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  1. Updates on Thursday 27 July 2017

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Our live coverage across the day

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

We've now finished posting updates for the day. Here's a recap:

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.

Friends of the Lake District urge caution over zip wire plan for Thirlmere

A charity which is dedicated to protecting the landscape and environment of the Lake District is pleading for caution as it learns more about a plan for two zip wires across Thirlmere reservoir.

Lake District company Tree Top Trek has proposed the attraction as part of an activity park.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria this morning, the charity's chief executive said it didn't take automatic opposition to all zip wires

It's in a really important area in the county. Six thousand vehicles will drive past there everyday, it's a very distinctive area between the North Lakes and the South Lakes and if we do anything to spoil it there, then we've spoiled it forever."

Douglas ChalmersChief executive, Friends of the Lake District

The charity had previously expressed concerns about proposals for a zip wire at Honister Slate mine on Fleetwith Pike.

Those plans went on to be withdrawn, but the slate mine told BBC Cumbria earlier this year that it intends to submit another application.

Cumbrian UKIP candidate at election quits party

The woman who stood for UKIP in Penrith and the Border at the last general election says she's left the party.

In a letter to the party's interim leader Steve Crowther, Kerryanne Wilde explains that she is resigning from all positions, roles and membership of UKIP.

She goes on to criticise how the party ran its election campaign saying that "grassroots" candidates were not looked after properly.

Kerryanne Wilde at the BBC Radio Cumbria Penrith and the Border election debate
BBC

I had no support from HQ and no funding having to pay out over £2,600-plus from my own pocket to promote the party in the General Election.

I had my home attacked by eggs and awful emails, Twitter and Facebook messages.

I am an honest, caring and hardworking individual who really wants to make a difference in the lives of those around me. But, sadly by aligning myself with UKIP I will not be able to achieve this."

Kerryanne WildeFormer UKIP candidate, Penrith and the Border

Breaking'Officers were not pursuing stolen car which hit cyclist'

The county's police force has confirmed to BBC Cumbria that officers were not in pursuit of a stolen car when it collided with a cyclist in Ulverston.

The 24-year-old cyclist is still in a critical condition after being taken to hospital in Preston.

Cumbria Constabulary says it was actively looking for the car at the time after being contacted by Lancashire Police.

Cumbria Police to report Ulverston hit-and-run to police watchdog

More on the ongoing search for a man involving in a serious collision in Ulverston yesterday afternoon.

Cumbria Police says it has contacted the Independent Police Complaints Commission to make the organisation aware of the incident.

The force says it did so because there were a number of officers in the area at time of the collision.

The IPCC says on its website that "conduct that has led to someone dying or being seriously injured" must be reported by police forces.

Cumbria Tourism welcomes plans for Thirlmere zip wires

The body representing the county's tourism businesses is among those welcoming a plan that would see two zip wires built across Thirlmere reservoir.

It's always important to have new product to attract new people to the area and especially the young market too because we've got a fantastic mature market but we're keen to attract more families and more young people too. So we think this is really worth exploring and really an exciting proposal."

Jim WalkerInterim MD of Cumbria Tourism

Treetop Trek has proposed building an activity hub at Thirlmere, which it says would create about 28 jobs.

Weather: Isolated showers with prolonged sunny spells

BBC Weather

Any remaining heavy showers will become more isolated into the evening with some long sunny spells.

Cloudy overnight with outbreaks of rain that could be persistent at times.

Lows falling to 12C (55F).

Get the forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Labour Party chair to speak at public meeting in north Cumbria

The chair of the Labour Party will tell activists in Cumbria that they can regain Carlisle and Copeland.

The party failed to win either seat at the last general election, with voters in most of the county's other constituencies swinging towards the Conservatives.

The MP for the North East constituency of Wansbeck, Ian Lavery, is set to tell the meeting at the Old Town Hall in Carlisle at 18:00 that his party is not far from forming the next government.

Official portrait of Ian Lavery
UK Parliament (Used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license)

Upset over chimes of south Cumbrian town

There have been complaints about the sound of a town clock in Ulverston
Some people in Ulverston have been complaining about the way that their town clock has changed in pitch and tone since repair work was done.

The view from Thirlmere: Where the zip wire would go

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

This morning it's been revealed that the Cumbrian company Treetop Trek wants to create a new activity hub around Thirlmere reservoir, including two zip wires suspended across the width of the lake.

Here's the point on the east side of the reservoir where the zip wires would be suspended, according to the initial plan of the site.

In the centre of the photo, you can see Deergarth How Island towards the far shore of the reservoir.

The southern-most zip wire would skim the edge of that island.

Thirlmere reservoir
BBC

More online reaction to Thirlmere zip wire plan

People have been replying to @BBC_Cumbria on Twitter with their thoughts on a plan that would see two zip wires built over Thirlmere reservoir.

