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  1. Thursday 4 May 2017

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  1. As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, travel reports, weather forecasts and the occasional other nugget, for today.  Here are some of the main points:

    Polling in the county council elections continues until 22:00, and we'll bring you the results from early tomorrow, along with the rest of the news, weather forecasts and the rest.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Cool and dry overnight

    BBC Weather

    Dry conditions will persist overnight with some patchy cloud and clear spells. 

    It will stay breezy, but there may be a touch of frost in some sheltered spots. 

    Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F)

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest weather forecast for where you are here.

  3. Wheelchair basketball player picked for Team GB

    Nathaniel Pattinson, who plays with the CWSC Panthers basketball team, has been picked to play for Great Britain in the under 23 world championships in Toronto in June.

    Nathaniel, who's 21, has played wheelchair basketball since he was 12 for the Cumbrian team. The Panthers hold the National division One Basketball title.

    Nathaniel Pattinson
  4. Kirsten finds the cloud beneath the silver lining...

    Kirsten Shaw regularly tweets about walking, running and wild swimming in Lakeland.

    She is though, sensitive to the jealousy of friends who are stuck at work elsewhere in the country...

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  5. Man given suspended sentence for downloading child porn

    A man who downloaded scores of indecent pictures of children, some in the most serious category, has voluntarily sought specialist help, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

    David Ogilvie, 63, of Housesteads Road in Carlisle, was said to be disgusted with himself. He'd previously admitted four charges involving 161 images.

    The court was told he was previously of good character

    Judge Peter Hughes suspended a 16-month jail term for two years and imposed a rehabilitation requirement and a £5,000 fine. 

  6. Appeal for sightings of 'vanishing' vole

    People in Cumbria are being encouraged to keep a look out for water voles. 

    The People's Trust for Endangered Species says that numbers have been dropping in the last 30 years because of a loss of habitat, pollution and the introduction of the predatory American Mink. 

    The charity wants people to get in touch with any sightings.

    Water vole
  7. Double-booking shunts Sunday football final to Whitehaven

    The Cumberland FA's Sunday cup final this weekend been moved to Whitehaven after the original venue, Gillford Park in Carlisle, said it was double-booked.

    The match, between Arroyo Arms and Salutation, both Carlisle teams, kicks off at 11:00.

    The Cumberland FA chief executive, Ben Snowdon, said they'd done their best to find a closer venue, but would be paying the travel expenses for both clubs and entry would be free.

  8. Museum remembers the Dambusters engineer who started in Barrow

    A new exhibition looking at the life of engineer Sir Barnes Wallis, who started his career at Barrow working on aviation, has been created at the Dock Museum in the town.

    The museum and the charity, The Barnes Wallis Foundation, have been given £16,000 of lottery money to put the project together. 

    Barnes Wallis

    The exhibition will look at his work, his life and how his work is still relevant today. 

  9. Cyclist hurt in ice cream van crash

    A cyclist was flown to hospital with serious injuries this morning after an accident involving an ice cream van.

    It happened at about 09:00 at Hill Fall in Ulverston. The A5087 was closed for several hours after the accident.

    Police say the man's now being treated in the Royal Preston Hospital. His injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening.

  10. Travel: Four car crash slows Penrith motorway junction traffic

    BBC News Travel

    A collision involving four cars at the Skirsgill interchange above junction 40 on the M6 is causing delays on the A66.

  11. Roadworks delayed to keep the road open to voters

    Overnight work to resurface the main road through Garsdale, which was due to start at 20:00 this evening, has been delayed for three hours because it would have delayed voters getting to a polling station in the village hall.

    A county highways official said some electors might have faced a lengthy diversion to get around the road closure.

    Voting in the county council elections is due to continue until 22:00.

  12. Dog walker rescued after pet pulls him down banking

    A 63-year-old walker has been rescued after his dog pulled him down a bank near the boathouse on Crummock lake shore.

    Volunteers from the Cockermouth mountain rescue team were called and treated him for leg, arm and head injuries before helping him to an ambulance.

    Crummock Water
  13. Call for more volunteers to aid emergency services on night-time streets

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Cumbria's emergency services are extending the use of volunteers to ease the burden of night time revellers. 

    Street angels

    New figures show the night time economy accounts for half of all calls to the police on some town centre streets; in Barrow, where a new scheme's being set up, almost all these incidents are in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings.   

    The project is recruiting "Street Angels", similar to the Street Pastors who patrol in Carlisle's main streets and Whitehaven, but those taking part do not have to be Christians.

    They'll offer help to people who are distressed, the worse for wear, or simply need a pair of flip-flops to walk home because they're too drunk to manage in the high heels they set out in.

    There's a meeting this evening in Barrow, but those attending have to register in advance.

  14. Nurses in night attire to push campaign

    Nurses and other medical staff in Cumbria's hospitals have been in pyjamas rather than uniforms today, as part of a campaign to encourage patients not to spend too long in bed.

    It is thought some patients become bed-ridden simply because they don't get mobile as soon as possible after treatment.

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  15. Listen: Tragic family raises funds for suicide charities

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    The family of a Brampton woman who took her own life has been describing how it wants to help other families experiencing the same heartache. 

    Eden Finney was just 19 at the time of her death last June.

    A number of fundraising events - including a Butterfly Ball this summer - are taking place to raise money for charities such as Mind and Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, also known as SOBS. 

    John Brown, from the Carlisle branch of SOBS, told BBC Radio Cumbria that it can be extremely difficult for families to come to terms with loss through suicide.

    You can hear the interviews with Mike Zeller at Breakfast here.

  16. Your pictures: The time when the woodland floor turns blue

    Martin Lewes


    It's the height of the bluebell season, and Allan Smith was kind enough to send us this picture from Dovecote Woods at Muncaster Castle.


    Next on the woodland stage will be the wild garlic, with its white flowers and smell like an Italian restaurant.

    If you want to share a photo with the county, you can email them to ussend them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.        

  17. Cumbria's weather: Sunny and warm out of the wind

    BBC Weather

    It'll be sunny but with a keen northeasterly breeze. In shelter, it will feel warm with temperatures rising to 15C (59F).

    Weather graphic showing unbroken sunshine

    You can see the latest weather forecast for where you are, here.

  18. Sellafield may be Prince Philip's final official stop in Cumbria

    The Duke of Edinburgh, who's just announced he will stop public visits this autumn, was last on official duty in Cumbria last year, with a private tour of Sellafield (pictured).

    Duke meets workers at Sellafield

    In 2008 there was a public visit when, along with the Queen, he visited a number of locations including the Beacon Museum at Whitehaven.

    For many years the Duke was a regular competitor at the Lowther Carriage Driving Trials, but these were always seen as private and personal visits.

    It is not known whether any more trips to Cumbria are planned over the next few months.