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  1. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

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On a cloudier and - for some - rather damp Cumbrian day, here's a stunning shot from on the Lakeland Fells during the recent sunshine.

View down the Buttermere valley from High Stile
Paul Beevers @paulbeevers71

Paul Beevers tweeted this picture taken on High Stile looking North West down the Buttermere Valley, over Crummock Water.

and that's us - Our updates have now ended for the day.

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

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Cumbrian fell-runner named as hero by star of The A Word

The actor Christopher Eccleston says his hero is the fell runner, Joss Naylor, pictured here.

Joss Naylor from an archive TV report
BBC

Christopher has been in the county, filming another series of the BBC drama, The A Word.

And he says he wanted the character he plays to also admire the Cumbrian athlete.

He's been my hero for a long time. And when I was cast in this role I decided that Maurice would probably hero-worship Joss. There's a beautiful... hard-backed book of Joss's life. We had a look at that to have a look at some of the clothes that Joss wears, and we stole those ideas. Joss is Maurice's hero. And mine too."

Christopher EcclestonActor

Sellafield firefighters vote for industrial action

The GMB Union says its members who work as firefighters at Sellafield have voted by two to one to take industrial action.

The union says it's because of a long-running dispute over the pay and grading of their role.

Sellafield Ltd has said it's committed to resolving the problems through dialogue, and that the next stage of talks are planned for 30 June.

The company also says the safety and security of the Sellafield site are its "overriding priorities".

It says arrangements are in place to make sure the site remains safe during any industrial action.

Cumbrian hospital names education centre after award-winning consultant

The education centre at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle has been renamed after a former consultant who worked there for almost 30 years.

Main entrance of Cumberland infirmary
Google

In a ceremony this afternoon, it became the James George Education Centre, named after Dr James George (who was known as Jim), who died in January.

Dr George was an elderly care consultant who was given a Bupa award for his role in setting up a specialist unit for patients with dementia.

He began working as a consultant for the hospital trust in February 1986 until he retired in July 2015, and was also the trust's clinical director for research and development.

Man to be sentenced for sexual activity in Cumbrian park

A man from Cumbria has admitted three charges of engaging in sexual activity in sight of three teenage girls in a park.

Picture of the park at Hammonds Pond, Carlisle
Craig McGlasson

Roger Thomas Scott, 43, from Upperby Road in Carlisle, appeared at the city's crown court today.

He'd carried out the acts in the grounds of Hammonds Pond in Upperby during the evening of 28 May, in the presence of the three girls who were under 16.

Scott was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at the crown court on 13 July.

Asa Hall

National League side Barrow sign midfielders Asa Hall and Bedsente Gomis from Cheltenham and Sutton United respectively.

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Cumbrian coal mining plans on show again

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

The latest plans to reintroduce coal mining off the coast of Whitehaven are going on show today and over the weekend after the company behind them formally submitted its documents at the end of May.

West Cumbria Mining believes there is up to 750 million tonnes of coking coal near Woodhouse, which could provide employment for up to 20 years.

Here's a view from the air of how the new mine might look, if it's approved.

aerial artists impression of how the mine would look
West Cumbria Mining

More information about the project is being made available at the company's Haig Offices.

People have until the 10 July to tell Cumbria County Council what they think about the plans.

Cumbrian listed as one of Britain's top women engineers

An engineer at the Barrow shipyard has been named among the UK's top 50 women engineers.

Sophie Dent at Girl Guides event
BBC

Sophie Dent, 24, is on the Telegraph's Top 50 Women in Engineering list, announced on International Women in Engineering Day.

She helped to devise the first engineering challenge badge for the Girl Guides, called Clever Cogs, which has already been earned by nearly 2,000 girls.

Sophie worked on the scheme with two others from BAE Systems in Barrow, after noticing they were the only women among nearly 100 engineering recruits at the site.

Axe seized and man arrested after 'incident' in Dalton-in-Furness

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A further update to the story we brought you earlier.

Cumbria Police say officers have seized an axe, after an "incident" in Dalton-in-Furness that left a 46-year-old man with what were initially described as "life threatening" injuries.

He was taken to Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

Another man, who's 42, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was also injured during the incident and is currently in the same hospital. The police say both men are now in stable conditions.

Det Insp Helen Curme, who's leading the investigation, says she wants to reassure people that what happened is not being treated as relating to terrorism.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Mark Gillespie

Walsall sign goalkeeper Mark Gillespie on a two-year contract from Carlisle United on a free transfer.

