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  1. Updates on Wednesday 26 July 2017

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We've now finished posting news, travel reports and a regular weather forecast for today.

We'll do it all again tomorrow from 08:00.

If you have news you think we should know, or want to 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.

Severe accident: A5087 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A5087 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between Oakwood Drive and Aldwych Terrace.

A5087 Cumbria - A5087 Priory Road in Ulverston closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Oakwood Drive junction and the Aldwych Terrace junction, because of an accident.

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

Power restored in Whitehaven

Electricity North West say power has been restored in Whitehaven,

But there are still about 180 customers in Kirkby Thore without electricity.

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Three arrested following farm burglaries in West Cumbria

Cumbria Police have arrested three men after a string of burglaries in West Cumbria.

Officers say there have been a number of incidents at farms - mainly near Wigton and Cockermouth - during which some high-value items, including a quad bike and car, had been stolen.

Two men, aged 26 and 27, have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and a 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

The three men have been released while investigations continue.

More than 1,000 drivers in Cumbria are over 90

The number of people aged over 90 holding a driving licence in Britain has topped 100,000 for the first time.

Figures from the DVLA also show more than 4.5 million of the 39 million people holding valid driving licences are aged over 70.

Here in Cumbria, there are 1,182 people in their 90s with a valid driving licence, and just over 13,000 drivers in the county are in their 80s.

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Ulverston and North Lonsdale show takes place today

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

One of the biggest rural events in Cumbria is taking place today.

The Ulverston and North Lonsdale Show is being held just weeks after it was announced that the Lake District has been given World Heritage Site Status.

Following this, the government said Cumbria's farmers must make it a priority to protect the environment.

While farmers agree it's important, many say it's still unclear what support there'll be for food production post-Brexit.

Setting up at Ulverston and North Lonsdale Show.
BBC

Homes without power in Kirkby Thore and Whitehaven

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Nearly 300 properties in Cumbria are without power at the moment.

Electricity North West says about 180 customers in Kirkby Thore have lost power.

And a fault on an underground cable is affecting more than 100 properties in the Whitehaven area.

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Severe accident: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe accident, between J44 for A7 and J45 for A74.

M6 Cumbria - An accident on M6 northbound between J44, A7 (Carlisle North) and J45 A74(M). Traffic is coping well. Matrix sign set to 50 mph.

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

Watch: The first flight of the Bassenthwaite osprey chick

The three osprey chicks at Bassenthwaite have taken their first flights.

The two males and one female left their nest for the first time over the last 10 days - and it's been caught on camera:

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Weather: Today's fells forecast

BBC Weather

If you're thinking of heading out on to the fells today, here's the forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: 11C (52F)
  • Winds: Strong to gale force southerly gusting 40mph easing fresh southwesterly gusting 30mph
  • Cloud: Extensive above 600m (2,000ft) patches down to 300m (1,000ft) on southern fells this morning, lifting this afternoon
  • Visibility: Poor becoming very good
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Concerns about cuts at The Forum in Barrow

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

Concerns are again being raised about the future of Barrow's major entertainments venue - The Forum.

At the moment, the borough council contributes almost £600,000 a year to the running costs.

But the authority must make major savings and a review of the services offered by The Forum could take place.

Council officials are aware that even if the authority's contribution can be reduced the venue will still require a significant amount of help.

Your photos: Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Beautiful start to the day captured by BBC Weather Watcher 'Cumbrian Stargazer' in Haile this morning.

However I'm afraid the saying rings true today...

Sunrise in Haile
Cumbrian Stargazer

Watch: Cumbrian man's tattoo goes viral

Tom Burrows

BBC Radio Cumbria

This tattoo, made in Cumbria has gone viral and been seen by millions around the world.

The tattooed man is Kenny Ollerenshaw, from Silloth, and the tattooist is Richard Batey from Carlisle.

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High risk of 'unprecedented' winter downpours

The Met Office says Cumbria should prepare for "unprecedented" amounts of rain over the next decade, leading to flash flooding.

It says "record" winter downpours across parts of the UK are likely to become more frequent.

The researchers have used computer technology to predict weather patterns.

Flooded street
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Weather: Wet and rather windy for a time today, brighter later

BBC Weather

A spell of wet and rather windy weather will move east across the region this morning with some heavy rain in places.

Most areas will become dry during the afternoon and skies will gradually brighten. However, it will remain breezy, notably so over the fells and towards the west coast.

Highs of 19C (66F).

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

Weather graphic
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Good morning and welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

We'll be keeping you up to date with the news and travel reports, posting a regular weather forecast, and adding a few more interesting items from the county, until about 16:00.

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.