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  1. Updates on Thursday 6 July 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our updates have now ended for the day. Thank you for joining us.

    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. Repairs to Sheepmount stadium to start this month

    It's been confirmed that works will get under way this month to repair flood damage to Carlisle's premier athletics stadium.

    damage at Sheepmount stadium

    The Sheepmount's buildings, track and turf were severely damaged during storm Desmond.

    Since then, a temporary athletics facility has been used instead at Caldew School.

    Works is due to begin at the Sheepmount on 18 July.

  3. More hedgehogs seen in Cumbrian gardens than others in UK

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Hedgehogs in Cumbria appear to be doing much better than those in the rest of the UK.

    This is one of the results of the RSPB's Garden Birdwatch survey, which took place at the start of the year.

    The conservation charity asked people to record sightings of creatures including hedgehogs, moles and foxes.

    Hedgehog among golden leaves

    There has been concern for some years that hedgehog numbers are plummeting, in fact nationally the Birdwatch found fewer than two in three gardens had hosted a hedgehog in the last year.

    But here in Cumbria, respondents put the figure at 10% higher. This could be down to a damper climate making feeding easier, or a more interconnected habitat compared to the south.

    Conservationists like Furness Hedgehog Rescue warn there's no excuse to be complacent, because the animals still need our help.

    Elsewhere in the RSPB survey, there were fewer foxes in Cumbrian gardens than the national average, and more moles.

  4. Borrowdale man cleared of all child sex allegations

    A Cumbrian man has thanked jurors after they acquitted him of six child sex allegations which he had strenuously denied.

    Liviu-flavius Maduta, 31, from Rosthwaite in Borrowdale, had pleaded not guilty at Carlisle Crown Court earlier this week to three charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and another three of sexual activity with a child under 16.

    The court heard Mr Maduta had never been in trouble with the police before. And, giving evidence, he vehemently denied the string of allegations made by a girl aged in her early teens.

    He described them as "not true", and added: "I feel like I am the victim here. I am saying that nothing happened."

    A jury of seven men and five women took 47 minutes today to return unanimous not-guilty verdicts on all six charges.

    Mr Maduta was immediately discharged from the dock by Recorder Michael Murray. As jurors left the court room, Mr Maduta stood and said to them: "Thank you very much."

  5. Bluebirds reject Blues' bid for striker

    James Phillips

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United football club have had a transfer bid turned down by Barrow for striker Richie Bennett.

    Portrait of Richie Bennett

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport understand the offer was cash up-front, and a sell-on clause.

    Barrow have told us they've turned it down, and say their player's not for sale.

    Bennett scored 15 goals for them last year in his first season at the club.

    United say they don't normally comment on transfer speculation, but in the light of the information coming out at the Barrow end, have confirmed the bid was made and rejected.

    Their manager Keith Curle is known to want to sign a tall striker, and standing at 6ft 3in, Bennett would fit the bill.

  6. Two Cumbrians to be sentenced for their part in drug plot

    A man and woman from Carlisle are among seven people who'll be sentenced this month for their involvement in bringing large amounts of class A drugs into North Cumbria.

    At Carlisle Crown Court this week, Christopher Hill, 32, from Toronto Street, was one of three men who pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

    Kirsty Louise Cartwright, 29, from Millholme Avenue, had earlier admitted taking part in the plot to ship "significant" quantities of the drugs into North Cumbria from the Merseyside area.

    The offences took place between December 2014 and early last year.

    All seven defendants will be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on 17 July.

  7. BreakingSellafield firefighters to strike after talks break down

    John Bowness

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

    Firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site will take strike action after talks broke down this lunchtime.

    The GMB union confirmed that 63 firefighters would stage a series of 24-hour walkouts after rejecting a 5% pay rise. It's not yet known when they'll take place.

    Sellafield Ltd has previously said it's committed to resolving the dispute through dialogue, but it also says it's made plans to keep the site safe during any industrial action.

    There was earlier confusion over the timing of the talks. Sellafield Ltd had told the BBC they were due to start at 14:00 but the GMB union says they began at 13:00 and lasted only about 40 minutes.

  8. Lake District Fells forecast today: some showers, but most staying dry late morning and early afternoon

    Here's the Weatherline forecast for mountains in the Lake District National Park:

    A scattering of sharp showers, which linger through the mid-morning, locally bringing thunder. Turning dry as bright and sunny spells develop late morning, then cloud bubbling up for the afternoon, bringing a few isolated showers, mainly across eastern peaks such as Loadpot Hill and Ill Bell. Showers dying out early evening with most enjoying some good late sunshine.

    Visibility: Very poor in cloud, otherwise mainly very good giving good views of the surrounding and distant hills.

    Cloud Free Hil Top: 70% with bases mainly above even the higher summits, but occasionally lowering 600-800m in showers, these chiefly through to mid- morning.

