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  1. Updates on Monday 3 July 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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.

    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. Burglar jailed after terrifying a Cumbrian pensioner in his own home

    A burglar who left a disabled West Cumbrian pensioner "terrified" by raiding his home while he was watching TV has been jailed.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard Nathaniel Joseph Rudd, 28, from Mercer Road, Prenton on the Wirral, walked into the 76-year-old's Cleator Moor flat in the early hours of 4 June while wearing socks over his hands.

    He rifled through drawers and took £150 in cash before escaping.

    Picture of Nathaniel Joseph Rudd

    When Rudd was later arrested, police found a bag of items he'd stolen, including two parking tickets he'd taken from cars he'd broken into.

    Rudd admitted one charge of burglary and four of theft. He was said to have little memory of what he'd done, having taken "a number of substances".

    By contrast, Judge Barbara Forrester heard Rudd's elderly burglary victim had been left feeling "terrified", "nervous" and "scared" in his own home.

    She sentenced him to three years in prison.

  3. Another fell top assessor being sought by national park

    The search has begun for a winter walking expert to complete the team of three who give first-hand weather updates and safety advice for Cumbrian fell-walkers during the winter months.

    A Lake District National Park Fell Top Assessor, heading up Helvellyn to assess the weather conditions

    The Lake District National Park says the job requires someone who holds a winter mountain leader qualification and a first aid certificate.

    From December to April the assessors walk up Helvellyn each day, to record weather readings and report on walking conditions. Their assessments are shared on the Lake District Weatherline service.

  4. Hoping that two swallows might have heard the proverb?

    The old saying is that "one swallow doesn't make a summer".

    But maybe two of them could lead to at least a few days of balmy weather?

    Two swallows perching on barbed wire

    This lovely picture of a pair of swallows was sent in by by Paul Grindley, who took it yesterday near Brampton.

  5. Allithwaite man found safe

    John Bowness

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

    Cumbria police say a man from South Cumbria who'd been reported missing over the weekend has been found safe.

    Officers had been trying to locate 41-year-old Robert Hodgson from Allithwaite on Sunday after he'd not been seen since Saturday morning.

    The police have thanked everyone who helped in their efforts to find Mr Hodgson.

  6. Cumbrian women encouraged to become sport coaches

    Cumbria's sports clubs say they would like more women to become coaches, and Cumbria County Council says just 30 percent of coaches in the county are women.

    Today, the "Pass on Your Passion" campaign is in Cumbria, which involves a giant relay baton travelling through the North of England. Today, Northumberland passes it to Cumbria, and Cumbria will pass it on to Lancaster on Sunday.

    The idea behind the campaign is to encourage more women to get involved in sport - as instructors, motivators and leaders. Active Cumbria is encouraging people in the county to take part:

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  7. Cumbria tourism appoints interim managing director

    There's a new man in charge of Cumbria Tourism.

    Jim Walker will be the organisation's temporary managing director for three months, until a permanent replacement is found for Ian Stephens.

    Portrait of Jim Walker

    Mr Walker, from Appleby, spent 13 years as chief executive of Lake District Estates and has also been the head of tourism at South Lakeland District Council.

    He is currently director and chair of Rydal Hall in Ambleside, and chair of Eden Tourism Network.

  8. Britain should halve foreign aid spending to balance the books, says Cumbrian MP

    The foreign aid budget should be halved until Britain has reduced its deficit.

    That's the conclusion reached by one of Cumbria's MPs; John Stevenson, the Conservative MP for Carlisle:

    John Stevenson MP pictured at election count
    Quote Message: We have to balance our books, we have to get that deficit down. Or the difficulty is, if we have another recession or down-turn, we would be in a great deal of difficulty."

    Last year, the government spent £13bn on overseas aid, and John Stevenson told BBC Radio Cumbria this morning that he thinks that's too much:

    Quote Message: We spent a considerable amount, a lot more than our European partners. Arguably you could suggest that we should pay the European average, which would still be a lot lower." from John Stevenson Conservative MP for Carlisle
    John StevensonConservative MP for Carlisle

    He wants more money to be spent on public services in this country. But says when the finances improve, the overseas aid budget could be stepped up again.

  9. Police concerned about missing 13-year-old girl from Cumbria

    Cumbria Police say they're concerned for the welfare of a 13-year-old girl from Whitehaven.

    Portrait of Simone Fisher

    Simone Fisher was last seen on Sandy Lonning in Maryport, yesterday morning at about 09:30.

    She's thought to be in the Maryport or Flimby area, but also has links to Carlisle.

    She's described as white, 5ft 3in, of slim build, with very long dark brown wavy hair. Officers think she could be wearing a denim jacket and ripped jeans.

