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  1. Wednesday 19 July 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Our updates rounding up the county's news, travel, weather forecast and other things that catch our eye from around the county have now ended 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.

Weather: Humid with heavy rain

Some outbreaks of rain for the rest of a humid afternoon that may trigger some isolated thunderstorms. Highs of 21C.

Tonight starts with heavy, thundery rain before some brief clearer spells and more patchy rain before dawn. Lows of 13C.

A yellow weather warning for heavy rain is in place from the Met Office until the end of the day.

Get the forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

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Outgoing Lib Dem leader accuses government of neglect over scrapped GSK plant

The outgoing leader of the Liberal Democrats and the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale says that the government has "taken its eye off the ball" by letting GlaxoSmithKline cancel its plan to invest £350m in a new biopharmaceutical facility in Ulverston.

Tim Farron says that the announcement by GSK shows that the government has failed to have the right level of commitment to South Lakeland.

"This is a massive blow for the South Lakes, and shows just how much the Government has taken its eye off the ball over the last two years," he said.

"Any Government worth its salt should have seen this coming – and for the Northern Powerhouse to mean anything they should be working with companies like GSK to secure investment here in Cumbria."

Former Prime Minister David Cameron and former GSK CEO Andrew Witty in Ulverston
James Glossop/AFP/Getty Images
The former Prime Minister David Cameron (R) talks with former CEO of GlaxoSmithKline Andrew Witty during a visit to GlaxoSmithKline's site in Ulverston

One of oldest peregrine falcons originated in Cumbria

One of the oldest peregrine falcons in the world originated in Cumbria according to the man who ringed it more than 20 years ago.

The bird was fitted with an electronic leg tag in the Bassenthwaite area in 1994 by conservationist Geoff Horne who was working for the then Nature Conservancy Council.

The same tag was recorded automatically last year at Lochmaben in South Scotland which Geoff Horne says comfortably beats the expected lifespan of a peregrine in the wild.

£65m for health services in Cumbria: Where will it be spent?

We've got some more information about the money which is being invested in health services in Cumbria.

NHS England is investing more than £65m. Here's where the money will be going:

  • Between £30m and £50m to improve cancer care - establishing a new cancer centre complete with new equipment at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.
  • Between £30m and £50m for the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven to continue, and hopefully complete, the redevelopment of the hospital.
  • Up to £5m for developing new local hubs (called Integrated Care Communities) which aim to encourage different parts of the health service to work together more closely.

Beatrix Potter's publisher-saving book for sale

Julie Cush

BBC News

A volume of rhymes by Beatrix Potter sold to bail out her cash-strapped publishers are to be auctioned.

As well as writing children's books, the author penned rhymes as a hobby but offered to publish them in 1917 when firm Frederick Warne ran into problems.

Her Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes were printed and more than 20,000 copies were sold in just two months.

Now a first edition is to be sold at Tennants Auctioneers, Leyburn, and is expected to fetch up to £1,200.

Beatrix Potter verse
Tennants Auctioneers

Why has GSK put a stop to South Cumbrian biopharm project?

GlaxoSmithKline has explained its decision to withdraw from plans to build a biopharmaceutical plant in Ulverston in a update posted on its website:

  • GSK will undergo a strategic review of its cephalosporins antibiotics business and consider selling off that section of the company including sites where the medicines are produced in Ulverston, Verona in Italy and part of its site in Barnard Castle in County Durham.
  • It has decided not to proceed with the previously planned investment to build a biopharmaceutical facility in Ulverston because it says it no longer needs the additional capacity.
  • The company will continue to manufacture other antibiotics and continue to carry out research on new antibiotics.

GSK says it produces three Cephalosporin antibiotics brands, Zinnat/Ceftin, Zinacef and Fortum.

Elsewhere the company plans to:

  • Invest more than £140m in producing respiratory and HIV medicines at five sites across the UK.
  • Outsource some manufacturing at its Worthing site.
  • Sell its Horlicks brand in the UK and close its UK manufacturing site in Slough.
  • Sell its MaxiNutrition brand in the UK and consider selling other smaller nutrition brands.

The proposals would result in the loss of around 320 jobs in Worthing and Slough.

No jobs immediately affected by scrapped GSK plant, according to MP

The MP for Barrow and Furness, Labour's John Woodcock, says there'll be an emergency meeting tomorrow after GlaxoSmithKline announced it would be withdrawing from plans for a £350m biopharmaceutical plant in Ulverston.

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The MP added in a reply on Twitter that he didn't think that Brexit was the cause of the company's decision to withdraw from the project:

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Duke of Lancaster's Regiment given freedom of Appleby
Many of the soldier's had helped the community during the devastation caused by Storm Desmond.

Head of police dog unit to retire with his spaniel Uno

The head of Cumbria Police's dog unit is retiring after 25 years in the department.

Sgt Mark Yielder and his police dog Uno will be leaving next week.

After joining Cumbria Police 30 years ago today, Sgt Yielder worked in Barrow and Wigton before reaching his dream of becoming a dog handler.

Describing it as the "most special job in the world" he joined the dog section 25 years ago, becoming the Sergeant in charge in 2007.

