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  1. Wednesday 7 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Nell Dunn

All times stated are UK

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We've now finished posting for today.

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

In the meantime, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Schoolchildren build a viking longboat

A Viking Longboat has been being built in Cumbria today by Carlisle schoolchildren.

Youngsters at Shankhill C of E Primary School have designed the boat as part of their history studies - and this afternoon a construction company supplied the materials to help them bring it to life.

Children in their viking longboat
Shankhill C of E Primary School
Aaron Fuller

Carlisle Crown Court heard Aaron Fuller made more than £14,000 from supplying heroin and cannabis.

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Weather: Cloudy with rain overnight

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken this evening, with outbreaks of rain spreading across the region from the south west.

The rain will persist overnight with some heavier bursts at times, particularly over the hills.

Lows of 10C (50F).

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

Weather graphic

New bell ringers needed for Carlisle Cathedral

A call has gone out to find more people to become bell ringers at Carlisle Cathedral.

The cathedral is advertising for volunteers to join their team.

If you're interested in joining the band of bell ringers, contact Carlisle Cathedral for more information.

Bell ringers

Sellafield: More than 1,000 contractors walk out

Some 1,100 contractors have walked out at Sellafield in a dispute over conditions at the nuclear site.

The scaffolders, electricians and mechanical trades people, who are members of the Unite union, walked out after a mass meeting this morning.

We understand it's because of concerns about conditions in a changing room in a Sellafield building.

The wokers won't return to the site until Monday and Sellafield says the walkout won't affect safety, operations or security.


Sellafield: Statement from Unite union

Contractors have walked out of Sellafield today.

Unite says:

We are aware of the situation at Sellafield and we will be holding talks with the employer as soon as practical to resolve the issues behind this dispute. Until those talks have taken place, Unite won’t be commenting further."

Contractors walk out at Sellafield

ITV News and the News and Star are reporting that 1,400 contractors have walked out of Sellafield.

Sellafield Ltd wouldn't confirm the numbers but did say that "some contractors" have left the site and they sent us this statement:

We are aware of an industrial relations issue involving contractors at the Sellafield site, and we are closely monitoring further developments. We have taken steps to ensure that safety, security and operations at the site will be unaffected."

As soon as we have any more information we'll let you know.

Barriers removed in Appleby as river levels drop

River levels in Appleby have dropped enough for barriers to be removed at the Sands this afternoon.

The area is popular during the Horse Fair for people to wash their horses.

Eden District Council says debris could still be in the river and people are being advised to take care.

Generic Horse fair picture

Whitehaven man accused of attack claims he 'thought he was going to die'

A man from Whitehaven who's accused of attacking another man outside a funeral has told Carlisle Crown Court he was the victim.

Dylan Wynne is alleged to have attacked Ian Brown on September 13 in Moor Row leaving him with two fractured eye sockets and a kick to the face.

Speaking during his trial, the 25-year-old admitted throwing "five or six punches", but said he was under attack.

"I defended myself. I feared for my life," he told the jury. "I thought I was going to die. I thought it was the end."

Mr Wynne from Lakeland Avenue, Woodhouse, denies inflicting grievous bodily harm. The trial continues.

Dylan Wynne outside Carlisle Crown Court.
Craig McGlasson

Largest number of RSPCA officers at Appleby Horse Fair

The countdown to the Appleby Horse Fair is seeing the animal charity the RSPCA get ready to deploy its largest number of staff this year.

The fair starts tomorrow and goes on until Monday12 June.

The RSPCA says there will be 33 officers during peak times, including a specialist equine team from across England and Wales.

Generic picture of Appleby Horse Fair
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Barrow's Jordan Williams joins Rochdale for record fee

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Barrow forward Jordan Williams has joined League One side Rochdale on a two-year deal following a weeks of talks between the player and the two clubs.

The fee involved hasn't been revealed although BBC Radio Cumbria Sport understands it to be around £100,000 for the 24-year-old - a record fee paid for a Bluebirds player.

Williams made 59 starts for the club, scoring 16 times, following his move from Northwich Victoria in January 2016.

Jordan Williams
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The rider was one of three travelling on the A66 in Cumbria when he crashed on Tuesday.

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Windermere woman died of 'natural causes'

Police say they can now confirm that a woman from Windermere whose death was described as "unexplained", died of natural causes.

She died in the Royal Preston Hospital on 2 June after becoming unwell while walking her dog two days earlier.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Carlisle cosy up with new shirt sponsor

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United have announced Edinburgh Woollen Mill as the club's new shirt sponsors.

