Nine people have been jailed and 22 others sentenced over an elaborate £600,000 "cash for crash" fraud.Read more
- Updates on Friday 18 November 2016
Our news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and a sideways glance at social networks has finished for the day and the week.
We'll do it all again, starting at 08:00 on Monday.
Showers will continue through the evening but should become less widespread by dawn.
There'll be a widespread frost with ice forming on untreated surfaces.
The lowest temperatures will be about 0C (32F).
Hallbeck Bridge near Killington in the Lune Valley was so badly damaged in the floods last winter that the only option was to demolish it.
Reconstruction started in September, and was completed last week.
Cumbria County Council and Story Construction, the contractors, recorded progress in this stop-frame video.
The mastermind of a "cash for crash" fraud which netted more than £500,000 has been jailed.
Mark McCracken oversaw dozens of other people in the scam, which staged fake collisions and made bogus insurance claims, Carlisle Crown Court was told.
The 48-year-old, of Castlesteads Drive, Carlisle, admitted 13 charges of fraud and one of using false documents, and was jailed for seven years.
During a phone call to insurers he pretended to be woman to make a fraudulent claim for a Jaguar.
BBC Look North
Nine people have been jailed and 22 others given suspended prison sentences for a massive insurance scam involving fake car crashes.
Carlisle Crown Court was told that for four years, staged and even completely fictitious car crashes were organised by Mark McCracken from the Sandsfield Park area of Carlisle. He roped in associates from the car trade to be part of the scam; all were jailed for sharing in the spoils.
Others pretended to be drivers and passengers in a deception that cost the motor insurance industry around £600,000.
Judge Peter Davies told the 22 who received suspended sentences they were lucky not to be taking a real road trip today straight to custody.
Police have released the name of a woman who died in her smoke-filled flat in Penrith this morning.
She was Anne Oates, who was 45.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus brought her out of her flat in Brunswick Square in the small hours of the morning, but she died later in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.
Police and experts are investigating but say they don't believe there are any suspicious circumstances.
North West Evening Mail
Cumbria's been snuggling under the winter blanket of snow for the first time this season, and your pictures have been coming in.
Christine Duff from Tynemouth caught the contrast of autumn foliage and snow on the shores of Derwentwater, and watched a snow shower sweep across in front of Catbells.
Meanwhile, Daniel Bulman went for the contrast between the snows of Skiddaw, setting off the brilliant green of the grass in the valley below.
There's a final call for people to have their say on plans to cut the number of MPs in Cumbria from six to five and redraw constituency boundaries.
There's now less than a fortnight to take part in a public consultation before it closes on 5 December, and the Boundary Commission for England is urging people to respond by visiting its website.
This map shows the changes across the North West.
It's part of a national scheme to cut the size of the House of Commons and even out the number of voters in different constituencies.
Staff at the Field Studies Council centre at Blencathra spend their days studying the great outdoors, or helping other people, young and old to do so.
Today they studied techniques for compressing snow and sculpting the result, working through their lunch hour.
A 57-year-old man from Carlisle has admitted trying to cause or incite a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity.
Ronald John Carter, from Partridge Place in Carlisle, appeared before Mr Justice Davis at Carlisle Crown Court.
The judge adjourned the case until 16 December for reports to be prepared, but he told Carter that all options for punishment, including prison, remained open.
The woman who died in an accident with a van in Dalton yesterday morning was Hilda Higgins, from Rawlinson Street in the town.
She was 76.
Mrs Higgins died in the Furness General Hospital after an incident involving a white van.
The driver, who's 27, was unhurt. Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses.
Floods Minister Therese Coffey said today she was encouraged by Cumbria's tourism figures for the summer, as she announced grants worth £4m to repair the damage Storm Desmond did to paths and footbridges across the county.
The-then Prime Minister David Cameron promised £2m when he visited the county last January.
The national park authority identified 530 separate repair jobs, and so far only 33 have been completed because of the £5.8m cost.
A woman has died in a fire at a flat in Penrith early this morning.
Emergency services were called to the first-floor flat in Brunswick Square at 01:33 and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus brought the 45-year-old woman out in a critical condition.
She was given first aid by paramedics and taken to the Cumberland Infirmary where she died.
Police and the fire services are investigating the cause, but it's not thought to be suspicious.
The woman's family has been informed. It's the second death in a fire in the town in a week.
A Cumbrian councillor claims changes being planned by the NHS in the county will put the lives of mothers and babies at risk.
Rebecca Hanson, who's a Cockermouth Town councillor for the Liberal Democrats, has published an online report saying there could be up to seven unnecessary baby deaths in five years if consultants are no longer based at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.
The Success regime, a management group trying to save money in the trust that runs north Cumbria's hospitals, says recruitment problems mean it's better to concentrate maternity care at Carlisle, with a midwife-led unit for west Cumbria.
Ms Hanson says she bases her claim on international research into the maternity care of women living a long way from hospitals.
BBC Radio Cumbria Sport
Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says money made from the club's cup runs will go into his transfer kitty in the January window.
