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  1. Monday 15 May 2017
  2. Football pitch maker hit by second fire
  3. Further Arriva Rail North strike announced
  4. Work on new electricity connection 'paused'

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Cloudy with the chance of patchy rain

Rather cloudy with some clear spells, mainly in the north of the county. 

Some patchy rain is likely in the south, possibly becoming heavier and more persistent later. 

All areas will generally feel cooler and fresher than last night.

Weather map for Carlisle
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Recent rain transforms the shot in the heart of the Lakes

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This great picture of a beck at Rosthwaite was sent in by BBC Weather Watcher "Michael's Meadow".  

Picture of beck in the Lake District
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The precipitation that fell in Cumbria yesterday seems to be making its presence felt....not very far from Seathwaite, the wettest inhabited place in England.  

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Extreme fell-runner narrowly misses out on breaking record

A Cumbrian fell-runner has narrowly missed out on breaking a 20-year-old record after scaling 78 Lakeland mountains in just 24 hours.  

Adam Perry running with Scafell Pike behind
Mount Cook

Adam Perry, 29, from Sedbergh, was trying a fourth time to better the ultra-running achievement of Mark Hartell's 1997 Lake District 24-Hour Record.  

But hampered by high winds, rain and poor visibility, he reached the 24-hour time limit when he was still a mile short of the finish line in Braithwaite near Keswick at the weekend.  

Adam Perry running on track
Mount Cook

More than 30 people formed a support team to feed him while mobile, manage the logistics, navigate and run alongside him.   

Further strike to hit Arriva Rail North

Three rail companies - one of which covers Cumbria - are to stage a 24-hour strike, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has said.

Members of the RMT at Southern Railway, Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North will walk out on 30 May.

The action is the latest in a bitter dispute over staffing and plans to introduce more driver-operated-only (DOO) trains.

Jail warning for dog owner, after woman injured

A man whose dog injured a woman in a Carlisle street has been warned he could be facing a prison term.

Aaron Lee Wildey admitted being the owner of a Dogue de Bordeaux - named Titan - which injured Lisa Fell while dangerously out of control in a public place.

She was said to have suffered a leg wound during the incident in Upperby, last September.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Wildey, of Manor Place, had a previous conviction for a similar offence.

The 34-year-old will return to court for sentencing on 16 June, and was warned that all options - including jail - would be considered.

Carlisle Crown Court
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Football pitch maker hit by second fire in three weeks

Aerial view of Maryport fire in April
Cumbria Police

Demolition work at the scene of this major fire in West Cumbria last month is thought to have led to another fire yesterday afternoon. 

Firefighters were called to a storage depot owned by SIS Pitches on the Glasson Industrial Estate in Maryport. 

About 10 tonnes of artificial turf was on fire, and it took crews about two hours to put it out using foam and a water jet. 

Police protocol to help find vulnerable missing people

Cumbria Police adopts a risk-reduction tool which has been used successfully by other forces.

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Sellafield material retrieval 'will go on for many years'

The future of the nuclear industry in Cumbria is one of the topics being discussed at a meeting this evening.

Entitled "Nuclear Cumbria, past, present and future", the event is taking place at the Energus Centre in Workington.  

The former head of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Stephen Henwood, says that in the very long term, jobs are likely to go at the Sellafield site, but in the short term, there's still a lot of work to do.

Sellafield dome
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It's in the public domain that reprocessing comes to an end in the next couple of years, but the activities of retrieving materials from the ponds and silos will go on for very many years."

Stephen HenwoodFormer head of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Ram raiders target outdoor clothing store

Outdoor clothing worth thousands of pounds was stolen by raiders who backed a vehicle into the door of a shop in Keswick.

The store, in Market Place, was targeted in the early hours of Sunday, and items taken included RAB jackets in a variety of colours, Montane Jackets, Montane long sleeve t-shirts, and Berghaus t-shirts 

Cumbria Police said the vehicle involved was a Citroen Picassa, which might have a damaged window as a result.

Anyone with information, or who is offered for sale clothing matching the above description, is asked to contact the force.

Homelessness affecting even affluent areas

There's been a "significant rise" in homelessness in Cumbria, according to local councils, with many of those those looking for accommodation under the age of 25.  

In Carlisle, the charity Carlisle Key said that although it helped two thousand young people in the city last year, there are still about 200 there who don't have a permanent home.  

And the Manna House charity in Kendal says homelessness is also a problem in some well-off areas of South Cumbria.  

It is a very big problem although it's a hidden problem, because South Lakes is perceived to be quite an affluent area. There are pockets of deprivation that just get sort of swept under the carpet."

