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  1. Updates on Tuesday 18 July 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other things that catch our eye from around the county, for today. Here's a reminder:

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to do it all again. If you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Have a very good evening.

Cumbria's weather: Largely dry, increasingly cloudy

BBC Weather

Tonight will stay largely dry, but becoming increasingly cloudy. Later isolated thunderstorms may arrive, mostly likely across the far south.

Temperatures will fall to 14C (57F).

Weather graphic
BBC

You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are here.

There's a yellow warning for thunderstorms covering the extreme south of the county.

New £10 note made from Wigton polymer

The new £10 note unveiled today is made, like the new £5 notes, from polymer film made in Wigton.

The new note is smaller than the existing paper version. On the reverse it has a picture of the novelist Jane Austen.

New and old £10 notes
Bank of England

The polymer still contains traces of animal fat, which has caused concern among vegans, some religious groups and animal welfare campaigners. The company CCL Secure, said last year they were researching alternatives.

Keswick factory redevelopment 'assumes more floods are inevitable'

Designs to redevelop the former pencil museum in the centre of Keswick are intended to make it easy to reopen after flooding.

The building is being taken over by Keswick Ministries, which organises the huge evangelical Convention which brings thousands of Christians to the town each summer.

The land flooded badly in 2015 and the architect Stuart Woodall says it's a matter of planning for when, not if, the River Greta overflows again.

For example, he says, "The toilets are all going to be raised up so if the building does flood they remain dry and safe."

We've assumed the site will flood, it's indefensible, therefore the river may come through, we want to be up and trading within a few days of a flood."

Stuart WoodallArchitect
Vale of Keswick flooded
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Police appeal after gang raids bike shop

Police say thieves who raided a bicycle shop at Ings made off with bikes and other items worth about £45,000.

Three men, aged in their 20s, broke into the Biketreks shop in the small hours of Monday morning after arriving in three vehicles.

Police have appealed for witnesses who were in the area at the time. They're also trying to trace a Cannondale Synapse, a Scott E-silence electric bike, a Factor O2 Dura Ace D12, and a number of Lezyne multi-tools.

Detectives say one vehicle, containing some of the other stolen property, has been recovered.

Convention shows off plans for Keswick factory redevelopment

The former Cumberland pencil factory will remain the centrepiece of the site under plans revealed today by the organisation which runs the annual Keswick Convention Christian gathering.

Artist's impression
Keswick Ministries

Keswick Ministries, which already owns the next-door Rawnsley centre, says it plans to retain the main structure of the factory building, although it will be restored and redeveloped.

Artist's impression of pencil factory plans
Keswick Ministries

But more modern buildings to one side will be cleared to create a site that can be used for the convention's trademark huge tent, within which thousands of worshippers gather during the three-week convention each summer.

During the rest of the year the space will be left empty unless needed for other purposes, such as parking. Keswick Ministries say it'll be prepared to let out facilities for conferences.

It's going to freshen up the site, the site is going to look a lot better than it is now, but it's going to retain the art deco features that seem to be so important to the town

David BurnDeputy Mayor of Keswick

Police say Flimby incident 'not suspicious'

Police believe an incident in Grange Avenue, Flimby, this afternoon in which a man was taken to hospital with what's thought to have been a knife injury, is not suspicious.

Insp Craig Lory said: "We'd like to reassure the public that we're not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident."

Driver runs into teenagers and teacher in castle car park

Martin Lewes

Reporter

Four teenage girls and a teacher were hit by a car when the driver lost control in the car park at Sizergh Castle (pictured), near Kendal, yesterday.

Castle car park
Google

Police say they don't think the driver of the Toyota Yaris, a 75-year-old man, acted deliberately.

The teacher and one of the girls spent the night in hospital but their injuries aren't thought to be life-changing. The other three girls suffered bruising.

The five were part of a large group from Kirbie Kendal school who were taking party in a charity event.

The head, Phil Hyman, said the students had behaved remarkably calmly and he was grateful to staff at the castle cafe and a member of the public who'd helped with first aid.

Battalion exercises Freedom of Appleby with a parade

More than 100 soldiers marched through Appleby today after being given the Freedom of Town.

Soldiers marching through Appleby
BBC

The 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment is receiving the honour following six months of operations in Iraq, Cyprus and the Falklands.

Cumbrian couple close pub as debts mount

A Cumbrian couple have closed the doors on the pub they've run for two years.

Joanne Greggain and Shaun Cowperthwaite from the Herdwick Inn at Penruddock near Penrith say mounting debts have overwhelmed them and they've not had enough help from the brewery to which they are tied.

Joanne Greggain and Shaun Cowperthwaite outside pub
BBC

Marstons Brewery says it's sorry the pub has closed, there've been a number of complications, and that it'll continue to work with the couple on their options.

New Sheepmount track is 'wash and go' after future floods

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

A special running track surface that should survive future floods and need only minimal treatment afterwards, will be laid at the Sheepmount stadium in Carlisle as part of repairs starting today.

It's 18 months since water up to 9ft deep swept across the county's premier athletics facilities, but the city council says lengthy negotiations with the insurance company, consideration of rebuilding the stadium elsewhere, and investigations into make the replacement facilities more resilient, have all added to the delays.

Sheepmount fences flattened
BBC

This morning Mike Zeller asked the Carlisle Council leader Colin Glover to explain the delays on BBC Radio Cumbria. You can hear his interview here.

Cash and jewellery taken in £7,000 raid

Jewellery, including wedding and engagements rings, worth more than £7,000 has been stolen from a house in Ulverston.

Police say thieves broke into the house on Swarthdale Avenue between Friday lunchtime and Monday morning.

