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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


We've now finished posting news, weather forecasts and other nuggets for today. Here's a reminder:

Cumbria's six MPs were told they'd almost certainly face the electorate in a snap general election on 8 June

The trust that runs North Cumbria's hospitals announced it was bringing back a service, oesophageal physiology, for which patients currently have to travel to Newcastle

And Cumbria's dairy farmers said they feared prices might fall as milk production increased with the annual spring "flush".

We'll 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.

Weather: Staying dry, but cloud moving in

BBC Weather

It will stay dry this evening and overnight but cloud will gradually increase from the northwest, so there will not be a frost.

The lowest temperatures will be around 5C (41F).

Weather graphic

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

The Cumbrian seats to watch in June's general election

Martin Lewes


Barrow and Furness voters could make a difference in June - Labour's John Woodcock has a majority of 795, which makes it the most marginal seat in the county and a tempting target for the Tories.

Barrow Town Hall

In Copeland, the county's newest MP, Trudy Harrison, has the chance to consolidate what remains a technically marginal 2,100 Conservative majority.

Carlisle's Conservative MP, John Stevenson, defends a 2,774 margin from 2015 - still technically marginal. 

Labour's Sue Hayman is safe in Workington unless she faces a major swing.

Tim Farron should be safe in the Liberal Democrat stronghold of Westmorland and Lonsdale, although not long ago it was the Tory vote there that was weighed rather than counted.

Conservative Rory Stewart's Penrith and the Border is the safest seat in the North East and Cumbria.

Sue Hayman steps up to defend Workington seat

Sue Hayman, the Labour MP for Workington, has confirmed she'll run to defend the seat in June's general election.

She took it with a 4,686 majority in 2015.

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Workington Reds continue play-off charge

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Workington Reds did their promotion chances the world of good yesterday with a 1-0 win away at Nantwich in the Northern Premier league.

The victory means they are in fifth position and on course for a play-off berth.

Manager Dave Hewson praised a team effort and said: "I can't single players out, they've put themselves in a position now where one more win and we're in the play-offs."

More Lottery cash granted to build up walling skills

More money's coming to train a new generation of Cumbrian dry stone wallers. 

The Heritage Lottery Fund's announced more than £180,000 for the Dry Stone Walling Association, near Kendal, to pair experts with eight trainees. 

It's part of £10m worth of UK funding to address what the fund calls "an ongoing heritage skills shortage". 

Trainee dry stone waller Tracey Cumberbatch at work

Tracey Cumberbatch, seen here working towards her Level 2 Craftsman Certification test, has been on a scheme paid for by the HLF for the past 18 months.

PM has no mandate to take us out of single market, says Farron

Lib Dem leader, and Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, Tim Farron has been speaking further about the upcoming general election.

He said: "I think across the country, people will want to express their view that Britain, whether we're in or out of the European Union, we want to remain in the single market.

"Theresa May has no mandate to take us out of the single market and for a hard Brexit. It is also the opportunity for the British people to have a decent, strong opposition - something with Labour they now currently do not have."

Tim Farron

Shower clouds bring out a light show for historic plane

Heavy showers yesterday afternoon caused a double rainbow near Carlisle, and Richard Elliot managed to catch it framing the Vulcan Bomber that's on display there.

Vulcan framed by rainbows
Richard Elliot

Our thanks to Richard for sending the picture in. If you have a photo you'd like to share, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page

Police seek station cab-rank attack witnesses

Police are calling for witnesses to come forward after a 21-year-old man was attacked at the railway station in Carlisle early yesterday.

He was taken to hospital with a fractured eye socket and other serious facial injuries. 

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault, but he's been released as inquiries continue. 

Weather: Sunshine to turn hazy

BBC Weather

The sunshine will turn a little hazier through the afternoon as a veil of cloud moves in from the north-west.

It will be a dry day though, with light winds and a maximum temperature of 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

Check the forecast where you are with BBC Weather.

Cumbrian teams' play-off hopes hit

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Cumbria's senior football teams are both seeing their chances of reaching the promotion play-offs slip away in the closing matches of the season.

Carlisle United could only manage successive 1-1 draws over the weekend's two fixtures - the second against Stevenage yesterday.

They are eighth and one place outside the play-offs, on goal difference, but manager Keith Curle still harbours hopes of climbing the table with three games left to play.

Keith Curle

Two wins could be enough to get us into the play-offs, and then you get that momentum from being undefeated."

Keith CurleManager, Carlisle United

At the other end of the county, Barrow now only have an outside chance of making the play-offs despite a 3-1 home win against North Ferriby yesterday.

