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  1. Thursday 15 June 2017

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Our updates have now ended for the day.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

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Mormons donate £15k to help preserve church bell

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

A Lake District community is much closer to preserving its church bell tower thanks to a generous donation from the US state of Utah.

The Church of Latter Day Saints, who are also known as the Mormons, has donated £15,000 to an appeal to make essential repairs to St. Michael and All Angels Parish Church overlooking the village of Hawkshead.

A former Mormon missionary led the efforts to repay the kindness shown by the village during a visit in the 1970s.

St. Michael and All Angels Parish Church
The Bell Tower restoration fund
Ringing church bells

Man jailed for 'appalling' attack on partner

A man left his partner with injuries on "virtually every part of her body", Carlisle Crown Court has heard.

John Thomas Allan slashed Kay Irving with a Stanley knife and smashed her over the head with a vodka bottle during the sustained attack in April.

The 33-year-old, of Millholme Avenue, Currock, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Jailing him for 10 years, Judge Peter Hughes said: "I have rarely encountered such appalling domestic violence."

John Thomas Allan
Craig McGlasson

Weather: Light showers will clear overnight

BBC Weather

There will be sunny spells and a risk of light showers for this evening but it will become mostly dry overnight. The winds will also ease into the early hours.

Lows of 12C (54F).

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

Weather graphic

John Craven re-opens Pencil Museum in Keswick

Countryfile presenter John Craven has officially re-opened the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick more than 18 months after it was devastated by the floods.

John, who's been to Cumbria many times during his 30-year career with the programme, says the county is recovering well.

Opening of Pencil Museum
Opening of Pencil Museum
Opening of Pencil Museum

Severe accident: A591 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

A591 Cumbria northbound severe accident, between B5284 Crook Road and Hollins Lane.

A591 Cumbria - A591 Windermere Road in Burneside closed and queuing traffic northbound between Plumgarth Roundabout and the Hollins Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and motorbike.

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

South Cumbrian Falklands' hero publishes his memoirs

The memoirs of a young sailor from south Cumbria who left school to go to war in the Falklands is being released today.

Kevin Porter was 18 when he went to the conflict on HMS Fearless and his new book includes his original handwritten diary written at the time.

He was feted as a hero after the Falklands campaign, and he's back in the town for the book launch.

Kevin Porter with book
Kevin Porter

Watch: Kevin Pietersen's good luck message to local school

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has sent this message to pupils at Shankhill C of E Primary School near Brampton in North Cumbria.

It's to wish them luck in their girls' cricket tournament, which is happening today.

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Ulverston apprentices win national challenge

A team of apprentices from Ulverston have won a challenge pitting them against others from across the nation.

The nine GlaxoSmithKline apprentices have been announced as the winners of this year's Brathay Apprentice Challenge.

There were 75 teams overall which competed in the competition.

The apprentices from Ulverston narrowly beat a team from Nottingham City Homes who came in second place.

winners of this year's Brathay Apprentice Challenge
Brathay Apprentice Challenge

Complaints that town clock sounds 'like a bad ringtone'

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

Changing chimes on the clock of a Cumbrian town has offended some ears.

Ulverston Town Council has been struck with complaints since the sound of electronic chimes on the town's clock altered after a re-set during a service.

It's been described as "tinny" and sounding like a "bad ringtone" but others say the new sound is charming.

South Lakeland District Council looks after the clock and says the sound shouldn't have changed during the repairs and is investigating.

Ulvertson town clock

London Fire: Cumbria fire service says it was a 'complex' situation to deal with

Rescuers do not expect to find anyone else alive in the west London block of flats which was engulfed by a massive fire, the fire service says.

People have been desperately seeking news of missing family and friends, after 17 people were confirmed dead.

Justin Robinson from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service says London fire crews were faced with a tremendously challenging and "complex" situation given the time of the fire and the size of the building.

Grenfell tower

Your photos: Looking over Derwentwater towards Skiddaw

Big thanks to Christine Duff for sharing this photo she took this morning of Derwentwater and Skiddaw.

We love seeing the pictures you take around the country - if you have any you'd like to share you can send us an email.

Derwentwater and Skiddaw
Christine Duff

Weather: Mostly dry and sunny with the odd shower possible

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry and often sunny this afternoon, though a little fresher than yesterday with the odd shower possible.

Highs of 17C (63F).

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

Weather graphic

Carlisle man released without charge after firearms incident

Police investigating an incident in Carlisle yesterday have established that no offences were committed.

Officers were contacted yesterday morning in connection with an incident within a property on Botcherby Avenue.

