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  1. Updates on Friday 18 August 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast and travel reports for today and this week.

    Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back to do it again from 09:00 on Monday.

    In the meantime, 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.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Turning drier with brisk winds

    BBC Weather

    Most places will turn drier overnight, although the brisk wind will see a few showers continue, mostly over the North Pennines.

    Minimum temperatures will be about 11C (52F)

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Top stone-skimmers head for Windermere national championship

    The All-England Open stone Skimming Championship returns to Windermere tomorrow.

    People skimming stones

    Those taking part include reigning champion Ron Long, colloquially known as the Old Tosser, former champion Kevin Waltham, current Shropshire championships champion Alex Lewis and women’s skimmers Charlotte Greenaway and Heather Ashton.

    Only Lakeland stones can be skimmed, they can be no more 3in in diameter, and they must skip on the water's surface a minimum of three times.

  4. Travel: Accident slows traffic on A596

    BBC News Travel

    An accident's causing delays on the A596 at Branthwaite Road, Workington.

  5. Police seek witnesses after Barrow pub attack

    Police say they're looking for two men after an altercation in a Barrow pub left a third man with a broken rib.

    Both men are described as stocky, one between 20 and 30 with mousey brown hair, the other aged 40 with grey hair.

    They'd become involved in a row with a couple in the Cross Keys pub in William Street last Sunday, and the assault happened outside.

  6. Rail firm hits back at new strike call in guards row

    The train operating company Northern has reacted angrily to a new strike called by the rail union RMT for the start of September.

    Alan Chaplin, the company's managing director, said the strike was timed to coincide with the end of the summer holidays and people returning to work and school.

    Quote Message: It will damage the region’s economy, significantly disrupt our customers’ lives, and impact local businesses.
    Quote Message: Northern is prepared to guarantee jobs and current pay for all our conductors for the next eight years, until the end of our franchise. Our offers to discuss every detail on the future responsibilities and training for on-board colleagues have been rejected by RMT. " from Alan Chaplin
    Alan Chaplin

    The RMT has always insisted that the guard's role in checking platforms before closing doors is vital for safety, and Mick Cash, the union's general secretary said the company was simply trying to bulldoze its plans through.

    Quote Message: It is that flagrant disregard for the safety issues at the heart of the dispute which leaves us with no option but to press on with the campaign of strike action." from Mick Cash
    Mick Cash
  7. Tips for a special parkrun weekend

    #teamparkrun

    It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

    This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

    It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

    And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

    Video content

    Video caption: Katherine Grainger's 5 steps to Parkrun
  8. Spanish businessman 'shocked' by Barcelona atrocity

    A Spanish businessman who runs a restaurant in Carlisle has been speaking of his shock at the terrorist attack in Barcelona.

    Francisco Aparicio, who runs Lorca in Botchergate, said his first concern was for his friends.

    Quote Message: They are all right, they weren't in the city centre, but those sorts of attacks you can't predict. It makes you feel insecure in the street." from Francisco Aparicio
    Francisco Aparicio
  9. Crash blocks west Cumbria coast road at rush hour

    Police say the A595 may be closed for some time after an accident at Blackbeck roundabout which blocked the road in both directions.

    It's likely to cause serious delays for workers heading north from Sellafield.

  10. 'Mystery athlete' to join in Carlisle 'thank you' run

    A mystery star from the world of athletics will be taking part in a park run in Chances Park in Carlisle this weekend.

    It's part of a national event, to say thank you to people who have supported community sports projects through the National Lottery.

    Greg Rutherford

    The Olympic gold medal long jumper Greg Rutherford is taking part in an event in Milton Keynes, but he told BBC Radio Cumbria this morning he was "sworn to secrecy" about who will be appearing in Carlisle at 09:00.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A595 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A595 Cumbria both ways severe accident, at Hardgates Road.

    A595 Cumbria - A595 Yeorton Brow in Blackbeck closed and queuing traffic in both directions at Blackbeck Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

  12. Your pictures: Wind and surf on the Silloth shore

    We're grateful to Brian Ashworth for sending us this view of the wind and sea piling onto the strand at Silloth. The hill is Criffel, in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Waves

    If you want to share your photos 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. Theatre calls for votes in 'welcome' contest

    Keswic's Theatre by the Lake has reached the public vote stage in a regional award for being welcoming.

    Theatre by the Lake

    The vote, in the north west category of the UK Theatre Awards, runs until Tuesday 19 September.

  14. Cumbria's weather: Showers and windy

    BBC Weather

    The showers will continue and there may be more organised rain arriving from the west later. It will be windy.

    Temperatures could reach 16C (61F).

    Weather graphic

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

  15. Charity says men less willing to complain of partner's violence

    A charity dealing with male victims of domestic abuse says they are far less likely to tell anyone if they suffer bad treatment.

    The Mankind Initiative says 40% of men told no one in an official position, compared with 12% of women.

    Dr Liz Bates of the University of Cumbria has just published her initial findings in a study of men abused by female partners.

    She says many men didn't feel they could ask for help:

    Quote Message: Those who did appeal for support told me the services were geared more towards helping women and they felt they weren't taken as seriously."
  16. Christmas Day car chase driver jailed

    A driver who led police on a high speed chase through Carlisle at lunchtime on Christmas Day has been jailed for eight weeks.

    Lee McCutcheon, 26, of no fixed address, eventually crashed and then had to be chased on foot through gardens.

    Today at Carlisle Crown Court he admitted dangerous driving, having no insurance, failing to cooperate with a drugs test and possessing cannabis.

    Judge Barbara Forrester added eight weeks to the jail sentence McCutcheon is already serving, and banned him from driving for 18 months after his release.

  17. Researcher finds 'sobering' details of domestic abuse of men

    The University of Cumbria researcher who looked into the incidence of woman abusing men in domestic relationships says she'd like to raise awareness of how widespread it is.

    Dr Liz Bates

    In an article for the university, Dr Liz Bates said she also found incidents of what's called "gaslighting": Manipulation where persistent denial, contradiction or lying is used with the aim of forcing a former partner to question their own memory and sanity.

    Quote Message: Women can physically hurt men, they can cause long-lasting damage in a psychological and physical way, and we do need to take men's victimisation more seriously." from Dr Liz Bates University of Cumbria
    Dr Liz BatesUniversity of Cumbria

    You can hear her interview with Mike Zeller on BBC Radio Cumbria, where he also talks to a victim of abuse, here.

  18. Travel: Holiday traffic builds up on Penrith motorway junction

    BBC News Travel

    Traffic leaving the M6 at junction 40 is queuing back on the slip road and in both directions on the A66 because of the volume of holiday traffic.