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  1. Updates on Wednesday 18 May 2016

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A "Grand Tour" revived in Cumbria

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A "Grand Tour" enjoyed by people living in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras is being revived in Cumbria.

The tour - run by Furness Railway - brought holidaymakers from Blackpool to Windermere and Coniston.

Now the National Trust is offering a similar trip which includes lake cruises and a steam train ride.

Historian Howard Quayle, said: "It was a package holiday... it was a great day out and it was the kind of thing that we see here in the 21st century."

Mother and son in court on murder plot charges

A man accused of attempting to murder his older brother has appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

Gary Murphy, 22, of Hinnings Road, Distington, Workington, is alleged to have tried to kill Antony Murphy in Whitehaven on 15 April.

Their mother, Alison Murphy, 51, of Copeland Avenue, Whitehaven, is charged with conspiracy to murder and the pair appeared via separate video links today.

Neither defendant entered a plea and the case was adjourned until 12 August when both are due to reappear at the crown court. A provisional trial date has been fixed for October.

Mr Murphy was remanded in custody, while his mother was granted conditional bail and must reside at an address outside the county.

Weather: Some showers continuing but dying out to leave a mainly dry night

Some showers will continue into this evening, but these will die away to leave a dry night for most, with some clear spells and light winds. 

This may allow some patchy mist patches to form around Cumbria. 

weather graphic
BBC

Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F). 

Sailing club awarded revamp funding after floods

Bassenthwaite Sailing Club has been granted nearly £4,000 to help revamp the site after it was badly damaged in Storm Desmond.

Bassenthwaite Sailing Club
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The National Lottery grant will be used to move the electricity system above previous flood levels and introduce waterproof systems to the outbuilding

Commodore Mark Somerville, said he was "delighted" that the club can increase its resilience against future flooding.

A595 spillage driver 'may not be aware of situation'

Motorists are being advised to avoid the A595 on the outskirts of Carlisle after a chemical spillage.

The road has been closed between the roundabout which joins the junctions of the A595 and A689 and the roundabout which joins the junctions of the A595 and A596.

Fire crews are at the scene as well as Cumbria Police.

Police are appealing for information about the vehicle which caused the spillage as they say the driver may not be aware of the situation.

Travel: Spillage closes A595

Weather: Some bright spells this afternoon but also scattered showers

This afternoon will have some bright spells but also some scattered showers at times, with the risk of an isolated thunderstorm, but there will be some sunshine too, especially in the west Whitehaven.

weather graphic
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Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F).

Barrow Liverpool fans enjoying build-up in Basel

Liverpool play Sevilla in the Europa League final tonight in Basel, Switzerland.

Fans from Barrow are among those who have made the trip over.

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Unemployment figures revealed

Unemployment has fallen and a record number of people are in work, but there is evidence that the jobs market could be 'cooling off'.

Unemployment dipped by 2,000 in the quarter to March to 1.69 million, a fall of 139,000 over the past year.

However, in the North West, figures went up by 4.9%, with 175,000 people out of work.

Drop in job seekers allowance claims

BBC Radio Cumbria

There has been a drop in the number of people claiming job seekers allowance and universal credit in Cumbria.

In April it was 4,785 - 285 fewer people than in March.

Canal regeneration manager appointed

A project manager has been appointed to oversee the regeneration of the northern reaches of the Lancaster Canal as a leisure attraction.

Helen Moriarty beside a bridge
LCRP

Helen Moriarty has joined the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership (LCRP) to lead its plans for a multi-use towpath trail on the section of the canal between Kendal and Lancaster.

She said: “It's also a great opportunity to re-explore regeneration ideas for Canal Head, creating a brilliant starting point for a fantastic and scenic canal trail."

'Humbled by generosity as £10m mark reached in flood recovery fund

Reacting to the £10m mark being achieved for the Cumbria Community Foundation's Flood Recovery Appeal, chief executive Andy Beeforth said he was overwhlemed.

He said: "When we started the appeal we hoped to raise £1m, to have raised 10 times that amount and to be able to help people across Cumbria to recover from the devastating floods is amazing. 

"I am humbled by the generosity of our donors that have allowed us to help so many people. Raising £10m means we will be able to invest in projects that have a lasting benefit for our flood affected communities. 

"I know that some people are still a long way off returning to normal and I'd say to come and ask for help."

All the details are on the Fund's website.

Storm Desmond flood recovery appeal tops £10m

A fund set up to help people following the flooding devastation caused by Storm Desmond in December has broken through the £10m mark.

