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  1. Updates on Wednesday 31 May 2017

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Our live coverage across the day

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Our updates for today have now come to an end. Here's a reminder of what we covered:

We'll be back here tomorrow from 08:00 with more of the county's news, sport, weather and travel updates.

If you've got a story to tell or photo to share you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Have a good evening.

Severe accident: A590 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A590 Cumbria both ways severe accident, after A592 affecting B5278.

A590 Cumbria - A590 in Newby Bridge partially blocked and queuing traffic after Newby Bridge Roundabout, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion to the B5278 junction.

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

'Like having a 95-year-old teenager in the house'

A couple in their 90s have tied the knot in Cumbria to show you can find love at any age.

Margaret Husband, 95, and Bernard Brice, 93, got married in Gosforth.

Couple aged 95 and 93 tie the knot in Cumbria

Could the Lake District join the Taj Mahal and Great Barrier Reef?

BBC North West Tonight

In the next few weeks, we'll find out if the Lake District will be the first UK national park to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

Here's a video that explains what that would mean for people living and farming in the Lakes and why some conservationists don't want the national park to be recognised as it is:

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Severe accident: A595 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A595 Cumbria both ways severe accident, at Park Drive.

A595 Cumbria - A595 Loop Road South in Whitehaven blocked and slow traffic in both directions at the Park Drive junction, because of an accident.

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

Your photos: Blue skies over Derwentwater

Derwentwater from Crow Park
Ben Maeder / BBC

Usually this is a showcase for your pictures of the county, but this picture sent in by BBC Radio Cumbria reporter Ben Maeder (on his day off, mind) is too good not to share.

Here's how he spent part of the afternoon at Crow Park overlooking Derwentwater.

If you've got a photo to share, you can email us, get in touch on Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Penrith candidates tussle over transport issues

BBC Radio Cumbria

Candidates have been talking about a lack of public transport in the Penrith and the Border constituency during a debate recorded for BBC Radio Cumbria.

A number of bus services have ceased to run around Penrith and the Eden Valley since Cumbria County Council stopped subsidising buses in 2014.

According to the Labour candidate Lola McEvoy, devolving more power to local government would help. She said she'd like to see: "more autonomy so that decisions can be made by local people about where to invest in local transport routes"

They [Cumbria County Council] have over £200m a year to spend and this Labour-run council could have chosen to support rural buses. It chose instead to support other things with its money.

Rory StewartConservative candidate, Penrith and the Border.

Neil Hughes, the Liberal Democrat candidate, wants money to be ringfenced to protect local services and said: "Where we need the subsidy is for our rural areas and particularly Eden Valley. I'd also like dedicated funding for young people travelling to school or college."

Bus stop in Cumbria
BBC

We need to be looking at ways that people can get about that doesn't involve any kind of burning of fossil fuels so cycling, walking. We also would like to make public transport free for young people.

Doug LawsonGreen Party candidate, Penrith and the Border

UKIP candidate Kerryanne Wilde said that her party wants to form transport partnerships between the public, private and third sector and that just promoting walking and cycling isn't enough. She said: "The idea of walking and cycling is fantastic but I live in Shap and I'm sorry, but there's no way that I could walk or cycle to Penrith for work every day and back. It's just not manageable."

We're getting an older population and people are finding it harder to travel. I recently spoke to someone from Shap that's having to move into Penrith, having to sell their home that they've lived in all their life.

Jonathan DaviesIndependent candidate, Penrith and the Border

Hear the full debate again from 18:00 on BBC Radio Cumbria or on BBC iPlayer Radio.

Weather: Dry and clear with sunny spells

BBC Weather

A few clouds developing across Cumbria but warm with sunny spells for all.

Highs of 19C (66F).

Afternoon weather for Penrith
BBC

'More work needed to boost Cumbrian town centres at night'

BBC Radio Cumbria

Traders from across the county have told BBC Cumbria that not enough people are coming into town centres in the evening and at night.

It's in line with research done by Lancaster University Management School which found that Kendal was "ghostly" after 18:00.

