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  1. Updates on Friday 30 June 2017

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Our live coverage across the day

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Our updates have now ended for the week.

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

Here's what we covered 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.

Former Cumbrian MP calls for HSE fire safety investigation at Cumberland Infirmary

A former Labour MP for Carlisle wants the Health and Safety Executive to investigate fire safety at the Cumberland Infirmary.

The city's MP until 2010, Eric Martlew says he wants reassurances that the Carlisle hospital building is safe.

A £14million fire-safety upgrade was ordered following the discovery of serious failings in the building's passive fire prevention system including sub-standard firewalls and ill-fitting fire doors.

Health Management Carlisle is the Private Finance Organisation which built the Cumberland Infirmary and now runs it.

In a statement, the company says it has jointly agreed with North Cumbria University Hospitals to voluntarily install a sprinkler system which should be competed by 2020.

The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle
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Police take dim view of planks

Here's one that's come from Cumbria Roads Police who say their colleagues at Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency had words with this driver after he was pulled over on the M6 in Cumbria.

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Kendal court closure: what might it mean for you?

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Today, Kendal's courthouse comprising Kendal Magistrates' Court and Kendal County Court closes.

Here's what it could mean for you:

I've been called to be a witness in magistrates court

  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Peter McCall says that a witnesses will be able to give evidence by video link from a room in Kendal Police Station.
  • It's not clear if this would be available for every witness or just those deemed 'vulnerable', according to solicitor Suzie Kavanagh.
  • Your case might be heard at Kendal Town Hall as it will hold monthly criminal and civil sessions, according to the Ministry of Justice.

I've been asked or need to be at the court in person

  • A private security firm, and not Cumbria Police, will transport defendants to and from courthouses, according to Cumbria PCC Peter McCall, which he says means that witnesses would not end up on the same bus or train as a defendant.
  • You would have to spend your own money to get to Barrow or Lancaster Courthouse but you should be able to retrospectively claim this back if you are a witness, according to solicitor Suzie Kavanagh.
  • The Ministry of Justice says that some criminal and civil cases every month will be heard in Kendal Town Hall.

Kendal Magistrates' Court and Kendal County Court
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Weather: Patchy rain before a dry night

BBC Weather

Windy with patchy rain this evening and in the first part of the night.

Turning dry later on but staying cloudy and rather mild.

Lows of 12C (54F).

Evening weather for Kendal
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Kendal court closure: People have their say

Kendal's court has closed with cases transferred to Barrow or Lancaster
The building that houses Kendal Magistrates' Court and County Court has closed to save money and the majority of cases will now be heard in Barrow or Lancaster.

Campaigners blast government for Kendal court closure

BBC Radio Cumbria

Today, Kendal Magistrates' Court and County Court closes following a decision by the Ministry of Justice that the building they are in is "underused".

It's one of more that 80 courthouses to be closed across the country as the government seeks to use technology, such as video links, in the justice system.

But speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller at Breakfast earlier, a campaigner said that the court's closure in Kendal would make it harder for people living locally to access justice

Not just access to justice but access to justice, face to face with somebody. Dealing with a person in front of you and being able to ask questions, put your point across and be able to argue your case."

Susie KavanaghSolicitor

The Ministry of Justice says that Kendal Town Hall will continue to hold some hearings, while others will be heard at courthouses in Barrow or Lancaster.

Rugby league star backs new Cumbrian charity

A Cumbrian charity says it's gained the support of its first official patron, the most capped English rugby league international James Graham.

The captain of Australian rugby team Canterbury Bulldogs has also donated $1,000 from a man of the match-winning performance to the charity Team Evie.

West Cumbrian parents Greg and Jill Johnston set up Team Evie in 2015 to help poorly children who face similar challenges to they and their daughter Evie.

James Graham of the Bulldogs runs the ball
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Weather: Cloudy with rain and low cloud

Feeling cool on a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain.

A slight wind chill with highs of 16C (61F).

Morning forecast for Kendal
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It's time to celebrate cricket!