The deal sees United extend their financial ties with the company, who have been long-term commercial partners and will replace last season's sponsor DSD on the front of shirts.

It was revealed in March that Edinburgh Woollen Mill had a charge against Brunton Park having made "loan facilities" to help short-term financial difficulties.

Jordan Williams

League One side Rochdale sign Barrow midfielder Jordan Williams on a two-year deal for a fee of about £100,000.

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Copeland set to host its third parliamentary election in two years

Tomorrow Copeland will host its third parliamentary election in just two years.

It's already had to deal with a by-election earlier this year, which followed the general election in 2015.

In February the Tories swept aside Labour, which had held the seat for 80 years, to record the first by-election gain by a sitting government in 35 years.

Trudy Harrison won the seat which was vacated by the resignation of Labour's Jamie Reed.

You can find out more about your constituency here - there's even a quiz you can have a go at.

Trudy Harrison

Cumbrian firm to lay more pitches for World Cup

A Cumbrian firm that makes artificial sports pitches is going to lay another two in Russia ahead of next summer's football World Cup in Russia.

SIS Pitches is based in Maryport and has already installed the surfaces in four stadia. In April a huge fire destroyed one of their storage depots in Maryport.

Work to install Mordovia Arena's hybrid pitch, host of June's group games, will begin this July.

The stadium will also host FC Mordovia Saransk of the Russian Premier League, replacing the Start Stadium.

Building of Mordovia Arena
SIS Pitches

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: 3C (37F) to 6C (43F)
  • Winds: Gale force west or northwesterly gusting 65mph easing strong by midday and backing fresh southwesterly later
  • Cloud: Patches early and late in the day with bases around 300-600m (1,000-2,000ft)
  • Visibility: Mainly very good or excellent
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Your photos: Blue skies around the county

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Looks like it's been a beautiful start for some areas around the county. Thanks to our BBC Weather Watchers for making me jealous as I sit in our office!

Thanks to Robin from Allonby for this photograph:

View at Allonby

Jude from Coniston shared this photograph:

View from Coniston

Carlisle man in Newcastle hospital with 'serious injuries' after collision

A man from Carlisle has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after a "serious collision" on the A596 at Micklethwaite, about three miles east of Wigton, at midnight.

Police say they're investigating the collision between a pedestrian and a blue Ford Focus and they're appealing for witnesses.

The 49-year-old man was first taken to hospital in Carlisle but had to be transferred to the north east with "serious injuries".

Travel: Accident at Thursby roundabout cleared

BBC News Travel

The earlier accident at Thursby roundabout has been cleared and all lanes have re-opened.

Reaction to some schools cancelling trips to London

Weather: Brightening up through the morning

BBC Weather

A windy start with outbreaks of rain, still some heavy bursts, slowly clearing this morning.

Brightening up quite nicely with sunny spells which will turn hazy from the west later this afternoon.

Strong westerly winds slowly easing through the day and a maximum temperature of 17C (63F).

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

Weather graphic

Schools in Cumbria cancel trips to London following terror attack

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Some Cumbrian schools are cancelling trips to London in the aftermath of the latest terror attack.

A lot of primary schools run a trip to the capital for their oldest pupils, but concerns from parents and how to manage large groups during an incident are causing some to rethink.

One of the schools that has cancelled their trip is Ormsgill School in Barrow.

Outside Ormsgill School

General Election: Behind the scenes in Copeland

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Running a general election is a big operation.

Ulpha in the Lake District is the most remote polling station in Copeland, which is hosting its third election this year.

The local council has had to print 52,000 ballot papers to be used in 100 local polling stations manned by just over 200 staff.

It's estimated that it'll cost approximately £140,000 - which they can claim back from central government.

Sign at Ulpha

Travel: Accident at Thursby Roundabout

BBC News Travel

There's heavy traffic at Thursby Roundabout (A595/A596) because of an accident. One lane is blocked and Police are at the scene.

More information when we have it.

UK and EU flags

Nina Warhurst

Political Editor, BBC North West

Political editor Nina Warhurst finds the North West is divided over many more issues than Brexit.

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Motocyclist killed on A66

A motorcyclist has been killed on the A66 at Stainmore.

The accident, which involved just one vehicle, happened at about 16:25 yesterday.

Police say the man was from the north east.

He was treated by paramedics and an air ambulance doctor, but he died of his injuries at the scene. His family have been informed.

He was one of three riders heading west on the A66, and police want to hear from any witnesses.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good morning. We'll be bringing you news, weather forecasts and travel reports through to 18:00.

As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them via twitter @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.