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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting Cumbria's news for today and this week.

    Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back to do it again on Monday at 08:00, or maybe earlier if the worst of the snow forecast for the weekend comes here, rather than the Midlands.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Lake District shines in magazine awards

    Lake District businesses and organisations have been the biggest winners in awards run by one of the major magazines for outdoor enthusiasts, The Great Outdoors.

    Among the titles given by votes and nominations from readers were Cafe of the Year, which went to Apple Pie in Ambleside, and Book of the Year, which was picked up by Wainwrights in Colour, a coffee table book of photographs by Andy Beck.

    A number of retailers were commended, and the top two awards, a special nomination called The Extra Mile, and Campaigners of the Year, went to Fix the Fells, which runs teams of "lengthsmen" who repair and strengthen footpaths

    Lengthsmen fixing a path

    Terry Abraham, the Cumbrian photographer who made his name with films about Scafell and Blencathra, was personality of the year.

  3. Your pictures: Snow and sunshine set the shutters snapping

    Cumbria's social networks have been full of pictures of snowy hills today. Here are a few examples, starting with Great Langdale, kindly sent in by Steve Dickinson.

    Great Langdale in snow
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    If you want to share a photo with the county, you can email them to us,or head to our Facebook page.

  4. Police seek missing woman, 58, from Penrith

    Police say they're concerned about Susan Graham, 58, who hasn't been seen since 20 November.

    Susan Graham

    She is of medium build and was last seen wearing a long black jacket with a furry collar and knee-length black boots.

  5. Cumbria's weather: Dry, clear and very cold

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry overnight with largely clear skies. The brisk winds will also gradually ease, however it will turn very cold, with a widespread frost expected.

    Temperatures will fall to -3C (27F).

    Weather graphic

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

  6. Ice closes the steep high passes of the Lake District

    Police say a number of drivers have found themselves struggling on some of the highest roads in the Lake District today, and some have been closed off until the weather improves.

    Roads like Hardknott Pass are too narrow and winding for conventional gritters.

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  7. Veteran defender Hill may play on into fifth decade

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Manager Keith Curle says he can see defender Clint Hill playing for Carlisle United next season.

    Clint Hill

    The 39-year-old will make his 15th appearance of the season when United travel to Newport tomorrow in League Two, and says he'll make a decision on his future at the end of the season.

    Keith Curle himself played on into his 40s, and believes Hill could do the same.

    Quote Message: The time when Clint stops enjoying training and stops enjoying football will be a sad day for football, but personally I don't see it happening very soon." from Keith Curle Manager, Carlisle United
    Keith CurleManager, Carlisle United
  8. Distracted driver who killed man and injured son is jailed

    A mother became distracted as she drove along a road near Brampton and ran into a father and son, killing the dad, Carlisle Crown Court heard today.

    Alan Schofield, 57, died at the scene and his son Andrew was injured.

    Chelsea McLeish

    Chelsea McLeish, 26, of Bellsfield, Longtown, had been uninsured for two months and had a previous conviction for using her mobile phone at the wheel.

    McLeish admitted causing death by careless driving and not having insurance and Judge James Adkin jailed her for a year, with a three-year driving ban.

  9. Chef Matt cooks way into semi-finals

    A chef from Cumbria is through to the semi-finals of the BBC TV programmeMasterchef: the Professionals.

    Matt Campbell was paired up with another contestant on yesterday's programme to serve a meal at the Institution of Royal Engineers.

    The other Cumbrian to make it to this week, Ryan Blackburn, who owns the Old Stamp House in Ambleside, was eliminated in the episode aired last night.

    Matt Cambell

    Matt says that with training facilities such as those at Kendal College, where he learned his skills, Cumbria's now producing top chefs.

    Quote Message: We're flying the flag and there's plenty more chefs from this region that could enter the competition next year and go just as far."
  10. Carlisle cultural gathering could be revived

    It is hoped that an event which celebrates the many different cultures living in Cumbria's only city can be revived in time for next summer.