During his time he's had nine working dogs – four German Shepherds, three Spaniel drugs dogs, and two Spaniel bomb dogs. He still cites a job with Rocky, his first dog, as one of the memorable ones.

Sgt Yielder will spend his last few working days at Kendal Calling, before him and Spaniel Uno retire together.

“I couldn’t leave without Uno,” he said. “She will join my other retired police dog Max, and two pet pugs".

Sgt Yielder with Uno
Cumbria Police

Weather: Today's fells forecast

BBC Weather

Here's today's fells forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: Up to 15C (59F).
  • Winds: Fresh or strong southeasterly, gusts 50mph.
  • Cloud: Variable amounts of cloud down to around 2,300 feet (700m).
  • Visibility: Good, locally moderate in showers and poor in hill fog.
  • Freezing level: Well above the tops.

School children lend a helping hand to protect insects

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A scientific study is under way in Kendal to help the types of insects survive that are needed to pollinate plants.

A group of eight and nine-year-olds from Castle Park School are among those identifying the types of vegetation in a grassy area near the former canal in the town.

The three-year project will see community groups plant wildflowers there to see if it encourages pollinators to visit.

Pupils from Castle Park School
South Lakeland District Council
Pupils from Castle Park School
South Lakeland District Council

Weather: Cloudy with a chance of heavy and thundery rain

BBC Weather

A cloudy afternoon with outbreaks of rain spreading into western parts - heavy and thundery at times.

Despite the moderate breeze, it will feel humid.

Highs of 21C (70F).

And don't forget the Met Office have issued a yellow warning of rain which is in place until 23:55 today.

Met Office issues yellow warning of rain

BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain for Cumbria. It's in place from 11:00 - 23:55 today.

You can see more details here.

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J41 for B5305 and J42 for A6.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J41, B5305 (Catterlen) and J42, A6 (Carlisle South), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Travel: Rail disruption between Barrow and Whitehaven to continue until noon

BBC News Travel

Northern Rail say the disruption on the line between Barrow and Whitehaven is expected to continue until midday.

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NHS England announce up to £50m to be spent on improving cancer care

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

NHS England has announced that between £30m and £50m will be spend to improve cancer care in north Cumbria.

The money will be used to "improve access to chemotherapy and radiotherapy by establishing a brand new cancer centre, complete with new equipment, at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle".

This comes as part of a £325m investment announced today by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England boss Simon Stevens.

We're trying to get more information about this investment and what it means for services in Cumbria and will bring you further details soon.

Cumberland Infirmary

Former hospital director who authorised an 'irregular' pay-off could be banned from senior roles in NHS

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The healthcare regulator is being asked to decide whether a former director at South Cumbria's hospitals should be barred from working in the NHS.

Roger Wilson had authorised an "irregular" pay off to former Barrow midwife Jeanette Parkinson - who was struck off last month.

He resigned from his more recent job, in Warrington, in May and the NHS Trust there has now said it has referred its investigation to the Care Quality Commission to rule whether he is a "fit and proper" person to work as a director in the health service.

Proposals to extend the life of Cumbria's oldest windfarm to go on show

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The company behind Cumbria's oldest windfarm wants it to become even older by applying to extend its working life for another eight-and-a-half years.

The 12 turbines on Kirkby Moor in the Furness peninsular have been turning since 1993 and an earlier attempt to replace them with much larger more modern turbines was turned down two years ago.

A public meeting in Grizebeck this afternoon will show proposals to extend the life of the existing turbines.

Wind turbines

Vigil to remember artist who fled the Nazis

A 24-hour vigil to remember a renowned Cumbrian artist who fled the Nazis starts this morning.

The Vigil for Arts is taking place at the Merz Barn in Langdale - the former home of Kurt Schwitters.

Eighty candles will be lit to commemorate the 80th anniversary of an exhibition that ridiculed Adolf Hitler through modern art.

Merz Barn
Littoral Arts Trust

Travel: Bridge Road in Barrow to close for 20 minutes

BBC News Travel

Bridge Road in Barrow will be closed for 20 minutes this morning.

BAE Systems is moving a heavy load from the Top Yard to the Devonshire Dock Hall at 09:15.

Opposition to plans for a car park near one of Cumbria's most popular fells

A man is threatening to take legal action over plans for a permanent car park at a popular Lake District beauty spot.

David Best is critical of local public bodies who have supported proposals to build a car park near Cat Bells fell, south of Keswick.

He says a decision to give planning permission could face judicial review.

But the landowner behind the plans, Mike Anderton, says an all-year-round car park would stop cars parking on nearby roads and would not harm the landscape.

Area at the bottom of Catbells

Travel: Trains suspended northbound between Barrow and Millom

BBC News Travel

Northern have suspended trains northbound between Barrow and Millom because of a broken down train.

They say southbound services are operating normally and replacement buses are being arranged.

Weather: Warm with thundery showers at times

BBC Weather

It will be very warm and humid today with thundery showers at times, particularly this afternoon.

Some places may stay largely dry, but where thunderstorms do occur there is a risk of hail, strong winds and some torrential downpours.

Highs of 23C (73F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

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Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good morning. We'll be keeping up with the news, travel and weather through the day.

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.