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  1. Wednesday 10 May 2017

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Our updates here have now finished for the day, thank you for joining us.

Here are some of the stories we have covered today:

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with news, sport, travel reports and weather forecasts.

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Have a very good evening. 

Your photos: Keswick views

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Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Jackdog' from Keswick for this photo uploaded today.

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Views over Keswick

Weather: Sunny evening, staying dry and clear overnight

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It will be a dry and fine evening with plenty of sunshine, staying dry and clear tonight. 

There will be light and variable winds which will allow a little patchy mist to form. 

Minimum temperature of 3C (37F). 

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

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Boy, 5, bitten by dog in Silloth

Police say they're looking for witnesses after a five-year-old boy was chased and bitten by a dog at the Solway Holiday Park in Silloth at the end of last month. 

The boy was playing with another child when he was attacked by the large brown dog on 27 April.

 Anyone who saw the incident and knows the whereabouts of the dog or its owner should contact police.

Cumbrian man wins TV's 'Tattoo Artist of the Year'

A south Cumbrian man has been recognised as the best tattoo artist in the UK by a national broadcaster.

Luke Sayer, 24, from Kendal, was given just four hours to cover up an unwanted tattoo - and seven hours to work on his own masterpiece in the final of E4's Tattoo Artist of the Year 2017.

The cover-up tattoo
Plank Pr
Luke's 'masterpiece' tattoo
Plank PR

New Staveley bridge to open next week

A South Cumbrian village is just a week away from being properly reconnected by road for the first time since the 2015 winter floods. 

Cumbria County Council says it will officially open the new bridge at Staveley near Kendal next Thursday. 

These pictures are from earlier this year as construction began.

Construction of the bridge at Staveley
Cumbria County Council
Construction of the bridge at Staveley
Cumbria County Council

Scientists warn of tick bite risk

People in Cumbria are being warned of the long term health consequences of being bitten by a tick. 

The insects lurk in woodland and heath and can latch on to people or passing dogs.

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This is Tick Awareness month - and events are taking place to inform people about Lyme Disease, which can result from a bite.     

You can get symptoms between days and months later, and if that's missed the disease can get serious, cause muscular skeletal problems, heart problems, all sorts of things."

Dr Chris NewtonBiomedical research scientist

Cumbrian B&Bs recognised in friendly service award

Five Cumbrian B&Bs have collected awards for being finalists in the AA's industry awards. 

They are: Grizedale Lodge in Grizedale; Riverside B&B at Under Loughrigg; Amble House and The Edwardene, both in Keswick; and Rockside Guest House (pictured) in Windemere.

Rockside Guest House

Marathon man to be awarded Freedom of Copeland

A west Cumbrian man who ran 100 marathons in 100 days, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, is going to be given the Freedom of the Borough of Copeland. 

Gary McKee from Cleator Moor raised more than £300,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, and his last run was the London Marathon. 

He's been described as a "role model for Cleator Moor and Copeland."

Gary McKee
Macmillan Cancer Support

Your photos: Reflections on Ullswater

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Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Ullswater Paul' for this photograph he uploaded this morning at Glenridding.

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Ullswater Paul

Furry find for Whitehaven officers

The young ferret was found overnight near Howgate.

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Council chamber honour for former mayor

A former Mayor of Copeland is to have a council chamber named after him.

Oswald Coyles – known as Ossy – twice held the post during a 30-year career on the borough council.  

He was an original member when it was formed in 1973, and prior to that served as an Ennerdale Rural District councillor for 18 years,  

He died late last year at the age of 97, and councillors have now voted unanimously to rename their chamber in the Copeland Centre after him.  

Ossy Coyles
Copeland Borough Council

Ossy was a mentor to me and a mentor to others - he didn’t care about what political flag anyone flew, he cared about what was right for the people of Copeland."

George ClementsCopeland Alderman

A dry and sunny afternoon

Staying dry with light winds and plenty of sunshine, although a few clouds could bubble up through the afternoon, with temperatures reaching 15C (59F).

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


New Northern League pro arrives

Bhanuka Rajapaksa arrives from Sri Lanka

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Your photos: Derwentwater and Catbells

Thanks to Christine Duff for this stunning photograph she took this morning of Derwentwater and Catbells from Castlehead.

We love to see your images of our beautiful county- if there's any you'd like to share you can email them to us.

Christine Duff

Man who punched 60-year-old woman spared immediate jail term

A Carlisle man who punched a 60-year-old woman before dragging her from a car has been given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for two years. 

