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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 for today. Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back to do it all again tomorrow.

    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 evening.

  2. Power firm spends £1.8m to survive the next Storm Desmond

    The regional power firm Electricity North West says it's spent £1.8m on Carlisle's sub-station and £270m across the North West on hardening the system against any future storms after the damage done by Storm Desmond two years ago.

    Pylons in floodwater

    The work at substations has included raising equipment up to 10ft from the ground, fitting flooding gates and installing CCTV so engineers can watch for problems developing.

    Martin Deehan, the company's operations director said: “We’ve already experienced some severe weather this year and I’m delighted to say that the network has coped well."

  3. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and cool

    BBC Weather

    It will remain rather cloudy across Cumbria overnight with light winds and just a chance of one or two light showers, these more especially over the hills and around the coast.

    Temperatures will fall to 3C (37F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Woman who spent grandmother's money spared jail

    A woman who defrauded her elderly grandmother of more than £3,500 has been given a suspended prison sentence.

    Carlisle Crown Court was told that during four months last year, Hayley Ostle, 27, used a card to pay a rental deposit and go shopping.

    Her 80-year-old grandmother was heartbroken when she learned of the fraud because she was refused a cash withdrawal.

    Ostle, of Argyll Drive, Carlisle, was convicted of fraud by magistrates after a trial, and sent to the crown court for sentence.

    Recorder Kevin Grice suspended a nine-month jail term for 18 months, ordering Ostle to pay £1,000 compensation and imposing a three-month curfew.

  5. Poppi inquest: Pathologist says injuries not caused by CPR

    The pathologist who carried out the only post-mortem examination of the Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington says some of her injuries could only have been caused by "acute upper airways obstruction".

    Dr Alison Armour said: “That covers smothering, suffocation, overlaying, strangulation."

    Dr Armour added 30% of her lungs were affected by haemorrhages, which was "significant".

    She told the inquest in Kendal the injuries to Poppi's lungs and throat could not have been caused by resuscitation attempts. The inquest continues.

  6. Pool closed for two hours after chemical problem

    Whitehaven's swimming pool was closed for two hours on Saturday and a member of staff was checked over in hospital after fumes escaped.

    According to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service it happened while chemicals were being mixed in a bucket.

    A spokesman said some chlorine had been released: "One member of staff was taken to the West Cumberland Hospital at Whitehaven for a precautionary check and Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service neutralised the chemicals to render them safe."

    A spokeswoman for GLL, which runs the pool, stressed that at no point were members of the public in danger.

    Copeland Pool
  7. Poppi's mother 'wants clear answers, not speculation'

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    Lawyers acting for Poppi Worthington's mother have told the inquest into the 13-month-old's death that their client is looking for clear answers, not speculation.

    The post-mortem exam was carried out by Home Office pathologist Dr Alison Armour, who was assisted by Dr Stefania Bitetti, who will also give evidence to the inquest.

    Ms Irving said that Dr Bitetti felt Poppi's injuries were consistent with constipation, or could have been caused by resuscitation attempts.

    Dr Armour said: “Her exact words to me were: ‘I have seen these in constipation',” adding that Dr Bitetti agreed with her that the cause of Poppi’s death was unexplained.

    The inquest continues tomorrow.

  8. Pathologist says cause of Poppi's death 'unascertained'

    The pathologist who carried out a post-mortem examination on Poppi Worthington says she believes the death of the toddler could have been caused by sexual abuse or suffocation.

    Dr Alison Armour told the hearing in Kendal that she "did not know the exact reason or mechanism of the death of Poppi".

    Questioned by the coroner's barrister, Alison Hewitt, she said there were two possible means; the rapidity of the child's death supported asphyxiation, but she could not be sure.

  9. Pathologist 'sure' Poppi's injuries were caused by abuse

    A Home Office pathologist has told the Poppi Worthington inquest she is "sure" the injuries she found during an autopsy were caused by penetration.

    Dr Alison Armour had been asked by the counsel to the coroner, Alison Hewitt, whether "on the balance of probabilities" she believed 13-month-old Poppi's injuries had been caused by sexual abuse.

    Dr Armour replied: “No, it is to the higher level that is required in criminal court. I am sure."

    Poppi Worthington's death in 2012 has never been explained; last year a High Court judge concluded her father, Paul, had probably sexually assaulted her, but Mr Worthington has always denied this and he has never been charged.

  10. Cumbria just above average for specialist cancer nurses

    Leukaemia patients in Cumbria have better access to a specialist nurse than many parts of England, according to a new report.

    The blood cancer charity, Leukaemia Care, says 41 per cent of patients in the county can see a specialist nurse compared to the national average of 38 per cent.

  11. Four hour battle for fire crews at Cleator blaze

    Fire crews spent four hours fighting a fire in an outbuilding containing some gas cylinders at Crossfield Road in Cleator Moor.

    Crews from Workington, Whitehaven and Egremont dealt with the blaze.

  12. Poppi inquest told that her death 'had no natural cause'

    The pathologist who investigated the death of the Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington could find no evidence of a natural cause, an inquest has been told.

    Dr Alison Armour, who carried out the post-mortem examination, gave a detailed account of various tests done during the autopsy which revealed evidence only of her having a cold.

    Dr Armour said she believes Poppi suffered an injury that she had seen before in teenage girls who had been victims of violent sexual abuse.

    She added that she believes the injury had been cased by a sexual assault.

    The inquest continues.

  13. Rescuers spend four hours digging out dog

    Volunteers from Keswick mountain rescue team spent more than four hours trying to rescue a terrier from a crack between some huge boulders.

    Rescuers dig down to dog

    The team was called out by a climber whose dog got stuck near the Bowderstone in Borrowdale.

    Members dug down until they reached a crack so small that even smaller members could only get their heads through to see the pet, which was still 5ft further down.

    Eventually the pooch was tempted into a a bag normally used for climbing ropes, raised carefully to the surface and returned to a very relieved owner..

    Dog with owner
    Quote Message: This is not the normal type of rescue we do but we are always happy to help those in need." from Keswick team member
    Keswick team member
  14. Carlisle knife robber jailed for seven years

    A criminal who stabbed a householder while burgling a home and then robbed a teenager in the street a few days later has been jailed for seven years.

    Matthew Kyle Johnstone

    Matthew Johnstone, 22, of Adelphi Terrace, Currock, admitted burglary, wounding, robbery, two knife possession crimes and assaulting a police officer.

    At Carlisle Crown Court, Recorder Kevin Grice said he was a dangerous offender with a severe personality disorder who posed a significant risk to the public.

    Johnson will have to serve at least two thirds of his sentence and a three-year period on licence after release.

  15. M-Sport's Fiesta spins up another honour for firm

    The M-Sport Ford Fiesta has been named Rally Car of the Year at the 2017 Autosport awards.

    M-Sport Fiesta

    The M-Sport team won the FIA World Rally Championships for drivers, co-drivers and manufacturers this year.

  16. Migration rules mean Paul's wife must leave family

    A South Cumbrian man has criticised the government's migration rules, after his Thai wife had to leave him and their two children weeks before Christmas.

    To bring a foreign spouse into the UK a person must earn at least £18,600 a year, with more for each child, or have more than £65,000 in the bank.

    The government says the rules help prevent family migration putting a burden on taxpayers.

    Paul Wilkinson from Flookburgh says it's too hard to meet that threshold on an average Cumbrian wage, and his wife of 13 years has had to fly back to Thailand...

    Paul Wilkinson and family
    Quote Message: We're treated differently, which affects my children, affects my relationship with my wife because she feels she's being rejected from the UK." from Paul Wilkinson
    Paul Wilkinson