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  1. Updates on Tuesday 27 June 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

That's the end of our updates for today.

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

Here's a recap of today:

If you've got any stories or photos to share in the meantime, let us know by sending us an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

Cumbrian council welcomes Arts Council funding

Here's more on the news that 12 Cumbrian groups have been given about £12.5m between them in funding from the Arts Council for the next four years.

South Lakeland District Council says it welcomes the announcement that will help to develop South Lakeland as a leading rural arts destination in the UK.

We are delighted that the contribution of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival has been recognised by being added to the national portfolio. We are also very pleased to see that capital investment in the development of Abbot Hall has been agreed, which is wonderful news for Kendal and the wider district.

Councillor Matt SevernPortfolio holder for Culture, Media and Sport, South Lakeland District Council

Cumbria-based company confirms it was hit by a cyber attack

British Gypsum, which has a plant in Kirkby Thore, says that it has been affected by an ongoing cyber attack.

A spokesman for the company told BBC Cumbria that its parent company Saint Gobain is investigating the source of the issues.

It's as firms around the world are reporting a major cyber attack thought to be caused by a ransomware named Petya, similar to an attack which affected the NHS last month.

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Arts Council funding for library gigs

Another group celebrating after today's announcement of Arts Council funding for the next four years is Get it Loud in Libraries.

The project is run from Lancashire but promotes concerts in both Kendal and Barrow libraries as well as just over the county border in Lancaster Library.

Recent gigs have featured artists such as Cate Le Bon, Lucy Rose and Tim Burgess.

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Cumbria gets £12.5m of Arts Council funding for next four years

The Arts Council says it will be investing £12,467,616 in Cumbrian organisations from April 2018 until 2022.

Twelve groups have received funding from its national portfolio.

They include Eden Arts, Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven, Grizedale Arts, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Highlights Rural Touring, Prism Arts in Carlisle, The Ashton Group in Barrow.

Debate
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The opening debate from the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2016

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Barrow's Art Gene have been added to the national funding portfolio for the first time while the Octopus Collective in Barrow has seen its funding increase by 75%.

The announcement also sees the Cumbria Museums Consortium, made up of Tullie House in Carlisle, Lakeland Arts Trust and the Wordsworth Trust, continue to get the same level of national funding.

Listen: Power station difficulties 'not unusual'

The company behind the nuclear power station that's expected to provide thousands of jobs in Cumbria is looking to reassure people that it will go ahead, despite huge uncertainty about the development.

At a conference starting today, the chief executive of Nugen, which plans to build three new reactors at Moorside, next to Sellafield, says prospects for the project's future are very positive.

The £10m scheme, near Sellafield, has been dogged by uncertainty as it was rumoured Toshiba would withdraw from all nuclear operations outside Japan due to multibillion-dollar losses.

The Director of Dalton Nuclear Institute, Professor Francis Livens tells BBC Cumbria that many nuclear new builds such as Moorside suffer issues in development before going ahead.

Moorside power station difficulties not unusual

Flood resilience plans on show

Map showing flood resilience options for Cumbria
Google / Environment Agency

Proposals to make the county more flood resilient have gone on show.

The Environment Agency has drawn up the plans for Cumbrians to study as part of a process to decide on a set of 'preferred options'.

The first of five drop in sessions is being held today at the Tufton Arms Hotel in Appleby between 15:00 and 19:00 for the Upper Eden catchment.

The full list of options has also been published on a Google Map.

Other drop-in sessions are being held at (between 1500-2000 unless stated):

  • Wednesday 28 June - Keswick (Upper Derwent and West catchment) at Skiddaw Hotel between 1500-1900
  • Friday 30 June - Cockermouth (Lower Derwent and West catchment) at Christ Church
  • Tuesday 4 July - Carlisle (Lower Eden catchment) at Greystone Community Centre
  • Thursday 6 July - Carlisle (Lower Eden catchment) at The Sands Centre
  • Friday 7 July - Kendal (Kent and Leven catchment) at the Assembly Room, Kendal Town Hall

Watch: Northern Powerhouse minister on funding for Cumbrian airport

The new Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry made his first visit to Cumbria in the role today.

Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry visits as £4.75m given to Carlisle airport

Investigation starts after man approaches girl in West Cumbria

Police are investigating after reports that a man asked a nine-year-old girl to get into his car in Flimby.

Officers believe the girl was approached close to the junction with Wedgwood Road at 19:20 on Monday when the man told the girl he was to pick her up because her mother was in hospital.

The girl declined to do so and no physical contact was made between them.

