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  1. Updates on Monday 23 October 2017

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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, travel updates, a regular weather forecast and anything else that catches our eye, for today. Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow. As always, 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. Cumbria's weather: Clouding over with rain later

    BBC Weather

    There will be some clear spells this evening, before clouding over by midnight. Some rain is then likely to move in.

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Mayor looks for ways to get empty homes back into use

    The Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, says there are at least 1,200 empty homes in Copeland, and he's looking for ways to get them back into use.

    Shabby poroperties

    Mr Starkie says the vast majority are owned by private landlords and he's looking into schemes that would help repair them and bring them up to standard.

    Quote Message: It seems senseless there are so many empty homes, and if they can be brought back into use it would make a significant difference.
  4. Pub rescued by community faces closure again

    A pub and and café run by a small community in West Cumbria is facing closure because of financial pressures.

    The Fox and Hounds at Ennerdale Bridge closed in 2010, but in 2011 people in the village came together to buy it and reopen it, more recently opening a community space, shop, and café known as The Gather.

    Now the group says both could close with a lack of people supporting them. A village meeting takes place tonight at Ennerdale Church from 19:00 to look at the options.

    Fox and Hounds
  5. South Lakes firms asked: How's business?

    Business owners in South Lakeland are being asked to take part in a survey to find out which companies are growing, which are down-sizing, and which may be moving to other premises.

    South Lakeland District Council says the survey will help it to assess the future business needs of local companies.

    The council says that last year, 940 business owners responded with more than a quarter saying they expected to be moving, or making changes to their existing premises within the next five years.

    Many also commented on slow and unreliable broadband speeds, and problems with traffic.

  6. Keswick flood hero Lynne lined up for award

    Lynne Jones, who's been the chair of Keswick Flood Action since 2012, has been shortlisted for a national award.

    Glass flood defences at Keswick

    Lynne, one of the six finalists in the Flood Re awards, has chaired the flood action group since 2012 and is credited with key role in obtaining the glass flood wall defences that except in the unprecedented floods of Storm Desmond, protect the town without blocking views of the river and the surrounding landscape.

    The results will be announced by the minister for flooding, Therese Coffey, at the end of November.

  7. Cumbria businesses in 'freeze rates' call

    Cumbria Chamber of Commerce wants the government to freeze business rates for the next two years.

    The group, which represents local business owners, says it's time for the Chancellor to take "bold action" to support companies through the Brexit process.

    Business leaders nationally warned today that they needed to know more about the terms of any transition deal, so they could prepare for changes.

    Suzanne Caldwell from the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, says increased property taxes would reduce the amount businesses had to invest.

    Quote Message: If businesses can't invest, they can't grow, worse than that they start to go backwards." from Suzanne Caldwell
    Suzanne Caldwell
  8. Cumbria's bees 'getting hooked on Himalayan Balsam'

    Some Cumbrian bees are feasting almost exclusively on the invasive riverside plant, Himalayan Balsam, according to scientists at Lancaster University.


    The study analysed bee bread, the mixture of pollen made up by bees to feed their young.

    Most hive samples were a mix of between five and 35 species of plants, such as blackberry or clover, but some were up to 90% from the balsam that can invade riverbanks in the Lake District, swamping other sorts of flowers.

    Dr Philip Donkersley, the leader author of the study, said these bees were were treating the plant like a fast food.

    Quote Message: They are obsessed with it and want to chomp it down as fast as possible, but it may not be the best food for bees, it is better for their health if they have a broad diverse diet.” from Dr Philip Donkersley
    Dr Philip Donkersley
  9. Fire brigade links man's death to carbon monoxide poisoning

    Cumbria Fire and Rescue says an incident in High Seaton, near Workington, in which a man died and a woman was taken to hospital, followed a carbon monoxide alarm.

    Police say the coroner has been informed about the death of the man, who was 67, and they've no reason to suspect crime.

  10. Bird group project wins award for helping fish

    A river restoration project by the bird protection group, the RSPB, has won an award for enhancing the environment of trout.

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    Video caption: Swindale Beck: Meanders restored to help salmon breed

    The Swindale Beck restoration project, near Haweswater, won an award from the Wild Trout Trust.

    The work included bringing back the natural meanders of the beck and creating a fish pass so salmon and trout could migrate.

  11. Sellafield says 'bomb squad' incident will be investigated

    Managers at Sellafield say they will be checking whether lessons can be learned after chemicals were found during a routine audit that had been stored for so long that they could have become dangerous.

    An army bomb squad was called in to destroy the solvents with controlled explosions.