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Newly-built Viking forge to give insight into Cumbria's historic settlers

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

It's hoped a Viking forge that's been created near Aspatria will give young people in Cumbria a more vivid picture of how the Norse people lived after they arrived in the county.

the recreated Viking forge site near Wigton
BBC

The site, which also includes a wood workshop, has been created by Luke Moloney and David Watson.

An open day for people to look around the Moorforge site at Gilcrux is being held tomorrow.

David Watson, who's a blacksmith, told BBC Radio Cumbria it's very important that the Vikings aren't forgotten.

It was such a large settlement area around here, and it's a part of history that in some ways has been rather forgotten... people have this sort of Hollywood image of vikings, and it would be nice if they knew the reality of it and how connected the vikings were to this area and the people within it. Most people will have a bit of Viking blood in the family somewhere in this area."

David WatsonBlacksmith and co-creator of replica Viking forge

The A Word producer 'can't thank Cumbrians enough' for their support

The man in charge of a BBC TV drama that's been filming again in Cumbria this week says people in the county have been very supportive.

Cast of The A Word
BBC

The cast and crew of The A Word, including stars Christopher Eccleston and Greg McHugh, have been shooting scenes at Thirlmere for the second series that's scheduled to be broadcast in the autumn.

The show's executive producer Marcus Wilson says people living nearby seem to have enjoyed having them back:

People are happy to wait and let you get a 'take' out of the way, or to welcome the cast... to pop in for a cup of tea while you're waiting. Cumbria has really been behind the show, and very welcoming. I can't thank the people of Cumbria enough."

Man in hospital and another arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria, in Dalton-in-Furness

Some more on the story we brought you earlier - A man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after what police have described as an "incident" here in Dalton-in-Furness.

A 42-year-old man has been arrested.

Police van in street at Dalton-in-Furness
BBC

On Broughton Road a single police van is parked up outside terraced houses, with an officer nearby "guarding the scene" of yesterday evening's incident.

When the police first arrived here they found a man with injuries they have described as "life-threatening".

He was taken to the Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

A 42-year-old man was, according to people here, initially apprehended by an off-duty police officer, and was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Fells forecast: Dull and rainy with hill fog, and strong winds on summits

The Met Office forecast for the Cumbrian mountains today:

Cloudy with light rain and hill fog, most persistent over western fells. Little change but some brief drier spells in eastern fells where hill fog lifting. Then between late afternoon and mid evening dry and brighter weather will move southwards, so some sunny spells to end the day over the northern fells.

Cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m is generally not expected till late afternoon with extensive cloud down to between 300 and 600m and locally lower at first on western fells. However cloud lifting inland across eastern fells but unlikely to clear most summits before early evening. Later in evening the northern fells more likely to see summits clearing with most summits clearing before sunset.

Visibility outwith the cloud, moderate but poor at times in rain, especially western coastal facing fells. with only neighbouring lower slopes visible. Improving good late afternoon onwards with distant hills becoming visible by sunset.

Here's today's graphical forecast:

graphical forecast for Cumbrian mountains
Met Office

Jury discharged in Cumbrian cannabis plants trial

The jury has been discharged in the trial of a woman who was found with nearly 400 cannabis plants in South Cumbria.

Thuy Nguyen, 47, who's a Vietnamese national, was arrested in February after police discovered a cannabis factory at a house in Arnside.

Recorder Philip Grundy told Carlisle Crown Court matters had come to light which needed to stop the trial going ahead.

Thuy Nguyen, of no fixed address, denies a charge of class B drug production, and was remanded in custody until 3 August.

Today's weather: patchy rain and breezy

BBC Weather

A mainly cloudy day, with some patchy rain which may be heavy from time to time over the hills. Feeling fresh in the westerly breeze.

Then tonight: winds will ease overnight and any patchy rain will slowly sink southwards, giving a dry end to the night with some clear spells.

Here's the hourly forecast for Cockermouth today:

Weather graphic for Cockermouth
BBC Weather

You can see your own forecast for wherever you are.

People with learning disabilities have too few job opportunities in Cumbria

Cumbria has a lack of job opportunities for people with learning disabilities, according to a leading charity.

As part of Learning Disability Week, Mencap says fewer than 6% of people in the UK with learning disabilities are in work.

Ismail Kaji from Mencap, who has a learning disability himself, says the way employers see people with disabilities needs to change:

They need to change their cultural...attitude and look at the person first, not the disability. And also if they need help, then ask for help. There's lots of (places) that they can get help from."

BreakingMan arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after another man suffered "life-threatening" injuries in Dalton-in-Furness.

Police were called to Broughton Road last night, and the injured man was taken to the Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact Cumbria police.

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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