He is described as white, bald and in his late 30s, wearing a black jacket, ripped t-shirt and jeans.

The man has also been described as driving a small dirty blue or grey car.

This is obviously a concerning report but I can assure people the incident is being thoroughly investigated. I would also ask that the man in question comes forward to make himself known. In doing so, he can provide information about the incident reported to us.

DCI Roy LedinghamCumbria Police

Man arrested in fatal Kendal fire investigation faces no further action

A 38-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder following a fire in Kendal earlier this year will face no further action, according to Cumbria Police.

Kathleen Holme, 67, died in the fire on Stramongate in March.

Officers say that the fire is now believed to have been "accidental" and that it is no longer being treated as a criminal investigation.

Severe accident: A5087 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5087 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between Bardsea and Baycliff.

A5087 Cumbria - A5087 Coast Road in Bardsea closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Bardsea junction and the Baycliff junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Jack Bonham

Brentford goalkeeper Jack Bonham signs a one-year contract extension and joins League Two Carlisle on loan until January.

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Weather: Cloudy with showers

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy afternoon with some showery outbreaks of rain and moderate southeastly winds.

Highs of 16C (61F).

Here's your full forecast:

Weather: North East and Cumbria

Police worried about missing Kendal man

A 70-year-old man has gone missing from his home in Kendal.

Cumbria Police say they're worried about John Williamson, who was last seen at Burneside railway station just after 08:00 yesterday.

John Williamson from Kendal
Family handout / Cumbria Police

Vandals snap newly planted trees in half

Six newly planted trees in a South Cumbrian park have been damaged by vandals.

South Lakeland District Council says that some of its contractors discovered the damage over the weekend at Gooseholme in Kendal.

Eight lime trees had been planted in February as part of a project to plant 2,000 trees in and around the town.

Damage to trees on Gooseholme in Kendal
South Lakeland District Council

“These trees were planted with the help of volunteers, for the benefit of the environment and for the whole community to enjoy. It is very sad that someone has seen fit to destroy the trees in this way."

South Lakeland District Council spokesman

The council has asked anyone with information about the damage to contact the police.

Cash boost for Cumbrian airport

Carlisle Airport is going to get nearly £5m from the Government towards improvements to its runway and terminal.

Earlier this year, the outgoing chief executive of Stobart Group Andrew Tinkler said that passenger flights from the airport were scheduled to begin in Summer 2018.

The announcement comes as the new Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP is on a visit to the county.

The £4.75m has been welcomed by Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.

Carlisle airport is crucial to Cumbria's growth ambitions. It is a key strategic asset for the county. Developing the airport's passenger offer will play an important role in maximising Cumbria's tourism potential by helping to increase international visits. It will also allow easier business travel to and from the county.

Rob JohnstonChief executive, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

The funding is being delivered through the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership who got the money from the government through a local growth deal application.

Your photos: Sunset over Wetheral

Sunset over Wetheral
Stuart Goodman

Thanks to Stuart Goodman for sending in this photo which acts as a reminder that, yes, it is still Summer despite today's outlook.

It's of the sunset over Wetheral after yesterday's better weather.

If you like this picture, you might enjoy BBC Weather Watchers where people post photos and observations of the weather where they live.

New nuclear won't happen in West Cumbria, say campaigners

Artist's impression of planned Moorside Nuclear Power Station
NuGen

A Cumbrian group which campaigns against nuclear power claims that the process will be redundant by the time a planned new nuclear power station is built in the county.

Nugen, the partnership which is developing the Moorside power station near Sellafield, is due to tell a conference today that the plant still has a future.

It's despite the financial difficulties that its investor Toshiba is facing.

Martin Forwood from Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment (CORE) says nuclear projects worldwide are facing delays and increasing costs.

He said: "Effectively it's the blind leading the blind. Talking up projects that frankly have little chance of being completed at all or certainly on time and to cost."

Weather: Fells forecast

Here's the fells forecast for today.

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 9C
  • Winds: Strong southeasterly gusting 40mph easing fresh this afternoon
  • Cloud: Patches down to 400-600m (1,300-2,000ft) thinning later
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor in rain improving good later
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

There's also more detailed information from Lake District Weatherline if you're planning a walk or hike for today.

Weather: Cloudy with heavy rain

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy day with persistent rain that's heavy at times.

The persistent rain will turn to showers later into the day with moderate southeasterly winds and highs of 16C (61F)

Morning weather for Workington
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Morning forecast for Workington

Get the latest forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

Stay with us for all of the county's news, sport, weather and travel updates through until this afternoon.

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