    The Carlisle Culture Bazaar had attracted thousands of people, but a lack of organisers forced the event to fold in 2014.

    A meeting is taking place on 10 December at Greystone Community Centre to attract new volunteers who'll run the bazaar next summer.

  11. Glenridding health centre gets top rating from inspectors

    The health centre in Glenridding has been rated outstanding by Care Quality Commission inspectors.

    Glenridding Health centre

    The centre's reception staff were the only ones in Cumbria to get 100% satisfaction ratings, while patients rated the centre joint highest in the county overall.

    Inspectors praised initiatives such as a video consultation system for elderly and housebound patients, and the integral role the practice plays in many community initiatives.

    Quote Message: I am delighted to highlight the exceptional service." from Professor Steve Field Chief inspector of general gractice at the CQC
    Professor Steve FieldChief inspector of general gractice at the CQC
  12. Police call for witnesses after Milnthorpe driver dies

    Lancashire police are trying to trace anyone who saw events leading up to a crash that killed a 46-year-old man from Milnthorpe.

    Jason Morgan

    Mr Morgan died when the Volkswagen Transporter he was driving on the A6 south of Milnthorpe collided with a Land Rover Defender on 28 November.

    Today Lancashire police said an investigation is under way and they want to hear from any witnesses.

    The Defender driver, a 53-year-old man from Bolton-le-Sands, is in a stable condition in the Royal Preston hospital.

  13. Hospitals still finding staff across EU

    One of the county's health trusts says it is still successfully recruiting staff from Europe as well as the UK.

    Staff working for the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust have just returned from a recruitment drive in Poland.

    Amanda Dunkley from the trust says a number of doctors and nurses will be joining hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven from there.

    Quote Message: We encountered a number of Polish candidates who have wanted to come to Britain and this has given them the push to do it before Brexit."
    Cumberland Infirmary

    Ms Dunkley says the trust goes abroad because there are skills shortages in the UK, but they do still recruit from Britain:

    Quote Message: We recruited people, nurses, from Ireland, Scotland, Nottingham, Derby, Liverpool and York, so we can do it and we are doing it."
  14. Police commissioner asks the public about tax hike

    A consultation which is recommending an increase to the county's policing budget, and the council tax that pays for it, ends tonight.

    Peter McCall with police

    The Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, wants Cumbria Police's element of council tax to go up by 1.92%, meaning those in the typical property would pay an extra £4.23 a year.

    Mr McCall says the increase will help to maintain the county's current level of policing services.

  15. Sunday snow warning likely to be stepped down

    The yellow warning for snow in Cumbria on Sunday may well be lifted when the forecast becomes clearer, according to meteorologists.

    Alan Goodman from the Met Office says the prospects for Sunday are changing: "It may include the south of the county, the focus seems to be more now towards the Midlands, southern parts of Northern England and North Wales for Sunday, but that could change."

  16. Cumbria's weather: Dry with a very cold wind

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry for most today, with just the odd isolated snow shower. There will be a very cold and at times blustery northerly or northwesterly wind, with temperatures of about 2C (36F).

    Weather graphic

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

  17. Travel: Three more high passes closed because of ice

    BBC News Travel

    Hardknott Pass between eskdale and Little Langdale, the Cold Fell road between Ennerdale Bridge and Calder Bridge, and the Newlands Pass from Buttermere to Braithwaite are all closed because of ice.

  18. Driver taken to hospital after crash near Keswick

    A driver's been taken to hospital after a car crashed off the road and into a tree on the A591 north of Keswick.

    Police at roadside

    Officers say the road will be closed for some time while the collision investigation takes place.

  19. Police put out Christmas appeal after violent crime spike

    Police are using Christmas to send out a message of peace after reports of violent crime jumped by nearly a quarter.

    The statistics for the past six months are 23% up on the same period last year.

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    A number of different officers will appear on social networks, urging people to walk away from situations that might turn violent.