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  1. Updates on Wednesday 31 May 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Our updates for today have now come to an end. Here's a reminder of what we covered:

    We'll be back here tomorrow from 08:00 with more of the county's news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    If you've got a story to tell or photo to share you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

    Have a good evening.

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    Severe accident: A590 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A590 Cumbria both ways severe accident, after A592 affecting B5278.

    A590 Cumbria - A590 in Newby Bridge partially blocked and queuing traffic after Newby Bridge Roundabout, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion to the B5278 junction.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. 'Like having a 95-year-old teenager in the house'

    A couple in their 90s have tied the knot in Cumbria to show you can find love at any age.

    Margaret Husband, 95, and Bernard Brice, 93, got married in Gosforth.

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    Video caption: Couple aged 95 and 93 tie the knot in Cumbria
  4. Could the Lake District join the Taj Mahal and Great Barrier Reef?

    BBC North West Tonight

    In the next few weeks, we'll find out if the Lake District will be the first UK national park to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

    Here's a video that explains what that would mean for people living and farming in the Lakes and why some conservationists don't want the national park to be recognised as it is:

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    Severe accident: A595 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A595 Cumbria both ways severe accident, at Park Drive.

    A595 Cumbria - A595 Loop Road South in Whitehaven blocked and slow traffic in both directions at the Park Drive junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. Your photos: Blue skies over Derwentwater

    Derwentwater from Crow Park

    Usually this is a showcase for your pictures of the county, but this picture sent in by BBC Radio Cumbria reporter Ben Maeder (on his day off, mind) is too good not to share.

    Here's how he spent part of the afternoon at Crow Park overlooking Derwentwater.

    If you've got a photo to share, you can email us, get in touch on Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

  7. Penrith candidates tussle over transport issues

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Candidates have been talking about a lack of public transport in the Penrith and the Border constituency during a debate recorded for BBC Radio Cumbria.

    A number of bus services have ceased to run around Penrith and the Eden Valley since Cumbria County Council stopped subsidising buses in 2014.

    According to the Labour candidate Lola McEvoy, devolving more power to local government would help. She said she'd like to see: "more autonomy so that decisions can be made by local people about where to invest in local transport routes"

    Quote Message: They [Cumbria County Council] have over £200m a year to spend and this Labour-run council could have chosen to support rural buses. It chose instead to support other things with its money. from Rory Stewart Conservative candidate, Penrith and the Border.
    Rory StewartConservative candidate, Penrith and the Border.

    Neil Hughes, the Liberal Democrat candidate, wants money to be ringfenced to protect local services and said: "Where we need the subsidy is for our rural areas and particularly Eden Valley. I'd also like dedicated funding for young people travelling to school or college."

    Bus stop in Cumbria
    Quote Message: We need to be looking at ways that people can get about that doesn't involve any kind of burning of fossil fuels so cycling, walking. We also would like to make public transport free for young people. from Doug Lawson Green Party candidate, Penrith and the Border
    Doug LawsonGreen Party candidate, Penrith and the Border

    UKIP candidate Kerryanne Wilde said that her party wants to form transport partnerships between the public, private and third sector and that just promoting walking and cycling isn't enough. She said: "The idea of walking and cycling is fantastic but I live in Shap and I'm sorry, but there's no way that I could walk or cycle to Penrith for work every day and back. It's just not manageable."

    Quote Message: We're getting an older population and people are finding it harder to travel. I recently spoke to someone from Shap that's having to move into Penrith, having to sell their home that they've lived in all their life. from Jonathan Davies Independent candidate, Penrith and the Border
    Jonathan DaviesIndependent candidate, Penrith and the Border

    Hear the full debate again from 18:00 on BBC Radio Cumbria or on BBC iPlayer Radio.

  8. Weather: Dry and clear with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    A few clouds developing across Cumbria but warm with sunny spells for all.

    Highs of 19C (66F).

    Afternoon weather for Penrith
  9. 'More work needed to boost Cumbrian town centres at night'

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Traders from across the county have told BBC Cumbria that not enough people are coming into town centres in the evening and at night.

    It's in line with research done by Lancaster University Management School which found that Kendal was "ghostly" after 18:00.

    Cumbrian business owners Dan Harding and Simon Haslam spoke to BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller this morning:

    Quote Message: The trade's still there but it seems to be a lot more sporadic. People just don't seem to be going out in the evenings quite as frequently as they used to." from Dan Harding Chairman, Penrith Business Improvement District
    Dan HardingChairman, Penrith Business Improvement District
    Quote Message: I've found maybe people used to go out once or twice a week, maybe only go out once a month nowadays." from Simon Haslam Owner, Waterfront restaurant and bar in Whitehaven
    Simon HaslamOwner, Waterfront restaurant and bar in Whitehaven
  10. Cyclist taken to hospital with serious injuries after Carlisle crash

    A 36-year-old man from Carlisle has been taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries during a collision between his bicycle and a car in the city.

