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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and the odd other nugget from around Cumbria for today, and this week. Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 on Monday.

    As always, if you have news you think we should know, or 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.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Keith Curle to meet directors over new new players

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Keith Curle expects to know by early next week if he has money to spend on new Carlisle United players.

    The United boss is meeting the club's owners to discuss finances after drawing Sunderland at home in the second round of the League Cup, and after the club earned a sell-on fee when former player Brad Potts moved from Blackpool to Barnsley:

    Keith Curle
    Quote Message: I'm not going to pay over the odds for players that I don't think will bring us quality, I'm not going to fill the changing room with sub-standard players." from Keith Curle
    Keith Curle

    United are at Cambridge tomorrow, looking for their first points of the new League Two season.

    They'll still be without midfielders Jason Kennedy, Samir Nabi and Kelvin Etuhu

  3. Council moves to take beach off bathing waters list

    The beach at Allonby South could be taken off the official list of bathing waters in Allerdale.

    It would mean the beach was no longer tested for levels of bacteria by the Environment Agency.

    Allerdale council officials, who've started the required public consultation, say not enough people use the beach, and there aren't enough facilities, to justify the work involved in bringing the water there up to a good standard.

    Last year, the agency rated the Allonby South water as sufficient; the only other two beaches on the list in Allerdale, Silloth and Allonby were both rated poor, which technically means that although they are not closed, they're not safe for swimmers.

  4. Jail for man who assaulted child on New Year's Eve

    A man who sexually assaulted a young girl after pinning her to the ground has been jailed for 33 months.

    Andrew Harrickie, 42, of Balmoral Road, Kensington in Liverpool, admitted at Carlisle Crown Court, that he assaulted the girl on 31 December 2015.

    He was also barred from working with children and vulnerable adults, and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

  5. Road improvements 'could bring thousands of jobs' along M6

    Improvements to roads on both sides of the M6, developments on the railways and the possibility of flights from Carlisle Airport could all bring jobs and economic development to sites along the M6 through Cumbria, according to the county's Local enterprise Partnership.

    George Beveridge

    George Beveridge, who chairs the partnership, said: "The M6 corridor is a critical national artery and needs to be a major focus of growth and investment."

    The LEP has now published a prospectus to try to attract more investment form businesses and the government.

  6. Visitors asked to stay away from West Cumberland hospital ward

    Visitors have been asked to stay away from a West Cumberland hospital ward after the winter vomiting bug, norovirus, affected several of the patients.

    Nursing staff on ward 4A will be given discretion to lift the ban if it's thought necessary for a visitor to be allowed in.

    Hospital sign

    Staff at the hospital in Whitehaven also say anyone who's suffered the symptoms of the virus, diarrhoea or vomiting, to stay away from the hospital.

    The illness is easily passed on and although not dangerous for health people, infection can seriously affect vulnerable hospital patients.

  7. Two held after £25,000 drugs raid

    Two people were arrested and drugs with a street value of £25,000 were seized in a raid in School Street in Barrow last night.

    A man aged 40 and a 42-year-old woman are being questioned on suspicion of possession of heroin with intent to supply.

  8. Money, money, money: Politicians debate over what will happen after Brexit

    Martin Lewes


    There's a question mark over some £72m earmarked for Cumbria in European funding after Britain leaves the EU.

    Fibre broadband cabinet

    European funds have granted millions of pounds to projects in Cumbria such as the Connecting Cumbria broadband programme, which got £15m.

    Liberal Democrat politician Ian Stewart, who's Cumbria's representative on the Local Government Association, says he fears a smaller economy will mean less money available, and the UK civil servants to who share out European grants have not been kind to the county in the past.

    Quote Message: Cumbria put in £126m in bids and we got about £12m." from Ian Stewart
    Ian Stewart

    But James Airey, leader of the Conservative group, says it should be possible to improve the way the money's distributed once the UK is out of the EU.

    Quote Message: I don't want Whitehall bureaucrats deciding how this money is spent, we want a fair system where local people and local elected politicians decide where this money is needed." from James Airey Conservative group leader, Cumbria County Council
    James AireyConservative group leader, Cumbria County Council

    You can hear the issues debated on Mike Zeller at breakfast, on BBC Radio Cumbria, here.

  9. Adventurer forced to bail out of Europe record attempt

    Sean Conway, an adventurer based in Cumbria, has had to abandon an attempt to cycle unsupported from Portugal to Russia in a record time.

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    Sean, who's previous exploits include swimming around Britain and cycling around the world, was aiming to ride 4,500 miles in less than 25 days, but a muscle strain's put paid to the project.

    He'd already struggled through some of the hottest temperatures on record across central Spain.

    View more on twitter
  10. Travel: Crash slows traffic on M6 junction roundabout

    BBC News Travel

    A crash on the A66 roundabout where it meets the M6 at junction 40 at Penrith is causing delays on roads in the area and on the motorway.

  11. Kendal firm pioneers recyclable packaging to replace plastics

    John Bowness

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

    A Cumbrian paper company is using technology to make biodegradable packaging.

    James Cropper's 3DP division in Burneside near Kendal is now supplying paper mouldings to replace the thin plastic trays used to pack products such as mobile phones and bottles of perfume.

    Sample boxes

    The packaging comes from renewable sources and can be easily recycled.

  12. Cyclist hit by car is 'starting to recover'

    A cyclist who was hit by a car and seriously injured in Ulverston last month is "starting to recover", according to his family.

    A man from Manchester is awaiting trial on a number of charges including aggravated vehicle-taking, and causing injury by dangerous driving, in connection with the collision.

  13. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with patchy rain

    BBC Weather

    Patchy rain will continue throughout the day, and it'll stay cloudy.

    There'll be a strengthening breeze and top temperatures today of 18C (64F).

    Weather graphic

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

  14. Travel: Departing tourists queue for M6 junction

    BBC News Travel

    Traffic's said to be unusually heavy at the A590 approach to junction 36 on the M6 near Kendal, as tourists decide to make an early getaway because of the poor weather.

  15. Gambler who stole from his mum is jailed for 'naked greed'

    A gambling addict who stole nearly £54,000 from his elderly mother has been jailed for 32 months.

    Colin and Jacqueline Little at court

    Colin Little, 49, of Watson Street, Carlisle, admitted taking the money which he spent on online betting.

    His wife, Jacqueline, 54, who also took money, denied a charge of theft but was found guilty and given a 12-month suspended sentence.

    The couple held a power of attorney over Margaret Little's bank account because she was showing signs of mental decline, Carlisle Crown Court.was told.

    Quote Message: This was naked greed on both your parts." from Recorder David Potter
    Recorder David Potter
  16. Carlisle's council leader gets the cup tie he was hoping for

    Colin Glover, the leader of Carlisle City Council, is likely to be in the queue for tickets for the next round of the EFL, after they drew the Black Cats last night...

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  17. Nick Miller warms up for finals night in London

    BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle's Nick Miller's in the final of the men's hammer at the World Athletics Championships in London tonight.

    The 24 year-old British record holder secured automatic qualification with his first throw in qualifying.

    Video content

    Video caption: Carlisle's Nick Miller has qualified for theMens' Hammer Final at the world championships
  18. Workington care home given highest grade by watchdog

    A Workington home that supports people with learning disabilities has been rated "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission.

    The CQC gives fewer than 2% of homes the rating it's awarded the service run by Walsingham Support at Holly Dyke.

    Staff say they are "delighted" and "extremely proud" about the result.