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  1. Monday 22 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

We've now finished this service of news, weather forecasts, and the odd excursion to lighter matters for today. A reminder:

We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow. 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.

University boss says job cuts 'not about saving money'

There could be up to 70 voluntary redundancies at the University of Cumbria, to free up money for other student services.

University buildings in Carlisle
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The vice chancellor, Julie Mennell, says she's been trying to look at the shape and size of the university to make it financially more sustainable.

She said it was likely staff numbers would have to be reduced by about 70 from the current head count of around 1,000.

"We will have more money to invest in terms of the student experience, our student outcomes, our student experience", she said.

Leadsom defends government record on Cumbria flood spending

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

The Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has been in Cumbria today, defending the government's record on flood defence spending.

Analysis by BBC News in December found about half of the public money earmarked for new defences in England over the next four years would be spent on areas around London and the Thames, while Cumbria and Lancashire will get a far smaller share.

Andrea Leadsom in West Cumbria
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Andrea Leadsom, whose brief includes flooding, told BBC Radio Cumbria the money was spent in different areas based on need.

"We have an enormous amount of investment coming into different parts of Cumbria," she said.

"Certainly there's no sense in which different regions are being favoured."

Cumbria's weather: Dry and chilly in places

BBC Weather

It should be a dry night with clear spells, once any showers have cleared. It'll be chilly in some rural areas with lows of 9C (48F).

Weather graphic
BBC

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

Look very carefully: There's three in the nest...

We were reporting earlier that all three eggs in the osprey nest at Bassenthwaite had now hatched, and if you look very carefully, here they all are.

Three baby ospreys in nest
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You can watch them on the webcam run by the Lake District Osprey project here.

A snapshot of the campaign in Barrow

Barrow and Furness: A snapshot of the general election campaign
Throughout the election Newsnight is embedding in the Cumbrian constituency of Barrow and Furness to capture close up how the campaign looks from the perspective of one key marginal seat. Filmmaker Nick Blakemore reports. Full list of candidates running is: Loraine Birchall (Liberal Democrats), Simon Fell (Conservatives), Rob o'Hara (Green), Alan Piper (UKIP), John Woodscock (Labour/Co-operative Party).

Loco load in a boat boat-load docks in Workington

Docking at Workington this morning was a boatload of boats, and underneath the boats, locomotives for the Cumbrian rail haulage company, DRS.

The boats on deck are destined for another customer and will have to be offloaded before the locos are lifted out of the hold, tomorrow.

Boats lined up on large boat's deck
Danny Ferris

Many thanks to Danny Ferris for sending us this image. 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.

Ooops: Refuse crew search paper load after mum 'recycles' iPod

Council refuse and recycling staff searched through one and a half tonnes of waster paper after a resident discovered his iPod had been put in a recycling bin.

Steven Atkinson, from Cleator Moor, said his mother accidentally scooped up the iPad along with the newspapers:

"After a quick call to the refuse department at Copeland, the recycle team checked the skips and found it. What a great service", he said;

Copeland Borough Council said it was the third time in a week staff had returned items to members of the public, with one purse being picked up by a collection crew, and another being rescued after a member of the public accidentally put it in a supermarket recycling bank.

Kendal Calling 'drug tests' spread to other festivals

A scheme allowing people at music festivals to have illegal drugs tested for safety, already used at Kendal Calling after the death of a fan, is expected to be in operation at five other festivals this summer.

Festival-goers will be able to take their drugs to a testing tent run by The Loop, an organisation which usually conducts forensic testing of drugs seized by police.

Team from the Loop
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Staff from The Loop, pictured last year at the event near Lowther Castle, will then tell them what is in the drugs before destroying whatever was handed over, but police are not involved.

The Cumbrian festival was one of two where the system was tried for the first time last year - this year Reading and Leeds are hoping to take part.

Three men were jailed last year after the death of Christian Pay from Millom at the festival two years ago was linked to drugs .

Cumbrian mountaineer breaks story of Everest's missing "step"

The Keswick-based expedition leader Tim Mosedale has confirmed that a key feature on the final stage of the ascent of Everest has collapsed, probably in the earthquake that struck Nepal two years ago.

The rockface called the Hilary Step, after the New Zealander who was one of the first two people to climb the world's highest mountain, was the final challenge on the route from the southern side.

Tim realised the step was now just a jumble of boulders as he made his sixth ascent last week.

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All Everest attempts were cancelled in the year of the earthquake, and the climber said the collapse might have not been noticed last year because of an unusually large amount of snow on the route.

Bassenthwaite osprey pair hatch chick trio

All three of the eggs laid at the Bassenthwaite osprey nest this year have now hatched.

Osprey on nest
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The nest near Bassenthwaite was the first to attract the fish-eating eagles in 2001, and this pair have now hatched eggs five years running.

