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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 June 2016

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  1. Our live coverage for the day

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Thanks for being with us today for our live coverage. 

    I'll be back tomorrow with all your Cumbrian news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00.

    Until then, if you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.    

  2. Weather: A few scattered showers with a dry night to come

    BBC Weather

    Sunny spells with highs of 22C but some scattered showers developing over high ground that aren't as heavy as over the past few days. 

    A mainly dry night with the odd shower over high ground and lows dropping to 14C.

    Tomorrow starts off cloudy with a chance of showers first thing. A few heavy showers likely into the afternoon too.

    Here's the forecast for Carlisle tonight but you can check the outlook for your area on the BBC Weather website.

    Evening weather for Carlisle
  3. Afternoon headlines for Cumbria

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    • The Government has rejected claims that it is failing to protect people from flooding.
    • An Appleby Horse Fair organiser has rejected claims that rumours of a feud between two rival families scared off gypsies and travellers from attending.
    • The South Lakes Safari Zoo which admitted health and safety breaches is expected to be sentenced tomorrow.
  4. Hear an exclusive band announcement for Cumbrian festival

    BBC Introducing in Cumbria

    We're finding out which band is being added to the line for this year's Kendal Calling festival later today.

    BBC Introducing in Cumbria caught up with one of the team behind the festival that's held each year at Hackthorpe near Penrith.

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    You can hear the full interview from 18:00 tonight on BBC Radio Cumbria.

    We'll also be playing more new music made by bands and artists from across the county.

    If there's a song you've made that you'd like to hear on BBC Introducing in Cumbria, send it to us using the BBC Introducing uploader. 

  5. Feuding families didn't scare off Appleby Fair goers says organiser

    Claims that fewer people attended the annual event that is one of the most popular in the Traveller calendar because of fears that rival families were planning to settle a feud have been rejected by one of the event's organisers.

    A bow top at the Appleby Horse Fair 2016
    Image caption: A bow top at the Appleby Horse Fair 2016

    Appleby landlord Ian Hands said that he was convinced concerns about unrest reduced the numbers of gypsies and travellers at the fair last weekend: 

    "It was well publicised within the travelling community that two families in particular were coming to Appleby and it was going to be sorted out here.

    "For that reason alone, they avoided coming to Appleby this year, lots of families that just decided 'no, not this year'. "

    But gypsy and traveller representative Billy Welch says the date clashed with another horse event elsewhere in the country and some people went to that instead. 

  6. Work continues to repair flood damage in Glenridding

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    Here's just some of the work that's being done in the Lake District village of Glenridding to repair the damage caused by the winter storms and flooding.

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    The village in the Ullswater valley was flooded five times when the beck running through Glenridding burst its banks.

  7. Minister tells Cumbrian MP to stop complaining about broadband

    The MP for Workington has been told to stop complaining about broadband rollout in and around the town. 

    Speaking in the House of Commons, Labour MP Sue Hayman said that hundreds of businesses do not have access to super fast broadband and that an email from Broadband Minister Ed Vaizey stated that "3,198 premises... 8% or nearly 1 in 12 are not currently planned to be connected to superfast broadband" in the Workington constituency. 

    In response,Mr Vaisey said that the Government would be connecting more than 95% of premises to super fast broadband, including for people in Workington:

    Quote Message: She should be telling them that rather than complaining." from Ed Vaisey MP Broadband Minister
    Ed Vaisey MPBroadband Minister
  8. Bishop of Carlisle to take part in Queen's Birthday celebrations

    The man in charge of the Church of England in Cumbria will be taking part in the National Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's 90th Birthday at St Paul's Cathedral tomorrow. 

    The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev'd James Newcomb

    The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcomb will be at the service in his role as Clerk of the Closet to the monarch.   

    Quote Message: It’s a huge privilege to be involved in the service at St Paul’s Cathedral marking and celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. It seems very appropriate that there should be this church service given Her Majesty’s clear statement of Christian faith in so many of her Christmas broadcasts and the fact that it has been an anchor and source of strength, hope and encouragement to her throughout." from Rt Rev James Newcomb Bishop of Carlisle
    Rt Rev James NewcombBishop of Carlisle

    The National Service of Thanksgiving will take place tomorrow from 11am and be broadcast on BBC One.

  9. Government still failing to protect people against flooding say MPs

    A group of MPs that scrutinise the Government over its environmental policies say that ministers are still failing to protect people against flooding.

    The Commons Environmental Audit Committee says that ministers have commissioned reports that recommend steady long-term financing but they have actually downgraded the funding when government budgets are under pressure.

    Speaking to Mike Zeller at Breakfast on BBC Radio Cumbria, committee chairman Mary Creagh said it was vital to plan where and how to build houses too:

    Quote Message: Stop building on areas that are at flood risk that are not adequately defended. When we build new homes, we need to build them with sponges built in so absorbent concrete out the front and rainwater collection systems and we need to be planning over a ten to fifteen year lifescale. from Mary Creagh Commons Environmental Audio Committee chairman
    Mary CreaghCommons Environmental Audio Committee chairman
  10. Cumbrian council reminds people about extended EU referendum deadline

    The Government announced yesterday that it would extend the original deadline to register to vote in the EU referendum because thousands of people had been unable to apply in time because of problems with its website. 

