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Summary

  1. Wednesday 24 May 2017
  2. Army to help protect Sellafield plant
  3. Cumbria Police responds to terror threat 'critical' rise
  4. Transport hub 'to boost sustainable travel'

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Half-term guide: What's on in Cumbria

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The final half-term holiday of the school year is upon us, which means that there isn't too long to wait until the big summer break.

But before that, there's still so much happening across Cumbria, from outdoor adventures to indoor activities.

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Transport hub is 'wonderful gateway'

A new transport hub at Workington Railway Station travel, aimed at encouraging more more sustainable travel, has been completed.

The £3m scheme involved building a new car park, drop-off area and improvements to pedestrian and cycle access to the station.

It is hoped the project, which was funded by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, will encourage people to travel by train along the Cumbrian Coast, reduce traffic congestion and improve access to Workington rail station.

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The new hub looks superb and has really transformed Workington Rail Station, creating a wonderful gateway for the town."

Councillor Alan Barryfrom Cumbria County Council

Your photos: Ewe looking at me?

Thanks to Carolyn Farthing for sharing this photograph of Herdwicks enjoying the sun at Rannerdale.

Herdwicks at Rannerdale.
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Weather: Dry and sunny evening

Dry with sunny spells this evening, and it will remain dry with clear spells overnight.

Winds will be light and variable, with minimum temperatures no lower than 12 C (53 F).

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

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Vigil takes place at University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria held a vigil in solidarity of the people affected by the Manchester terror attack this afternoon.

The service was led by the Reverend Matthew Firth.

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Army deployed to Sellafield

Soldiers will help guard Sellafield from this afternoon as some members of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, which usually guard the site, are sent to other areas of the country in response to the rise in the national threat level.

Sellafield Ltd says the change is not down to any increase in the threat to the nuclear site though.

In a note to all staff, Sellafield Ltd said: "Military personnel will be arriving later today, and the overall protection level for the site will remain the same.

"This is a scenario which Sellafield Ltd, CNC and the MoD has planned for and exercised in the past. It is not due to an escalation of the perceived threat to the site - it is a resourcing solution as protection levels are escalated in civilian areas across the country".

Sellafield
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BAE takes 'precautionary security measures'

BAE Systems in Barrow says that some extra security measures are being taken at the shipyard in line with the national threat level being raised to "critical".

It says "precautionary security measures" have been taken and it's working with "external security agencies" to keep up to date with the situation.

Gavin Skelton joins Carlisle United's youth coaching staff

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Former Workington Reds and Queen of the South manager Gavin Skelton has joined Carlisle United's youth coaching staff.

The 36 year-old - who began his career as a trainee with Carlisle before spells with the likes of Kilmarnock and Barrow - becomes the new Professional Development Phase Youth Coach.

The move also sees David Wilkes become Head of Academy Coaching.

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Grant for flood-hit Carlisle Youth Zone

The Carlisle Youth Zone is getting more than £2,000 to spend on events and activities.

The Youth Zone opened in 2011 and has about 1,500 members, aged between eight and 21. Its premises on Victoria Place were flooded in December 2015 leading to the loss of the music room, kitchen and everything else on the ground flood.

Repairs are now complete and the youth zone is fully open again. The grant of £2,250 from the Newcastle Building Society's Carlisle branch is to buy a range of outreach event equipment.

Carlisle Youth Zone
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Photos: Armed police in Carlisle

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

We've been told by Cumbria Police that more armed officers will be on our streets after the national terror threat level was raised to "critical".

When I was in Carlisle this lunchtime I spotted these officers.

Armed Police in Carlisle
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Workington Reds: Mackie steps down from director role

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

A reshuffle in the boardroom at Workington Reds has seen George Mackie step down as a director.

He'll be replaced by Mike Rollo who has been in charge of the Borough Park Social Club and bars over recent seasons.

More armed police on county's streets

More armed police will be patrolling Cumbria's streets after the national terror threat level was raised to "critical".

Cumbria police say that alongside other forces around the country, they are doing "everything possible to protect the public".

No indication's been given yet about whether any soldiers will come to Cumbria, but in the meantime the force is asking the public to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

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Jail term for razor blade thief

A shoplifter who struck at the same store twice in two days has been jailed.

Simon Highmore, 27, stole razor blades from a Carlisle B&M Bargains outlet on 17 April, and then beer the following day.

Carlisle Crown Court heard was told that three weeks' earlier he had made off with £100 worth of razor blades from the city's Morrisons supermarket.

The 27-year-old, or Priory Road, admitted theft, and on hearing that he was subject to a suspended prison sentence - for handling stolen goods on a previous occasion - the judge handed him a three-month prison term.

'Don't delay' plea over suspicious behaviour

Cumbria Police urge people to report suspicious behaviour.

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Manchester bombing: Blackpool Tower lit up in tribute

Monuments across the world have been illuminated with the Union Flag to show solidarity with the people of Manchester.

Blackpool Tower began their tribute with an illuminated heart which beat alone to "demonstrate the courage of everyone involved, and the love we're sending to them".

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Explaining the Manchester attack to children

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Like many parents across the country I had to deal with lots of questions, and tears, from my children last night.

You may find this video useful - especially for younger children.

Manchester attacks: advice if you are upset or worried about what's happened

Cumbria's first 'centre of excellence' in Art and Design to open

Cumbria's first "centre of excellence" teaching art and design is opening in Barrow.

Furness College and the Sixth Form College have merged to allow courses to be combined to offer A Level and higher education across the creative sector.

Students at Furness College
Furness College

Council leader: 'Manchester has shown the community spirit that unites us all'

Eden District Council’s Chairman, Councillor Mary Robinson, has paid tribute to the people of Manchester:

On behalf of everyone in Eden District, I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Manchester at this time and praise the Emergency Services for their response to the terror attack that has taken place in the city. Manchester has shown the community spirit that unites us all in such circumstances."

Manchester bombing: Vigil to take place at University of Cumbria

A vigil will take place this afternoon at the University of Cumbria to remember the people who lost their lives during the Manchester bombing.

Students, staff and anyone on campus will be invited to pay their respects at 13:30 in the chapel in Carlisle.

UK terror attack raised to critical: What does it mean?

The BBC's Gordon Corera explains what you can expect, after the UK terror threat was raised.

UK terror attack raised to critical: What does it mean?

Weather: Today's fells forecast

BBC Weather

If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells today, here's today's fells forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 10C (50F)
  • Winds: Moderate west or southwest becoming light and variable late afternoon
  • Cloud: Patches down to 500m (1,600ft) breaking and lifting through the morning
  • Visibility: Very good
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Another dry day with early cloud breaking through the morning.

There will be bright or sunny spells this afternoon.

Light westerly winds and feeling pleasant as temperatures could rise to 22C (72F).

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

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Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

The news is dominated today by the Manchester bombing.

Our colleagues on the main BBC pages, and on BBC Radio Cumbria, will keep you up to date with the latest developments.

Anything that has a Cumbrian link will be reflected here.

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