    Today Sellafield Ltd put out a statement saying the chemicals were found in checks at the analytical service laboratory, which provides safety tests on substances from the rest of the site.

    Quote Message: These chemicals - and other similar material - have been stored safely and appropriately for many decades in our analytical services laboratory." from Sellafield Ltd
    Sellafield Ltd
    Quote Message: As is usual in these circumstances, we have begun a management investigation into this issue to assess whether there are lessons we can learn. "
  12. Your pictures: The calm in the heart of the storm

    Martin Lewes


    The centre of Storm Brian passed directly over the centre of Cumbria at the weekend.

    And while there are large technical differences between the eye of a hurricane and the centre of an Atlantic depression, Margaret Hughes did see some blue sky break through.

    Brian's 'eye'

    Our thanks to Margaret for the picture.

    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.

    Below is the trace made on a barograph showing the dip in air pressure at the time.

    Barograph showing dip in pressure
  13. Two still critically ill after West Cumbria crash

    Two people are still in a critical condition after the Ford Fiesta which they were in hit a tree near High Harrington early on Sunday morning.

    The 23-year-old male driver and his female passenger are being treated in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

    A second man is in the Cumberland infirmary with serious injuries and a third is in the West Cumberland hospital.

    A fifth passenger has been released from hospital. Police are still appealing for witnesses.

  14. Cumbria's weather: Gradually getting brighter

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy and damp start to the afternoon, but drier and brighter weather will gradually move in from the west.

    It will feel mild, especially in any brightness. Maximum Temperature: 15C (5F).

    Weather graphic

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

  15. Three rescue teams called out as Storm Brian passes

    Martin Lewes


    Three Lake District rescue teams were called out as walking groups were caught out by Storm Brian at the weekend.

    Keswick MRT Land Rover

    Keswick and Wasdale volunteers helped a number of Chinese visitors who were found by another walking group at a shelter on Esk Hause, a high pass, cold and under-equipped for the conditions.

    The Wasdale team, and four search dogs, also helped Langdale Ambleside after a lone walker was reported missing after dark on Bowfell.

    He was found by a group of mountain leaders on a night navigation exercise, something one rescue team member said was pure good luck as he didn't have good waterproofs, and guided to safety.

    Quote Message: No torch, spare clothes, decent waterproofs, map or compass, IS NOT prepared." from Langdale Ambleside rescue team Facebook post
    Langdale Ambleside rescue team Facebook post
  16. Trail hunting in Cumbria set to continue after National Trust votes against ban

    News and Star


    A bid to ban trail hunting on National Trust land, including much of the Lake District, has been defeated by just a small majority.

    Speaker at National Trust AGM
  17. MP steps back from 'British ISIS must be killed' comment

    The Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart has "clarified" a comment he made at the weekend, that most British fighters with the so-called Islamic state forces are so dedicated, they must be killed.

    Rory Stewart

    Mr Stewart, who's the minister for international development and has extensive experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, said in a BBC interview that there were difficult moral issues, but most fighters expected to be killed.

    The government said his comments were in line with the UK's stated position.

    Today Mr Stewart said, though, that normal international law should still apply.

    Quote Message: Anybody who is an enemy combatant, British or otherwise, needs to be treated in accordance with the rules of war and in accordance with the law." from Rory Stewart
    Rory Stewart
  18. Nuclear campaigners: Bomb squad is not routine at N-plant

    Anti-nuclear campaigners have been speaking about their concerns, following an incident at Sellafield at the weekend.

    The bomb squad was called in to deal with canisters containing chemicals, which could have become hazardous because of the length of time they'd been in storage.

    Sellafield Ltd says it's not uncommon in the chemicals industry generally for old materials to be dealt with by armed forces experts, but Martin Forwood, from Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment, says it's not a frequent event, either.

    Quote Message: There must be umpteen similar audits on similar materials carried out on the site on a very routine basis, but you don't see the bomb squad there every day." from Martin Forwood
    Martin Forwood
  19. Cumbrian zoo highlights efforts to help rare leopards

    Kerry Parvin


    Three years ago, the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis at Hale, just south of Milnthorpe, succeeded in adding to the population of one of the world's rarest species, snow leopards.

    Today they're taking part in an international effort to highlight the big cats' plight.

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  20. Police called after man is found dead in West Cumbria

    Police investigating the sudden death of a man in West Cumbria say they don't believe any crime has been committed.

    Officers were called to a property in High Seaton yesterday afternoon, where a 67-year-old man had died.

    A 70-year-women was taken to hospital in Whitehaven in a critical condition.

    The road was closed for a time while officers carried out inquiries, but police said later in a statement that the death had now been reported to the coroner.