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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    This service of news, travel reports, regular weather forecasts and the odd snippet from social networks is now finished for the day. We'll do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow.

    As always, if you have a photo you'd like to share or news you think we should know about, you can email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Titcombe: NHS has 'fundamentally changed' since Joshua's death

    We've more on what the Furness hospital campaigner James Titcombe told the Conservative Party conference this afternoon.

    He said that since the Kirkup report on the failings that led to the deaths of 11 babies and one mother at the Furness General Hospital, improvements had started to come in.

    "There's been a drive to improve culture and transparency. The regulatory system that missed opportunities to intervene at Morecambe Bay has fundamentally changed."

    Quote Message: Information which in the old days might have been suppressed or ignored, is now not only acted on by the system, but also made available to the public." from James Titcombe, speaking at Conservative Party conference.
    James Titcombe, speaking at Conservative Party conference.
  3. Travel: Broken down lorry slows A66

    BBC Travel

     The A66 partially blocked and queuing traffic westbound between the B6542 junction in Crackenthorpe and the Piper Lane junction in Kirkby Thore, because of a broken down lorry.

    The latest travel reports are here.

  4. Drunken attacker who broke rugby player's jaw is spared jail

    A drunken man who broke the jaw of a young rugby player with one punch in a late-night brawl in Penrith has been given a suspended sentence.

    Andrew Hunter, 30, pleaded guilty to assaulting Jack Peet and causing him grievous bodily harm.  

    Mr Peet, a former north of England under-18 rugby union player, underwent surgery after the attack to fit metal plates and screws into his jaw, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

    Judge Tony Lancaster heard glowing references for Hunter, and suspended a 15-month jail term. 

    He said Hunter, of South Road, Kirkby Stephen, must complete 240 hours of unpaid work and pay his victim £1,500 compensation.

  5. James Titcombe: NHS didn't want to learn from baby deaths

    The campaigner James Titcombe, whose search for the truth about the death of his baby son exposed the failings of the maternity unit at the Furness General Hospital, has been telling the Conservative party of his long campaign.

    James Titcombe speaking at conference

    He told the conference that as he investigated: "It quickly became clear to me that Joshua's death was not just a one off and that similar failings had affected many other families."

    Mr Titcombe's campaign led to the Kirkup report, and major changes at the hospitals trust, but not until six other babies had died; he said this was a second tragedy.

    Mr Titcombe told the conference he'd worked in the nuclear industry where mistakes were regarded as an opportunity to learn.

    Quote Message: But the NHS I encountered at the time we lost Joshua felt like it was more interested in keeping bad news quiet, than in learning from what happened; more preoccupied with protecting its own institutions and staff than the families that depend on it." from James Titcombe
    James Titcombe
  6. Furness hospital campaigner tells Conservatives of battle

    James Titcombe, whose baby son Joshua's death at the Furness General Hospital exposed failings in the maternity unit there, has been telling the Conservative Party Conference about his campaign.

    He was praised immediately afterwards by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said Mr Titcombe should not have had to write hundreds of letters and thousands of emails to find out what had happened to Joshua.

    Jeremy Hunt
    Quote Message: He shouldn't had to write one, let alone that many, but faced with a grieving father, instead of supporting him, the system pulled up the drawbridge." from Jeremy Hunt
    Jeremy Hunt
  7. Cumbria's weather: Dry, with variable cloud

    It should be dry through this evening and overnight with variable cloud and some clear spells. 

    Not as cool as the previous night, with temperatures falling to between 9C (48F) and 14C (57F).

    weather graphic

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

  8. Defence Secretary 'to see first steel cut for new sub'

    The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon's told the Conservative Party conference he'll be seeing the first steel cut for the submarines that will succeed the Vanguard class that carries Britain's nuclear deterrent, when he visits the shipyard tomorrow.

    Artist's impression of Successor submarine

    Sir Michael said it was "a £1bn investment programme that will benefit businesses from Barrow to Berkshire, from the north of Scotland to Tyneside".

