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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast, travel reports and a few other nuggets from around the county, for today and this week.

    Here's a reminder of the main developments:

    We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 on Monday. As always, if you want to pass on news you think we should know, or share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Missing woman found safe

    Police say the woman reported missing this morning from her home in Garrigill, Leanne Bower, has been found.

  3. Cumbria's weather: A mainly dry night

    BBC Weather

    It'll be mainly dry through the evening and overnight with clear spells.

    Temperatures will drop to about 12C (54F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. MP launches campaign over water change complaints

    Copeland Conservative MP Trudy Harrison has launched a campaign to maintain West Cumbria's Ennerdale water supply until new pipelines are built to replace it.


    The water company, United Utilities, is building a new system to supply water from Thirlmere to protect Ennerdale's more sensitive environment.

    In the meantime, it's supplying some water from a borehole at Egremont, and consumers have complained of "popping noises" from kettles, and even skin complaints.

    United Utilities and the drinking Water Inspectorate both say the water's safe, but Mrs Harrison's started a campaign to return to a full supply from Ennerdale until the Thirlmere project is complete.

  5. Expert review confirms recruiting challenge for Cumbrian hospitals

    The trust that runs north and west Cumbria's hospitals says a special review of its problems recruiting anaesthetists has confirmed the problems they face.

    West Cumberland Hospital

    The numbers of specialist doctors is the main reason why the trust has considered centralising maternity and accident and emergency services at Carlisle, and providing less at Whitehaven.

    A review by the Royal College of Anaesthetists has now reported and confirmed the problem.

    The trust says: "The review team acknowledges the need to recruit more anaesthetists but also the difficulty in recruiting anaesthetists, particularly to ‘small maternity units with low activity rates’."

  6. Cyclist rides 196-mile challenge in memory of father

    An cyclist is planning to complete the Lakes to Dales loop tomorrow after his father died from Alzheimer's disease.

    Tony Bolton

    Tony Bolton's father had the condition for 10 years and he's now hoping to ride 196 miles in 16 hours.

    He says he's inspired by his father's decline.

    Quote Message: He declined to the point where he couldn't speak, couldn't recognise me; it's a dreadful condition so we really have to do something about it." from Tony Bolton
    Tony Bolton
  7. Let the sunshine in: Raising the (new) roof at Carlisle station

    Work's nearly finished to repair the glazed roof of Carlisle railway station in a project that's already taken almost two years.

    Network Rail says the original panes of glass that had started to fall out have been replaced by huge sheets of clear plastic, so the appearance of the listed building changes as little as possible.

    Station roof

    The original roof, with a span of 50m (54 yards), had lasted since 1847, until in 2015 Network Rail commissioned the £15m project to replace the glass with much lighter plastic.

    In a second phase of work, the eight platforms will be reconstructed.

  8. The real story of a footballer's wife, from Jason and Tracey Kennedy

    Mike Zeller

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

    Being a footballer's wife includes being uncertain at the end of each season whether you'll have to move, according to Tracey Kennedy, whose husband Jason plays in midfield for Carlisle United.

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    In an interview with BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller, the couple talked of how they cope with times such as Christmas Day.

    If you missed it you can listen again here and here.

  9. Travel: Crash closes road between Arnside and Milnthorpe

    BBC News Travel

    A one-vehicle crash has closed the B5282 between Green Lane and Nuns Avenue.

    There is a diversion, but police are also dealing with two lorries than have become stuck on the diversion route through Storth.

  10. Cumbria's weather: Sunshine and showers again

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will continue to see a mix of sunshine and a few showers. Temperatures will rise to a maximum of 17C (63F).

    weather graphic

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

  11. Search continues for a place to care for tragic teenager

    Staff from the various agencies involved in the case of a teenager under the care of Cumbria County Council, who's made numerous attempts to take her own life, will be holding a conference call later today to discuss whether any of three possible placements would be suitable.

    The 17-year-old girl, known only as X for legal reasons, is due to be released from custody on 14 August, but no suitable unit in Britain has a bed available, a court's been told.

    Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the High Court, set a date for a new hearing on Monday in the judgement that became public yesterday.

    Sir James, in a very strongly-worded ruling, said staff had been making "frantic efforts to find an appropriate placement" for the girl, and that that lack of suitable services for young people was "disgraceful and utterly shaming."

    Mike Prentice, the medical director for the NHS North region, said there were "detailed clinical and social assessments taking place today to ensure the right package of care can be put in place before her release date."

  12. Your pictures: A rainbow over Deanscales

    The weather may not be what you expect in August, still, but the effects of the light and showers can be well worth a photograph.

    Our thanks go to Weather Watcher Christine Fontjin who took this shot of a double rainbow over Deanscales, near Cockermouth.

    Double rainbow

    If you want to share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @bbc_cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

  13. Police appeal for help finding missing Garrigill woman

    Police say they're concerned for the welfare of Leanne Bower, who's 38, and hasn't been seen since she passed through Alston at 10:30 yesterday.

    Leanne Bower

    Ms Bower left her home in the remote village of Garrigill at 08:00 yesterday and officers believe she may have been heading for the north east.

    She was travelling in a red Vauxhall Astra, registration YH12 XFO.

  14. Specialist polish reveals new history of Furness hoard

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Part of the Furness Hoard of Viking treasure is revealing its full shiny glory for the first time in more than 1,000 years after specialist cleaning.

    Shiny Hoard

    The Furness Hoard of Viking era silver coins, ingots and jewellery was discovered near Stainton in 2011.

    The cleaning has transformed corroded coins to their shiny original state, revealing for the first time in which king's name they were minted, and more about the history of the hoard and the Furness area at the time it was buried.

    Sabine Skae, the curator of the Dock Museum, says the coins look as good as new:

    Quote Message: This is Athelstan, you couldn't tell this before, but now you can see his crown, his nose, his lips, his full face."
  15. Fresh faces take field at Brunton Park as new season kicks off

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United begin the new season tomorrow at home to Swindon, who were relegated from League One last season.

    The Wiltshire side have made 10 signings as they prepare for life in League Two - while as many as seven new players could make United debuts for Keith Curle's team

    Keith Curle
    Quote Message: The players that we've brought in have added a dynamic that we were missing last season, in my opinion." from Keith Curle Manager, Carlisle United
    Keith CurleManager, Carlisle United
  16. Travel: Roadworks slow traffic through Ulverston

    BBC News Travel

    Traffic is said to be very slow through Tank Square roundabout in the centre of Ulverston, on the A590.

    There are long-term roadworks taking place between Ulverston and Swarthmoor.

  17. Weather on the fell tops: Getting better through the day

    Once again, the better conditions on the Lake District hills will be later in the day.

    • Temp at 3,000ft: 9C.
    • Wind above 2,000ft: Strong westerly breeze gusting 34mph.
    • Cloud: Periods of cloud above 1,500ft at first but becoming more occasional around midday as cloud lifts to around 2,500ft. During the afternoon and evening just patches of cloud affecting the summits.
    • Visibility: Difficult navigation conditions are expected through the first half of the morning with periods of cloud above 1,500ft with visibility on lower slopes affected by rain. Visibility improves through the morning and becomes generally very good.
  18. General rubbish 'contaminates half council's recycling'

    Used needles, nappies and doggie bags are among the items contaminating recycling bins in Barrow.

    FCC Environment, the borough council's contractor dealing with the waste, says only half of the waste it's collecting for recycling can be reused because so much general rubbish is being put in red recycling bins and bottle boxes.

    The contractor for Barrow Borough Council says people are getting better at sorting their waste since the system changed in April but still general rubbish is turning-up in the recycling.

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