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  1. Wednesday 17 May 2017

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Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

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

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

If you have a photograph you'd like to share, or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Your pictures: bluebells at Rannerdale

Thank you to Alison Bell for allowing us to share this gorgeous photo of the famous bluebells at Rannerdale between Crummock Water and Buttermere.

If you've got anything that you'd like to share, such as a news story or photo, why not tweet @bbc_cumbria, email, or get in touch via our Facebook page.

Bluebells
Alison Bell

Weather: Rain overnight, dry start tomorrow

BBC Weather

Rain for a time tonight but this will gradually push away to the east, with skies eventually becoming clear by dawn. Overnight lows of around 9C (48F).

A mostly dry start tomorrow with some bright spells, but there'll be some showers during the afternoon. Temperatures around 14C (57F).

See the details for your area here.

Weather chart
BBC

Shot buzzard making good recovery

A buzzard found injured in the Sedbergh area is likely to make a full recovery, Cumbria Police said.

The bird was taken to Kendal College Animal Rescue Centre following its discovery on 3 May and ​X-rays revealed it had been shot in the right wing.

Following treatment, it is likely to be released back into the wild soon.

Recovered buzzard
Cumbria Police

PC Sarah Rolland, wildlife crime officer, said: "It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to kill or injure any wild bird, or to damage its nest.

"Cumbria Police take all reports of wildlife crime very seriously and we will do our best to prosecute any identified offenders."

X-ray of buzzard
Cumbria Police

Your pictures: sheep enjoying the evening sunshine

Thanks to Michael Wilkinson for allowing us to share this photo.

He says it took it around 21:00 in Seaton near Workington.

Loving these light nights!

Sheep in sunshine
Michael Wilkinson

New campaign helps to support people with dementia in Cumbria

There is a warning that the number of people living in Cumbria who have dementia will rise to more than 11,000 over the next three years.

The Alzheimer's Society says one in three people over 65 in the UK will develop dementia.

Natalie Jacques from the Society's Carlisle branch hopes United Against Dementia will make people more aware of the effects of the condition.

She says: "Mirrors in shops can be quite off-putting, stark rugs may look like holes in the floor for people with dementia."

Hands
BBC

New railway exhibition to open in Millom

The story of the railway, and how it helped to shape Millom, will be told in a new addition to the town's museum.

The Millom Discovery Centre is opening its Rail Room this weekend to explain how the Furness Railway company helped the new town to develop around the ironworks.

Up to 3,000 school children will use the exhibition and it's hoped it will also attract other visitors.

Steam loco
BBC

Public asked for help in tracking down flytippers

Copeland Council is asking for help in tracking down who dumped this cable in West Cumbria.

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Opinions split in Alston over future of cobbles

People in Alston are arguing over the town's cobbles.

The county council is planning to spend around £1m repairing the cobbles next year.

Some say they are part of the market town's "unique heritage", but others would rather get rid of them and re-surface the road.

But local trader Alan Green, said: "I'd like to see them removed and the rest of the money it would cost to actually replace the cobbles used in a more unique way i.e parking and put back into the community."

Alston
BBC

Former Morecambe Bay NHS director resigns during investigation

A former director at the Morecambe Bay hospitals, who's been under investigation over an "irregular" redundancy package given to a former Barrow midwife, has resigned from his current post.

Roger Wilson had been suspended at the hospital trust in Warrington when it began an investigation into whether he was a fit and proper person to be an NHS director.

The trust says the investigation hasn't finished but that Mr Wlison resigned earlier this month.

Cumbrian beer to help maintain popular walking route

A Cumbrian brewery is one of three that's been chosen to produce a beer to benefit the Pennine Way trail.

Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery was chosen, along with ones in Yorkshire and on Tyneside, by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to brew the official ales.

Money from the sale of each beer will go towards the upkeep of the trail.

Glasses with grain and hops
Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery

Wheelchair users enjoy high-rope course

Volunteers test the course created by the Calvert Trust, which aims to challenge disability through outdoor adventure.

The Lake District high-ropes course for wheelchair users

Weather: Rain possible later but clearing overnight

BBC Weather

Rain will spread in from the south, becoming heavy and persistent through the afternoon.

But some areas will stay dry. Temperatures up to around 16C (61F)

See the details for your area here.

Weather chart
BBC

Calls for police to do more about bad drivers

BBC Cumbria

Tougher powers haven't helped to enforce good driving standards, according to the AA.

The motoring organisation is particularly concerned about people who refuse to move out of the middle lane on a motorway, those using a mobile phone while driving, and tailgating.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria, it said it wanted the police to do more to enforce the new laws.

Motorway
BBC

We all want to get to work, we all want to be getting on with what we're doing but it's all much easier if there's that common courtesy and politeness to each other when we're using the roads."

Jack Cousensfrom the AA.

Millions to be spent on improving Cumbrian river

Plans aimed at improving the quality of water in a Cumbrian river go on show today.

United Utilities says it's going to spend £12m on a permanent replacement for an outflow pipe from Kendal's wastewater works into the River Kent.

River
BBC

Andrew Kendall from the water company said: "It's massively important to us and our customers that we improve the water quality.

"The river also goes into Morecambe Bay so we're trying to do some work which will help protect the shellfish beds out there."

Fells forecast: Patchy cloud and gentle breeze

Temperatures at 3,000ft: 6C.

Winds: Gentle southerly breeze.

Cloud: Patchy cloud around 2,000ft (600M), more extensive at times in the south and east.

Visibility: Moderate or good, locally poor in hill fog.

Freezing level: Above the tops.

Dementia support in Carlisle

As Cumbria Police adopt a protocol to help find missing vulnerable people, officers in Carlisle attend the launch of a dementia action alliance.

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Plans to prevent horse fair hindering voters

Arrangements are being made to ensure that the Appleby Horse Fair doesn't get in the way of people wanting to vote in the General Election. 

The start of this year's event - which usually attracts about 10,000 travellers and up to 30,000 visitors - coincides with Polling Day.  

Robin Hooper, the chief executive of Eden Council, says: "It's making sure that the staff at the polling stations can get there for 07:00 to open up.

"Also, around the polling stations, we'll be working with the police to make sure those who want to vote can do so without being blocked in by other forms of traffic."

Horse in the river
AFP

Controversy over Alston's cobbles

There's disagreement in Alston over what should happen to the town's cobbles. 

Cumbria County Council is planning to spend about £1m on repairs next year.  

Some want the cobbles to be replaced by a more traditional road surface, but others feel they should stay.

Local trader Louise Folkard said: "They're a unique feature of this lovely remote market town.

"It's what tourists expect to see and we do need to keep them."

Alston
BBC

Predictions of big rise in number of Cumbrians with dementia

More than 11,000 people in Cumbria are expected to have developed dementia by 2020. 

At the moment there are about 8,000 people who have the degenerative brain condition. 

Myra looks after her husband who's in his 70s. She says: "It was him that wasn't happy about himself. 

"He was getting his coordination mixed up, mixing his left and his right up. It ended up with a diagnosis of vascular dementia in March 2015".

Two hands holding each other
BBC

Weather: Bright at first, rain later

BBC Weather

A mild start to the morning with some bright spells at first, but rain will spread in from the south, becoming heavy and persistent through the afternoon. 

Temperatures will reach highs of around 16C (61F). 

See the details for your area here.

Weather chart
BBC

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Belinda Artingstoll

BBC Cumbria Live

Good morning. A lovely morning for the walk in. I hope it's good where you are too.

Stay with me through the day for the county's news, weather, travel and sport.

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