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  1. Updates on Wednesday 21 June 2017

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Weather: Thunderstorms this evening, turning fresher tomorrow

BBC Weather

Heavy and perhaps intense thunderstorms will continue for a time this evening, especially over higher ground, before dying out later.

The early hours will see thicker cloud and some patchy rain gradually move in from the west.

Lows of 14C (57F).

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

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Police appeal for three missing teenagers

Cumbria Police are concerned for the welfare of three missing 14-year-old boys.

Callum Isaac, 14, was last seen in the east of the city at about 09:30 yesterday wearing a pale blue t-shirt, grey shorts and white trainers.

Callum Isaac
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Callum Isaac

In a separate appeal, which police say isn't linked to the above, concerns are growing for missing teenagers Alfie-Lee McIntosh and Liam Percival who may be together.

Alfie-Lee is missing from his home in Lancashire but is thought to be in the Carlisle area and hasn't been seen since 12.15 on Monday.

Liam is missing from his home in Carlisle and was last seen yesterday evening wearing a white Nike t-shirt, grey Nike joggers with a hole and ladder in the back.

Alfie-Lee McIntosh
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Alfie-Lee McIntosh
Liam Percival
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Liam Percival

New birthing pools should mean 'every woman who wants a water birth should be able to'

Work to ensure a new maternity unit in Barrow has the best equipment available is continuing with plans for three new birthing pools.

The unit at the Furness General already has one pool, paid for by staff at BAE Systems, who completed the Keswick to Barrow Walk two years ago.

Now, a donation of more than £16,000 from the Hospital Equipment Fund for Furness, will pay for another three pools.

Sally Sagar, FGH Midwifery Matron, said: “For some time it’s been our aim to increase the number of birthing pools. Having four birthing pools available to our expectant mums, when the new unit opens, will all but guarantee every woman who wants a water birth should be able to.”

Birthing pool
Bay Hospitals Charity

HGV driver tells jury he's 'not completely' to blame for fatal crash

A HGV driver has told his trial he's "not completely" to blame for road crash that killed a van driver near Wigton.

Carlisle Crown Court heard David Mitchell was killed when he collided with a lorry trailer on the B5305 on the 6 November 2015.

Nigel James Stevens, 55, from Greenrigg Cottages near Wigton, admits causing the death of David Mitchell by careless driving but denies dangerous driving.

The trial continues.

House 'absolutely stuffed with cannabis plants' found in Arnside, court told

A jury has heard how a 380-plant cannabis factory was found at a house in South Cumbria.

Carlisle Crown Court was told how police swooped on the property at Church Hill, Arnside on 6 February amid concerns about the address.

After the door was opened by Vietnamese national Thuy Nguyen, officers found rooms "absolutely stuffed with cannabis plants" and specialist hydroponic equipment, the jury was told.

There were 150 plants in one room alone.

Nguyen, 47, of no fixed address, was arrested and has pleaded not guilty to producing the class B drug.

Opening the case at the court today, prosecutor Alistair Reid told jurors: "She denied that she had any knowledge of the cannabis that was filling the first floor of this address, and that she didn't know there was cannabis in the property.

"She believed that the plants that were there were tobacco plants."

The trial continues.

Carlisle man jailed for knife crime

A man from Carlisle who avoided jail for a "dreadful" domestic violence attack has now been sent to prison for a knife crime.

Cyril Greer was given a suspended 21-month prison sentence in January after he admitted punching and headbutting Wendy Jones in September.

The 34-year-old was back at Carlisle Crown Court today where he admitted illegally possessing a craft knife in public in April.

Greer, of Dalton Avenue, was jailed for 31 months.

Cyril Greer
Cumbria Police

Change of name for south Cumbrian newspaper

The North West Evening Mail has changed it's name to The Mail and has redesigned its layout.

The paper says the new name and layout will reflect that "it is no longer an evening newspaper" and will now be available every morning.

The Mail was first published as the North Western Daily Mail in 1898.

It changed its name to the North Western Evening Mail in 1941 then was re-branded as the North West Evening Mail in 1987.

Front page of The Mail

Cumbrian school wins top three places in competition to design a drone

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Pupils at Allithwaite School on the Cartmel peninsular have won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the regional heat of a national competition to design a drone.

Orrin, who came first, now goes into the national final. The school wins £1,000 to spend on science, engineering and maths resources in the competition run by Amazon and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Competition winners with cheque

This is Orrin's winning entry that puts him through to the national finals:

This is Orrin's winning entry that puts him through to the national finals:

Alesha's second placed entry:

Alesha's second placed entry

Iggy's third placed entry:

Iggy's third placed entry

Weather: Further risk of thunderstorms, feeling warm and humid

BBC Weather

Some bright or sunny spells developing but there's a risk of further scattered thunderstorms in places this afternoon.