Andrea AldridgeChief officer, Manna House charity in Kendal

Work 'paused' on new electricity connection

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Work on plans to connect a proposed nuclear power station in west Cumbria to the electricity network is on hold, after National Grid said it wanted to consider the findings of a review by developer NuGen. 

Pylons across fields
National Grid

NuGen's project to build a nuclear power station at Moorside near Sellafield has paused, while the company moves into the sole ownership of Toshiba.  The Japanese firm is taking control of Nugen, after its French partner Engie withdrew in April. 

Now, National Grid says it also wants to take stock, so it can align its plans with those of NuGen. 

Rain clearing and it will feel more fresh

Rain will ease throughout the afternoon, and it will turn gradually turn fresher from the north west.

There will be some clear spells later in the evening.

Weather map for Carlisle
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Police and farmers join forces to tackle rural crime

Cumbria Constabulary and the National Farmers' Union (NFU) have teamed up for a scheme specifically designed to tackle farm-based crime in West Cumbria. 

Country Watch West has taken inspiration from a similar initiative set up in 2015 in the east of the county to cut sheep theft.

A new Facebook page will feature crime prevention tips, suspicious sightings and appeals for information. There will also be nights of action when farmers join police officers in patrols after dark

We see this as an excellent opportunity to engage with the public to report suspicious activity in the rural areas within West Cumbria. "

Supt Gary Slaterfrom Cumbria Police

'Overwhelming' response to hiker shelter repair appeal

There's been an overwhelming response to an appeal for help to renovate a hikers' shelter in one of the wildest parts of Cumbria. 

Picture of Dubs Hut among the Cumbrian mountains
Neale Robertson

A roofing company has now offered its services, for free, to help repair Dubs Hut above Buttermere, after a request from the Mountain Bothies Association charity on BBC Radio Cumbria last week

The group hopes that renovation work could begin as early as this Summer. 

Sellafield reprocessing end will lead to jobs decline

The longer-term future of the Sellafield nuclear site is being discussed in Workington tonight.   

An event presented by the former chairman of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Stephen Henwood, will look at the switch from reprocessing spent fuel to decommissioning the site.

It's said the decommissioning work will create one of Britain's biggest construction sites, but after reprocessing ends in 2020, there will be a decline in jobs. 

Aerial view of Sellafield Site
Sellafield Ltd

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, at J40 for A66.

M6 Cumbria - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and queuing traffic southbound at J40, A66 (Penrith), because of a broken down car.

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

Cumbrian research uncovers link between sight and falls in older people

Academics in Cumbria think their research could help save the NHS millions of pounds by preventing older people from injuring themselves when they fall. 

The University of Cumbria is studying the links between people's eye movements and their ability to balance. 

Public Health England says a third of people who are over 65, and half of people over 80, fall at least once a year. And it's also named falls as the most common cause of death from injury among the over-65s.  

Cumbrian Maternity campaigners invited to have their say today

People who want to keep consultant-led maternity care in Whitehaven are being invited to discuss how to make this possible at two drop-in sessions today. 

Placards at a previous protest
BBC

The Success Regime, that was set up to improve health care in parts of Cumbria, says a consultant-led system isn't sustainable, and is suggesting a midwife-led service instead. 

This afternoon, the two drop-in sessions take place at the Carnegie Theatre in Workington. They'll be held from 13:00 and 15:00 and 17:00 to 19:00.

Putting Cumbria's mountains in perspective?

A prominent mountaineer who spends a lot of time on the Lakeland Fells is a bit further afield at present.  

During a trip to the Himalayas, Alan Hinkes has tweeted this shot:  

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Fells forecast: Poor visibility to start with, improving later

Temperatures at 3,000ft: 11C dropping to 8C. 

Winds: Gale force southwesterly, gusts 60mph, easing through the morning, becoming fresh westerly, gusts 35mph. 

Cloud: Widespread cloud down to 1,000ft (300m), with patches 300ft (100m) on southwest facing slopes, becoming more broken 2,300ft (700m) later. 

Visibility: Very poor in rain and hill fog, improving generally good later. 

Freezing level: Well above the tops.

More homeless people in Cumbria

The number of people in Cumbria who don't have a permanent roof over their heads is rising, according to figures from local councils. 

The charity Carlisle Key says although it has helped 2,000 young people in the last year, there are still about 200 in the city who don't have a permanent home. This year Carlisle Key marks its 20th anniversary.  

Elsewhere, South Lakeland District Council has told BBC Radio Cumbria the problem there is caused by changes to the benefits system and a lack of housing. 

Weather: A wet start with rain easing later

A cloudy, murky and wet start across Cumbria with some heavy bursts of rain. The rain will gradually ease through the day. 

After a very mild start it will gradually turn fresher from the northwest later. 

Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F).

weather graphic
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