Cumbrian business owners Dan Harding and Simon Haslam spoke to BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller this morning:

The trade's still there but it seems to be a lot more sporadic. People just don't seem to be going out in the evenings quite as frequently as they used to."

Dan HardingChairman, Penrith Business Improvement District

I've found maybe people used to go out once or twice a week, maybe only go out once a month nowadays."

Simon HaslamOwner, Waterfront restaurant and bar in Whitehaven

Cyclist taken to hospital with serious injuries after Carlisle crash

A 36-year-old man from Carlisle has been taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries during a collision between his bicycle and a car in the city.

Police had been called to the roundabout between Norfolk Road and St James Street just after 08:45 this morning following the crash.

Cumbria Police says the 56-year-old woman driving the car, a purple Ford Fiesta, was uninjured.

The man has been taken to the Cumberland Infirmary.

Both Norfolk Street and St James Street have now reopened.

Watch: Workington candidates on their top priorities

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

In the run up to the General Election on Thursday 8 June, BBC Radio Cumbria is holding six election debates with the candidates running in each of the county's constituencies.

Before each debate, I've been asking the candidates to tell me their number one issue for their area during a Facebook Live video.

Here's what some of the candidates running in Workington told me earlier:

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There's a full list of candidates running in Workington on the BBC News website.

You'll be able to hear the full debate tomorrow morning on BBC Radio Cumbria from 09:00.

Cumbria town's nightlife 'needs a boost'

BBC Radio Cumbria

Traders have been telling BBC Radio Cumbria that they think fewer people are coming into the county's town centres to go into pubs, bars or restaurants.

Last week, research carried out by Lancaster University found that Kendal was missing out on economic benefits because the town turned 'ghostly' after 18:00.

We asked some Cumbrians if they have noticed a difference when spending a night out in town:

A study has found that the night time economy isn't doing as well as it could in Kendal

Two men charged in connection with Barrow stabbing

Two men have been charged in connection with a stabbing on Middle Cliff in Barrow on Bank Holiday Monday.

A man, aged 33, of Barrow has been charged with wounding with intent.

A 29-year-old, also from Barrow, has been charged with threatening a person in a public place with a weapon and, after further investigation, possession with intent to supply at controlled Class A drug.

They're due to appear before magistrates in Barrow today.

Severe accident: A591 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A591 Cumbria both ways severe accident, at A5074 Elleray Road.

A591 Cumbria - Very slow traffic on A591 in Windermere at the A5074 Elleray Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Egremont man charged in connection with Workington bank holiday robbery

Cumbria Police have charged a man in connection with a shop robbery in Workington on bank holiday Monday.

The man, 22 and from Egremont, was charged last night with robbery, possession of an offensive weapon and assaulting a police officer.

He is expected to appear before magistrates later today.

Police called to serious crash in Carlisle

Norfolk Street and St James Road in Carlisle will be closed "for quite some time" following a serious crash earlier this morning, according to Cumbria Police.

The force said officers were called to a collision on Norfolk Street just after 08:45 this morning.

Drivers are being diverted along Richardson Street.

We'll update you as we get more information about this.

Junction of Norfolk Street, Norfolk Road and St James Street in Carlisle
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Potential Penrith MPs debate the future of the NHS

The Conservative candidate for Penrith and the Border has defended his party's plans for spending on the NHS during a debate recorded for BBC Radio Cumbria in the constituency.

Rory Stewart said that the party didn't intend to spend as much as other parties because it wants to rebuild the economy: "We don't think that at the moment borrowing more and taxing more is going to be in the interests of the NHS and education."

Labour's Lola McEvoy criticised the Conservative party's proposals to defer social care payments until after death:

People don't want to see their houses brought into the debate when they've worked hard to make sure they have something to pass on to the next generation."

Lola McEvoyLabour candidate, Penrith and the Border.

