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  1. Updates on Monday 7 August 2017

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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

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Drug-dealing addict jailed for three years

A drug addict has been jailed for trying to peddle heroin to a "network" of fellow users in the Carlisle area.

Police found John Andrew Johnston with 20 wraps of heroin, worth hundreds of pounds, when they raided a house on Edward Street in February.

They also found a drug debtors' list along with a mobile phone that belonged to him.

Analysis of that handset showed group texts had been sent to almost two dozen numbers indicating that heroin was available.

Johnston pleaded guilty to possessing the class A drug with intent to supply and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today.

He was jailed for three years by Recorder David Potter, who heard how the 40-year-old self-employed electrician's life had spiralled downwards after he became addicted to heroin.

Johnston, of Colville Street North, Carlisle, heard Recorder Potter describe the background of his case as "one of complete tragedy".

John Andrew Johnston
Cumbria Police

Bank, which is closing branches, hires Community Banker

A national bank that's closing branches in South Cumbria has hired someone to hold regular banking "surgeries" across the area.

Earlier this year, Natwest announced plans to close its Ulverston branch in September, then branches in Grange over Sands, Millom and Ambleside in October.

The bank has now appointed Stacey Perruzza to be its community banker in South Cumbria.

In a statement, it says she'll help train people in how to bank digitally.

Watch: Rescuers are faced with a river where a beck usually runs

Mountain rescuers have shared a video which shows some of the treacherous conditions they had to deal with this weekend.

This video shows a beck which soon turned into a river after heavy rain.

It meant that a rescue took a lot longer as they couldn't take the casualty down their usual route.

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Mountain rescuers are urging people to check the weather forecast carefully before heading out on to the fells.

Embers 'most probable cause' of large Maryport factory fire

Hot embers from a small fire were the "most probable cause" of a large fire at an artificial turf factory in Maryport.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service says the fire in April at SIS Pitches was most likely to have started accidentally.

As the News and Star newspaper has reported, it's believed embers from the smaller fire were blown on to rolls of polyester fabric.

They later ignited without being noticed, quickly got out of control and spread.

Scene of the fire in April
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Drug courier caught on M6 jailed for three years

A 30-year-old man from London has been jailed for three years at Carlisle Crown Court today for possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and possessing criminal property.

Said Mohamed was stopped on the M6 southbound with £12,540 worth of crack cocaine and £6,680 cash in a sports bag in his boot.

His job was to collect the goods from Scotland and deliver it to Manchester.

Said Mohamed
Cumbria Police

Child arrests down by 50% over last five years

The number of children arrested in Cumbria has more than halved in the last five years, according to a charity that's been campaigning to reduce the number of arrests.

The Howard League for Penal Reform says more than 1,800 children aged 17 and under were arrested in Cumbria in 2011. Last year 900 were arrested.

The charity says it's been working with police forces to keep as many young people as possible out of the criminal justice system.

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Walkers rescued from Helvellyn suffering from hypothermia

Four people found suffering from hypothermia were rescued from the summit of Helvellyn yesterday.

The operation involved mountain rescue teams from the RAF, Keswick and Patterdale.

The casualties were treated and moved down the mountain to a point where a coastguard helicopter could operate in the poor visibility.

Generic photo of Helvellyn
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Football

Luke Norris and Paul Mullin score either side of half-time as Swindon win at Carlisle in League Two.

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Boat drifting in Morecambe Bay could have caused 'serious threat'

A boat which broke free of its mooring at Roa Island and drifted into Morecambe Bay could have caused a "serious threat" to other vessels, according to the RNLI.

Morecambe's inshore lifeboat was launched yesterday to investigate the motorboat, which was drifting on the incoming tide.

No one was aboard so it was towed back to shore.

National League

Two of the top sides from last season battle hard at Victoria Road, with Dagenham emerging 2-1 winners over Barrow.

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Students prepare for Workington art trail

Works of art by students at the Lakes College will be adorning the streets of Workington for the next few weeks.

The art trail of paintings and fashion has been created to tie in with the first Vintage in the Town Festival in September.

Art by Lakes College
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Art by Lakes College
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Art by Lakes College
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Man charged following serious assault in Carlisle

A 24-year-old man from Carlisle has been charged in connection with a serious assault in the city in the early hours of Friday morning.

The man has been charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and criminal damage.

A 56-year-old man from Carlisle is still in a serious condition at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary following the incident.

Police say the man is scheduled to appear before North Cumbria Magistrates' Court today.

Expected return to court for case of suicidal girl

The case of a suicidal 17-year-old girl who was under the care of Cumbria County Council is expected to return to court today.

A senior judge issued a scathing attack on mental health services for children after hearing there was nowhere in the country where the teenager, known as X, could be appropriately cared for.

On Friday afternoon the NHS announced a safe place had now been found for the girl.

Charity says food poverty is a 'major issue'

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A leading charity says food poverty in parts of Cumbria is becoming a "major issue" with children going hungry in the school holidays.

Action for Children runs courses in Furness showing families how to cook healthy meals on a budget - but they're oversubscribed.

Poster for 'Holiday Kitchen'
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At the other end of the county, Carlisle's food bank has appealed for extra supplies.

With no free school meals for the six weeks of the summer holidays, some families are struggling to put meals on the table.

The government says it's helping millions of families meet the everyday cost of living.

Carlisle to stage the UK's only all-female jockey race meeting

The UK's only all-women race event will be held at Carlisle Racecourse today with some of the country's top female jockeys taking part.

The Jockey Club says the only other event of its kind is in Sweden.

Billed as "Amazing Monday", it's also an opportunity for up-and-coming riders to win a £20,000 development prize from the Jockey Club.

Last year it was won by Emma Sayer from Penrith who'll be racing again today.

Emma Sayer racing
Grossick Racing

Weather: Today's fells forecast

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

  • Temperature at 900m (3,000ft): 8C (46F).
  • Wind above 600m (2,000ft): Moderate to fresh southwesterly gusting 25mph
  • Cloud: Extensive at 800m (2,600ft) at first lifting and breaking especially on eastern fells
  • Visibility: Mostly very good
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Weather: Rain clearing to sunshine and just the odd shower

BBC Weather

Last night's rain will soon clear to leave a mostly dry day with some bright or sunny spells and just a few showers.

With light winds it will feel pleasant, though turning quite chilly into the evening.

Highs of 17C (63F).

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

Weather graphic
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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

We'll be keeping you up to date with the news, travel reports and weather 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.