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  1. Updates on Friday 28 July 2017

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That's the end of our coverage today

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

We've now finished for today posting news, travel reports, the weather forecast and other interesting things going on in Cumbria.

There'll be more on Monday from 08:00.

If you can help with news you think we should know, or want to share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Have a good weekend.

Weather: Rain easing overnight

Showers will ease for a time this afternoon, perhaps with some outbreaks of rain arriving across southern areas this evening.

However, most northern parts of Cumbria should remain dry.

This evening and tonight any rain will gradually ease away and most places should be dry by midnight.

It will stay dry through the early hours with some clear spells.

Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Police 'confident' of arresting hit and run driver

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The most senior police officer in south Cumbria says he is "confident" the force will arrest the hit and run driver who left an Ulverston cyclist with life-threatening injuries.

The 24-year-old man is still in a critical condition, in hospital in Preston, after he was hit on Wednesday.

A major search began on Wednesday afternoon, but the driver, who's described by the police as "dangerous", has not yet been found.

Two days later, Supt Rob O'Connor of Cumbria Police says "every effort" is being made to trace him. He says he cannot divulge the tactics the police are using, to avoid risking compromising the investigation and asks for public patience whilst that work continues.

He says if the driver does "not have the good sense to come forward himself", the police "will locate and arrest him".

Cumbrian Afghan veteran to take part in Invictus Games

A Cumbrian soldier who was injured in Afghanistan will represent the UK at the 2017 Invictus Games.

Sgt Kevin Kell from Dalton-in-Furness developed a brain tumour and also suffered pneumonia.

Sgt Kevin Kell on a golf course
BBC

Now recovering, he will take part in the golf at the games for wounded service personnel.

He says he wants to show his two-year-old daughter that you can fight back from any setback.

At the end of the day we try our best for our kids, we all do. And this is just to say even when your luck's down and everything's going against you, and you're at the bottom of the pile - keep going. Something can happen and just change your life around.

Sgt Kevin KellInvictus Games participant

Update: A66 blocked after crash

Cumbria Police say the A66 is closed in both directions at Brough while emergency services deal with a one-vehicle collision there.

Map of the Brough and Warcop area
Ordnance Survey

Officers were called at about 13.45 and the police say drivers should expect delays while the emergency services deal with what's happened.

Cumbrian trunk road blocked by an accident

The A66 is blocked both ways near Brough.

It's because of an accident reported as being between its junction with the A685 and B6276 at New Road in Brough, and Hayber Lane at Warcop.

We'll post an update on this when we know more.

Cumbrian food and drink producers to sell to supermarket group

Picture of Co-op sign
Co-operative Group

Eight Cumbrian businesses have won contracts to supply the Co-op.

They include four breweries - Eden Brewery in Penrith, the Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Stringers Beer in Ulverston and the Handsome Brewery in Bowston near Kendal.

People at Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery celebrate new contract
Co-operative Group

Other Cumbrian firms now supplying the chain include Romneys that makes Kendal Mint Cake, Ginger Bakers in Kendal, and the preserve maker Cumbrian Delights from Staveley.

The Co-op has given another contract to the Kendal tea and coffee merchant Farrer's, which dates from 1819 and describes itself as the oldest independent coffee roaster in the country.

Cumbria gets a new TV channel

A new TV channel for Cumbria will allow people to watch the local news when they want to, its head of news has said.

'That's Cumbria' started broadcasting this week, and can be seen across the north and east of the county on Freeview channel 8.

It's part of a network of a dozen local stations across the UK run by 'That's TV'.

We show our news show many times throughout a 24 hour period, so if you've missed it once you can always tune in the next morning or later on at night, whenever suits you really. The idea is that people can dip in and out of local news.... People will really see the places where they live, where they work, where they grew up, on the channel all the time.

Charlotte Briere-EdneyHead of News, That's TV

Email scam warning to people in South Cumbria

People in South Lakeland are being warned about an email scam that appears to have come from the council.

South Lakeland District Council officers say some people have received an email that looks as though the council has sent it, requesting outstanding payments. The email also contains an attachment which should not be opened because it could potentially be malware.