#GetInspired

With the return of live cricket to the BBC TV in 21 years, why not find out how YOU can get involved with game.

We've got all you need to know with our Get Inspired guide or, if you have/know any five- to eight-year-olds who would like to try the game then the All Stars Cricket might be for them.

Just ask England bowler Stuart Broad.....

Stuart Broad surprises children with an All Stars Cricket kit

Barrow women's centre moving to larger premises

A centre for vulnerable women in Barrow is moving to larger premises in the town because of an increase in demand.

Women's Community Matters had been based in former radio station offices near Barrow market but it is going to move into 21 rooms in Barrow's Nan Tait building.

It means the centre will have to close temporarily but the group will end up with three times the space it had.

Cumbria's morning headlines

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here's the latest new from across BBC Cumbria this morning:

Watch: Cartmel Racecourse says going is 'good to soft' for Tom Jones gig

A few words of advice if you're planning to see Sir Tom Jones today at Cartmel Racecourse from racecourse manager Jonathan Garrett...

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Two men jailed for shed thefts

Two men from Egremont have been jailed for stealing from garden sheds in the town.

Carlisle Crown Court heard yesterday how Stephen Flinn, 37, and David Harrison, 45, were arrested on 4 April while they were stealing from sheds in Kings Drive and Royal Drive.

Police had received reports of two "prowlers" from a concerned householder and officers caught the pair inside one shed where they were said to be "intoxicated".

Flinn, of Royal Drive, later pleaded guilty to four burglary charges and Harrison, from The Hollies, admitted three charges.

Both men were sentenced to 10 months at Carlisle Crown Court.

Watch: New comedy series being filmed in Lake District

As if it wasn't enough for one TV programme to be filmed in the Lake District this month, a new BBC comedy is in the county too.

Johnny Vegas and Emilia Fox star in Home from Home and it is being made into a full series following a pilot broadcast on BBC Two last August.

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Could you catch some culture where you catch a train?

A campaign has started to try and develop a space hidden under a Cumbrian railway station into an arts venue.

Kimberley Watkin is using crowdfunding to raise money for a refurbishment of the Carlisle railway station undercroft so it could be used by community theatre companies or as an event space.

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The weather on the fells

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours today.

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 10C
  • Winds: Strengthening later in the day, West or Northwest 30 with gusts 45mph
  • Cloud: Widespread this morning but some temporary breaks are possible across the western and southwestern fells during daylight hours
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor in any rain and drizzle. Very poor at times over the tops
  • Freezing level: Above the tops.

Lake District Weatherline also records observations from Helvellyn regularly to help walkers and climbers understand fell top conditions.

Thousands to watch Sir Tom Jones perform in south Cumbria

Sir Tom Jones performing for Children in Need Rocks 2013
BBC/Guy Levy

More than 16,000 people are expected to attend Sir Tom Jones' first concert in south Cumbria from more than 50 years.

Cartmel Racecourse has built a temporary stage for the Welsh performer's first visit to south Cumbria since singing at Barrow's 99 Club in 1966.

The concert follows a card of seven races.

South Cumbrian courthouse closes today

A South Cumbrian courthouse is closing after 25 years of hearing cases.

The Ministry of Justice is closing Kendal Magistrates' Court and County Court, along with 86 other buildings nationwide, to save money.

Kendal Magistrates Court and County Court
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According to the MoJ, it was only used at 13% capacity in 2014-15 but cost £250,000.

Critics of the closure such as local solicitors say this will deny people access to justice in their own community, and could lead to some travelling longer distances to attend hearings in Barrow or Lancaster.

HM Courts Service says it will set up a video link in Kendal and that some cases will continue to be heard in Kendal Town Hall.

Weather: Cloudy for most with outbreaks of rain

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Staying fairly cloudy for most today with low cloud and outbreaks of rain.

Feeling cool in a northerly breeze with highs around 16C (54F).

Morning forecast for Kendal
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Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

We'll have live updates on Cumbria's news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day until about 16:00.

If you've got a story or would like to see one of your own photo here, let us know by sending us an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.