Election will be fought on existing seats, says Boundary Commission

The general election Theresa May says she will seek for 8 June will be fought on the existing political boundaries, the Boundary Commission for England says.

Cumbria was due to have its parliamentary boundaries redrawn for the 2020 election - losing one of its six constituencies in the process.

Party leaders square up for snap election

The first two elected representatives for Cumbria out of the traps with reactions to today's General Election announcement by Theresa May are from opposing sides of what will be the main issue - Britain's exit from the European Union.

Quickly on to Twitter were UKIP leader Paul Nuttall, who's an MEP for the North West, and Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat chief and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale.

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Specialist surgeons return to North Cumbria hospitals

A specialist medical service that hasn't been offered for a number of years in North Cumbria after equipment broke down is returning to a base at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Hospital sign

The oesophageal physiology service deals with disorders in people's gullets, such as acid reflux.

Patients have had to travel to the North East for treatment, although oesophagol problems are among the most common medical conditions.

Although the Whitehaven hospital will be the hub for the new service, it will be offered at the infirmary in Carlisle as well.

Easter full of promise, say tourism businessses

Some of the county's tourism businesses say the Easter weekend was a "promising" start to this year's tourist season.

Hawkshead caravan park

In villages like Hawkshead, car parks and campsites were busy in spite of mixed weather.

It's a great start to the year for us really."

Rachel BellUllswater Steamers

Economist soothes Cumbrian famers' fears of dairy price fall

BBC Radio Cumbria reporters

An agricultural economist has told BBC Radio Cumbria that fears among dairy farmers in the county of a fall in milk prices should be unfounded.

Some farmers say an increase in production - given an extra push by the annual flush of spring grass - could mean milk prices will fall after a recent recovery.

But Sean Rickard, a specialist in farming markets, says: "Give or take a penny or two per litre, the prices where they are, are likely to pertain for the next year or two, and that's good news for the industry.

"I think you'll have greater stability than you've had for some years."

Walker dies on Gable in busy holiday for rescue teams

A walker died after collapsing near the summit of Great Gable on Easter Sunday.

Rescue volunteers from Wasdale, helped by Duddon and Furness, were called to the scene.

The man's body was flown from the mountain by a Coastguard helicopter from Caenarfon, in an operation hampered by low cloud.

There were a number of other call-outs for rescue teams over the weekend, including a woman with a serious ankle injury near Seathwaite who was carried to the Great North air Ambulance by members of the Keswick operation.

Members of Patterdale and Penrith were called to help a man with a broken ankle on Dowthwaite Head.

Weather on the fell tops: Cold and gin-clear

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: -3C rising to 0C 
  • Winds: Moderate north-easterly becoming variable 
  • Cloud: Fells will be cloud free 
  • Visibility: Excellent 
  • Freezing level: At all levels at first rising to around 3,000ft.

A brief burst of snow over the weekend brought the Lake District rangers, who check on conditions on the fell tops, back on to standby. But by the time they were ready to go up Helvellyn, it had all melted.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, at J43 for A69.

M6 Cumbria - M6 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J43, A69 (Carlisle), because of emergency repairs.

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

Dairy farmers fear new fall in prices

An increase in milk production is causing Cumbrian farmers to fear the price of milk could fall back again. 

The average price paid to farmers as of February this was year just over 27 pence per litre, after several poor years. 

Dairy farm
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This time last year the price was 22 pence per litre as the so-called milk crisis took hold, but many farmers say they're still being paid no more for their milk now than they were getting five years ago.  

Some dairy companies have dropped the prices just recently and if there's a big flush of milk when the spring grass really gets growing the price could drop again, and we just cannot deal with any more price drops."

Cathryn PrittDairy farmer from West Cumbria

Guns drawn for police speed crackdown

By the look of Cumbria's roads police newsfeed, they're paying particular attention to speed this week.

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Weather: Turning out fine

BBC Weather

It's been a cold and frosty start to the day but it'll turn out fine and dry with plenty of sunshine, at least at first.

There'll be light north-easterly winds and a maximum temperature of 11C (52F).

Weather graphic

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

Carlisle family mourns son 'who was full of life'

The family of an 18-year-old man who died in a car crash near Carlisle on Easter Sunday have described him as "a beloved son of whom they were tremendously proud".

Jordan McClure

Jordan McClure, from Carlisle, was pronounced dead at the scene after the Mini Cooper he was driving crashed between Carlisle and Burgh by Sands.   

In a statement released through the police, the family said Jordan, who worked for a building firm, "was like a firework, full of light and life".

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning. We'll be posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and a few other nuggets from around the county until about 16:00.

As always, we'd like to hear from you if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know.

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