  10. Nuclear power station to cost more and happen later

    The French power company EDF, which is building a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, says the estimated cost of the project has risen by £1.5bn. It could also be delayed by up to 15 months.

    Hinkley Point C would be the UK's first new nuclear plant for decades, but has been beset with budget problems.

    Artist's impression of Hinkley Point C building proposals

    Here in Cumbria, trade unions have raised concerns about the future of plans for a nuclear power station at Moorside near Sellafield.

    But the company behind the proposals, Nugen, says there is a lot of positive interest from potential investors, after its current partner, Toshiba, was hit by billions of pounds of losses.

  11. New Cumbrian Premium Bond millionaire

    A woman from Cumbria has won a million pounds on the Premium Bonds.

    She's the 365th millionaire created by the scheme, and it's the sixth time someone from the county has won the top prize. The last time was in December 2015.

    The first winner of the draw, in 1957, who was also from Cumbria, received a cheque for £1,000.

  12. Cumbrian tasty treats hope to tempt tennis fans

    Shortbread, flapjacks and other biscuits made in Cumbria will be on offer at Wimbledon for the second year running.

    2013 men's final

    Traybakes in Penrith has been asked to send 30,000 of its treats to the tennis tournament, in a contract worth tens of thousands of pounds.

    Justine Carruthers, who owns the company, told BBC Radio Cumbria her team is going to be busy:

    Quote Message: It is a challenge for sure, because we are a small team; there's just 20 of us all together, and that's production and sales and everybody. But it really is a case of all hands on deck."
  13. More than 5,500 Cumbrian homes standing empty for more than 6 months

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Storm Desmond is being blamed for a rise in the number of homes standing empty in Cumbria.

    At the moment, there are more than 5,500 unfurnished properties that haven't been used for at least six months.

    The growth in long-term empty property numbers since last October is down to a number of factors.

    One is that some homes flooded by Storm Desmond are now being classed as empty, because a year's council tax exemption they were given has expired.

    In Barrow the number is down though, as Barrow Island tenements are brought back into use.

    And South Lakeland District Council has won new funding to renovate dilapidated long-term empty homes, in return for five years use as social housing.

    That's been described as a "win win" for both the owner and those needing somewhere affordable to live.

  14. Youth groups seen by Cumbrian parents as "free child care"

    Some Cumbrian parents are being accused of using youth groups as a means of "free child care".

    Clubs across the county have told BBC Radio Cumbria that they get very little support from parents, and very few come forward when they appeal for volunteers to help with the running of the group.

    Adults and children on woodland walk

    Kerry Johnston has led the Appleby's Beaver group for four years, and says she now wants to hand over to someone else.

    Quote Message: I think parents see it as 'bring the children for a couple of hours and have a rest'. The children do love coming, and (we're) just trying to make it as much fun as possible. But it doesn't take a lot of effort to do it."

    She says the club will have to close unless parents step forward:

    Quote Message: I think they think we will continue, but we've given them a year's notice. Myself and Emma have done a lot of work, as the other scout leaders have. But our time has come, we want to do other things, but nobody seems to be taking it quite seriously." from Kerry Johnston Voluntary leader, Appleby Beaver Group
    Kerry JohnstonVoluntary leader, Appleby Beaver Group
  15. Armed officers deployed in Penrith and man arrested

    A man has been arrested after reports someone had been seen carrying a firearm in Penrith town centre.

    Picture looking towards Skatepark from Southend Road, Penrith

    Cumbria Police says firearms officers responded and quickly located a man close to the skate park off Southend Road in the town.

    Police found an imitation gun and a lock knife.

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm and possession of an offensive weapon.

  16. How far could you go in one of these?


    Rob Groves preparing for his handcycilng trip around the coast of England and Wales

    Rob Groves, 61, is getting ready to handcycle 2,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, starting off in Brighton this Sunday, 2 July and finishing in London on Friday, 28 July.

    Read all about Rob's former life as a bodybuilder, his journey into handcycling, his aims for the ride and how you can keep up with it here.

  17. Cumbrian MP 'wants more spent on public services by cutting foreign aid budget'

    Spending on foreign aid should be halved to allow more money to be invested in public services, according to a Cumbrian MP.

    Portrait of John Stevenson

    John Stevenson, the Conservative MP for Carlisle, says the government is currently spending about £13bn a year on overseas development, and should cut the payments while there's still a budget deficit.

    The government says UK aid spending has brought about many positive developments, and helps stabilise areas of the world that could otherwise form a threat.

  18. Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

    John Bowness

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

    We'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel from across Cumbria until 16:00.

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