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  1. Updates on Wednesday 22 June 2016

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Tonight's weather: Showers may move into south east

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight it will be staying mostly dry, with some clear spells.

There is a chance some showery rain could push into south-eastern parts of the region during the evening.

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Divers join search for missing man

Police divers have joined the search for a man who was seen jumping into the River Eden in Carlisle.

They're concentrating on an area around Eden Bridges in the city and towards the Solway with the help of the fire service and mountain rescue teams.

Cumbria Police says members of the public reported seeing a man in his 20s standing on the bridge before he jumped into the water.

Your photos: Striking sunrise in South Cumbria

BBC Weather Watchers

Wow look at the sky this morning in Baycliff, South Cumbria. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Kev' for this photograph.

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Orange sky

Weather: Today's fells forecast

If you're thinking about heading out on to the fells today, here's today's fells forecast:

  • Temperatures at 3,000 feet: About 8C (46F)
  • Winds: Fresh southwesterly, gusts 35mph, moderating later. 
  • Cloud: Areas of cloud around 1600 feet (500m). 
  • Visibility: Good, locally moderate in any rain and poor in hill fog. 
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.

Dog walker foils drugs deal in Carlisle

A dog walker unwittingly foiled an attempt by two men to collect cocaine that had been left in a remote location, Carlisle Crown Court has heard.

The package, with a street value of about £14,500, was found by the dog walker who handed it in to the police. 

When officers went to the site, near Linstock, they found Matthew Scott and Thomas Reynolds looking for the cocaine which had been left for them in a jelly bean jar. 

Both pleaded guilty to attempting to possess, with the intention of supplying, the cocaine. 

Scott, 28, from Hallin Crescent in Carlisle, is a convicted robber and was sent to prison for 18 months. Reynolds, 26, from Brookside Place, also in Carlisle, was also given an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years.

BreakingMidfielder Jones becomes Carlisle United's seventh summer signing

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Midfielder Mike Jones has become Carlisle United's seventh summer signing, arriving on a two-year deal from Oldham Athletic.

The 28-year-old central midfielder has also had spells with Tranmere, Bury, Sheffield Wednesday and Crawley.

His signing follows the arrivals of Nicky Adams, Russell Penn, Joe McKee, Reggie Lambe, Jamie Devitt and Shaun Miller at Brunton Park since the end of last season. 

New signing Mike Jones (right) with Carlisle's Head of Recruitment, Lee Dykes

Red kite reintroduction a 'qualified success'

Six years after red kites were reintroduced to Cumbria, experts say a breeding population has not yet been established.

The red kites that were re-introduced into Cumbria have produced chicks this year - but experts say it's only a 'qualified success'. 

Ninety birds of prey were released into Grizedale Forest in South Cumbria over three years from 2010.  So far, only two pairs are nesting.  

It's not yet clear why so few of the 90 red kites released in the county have returned here to breed.

Red kite

Your photos: Tranquil lake

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Cragrat' from Grasmere for this photograph he took this morning.

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Plans to release lynx in Cumbria abandoned

A scheme to allow a wild cat - the lynx - to roam in Cumbria have been abandoned. 

The charity Lynx UK Trust says the county's forests aren't large enough to support a population of Lynx. 

Kielder Forest in Northumberland and two locations in Scotland are still being considered for a possible reintroduction next year.


Woman taken to hospital by helicopter after fall on the fells

A woman was taken to hospital after falling while walking below Red Pike at Buttermere. 

The Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out yesterday to help the 45-year-old. 

She was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle in a helicopter.

Lunchtime weather: Cloudy with hazy sun, feeling humid

BBC Weather

Variable cloud lingering for much of the day, however we could see more in the way of hazy sun this afternoon. 

As we make our way into the early evening we should start to see breaks in the cloud and sunny spells but it will feel increasingly humid. Highs of 19C (66F).

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

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Thousands expected at races for Carlisle Bell and Cumberland Plate

Thousands of people are expected at Carlisle Racecourse today for the highlight of the county's horse racing calendar - the Carlisle Bell and Cumberland Plate. 

More than £130,000 of prize money is on offer and the Bell is the oldest racing prize in Britain. 

It's usually kept at Tullie House in Carlisle but will be on display at today's event.

Carlisle racecourse
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Midwife dismissed for 'failings' over baby's death at Furness Hospital

A midwife has been sacked in connection with the death of a baby at a troubled Cumbria hospital three months ago.