Feeling very warm and humid with highs of 26C (79F).

Just a reminder there's a yellow warning for rain from the Met Office thats in place until 02:00 tomorrow morning.

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

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Travel: M6 re-opened

BBC News Travel

The broken down vehicle on the M6 Southbound, between J42 and J41, has been removed and all lanes are now open.

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J42 for A6 and J41 for B5305.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J42, A6 (Carlisle South) and J41, B5305 (Catterlen), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Workington 'fifth worst in country for house sales'

Workington has been named as the fifth worst place in the country for house sales last year.

Research carried out by Lloyds Bank found 82% of towns in England and Wales saw sales dip as people chose to rent or were unable to get a mortgage.

The area which had the biggest year-on-year percentage increases in sales was Retford in the East Midlands.


People encouraged to 'Give a Day to the City'

People in Carlisle are being encouraged to 'Give a Day to the City'.

Last year hundreds of people took part in projects which included cleaning rivers, clearing stones from the flooded Sheepmount football pitches and refurbishing a skate park.

This year there are plans to create a garden that can be appreciated by people who have dementia.

Organisers say that the police, schools and businesses are all involved and they want Carlisle to become known as "the most generous city in the world".

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, at J42 for A6.

M6 Cumbria - M6 partially blocked and heavy traffic southbound at J42, A6 (Carlisle South), because of an accident.

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

Your Photos: Celebrating the Summer Solstice at Castlerigg

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Happy Summer Solstice.

Here's a photo from BBC Weather Watcher 'jackdog' taken this morning at Castlerigg Stone Circle.

If you've been out early this morning to take photos of the sunrise, we'd love to see them you can email them to us here.

Castlerigg stone circle

Ulverston cinema celebrates 80th birthday

The owner of a Cumbrian cinema that's celebrating its 80th birthday today says it's becoming "increasingly successful".

Charles Morris saved the Roxy in Ulverston from closure in 2006.

A selection of classic film clips and adverts will be screened tonight, before a special showing of the 1938 version of Robin Hood.

Roxy Cinema

Weather: Today's fells forecast

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

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 15C (59F) or 16C (61F)
  • Winds: Fresh south to southeasterly increasing strong gustings 45mph veering west to southwesterly later
  • Cloud: Patches above 450-750m (1,400-2,500ft) in showers
  • Visibility: Good or very good falling moderate to poor in heavy showers
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Your photos: Hay bales in Grange

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Pricey' for this photo taken this morning at Grange-Over-Sands.

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

Bale in field

Carlisle United fixtures announced

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

The new Football League fixtures have been revealed this morning.

Carlisle United will open their League Two campaign at home to Swindon Town on Saturday 5 August. They'll end their season at home to Newport County on Saturday 5 May. They are at home over Christmas with a game against Accrington Stanley on Boxing day.

A full list of the fixtures can be found on the BBC Sport website.

Brunton Park

Disturbing images of beheadings sent to Labour activists in Barrow

Disturbing images of people being beheaded have now been sent to 23 people in the Barrow area.

Fourteen letters that were sent to Labour activists before the General Election and another nine people have now come forward to say they have also received one.

The police are investigating.

Watch: Vivienne Westwood's visit to University of Cumbria

One of the UK's best known fashion designers gave a talk to students at the University of Cumbria last night.

Vivienne Westwood told students at the Ambleside Campus how she makes fashion and environmental activisim work together.

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Carlisle man jailed for brandishing imitation gun

A man from Carlisle who fired an air pistol in the street has been sent to prison for eight months.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Adrian Skowron was said to have "lost control" after youths assaulted him and his stepfather in December last year.

The 27-year-old from East Dale Street admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Carlisle Crown Court
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Vandals target newly refurbished shelters in Appleby

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

One of Cumbria's towns that's still carrying out repairs following the floods of 2015 has become a target for vandals.

Graffiti has been scrawled over some of the riverside shelters in Appleby.

The district council had almost finished refurbishing them after they were damaged by the rising waters.

They now need to be painted again, before laminated glazing is installed over the next few weeks.

Graffiti in shelter

Weather: Yellow warning for heavy rain

BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain, in place until 06:00 tomorrow morning.

The county could have torrential downpours, frequent lightning and hail.

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

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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 throughout the day.

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