken from 2,000-2,500ft; 

Visibility: Generally good occasionally moderate in the west;

Freezing level: Above the summits.

Why Cumbria's care homes stand out in the region

Sara Dumbell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Care homes in Cumbria have been judged to be among the best in the North West, although the region has a poor record nationally. 

People in the county are likely to be able to find a home rated "good" by the Care Quality Commission , but the North West as a whole has the lowest proportion in the UK of homes with that rating.

Silloth home
BBC

The Silloth Nursing and Residential Care Home (pictured) is rated as Outstanding, and Linda Foulder, who's in charge of nursing there, says the workforce is the key.

"You've got to invest in your staff and invest in your training. They've got to feel valued and supported and it shows in the care that they deliver."

Police concerned for missing Barrow man

Police in Barrow say they're concerned for the safety of Daniel Gardner, who's been missing from his home in Broad Close since 1 January.

Daniel Gardner
Gardner family

Daniel is 24, and police say they'd like to hear from anyone who's seen him as soon as possible.

Weather: Mostly cloudy with freshening winds

BBC Weather

It'll be a mostly cloudy morning with freshening westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 12C (54F). 

Weather graphic
BBC

You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are by  clicking here .

Prince Charles to see flood recovery in Appleby

Prince Charles's two-day visit to Cumbria continues today in Appleby where he'll be finding out how the town has been recovering from the floods of 2015.

Prince in factory
BBC

The Prince will visit Appleby Creamery to hear how it's working with farmers from Bewcastle, on the northern edge of Cumbria, to make a new type of cheese. He encouraged them to collaborate during a visit there, three years ago.

Yesterday he was in west Cumbria, including the New Balance trainer factory at Flimby, and also made a private visit to the shipyard in Barrow.

Good morning, and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

We'll be following the Prince of Wales on the second day of his visit to the county and keeping up with the rest of the news, weather and other highlights around Cumbria until about 18:00.

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  .