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  1. Updates on Friday 5 February 2016.

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Monday. We hope you can join us then and have a lovely weekend.

    If you've got news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.  

  2. Weather: Rain could be heavy at times

    Rain, heavy at times, will affect most parts this evening.

    It should then become dry for a time during the middle part of the night, however further patchy rain will develop by dawn on Saturday.

    Breezy, especially towards Barrow-In-Furness and the coast.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 3C (37F). Check the forecast near you.

  3. Cumbria farmers reported flood losses of £1.7m

    Farmers hit by the December floods in Cumbria lost livestock, had land polluted with debris and suffered thousands of pounds of damage, a survey by the National Farmer's Union has shown.

    It heard from more than 200 of the estimated 600 farmers hit by the flooding in Cumbria and its findings were 144 farms reported losses totalling £1.7m.

    Aerial view of Cumbria floods
  4. Cumbrian man sentenced over £102,000 stolen tyre plot

    A Cumbrian has been sentenced for his part in the theft of Pirelli tyres valued at £102,000.

    Mark Claxton, 55, was in dire financial straits when he stole high value tyres while working at a distribution depot next to the company's Carlisle site, the city's crown court heard.

    He was paid £40 per tyre by wagon driver Graham Wait, who transported them to Scotland. They were then sold on eBay.

    Claxton admitted the theft and was said to have personally benefited from his crime to the tune of around £14,000. However, the total retail value of almost 360 tyres sold on eBay was just over £102,000.

    Claxton, of The Square, Cummersdale, was given a two-year community order. He was spared a prison term due to co-operation in the prosecution of Wait.

    Wait was convicted of theft today following a trial. His benefit was around £68,000. The 57-year-old, of Mill Road, Bathgate, will be sentenced in April.

  5. Carlisle United fined by FA

    BBC Sport

    Carlisle United have been fined £3,000 by the Football Association after failing to control their players during their FA Cup clash against Yeovil last month.

    Yeovil were fined the smaller sum of £2,000. It stemmed from a 78th-minute incident.

    Carlisle denied the charge, while Yeovil admitted it with mitigation. Both clubs were warned as to their future conduct.

  6. Flood protected homes 'worth larger spend'

    It's worth spending more money building a home to protect it from flood damage, according to an architectural designer in Cockermouth.

    Darren Ward says building a flood resilient house can be 25 to 30% more expensive than a normal building.

    He said: "If we are allowed to build on those areas that we have to continue to accept that those areas will flood and therefore the design approach is quite different.

    "That means that we might have to develop quite innovative buildings and non-traditional looking housing."

  7. Jury sent home in Jordan Watson murder trial

    Following the conviction of two men over the murder of Carlisle teenager Jordan Watson, the jury has now been sent home for the weekend.

    George Thomson and Brahnn Finley, pictured, both 19 and of Carlisle, were convicted of murder by unanimous verdict. 

    Brahnn Finley

    Daniel Johnston, 20, denies the same charge.  The jury will return to Carlisle Crown Court on Monday to continue their deliberations.

  8. BreakingJordan Watson murder trial: Second man found guilty

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    A second defendant has been found guilty of murdering Carlisle teenager Jordan Watson.

    Brahnn Finley bowed his head as the foreman of the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict at the city's Crown Court.

    Jordan's body was found in Upperby Cemetery on 16 June last year. This morning, George Thomson, also 19, was convicted of the same offence.

    The jury is still considering its verdict on 20-year-old Daniel Johnston.

  9. Has the Northern Powerhouse run out of steam?

    The Question Time panel faced the question 'has the Northern Powerhouse run out of steam?'.

    If you missed it, you can see the question being answered here (Starting at 46:15).

  10. Rapist jailed for 'brutal' park attack

    A rapist who subjected a woman to a "brutal" sex attack in Carlisle, has been jailed for more than 10 years. 

    The 26-year-old victim was attacked in the Chinese Gardens at the entrance to Rickerby Park early on 12 August. 

    Jonathan Corry, 24, of Longlands Road, Carlisle, was convicted following a crown court trial in December. 

    Judge Peter Davies sentenced him to a 10-year prison term, with an eight-month sentence for witness intimidation to run consecutively.

  11. Video: Hundreds of homes built in flood risk areas

    Fergus Hewison

    BBC Newcastle political reporter

    The misery continues for those people hit by flooding over the last few weeks in Cumbria and the North East as they clear up and dry out their properties. 

    But can you guess how many homes in our region have been built or developed in areas where flooding is likely from rivers or the sea? You might be surprised by the answer. 

    The BBC analysed figures for the period 2001 to 2014. We found that in the North East & Cumbria 10,531 residential properties were built or developed in areas where flooding is possible. Watch the video here.

    Flooding graphic

      You can watch my full report on Sunday Politcs on BBC One at 11:00 on Sunday.  

  12. Police chase teenager's car spotted 'in the air'

    Carlisle Crown Court heard that at one point during the police chase involving Ethan Johnstone, his car was spotted by officers in the air.

    It had just passed the brow of a hill before Johnston lost control and crashed close to Calthwaite, the hearing heard. 

    Later the teenager told officers he had "panicked", not being sure if his vehicle was properly insured and registered. 

  13. Police chase teenager who drove at 110mph sentenced

    A teenager who turned his lights off and drove at almost 110mph during a night time police chase has been given a suspended sentence. 

    Ethan Johnstone, 18, sped away from officers through Carlisle city centre towards Penrth on 2 August fearing that his Fiat Brava was not insured properly, the city's crown court heard. 

    Johnstone, of Creighton Avenue, Carlisle, admitted dangerous driving and was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years.

    Carlisle Crown Court
  14. Bus for washed away section of road operational 'in two weeks'

    BBC Radio Cumbria

    A public bus service to bypass the washed-away section of the A591 should be up and running in the next two weeks.

    Cumbria County Council says it hoped to have been in place next week, but work to finish a temporary road had to be put off because strong winds meant a crane couldn't operate.

    Stagecoach will run the service, hourly, starting on 16 February. It will take passengers around what's become known as "the gap" at Dunmail Raise, connecting Keswick and Grasmere, via a minor road along Thirlmere.

  15. Weather: Heavy rain across the county

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Occasional rain at first will give way to a band of persistent and possibly heavy rain, that will affect all parts by mid afternoon.

    Southwesterly winds will be strong, especially in coastal areas like Millom.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 9C (48F). Check the forecast near you.

  16. On Look North at lunchtime: Man found guilty of Carlisle cemetery murder

    Jeff Brown

    BBC Look North

    Nineteen-year-old George Thomson has been found guilty of the murder of Carlisle schoolboy Jordan Watson. 

    The 14-year-old's badly injured body was found in a graveyard last June - he'd been stabbed repeatedly.

    A jury at Carlisle crown court unanimously convicted George Thomson of his murder. The jury is still considering verdicts on two other men who've denied any part in the killing. 

    Mark McAlindon was in court. Join us to see that and all our other stories on BBC One at 13:30.

  17. Jordan Watson murder trial: Judge will accept majority verdicts

    The judge in the Jordan Watson murder trial, Mr Justice Green, has told the jury at Carlisle Crown Court he could now accept majority verdicts of at least 10-2 in respect of George Thomson's co-accused.

    Thomson, pictured, was found guilty of murder this morning by a unanimous verdict.  

    George Thomson

    Brahnn Finley, 19, and Daniel Johnston, 20, both from Carlisle, deny the same offence.