The baby died at Furness General Hospital which was investigated following the deaths of 11 babies and a mother between 2004 and 2013.

The Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust said the actions of the midwife fell "fundamentally below acceptable standards".

Furness General Hospital

Concerns raised over steel pension plan

The lifeboat scheme that protects pensions when a company fails has raised concerns over a government plan for steel workers' pensions.

The government believes a £485m pension deficit has been deterring potential buyers of Tata Steel's UK business, putting 10,000 jobs at risk.

Now, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has warned that such plans held big risks for other pension savers.

Steel protest

Royal visit for flood volunteers

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

People in Cumbria who helped flood victims during the December storms are meeting royalty today.

Members of Bay Search and Rescue were among the army of volunteers and first responders called upon to help, and today they'll be thanked in person by the Duke of Kent.

I went to visit them this morning as they prepared for the royal visit.

Bay Search and Rescue prepare for royal visit

This is the American Air Boat which they used on Ullswater during Storm Desmond - it was the first time it had been used away from the bay.

American Air Boat

This dummy horse is used for animal rescue training on the sands.

dummy horse

Rod Stewart: The morning after the night before

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

Rod Stewart entertained a crowd of about 16,000 at a concert at Carlisle United's Brunton Park ground last night - here's the scene this morning:

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EU Referendum: Leave and Remain clash in BBC Great Debate

If you missed the BBC's Great Debate last night, which saw leading names from both sides of the EU referendum trading blows at Wembley Arena, you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer here:

Update on search for man seen jumping into River Eden

Cumbria Police have released an update on the search for a man seen jumping into the River Eden.

They are working with fire and mountain rescue services to search the River Eden following a report of a man jumping from Eden Bridge shortly before midnight last night. The search is taking place from Eden Bridge towards Solway.

Members of the public saw a man, described as being in his 20s and wearing a dark hoodie and dark baseball cap, standing on the bridge. They tried to engage him in conversation however he jumped into the water. 

Police would like to hear from anyone who may know the man and are appealing for people who may have seen him on the bridge last night. Anyone with any information is asked to ring Cumbria Police on 101.

Midwife sacked after a baby died at Barrow's hospital

A midwife at Barrow's hospital has been sacked after an investigation into the death of a baby three months ago. 

It happened at the maternity unit at the Furness General Hospital, which has already been the subject of a major inquiry following the deaths of 11 babies and a mother between 2004 and 2013.

Furness General Hospital

The Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has issued a statement which says a "serious clinical incident" took place at the hospital in March. 

An independent investigation into what happened has been looking at whether there was anything that could have been done differently. 

Carlisle United's fixtures for 2016-17 released

Paul Newton

Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

Carlisle United will open their new LeagueTwo season with a trip to title favourites Portsmouth on 6 August.

They'll face another long trip on the final day when they round their season off with a 700-mile round trip to Exeter City.

United's first home game will be against another of the promotion favourites, Plymouth, on 13 August.

They have two away fixtures over Christmas week - at Crewe on Boxing Day and at Notts County on New Year's Eve.

You can see the full fixture list here.

Villagers asked to buy shares to reopen their local pub

People living in a village near Carlisle are being offered the chance to buy shares in their local pub. 

In 2003 Cumbria became the first place in the UK to see a community buy and run its own pub in Hesket Newmarket.

Today, people in Irthington are starting the same process to try to reopen the Salutation Inn as a community pub. 

The share offer is being made at the Irthington Village School tonight from 19:30. 

Salutation Inn

Weather: A dull start, then hazy sunshine

BBC Weather

A cloudy start to the day which will linger for some time. 

As the cloud starts to thin, we could see more in the way of hazy sun but we're unlikely to see those good spells of sunshine we had yesterday. 

As we make our way into late afternoon/early evening we will start to see more in the way of breaks in the cloud and sunny spells but it will start to feel increasingly humid. 

Highs of 19C (66F).

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

Weather graphic

Major search after man seen jumping into River Eden

A major search has been taking place in Carlisle after a man was seen jumping into the River Eden. 

The police, fire service and a helicopter have been searching the area around Eden Bridges. 

The man was described as wearing a black baseball hat and hoodie.

Travel: Road closure in Keswick

BBC Travel

Cumbria County Council has closed a section of the B5289 Borrowdale Road in Keswick from its junction with A5271 Main Street so they can carry out urgent repair works. 

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BBC Cumbria

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