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  1. Updates on Wednesday 28 June 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Our updates have now ended for the day.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with the news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria.

Here's a recap of today's main stories:

If you've got any stories or photos to share in the meantime, let us know by sending us an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

Historic racing trophy arrives ahead of meet

Here's an update on today's Carlisle Bell and Cumberland Plate meeting today at Carlisle Racecourse.

This is what the runners raced for in the 15:30 Carlisle Bell Handicap.

They're not for keeps though, as they'll be heading back to the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket as one of the main exhibits in the 'Under Starter's Orders' exhibition.

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Government response to Cumbrian foodbank claims over benefit changes

Earlier, we told you that some Cumbrian foodbanks say they've been seeing increases in demand due to changes in the benefit system, including the introduction of Universal Credit.

King's Foodbank in Kendal said that more than half of its referrals last month were related to benefits 'in one form or another' with some depending on food parcels during a six week break to transfer on to Universal Credit.

Well, in a statement the Department for Welfare and Pensions told BBC Cumbria that the reasons people use food banks are complex "so it's misleading to link them to any one issue".

We know that work is the best route out of poverty and employment is at a record high in the North West. Universal Credit is designed to mirror the world of work and the vast majority of claimants are confident in managing their money. But for those who need extra support, we provide a strong safety net through the welfare system, including hardship payments, benefit advances and budgeting loans.

SpokesmanDepartment for Work and Pensions

Barrow foodbank supplies running low

Some Cumbrian foodbanks say they're desperately low on supplies because of an increase in demand.

Barrow Foodbank has seen demand increase by 30%.

Volunteers believe they're within months of completely running out of food, despite no let up in donations

Supplies at Barrow foodbank running low

Man injured after falling from truck

A man has been taken to hospital after falling from a truck in Barrow.

The North West Ambulance service said it was called just before 14:00 to Bridge Road in the town, after a man in his mid 40s suffered head and chest injuries.

An air ambulance was also called but the man, who was conscious, was taken to Furness General Hospital by land ambulance.

The ambulance service said they had initially been told the fall was from a crane.

Sport: 8/1 Dance King takes away Cumberland Plate

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

One of the big races of today's Bell and Plate meeting at Carlisle Racecourse has been decided.

Dance King ridden by Paul Mulrennan has won the 15:00 Cumberland Plate Handicap to cap an opening treble for the jockey.

  1. 8/1 Dance King
  2. 12/1 Fleeting Visit
  3. 16/1 Chancery

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Shelves are bare in South Cumbrian foodbank

We've been telling you how some Cumbrian foodbanks are reporting an increase in demand which they've put down to changes in the benefits system.

In a statement, the government has said that it's misleading to link the use of foodbanks to any one issue as the reasons behind them are complex.

Here's an update from our Furness reporter Neil Smith who visited Barrow Foodbank for the story.

He found empty shelves due to the higher demand as the group tries hard to restock its supplies.

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Carnageo wins the Carlisle Bell

Another result from Carlisle Racecourse this afternoon

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Korean nuclear firm to be 'long-term partner' in Moorside power plant project

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Jong-hyuck Park, of Kepco
CN Group

A senior executive of the Korean company long-rumoured to be interested in Cumbria's proposed nuclear new build has said the firm will be a "long-term partner" in the project.

Your pictures: Cloudy skies over Cumbria

The weather may be a little on the dull and wet side but that hasn't deterred people from getting out with their cameras.

The BBC 's Weather Watchers have been taking some beautiful pictures showing some dramatic skies.

Weather Watcher Robin took this photo in Allonby and below that one of Ambleside taken by Ambleside Maggie.

Ambleside Maggie

Korean firm confirms talks to buy stake in Moorside developer

A state-owned Korean firm says it's in talks to buy a stake in the consortium developing the proposed Moorside nuclear power station.

Kepco's chief nuclear officer Jong-hyuck Park told delegates at the Nuclear New Build 2017 conference in London that his company was in negotiations with NuGen's parent company Toshiba to take a share in the Moorside project.

In a statement, NuGen told BBC Cumbria: "That NuGen's shareholder Toshiba is in discussions with a range of parties in relation to the sale of its shareholding in NuGen."

