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  1. Updates on Monday 21 August 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Our updates have now ended for the day.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more of the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

Here's a recap:

Have a good evening.

Weather: Hazy sunshine and outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

Some hazy sunshine to end the afternoon before it turns cloudy with some outbreaks of rain that are heavy at times.

Staying cloudy with mist and hill fog and lows of 16C (61F) overnight.

Evening weather for Whitehaven

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Cumbrian chases solar eclipse across the United States

Path of total solar eclipse across USA

A South Cumbrian man is among millions of people who are waiting to see a total solar eclipse in the United States.

It is the first time since 1918 that the path of darkness crosses both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

Stan Collins, from Staveley near Kendal, is in the country to see the eclipse and this morning was still deciding where he would go to witness the event based on weather reports.

The total eclipse will be seen on the West coast from 17:05 BST, passing over the continental United States before being seen on the East coast at 18:16 BST.

At the moment, I'm in Fremont, Nebraska and I'm not quite sure where I'm going to witness it because the weather is a little bit patchy. Everybody's getting pretty excited about it here, you know, they've all got badges or they're organising parties.

Stan Collins from Staveley

People living the United Kingdom and Western Europe have a chance of seeing a partial solar eclipse as the sun sets this evening.

Listen: The medieval manor of Hutton-in-the-Forest

BBC Radio Cumbria

Hutton-in-the-Forest's owner Lord Inglewood shows us around his gardens.

All this week, BBC Radio Cumbria is getting a look behind the hedges at some of the county's most beautiful gardens.

It started today as Lord Inglewood invited BBC Radio Cumbria's Sian Hall to visit Hutton-in-the-Forest and learn more about its medieval history.

GP trainees offered a free place to live if they come to West Cumbria

Trainee GPs from medical schools in London are being offered work in West Cumbria along with a place to stay in a house that has been renovated especially for them.

The house on Harrington Road in Workington has been provided by Impact Housing for the project.

Allerdale Borough Council has put up most of the money for the renovation and will also be funding rent payments.

Healthcare leaders have struggled in recent years to attract doctors and GPs to live and work in Cumbria.

Councillor Carni McCarron-Holmes, executive member for housing, Health and Wellbeing said: "It's important to show those outside the area what we have to offer, however this can often be difficult for people to leave their homes due to financial ties.

"This opportunity allows medical professionals to come to our area and experience both the benefits of living and working here, plus the issues we face. I hope to see many more trainees take up the opportunity and potentially return to Cumbria full time in the future."

BreakingDate set for second Poppi Worthington inquest

Poppi Worthington
Family photo

A date has been set for the second inquest into the death of the South Cumbrian toddler, Poppi Worthington.

The 13-month-old was found with serious injuries at her home in Barrow in December 2012.

The Senior Coroner for Cumbria David Roberts says the inquest is expected to start on 27 November.

He adds that the inquest is expected to last for between three to four weeks and that it will be held in Kendal.

The inquest had been adjourned earlier this year in May to allow Poppi's father to seek legal aid.

Cumbrian peer concerned for future of stately homes in the county

Hutton in the Forest
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One of Cumbria's peers is worried for the future of stately homes in Cumbria.

Lord Inglewood owns and lives at Hutton-in-the-Forest which is a manor house just outside Penrith and dates back to medieval times.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria for the start of a series of reports from gardens across the county, he said that buildings owned by individuals can face a financial struggle.

"The financial structure is complicated and not really very encouraging. If a place like this turns into a luxury hotel it's very different, I mean, you can envisage that. It's uncertain, I mean, the future is always uncertain," he said.

Want to know who Carlisle could face in Carabao Cup Round Three? Set an alarm...

The draw for Round Three of the Carabao Cup has been announced and you'll have to wake up early to catch it.

It's being held at 04:15 BST (11:15 local time) on Thursday morning in Beijing, China.

Either Carlisle United or Sunderland will be in the draw following their Round Two tie on Tuesday night.

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Cumbria rescue dogs compete in Flyball competition
The border collies are competing in the British Flyball Championships.

Weather: Hazy sunshine and patchy rain

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Hazy sunshine as the cloud thickens into the afternoon for some outbreaks of patchy light rain.

