Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates on Friday 6 May 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Steven Bell

    BBC Cumbria

    Updates for Cumbria have now finished for the day but we leave you with breaking news that 

    The BBC website and BBC Radio Cumbria will have the result of the police and crime commissioner election.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Monday.

    Until then, 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. Sunny end to the day and more sunshine tomorrow

    Some sunny spells this evening, staying dry and clear overnight with temperatures falling to 8C (46F).

    Warm with bright spells on Saturday, but with a chance of thunderstorms later.

    weather graphic
  3. Drigg whale is named

    The whale skeleton being held at Carlisle's Tullie House Museum has been officially named 'Driggsby', after the place near where it was found.

    whale bones

    Its remains were discovered on the beach at Drigg on the West Cumbrian coast in 2014

    Tullie House has been asking people to make a donation to suggest a name for it as part of a push to raise £50,000 so it carry out the necessary work on the bones and put the skeleton on permanent show.

    whale bones
  4. PCC result in next few hours

    Steven Bell

    BBC Cumbria

    So, it's all eyes on the leisure centre in Kendal where votes are being counted to elect Cumbria's new police and crime commissioner. We should have a result in the next few hours.

    The role, introduced in 2012, covers a four-year term with the person elected given responsibility for holding Cumbria Police to account, setting its budget and identifying policing priorities.

    Elsewhere today, there were no surprises in council elections in Carlisle and South Lakeland, where Labour and the Liberal Democrats remain in control.

  5. Half a century putting best foot forward

    The Keswick to Barrow Walk, one of the highlights on the Cumbrian calendar, will take place for the 50th year in a row this weekend. 

    Organisers of the 40-mile challenge hope the event's fundraising total since 1966 will pass the £4m mark this weekend. Participants get sponsored to raise money for a variety good causes.

  6. How PCC votes are counted

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    A second round of counting is under way for the election of Cumbria's next police and crime commissioner after there was no outright winner in the first round. 

    votes counted

    Conservative candidate Peter McCall leads with 32,569 votes and Labour's Reg Watson is on 22,768. Both remain in the race.

    As there was no candidate securing more than 50% of all votes cast, Liberal Democrat Loraine Birchall, Independent candidate Mary Robinson and UKIP's Michael Pye are eliminated, with any of their second preference votes for the leading two candidates now being added to their totals. 

    A final result is expected later this afternoon.

  7. New bus service up and running

    A bus service linking Dent and Sedbergh with Kirkby Stephen will run for the first time today. 

    The Kirkby Stephen Connect, run by Western Dales Community Bus company, reinstates a service which was withdrawn in 2014 following a cuts to subsidies by Cumbria County Council. It will run once a day on Fridays.

  8. Broughton buzzard attacks: Joggers told to carry sticks

    BBC Radio Cumbria's bird expert Mike Carrier has advised runners to carry sticks to protect themselves from a buzzard which has been attacking joggers in Broughton-in-Furness. 

    He said it's unusual behaviour, but believes the bird is protecting its territory during the nesting season.

    What do we know about buzzards?

  9. BreakingPCC vote now two horse race between Labour and Conservatives

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Cumbria's next police and crime commissioner will either be Labour's Reg Watson or Conservative candidate Peter McCall.

    Independent hopeful Mary Robinson, Liberal Democrat candidate Loraine Birchall and UKIP's Michael Pye have been eliminated after the first round of counting. 

    Mr Watson got 22,768 first preference votes, while Mr McCall secured 32,569.

    The second round count is under way in Kendal.

  10. Twickenham date for Whitehaven rugby team

    Whitehaven-based St Benedicts will become the first Cumbrian club side to play in a final at Twickenham tomorrow. 


    The rugby team is travelling to London for what is the biggest match in its history.   

    St Benedicts beat Wolverhampton 12-0 in the semi-final of the Intermediate Cup and will face Tunbridge Wells at 15:00 tomorrow.

    View more on twitter

    You can follow full-match commentary on BBC Radio Cumbria Sport.

  11. Travel: Keep up to date

    BBC Travel

    There are no major problems reported on the county's roads this afternoon and public transport is also running to time.

    Keep up to date here.

  12. Outgoing PCC Richard Rhodes 'sad' to leave job

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    Current Cumbria PCC Richard Rhodes (on the right) is at the count. He did not stand for re-election this year.

    He says he'll be sad to leave the job, but he'll stay in position until 11 May then his successor will take over.

    PCC count
  13. Counters at Kendal recording votes for Cumbria PCC

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    There's a fairly subdued atmosphere in Kendal for the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner count. 

    The floor is quiet apart from clusters of candidate groups watching on:

    Kendal count
  14. Weather: A warm afternoon with hazy sunshine

    It will be another fine and dry afternoon, but cloudier than Thursday with a little hazy sunshine. 

    Feeling warm in the sun, especially in northwestern parts such as Workington with highs of 19C (66F).

    Get a five-day forecast for your part of Cumbria.

    weather graphic
  15. 'Buzzard came at me like a missile'

    David Beresford is among around a dozen runners who've reported being swooped on by a buzzard while running near the railway footpath in Broughton-in-Furness.

    Jogger injuries

    He was scratched and bloodied in the attack and says runners have taken to carrying sticks to protect themselves: 

    Quote Message: I'm running through the field and, the next thing, 'bang' on the back of the head again, which I couldn't believe and I could see this thing doing another circle and it came back towards me like a missile. And I could see its eyes as it came towards me and I swear it was enjoying itself." from David Beresford
    David Beresford
    buzzard sign
  16. Damaged flood barriers get fixed

    The Environment Agency has started repairing the glass panel flood defences in Keswick. 

    Seals on the barriers along High Hill, pictured, were damaged during December's floods when the River Greta spilled over into the road.

    The work is part of a £10m programme to inspect and repair damaged flood defences across Cumbria.

    flood defences
  17. Independent councillor wins by a dozen votes

    An independent candidate who took a seat off Labour on Carlisle City Council says he wants to increase his majority next time after winning by just 12 votes.

    Jeff Bomford won Botcherby with 511 votes. His nearest challenger got 499. It means that part of the city is now represented entirely by independent councillors. 

    He told BBC Radio Cumbria: "I'm really, really happy about the result. It was a close one, hopefully the work I'll be doing over the next four years will convince people who didn't vote for me that I was a good choice."

  18. Cumbria PCC election: Turnout figures in full

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    Counting is under way of votes for Cumbria's next police and crime commissioner. 

    The turnout across Cumbria up 10 percentage points to 25.6%, on the inaugural election of a PCC in 2012.

    We should get a result at about 16:00.

    results graph
  19. Tribute to Clifton woman killed in A66 crash

    The family of a woman who died two weeks after she was injured in a car crash in Cumbria say there lives will never be the same again.

    Helen Threlfell

    ​Helen Threlfell, 37, from Clifton, near Penrith, died in hospital in Newcastle on Sunday. She had been there since the collision, which happened on the A66 at Stainton on April 15.

    A family statement, issued by Cumbria Police, said: ​“We are beyond devastated at the loss of Helen. Our lives will never be the same again. Helen was a beautiful, kind and caring girl who took great pride in everything she did."