Two wedding rings, a diamond engagement ring and bracelets, necklaces and other jewellery were stolen along with £1,000 in cash. Police are appealing for information.

Rugby League: Workington coach says club hits objective in spite of defeat

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Workington Town head coach Dave Clarke says his side have achieved their main objective in qualifying for the end of season Eights.

Town edged ahead of North Wales on points difference in eighth place at the weekend despite a 34-0 defeat at York City Knights

Main road into Lakes 'will be one of Britain's busiest'

The A591 into the Lake District will be one of Britain's dozen busiest roads this weekend, according to the motoring organisation, the RAC.

A591
Google

The RAC estimates nine million vehicles will be on the roads as the main school holidays start at the end of the week.

Cars blaze in supermarket car park

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Four cars were damaged in the Asda car park in Barrow after one of them caught fire and set the others alight earlier.

Cars burned out
BBC

No one was hurt and it's not believed to be suspicious.

Cumbria's weather: Dry but sunshine turning hazy

BBC Weather

It will be a dry afternoon with plenty of sunshine. The sun will turn a little hazy as some medium and high level cloud builds from the south this afternoon.

The highest temperatures could reach 26C (79F)

Weather graphic
BBC

You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are, here.

The Met Office has posted a warning of locally intense, but scattered, thunderstorms early on Wednesday morning, in the far south of the county.

Penrith motorcyclist dies in Cambridgeshire crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A motorcyclist from Penrith died in a crash on the A14 in Cambridgeshire last week, police say.

Chris Bulman, 56, from Berkeley Court in Penrith, was in a collision with a lorry on the westbound carriageway near Stow Cum Quy in Cambridgeshire.

The driver of the lorry, a 38-year-old man from Spalding in Lincolnshire, was unhurt in the collision which happened in the early hours of 10 July.

Your pictures: A rare blue day in Grasmere

BBC Weather Watchers

Lakes require regular deliveries of large quantities fresh water, so it's not often you get two days running with cloudless mornings in Grasmere.

Many thanks to Weather Watcher Trevor Earthy for capturing this sight.

Grasmere
Trevor Earthy

If you have a photograph you'd like to share, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

Travel: Delays build up at Swarthmoor roadworks

BBC News Travel

There are queues on the A590 Ulverston Road in Swarthmoor after temporary traffic lights were put in place during road works.

Keswick Convention draws up plans for pencil factory

The plans to turn Keswick's derelict pencil factory into a new base for the annual Christian festival, the Keswick Convention, go on show today.

Pencil factory
BBC

Keswick Ministries, which organises the annual Christian festival, says it wants to redevelop the factory as part of a £10m scheme to create a conference centre and offices. It hopes to hold the Convention there in 2019.

James Devenish, the business director of Keswick Ministries, said: "We purchased the site because we own the adjacent site, the Rawnsley centre, to make one big site so we could have an integrated convention on one site, that is our plan and our objective."

As Keswick doesn't have much in the way of conference centres, we want to make it available to attract visitors at other times of the year."

James DevenishBusiness director, Keswick Ministries

Lorry driver dies after truck leaves road

A lorry driver whose truck was seen to cross the A7 near Longtown and run into a hedge, died in hospital shortly afterwards, police say.

It's thought the driver, who was 48, fell ill while driving.

The road was closed for about four hours after the accident yesterday evening.

Sheepmount delays 'have put off young athletes'

Cumbrian athletes say young sports stars may have given up waiting for the Sheepmount to be repaired and taken up other sports.

Storm Desmond in December 2015 left the athletics facilities at the Sheepmount in Carlisle, unsuable. It was Cumbria's main arena for the sport.

Major repairs have now begun.

Sheepmount flood damage
BBC

Angela Kelly, a sprinter who's travelling to Denmark next week for a European championships, says: "It's been very difficult in terms of having to travel to various parts of the country to train.

"I'll be going on today to Annan and then going to work for an eight-hour shift. I'm not as prepared as I would like to be."

When we saw the 2012 Olympics we saw an influx of children that came to the Sheepmount and it was buzzing. We've lost them now since they can't afford to travel."

Ange BellMother of young athlete, Megan.

Weather on the fell tops: Good visibility, patchy cloud

Temperatures at 3,000ft: Up to 15C.

Winds: Moderate southwesterly, backing and increasing fresh southerly, gusts 30mph later.

Cloud: Patchy cloud around 2,500ft

Visibility: Good, locally poor in hill fog patches.

Cumbria's weather: Calm before the storms

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry start with plenty of sunshine and initially light winds. Temperatures could reach as high as 26C (79F) in a few places.

There's a yellow warning for thunderstorms for the south and east of the county later tonight and tomorrow.

Unusually sunny weather graphic
BBC

You can find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are here.

Repairs to flood-damaged Sheepmount stadium start

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

Repairs to Cumbria's main athletics stadium start today more than a year-and-a-half after it was flooded during Storm Desmond.

Flood damage
BBC

The Sheepmount in Carlisle was badly damaged, leaving the track, turf, car park and buildings unusable.

Darren Crossley at Sheepmount
BBC

Darren Crossley, the council's deputy chief executive says some work has been done already, but repairs will take another eight months to complete, with costs estimated at about £1.5m.

"We expect that the works will go on until around the end of March, hopefully that's in good time to have a good and full athletics season in 2018," he said.

The priority is to get the track lifted and replaced during what's left of the summer."

Darren Crossleydeputy chief executive, Carlisle City Council

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Martin Lewes

Reporter

Good morning. We'll be keeping up with the news and travel reports, posting a regular weather forecast, and dropping in the odd other nugget from the county, through until about 18:00.

As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.