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    You can register to vote here.

  11. Watch: today's weather forecast

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Bright with sunny spells and highs of 22C.

    Scattered showers developing this afternoon mainly over high ground but not as heavy as the last few days.

    A couple of heavier spells could be possible too though. 

    Here's more of today's forecast: 

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    Video caption: Weather: weather_northeast.avi

    Find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather website.

  12. Watch: Carlisle man's house still drying out six months on

    Tom Armstrong from Carlisle spoke to the Victoria Derbyshire programme with Joanna Gosling on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel earlier this morning about the work that's being done so he can get back into his home and his thoughts on the flood defences built to protect parts of the city.

    It's after a group of MPs criticised the Government for not doing enough to protect communities from flooding.

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  13. Another three months before flooded Lake District hotel can reopen

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    A hotel that was flooded multiple times during the winter storms is just a few months away from reopening. 

    The Glenridding Hotel was heavily featured in media reports at the time when the Glenridding Beck burst its banks five times in the space of a month.

    One of the hotel's managers is Selina Ali: 

    Quote Message: The river was basically ripping right through our lower levels. We were the river basically. All the lower levels completely destroyed. We're very much on track for a September reopening."
    The Glenridding Hotel
    Image caption: The Glenridding Hotel
  14. Map reading skills 'could reduce Mountain Rescue callouts'

    The authority which runs the Lake District National Park says there's been an increase in demand for places on courses it runs to teach people the skills they need to use a map and compass.

    The Lake District National Park Authority also says there's been an increase in the number of women looking to learn navigation skills.

    Tim Duckmanton leads the navigation sessions for the authority:

    Quote Message: I think learning how to use a map and compass that doesn't run out of batteries for example is an invaluable skill."
    Langdale Fell

    About 1 in 5 incidents that the Langdale-Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team was called out to in the last year was down to a problem with navigation.

    Nick Owen is the team leader at the Langdale-Ambleside Mountain Rescue team: 

    Quote Message: I think it's great. As well as being a useful skill, it's actually a good thing to do. It's far more satisfying. There's nothing wrong with using sat-navs and apps ... if they fail for any reason you've got something to fall back on. A map can take a huge amount of information about the landscape that you can draw on."
  15. Sport: No second attempt for forward Matt Rhead by Barrow

    Paul Newton

    Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

    Barrow won't be making a second attempt to sign Lincoln City forward Matt Rhead this summer, BBC Radio Cumbria Sport understands. 

    Lincoln denied speculation yesterday that the Bluebirds had made a second attempt to sign the player after a five-figure bid had been turned down last season. 

    A highly-placed source at Holker Street has described the speculation as "very unlikely".

  16. All six Cumbrian MPs sign EU remain letter

    Cumbria's six MPs have signed an open letter to show their support for Britain remaining a part of the European Union. 

    They say that EU membership supports the county's economic prosperity.

    MPs Sue Hayman, Tim Farron, Rory Stewart, John Woodcock, Jamie Reed, John Stevenson

    The open letter has been signed by: 

    • Labour MP for Workington, Sue Hayman
    • Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron
    • Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart
    • Labour MP for Barrow and Furness, John Woodcock
    • Labour MP for Copeland, Jamie Reed and;
    • Conservative MP for Carlisle, John Stevenson

    In the letter, the MPs say that Cumbria will benefit from more than £9m of rural and agricultural development funding from the European Union over the next five years. 

    It leaves the county without a single MP in favour of leaving the European Union.

    Three of our region's MEPs, UKIP's Paul Nuttall, Louise Bours and Stephen Woolfe, want the UK to leave the European Union. 

    Here's all you need to know about the EU Referendum.

  17. New office for Church of England in Cumbria

    The Diocese of Carlisle has opened its new offices outside of the city. 

    The Church of England in Cumbria's headquarters have moved from West Walls in Carlisle to Friargate in Penrith.

    Diocese of Carlisle new offices in Penrith

    The building was opened and blessed by the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev'd James Newcomb:

    "To my knowledge discussions about a move to Penrith have been going on for at least ten years, if not more."

    "It's great for us to be based here in Penrith on a number of levels."

    "There's greater accessibility to the whole of the rest of the diocese."

    "It was wonderful to have had an office in Carlisle but those people travelling from the south of the county were faced with much longer journeys."

  18. The cleanup after Appleby Horse Fair nearly complete

    Here's BBC Radio Cumbria reporter John Bowness up on the top of Fair Hill in Appleby.

    It's as the final cleanup is nearly over after tens of thousands visited the town for the annual horse fair.

    The event is one of the biggest for the traveller community in the UK. 

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