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  1. Updates on Tuesday 1 November 2016.

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Martin Lewes


    Our news, travel reports (that's been busy today) and the odd snippet from social networks is now finished for the day.

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

    If you've news we should know about or a picture you'd like to share, you can email ustweet us or get in touch through our Facebook page.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. MPs offer county's finest food and drink at Westminster 'Cumbria Day'

    The county's six MPs are to host a special day in Westminster to showcase the best of their constituencies' food and drink.

    They'll be inviting their honourable and right honourable friends to try the taste of Cumbrian beers and spirits, coffee, lamb and ice cream.

    The event on 6 December is sponsored by the local enterprise partnership.

  3. Fireworks sellers warned: You're breaking the law

    Police say fireworks are being sold illegally over social networks in Carlisle.

    People selling fireworks, including sparklers, must be licensed to do so.

    PC Lori Tallantire said: "Illegal firework trading has a dangerous knock-on effect as some may sell to under-18s."

    She asked for anyone with information about the sales to pass it on to police.

  4. Cumbria's weather: Clear and cold, mostly dry

    It will stay mostly dry overnight, but the odd light shower is possible towards the coast.

    With clear skies and light winds it will turn cold, with a widespread grass frost likely forming by the morning, and temperatures falling to 3C (37F).

    Weater graphic

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

  5. PC in court charged with assault

    A police officer has appeared in court in Carlisle to deny assaulting a woman while he was on duty.

    Lindsay William Clark, 52, of Bolton Low Houses, near Wigton, pleaded not guilty to assaulting Karen Maskall in Appleby on 4 June.

    At the city's magistrates court, District Judge Gerald Chalk granted Mr Clark unconditional bail until his trial there, expected early next year.

  6. Trial of mother over attack on son told of text message

    A Whitehaven man who was stabbed in the neck by his brother has been giving evidence against his mother who is accused of instigating the attack.

    Tony Murphy, pictured below, underwent surgery after his younger brother Gary attacked him. Gary Murphy has already admitted attempted murder at Carlisle Crown Court.

    His mother, Alison Murphy, of Copeland Avenue in Whitehaven, denies attempted murder. 

    It's alleged she sent a text to Gary suggesting he should be killed, but today her barrister, Andrew Jeffries QC, said the text was actually sent by Tony to wind up his brother.

    Mr Jeffries put this to Tony Murphy, who told the jury: "I don't remember. I was very drunk." 

    The trial continues.

    Tony Murphy
  7. Wigton veteran joins FIFA critics over poppy row

    A Wigton veteran who was injured in Afghanistan has called for Fifa to reconsider a ban on players wearing poppies in a scotland England match on Armistice Day.

    FIFA says it sees the poppies as a political symbol, and these are banned.

    Mark Harding, who served in the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, said: "It's about Remembrance.  

    "There are people who've made the ultimate sacrifice. With it being an England-Scotland match, we're both countries in the UK so they should be allowed to wear it."

  8. Town's fury after 'Remembrance' boat is stolen

    An ornamental boat that features in a Maryport flower bed and had just been covered in British Legion poppies for Remembrance Day, has been stolen.

    Boat with veterans

    The boat was said to be bolted onto concrete and filled with soil. Linda Radcliffe, the Mayor of Maryport, said it was sickening.

    "Someone's clearly gone to infinite trouble to remove it, and it was so clearly prepared for Remembrance."

  9. A late Halloween treat

    Martin Lewes


    If you're just preparing for tricking or treating, you take a pumpkin and carve a rough face, with jagged eyes and maybe a scar or some crooked teeth.

    If you work for a firm that builds warships, submarines and aircraft, you do a detailed depiction of a Royal Navy destroyer.

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  10. Bridge closed after truck wrecks parapet

    A road in West Cumbria will be closed for up to a week while damaged caused when it was hit by a lorry this morning is repaired.

    The parapet of the bridge on Drigg Road in Seascale is said to be badly damaged, and not even pedestrians are being allowed across.

    The West Cumbria coast rail line which passes underneath, is still open, but with a restricted service. 

    Contractors for Network Rail will start repairs this evening.

  11. Your pictures: The mighty Scafells in gin-clear air

    Martin Lewes


    When the weather forecaster talks of a cold front going through, sometimes this is what they mean; dry Arctic air, which gives every shadow a sharp edge and sweeps away the mist and haze.

    Ian Warren was lucky enough to be high above Wasdale on Middle Fell this morning to see England's highest mountains in this purest light, and kind enough to let us post it.

    Scafell and Scafell Pike
  12. Missing Heysham boy may be in Barrow

    Lancashire police say a boy who's been missing from his Heysham home for a week may be in Barrow.

    Jake 'Jack' Rayner

    Jake Rayner, who's known as Jack and is 15, was last seen in Lancaster last Tuesday afternoon.  

    It's thought he may have travelled to Barrow with a girl of the same age.

  13. Arts and culture leads winter visitor drive in Lakes

    Arts and culture attractions such as the historic house at Blackwell, near Bowness on Windermere, are leading a marketing drive to bring more visitors into Cumbria in the winter season.


    The fells of the Lake District have always had an extra attraction for walkers when there's snow on the tops, but Liz Moss from the Lakeland Arts Trust, which runs Blackwell and the Abbot Hall art Gallery in Kendal, says there's also a chance to promote a combination of holiday and retail therapy.

    Quote Message: People are tempted to go out and do their Christmas shopping, but they might not think about doing it in different places and combining it with a weekend break. from Liz Moss Lakeland Arts Trust
    Liz MossLakeland Arts Trust
  14. Tourism businesses start winter campaign

    A major marketing campaign begins today to attract visitors to Cumbria during the quieter winter months.

    Winter scene

    Cumbria Tourism wants to capitalise on the current trend for "staycations".

    There's also a new winter loyalty card for a number of major attractions which its hoped will bring benefits across the economy.

  15. GPs 'not given enough time for training' on mental health

    Family doctors don't always get enough time to keep up to date on issues such as mental health, according to one of the county's leading GPs.

    The mental health charity MIND published a report this morning saying doctors and practice nurses didn't get enugh training in mental health even though it features in about one third of their appointments..

    Dr Geoff Jolliffe from the Cumbrian Clinical Commissioning Group, which decides where money's spent on health services in the county, says GPs don't always have the time they need to keep up with developments in a wide range of medicine.

    Quote Message: We need to ask the government to look at this and give GPs the space to do the job properly." from Dr Geoff Jolliffe
    Dr Geoff Jolliffe
  16. Travel: A6 reopens after truck fire

    BBC Travel

    The A6 between Kendal and Shap is now partially reopen after the lorry fire at Low Borrowbridge earlier.

    Fire crews from Shap, Kendal and Staveley dealt with the blaze and the road was closed for several hours after 07:00.  No one was hurt.

    You can find the latest travel news here.

  17. Railway landslip work on track to hit deadline

    Engineers say they hope to complete a £23m project to stop the Settle-Carlisle railway line sliding into the River Eden near Armathwaite on time.

    Men working on railway

    Huge concrete piles are being installed to underpin 100m of track, after 500,000 tonnes of rock started sliding away last winter.

    The work should be finished by the end of March.