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  1. Latest updates on Tuesday 23 May 2017
  2. Vigil for victims of Manchester bombing
  3. Schoolgirl speaks of moment the attack happened
  4. In other news: Bug-hit hospital ward reopens

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By Martin Lewes and Lee Macaulay

All times stated are UK

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Weather: Mostly cloudy overnight with warm sunny spells tomorrow

BBC Weather

Turning cloudier overnight with a chance of fog over the Lake District hills.

Mild with light winds and highs of 13 C (55 F).

Evening weather for Carlisle

Severe disruption: A684 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A684 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, at M6 J37.

A684 Cumbria - A684 closed and slow traffic in both directions at Kendal, because of a car fire.

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

Watch as Cumbrians gather for Manchester attack vigil in Carlisle

Ben Maeder

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Here are the moments that followed a ceremony in Carlisle this afternoon to show solidarity with those affected by the terror attack in Manchester last night.

The short service was led by Canon Michael Manley from Carlisle Cathedral and Abdur Rashid, the imam of Carlisle Mosque.

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BBC North West Tonight to be aired nationally on BBC News Channel


There'll be an extended BBC News at Six tonight with the latest on the Manchester arena attack.

BBC North West Tonight will also be shown nationally on the BBC News Channel, which would include viewers in North Cumbria.

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Manchester attack: Wigton school girl on moment the blast happened

BBC Radio Cumbria

Abbie Kirkbride was inside the arena in Manchester with her friend at the moment the attack happened.

Abbie Kirkbride, who's 13 and from Wigton, was inside Manchester Arena during the attack

Vigil for victims of Manchester attack

A vigil will be held on Walney this evening.

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Manchester attack: Imam calls for unity

The Imam of Carlisle Mosque, Abdur Rashid, calls on people from all faiths to unite in love against the hate shown by those behind the attack.

Carlisle Mosque imam, Abdur Rashid, calls on all to unite against hate shown by terrorists

Winter vomiting: West Cumbrian hospital ward reopens

The trust that runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven says that a ward has fully reopened to visitors following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust says that Ward 4 at West Cumberland Hospital has now reopened to visitors following an outbreak of norovirus.

The Willow C ward at Cumberland Infirmary is still closed due to an outbreak of the illness.

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Carlisle council leader thanks citizens for attending vigil for Manchester attack

The leader of Carlisle City Council has thanked people for coming to a vigil held in the city earlier this afternoon for people affected by the Manchester arena attack.

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Arriva Rail North strike suspended in light of attack

A strike by rail workers across the country has been called off in light of the Manchester bombing.

Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) members had planned a 24-hour walkout on Southern, Merseyrail and Northern (Arriva Rail North) on 30 May.

The union's general secretary Mick Cash said: "Our thoughts and solidarity are with the people of Manchester."

Picket at rail strike

Police pursuit driver handed suspended term

A driver who led police on a daytime pursuit along residential roads has been given a suspended term.

Samuel Paisley, who was already subject to a driving ban, reached speeds of more than 40mph in a 20mph zone in Kendal, on 30 January, ignoring the lights and sirens of a police vehicle.

Appearing at Carlisle Crown Court, he admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance, and failing to stop for a police officer.

Carlisle Crown Court

The 24-year-old, of Acre Moss Lane, Kendal, was described as being "almost terrified" of prison.

Recorder David Swinnerton handed him a nine-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months, ordered him to do 150 hours' unpaid work, and banned him from driving for two years.

Strangers 'there for each other' after Manchester attack

BBC Cumbria

A schoolgirl from Wigton has told BBC Cumbria that people were quick to offer help to those leaving Manchester Arena following the attack.

Abbie Kirkbride was at the concert with a friend from school.

The 13-year-old said: "We stood outside and two lovely people comforted us and so many strangers just came up to us and gave us a hug.

"We were all just there for each other."

Manchester: Sixty ambulances used by service that covers Cumbria

The North West Ambulance Service said it worked through the night with at least 60 ambulance crews to treat victims of the Manchester attack.

In a statement released online, it said it treated more than 100 people, taking 59 of them to nearby hospitals.

Ambulance at scene of Manchester attack

Derek Cartwright, the service's chief executive, said: "No matter how much we train our staff for incidents such as this, nothing can prepare you for the shock and sadness when tragedies like this occur. This is, indeed, a very sad time for Manchester.

"We would also like to thank the public for being patient with us yesterday as we attended the incident and would like to assure people that as always we are available to anyone who urgently needs our help."

Carlisle Imam: We must fight this heinous crime together

BBC Radio Cumbria

Carlisle's Imam Abdur Rashid was among those taking part in the service and minute's silence at the city's Market Cross earlier.

He said he prayed for peace within the community and throughout the globe.

"We pray that we can stay together and fight this heinous crime", he added.

Abdur Rashid

Afterwards he told BBC Radio Cumbria: "I was disgusted at the criminals, the perpetrators of such a crime, and deeply saddened for the victims."

Manchester: Local authority leaders pass on thoughts

The leader of Barrow council, Councillor Dave Pidduck, has written to Greater Manchester's Mayor to express condolences to the families who "lost loved ones and those who suffered injuries".

At the Town Hall the flag is flying at half mast and the Mayor, Councillor Tony Callister, said the "cowardly" attack had left the UK in a "state of shock".

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Manchester: Cumbrians send their love to victims of attack

Ben Maeder

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A banner signed by people in Carlisle who attended a vigil for victims of Manchester Arena attack

A service took place in Carlisle at lunchtime as an act of "remembrance and solidarity" for the victims of the Manchester attack.

