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  1. 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.

  2. 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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  3. 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".

    Quote Message: 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. from Spokesman Department for Work and Pensions
    SpokesmanDepartment for Work and Pensions
  4. 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

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    Video caption: Supplies at Barrow foodbank running low
  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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.

  9. 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."

  10. 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:

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    Video caption: Weather: North East and Cumbria

    Get the latest forecast for your area with BBC Weather.

  11. 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:

    Quote Message: 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. from Lord Patten Former Conservative Party chairman
    Lord PattenFormer Conservative Party chairman
  12. 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.

    Quote Message: 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. from Linda Sutherland Manager, King's Foodbank in Kendal
    Linda SutherlandManager, King's Foodbank in Kendal
  13. 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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