Highs of 20C (68F) with light winds.

Weather: North East and Cumbria

Cumbrian council told to reopen councillor vacancy following mistakes

A South Cumbrian town council has been told it must re-advertise for a councillor after it didn't manage the process properly the first time.

Millom Town Council was looking for a representative for the Newtown ward, following the death of councillor Ray Cole earlier this year.

It posted a 'notice of casual vacancy' on its Facebook page which allows a by-election to be held as long as 10 voters make a request to do so.

If a by-election isn't requested, town councillors can co-opt a new member by voting among themselves.

However, the notice gave details of the wrong person to contact and there were concerns the notice hadn't been publicised widely enough.

The Copeland acting returning officer Pat Graham has now told the council to restart the process.

Watch: Getting up Cumbrian mountains by wheelchair

BBC News England

Michelle has multiple sclerosis and spends her time in a wheelchair.

Now, she's going on a trek in the Lake District for the first time in more than 10 years.

How to get up mountains in a wheelchair

Barrow grandfather launches petition and calls on attorney general to review 'unduly lenient' sentence

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Barrow shipyard worker Ray Hayes
CN Group

A shipyard worker has called on the UK government to review the sentence handed to a man who left him trapped in his overturned car before running away and lying to police.

Sport: Barrow Raiders still narrowly behind League One leaders

BBC Cumbria Sport

Barrow Raiders are still just two points behind the leaders of League One, Toronto Wolfpack, after winning at the weekend.

Raiders clung on to beat York City Knights 26-19 in the Super 8s.

Elsewhere, Whitehaven are in third place after beating Keighley 36-4 and Workington Town kept alive their hopes of a playoff place by beating Doncaster 22-21.

It puts them within three points of a top-five finish.

Watch: Ants are the star attraction at South Cumbrian animal centre

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

A Cumbrian tourist attraction has been carrying out an experiment with its colony of leaf-cutter ants.

It's been asking visitors to offer different kinds of leaves to the ants to see which ones they prefer.

Here's how that looks:

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Cumbrian pilot takes to skies on national TV

An easyJet plane takes off from Manchester Airport

A trainee pilot from South Cumbria is featuring in a TV documentary.

First Officer Ryan Clyde, 21, was followed by camera crews filming the ITV series easyJet: Inside the Cockpit.

In tonight's episode, the pilot from Askam near Barrow is shown landing for the first time in the dark with passengers on board in Paris.

Sport: No signings due before League Cup tie says Carlisle United manager

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle has told BBC Radio Cumbria Sport that he doesn't expect to sign any more players before a League Cup game against Sunderland at Brunton Park tomorrow.

At the weekend, Carlisle United beat Cheltenham 3-0 for a third win in a row.

I don't think before Tuesday. We've covered thousands of miles...catagorising players, identifying players, speaking to agents, meeting with a few players as well. There are some very good players out there that we're looking at but we're still seeing our football team develop individually and collectively.

Keith CurleManager, Carlisle United

Charity warns tens of thousands suffer from debilitating condition

Pharmacy Shelves

A charity is warning that millions of working days are being lost because of arthritis.

Arthritis Research UK says the condition could go on to cost the economy £3.4bn a year by 2030 as the number of missed working days increases.

Here in Cumbria, about one in 10 over 45-year-olds have hip osteoarthritis while just under one in five have knee osteoarthritis, according to NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.

The county is also in the top 25% of areas nationally for the number of people with rheumatoid arthritis (0.94%).

Weather: Cloudy on the fells

Here's the fell forecast for daylight hours today.

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 11C
  • Winds: Moderate to fresh southeasterly gusting 25mph
  • Cloud: Patches above 800m (2,600ft) at first thickening and lowering to extensive cloud down to 300m (1,000ft) later
  • Visibility: Mostly good at first becoming moderate or poor
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

You can get more information about the fell top conditions from Lake District Weatherline which is updated daily by the Lake District fell top assessors.

Weather: Dry and bright with hazy sunshine

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A bright, dry start to the day with sunny spells this morning.

The sunshine will turn hazy this afternoon with some outbreaks of patchy rain later on.

Light southeasterly winds and top temperatures reaching 20C (68F).

Weather for Whitehaven this morning

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Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

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