A 45-year-old man from Carlisle was arrested and has been released with no further action to be taken.

Superintendent Justin Bibby said: “Our job is to keep people safe and we always encourage people to report any suspicious behaviour so that we can deal with it.

“Our investigation into yesterday’s incident has concluded and no further action will be taken.

“I’d like to thank the public for their patience and ongoing support.”

BBC Music Day: Who was Kathleen Ferrier?

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Kathleen Ferrier is to be honoured with an offiicial Blue Plaque.

A lot of people will be well aware of her work, but if you haven't heard of her before, here's a little bit about her:

  • Kathleen was born on 22 April 1912
  • She was an internationally famous classical singer who lived in Cumbria - moving to Silloth aged 23
  • Kathleen entered Carlisle Music Festival for a dare in 1937 and won it
  • Sadly, she died from cancer when she was 41, at the height of her fame
  • She was a keen member of the school choir but even then she had a big voice and was usually asked just to stand at the back and sing quietly
  • People who knew her say she was a lovely woman with a fantastic sense of humour

If you'd like to find out more about her you can here.

Kathleen Ferrier

Weather: Today's fells forecast

BBC Weather

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

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 11C (52F) dropping to 8C (46F) later
  • Winds: Fresh or strong southwest or westerly gusting gale force at 50mph later
  • Cloud: Widespread cloud down to 650 feet (200m) in the west at first, becoming generally broken above 2,000 feet (600m) later
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor at first, moderate or good later
  • Freezing level: Above the tops

BBC Music Day: BBC Radio Cumbria plays only local music today

BBC Radio Cumbria

If you hadn't already realised, today is BBC Music Day 2017.

BBC Radio Cumbria will be playing only local music throughout the day.

Listen live here.

Music Day logo

Tim Farron resignation: Cumbrian Bishops 'saddened'

Cumbria's Chuch of England Bishops have released a joint statement reacting to Tim Farron stepping down as Leader of the Liberal Democrats, praising him for being "honourable, inspirational and hardworking".

We are saddened that he has felt moved to have to resign from his position as leader of the Liberal Democrats, as a result of the focus which has been placed on his faith in recent weeks.

This decision transcends party politics and directly speaks of the need for the political arena to have space for those people who profess and live out a faith in the love of Christ.

Our prayers are with Tim Farron and his family at this time as he prepares to stand down from his leadership role when Parliament breaks for the summer recess.”

Rt Rev James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle and the Rt Rev Robert Freeman, the Bishop of Penrith

Your photos: Allonby sunset

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Robin' who took this stunning photo last night at Allonby.

If you'd like to be a BBC Weather Watcher you can sign up here.

Allonby sunset

Lake District path improved for all abilities

It should be easier for people using wheelchairs or pushchairs to see breathtaking views across Windermere, according to the Lake District National Park.

A new path has been upgraded to be fully accessible between the Glebe and Cockshott Point in Bowness-on-Windermere.

The work was done in conjunction with United Utilities, who were laying new sewage pipes under another path nearby.

Glebe to Cockshott Point path
Lake District National Park

University and theatre to work to work closely together

Cumbria's university and one of the county's theatres will agree a deal today to work closer together.

The University of Cumbria says it will sign a memorandum of understanding with Keswick's Theatre by the Lake this afternoon. It hopes the agreement will allow for shared research, exhibitions and performances to take place.

Theatre by the Lake

BBC Music Day: Kathleen Ferrier honoured with a Blue Plaque

The Cumbrian singer Kathleen Ferrier is to be honoured with an official Blue Plaque for her contribution to music in the county.

The Blue Plaque will be unveiled by some of her relatives later this year in Aspatria Parish Church.

BBC Radio Cumbria listeners were asked earlier this year to nominate people or places in the county that have played an important part in its musical heritage. The announcement was made as part of BBC Music Day.

Kathleen Ferrier's Blue Plaque

Farron resignation: Reaction from Cumbrian MP

A Cumbrian MP has paid tribute to Tim Farron after his resignation as Liberal Democrat leader.

John Woodcock, the Labour MP for Barrow and Furness, says he feels "sad" for him on a personal level and had this to say:

Tim, for many, many years has been a tremendous local MP and I've always had huge respect for how hard he works for his constituents."

Tim Farron
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Weather: Cloudy with light rain this morning, clearing this afternoon

BBC Weather

A cloudy start to the day with some light rain, but this will soon ease as skies brighten through the morning leaving many with a dry but fresher afternoon.

Highs of 17C (63F).

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

Weather graphic

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel from across Cumbria until 18:00.

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