    Police had been called to the roundabout between Norfolk Road and St James Street just after 08:45 this morning following the crash.

    Cumbria Police says the 56-year-old woman driving the car, a purple Ford Fiesta, was uninjured.

    The man has been taken to the Cumberland Infirmary.

    Both Norfolk Street and St James Street have now reopened.

  11. Watch: Workington candidates on their top priorities

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    In the run up to the General Election on Thursday 8 June, BBC Radio Cumbria is holding six election debates with the candidates running in each of the county's constituencies.

    Before each debate, I've been asking the candidates to tell me their number one issue for their area during a Facebook Live video.

    Here's what some of the candidates running in Workington told me earlier:

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    There's a full list of candidates running in Workington on the BBC News website.

    You'll be able to hear the full debate tomorrow morning on BBC Radio Cumbria from 09:00.

  12. Cumbria town's nightlife 'needs a boost'

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Traders have been telling BBC Radio Cumbria that they think fewer people are coming into the county's town centres to go into pubs, bars or restaurants.

    Last week, research carried out by Lancaster University found that Kendal was missing out on economic benefits because the town turned 'ghostly' after 18:00.

    We asked some Cumbrians if they have noticed a difference when spending a night out in town:

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    Video caption: A study has found that the night time economy isn't doing as well as it could in Kendal
  13. Two men charged in connection with Barrow stabbing

    Two men have been charged in connection with a stabbing on Middle Cliff in Barrow on Bank Holiday Monday.

    A man, aged 33, of Barrow has been charged with wounding with intent.

    A 29-year-old, also from Barrow, has been charged with threatening a person in a public place with a weapon and, after further investigation, possession with intent to supply at controlled Class A drug.

    They're due to appear before magistrates in Barrow today.

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    Severe accident: A591 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A591 Cumbria both ways severe accident, at A5074 Elleray Road.

    A591 Cumbria - Very slow traffic on A591 in Windermere at the A5074 Elleray Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  15. Egremont man charged in connection with Workington bank holiday robbery

    Cumbria Police have charged a man in connection with a shop robbery in Workington on bank holiday Monday.

    The man, 22 and from Egremont, was charged last night with robbery, possession of an offensive weapon and assaulting a police officer.

    He is expected to appear before magistrates later today.

  16. Police called to serious crash in Carlisle

    Norfolk Street and St James Road in Carlisle will be closed "for quite some time" following a serious crash earlier this morning, according to Cumbria Police.

    The force said officers were called to a collision on Norfolk Street just after 08:45 this morning.

    Drivers are being diverted along Richardson Street.

    We'll update you as we get more information about this.

    Junction of Norfolk Street, Norfolk Road and St James Street in Carlisle
  17. Potential Penrith MPs debate the future of the NHS

    The Conservative candidate for Penrith and the Border has defended his party's plans for spending on the NHS during a debate recorded for BBC Radio Cumbria in the constituency.

    Rory Stewart said that the party didn't intend to spend as much as other parties because it wants to rebuild the economy: "We don't think that at the moment borrowing more and taxing more is going to be in the interests of the NHS and education."

    Labour's Lola McEvoy criticised the Conservative party's proposals to defer social care payments until after death:

    Quote Message: People don't want to see their houses brought into the debate when they've worked hard to make sure they have something to pass on to the next generation." from Lola McEvoy Labour candidate, Penrith and the Border.
    Lola McEvoyLabour candidate, Penrith and the Border.

    Liberal Democrat candidate Neil Hughes says his party would try to overturn the decision to remove beds from cottage hospitals at Alston, Wigton and Maryport, adding: "Although I'd like to see our community hospitals remain viable and I wouldn't be able to change things unless my party were the government."

    The Green Party's candidate was also critical of the Cumbria Success Regime:

    Quote Message: This is the problem that we see time and time again with the old-fashioned politics that we've got where everything runs as a business. You can't take £22bn out of something and expect it to carry on running the same way. from Doug Lawson Green Party candidate, Penrith and the Border
    Doug LawsonGreen Party candidate, Penrith and the Border

    The candidate for UKIP, Kerryanne Wilde, says that the NHS needs more staff and that her party would take on 20,000 nurses and 10,000 GPs under a new plan " giving them free university. They would then sign up to stay with the NHS and not leave".