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  1. Updates on Friday 29 September 2017

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  1. As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


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

    Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 on Monday. If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook or on Twitter.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: A cool night with showers

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a cool night across Cumbria with a mix of clear spells and scattered showers, a few heavy, feeding in from the southwest. The temperature could fall to 8C (46F).

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest BBC weather forecast, and details of a yellow weather warning for heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday here.

  3. Carlisle MP calls on council not to defer Warwick Road decision

    There's been an angry response in Warwick Road in Carlisle and from the city's MP, to news that a decision has been deferred on whether a road-widening scheme there will definitely be scrapped.

    Protest sign in Warwick Road

    The project is almost certainly doomed because Carlisle City Council, which originally proposed the scheme, decided to bow to local opposition and withdraw its support.

    But now Cumbria highways officials have said they won't make a decision until after they've heard a government response to a petition handed into Parliament by the Carlisle Conservative MP, John Stevenson.

    A county council spokesman said: "Until then we are not in a position to make a decision about whether to progress with the original scheme or an amended scheme or withdraw it all together."

    Quote Message: They are the decision-making body, it's quite clear the level of local opposition, it's about time the county council make that final decision and allows local residents to get on with their lives." from John Stevenson Carlisle MP
    John StevensonCarlisle MP
  4. Crash sentence for lorry driver 'highlights distraction dangers'

    Police say the suspended prison sentence passed at Carlisle Crown Court on a truck driver involved in a five-vehicle pile-up on the A66 highlights the dangers of being distracted while driving.

    The scene of the crash

    The court heard that Roy Stuart Cothill, of Front Street, Pity Me, in County Durham, had been scrolling through his tachograph, a device to measure his working hours, to see how much longer he was allowed to drive, and ran into the back of a queue of traffic. A number of drivers were injured, two seriously.

    Sgt Graeme Hodgson of Cumbria Police said there were numerous signs warning of the congestion ahead, and some of the drivers at the back of the queue had their hazard lights on.

    Quote Message: This was not on a blind bend or crest of a hill but on a section of dual carriageway with a clear view of the traffic ahead coming to rest." from Sgt Graeme Hodgson Cumbria Police
    Sgt Graeme HodgsonCumbria Police
  5. Kendal rugby union club to christen new ground after 10-year planning saga

    Martin Lewes


    This is the new home of Kendal Rugby Union and the team will play its first match there against Preston Grasshoppers on Saturday.

    Kendal's new ground and pavilion

    It marks the end of a decade-long saga, as the club tried to move from its previous grounds less than half a mile away at Mint Bridge.

    The money for the new ground was tied into a deal with a development company that will now build a supermarket on the previous pitches.

    The delay was because it took three public inquiries for the company to get planning consent for that development, because development guidelines make it difficult for retail schemes on out-of-town sites to get permission.

  6. The postmark and the stamp best suited to it

    Martin Lewes


    People involved with the Lake District have been celebrating World Heritage status all summer, and particularly over the past week when the Royal Mail joined in with a special postmark.

    And of course there are still first class stamps bearing the likeness of the best known rabbit in the area, making the perfect pairing, as the national park authority has noted.

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  7. Lakeshore park given £684,000 lottery grant

    The 150,000 people who visit Fell Foot Park on the shores of Windermere will soon have a better experience, thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant of £684,000.

    Fell foot park boat houses

    The National Trust will use the money to restore the old boathouses and make them flood resilient, restore the arboretum and grounds and improve access to the lakeshore.

    Work is already under way on site creating a new watersports centre.

  8. 'Distracted' truck driver banned for two years after crash

    A truck driver from County Durham has been given a suspended prison sentence and a two-year driving ban after severely injuring two others while distracted on the A66.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard that Roy Stuart Cothill, 48, looked up from his tachograph too late to avoid hitting a braking car in front while driving between Penrith and Appleby.

    Roy Cothill leaving court

    The drivers of the two cars in front were hurt, with one told by his doctor he would "never by the same" after a bleed on his brain.

    Cothill, from Front Street, in Pity Me, admitted two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was given a 16-month prison sentence suspended for two years. He must also complete 200 hours unpaid work.