United have made progress in both the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy this month, but Curle says he's not yet been given a definitive figure on what he can spend.
United are back at Brunton Park for the visit of second-from-bottom Exeter City tomorrow in League Two.
There's full match commentary on BBC Radio Cumbria Sport.
Elsewhere, Barrow can create a new club record of 15 unbeaten games at National League level if they avoid defeat against Solihull Moors at Holker Street.
BBC Look North
The criminal mastermind of a massive insurance fraud has been jailed for seven years at Carlisle Crown Court today.
Mark McCracken, from Carlisle, involved dozens of other people in an elaborate scam by staging fake car crashes and making false claims.
He pleaded guilty to 13 charges of fraud and one of using false documents.
The whole scam was worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Judge Peter Davies is still in the process of sentencing the other 34 defendants.
A crash involving two vehicles, one of which has overturned, is partially blocking the B6260 between Orton and Tebay.
The road's hazardous because of ice and snow.
Kendal Mountain Festival opened last night with a procession through the town centre.
The three-day event, including more than 100 new films, exhibitions and talks by some of the world's top mountaineers and explorers, attracts thousands of visitors and it's estimated will bring more than £2m into the local economy
A woman's died in a fire in a flat in Penrith.
Emergency services were called to Brunswick Square at 01:33 this morning.
A woman was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, where she has now died.
Repairs to hundreds of flood-damaged paths and footbridges across Cumbria should gather pace after the announcement that government grants promised in January have now arrived.
So far only 33 of 530 jobs identified by the Lake District National Park Authority have been completed; a number, like this new bridge across the Rothay at Ambleside, with the help of £60,000 collected by the Friends of the Lake District.
The-then Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced in January that £2m woiuld be provided; now £4m has been granted, £3m for the Lake District.
Richard Leafe, the authority's chief executive, says the delay hasn't meant wasted time: "We spent a lot of time working out precisely what we need to do, to which paths and where, and importantly how we make them more resilient for the future."
Barrow's credit union has been told by regulators to stop issuing loans because of a high level of bad debts.
Directors have appealed for support to start lending again before Christmas.
They say people's deposits are secure, and withdrawals and payments are unaffected, but between £6,000 and £16,000 is needed to start lending again.
BBC Cumbria Live
It's Children in Need day, and people across the county and in schools will be raising funds for the BBC charity.
Many charities in Cumbria benefit from Children in Need, which spends about £2.2m a year in the county.
West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support helps children who've been victims or witnesses of violence in their homes.
Susan Boakes from the charity says: "Initially when the children arrive with us, some of their behaviours are quite extreme.
"Over the time when we work with them, they settle down, they find it easier to talk about their experiences, which makes them more confident."
There's a lane blocked by an accident on the M6 southbound between junction 39 for Shap and junction 38 for Tebay. The road's affected by black ice.
There's also a four-vehicle accident on the A595 near Thursby roundabout.
And the A595 is partially blocked between the A5093 junction in Millom and the Chapel Brow junction in Hallthwaites, because of an accident involving two vehicles.
- Temperatures at 3,000 feet: - 4C.
- Winds: Fresh or strong west to southwesterly, gusts 35mph.
- Cloud: Variable amounts around 2,000 feet (600m) with a few patches at lower levels.
- Visibility: Good, occasionally poor in showers and in hill fog.
- Freezing level: 1,500ft (450m).
BBC Radio Cumbria reporters
- A £3m grant from the government to repair Lake District footpaths after the floods, promised in January, has arrived.
- A Cumbrian charity has been given up to £50,000 by the Home Office to try to reduce the impact of "hate crime".
- Barrow's credit union has appealed for donations after bad debts forced it to stop lending.
There'll be more on these and other stories through the day.
It'll be a colder day than yesterday, with frequent showers feeding in from the west, at times heavy, with hail and thunder, and wintry at times over high ground.
Breezy, particularly near the coast.
The highest temperatures will be about 6C (43F) on the coast, more like 3C (37F) inland.
A £3m grant has been confirmed by the government to help rebuild flood-hit footpaths and bridges within the Lake District National park.
The money was first announced in January by the-then Prime Minister David Cameron.
The Lake District national park authority estimated the cost of repairs at £5.8m; rangers identified 530 repair jobs but so far only 33 have been carried out because of lack of money.
The £3m announced today comes from the Rural Payments Agency under a programme called 'Roads to Resilience'.
Another £1m will be spent in other parts of the county.
The highest routes in the county are affected by snow and ice; you should just be able to pick out the Kirkstone pass at 07:00 in this picture from Cumbria County Council's network of webcams.
The A686 over Hartside looks little better, and there is a report of black ice on roads including the M6 around Shap and Tebay, junctions 38 and 39.
There's also been an accident southbound near Tebay.
And finally Palmers Lane in Millom is closed in both directions between the Grammerscroft junction and the Haverigg Road junction after a vehicle hit a bridge and debris on the road.
Welcome to a rather wintry Cumbria in places; we'll be bringing you the news, travel updates and a regular weather forecast, plus the odd snippet from social networks.