You can watch the nest and try to spot the chicks on the webcam here.

Meeting called in Appleby as horse fair draws near

Final preparations are being made for the Appleby Horse Fair, with temporary transit camps already opening in County Durham, and police and councils holding public meetings around the area.

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The fair starts officially on 8 June and lasts into the following week, but many of the horse-drawn vehicles start moving in along the approach roads a week or more before then.

Every year thousands of travellers and other visitors arrive for the fair, which dates back to medieval times.

Bowtops at horse fair
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Cumbria's weather: Showers pushing east

BBC Weather

Showers are expected to continue across Cumbria from the west, only dying out this evening. Temperatures could rise to 21C (70F) if the sun comes out.

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

Brexit uncertainty 'hits holiday firms recruitment'

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

Uncertainty over Brexit is already causing problems for Cumbria's hospitality industry, according to some local business owners.

Paul Murphy of Knight Benton, a specialist recruitment agency in Cleator Moor, says he's noticed Europeans becoming more reluctant to seek work in the UK, because the exchange rate makes the pay worth less in euros, and an uncertainty over residence rights makes UK jobs less attractive.

Zeffirelli's cinema etc
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Dorothy Smith is from Zefferellis cinema, restaurant and jazz bar in Ambleside, where around 80% of the staff are from outside the UK.

"Every time put an advert in anywhere, it goes right across the UK, and there's just nothing coming through so we end up relying on agencies to bring people in."

Man who withdrew late aunt's pension is spared jail

A Workington man who carried on collecting his aunt's pension for almost three years after she died, has been given a suspended eight-month prison sentence.

Alan James Brown, 45, from West Croft in Seaton, took £23,000, withdrawing payments in most weeks because of financial difficulties, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

Brown's aunt, Joyce, died in early 2009, but NHS Pensions didn't realise she'd passed on until December 2011.

Recorder Nicholas Clarke QC handed him a sentence, suspended for 18 months, ordered him to do 200 hours of unpaid work, and repay the money over the next two years.

Hospice expands sales and care in former factory

The St Mary's Hospice, which serves South Cumbria, says it plans to take over a former factory to raise money and provide more support for people with terminal illnesses.

Former factory being taken over by hospice
BBC

Staff at St Mary's say they've now had permission to convert the former Agrileck building, in Duke Street in Barrow, into a sales area for second hand furniture, with clinical services being provided in the offices.

The hospice's main building is in Ulverston, but Val Stangoe, the chief executive, says there are many people in Barrow living with difficult illnesses:

She soaid: "This is the biggest population locally so it makes sense that we should be delivering something more substantial and more regular here."

University mulls jobs cuts in financial squeeze

The University of Cumbria is considering up to 70 redundancies to save money.

The university says it is financially stable, but by cutting staff costs it can free up money to spend on students.

University sign
BBC

Ian Owens from the University and College Union, says: "If you just cut back on staff that just means the people left have more work to do."

Cumbria's weather: Rain moves in early

BBC Weather

We've had an updated forecast from our weather forecasters, saying there is a weak weather front coming in a little earlier than they expected with some showery bursts of rain coming across the county this morning rather than arriving this afternoon.

Temperatures could still reach 20C (68F).

Weather of the fell tops: Windy, cloudy with rain in places

Temperatures at 3,000ft: 9C;

Winds: Strong to gale force southerly gusting to 50mph at first, veering fresh southwesterly later.

Cloud: Broken at 2,500 - 3,000ft.

Visibility: Becoming moderate or poor in rain and very poor in hill fog;

Freezing level: Above the summits

Cumbria's weather: Mostly fine and dry

BBC Weather

We're promised a mostly dry and fine day with variable cloud allowing bright or sunny spells at times.

Cloud will increase with the chance of a shower later over high ground.

There'll be moderate southerly winds and temperatures could rise towards 21C (70F).

Weather graphic
BBC

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

PCC calls on parents to help with problem youngsters

Cumbria Police say badly-behaved young people are taking up valuable time in several areas of the county.

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, says parents and the community must be involved to get on top of problems attributed to groups of youngsters aged between 12 and 17, and young drivers.

Peter McCall
BBC

He says officers have been taking action in Wigton and parts of Carlisle. People in Croftlands in Ulverston say they have a problem as well.

Mr McCall said the answer should not involve demonising the youngsters

"We have to ask ourselves why the kids are there. It's got to be a blend of seeing what the kids need and see if we can satisfy that, so they don't have to become a nuisance," he said

"Sometimes you can get a group of up to 40 young people in an area and that can be very intimidating."

Elaine LynchDeputy Mayor of Wigton

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

We'll be keeping pace with the news and the weather forecast, and finding a few other items of interest from around the county through to about 18:00.

You can be involved too - 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.