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  1. Monday 2 October 2017

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Our live coverage across the day

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Our updates for the day have now come to an end.

Here's a recap of what's been covered:

  • People living in Millom are starting to clean up following flash floods this weekend that affected 176 properties in the town
  • Barrow Raiders have been promoted to Rugby League's championship after being Cumbrian rivals Whitehaven in the play-offs
  • A charity supporting South Cumbria's women says it's helping more people than even from its new base in Barrow

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Have a good evening.

Domestic abuse victims seeking help more because of change in attitudes, says charity

BBC Radio Cumbria

A charity says that a change in attitudes to domestic abuse in Barrow is encouraging victims to come to it for help.

Women's Community Matters has just moved into a new headquarters at the Nan Tait Centre in Barrow which is three times bigger that its previous base.

The charity's manager told BBC Radio Cumbria earlier that she felt domestic abuse was not something that people in Barrow would accept anymore:

People are knowing friends and family who are seeking help and support and seeing them move on with their lives and I think, perhaps, women are starting to think 'Yeah, I think it's time for me to do the same'

Rebecca RawlingsManager, Women's Community Matters

Workington man told jail term is possible

A man from Workington has admitted causing the death of a 79-year-old women after driving dangerously on the A596.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Stephen Farragher, 47, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Audrey Tunstall from Seaton and causing serious injury to Natalli Fisher.

The court heard that both were walking when the incident took place near the town's Dunmail Park shopping Centre in October 2016.

Defending barrister Michael Rawlinson said that Farragher "accepts, absolutely, his culpability" and that "excessive speed" caused the collision.

Farragher, from Thirlmere Avenue in Workington, was granted bail until his sentencing on 2 November and given an interim driving ban.

Millom tip opening hours extended due to flooding

Millom tip will be open seven days a week until further notice to help flood victims to dispose of damaged goods, according to Cumbria County Council.

It says that the site at Redhills Quarry will be open from 08:00 to 16:00 each day while it is needed.

The council has also relaxed permit restrictions to allow larger vehicles to dispose of flood waste.

"We're taking this step to try and make life a little bit easier for people. There is likely to be a lot of people trying to use the site so please be patient and make sure you speak to your insurers before you dispose of anything."

Cumbria County Council spokesperson

Listen: Flooding clean up starts in Millom

The clean up has started in Millom where 176 properties were flooded over the weekend.

Joan Newton has told BBC Cumbria she'll have to move out of her Mainsgate Road bungalow

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Weather: Strong winds and showers

More strong winds to come tonight as showers will ease off into tomorrow morning. Lows overnight falling to 8C (46F).

A cool start to Tuesday with a few outbreaks of rain and bright spells. Top temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

Evening forecast for Millom

Get the full forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Carlisle man who damaged lawyer's car in escape attempt jailed

A man from Carlisle has been jailed for a year after trying to escape from Carlisle Magistrates' Court and damaging his own solicitor's car in the process.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Joseph Graham, 38, was wearing handcuffs as he ran around a car park at the court before leaping over a Honda CRV that belonged to his own lawyer, Mark Shepherd.

It left the car with dents and scratches.

Graham, from Welsh Road in Carlisle, admitted escaping from lawful custody, damaging the car as well as the burglary of an electrical store in the city and four other thefts.

"Foolhardy, I think you will agree, is rather the understatement of the year... The next time you see Mr Shepherd... please take your time to apologise."

Judge Peter Davies

What's the scale of this weekend's flash flooding in Millom?

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

A flooded house in Millom
Joan Newton

Many areas in Cumbria have been affected by flooding in the past but this weekend's flash flooding in Millom is notable for the proportion of households affected.

Cumbria County Council says that 167 properties were affected by flooding in the town.

According to the 2011 census, there are 3,220 properties in Millom.

Those figures suggest that just over 5% of properties in the town were flooded over the weekend.

Weather warning for strong wind cancelled

BBC Weather

A yellow weather warning for strong wind covering Cumbria has been cancelled by the Met Office.

The area covered by the warning has been reduced to cover just northern Scotland.

Copeland Council offering extra waste collections for flood victims

Extra waste collections are being planned for flooded properties in Millom that request them, according to Copeland Council.

176 properties were affected by flash flooding in Millom over the weekend.

The council is recommending that householders take pictures of any damaged items and to check with insurers before throwing anything away.

To request a collection, email

Charity centre 'open as usual' to help Millom flood victims

More now on the continuing recovery from this weekend's flash flooding in Millom.

Charity Age UK West Cumbria says that volunteers at the Age UK Bradbury Centre on St George's Road in Millom served rolls to people affected by the floods.