It's not known how many people have been affected.

The council has advised anyone who receives one of the suspicious emails asking for payment for outstanding invoices, to report them to Action Fraud.

Keswick Convention says it encourages guests to use businesses in the town

The organisers of a huge Christian gathering in Cumbria have responded to criticism that their participants depress the takings of many businesses nearby because they displace regular higher-spending tourists.

The Keswick Convention attracts more than 3,000 people at a time to the town during the start of the summer peak season.

Sean O'Rourke is an outdoor activity provider who says there's a huge downturn in trade for the three weeks of the event at what should be his busiest time of the year.

Peter Maiden from the Convention accepts that, but says the event aims to be a good neighbour:

I guess to some degree he's right, but we do hope and we do encourage conventioners to use the local businesses. And we've had a campaign with local businesses over the last 10 years to try and encourage this more and more.

Peter MaidenMinister at Large for Keswick Ministries, which organises the Convention

New police appeal after cyclist critically injured

Police have renewed their appeal for information after a hit and run driver left a cyclist in a critical condition.

Picture of police tape on a lamp-post at the scene in Ulverston
BBC

The cyclist, who's a 24-year-old man, is still in hospital.

The police believe the car which hit him on Wednesday afternoon had been stolen, and had been driven from Carnforth to Ulverston.

Power cuts for North Cumbrian customers

Two areas of North Cumbria have been affected by power cuts this morning. The network operator Electricity NorthWest says 96 customers should be reconnected in the Wigton area early this afternoon.

And the company also says it's sending engineers to the Silloth area where an underground cable fault has cut off 173 properties.

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Thousands of convention visitors 'devastating' for Keswick business

A Cumbrian outdoor activity provider says the Keswick Convention doesn't bring any benefits to many businesses in the area.

The Christian gathering attracts more than 3,000 people at a time to the town. But Sean O'Rourke, an Outdoor Activity Provider, says all it means for him is a down-turn in trade because convention visitors displace regular tourists.

Exterior shot of marquees with hills behind
BBC

There are plans to hold the Convention further into the summer holidays to allow more people to attend. But an online petition opposing this has attracted almost 1,500 signatures.

Sean O'Rourke says it shouldn't be held at what would be an even busier time:

(It's) just going to be devastating to us. To take it further into August is another week of potentially the busiest time of the year for us, or should be the busiest time, going to (be) the quietest time.

Sean O'RourkeOutdoor Activity Provider

The organisers of the convention say their visitors are "encouraged" to use businesses in the town.

Today's Fells Forecast: Overnight rain giving way to sunshine and showers, then drier later

Here's today's Lake District Weatherline forecast for the Cumbrian mountains:

Cloudy through the early hours with outbreaks of rain, the rain persistent and heavy at times especially over western fells.

The rain will tend to die out to leave most places dry by mid-morning with sunny spells developing. However showers are expected to develop for the afternoon but should move through briskly on the southwesterly breeze. Most fells will become dry for the evening with some late sunshine likely, although a few showers are expected again in the west towards midnight.

Visibility: Persistent rain through the early hours will reduce visibility significantly. However visibility improves greatly through the morning becoming very good or excellent outside of showers, with surrounding fells clearly visible.

Cloud Free Hill Top: 10% through the early hours with persistent cloud above about 600m but gradually improving to 70% by mid morning as cloud becomes occasional above about 750m, especially over more eastern and northern fells. Best chance of cloud free summits will be across eastern fells during the late afternoon and evening.

Here's the weather graphic showing conditions expected on the tops:

Graphic showing forecast for the fell tops
Lake District Weatherline

Weather: Breezy day with sunshine and showers

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It will be a breezy day with sunshine and showers at first. Showers will ease for a time this afternoon, perhaps with some outbreaks of rain arriving in the evening.

However, some northern parts of Cumbria may remain dry.

Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

Lucy Martin with weather graphic
BBC

Welcome to Friday's BBC Cumbria Live

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Good morning.

We'll have the latest news, travel updates, sport and weather for Cumbria throughout the day, available here on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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