    MPs voted in July to renew Britain's ageing nuclear weapons system by 472 votes to 117, with the manufacture of four replacement submarines at a current estimated cost of £31bn.

  9. Leading farmer warns on Brexit ahead of conference

    Leaving the EU will mean farmers facing more competition and a faster loss of taxpayer subsidies, according to the former NFU president who's the main speaker of a big northern farming conference next month.

    Peter Kendall says the challenge will be to minimise the risks and maximise the opportunities.

    The conference at Hexham on 9 November will have Brexit as one of the hot topics, according to the organisers.

  10. Workington host FA qualifier replay

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Workington and Matlock Town replay their FA Cup Third Qualifying Round tie at Borough Park tonight following Saturday's 1-1 draw.

    Tonight's winners will be away to National North strugglers Altrincham for a place in the first round proper.

  11. College gets nuclear stamp of approval

    A Cumbrian college has been listed as among the best in the country for the training it offers to the next generation of nuclear workers.

    Advanced manufacturing and technology centre

    The Furness College in Barrow recently opened its new Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre, offering training up to degree level in engineering skills to the rigorous standards required in nuclear sites such as the Barrow shipyard or Sellafield.

    It has now been recognised as a "high quality provider" by the National Skills Academy.

  12. Cumbria's weather: A dry, bright day with an easterly breeze

    It should be a dry and a bright day with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells.

    It'll feel warm inland in shelter from the fresh easterly wind with temperatures up to 18C (64F),

    Weather graphic

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

  13. Rusland Valley next in line for Friends' care day

    The Friends of the Lake District say the group's next Fell Care Day, the 14th mass volunteering event it's organised, will be in the Rusland valley, between Coniston Water and Windermere.

    Rusland valley

    The volunteers will be undertaking archaeological surveys as well as dry-stone walling, coppicing, a litter pick, and a number of other activities.

  14. Carlisle United sells out for Shrimps fixture

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United say the club's whole allocation of 1,770 tickets for this Saturday's visit to Morecambe has now sold out.

    United head for the Shrimps looking for a win or draw to stretch their unbeaten record.

  15. Hospitals see parking fees income rise by 40% in five years

    Figures obtained by a South Cumbrian MP show the trust that runs hospitals in Kendal, Barrow and Lancaster brought in £833,000 in parking charges in the last financial year; up 40% in five years.

    The trust charges £1.25 an hour, although there are weekly passes available to save money.

    Westmorland General Hospital Car Park

    Tim Farron, who's the Liberal Democrat leader and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said it showed the trust was "simply desperate to find the cash it needs". 

    The trust's overall spending last year was nearly £325m. 

    A spokesman said charging meant the parking could be kept for people on hospital business, and the money went back into patient care.

  16. Travel: Emergency repairs close Barrow road

    BBC Travel

    Bridgegate Avenue in Barrow-In-Furness is closed in both directions between the Lesh Lane junction and the Risedale Road junction because of an earlier accident and emergency repairs. Diversion in operation.

    The latest travel updates are here.

  17. The oven on concrete pillars that means this house can stand floods better

    Martin Lewes


    Ten months on from Storm Desmond, and we've still got a second flood recovery story in South Cumbria,  to add to the earlier report on Carlisle.

    Oven on concrete pillars

    The way the oven's perched on concrete pillars in this Kendal cottage may look like a trendy design feature; but it's one of a number of adaptations, paid for with a £5,000 flood resilience grant, to make sure if the riverside property floods again, it can be swiftly dried out.

    And Sinead McCann, who lives there, says that would mean moving out for weeks rather than most of the following year, as she has had to this time.

    Quote Message: “I don’t want to go through all that again. I wanted to do what I could now, so that if it happens again it won’t be as awful or traumatic’’ from Sinead McCann
    Sinead McCann

    Advice on flood precautions is being offered by South Lakeland council at a Flood Fair at K Village, Kendal, on Saturday, 8 October, 9.30am to 5.30pm.