Michael Hutchinson, 26, from Nelson Street had admitted a charge of affray, and was said to be "very remorseful and sorry" for the attack, which followed earlier disagreements about their dogs. 

The judge at Carlisle Crown Court also ordered him to complete 180 hours unpaid work and pay £600 compensation. 

Election expenses - Reaction from John Stevenson

BBC Cumbria

The Conservative candidate for Carlise has said he is "not wholly surprised" that no charges will be brought over campaign expenses.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it had examined files from 14 police forces and while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns it did not "meet the test" for further action..

John Stevenson said he always thought they had done nothing wrong.

He added: "Nevertheless it's a relief that this matter is now behind us and we can get on with the campaign."

Top family business hope for local firm

A Cumbrian family firm is in the running for a top business accolade.

Grasmere Gingerbread, which was originally founded in 1854, is one of four UK regional finalists in the Federation of Small Businesses awards. 

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at London's Globe Theatre tonight. 

Grasmere Gingerbread
Grasmere Gingerbread Co

Election expenses - CPS statement in full

BBC Politics

'No criminal charges' over Conservative battle bus spending

No criminal charges will be brought over fourteen police inquiries - including one by the Cumbria force - into Conservative Party election spending, the Crown Prosecution has confirmed. 

The inquiry comes after complaints a Conservative "battle bus" visited marginal constituencies, including Carlisle.

The CPS said one file, from Kent Police, remained under consideration, due to the lateness of its submission.

New zoo operator admits 'a lot of work to do'

BBC Radio Cumbria

A zoo's new operator says it has a lot of work to do to change the public's perception of the attraction.

It follows yesterday's decision by Barrow Council to give Cumbria Zoo a licence to run the troubled South Lakes Safari Zoo.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria this morning Karen Brewer, chief executive of Cumbria Zoo, said: "We know we have a lot of work to do and we know this is just the start. 

"But we're all just determined and have been working on this for 18 months. We've come so far as a team and this is just another step in the process". 

Exterior of zoo

Conservative election expenses prosecution decision due

The Crown Prosecution Service will announce this morning whether any Conservative politicians or officials will be charged with breaking rules on election campaign spending in 2015.

Seventeen police forces, including Cumbria's, have been involved in the investigation, which comes after complaints a Conservative "battle bus" visited marginal constituencies. 

Conservative 'battle bus'
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Grants to support victims of crime

There is still £20,000 available to help people in the county who have been the victims of crime. 

The Cumbria Victims Charitable Trust, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation,is offering grants of up to £500. 

it was set up in 2015 with the aim of supporting victims by offering both practical help and emotional support. 

No one should feel alone or unsupported after being the victim of crime. This funding can be used to access emotional support or practical help to anyone who needs it, in a way that suits them best."

Nigel Pattisonfrom Cumbria Community Foundation

Campaigners oppose MoD plans to remove common land status

Plans by the Ministry of Defence to remove "common land" status from a training area could mean the public lose access to it, campaigners fear.

The proposed move affects 11,000 acres the MoD uses as part of the Warcop military training area near Appleby. 

But opponents say this goes against an agreement made after a 2001 public enquiry, when the MoD asked farmers to give up their rights to graze sheep there.

The Ministry of Defence says it won't affect access on public footpaths.

Sign with plans pinned to it
Access Point to Hilton and Murton Fell

Cumbria County Council will make the final decision, and a public consultation is currently under way.    

Probe into fire at industrial estate

A joint police and fire service investigation is under way.

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Animal charity 'disappointed' by zoo licence decision

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A charity that campaigns against the use of animals for entertainment says it's disappointed, but not surprised, by a decision to grant a new licence allowing the zoo at Dalton in Furness to stay open.

The Captive Animal Protection Society told yesterday's hearing that the "history of suffering and neglect" at the zoo should lead to the licence being refused. 

Speaking after the decision, Nicola O'Brien, from the society said: "We're not saying that things haven't improved - they likely have given the public attention on the zoo - but we don't think this is where it should have got to. 

"Those animals are ultimately being used in a sort of test now to see how the zoo will get on and they've already gone through so much and we don't think this is what should have happened".

Weather: Sunny, dry with light winds

BBC Weather

After a chilly start it will be dry with light winds and plenty of sunshine. 

A few fair weather clouds are likely to bubble up through the afternoon, with temperatures reaching 15C (59F).

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

Weather graphic

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BBC Cumbria

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