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  1. Wednesday 16 August 2017
  2. Troubled prison remains shabby
  3. Jeremy Corbyn visiting Cumbria
  4. Man arrested following boat rescue

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Our updates have now come to an end today.

We'll start again tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cumbria.

Here's a recap of today:

Have a good evening.

Weather: Cloud and rain this evening and overnight

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain, heavy at times, will erratically clear east tonight. Clear spells and showers will follow on behind by dawn.

Winds will ease. Lows of 13C (55F).

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

Weather graphic

'Ulverston's Banksy' donates painting to local hospice

Artist LoKi has donated a painting to raise funds for the hospice in Ulverston.

Caroline Welch, from St Mary's, says Loki is "Ulverston's Banksy".

His image of a young woman is displayed in the window of the hospice's charity shop. It will be sold at auction - people can submit bids online, or in a box at the shop.

Picture by artist 'Loki'
St Mary's Hospice

Penrith woman dies following collision last week

A woman from the Penrith area has died following a collision on the A6 near Plumpton last week.

Cumbria Police say Ann Miller, 74, died of her injuries yesterday at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Mrs Miller had been the front seat passenger in a car which collided with a white van at about12:30 on Wednesday 9 August 2017.

The driver of the car was treated for minor injuries in Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

The van driver was uninjured.

Norovirus outbreak closes ward at West Cumberland Hospital

A hospital trust says that people will still be unable to visit friends or family on a west Cumbrian ward because of an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

Visiting is still suspended on Ward 4A at the West Cumberland Hospital, in Whitehaven, because of a norovirus outbreak which was first reported on Friday.

West Cumberland Hospital sign

Cumbrian firm's hangar on fire at airport

BBC News England

Fire in hangar near a runway at London Southend Airport
George Butcher

A fire has broken out in a hangar owned by Stobart Group on an Essex airport runway .

Eyewitnesses have reported seeing "thick black smoke" billowing from the hangar understood to be at the far end of the runway at Southend Airport.

Photos: Jeremy Corbyn in Keswick

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is in Cumbria today as part of a tour of marginal constituencies.

Carlisle and Copeland were won by the Conservatives at the general election but by a relatively small number of votes.

Here he is at Amy's Dementia Day Care and Social Club in Keswick and speaking to the media outside.

Jeremy Corbyn at Amy's Dementia Day Care and Social Club in Keswick
Jeremy Corbyn speaking to the media

Cumbrian hospice officially world record holder

World record certificate for Eden Valley Hospice

A Cumbrian hospice has officially broken the world record for making pom-poms.

Carlisle's Eden Valley Hospice asked people to help make poms poms during its 25th birthday celebrations last September.

Guinness World Records has confirmed that the attempt beat the previous record with 29,312 pom poms made.

Fire at airport owned by Stobart Group

A fire has broken out at an airport owned by the Cumbrian firm Stobart Group.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service says that firefighters found a large hanger on fire at London Southend Airport, which is about forty miles from London.

The airport says it is still open and operating as normal.

No charges after police investigation into deaths and assaults at Haverigg

A police investigation into two deaths and allegations of physical and sexual assaults at Cumbria's prison has ended and no charges have been brought.

Cumbria Police were called into Haverigg Prison last year and then set up Operation Knightsbridge.

The force has confirmed today the operation concluded without charges, and the relevant files are now with the coroner.

Charity searching for homes for 15 cats found 'living under floorboards'

A charity is trying to find homes for 15 cats which had been living under floorboards in a house in Carlisle.

The Oak Tree Animals' Charity says they were all extremely hungry, and some had parasites and matted coats. They have now been given thorough health checks, and are in need of new homes.

The cats are between 18 months and eight-years-old.

One of the rescued cats
Oak Tree Animals' Charity
One of the rescued cats
Oak Tree Animals' Charity
HMP Haverigg

The inspection found 40% of prisoners at HMP Haverigg in Cumbria said they felt unsafe at times.

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Weather: Turning wet from the west

BBC Weather

Cloud will increase from the west to bring outbreaks of rain, heavy over some western fells, this afternoon,

This will be accompanied by fresh winds.

Highs of 18C (64F).

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

Weather graphic

Fall in number of people claiming job seekers allowance or universal credit

There has been a fall in the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance or universal credit in Cumbria.

Last month there were 5,305 claimants, which is 125 fewer than in June. It fell in all areas of the county except Eden where it was unchanged.

Your photos: Green and pleasant land

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Millomite for sharing this photo taken this morning at Millom.

If you'd like to be a BBC Weather Watcher you can sign up here.

View at Millom
BBC Weather Watcher 'Millomite'

Thousands want change in hospital parking rules

Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle

More than 3,000 people have now signed an online petition to change the way parking rules are enforced at two of Cumbria's hospitals.

At the moment, the private company, UKPC is in charge of parking at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The Trust which runs the hospitals said it was having difficulty with people parking outside marked bays, blocking access for emergency vehicles. And, people were parking in disabled spaces without a badge.

But those who have signed the petition want the Trust to take control of the parking situation again.

Violence 'still too high' at Cumbria's prison

Levels of violence are "still too high" at Haverigg Prison, according to the latest report by inspectors.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons carried out unannounced visits to HMP Haverigg during March and April of this year.

They also say the "vulnerable perimeter" fencing is making it too easy for drugs to get into the jail near Millom.

The report describes some of the accommodation as "shabby and dirty". However, inspectors did find notable improvements in education and rehabilitation, as well as some reduction in violence.

You can read the full report here.

Sign at Haverigg Prison

Your photos: Stormy skies

Thanks to Stuart Goodman from Wetheral who shared this photograph taken last night just beyond Gowbarrow Fell.

If you have any photos you'd like to share you can email them to us.

Stormy skies
Stuart Goodman

Cumbrian village 'renamed' ahead of Jeremy Corbyn's county visit

News and Star


As Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn prepares to visit Cumbria, the county has pulled out all the stops - even naming a village after him.

Great Corbyn sign
News and Star

Police arrest man following boat rescue

Daffodils on the shore of Ullswater

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent in Carlisle earlier this month.

The arrest was made following reports that two adults who had been drinking had taken two children in a boat on to Ullswater.

It took the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team and Maryport Coastguard two hours to bring the vessel safely back to shore.

Cumbria Police says the man remains in police custody.

Jeremy Corbyn comes to Cumbria

Jeremy Corbyn speaks to supporters in Milton Keynes

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is paying a visit to two of the county's marginal constituencies later on.

Both Carlisle and Copeland were won by the Conservatives at the snap general election earlier this year but on reduced majorities.

The Labour leader and MP for Islington North will visit Keswick and Cleator Moor before going on to address a rally in Carlisle city centre.

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J39 for B6261 and J40 for A66.

M6 Cumbria - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound between J39, B6261 (Shap) and J40, A66 (Penrith), because of an overturned lorry and recovery work.

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

Windy on the fells

Temperatures at 3,000ft Up to 9C

Winds: Strong to gale force southerly gusting 40 - 45mph

Cloud: Broken above 600m (2,000ft) thickening and lowering to 300m (1,000ft)

Visibility: Good becoming poor

Freezing level: Above the summits

Dry and bright to start with, rain arriving later

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a dry and bright start, with sunny spells. However, cloud will increase from the west to bring outbreaks of rain during the afternoon, accompanied by freshening winds.

Rain, heavy at times, will spread east during the evening.

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F),

weather graphic

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, near Southwaite Services.

M6 Cumbria - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 southbound near Southwaite Services, because of bicycle on the road.

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

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