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  1. Updates on Wednesday 18 October 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

We've now finished posting news, travel and weather for today.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to do it all again.

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.

Have a very good evening.

Boulders used to protect Settle to Carlisle railway line

Large boulders are being used to protect the Settle to Carlisle railway from the worst of the weather.

In February 2016 there was a landslip just north of Armathwaite near Carlisle, which meant that stretch of line was closed for more than a year. The repairs cost £23m.

The track runs above the River Eden, and the final phase of work involves packing 20,000 tonnes of rock into the riverbank, to protect against erosion caused by heavy rain.

River Eden
Network Rail

History of Barrow's market to be uncovered

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The history of Barrow's market will be told thanks to funding from the Lottery.

The charity, Signal Film and Media, says the market's story has not been properly told and it wants to use the money to produce a film, book and play.

You can find out more about the project here.

Archive photo of Barrow market
Cumbria Archives
Archive photo of Barrow market
Cumbria Archives
Archive photo of Barrow market
Cumbria Archives

Weather: Cloudy evening with rain overnight

BBC Weather

Cloudy through the evening with outbreaks of rain and drizzle arriving overnight, as well as extensive low cloud and hill fog. Much milder than last night.

Lows of 10C (50F).

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

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Cumbrian hotel judged 'most romantic' in the UK

A Cumbrian hotel has been judged to be the most "romantic" in the UK.

Forest Side has been given the award by the Good Hotel Guide.

It praises the hotel's grounds, friendly staff, bedrooms and Michelin-starred meals.

Forest Side hotel
Forest Side

Your photos: Reflections on Grasmere

BBC Weather Watchers

We're getting some beautiful images from around the county from our BBC Weather Watchers today. Thanks to Graham for this photo taken at Grasmere.

BBC Weather Watcher 'Graham'
BBC Weather Watcher 'Graham'

Engineers from the region to help restore power in Republic of Ireland

Engineers from Electricity North West are now helping to restore to power to people in the Republic of Ireland following Storm Ophelia.

A team of more than 30, including engineers and overhead lines people, will be helping to repair damage and restore power to the thousands still without power.

Hundreds of properties in Cumbria lost their supplies earlier this week, because of the strong winds, but the situation has been much worse in Ireland.

Weeping Window poppy display coming to Carlisle

The Weeping Window sculpture by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper will be installed at Carlisle Castle from 23 May - 8 July next year.

It is one of two sculptures from the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, originally displayed at the Tower of London in 2014.

The original artwork consisted of 888,246 poppies, one to commemorate every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during World War One.

You can find out more information here.

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Weather: Mostly a fine afternoon with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Most will have a fine afternoon with sunny spells, although cloud will thicken in the south around Ulverston during the afternoon.

Highs of 14C (57F).

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

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Your photos: Sunny Keswick

BBC Weather Watchers

It's looking much brighter around the county today.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Graham from Keswick for sharing this photo he took this morning.

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

BBC Weather Watcher 'Graham'

Mum-of-four died after routine op because of 'lack of oxygen'

News and Star


Pathologists claim that a mum-of-four who was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary died of a lack of oxygen to her brain. Read the full article here.

Video: Wind forces waterfall to flow uphill

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Jonty Wilson shared this video he took yesterday - a waterfall going uphill on Mallerstang Edge. It's breathtaking.

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Power restored to 20,000 properties affected by storms

Electricity North West has restored power to all properties that were affected by Storm Ophelia.

Last night 5,000 properties on the west coast were without power and the firm sent food vans to Cleator and Watermillock to feed people and provide hot drinks.

In total 20,000 properties in the region have been affected over the past couple of days.

BreakingCarlisle cycle track more than 100k over budget

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Work to create a cycle racing track in Carlisle is more than £100,000 over budget.

The closed circuit track is being built in the Harraby area of the city.

A grant of up to £650,000 from the sport's governing body, British Cycling, is paying for most of the work.

But the track failed load-bearing tests this summer, and the city council has had to release emergency cash to address the problems.

Site of cycle track

Young people to help Nepal recover from 2015 earthquake

Young people from Cumbria are going to Nepal to help to rebuild the country after the earthquake in 2015.

The Juniper Trust is taking 10 volunteers to the country early next month. They include former Keswick School pupils, who are now aged between 19 and 24.

The group will spend two weeks finishing the 11th school to be built by the charity and is hoping to raise £5,000 thousand pounds to pay for uniforms and school equipment.

Thousands of people lost their lives and thousands more were injured in the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal's capital Kathmandu and its surrounding areas on 25 April 2015.

Photo of the aftermath of the eatherquake in 2015
Getty Images

NHS Tracker: Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

BBC News Health

The NHS is under unprecedented pressure.

Rising numbers of patients need hospital care - whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements.

For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the chances of being seen in time where you live?

Use our interactive tracker to find out.

Video: Happy 110th birthday to Amy Johnson

Happy Birthday to Amy Johnson from Shap who's celebrating her 110th birthday today.

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Wycombe extend their unbeaten run to six games thanks to Paris Cowan-Hall's stoppage time equaliser at Carlisle.

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Weather: Today's fells forecast

BBC Weather

If you're planning on heading back out on to the fells after the past few stormy days, here's the forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: Up to 6C (43F)
  • Winds: Moderate to fresh southeasterly gusting 20mph
  • Cloud: Patchy cloud above 800m (2,600ft) this morning, becoming fog free for a time this afternoon
  • Visibility: Good
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Carlisle Airport's role in boosting visitors to Cumbria to be discussed at conference

The importance of Carlisle Airport and its potential role in bringing more visitors to the county will be discussed at a conference in today.

Top of the agenda at the Eden Tourism Summit will be a discussion about how people travel to the county and how running passenger flights to and from Carlisle Airport would help.

The airport's general manager will be one of the speakers.

Carlisle airport
Stobart Aviation

Hospital targets missed across Cumbria

Hospitals in Cumbria are failing to meet key targets, according to new research by BBC News.

Waiting times for Accident and Emergency units, cancer treatment and routine operations were found to be too long.

Both North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust received a score of 22 out of 100 - which means that last year, they met targets just under a quarter of the time.

Generic photograph of surgery

Weather: Mostly fine, but cloud thickening later

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly start, perhaps with some pockets of grass frost in rural areas as well as some patchy fog.

However, most will have a fine day with sunny spells, although cloud will thicken in the south around Ulverston in the afternoon.

Highs of 14C (57F).

You can get a detailed forecast for where you live here.

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Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

We'll be bringing you the latest news, weather and travel through until about 16:00.

If you've a photo you'd like to share with the county,or news you think we should know, you can email us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.