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  1. Updates on Monday 19 June 2017

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Our updates have now ended for the day. Here are the main stories we have covered today:

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

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Weather: Feeling a little fresher tonight

It should feel a little fresher tonight as a weak weather front moves south into Cumbria.

This front will bring with it some cloud and cooler temperatures but it should remain dry.

Minimum Temperature: 11C (52 F).

A Lakeland waterfall in slow-motion on a hot day

Some might think this video has a hypnotic effect on such a warm day!

The man who runs the Lake District National Park authority has put online a video of one of the county's waterfalls, which slows down in the middle so you can clearly see every drop.

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Still from video of waterfall on Angletarn Beck
Richard Leafe

Severe accident: A590 Cumbria both ways

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A590 Cumbria both ways severe accident, around Mill Bank.

A590 Cumbria - A590 Park Road in Barrow-In-Furness closed in both directions around the Mill Bank junction, because of an accident.

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

Election result could lead to softer Brexit, says Cumbrian business community

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce says it believes the outcome of the general election will lead to a "softer" Brexit.

It comes as the UK begins its negotiations with the EU in Brussels today. After the triggering of Article 50 earlier this year, the UK will leave the EU in March 2019.

Portrait of Rob Johnston

Rob Johnston from Cumbria Chamber of Commerce says there will be opportunities if the deal is right.

What we should be able to do is to negotiate a position that gets us free to do our own trade agreements with the rest of the world. So there's a fine line between getting a very good deal, which allows us to keep access to the markets - and we'll pay for that, there's no getting away from it - but we should hopefully be able to get the freedom to do trade deals around the world. So that's the challenge.

Rob JohnstonChief Executive, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Sunny view from "the back of Blencathra"

The Cumbrian film maker Terry Abraham has been enjoying a bit of solitude on the Cumbrian fells this afternoon.

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Cumbrian MPs disagree over funding for the county's schools

The Labour MP for Workington Sue Hayman says the education of Cumbria's children will suffer if more funding isn't made available for schools.

Picture of Sue Hayman in parliament

After meeting Cumbrian headteachers about the rising costs facing schools, she said the extra money promised by the Conservatives before the general election was not enough.

The Labour Party had said that if we were in government we would increase that, so every pupil would get approximately £500 more than they are at present. And that would make a huge difference.

Sue HaymanLabour MP, Workington

But such concerns about school funding are unfounded, according to the conservative MP for Carlisle.

Portrait of John Stevenson at election count

John Stevenson says his party is making sure that adequate funding will be in place:

I think there was a recognition by Conservative MPs, including myself, prior to the election that there was a danger there would be inadequate funding. I think that was addressed by our manifesto, the commitment for an additional £4bn, and to be perfectly honest, I would certainly support any additional funding if that was available.

John StevensonConservative MP, Carlisle

A great weekend for fellwalking

Here's a lovely shot tweeted by photographer Tom Pitman who was enjoying some superb scenery on the Cumbrian fells.

In the distance you can see Thirlmere and Derwentwater, and look beyond towards England's highest mountain Scafell Pike among the high central fells.

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One northbound lane closed on M6

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The M6 has one lane closed Northbound, between J37 (A684 Kendal and Sedbergh) and J38 (A685/B6260 Tebay).

Lane one is closed because of work to recover a broken-down vehicle, but traffic is said to be coping well.

Parade and flag-raising to mark Armed Forces Week

The Chaplain from Furness General Hospital has tweeted pictures of a ceremony held in the sunshine in Barrow:

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How warm is it where you are?

We're enjoying some beautiful weather at the moment - but how does the weather where you are compare to other places around the world.

If you put in where you are here you can see how that compares with more than 50 cities worldwide.

BBC Weather Watcher Paul Waddington took this beautiful picture in Barrow.

Paul Waddington

Cumbrian Conservative MP: Theresa May won't lead next general election campaign

The Conservative MP for Carlisle has told BBC Radio Cumbria he has doubts about Theresa May's long-term future as the party leader.

portrait of John Stevenson

But John Stevenson also said he doesn't expect an early general election to take place.

I'll be perfectly frank: I don't think she will lead the Conservative party into the next general election. But nevertheless I do not think there's an appetite in the general public for a general election at this stage. We have the Brexit talks which start today, a very important part of our future relationship with the European Union, and I think we need a period of stability.

John StevensonConservative MP, Carlisle

Police concern after Cumbrian teenage girl goes missing

Cumbria police say they're concerned for the welfare of a 17 -year-old girl from Kendal who's gone missing during a trip to Blackpool.

Chelsea Martin was last seen on Saturday when she went to the town to meet a friend. She was last seen at Blackpool Pleasure Beach at about 16:30 on Saturday, but she didn't turn up for her lift home, and hasn't been seen since.

