Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other gatherings: Here's a reminder.

    We'll do it again tomorrow from about 08:00.

    You can get involved: 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 onTwitter.

    Have a very good evening.

  2. Scheme for 100 homes gets nod in Allerdale

    Allerdale Councillors have voted in favour of plans to build 100 new homes near Workington in a meeting this afternoon.

    The proposals were met with resistance by residents who submitted just under 200 letters of objection to the council.

    The panel have discussed two more applications that would see a further nine homes built on the Low Seaton site.

  3. Cumbria's weather: Rain, hill snow, risk of ice

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will spill eastwards this evening with a band of rain and hill snow spreading from the west leading to the risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

    Skies will clear again for a time allowing a widespread frost as temperatures drop to 0C (32F) before clouding over again from the west.

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Music joins the healing arts at Carlisle hospital

    A piano has been placed in the reception area at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, with an open invitation to anyone passing through to sit down and play a tune.

    Dave Upton at piano

    It stands in the atrium, just through the main doors, and there's an open invitation to anyone to sit down and play, whether they're passing through on the way to a clinic or just want to entertain people.

    It was lent to the hospital by piano tuner Dave Upton, seen here checking the sound, and it's part of a programme called Healing Arts which aims to improve the wellbeing of patients with cultural activities.

    Quote Message: You come into hospital, it can be a stressful environment, and even now just standing here, looking, listening, wondering, it's really lovely." from Susie Tate Healing Arts co-ordinator
    Susie TateHealing Arts co-ordinator
  5. Frozen waterfall

    We've seen a lot of bad news about the cold snap, but look how beautiful Butterburn Waterfall is today.

    Thanks to Anna Joy Brady for sending this in:

    Frozen waterall at Butterburn

    Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us?

    In that case you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email, or contact us via Look North's Facebook page.

  6. Man must pay £300 for fouling Kendal police cell

    A man who fouled a police cell in Kendal so badly that it was unusable for five days has been ordered to pay £300 towards the cleaning costs by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court..

    Peter Christopher Hall, 35, of Lound Road in Kendal, was said to be ashamed and disgusted by his behaviour, and to believe his drink had been spiked with LSD. He admitted damaging property.

  7. Man, 20, found guilty of child sex photo charges

    A man has been convicted of asking 12-year-old girls to send him intimate pictures of themselves online.

    Cameron Longstaff, 20, had denied those charges and also another six allegations involving indecent pictures of children, many of which were in the most serious category, but the jury found him guilty of those.

    Longstaff, of Hurley Road, Little Corby, near Carlisle, committed the crimes during 2014 when he was aged 16 or 17, the court was told.

    At Carlisle Crown Court Judge James Adkin adjourned the case for sentence until 2 February, and released Longstaff on bail.

  8. Travel: Police warn of ice after M6 crash

    BBC News Travel

    Police say wreckage from a crash on the northbound M6 between Tebay and Shap is now on the hard shoulder.

    Officers say there is ice in the third lane and snow on the hard shoulder, and drivers should slow down.

  9. Chairman steps down at Cumbria's economy agency

    George Beveridge, who's been in the chair at the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership for seven years, is stepping down.

    The unpaid post is presiding at meetings of the agency, which is charged with distributing government money to help create jobs and investment.

    George Beveridge

    In the time he's been in the job, Mr Beveridge has overseen the passing out of £60m to businesses as diverse as laboratories at the University of Cumbria to the Port of Workington and Furness College.

    It's estimated the investment has helped create more than 4,300 jobs and 4,200 training places.

  10. Charity celebrates half century with £50,000 grant

    A charity that supports people in Cumbria who have learning disabilities has been given more than £50,000 to coincide with its 50th birthday.

    The Heritage Lottery Fund is giving Carlisle Mencap the grant to pay for a project that will involve young people from the Carlisle Youth Zone.

    They will work with people with disabilities, to picture scenes from the charity's history, in various mediums.

    Quote Message: We want this to be a history shared with everybody in Carlisle, it's not about looking in, it's about looking out." from Sheila Gregory Chief executive, Carlisle Mencap
    Sheila GregoryChief executive, Carlisle Mencap
  11. Police name man found dying in Barrow house

    Two men are still under arrest on suspicion of murder after the death of a man in Barrow at the weekend.

    Andrew Hacket

    Police were called to a house in Gloucester Street on Sunday after paramedics found Mr Hackett injured. He died later in hospital.

    A 38-year-old man found at the house, and a second man who was found near Salthouse Mills suffering a suspected drug overdose, have both been arrested on suspicion of murder; the second man is still in hospital.

    Supt Sarah Jackson said they were still trying to trace people who had information about what happened on Sunday morning, and the house in Gloucester Street was still sealed off.

  12. Travel: Crash slows M6 northbound near Shap

    BBC News Travel

    An accident is causing slow traffic on the M6 between junctions 38 at Tebay, and 39 at Shap.

  13. Houlding team summits Antarctic peak

    A team led by the Cumbrian explorer Leo Houlding has successfully climbed a remote mountain in Antarctica, the Spectre, although not by the new route intended.

    Houlding and team on summit

    Houlding says the variable weather and the complexity of the route caused delays and meant that in the end they climbed the granite spire by "the route of least resistance".

    The next stage of the expedition is a 1,700 crossing of Antarctica, pulling supplied on sledges called pulks, and partly using the wind to travel by kite-skiing.

    There's a report from the team here.

  14. Police plan to issue a bodycam to every bobby

    A body-worn video camera is to become part of the standard uniform for every Cumbrian police officer next year.

    Police body-worn camera

    It will more than triple the number of devices in use; currently the force has 239 cameras, available to officers when required.

    A police spokesman said the cameras had proved valuable in gathering evidence, keeping officers and the public safe and holding the police to account.

    Using the cameras was a recommendation of a recent inspection report, but Assistant Chief Constable Mark Webster said officers had expressed a desire for greater use of the video.

    Quote Message: The constabulary should ensure that its officers routinely use body-worn video during interactions with the public, and that footage is regularly scrutinised." from Report recommendation
    Report recommendation
  15. Police concerned for missing man

    Police say they're concerned for the welfare of Richard Slee, 31, who was last seen in the Langridge Road area yesterday.

    He's said to be 6ft 4in and slim. Police say they'd like to hear from Mr Slee or anyone who knows where he is.

    Richard Slee Family photo.
  16. Carlisle Castle greets another frosty dawn

    Carlisle Castle or its predecessors have been impressing people since at least Roman times, and BBC Radio Cumbria journalist Ben Maeder was impressed enough to take a picture this morning.

    Carlisle Castle in frost

    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 onTwitter.

  17. BreakingVisitors asked to stay away from wards in norovirus alert

    Visitors have been asked to stay away from wards 4A and 4B at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven because of an outbreak of norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting virus.

  18. MP protests as Walney water main bursts again

    Barrow Labour MP John Woodcock says he's seeking information from United Utilities after a burst water main on Walney Island, which the utility company said was fixed last night, burst again.

    View more on twitter

    A United Utilities spokesman said the problem was because of the cold weather, and that 12 customers had reported losing supplies or low pressure.

    Tankers were now being used to pump water into the mains while the pipe was being repaired.

  19. Brunton Park not normally on the rocks

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    One extra point about the FA Cup replay between Carlisle United and Gillingham tonight being cancelled; it is the first time since 2010 that any match has been cancelled at the Carlisle ground for that reason.

    Map showing Carlisle and Gillingham are a long way apart

    The early decision has saved Gillingham fans and players a 660-mile round trip.