It took place outside the Old Town Hall and was led by Canon Michael Manley from Carlisle Cathedral - the Imam of Carlisle Mosque, Abdur Rashid, also spoke.

Those who took part were also asked to sign a banner saying they 'choose love not hate'.

It's planned for the banner to go on display in Carlisle Cathedral at a later date.

Manchester: Farron says children's friends were at concert

The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, says the horror of the Manchester attack was brought home to him by his children.

Mr Farron, who is bidding to retain his Westmorland and Lonsdale seat, said: "It's utterly heart breaking.

"It's been all the more clear to me as I spoke to my kids - each had a friend or more at the gig."

He went on to condemn the attack as "beyond wicked".

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Cumbria's weather: Staying dry and fine

BBC Weather

The day should continue dry and fine with patches of cloud and sunny spells.

There will be gentle westerly winds. and a maximum temperature of 20 C (68 F).

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

Manchester: Threat level unchanged at Sellafield plant

Sellafield Limited has said that the threat level at the West Cumbrian nuclear site remains unchanged in light of the attack in Manchester.

This will be reviewed in line with guidance from national counter terrorism agencies, it added.

The company also said that its thoughts were with those affected by the attack.


Air ambulance crew 'on standby'

Emergency services remain at the ready.

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Manchester attack: Man arrested after bombing

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the Manchester bomb attack, Greater Manchester Police said.

Manchester atrocity: Cumbrian candidates react

Cumbrian politicians have paused their campaigns for the general election today, but several have put tributes on social media.

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James Airey is the Conservative candidate challenging Tim Farron for the Westmorland and Lonsdale seat.

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Travel: Changes to Manchester trains all day

BBC News Travel

Because of the attack at the Manchester Arena, which is close to Manchester Victoria station, all services into the city will be diverted to Manchester Piccadilly.

Manchester attack: All faiths gather for noon prayers in Carlisle

Representatives of all faiths in Carlisle will gather at noon at the Greenmarket Cross in Carlisle for prayers, reflection and a moment's silence.

A joint statement from the Rt Rev James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle, and the Rt Rev Robert Freeman, Bishop of Penrith, said: “Last night’s attack on those people attending a concert at the Manchester Evening News Arena was truly terrible. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and their families.

"Such an attack is motivated by a desire to create fear, division and hatred. As communities we should respond by demonstrating measured reflection and an outpouring of love and compassion for all those caught up in last night’s incident."

Manchester: Flags at half mast across Cumbria

Flags have been flying at half-mast across Cumbria after the Manchester atrocity; this one is on Kendal Town Hall but local authorities elsewhere have been showing a similar sign of respect.

Flag at half mast on Kendal Town Hall

Cumbria's terror police 'may be deployed to Manchester inquiry'

Cumbria police counter terrorist officers "will be deployed to support the investigation in Manchester as and when required,” a spokeswoman said.

Manchester attack: Coach firm says all 28 returned safe

The West Cumbrian coach company Sims ran a coach to last night's concert in Manchester, on behalf of Lancashire concert travel promoter Millennium.

Sims had picked up concert-goers in Barrow, Ulverston, Kendal, Lancaster and Chorley and says it returned all 28 booked to return "on time".

Manchester attack witness: 'It'll stay with you for the rest of your life'

Martin Lewes


We've more from Jordan Browne, who was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night with his girlfriend Lauren when the suicide bomb exploded.

Speaking to the BBC's Matthew Price, he said the concert was full of happy young people:

Manchester Attack: Carlisle man tells of fleeing bombing

No one ever wants to be in one of these situations and for so many young people to be in those situations, to go through that experience at a young age, it's going to be with you for the rest of your life, isn't it?"

Jordan, an eyewitness

Cumbria's beaches fail to make the Blue Flag standard

Cumbria's beaches are again failing to meet international environmental standards.

The blue flag awards are being handed out today by Keep Britain Tidy, but not for the first time, none are included in Cumbria.

Allonby beach

Some councils, like South Lakeland, actively discourage swimming for safety reason in areas like the treacherous Morecambe Bay.

Meanwhile, millions of pound have been invested to improve water quality to address historical issues around the Cumbrian coast.

Jabo Ibehre

Carlisle offer new deals to six players, including striker Jabo Ibehre and keeper Mark Gillespie, while three have been released.

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Carlisle pair tell of hearing bomb explode at concert

Two youngsters from Carlisle, Lauren and Jordan, were at the concert at the Manchester Arena last night.

They were not hurt.

They've been talking to the BBC's Rachel Burden, and you can hear the interview here.

Two music fans from Carlisle, Lauren and Jordan, tell of the Manchester suicide bombing.

Newsround explains the events in Manchester


For any parents worried about how to talk about the news of the terror attack to their children, Leah has a special Newsround bulletin today.

She explains what happened at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night and what to do if you're upset by the details.

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Cumbria's weather: Dry and warm

BBC Weather

It should be a dry and fine day with patches of cloud and sunny spells.

There'll be gentle westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 20C (68F).

Weather graphic

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

Travel: Cow slows M6 on Lancashire border

BBC News Travel

There's a calf on the M6 southbound between junction 35 for Carnforth and 34 for Lancaster.

Until it's caught, the carriageway has been closed.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes


Good morning.

Some sad news to wake up to as 22 people, including children, are now known to have been killed and 59 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena.

Our colleagues on the main BBC pages, and on BBC Radio Cumbria, will keep you up to date with the latest developments; if they have anything to do with Cumbria, we will reflect them here.

If you have any other news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.