The donation which took Cumbria Community Foundation’s Flood Recovery Appeal figure through the landmark amount was one of £400 from the Mayor of Cockermouth Julie Laidlaw.

The majority of the cash has come from more than 20,000 individual donations, which the Government then match funded up to £4.7m.

So far more than £4m has been given in grants to more than 2,000 people across the county.

Rescuers help with Carlisle floods
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Boxer jailed for breaking man's jaw

A keen boxer who broke another man's jaw with a single punch in a street fracas has been jailed for 18 months.

Kieron Sewell, 22, of Mount Pleasant Road, Carlisle, lashed out at his victim during a late night incident in the Currock area of Carlisle on 4 October.

The man suffered a double jaw fracture and was left suffering from sleepless nights having been struck outside his partner's home while she looked on.

Sewell - said to be a boxer who competed in local charity bouts - denied a grievous bodily harm charge, claiming self-defence.

But after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court, a jury unanimously found him guilty of the offence.

Judge Barbara Forrester heard Sewell had 29 offences on his criminal record including several for violence.

Your photos: Squirrel captured in Keswick

Ian Simpson from Carlisle sent us this photo of a red squirrel at the osprey viewing point at Dodd Wood in Bassenthwaite.

Red squirrel
Ian Simpson

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Financial lifeline for drug and alcohol charity

A Cumbrian charity which helps people addicted to drugs and alcohol has been given enough money to secure its future for the next three years.

Cumbria's alcohol and drug advisory service - known as CADAS - has been awarded £75,000 by the Lloyds Bank Foundation.

CADAS runs support centres in Carlisle, Workington, Kendal and Barrow offering talking therapies, relaxation techniques and mindfulness courses.

Barrow sign striker Hannah from Chester

Barrow have signed striker Ross Hannah from National League rivals Chester on a two-year deal.

The 30-year-old scored 23 goals in 42 matches for Chester this season but turned down a deal to remain with the Blues.

Ross Hannah
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Barrow, who ended the season in 11th, have made the former Bradford front man their third summer signing.

It follows the additions of striker Richard Bennett, 25, and defender Moussa Diarra, 26, on Sunday.

Travel: Delays on A6 and A686

BBC Travel

The A6 in Carleton is partially blocked in both directions between the Cumwhinton turn off junction and the Mallyclose Drive junction because of an overturned car.  

The A686 Eden Straits is just passable in both directions in Langwathby between the Salkeld Road junction and the Skirwith turn off junction although there is some disruption caused by an overturned lorry.

For more traffic information for Cumbria visit the BBC Travel website.   

Midwives to answer questions over baby death

Another two midwives accused of maternity failings at Barrow's Furness General Hospital are to appear before the Nursing and Midwifery Council today.

Lindsey Biggs and Holly Parkinson are accused of contributing to the death of baby Joshua Titcombe by not calling in a doctor and not making proper notes.

A decision to clear two other midwives accused of failings involving Joshua's mother was criticised by the Professional Standards Authority and Dr Bill Kirkup, who led an investigation into the deaths of 11 babies connected to the hospital.

Your photos: Rannerdale in the sunshine

Thanks to Caroline Langfield for this beautiful photo which she took of Rannerdale yesterday - makes us wish we were walking there now.

Rannderdale
Caroline Langfield

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Travel: Accident blocks A590

BBC Travel

The A590 Park Road in Barrow-In-Furness is partially blocked in both directions between the Park Road Estate junction and the Devonshire Road junction because of an accident.

For more traffic information for Cumbria visit the BBC Travel website

All change on the weather front with cloud and rain forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A different feel to the weather across the board today.

It will be cloudy and there will be some rain this morning but also some sunny spells. 

Owain Wyn Evans and weather map
BBC

It'll be dryer across Cumbria later on and temperatures will reach about 16C.

Travel: A6 closed in both directions

BBC Travel

The A6 is closed in both directions between the Southwaite Road junction in Low Hesket and Carlisle South in Brisco because of an accident.

For more traffic information for Cumbria visit the BBC Travel website.

Westmorland psychiatric unit to close following safety concerns

A psychiatric unit is to close after health bosses "exhausted" efforts to improve safety issues raised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

It found Kentmere inpatient unit at Westmorland General Hospital, Cumbria did not meet national standards and placed those using services "at risk".

MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron, said it would be "absolutely outrageous" to lose the ward.  

Westmorland General Hospital
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