  9. Coaches square up for RL promotion tie

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    The coaches of Barrow Raiders and Whitehaven have both spoken of their respect for the other side ahead of the weekend's play-off final that will win one of them promotion to League One.

    Quote Message: Us and Barrow both deserve to be there, we're just looking forward to it now." from Carl Forster Player Coach, Whitehaven
    Carl ForsterPlayer Coach, Whitehaven
    Quote Message: They do the basics really well, they grind you down, they've got a good short kicking game and a lot of their games are close because of that." from Paul Crarey Barrow Raiders coach, talking about Whitehaven.
    Paul CrareyBarrow Raiders coach, talking about Whitehaven.
  10. Man with imitation gun arrested in Carlisle

    Armed police were deployed in the Botchergate area of Carlisle when members of the public reported a man with a gun just before midday.

    A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm.

    A police spokeswoman said no one had been threatened.

  11. Moorside N-plant 'still in doubt'

    The future of the new nuclear power station at Moorside, near Sellafield, in Cumbria, is still in doubt, according to one expert.

    In an interview for BBC Radio Cumbria, the Prime Minister Theresa May declined to say whether her government would step in if the Japanese company Toshiba, which is currently developing the project, could not bring it to completion.

    Toshiba has said it wants to sell the project rather than complete it but no deal is yet in prospect.

    Richard Black, from the think tank, the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, says there's a big question mark over whether the plant will be built.

    Quote Message: I'm not about to go off to the bookies and put money down either way and I don't actually think we're going to see an answer to that question for quite some time." from Richard Black
    Richard Black
  12. Travel: Crash closes key Barrow bridge

    BBC News Travel

    Michaelson Road Bridge in Barrow has been closed after an accident involving a motorcycle.

  13. Cumbria's weather: Dry and sunny

    BBC Weather

    It should be a dry and sunny afternoon with highs of 17C (63F).

    Weather graphic

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

  14. Missing teenager may have travelled to Newcastle

    A missing teenager may have travelled from Cumbria to Newcastle.

    Rachel Etherington, 15, went missing from her school in Millom at about 08:15.

    She is described as 5ft 8in and was last seen wearing her school uniform, including a green jumper with a white polo shirt.

    Police believed she may have travelled by train to Barrow and/or Newcastle.

    Rachel Etherington
  15. Kendal jams cause bin round delays

    When the M6 is closed in South Cumbria - as it was this morning - traffic jams quickly build up in Kendal, and there are consequences.

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  16. Auctioneer says sheep rustling on increase

    The Cumbrian auctioneer Adam Day, who's also managing director of the Farmer Network, says sheep rustling is getting worse.

    Police checking sheep

    Police checked about 5,000 sheep at three of the county's largest auction marts this week in an operation to try to trace some of the 339 sheep stolen this year so far.

    None were found, and Mr Day thinks this may be either because the stolen animals aren't sold, or because they are taken to marts further away.

    Quote Message: Probably in the region of several hundred thousand pounds worth of sheep each year will be stolen off farms in Cumbria and I think if anything the problem is getting worse, not better. from Adam Day
    Adam Day
  17. GSK plant 'still hiring' in spite of sale plan

    Neil Smith

    South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

    Recuitment is still a priority at GlaxoSmithKline's Ulverston factory despite its future with the company being in doubt, according to the site's management.

    GSK reception building

    The plant was identified by GSK as one of three that could be taken into new ownership during a sale of its antibiotics business.

    Phil Wilson, the site's director, says quality employees will be a key selling point.

    Quote Message: People are the key to it and we need to continue to invest in people development and part of that is our apprenticeship programme." from Phil Wilson
    Phil Wilson
  18. County puts in £100m bid for Carlisle southern bypass 'to allow new homes'

    A £100m bid has been submitted to the government to pay for a new link road near Carlisle, by Cumbria County Council.

    If successful, the money will fund the next step in the development process and construction of the road itself, south of Carlisle.

    Proposals for a southern bypass have been discussed for decades and this latest application is under a government scheme for infrastructure that encourages the building of new homes.

    The county council says the road would unlock a large swathe of land for housing.