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 16 June 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    Our updates have now ended for the day.

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

    If you've got any stories or photos to share in the meantime, let us know by sending us an email or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Cumbria dung beetles heading to Glastonbury

    Cumbrian dung beetles are being packed-up for a trip to next week's Glastonbury Festival.

    The freshly-gathered bugs are among specimens joining the Sex, Bugs and Rock and Roll roadshow from Lancaster University ecologists to inspire festival-goers about science.

    They're also being introduced to their own ecology after a few days in the fields, as the team will be swabbing people's kit and posting the resulting pictures of cultured bacteria in an online Hall of Shame.

    This morning BBC Radio Cumbria's breakfast presenter Mike Zeller was surprised with his very own petri dishes...

    View more on facebook
  3. Lawyer for India firearms charge ex-soldiers says there's a 'political' dimension to case

    The lawyer for a Cumbrian soldier and his colleagues who are in prison in India for firearms offences says he thinks there's a political dimension to their case.

    John Armstrong from Wigton and the other men were arrested on weapons charges in October 2013 when the ship they were on was found to be full of guns. All the men deny any wrongdoing.

    Their families are staging a protest today outside the Indian high Commission in London.

    And their British-based lawyer, Stephen Askins, says he thinks there's more to the case than meets the eye:

    Quote Message: I think there is something political about this, I've always believed that there was a rival anti-piracy vessel being operated out of Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan government and that has something to do with this. Because otherwise it's just inexplicable."
  4. Diver who suffered 'the bends' defies doctors and walks again

    Sara Dumbell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    A Cumbrian diver who suffered from an attack of "the bends" in Wastwater has, against the odds, learnt to walk again.

    Steve Hallett, 52, from Ravenglass, suffered from decompression sickness caused by a life-threatening build-up of nitrates in his body when he surfaced.

    Doctors said he'd never walk again but Steve has told BBC Radio Cumbria it was his sheer determination - and months of work with physiotherapists in Liverpool - that got him back on his feet.

    Steve Hallett
  5. Conservative group leader calls Labour and Lib Dem deal 'shoddy'

    Conservative group leader James Airey has reacted to news that Labour and Liberal Democrats aim to form an administration to run Cumbria County Council, despite the Tories being largest party:

    View more on twitter
  6. Labour's Stewart Young puts himself forward as leader of council

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    The leader of the Labour group on Cumbria County Council has told BBC Radio Cumbria that he intends to form an administration to run the council alongside the Liberal Democrats.

    It would mean that the county council is run by a minority administration, as both parties together do not have an overall majority of seats. Stewart Young says he will put himself forward for election as leader of the council at a meeting later this month.

    At last month's local election, the Conservatives became the largest party with 37 seats - short of the 43 required for a majority.

    Labour and the Liberal Democrats would require at least one of the county council's five independent councillors to vote in favour of the move at the council's rescheduled Annual General Meeting which will be held in Kendal on 29 June.

    Stewart Young
  7. Labour and Lib Dems join together in attempt to run County Council

    Labour and Liberal Democrats have agreed to try to form an administration to run Cumbria County Council.

    Following the council elections in May, the Conservatives became the largest party but didn't have enough seats to have a ruling majority.

    The final decision will be made when councillors vote on 29 June.

  8. Carlisle to take on Fleetwood Town in first round of the League Cup

    BBC Sport

    Carlisle will travel to Fleetwood Town in the Legue Cup first round.

    The League Cup, has also been known as the Milk Cup, the Littlewoods Challenge Cup, the Rumbelows Cup, the Coca Cola Cup, the Worthington's Cup, the Carling Cup, the Capital One Cup, and rather unimaginatively, the EFL Cup.

    Now after a new sponsorship deal it will be called the Carabao Cup, after a Thailand energy drink.

  9. BreakingMan arrested after chemicals found in Ulverston home

    A 29-year-old man from Ulverston has been arrested after chemicals were found in a property.

    The man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

    Police are working with specialist fire service staff in order to safely remove the chemicals from the property in Weston Avenue.

    The man remains in custody.

    Weston Avenue, Ulvertson
  10. Police concerned for missing woman last seen at Cumberland Infirmary

    Police are concerned for the welfare of a 37-year-old woman missing from Carlisle.

    Angela Rodgers was last seen at the Cumberland Infirmary at 17:00 yesterday.

    She's 5ft 2in, of small build with black hair tied up into a bun.

    She may be wearing a grey Nike tracksuit top and bottoms.

    Angela Rodgers
  11. 'No need for people to worry' after substances found in an Ulverston home

    Jennie Dennett

    BBC Cumbria

    Cumbria Police and a fire team from Manchester are in Ulverston investigating substances found at a house on Croftlands.

    They say they received intelligence alerting them to the address on Weston Avenue yesterday afternoon.

    Stuart Dolan is the operations commander with the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and told BBC Radio Cumbria the information came from Cumbria Police.

    he added it's a "multi-agency approach" and also reassured people in the area there's no need to worry:

    Quote Message: I'm not at liberty to give further details, but in terms of a terrorist attack I would say that there'd be no need for people to worry about that."
    Investigation team at house on Weston Ave
    Weston Avenue
  12. Breaking'Potentially hazardous material' found at a home in Ulverston

    There's a significant operation under way around "potentially hazardous material" found in Ulverston.

    Greater Manchester Fire service, and the police and fire service in Cumbria were called yesterday afternoon and worked until 00:30 this morning.

    They have returned today to continue analysing substances which were found in the property in Weston Avenue.

    Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service says it hasn't needed to evacuate the area and there's no need to worry about a terrorist attack.

    Greater Manchester fire truck
  13. Cumbrian village to remember murdered MP Jo Cox

    A village near Carlisle will be joining 120,000 communities across the UK this weekend to celebrate the life of the murdered MP, Jo Cox.

    Residents in Great Corby will enjoy a picnic tomorrow as part of The Great Get Together, which is the idea of Jo's husband, Brendan. He wanted a fitting tribute to his late wife, who he says was passionate about bringing communities together, without the barriers of race or religion.

    The 40-year-old MP, a mother of two, was murdered by a gunman on the steps of her constituency surgery on 16 June last year.

    Jo Cox
  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J42 for A6 and J41 for B5305.

    M6 Cumbria - An overturned vehicle on M6 southbound between J42, A6 (Carlisle South) and J41, B5305 (Catterlen). Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  15. Keith Curle: No move to Aberdeen in near future

    Ged Mills

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    Carlisle United boss Keith Curle will not be heading to Aberdeen in the near future after it was announced yesterday that manager Derek McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty will stay with the club.

    Sunderland had been given permission to speak to the management team as they seek a replacement for David Moyes.

    Keith Curle
  16. Watch: Going bananas in Ulverston

    Giant bananas will be brightening up the streets of Ulverston this weekend.

    The Banana Dance is being performed with 4ft paper-mache bananas as part of Ulverston's Another Fine Fest, which marks the birthday of Stan Laurel who was born in the town.

    Organisers describe the banana as "the quintessential fruit of slapstick comedy" making it an obvious choice for a comedy spectacle.

    Shops in the town have joined in with banana-themed displays.

    Watch what's been happening behind the scenes:

    View more on facebook
  17. Teenager admits child sex offences

    A teenager will be sentenced next month after he admitted child sex offences.

    A number of the offences happened while he was living in the Whitehaven area.

    Lewis Steven Peake, 18, from Luton Road in Ellesmere Port, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday.

    He faced 10 charges including inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, grooming and possessing indecent images of a child.

    He will be sentenced on 28 July.

    Carlisle Crown Court