They would be part of a larger activity hub proposed by Lake District company Treetop Trek.

View more on twitter
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Cumbria's afternoon headlines

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Here are the headlines from across BBC Cumbria this morning:

  • A manhunt is continuing for a hit-and-run driver who left a cyclist critically injured in Ulverston. Cumbria Police says it has informed the Independent Police Complaints Commission about the incident.
  • The county's tourism body has welcomed plans for two zip wires across Thirlmere reservoir
  • Fifty years on from the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality, a Cumbrian LGBT campaigner has described it as a "landmark moment" that was a "stepping stone" to more changes.

Weather: Breezy with blustery showers

BBC Weather

A breezy afternoon with some sunshine.

There'll also be frequent blustery showers that could be heavy at times.

The showers will become more isolated into the evening and leave some prolonged sunny spells.

Get the forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Weather forecast for North East and Cumbriab
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Cumbria Police report Ulverston hit-and-run to police watchdog

More on the ongoing search for a man involving in a serious collision in Ulverston yesterday afternoon.

Cumbria Police says it has contacted the Independent Police Complaints Commission to make the organisation aware of the incident.

In a statement, the constabulary says it did so because there were a number of officers in the area at time of the collision.

The force has told BBC Cumbria that officers were "actively looking for" the VW Polo that collided with a cyclist, leaving him in a critical condition.

The IPCC says on its website that "conduct that has led to someone dying or being seriously injured" must be reported by police forces.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, between J35 for A601 and J36 for A590.

M6 Lancashire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J35 A601(M) Carnforth and J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale), because of emergency repairs.

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

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, between J38 for A685 and J37 for A684.

M6 Cumbria - An accident on M6 southbound between J38, A685 (Tebay) and J37, A684 (Kendal). Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, at J40 for A66.

M6 Cumbria - An accident on M6 southbound at J40, A66 (Penrith). Traffic is coping well.

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

BreakingMan still in 'critical' condition after hit-and-run

A 24-year-old cyclist is still in a critical condition after being involved in serious collision in Ulverston, according to Cumbria Police.

The force says it is still searching for the man who hit the cyclist while driving a black VW Polo near the junction of Park Road and Priory Road in the town.

The car has since been found abandoned nearby.

The man is also suspected of committing a string of offences in Lancashire.

He is stocky, 5ft 10in, with dark blonde hair and wearing jeans and a white-coloured t-shirt.

Cumbrian swimmer Luke Greenbank through to world semi-finals

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Luke Greenbank competing at the 2017 British Swimming Championships
Getty Images / Nigel Roddis

Cockermouth swimmer Luke Greenbank has made it through to the 200m backstroke semi-finals after equalling his season's best at the FINA World Championships 2017.

He came second in his heat with a time of 1:57.41 and is ranked overall as joint 10th.

The semi-finals take place later this afternoon in Budapest.

Thirlmere zip wire plan sparks online debate

Lots of people are sharing their views on BBC Cumbria's Facebook page about plans for two zip wires to run across Thirlmere reservoir.

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Lakes company's plan for two zip wires across Thirlmere

A Cumbrian firm has revealed its proposal to create an activity hub around Thirlmere reservoir, including two zip wires suspended across the width of the reservoir.

Both cables would be more than half-a-mile long and would allow people to travel from one shore of the lake to the other while suspended from a pulley.

The company behind the plan, Treetop Trek, already runs at adventure course at the Lake District Visitor Centre - Brockhole on Windermere.

It says the scheme could create around 28 jobs as it begins a consultation today.

Partial map of proposed Thirlmere activity centre
Cass Associates / Treetop Trek

Manhunt under way for hit-and-run driver in south Cumbria

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A manhunt is continuing for a hit-and-run driver who left a cyclist critically injured in Ulverston.

The car involved in the incident on Priory Road was later found abandoned yesterday afternoon.

Strands of blue and white police tape on a lamppost on the coast road in Ulverston
BBC

There was a major police presence with a helicopter over Ulverston for more than half an hour yesterday evening, but, so far, there's been no update from Cumbria Police that the suspect has been found. They say he's dangerous and should not be approached. The cyclist, who was airlifted to hospital in Preston, is fighting for his life."

Neil Smith on the scene in UlverstonBBC reporter

Cumbria Police say the driver is stocky, 5ft 10in tall, with dark blonde hair and wearing jeans and a white T-shirt.

The force is asking members of the public not to approach the man but to call 101 with any information.

A685 cleared after earlier problems

Gilly Hope

BBC Travel

A685 : Road cleared on Appleby Road both ways at the Paddy Lane junction in Meal Bank just outside Kendal.

Weather: Breezy with sunshine and showers

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A breezy, sunny day with sunshine and blustery showers, which could be heavy at times.

Possibly a rumble of thunder of two.

Top temperatures reaching 17C (63F).

Weather: North East and Cumbria

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Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

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