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  1. Friday 15 September 2017

Live Reporting

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting the news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other nuggets that we notice about the county.

    Here's a reminder:

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

    In the meantime, if you've a photo you'd like to share with the county, or news you think we should know, you can email us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Penrith station blooms and hums as trains buzz through

    Local gardeners and Virgin Trains have set up planters on the platform to create a habitat for bees.

    Suitcase planted with flowers

    The idea came from two station assistants, Liam Edmondson and John Kelly, who involved 25 volunteers and groups including Eden Mencap and the North Lakes School.

  3. Cumbria's weather: Chilly with some showers

    BBC Weather

    The showers will continue in some areas, although there will be some clear weather too.

    It will be rather chilly, with temperatures of 6C (43F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Cathedral sculpture steps towards the end of times

    The sculptress Christine Hurford has installed a work in Carlisle Cathedral that tries to show the last footsteps of mankind on earth.

    The white fronds look like grass but are abstract representations of people, with the footsteps embedded in the surface between them.

    The installation is part of C-Art, a county-wide festival involving studios, galleries and installations.

    Sculpture
    Quote Message: Our footprints will be the last footprints on earth if we don't look after the world as it is." from Christine Hurford
    Christine Hurford
  5. Locals warned to stay inside as barn blazes near Barrow

    Fire crews from across the Furness peninsula have spent the afternoon fighting a major barn fire.

    People living near the farm between Barrow and Dalton were asked to stay in doors and close their windows and Park Road was closed because of smoke.

    Barn on fire

    The fire broke out in the barn at Sinkfall Farm on Rakesmoor Lane at 13:30 and five fire engines are still in attendance.

    The barn contains hay and machinery. Gas cylinders have been removed by firefighters.

  6. Travel: Three-car crash slows A590 near Lindale

    BBC News Travel

    Three cars have collided on the eastbound carriageway of Lindale Hill at the sliproad for the B5271, partially blocking the road.

    And the going is still slow on the A596 because the lorry that overturned between Carlisle and Wigton this morning has yet to be recovered.

  7. Travel: Roads close in Kendal for Torchlight Carnival

    BBC News Travel

    Roads around Kendal will start closing at about 18:00 for the Torchlight Carnival procession, and many will remain closed until 22:00.

  8. Police money goes to church projects to take load off bobbies

    Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, is giving £2,000 to each of three local church groups to help them set up projects that take some of the strain off his officers.

    The money is handed out under a scheme called the Cinnamon project, and the idea behind it is that police spend much of their time dealing with problems such as people with mental illness, where volunteers would be as effective.

    In Cumbria, late-night social problems in Carlisle and Barrow have already led to the establishment of street pastor groups.

  9. Police warning over tax scam phone calls

    Cumbria police are warning of scam calls in west Cumbria, with the caller purporting to be from HMRC and saying that prosecution will follow unless a payment is made.

    Quote Message: The HMRC website states they would never use these methods to tell you about a tax rebate, a penalty or even to get personal payment information." from Cumbria police spokesperson
    Cumbria police spokesperson
  10. Marion's poppy project 'fantastic' says Prince

    A project which has recruited dozens of volunteers to crochet poppies for an arts installation for the Royal British Legion's remembrance appeal was backed by the Prince of Wales in his visit yesterday.

    Charles with Marion and poppy

    About 40 groups such as WIs have already been recruited to make the poppies to a simple pattern designed by Marion Minshall, who presented the Prince with one of them yesterday.

    The poppies will be pinned to a camouflaged tent outside the Kendal Leisure Centre in the fortnight running up to Remembrance Day, when it will be moved to Kendal Parish Church.

    The project is part of the Kendal Woolgathering festival at the leisure centre on 28 and 29 October.

  11. Walker flown to hospital after injuring back

    Volunteers from the Langdale Ambleside rescue team and the Great North Air Ambulance went to the aid of a walker who fell near Easedale Tarn and suffered a back injury.

    Rescuers and GNAA paramedics at scene

    The woman, who's in her 60s, was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle.

  12. We're not sulking about poor form, says Carlisle boss

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Manager Keith Curle says Carlisle United will put in the work to turn their poor form around.

    The Brunton Park side entertain Barnet in League Two tomorrow after three defeats and a draw in their last four games.

    Keith Curle
    Quote Message: The easy thing to do is to sulk about it, come up with excuses, rhymes and reasons, if this had been there, if that had been there - no, we're working and we're turning it around." from Keith Curle
    Keith Curle
  13. Hospitals boss rules out police escorts for mums in labour

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    The man in charge of north Cumbria's hospitals has ruled out the idea of police officers escorting emergency maternity transfers from Whitehaven to Carlisle.

    Stephen Eames

    The escorts were suggested in a report by the Royal College of Anaesthetists earlier this year to ensure mothers could get to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle more quickly if a consultant-led maternity unit was closed in Whitehaven.

    The North Cumbria Hospital Trust chief executive Stephen Eames has told BBC Radio Cumbria:

    Quote Message: The police don't get involved in transferring patients, in particular maternity patients, in my experience, between hospitals in any shape or form."
  14. Cumbrian business leader 'still concerned over Brexit'

    The chief executive of Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce says he's worried about the conintuing uncertainty over migration and exports after the UK leaves the EU.

    In a message to members, Ron Johnston says: "Worryingly, we are no clearer about what the post-Brexit relationship with the EU will look like now than we were the day after the referendum in June last year.”

    Rob Johnston

    Mr Johnston said two of Cumbria's biggest industries, tourism and food production, were heavily reliant on unskilled migrant labour, and a recent leaked paper suggesting a strict border policy had not allayed his concerns.

  15. Pharmacies struggle for supplies after computer crash

    Cumbrian pharmacists are struggling to fuflil prescriptions after an IT failure at a major drugs wholesaler.

    An air conditioning fault at Alliance Healthcare last week disrupted deliveries of vital medicines across the UK.

    The firm says its systems are now operational but some chemists' shops say they still have a problem.

    Quote Message: We have manage to beg or borrow from other pharmacies, and we have managed to make sure patients get what they need but there's only so long that can go on for."
    Stock pic of medicines
  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A5087 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5087 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between Rake Lane and Oakwood Drive.

    A5087 Cumbria - Slow traffic on A5087 Priory Road in both directions in Ulverston between the Rake Lane junction and the Oakwood Drive junction, because of an earlier overturned vehicle.

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

  17. Gambler who put winnings into heroin is jailed

    A gambler who put £600 he won on a betting shop machine into a quantity of heroin wraps to sell on has been jailed for 40 months.

    Jamie Disley

    James Disley, 26, of Edenhurst Avenue in Liverpool, was caught at a garage in Carlisle with more than 100 wraps.

    At Carlisle Crown Court today, Disley admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply.

  18. Travel: Two hour delays on London trains after fire

    BBC News Travel

    Virgin West Coast services to London Euston are still disrupted after a fire at Headstone Lane, near Harrow.

    Although all lines have now reopened, there are delays of up to 120 minutes, with replacement buses running to connect with extra trains into St Pancras and Luton Airport Parkway.

  19. Barrow host Gulls looking for break to better form

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Barrow entertain Torquay tomorrow having won just one of their seven matches so far.

    Four of the games have been midweek, but the interim manager Mickey Moore says his players can't blame their poor form on a packed schedule.