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Summary

  1. Voting under way across the region
  2. How festival drug tests prompted one in five to ditch their fix
  3. News camera crews in Kendal polling station scuffle
  4. Horse fair opens with high water threatening river washing tradition
  5. Updates on Thursday 8 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other nuggets for today. Here are some of the main points:

    We'll be here through the night to keep you up to date with the election results as they come in, and through tomorrow with any remaining results, and reactions.

    If you have a photograph you'd like to share, or you have news you think we should know, you can email us, tweet, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Man, 34, badly hurt in Barrow assault

    Police say they're trying to gather information an attack in Barrow which left a man with a serious head injury.

    The assault happened at the junction of William Street and Cavendish Street at about 04:30 on Sunday, and detectives have just appealed for witnesses.

    The victim, who's 36 and from Middlesbrough, is still in the Royal Preston Hospital.

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  3. Cumbria's weather: A clear night with showers later

    BBC Weather

    It should be a mild night with clear and dry spells but also more showers, which could become frequent and heavy in the early hours.

    Minimum temperature 11C (52F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Paul's smile as England youngsters bowl over Italy for place in final

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Paul Simpson, the former Carlisle manager, has seen his England Under-20 through to the World Cup final with a 3-1 win over Italy in South Korea.

    They meet Venezuela on Sunday.

    Paul Simpson
  5. Appleby caravan numbers 'slightly down' as fair rolls in

    The numbers of Gypsies and travellers at Appleby Fair are slightly down this year on last, according to the co-ordinating group.

    Bowtops

    Dr Robin Hooper, who chairs the group, said there were 118 horse-drawn bowtops and 375 modern caravans on Fair Hill, compared to 375 caravans and 119 bowtops at the same time last year.

    Local people have mixed views about the fair: Local businesses often make a large part of their annual profit during the event, but other Appleby residents stay in their homes or stay elsewhere.

    Quote Message: If we've got nice weather for the fair it can be four or five-fold for the takings." from Susan Sowerby Appleby Bakery
    Susan SowerbyAppleby Bakery
  6. Hannah lets the landscape speak through her poems

    Caz Graham

    Reporter

    Hannah Fraser and her husband Rob make a country living in and around the southern Lake District, helping local farmers and writing.

    This morning Hannah featured on Farming Today on BBC Radio 4 and you can hear her reading one of her poems here.

    Hannah Fraser
  7. 'Reassurance' brings armed police patrols to Appleby

    The police operation for Appleby Fair will include more visibly armed officers than usual this year, but the officers in command say it's not because of any specific threat to the event.

    Temporary Chief Supt Mark Pannone says: "We have increased certain patrols, and we have increased armed patrols but that's not because of Appleby itself, it's supporting the wider national reassurance campaign that's going on."

    Armed police at fair
  8. Horses get traditional Appleby wash as clouds loom again

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    One of the big attractions at Appleby Fair is watching Gypsies washing the horses they're hoping to sell, in the River Eden.

    But with the river levels higher than usual, the authorities have closed access to the water once and threatened to do it again since, so police are keeping a cautious eye on proceedings (and do tell us if they really did a sun dance!).

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  9. Power firm puts the lights back on for 16,000

    Electricity North west says it's dealt with power cuts affecting 16,000 customers across the North west as unseasonally high winds have affected the region this week.

    An area near Settle was worst affected with 4,700 homes cut off on Tuesday evening, but the company says there were other problems in Cumbria and Lancashire.

    Electricity pole and trees

    The firm say much of the damage was done by branches and other debris being blown into equipment.

  10. City's troubled school is making grade, say inspectors

    A Carlisle school that's been put in special measures twice says it's now been rated "good" by inspectors.

    Richard rose Central Academy

    Richard Rose Central Academy has been heavily criticised in the past for inadequate teaching standards, unruly pupils, and poor management.

    It was taken over by a national organisation, United Learning, in 2013 and came out of special measures two years later.

    Now the school says its latest Ofsted report, which will be published tomorrow, shows it's improved enough to be classed as good.

  11. Three held after van driver robbed in Wigton

    Three men have been arrested after a van driver was robbed at knifepoint in Wigton.

    It happened while the driver was parked in Station Road at about 05:30 this morning.

    A bag was taken from the van; police haven't said what was in it but say the contents were worth about £100.

  12. Bomb hoax caller is jailed for two years

    A man who made threatening calls including a bomb hoax while on a drinking binge after leaving prison has been sent back into custody for two years.

    Andrew Bell

    Andrew Bell, 40, threatened to harm police and himself as he made 999 calls from a phone box in central Carlisle.

    Bell was in breach of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order; he admitted that and two other breaches at Carlisle Crown Court.

    Judge Peter Hughes QC said of the bomb threat: "In the present climate in this country any such hoax has to be taken extremely seriously."

  13. Cumbria's weather: Sunshine moving in

    BBC Weather

    Rain will ease later in the morning and skies will brighten up by afternoon. There may be a few heavy and perhaps thundery showers, most likely on the Lake District Fells. Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F)

    Weather graphic

    One of Cumbria's best-known farmers, James Rebanks, will be pleased.

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

  14. Watch: News crews scuffle outside Kendal polling station

    Party leaders tend to get more than a little media attention on polling day.

    The Fleet Street and TV "pack" apparently found it a bit of a squeeze as they tried to get a shot of the Liberal Democrat candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, at a polling station.

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    Video caption: Media fight outside polling station

    It's understood no one was hurt at the incident, which happened at a hotel being used for voting.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, at J36 for A590.

    M6 Cumbria - Two lanes closed on M6 northbound at J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale), because of a police incident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  16. Water in the works stops talking newspaper

    The talking version of the Whitehaven News won't be available this week, for the first time in 25 years.

    A leaky roof has flooded the paper's office.