Picture of Chelsea Martin
Cumbria Police

She's now thought to be in the Blackpool or Burnley area. She is described as white, 5ft 2 in, slim, and was wearing blue jeans, a pink blouse and a green jacket.

Officers are asking anyone with information to get in touch via 101. They are also asking Chelsea if she sees or hears their appeal, to let them know she is safe and well.

Renewed effort to stamp out invasive plants in Cumbria

A year's worth of work is being carried out in a month in Cumbria as the National Trust tries to rid the county of invasive plants.

Japanese Rose

Non-native species, such as Himalayan balsam and Japanese rose (above) spread fast, because there are no insects and animals eating them to keep them in check.

This month, efforts are being stepped up to tackle the plants, and stop them from spreading.

National Trust Ranger Jamie Armstrong is tackling Japanese rose plants at the Sandscale Haws nature reserve near Barrow.

If you've got an invasive species like Japanese Rose it has no natural predators, nothing really feeds on it, so it tends to just dominate the whole area that it moves into. And it completely wipes out all the other native plant species.

Jamie ArmstrongNational Trust Ranger

Cumbria Police observe a minute's silence

Police officers and their colleagues in several parts of Cumbria observed a minute's silence at 11:00 to remember those killed or affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

These photographs show the scene in Barrow, at the force HQ in Penrith, and in Cockermouth.

Police officers and staff standing outside during minute's silence
Officers and staff standing outside Cumbria police headquarters
Officers and staff standing outside during the minute's silence

Investigation begun after dead fish found in Cumbrian river

The Environment Agency is investigating after dead fish were found in the River Ellen.

It is not yet known how many fish were involved. The agency says it's working with anglers to try and find the cause, and it wants to hear from anyone with any information about what happened.

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Minute's silence to remember victims of Grenfell Tower fire

People across Cumbria are expected to observe a minute's silence at 11:00 to remember people who were killed or affected by last week's fire at Grenfell Tower in London.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust and the Stagecoach bus operator are among the organisations which have said they'll be taking part in the national moment of reflection.

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Cumbria's historic buildings 'at risk' from fire or arson

There's a warning that Cumbrian history could be destroyed within minutes if steps aren't taken to protect buildings from fires or arson attacks.

Picture of House of Lords fire in Barrow

Earlier this year, the Grade II listed House of Lords building in Barrow went up in flames (pictured above). And in 2006, the Holme Cultram Abbey near Wigton was destroyed by fire. Repairs took nine years and cost more than £2m.

And Historic England says it is now working with the fire and rescue service to try to prevent this happening to other historic buildings.

Charles Smith, from Historic England, told BBC Radio Cumbria that fire can destroy history in minutes.

Once a historic building is gone - it's gone. That's it - they are irreplaceable, and we've lost that really important shared cultural heritage that is important to the nation.

Charles SmithHistoric England

Cumbrian MP's changed view of his party leader welcomed by Barrow members

Labour party members in Barrow have welcomed comments from the area's MP who has admitted he was "completely wrong" before the general election about his party's leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

John Woodcock (pictured) disowned Jeremy Corbyn at the start of the election campaign - telling his constituents to vote for him rather than the Labour leader.

John Woodcock speaking in parliament

Mr Woodcock, who was re-elected by just 209 votes, says he completely misjudged Mr Corbyn's ability to inspire people, particularly young voters.

We have talked about for decades how we will get people back to the polls, and if only young people voted more. Everyone talks about it; no-one manages it; he did it. And it was one of the chief factors in us actually being able to take away Theresa May's majority.

John WoodcockLabour MP, Barrow and Furness

Cloud free on the fells

Temperatures at 3,000ft: 12C rising to 16C

Winds: Light westerly

Cloud: Fells will be cloud free

Visibility: Very good

Freezing level: Above the summits

Plenty of sunshine, a little cooler on the coast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be dry today with plenty of strong sunshine across the board.

A little cloud may bubble up through the day, but there will still be plenty of sunny spells.

It will feel a little fresher in coastal places like Whitehaven with a sea breeze.

Maximum Temperature: 25C (77F).

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Cumbrian heads warn that funding cuts will hit county's education

The education of children in Cumbria will suffer if funding cuts are not addressed, according to some of the county's head teachers.

Last year the National Audit Office, the body that oversees public spending, warned there could be a £3bn funding shortfall in English schools by 2020, because of rising costs and pupil numbers.

Many mainstream schools in Cumbria rely heavily on teaching assistants to support children with special educational needs and it's thought that role is particularly vulnerable as schools look to make savings.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

We'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel from across Cumbria throughout the day.

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