The charity also says that its shop is also gathering duvets, bedding and dog blankets to donate to flood victims.

Weather: Gusts around 50mph and bright spells

BBC Weather

A Met Office yellow weather warning is still in place for strong winds through until midnight.

Expect gusts between 50-60mph along with some sunny spells and showers that could be heavy or thundery.

Highs of 15C (59F)

Weather forecast for Monday afternoon

Get the full forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Flood victims, don't fall prey to rogue traders says trading standards

A warning's gone out online to people living in more than a hundred homes in Millom affected by flash flooding.

Cumbria Trading Standards is warning that unscrupulous doorstep traders might try to use the weekend's flooding to take advantage of householders who need to have repair work done.

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Hallam Hope's first-half header helps Carlisle condemn Crawley to a fifth defeat in six home league games.

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Barrow Raiders promoted to Rugby League Championship

BBC Cumbria Sport

Barrow Raiders promoted to the Rugby League Championship

Barrow Raiders have been promoted after winning the League One playoff final yesterday.

A Cumbrian team was guaranteed to play in next year's Rugby League Championship regardless as they had faced rivals Whitehaven.

The match at Craven Park ended Barrow 10 - 6 Whitehaven.

BreakingCounty council says more than 160 properties flooded in Millom

BBC Radio Cumbria

Some 167 properties have suffered from flash flooding in Millom, according to figures from Cumbria County Council.

Earlier on BBC Radio Cumbria, the mayor of Millom Angela Dixon called for help from surrounding areas after raising £2,000 in 24 hours for the homeowners who've been affected.

We'll bring you more on this story as it develops.

Road surfacing

After a few smaller projects last year, it was used in the recent £200,000 resurfacing of the A7 in Carlisle.

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World Rugby chairman joins new ground celebrations

BBC Cumbria Sport

The chairman of World Rugby, former Lion Bill Beaumont, was among those in attendance for Kendal RUFC's first game at their new home ground, Mintbridge.

It didn't quite go to plan on the pitch though as Preston Grasshoppers rained on Kendal's parade by winning 25 - 19 in North Premier on Saturday.

Images from the first day at Kendal Rugby Union Football Club's new ground Mintbridge
Paul Want KRUFC

It's been an absolutely fabulous day. Everybody seems to have enjoyed it, I've had lots of positive comments about the state of the club and what our future holds. For a first attempt at a home game, I think we did really well."

Steve GreenChairman, Kendal Rugby Union Football Club
Fell Foot Park

The cash will help to towards restoring the park's historic boathouse complex and arboretum.

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Sport: Praise for new Cumbrian rugby ground from World Rugby chairman

Search is on for Cumbria's sporting stars

Nominations have opened for awards that celebrate the most talented and dedicated people involved in sport in Cumbria.

The prizes up for grabs at the 2017 Cumbria Sports Awards include:

  • Best Team Achievement
  • Best Individual Performance
  • Best Coach
  • Best Disability Performance
  • Rising Star (five awards made)

The nominees will be invited to a ceremony at the Low Wood Bay Hotel at Windermere in November where England Under-20 manager Paul Simpson will discuss his World Cup winning success in a question and answer session with BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller.

Nominations for this year's awards close on 20 October.

National League

Joe Pigott's second-half penalty is the difference as Maidstone claim a win over struggling Barrow at Holker Street.

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Your photos: A Seathwaite stream

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Michael's meadow' for sharing this picture from the fells in Seathwaite

A stream in Seathwaite near Keswick
Michael's meadow

If you'd like to help tell people about the weather in your area, take part in BBC Weather Watchers.

Clean up work continues after flash flooding

Flood clear up work is continuing in Millom and other parts of Cumbria after about 167 homes were flooded following heavy rain over the weekend.

A band of rain passing over south Cumbria on Saturday 30 September 2017 also affected Haverigg, Windermere, Ings near Windermere and Kirkby-in-Furness.

Some roads in Millom are still closed because of flooding:

  • Lancashire Road between St George's Road and Millom Road
  • Mainsgate Road near Bowness Road
  • Albert Street at Lancashire Road

Weather: A very windy start

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Look North weather

Very windy to start with blustery showers and a yellow Met Office weather warning for strong winds until midnight.

Longer spells of rain to come with gusts of around 50mph to 60mph through the day.

A few bright spells as we head through the afternoon and highs today around 15C (59F).

Here's your full forecast:

Weather: North East and Cumbria

Get the full forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning and welcome our live updates of Cumbria's news, sport, weather and travel throughout today.

We'll also be reflecting on an eventful weekend for southwest Cumbria including the promotion of Barrow Raiders and flash flooding in places such as Millom and Kirkby in Furness.

If you've got a story, 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.