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  1. Updates on Friday 13 October 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, travel reports, and a regular weather forecast on a day that threatened to be much wetter than it was.

    Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 to do it again, with the remains of Hurricane Ophelia expected to bring more bad weather.

    If you can help out with information, or can 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. Ferrets to show best attitude for Kendal show this weekend

    This is Cyril Winder, who with his wife Kath started the Kendal and District Ferret show in 2015.

    Man with ferrets

    You can meet them, and many others, at Preston Patrick Village Hall from 09:00 on Sunday

    Quote Message: The judging criteria are the teeth, ears, general condition, claws, and attitude. If a ferret bites, it's disqualified." from Cyril Winder
    Cyril Winder
  3. Leading cartoonist to award first prize at Kendal festival

    One of the world's top cartoonists, Sergio Aragones, will launch his own awards at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival tonight.


    Sergio, best known for his work on Mad magazine, will announce the first winner of his international award for excellence.

    The festival, which runs across the weekend, features comic artists and novelists from nine countries, who'll be giving talks, displaying their work and meeting their fans.

  4. M6 to close tonight after weather stops crane recovery

    The Highways Agency says engineers will make a second attempt tonight to recover a burned-out crane on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 36 and 37.


    A plan to recover the wreckage and repair damage to the carriageway surface was stopped by bad weather last night, so the northbound side will close tonight from 22:00 until the work is done.

  5. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and wet

    BBC Weather

    It will stay cloudy and wet in places overnight with temperatures down to 13C (55F). The yellow warning of rain now runs through until 10:00 tomorrow.

    Weather graphic

    You can see the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, and details of the rain warning, here.

  6. Cumbrian countryside takes top slots for raising children

    Two Cumbrian districts have taken top-20 places in a list of communities for bringing up children.

    South Lakeland came sixth and Eden, 15th, in the annual Halifax study, which used statistics such as primary school class sizes, spending per pupil, and the likelihood that they'd be brought up by parents in work.

  7. Fourth thief is banned from West Cumbrian shops

    Police say four people have now been ordered to stay out of shops in West Cumbria in a month to protect shop owners.

    Mark Whitehead

    Yesterday Mark Whitehead, 31, of Senhouse Street in Workington, was given a three-year order forbidding him from entering shops in Workington and Maryport and a number of specific businesses.

    Whitehead had admitted assault and a number of theft charges, and he was also jailed for 119 days.

    Sgt Lorraine Murphy said offenders could face a five-year jail term for breaching the order.

    Quote Message: We will continue to work with local businesses to target those who commit such offences." from Sgt Lorraine Murphy
    Sgt Lorraine Murphy
  8. Travel: Old Warcop bridge closes, Holmrook Bridge is open

    BBC News Travel

    Cumbria highway engineers say they have now completed an assessment of Holmrook Bridge on the A595 and decided it can safely be reopened.

    Old Warcop Bridge, south of Warcop on the C3070, is closed because of a build-up of debris.

  9. Following the old tracks to the lost port of Roa Island

    Jennie Dennett

    BBC Cumbria

    Volunteers are being recruited this weekend for a project to record what remains of Barrow's first deep-water port.

    Roa Island now, with old photo overlaid

    The causeway to Roa Island and a pier were used to export iron ore from the 1840s, with rail tracks laid out to the end.

    There were also passenger services to Fleetwood, the Isle of Man and Belfast, until the pier was demolished in 1891 as Barrow's large docks were built.

    Training sessions are being held this evening and tomorrow, and you can book a place here.

  10. BreakingKey bridge opens after flood safety assessment

    Cumbria highways engineers have managed to assess Holmrook Bridge on the A595 without waiting for the level of the River Irt to drop so divers could be sent in.

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  11. Travel: A6070 closed by crash

    BBC News Travel

    The A6070 is closed at Holme after a crash between Burton Road and Barkers Lane.

  12. Two admit part in Kendal drug-dealing conspiracy

    Two more people have admitted their part in a conspiracy to deal drugs in south Cumbria.

    Zak Brown, 23, and Adam Hussain, 36, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court over a video link from Preston prison to plead guilty to their part in a plot to supply heroin and crack cocaine in the Kendal area.

    Brown, previously from Osbourne Road in Manchester and Hussain, from Marshall Road in Manchester, were remanded in custody.

    They will be sentenced, with two other people who admitted their involvement at an earlier hearing, at the start of December.

  13. Why is Friday 13th considered bad luck?

    It's Friday 13th, the most cursed day in the calendar - allegedly - where everything is fated to go wrong.

    But where did we get the idea that it's a date when bad things happen?

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    Video caption: Friday 13th: Why is it unlucky?
  14. Travel: Trains stopped by signalling problem on coast line

    BBC News Travel

    Northern train services have been suspended between Sellafield and Whitehaven because of a signalling problem at St Bees.

  15. Bridge inspections 'must wait on falling river levels'

    Martin Lewes


    Cumbria highways engineers say some of the bridges closed after the floods could remain shut for some time, until divers can be safely sent in to check for damage.

    After dozens of bridges were damaged or destroyed by Storm Desmond, the highways department now has a system of checking the structure automatically if river levels exceed a certain height.

    Holmrook Bridge

    At Holmrook Bridge on the A595, the most important of those currently closed, the River Irt rose higher than after Desmond, to a point not seen since 2009; lorries too large for local lanes now face a 115 miles detour.

    A county council spokesman said engineers were assessing the bridges to see whether underwater examinations would be needed, but that after Desmond, some damage had only become apparent some time later.

  16. Travel: Accident partly blocks A6

    BBC News Travel

    A two-vehicle accident has partly blocked the A6 at Forest Hall, on the A6 north of Kendal.

  17. Comic Art Festival puts reporter in picture

    The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival starts today in Kendal, featuring some of the top people in the field such as Luke McGarry from Los Angeles.

    Montage of characters

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter John Bowness reported on the festival line-up this morning and found himself being caricatured.

    Here's the result.

  18. Playground nears completion after 13-year campaign

    Residents in Flookburgh say a new playground should open next month after a 13-year campaign.

    People around playground equipment

    Councillor Gill Gardner, who only stood for election to try to get the project off the ground, was quick to try one of the first pieces of equipment to be installed.

    On the left are Paul Taylor and Jamie Thompson from contractors Kompan, and on the right, Claire Wellburn, Peter Clarke from South Lakeland council, and Lynn Prescott.

  19. Four held after woman robbed and car hijacked

    Four men have been arrested on suspicion of robbery in Barrow.

    The police say that just before nine o'clock last night a woman with drew money from a cash machine in Anchor Road - but it was snatched out of her hands.

    Anchor Road

    At about the same time, a delivery driver says his car was hijacked by a group of masked men, one with a knife, in Ramsden Dock Road.

    This vehicle was found found in Old Rampside Road.

  20. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and windy with rain

    BBC Weather

    It will stay mostly cloudy and rather windy with outbreaks of rain, some of which may be heavy and persistent over the fells.

    It will be windy, especially over hills, with temperatures of 18C (64F).

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, and details of a yellow warning for rain, here.