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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 August 2017
  2. Scottish minister lobbied for Borders cash
  3. Passenger, 70, badly hurt in A6 crash
  4. Rescue volunteers warn of slippery Sharp Edge
  5. Anaesthetists turn down West Cumbrian jobs
  6. Cumbrian courts 'more likely to jail' in cruelty cases

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting news, travel updates, a regular weather forecast and other things that catch our eye from around the county, for today.

    Here's a reminder:

    We'll do it again from 08:00 tomorrow.

    In the meantime, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or 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 very good evening.

  2. Keswick Convention calls round table to petition row

    The organisers of the Keswick Convention, a Christian gathering that attracts around 12,000 people every summer, has called a meeting to discuss a petition that calls for it to be held out of the main tourist season.

    Businesses in the town say it "closes the door to the outside world while the convention is happening," because while accommodation providers are booked out for the three weeks, other businesses say they see see takings reduced by up to 90%.

    James Robson, the ministry director said: ‘We are taking comments made about how the Convention impacts trade in the town seriously."

    The convention's invited representatives from a range of retail interests such as pubs and cafes, and has invited anyone else to email the organisation.

    It's also trying to explain more about its plans for the town's former pencil factory, which it says do not include a hotel or restaurant.

    Artists impression of pencil factory plan
    Quote Message: "We are not offended. We are keen to listen and look forward to a growing level of mutual understanding.” from James Robson Ministry director
    James RobsonMinistry director
  3. Lights go out for 1,000 consumers in Seascale

    A power cut briefly affected more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the Seascale area this afternoon.

    Electricity North west says supplies have now been restored.

  4. Paths washed out by Desmond can now be strolled again

    Popular narrow trails in the Windermere area have been repaired after the surfaces were ripped out by Storm Desmond.

    Scott Duncanson, the ranger in charge of repairs, said: “These paths were like streams for most of the year and largely impassable."

    Mirk Lane

    Scott said the drainage had been repaired to reduce flooding in the future on tracks such as Mirk Lane, pictured above.

    The work's been done under a £3m scheme funded by the Rural Payments Agency, which the Lake District National Park Authority says will repair 64 bridges and more than 100 paths.

  5. Business leaders warn over bank closures

    The rate that bank branches are closing in Cumbria is accelerating, according to the county's Chamber of Commerce.

    Rob Johnston, the chamber's chief executive, said it created problems for small businesses: "Many handle cash and cheques on a daily basis and so need easy access to over-the-counter banking facilities.”

    Rob Johnston

    Banks say they are closing branches because customers' habits are changing and they no longer use over-the-counter services.

    But the chamber says the county's been hit disproportionately. It says the Cumberland Building Society, which offers business services, is committed to a branch network, and a Swedish bank has recently opened several branches in the county.

  6. Passenger, 70, badly hurt in A6 crash

    Police say a passenger in a VW Golf, a 70-year-old woman, is being treated in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for life-threatening injuries after a crash on the A6 at Plumpton.

    The accident, just after 12:30, also involved a van; the van driver was unhurt and the driver of the golf, suffered minor injuries.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

  7. Cumbria's weather: Staying dry and becoming chilly

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry for all through this evening and overnight as winds ease, allowing it to become rather chilly in many places.

    Temperatures will fall to about 9C (48F)

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.

  8. Borderlands deal 'could put county back on map'

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    Cumbria has an opportunity to put itself "back on the map", according to Stewart Young, the leader of the county council.

    Stewart Young

    Mr Young was speaking after a meeting in Dumfries to discuss the new Borderland initiative, which could see leaders from border counties in England and Scotland coming together to push for investment in the area.

    It was promised in the Conservative manifesto and talks have begun today with the Scottish Secretary and council leaders from either side of the border, to press for money to be available.

    Quote Message: All of the authorities involved all have a list of projects they've been trying to get funding for and we're trying to put those together into some sort of coherent format." from Stewart Young Cumbria County Council
    Stewart YoungCumbria County Council
    Quote Message: There's obviously a desire by the government to demonstrate that the border between England and Scotland shouldn't be a hindrance to economic development."
  9. Ask at the chemists, see the doctor, as medical video link is tested

    Patients asking their local pharmacist about a medical problem could find themselves seeing a doctor over a video link.

    The out-of-hours medical service, Cumbria Health On Call, which uses GPs to give advice, is testing a video link to pharmacies so if a customer asks about a problem the pharmacist can't deal with, a second opinion can be sought without the patient having to go to a local hospital.

    Telemedicine link being tested

    The idea's currently being tested with a pharmacy in Cockermouth, and CHoC is offering a link to other chemists as well.

  10. Cost of child care plans squeezes county council budget

    The councillor in charge of childrens' services in Cumbria says the cost of looking after children in care is hitting other areas of spending.

    In a report out today the Local Government Association said that nationally, 75% of councils had overspent their budget.

    Cumbria's budget for childrens' services, £69m, was overspent by nearly £8m last year, largely, according to council reports, because of the numbers of children being looked after in care.

    Councillor Anne Burns said: "This inevitably has an impact on other areas of council spending."

  11. New taste for short-break holidays is welcomed in Lake District

    New figures showing people are taking more short breaks for holidays have been welcomed in the Lake District.

    Travel trends graph

    The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, came as part of a study of overseas trips, but business people in Cumbria say they've seen the change as well.

    Some operators have found they can charge more for each of two parts of a week, than they can for a full week.

    Graham Wilkinson from the Lakelovers holiday cottage agency says short breaks can help to extend the tourist season, and that's good for business.

    Quote Message: Anything that can encourage people to visit the area when it's a little bit quieter is very beneficial."
  12. New warning from rescue team over Sharp Edge's slippery hazards

    Volunteers from the Keswick mountain rescue team have warned walkers to avoid Sharp Edge, a route up Blencathra, in wet weather after a lengthy operation to help one man down from the challenging ridge.

    Sharp Edge rescue

    The team was called to the rocky crags on Blencathra late on Monday after the man became stuck above a sheer drop.

    A system of ropes was rigged so he could be lowered to the path below.

    A team spokesman said: "Sharp Edge is a serious undertaking, and once bad weather arrives, the risks escalate swiftly.

    "The rock holds water, and is nearly always slippery – pick your day, and watch your step."

  13. Your photos: Throwing light across the Langdales

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    Our thanks to John Shedwick for this shot of the sun lighting up Great Langdale.

    This effect's called crepuscular rays, and it's often a silver lining to a cloudy day.

    Rays lighting up a patch of the Great Langdale valley floor.
  14. Police concerned about missing Alfie-Lee, 14

    Police say they believe missing teenager Alfie-Lee McIntosh may be in Carlisle.

    Alfie-Lee Mintosh

    Alfie-Lee, who's 14, was last seen in Wigan on 4 August. Police say they're concerned for his welfare.

  15. Travel: A6 still closed by Plumpton crash

    BBC News Travel

    The A6 at Plumpton is still closed after a two-vehicle collision.

    Police say it's expected to remain shut for some time for collision investigation work.

    Traffic is being diverted along the M6.

  16. Cumbria's weather: A fine afternoon (and no mention of showers)

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry and sunny spells will develop across Cumbria.

    It will feel a little cool in the breeze but pleasant enough when the sun is out, with temperatures rising to 20C (68F) in some places.

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, here.