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  1. Updates on Wednesday 5 July 2017

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

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Weather: Mostly dry for the rest of the day

It will turn largely dry for the rest of the day for most parts of the county, barring the odd light shower.

It'll be cloud overnight, but it will stay dry to begin with. Outbreaks of rain will move across parts of Cumbria in the early hours.

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BBC

There's a yellow warning of rain for tomorrow with isolated thunderstorms possible across parts of England and Wales from early morning.

These storms may miss many places but, where they do develop, intense downpours are likely.

There could be flash flooding, lightning and hail.

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Your photos: Glorious Cumbria

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher 'Terry Filmmaker' from Keswick shared this gorgeous photo this morning.

We really do live in the most beautiful part of the country.

Fells around Keswick
Terry Filmmaker

Barrow start at Dagenham in National League

Holker Street
BBC

Barrow AFC will go to Dagenham and Redbridge to start their National League campaign on Saturday 5 August.

The Bluebirds' first home fixture will be the following Tuesday against FC Halifax Town.

For the full fixture list click here.

Driving tests: more than two thirds in South Cumbria pass first time

People who take their driving test in Kendal or Barrow are among the most likely in the country to pass at their first attempt.

The driving test centres in South Cumbria are among the top three in England when it comes to their first-time pass rate.

Photograph of vintage highway code, traffic lights and traffic on Shap Rd Kendal, with former test centre in the background
BBC

This copy of the 1980s Highway code is pictured beside Kendal's former test centre on Shap Road, before a recent move across town.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show the national average first-time pass rate is 47.5%, but in Kendal it is almost 68% and, in Barrow, 67%.

Cheaper rail fares now available on day of departure

Millions of rail passengers can now buy cheaper "advance" tickets on the day of departure, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has announced.

Until now, advance fares have generally only been available up until midnight on the day before.

Eight train operators are offering the service, claiming that the cheaper tickets can be bought as little as 10 minutes before the train leaves.

But advance fares are for a limited number of seats and often sell out.

Advance tickets can potentially be bought on the day with CrossCounty, Grand Central, Greater Anglia, Northern, Transpennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast, Virgin West Coast and Caledonian Sleeper.

Rial tickets
PA

Talks under way to merge hospital and community services in south Cumbria

Health officials say major changes to services in south Cumbria should provide more "consistent care" for patients.

Talks are under way to merge hospital and community services. At the moment they're provided by two different trusts with separate managers and finances.

The Morecambe Bay and Cumbria Partnership Trusts say that makes things more complicated. They're looking at integrating services by the end of the financial year.

Furness General Hospital
Peter Byrne/PA

Met office issue yellow warning of rain for tomorrow

BBC Weather

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning of rain which could edge into the east of the county tomorrow.

The warning is in place for 24 hours from 06:00.

Copeland residents told: your water's safe, but come and find out more

People in West Cumbria who have noticed changes to their water supply are being invited to drop-in sessions by the supply company United Utilities.

Some people say they have developed skin rashes, mouth ulcers and upset stomachs after drinking tap water which makes a "popping" noise when boiled.

United Utilities says the water in Copeland is safe to drink and meets the water quality regulations. It says any changes are simply the result of blending hard and soft water from early June, after it switched on new boreholes at Egremont to replace some of the supply that used to come from Ennerdale Water.

The sessions will run from 13:00-20:00 starting at the Methodist Church in Egremont next Wednesday, and at the Beacon in Whitehaven the following day.

Your photos: Sun shining over the fells

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Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Graham' for sharing this photo taken this morning at Buttermere.

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Buttermere
Graham

'Despicably cruel' deer poachers' increasing use of killer dogs

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A rise in deer poaching in Cumbria is being put down to what some are calling a blood-sport, involving the "inhumane" use of dogs to kill the deer.

Deer poaching used to involve lamps and powerful rifles, but now dogs are set off across fields to bring the animals down.

Within a three-mile mile radius of Rusland in South Cumbria, 17 deer were killed by dogs in just six months last year.

Adult deer and fawn in long grass beside tree
Peter Truelove

The South Lakes Deer Management Group says this is "despicably cruel". There are also further concerns that carcasses are entering the human food chain via the black market without being checked for disease or contamination, even though the venison contains dog bite-marks.

A continuing Cumbria Police Operation Samurai against poachers has seen officers patrolling the Haverthwaite area, and police appealing for information to catch the poachers involved.

Cumbrian fells: mainly dry, with bright or sunny spells developing

Here's today's Met Office forecast for mountains in the Lake District

Weather: Patchy light will die out through the morning. The cloud will tend to lift and break through the afternoon with some good spells of strong sunshine developing, leading to a risk of sunburn. Then a fine and dry evening.

Visibility: Persistent and extensive cloud cover from below 300m will make navigation difficult through the first half of the morning. Visibility remains poor in cloud but improves to good or very good as the cloud lifts and breaks, with very little poor visibility expected by evening.

Cloud free hill top: Little chance through the first half of the morning. However conditions improve with about 70% chance of cloud free tops by mid-afternoon as cloud lifts and breaks and perhaps 90% by evening.

Cloudy and drizzly start with some bright spells later

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a cloudy start to the day with patchy drizzle in places, some bright or sunny spells will develop across Cumbria as we head into the afternoon.

It will turn largely dry for most, barring the odd light shower.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

weather graphic
BBC

Scrap the cap?

Cumbrian MPs are calling for the 1% cap on pay rises for public sector workers to be scrapped.

Trudy Harrison, the Conservative MP for Copeland, told Sky News yesterday that she wanted the cap to be lifted, but it would have enormous consequences so needed to be done properly.

Trudy Harrison speaking in parliament
BBC

Some ministers have said they would like to see the cap relaxed, but the chancellor Philip Hammond said this week that policy had not changed, and the government should "hold its nerve".

Welcome to today's BBC Cumbria Live

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

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