David Fitzpatrick

National League club Barrow sign winger David Fitzpatrick following his release by AFC Wimbledon.

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Weather: Heavy and persistent rain this afternoon

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

Rain will spread northwards to become heavier and more persistent through the afternoon.

Highs between 13C and 15C (up to 59F)

Here's the full forecast:

Weather: North East and Cumbria

Get the latest forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

Cumbrians will ask questions about DUP deal, says former Tory Party chair

BBC Politics

Theresa May is facing her first Prime Minister's Questions against Jeremy Corbyn since the election.

She's likely to face questions over the deal she's struck with the Democratic Unionist Party to allow the Conservatives to form a minority government.

It will see the DUP support the government on key votes, in return for a extra £1bn for Northern Ireland.

But the arrangement has been described as a "bung" by former Conservative Party Chair Lord Patten:

If you're in Scotland or Wales or Cumbria or the North East, you're doubtless saying to yourself if they can have that cash why can't we? I mean all the figures suggest that Northern Ireland, it may need more, the rest of the country may need more but it obviously gets more public spending that other places.

Lord PattenFormer Conservative Party chairman

Kendal foodbank says majority of referrals last month were because of benefits

More on the story that some Cumbrian foodbanks are reporting increases in demand and putting it down to changes in the welfare system, especially benefits payments.

King's Foodbank serves the Kendal area and says that demand is up 40% year-on-year.

60% of which were benefit related in one form or another. It could be that people are having to wait six weeks break between transferring from one benefit to Universal Credit or there could be other benefit related reasons.

Linda SutherlandManager, King's Foodbank in Kendal

Historic Cumbrian race meeting gets underway

The highlight of the Cumbrian horse racing season, the Carlisle Bell and Cumberland Plate meeting, will begin later.

Carlisle Racecourse says it expects more than 5,000 racegoers for the seven-race card from 14:00.

The Carlisle Bell Handicap begins at 15:30 with 17 runners competing for a prize that's thought to be one of the oldest sporting trophies in the world.

The Cumberland Plate Handicap takes place shortly before at 15:00.

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Police find body in search for missing man from Kendal

A body has been found in Lancashire during the search for a man who had gone missing from Kendal.

John Williamson was last seen at Burneside railway station yesterday.

Officers say that the death is not believed to be suspicious and that they are liaising with the missing man's family.

Cumbrian foodbanks blame rising demand blamed on benefits changes

Foodbank re-packs parcels for donation
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Changes in welfare payments are being blamed by some of the county's foodbanks for an increase in demand for emergency food.

One foodbank, King's Foodbank in Kendal, reports that demand is up 40% when compared to the same time last year.

Other Cumbrian foodbanks have told BBC Cumbria:

  • Barrow Foodbank has seen demand increase by 30%
  • Carlisle Foodbank says it has had "a lot more families" coming to it for help, and often because of the cap on total household benefits.
  • North Lakes Foodbank says that year on year demand is marginally down on the previous year.

In a statement, the Department for Welfare and Pensions said: "Reasons for food bank use are complex so it's misleading to link them to any one issue."

Your photos: Rain over Haile

BBC Weather Watchers

Flowers seen through a rainy window
Cumbrian Stargazer

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Cumbrian Stargazer' for sharing this photo of yesterday's weather in Haile near Egremont.

Unfortunately, it seems like we've got a similar day in store today, so no return of the Summer weather just yet.

Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for today

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 6C.
  • Winds: Strong east or northeasterly, opccasionally gusting gale force at 55mph.
  • Cloud: Widespread cloud 2,000ft (600m), occasionally down to 650ft (200m) at times.
  • Visibility: Moderate or poor, locally good in the southwest.
  • Freezing level: Well above the tops.

Lake District Weatherline also has information updated daily about the conditions on the county's felltops.

Weather: A dull start to a wet day

BBC Weather

A largely dull start and it will stay that way for most of the day as persistent rain arrives.

A strengthening breeze with make it feel chilly, especially on the hills.

Highs of 15C (59F)

Morning outlook for Penrith

Get the latest forecast for where you live with BBC Weather.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning.

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