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  1. Wednesday 23 August 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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.

Have a good evening.

United Utilities won't pay compensation to customers in Copeland

United Utilities says it won't be paying compensation to customers in Copeland after complaints about the change to a mixed supply of hard and soft water.

Some residents complained of rashes, mouth ulcers and upset stomachs after drinking the water.

United Utilities is going to give people in Copeland a softer blend of tap water but says that "no compensation will be paid" because tests "have consistently shown the water to be of the usual high quality and therefore could be safely used".

Water being poured into glass from tap
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Watch: Farmer talks about stress caused when bovine TB was found on farm

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

Two Cumbrian fish and chip shops shortlisted for award

Two Cumbrian fish and chip shops have been shortlisted for a national award.

Frydays in Kendal and The Esk Café in Longtown have made it to the final 60 shortlist in the National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Awards for 2018.

This list will now be reduced to a Top 10 - with these businesses battling for the national title.

Fish and Chips
BBC

Missing man found 'safe and well'

Cumbria Police say Adam Walters has now been found "safe and well".

Transport boss to discuss issues facing roads in Cumbria

The leader of the organisation responsible for transport in the north of England is in Cumbria today to look at the issues facing roads in the county.

David Brown, the chief executive of Transport for the North, is meeting local representatives, including the Conservative MP for Carlisle John Stevenson.

The meeting is at Carlisle Airport and John Stevenson says the A595 and A69 are part of the discussion.

Grant to help plans to buy and renovate Norman Nicholson's home

Plans to buy and renovate the former home of the Cumbrian poet Norman Nicholson are moving forward with a grant of almost £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Nicholson lived in Millom for all but two years of his life. He wrote his poetry above the family shop on St George's Terrace.

The Norman Nicholson Society is hoping to open the property to the public. The actor Kevin Whately, and the broadcasters Stuart Maconie and Eric Robson are supporting the plans.

Norman Nicholson
Ray Troll
Rescued seal

After two years at Kendal College, students will be able to spend a third at the University of Cumbria.

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Rise in child neglect reports to police by NSPCC in Cumbria

A record number of child neglect cases have been referred to police forces and social services in the North East and Cumbria by a children's charity.

It is line with the rest of the UK with reports of child neglect soaring by more than 60% in the last five years.

The NSPCC says in Cumbria there were 126 referrals to the police and other agencies in 2016-17 - a 68% increase in five years.

Neglect means a child's needs for safety, physical care and love are not being met to an extent that it could cause them serious or lasting harm.

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Your photos: Castlerigg Stone Circle

Adam Campbell took this photo on the evening of his 17th birthday at Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, on 20 August.

The evening was a little overcast and chilly but the clouds cleared for the briefest spell to let the sun set beautifully at this most magical place.

Castlerigg stone circle
Adam Campbell

If you have a photo you would like to share with us, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Weather: Much brighter with some sunshine this afternoon

BBC Weather

Eastern parts may start off rather cloudy this afternoon, but the dregs of the morning rain should soon clear away.

Brighter, fresher weather will feed in from the west this afternoon with long spells of sunshine later on.

Highs of 19C (66F).

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

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Police appeal for missing Carlisle man

The police are looking for a man who is missing from Carlisle.

Adam Walters, 28, was last seen just before midnight. He could be wearing a burgundy coloured T-shirt and green tracksuit trousers with black trainers.

Adam Walters
Cumbria Police

Wordsworth course proves popular across the world

An online course about William Wordsworth and the influence of the Cumbrian landscape on his work has proved so popular it'll run again next month.

The course is run by Lancaster University and began in 2015. People from as far afield as America and Australia have taken part.

Due to its popularity, 'William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place' will be available again at the start of September.

The course was put together with The Wordsworth Trust and filmed in Grasmere, Ullswater, Hawkshead and Dove Cottage - where he lived from 1799 to 1808 and produced many of his best known poems.

William Wordsworth
Hulton Getty

New degree course for wildlife lovers

Caring for and rehabilitating wildlife is going to be taught at degree level in Cumbria in what is thought to be a first for the UK.

Kendal College will run the course for the first two years in its unique Animal Rescue Centre. Students will then transfer to the University of Cumbria to look at global conservation issues as the final part of the degree.

This common seal pup was rescued last week off the Cumbrian coast and is currently being looked after at the Animal Rescue Centre.

Baby seal
Sarah Neill

Fraudster James Cox has prison sentence reduced

A man who committed fraud by making false claims on a CV and faking references to get a highly paid job with Britain's Energy Coast has had his prison sentence reduced.

James Cox, who is 53 and of no fixed address, secured a £65,000 a year job in 2015 and forged a signature so he could buy a Jaguar car on the business account.

Last year, he was jailed for six years at Carlisle Crown Court, but yesterday the sentence was reduced to four years and 10 months at the Court of Appeal in London.

James Cox
BEC

Cumbrian farmer says emotional impact of bovine TB is similar to foot-and-mouth

Adam Powell

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A Cumbrian farmer whose animals were affected by bovine TB says the emotional turmoil was on a par with the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001.

TB was found in one of Chris Addison's cows on his farm in Kings Meaburn earlier this year. His farm has now been given the all clear, but he says the impact, for farms affected, has been significant.

He said: "The number of cattle may be less but the effect is they can't trade, they are locked up and they are into this TB testing routine for several years."

At the beginning of August we reported that Bovine TB had been found in badgers in Cumbria for the first time in about 30 years.

Badger
Reuters

Your photos: Wet start to the day

BBC Weather Watchers

This is going to be the view for many across the county this morning.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Windywynne' for sharing this photo from Great Urswick.

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

View out the window
BBC Weather Watcher 'windywynne'

Weather: Rain in the morning, sunshine in the afternoon

BBC Weather

Early rain will include heavy bursts and a risk of thunder. As the rain and cloud clears to the east, brighter, fresher weather will spread in from the coast by the start of the afternoon.

Highs of 19C (66F).

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

Weather graphic
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Lynden Gooch

Lynden Gooch's late goal ensures Sunderland reach the EFL Cup third round despite a scare from League Two side Carlisle.

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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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