    Weather graphic for Lake District fells forecast
  9. Update: Talks about to start to avert Sellafield firefighters strike

    Sellafield Ltd says today's talks are due to start at 14:00 in an attempt to avert a strike by 63 firefighters who work on the site.

    The company's previously said it's committed to resolving the dispute through dialogue, and that the safety and security of the Sellafield site are its overriding priorities.

    It also says arrangements are in place to ensure the site remains safe during any industrial action.

    The GMB union says its members had voted for a series of 24-hour walkouts in a row over pay grades.

    Talks last week were adjourned to allow both sides to consider proposals and counter-proposals.

    The union said members did not want to strike but had been "backed into a corner".

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J37 for A684 and J38 for A685.

    M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J37, A684 (Kendal) and J38, A685 (Tebay), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Cumbria police release CCTV image after shop thefts

    Cumbria police say they want to speak to a man pictured in CCTV footage from Penrith after more than £1,500 of items were stolen from two shops in the town.

    CCTV image of man being sought

    They happened during the early afternoon on 22 June, when a man took two salmon reels from John Norris of Penrith on Victoria Road, and soon afterwards a man took two Berghaus jackets from Go Outdoors on Ullswater Road.

    Officers have asked anyone who can identify the man in the picture to get in touch.

  12. Million pound investment for West Cumbrian town centres

    A million pounds is going to be spent sprucing up town centres in Copeland.

    The money, part of the Copeland Pride of Place Town Centre Regeneration Scheme, will be given to business owners to improve the appearance of local shops and buildings.

    Grants of up to 50% of the cost of the work will be given, up to a maximum of £5,000. Applications are invited from Monday 24th July.

  13. Engineers called to deal with power cut in North Cumbria

    A power cut North West of Penrith is affecting almost 200 homes and businesses.

    The network company Electricity NorthWest says 182 of its customers near Hutton End in the CA11 postcode area have lost power.

    The firm's apologised, and says it has engineers on their way.

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  14. Cumbrian kidney patients in good hands - report

    A new report suggests that patients with kidney conditions in north Cumbria are being offered some of the best care in the country.

    extract from graph showing survey results with Cumbrian trust at the top

    The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven, has been ranked by the UK Renal Registry as the best for overall patient experience in the renal unit.

    Its report also took into consideration the care offered at clinics in Penrith and Cockermouth.

  15. 'Spectacular' thunderstorms threatened for Cumbria

    The Met Office says parts of South Cumbria could have some "spectacular" thunderstorms today.

    But forecasters also say it's difficult to predict exactly where in the North-West the worst of the weather will hit.

    Map of Cumbria & Northern England showing the weather warning area

    A yellow weather warning is in place for South and Eastern parts of Cumbria until 02:00 tomorrow, and the Met Office says areas including Kendal and Sedbergh could be affected this afternoon.

  16. Talks to try and prevent Sellafield firefighters strike

    Talks are being held today to try and avert strikes by firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site.

    The GMB union said the meeting was the last chance to resolve a long-running row over pay, after its members voted two to one in favour of a series of 24-hour strikes.

    Sellafield site from outside the security fence

    The dispute over pay grading has been going on for several years, during which time the union says firefighters have been performing roles such as paramedic work, which are above and beyond what they are paid to do.

    We've contacted Sellafield Ltd today to ask for its response, but the company hasn't yet been in touch.

  17. Cumbria's weather today: some sunshine, with thunderstorms likely later

    BBC Weather

    Today will start bright or sunny for many. Thunderstorms are likely into this afternoon however, mainly in the south and east, but it will feel warm in any sunshine in-between the downpours. Maximum temperature 26C.

    Tonight: Any thunderstorms will ease this evening. It will be a dry and clear night, and for some it may be an uncomfortable night for sleeping. Minimum temperature 15C.

    Tomorrow: The cloud will thicken tomorrow morning, with some patchy rain arriving from the northwest. It should be mostly dry by the afternoon but it will stay cloudy. Maximum temperature 21C.

    Here's the expected hourly forecast for Kendal:

    Weather graphic showing hourly forecast for Kendal

    And you can see a forecast here, for where you are.

  18. Cumbria spending on litter at a historic high

    Sian Hall

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    Councils in Cumbria are spending more money than ever before cleaning up litter, according to the charity Keep Britain Tidy.

    Figures from five of the county's six district councils show more than £3.5m is spent cleaning streets and emptying bins each year.

    Litter among shrubs

    And between 2014 and 2016, at least 164 fixed penalty notices were issued to people for littering in Cumbria.

    South Lakeland had the fewest; just two in that time. But Carlisle had the highest number; in the City Council's most up-to-date figures, covering a longer period from 2014 until now, it has issued 161 fixed penalty notices in its own right. And it says in the same period there were 19 prosecutions.