Liberal Democrat candidate Neil Hughes says his party would try to overturn the decision to remove beds from cottage hospitals at Alston, Wigton and Maryport, adding: "Although I'd like to see our community hospitals remain viable and I wouldn't be able to change things unless my party were the government."

The Green Party's candidate was also critical of the Cumbria Success Regime:

This is the problem that we see time and time again with the old-fashioned politics that we've got where everything runs as a business. You can't take £22bn out of something and expect it to carry on running the same way.

Doug LawsonGreen Party candidate, Penrith and the Border

The candidate for UKIP, Kerryanne Wilde, says that the NHS needs more staff and that her party would take on 20,000 nurses and 10,000 GPs under a new plan "...by giving them free university. They would then sign up to stay with the NHS and not leave".

Travel: A595 closed between Thursby roundabout and B5305

The A595 is closed in both directions between the Thursby Roundabout and the B5305.

It's so that resurfacing work can take place.

The road will be closed between 06:00 and 18:00 each day until Friday, according to Cumbria County Council.

A595 Thursby roundabout
Google

Your photos: Pooley Bridge

Boathouse at Pooley Bridge
Lee Summerson

Thanks to Lee Summerson for sharing this fabulous photo taken at Pooley Bridge with us on Facebook.

Get in touch here.

Poverty and health problems show different image of county, says new report

A new report suggests there's stark contrast between Cumbria's image as a tourist hotspot and the problems that people who live in the county face.

According to Cumbria Revealed which has been published by Cumbria Community Foundation, one in 10 households are living in poverty and 68% of adults are overweight.

Figures from Cumbria Revealed by Cumbria Community Foundation
BBC

The foundation is best known for creating the Cumbria Flood Fund in the wake of the 2015 winter floods and running its annual Winter Warmth Appeal.

It hopes that people who read the report will be inspired to become part of a new generation of philanthropists who'll donate money or time to projects helping people in the county.

Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

Loweswater
BBC Weather Watcher 'Michael's Meadow'

Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours on Wednesday 31 May 2017:

  • Temperature at 900m: 3C rising to 9C
  • Wind above 500m: Gentle and variable
  • Cloud: Patches above 750m (2,500ft) possible on western fells
  • Visibility: Excellent
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Michael's Meadow' for sharing this picture of Loweswater.

Watch: Penrith candidates explain their top campaign issue

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

All this week, I'm travelling the county to put your questions to the candidates hoping to be one of Cumbria's six Members of Parliament.

Before each debate, I've asked each candidate to tell me their top priority for their constituency during a Facebook live.

Here's what the candidates in Penrith and the Border told me (starts at 2.50).

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There's a full list of the candidates running in Penrith and the Border on the BBC News website.

Weather: Dry and fine with long sunny spells

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly, dry and fine start to the day with lots of sunshine. Staying dry with long sunny spells and a few clouds.

Top temperatures reaching 21C (70F).

Morning forecast for Penrith
BBC

Get the forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Voters press election contenders in TV debate

Voters from around the North East and Cumbria put their questions to politicians last night, ahead of next week's General Election.

An audience at Gateshead College questioned the main parties on issues including Brexit, health and education for a BBC debate programme called Election 2017 Where You Live.

If you missed it you can watch it below:

Voters from across the north east and Cumbria put their questions to the main parties.

Penrith candidates face each other in radio debate

BBC Radio Cumbria

Five of the candidates hoping to be the next MP for Penrith and the Border will be on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning from 09:00 taking part in an election debate recorded at the Rheged centre near Penrith.

Those candidates are, in no particular order, Lola McEvoy for Labour, Doug Lawson from the Green Party, Rory Stewart for the Conservatives, Kerryanne Wilde from UKIP and Jonathan Davies who is running as an independent candidate.

There'll also be responses from the Liberal Democrat candidate Neil Hughes who was unable to be at the debate.

Election debate in Penrith
BBC

Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Stay with us today because we'll be rounding up the county's news, weather, travel and sport until 16:00.

If there's a story you've spotted or you have a photo you'd like to share with Cumbria, you can email us, get in touch on Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.