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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting the news, weather, travel reports and other things for today, and this week. Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 on Monday.

    If you've got a story, or want to 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 very good weekend.

  2. Hunt for Penrith knife-point robber aged 13

    Police in Penrith have revealed that a girl aged 13 was robbed at knifepoint by a boy thought to be of the same age in the town last month.

    The crime happened in Wordsworth street near the Methodist Church on 12 December, at about 20:00, and officers have now appealed for witnesses.

    The boy is said to be about 5ft 5ins tall and of chubby build; he was wearing a black Puffa-style jacket, grey tracksuit bottoms and black Nike trainers.

  3. Cumbria's weather: Rain passing over, then colder

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cold but increasingly cloudy night as a band of more persistent rain and possible hill snow edges slowly south.

    This will clear south by dawn with colder, clearer conditions following, perhaps some frost, and a brisk breeze developing, and temperatures down to 2C (36F).

    Weather graphic
  4. Boyfriend who stole knickers for his girl fined

    A thief who stole three pairs of knickers from the M&S store in Workington to give his girlfriend as a peace-offering has been fined £150 at Carlisle Crown Court.

    William James Bawn, 22, of Main Street, Frizington, admitted theft, which was in breach of a suspended 20-month prison sentence for a number of offences imposed last August.

    The court was told Bawn wanted to give his girlfriend a present after she complained about the way he treated her.

    Recorder Philip Curran decided not to activate the prison sentence, and he instead handed down a £150 fine for the theft.

  5. Farron to highlight cancer travel times in debate

    The Cumbrian MP Tim Farron's leading a debate in Parliament next Wednesday on the distances people have to travel to be treated for cancer.

    Westmorland General Hospital

    It's part of a long-running campaign to have a radiotherapy unit built at the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, so patients are spared journeys of over an hour to Preston.

    National guidelines say patients should have to travel no more than 45 minutes.

    Westminster Hall debates enable MPs to raise issues and get a response from government ministers without waiting for time in the House of Commons.

  6. Fire crews called to douse fire in sub under construction

    The huge construction hall at Barrow's shipyard had to be evacuated for around an hour this morning because of a fire inside a submarine.

    Cumbria Fire and Rescue say they were called to Devonshire Dock Hall at just before 11:00 this morning.

    Two of its fire fighters, and two from the shipyard's fire service, put out the blaze in a hull known currently as boat five. The building was evacuated for nearly an hour.

    As reported by south Cumbrian newspaper the Mail, the boat will be named Anson in service.

  7. Tenants given apology over letters 'warning of demolition'

    A housing association's apologised to hundreds of its tenants after sending a letter, in error, saying their houses might be demolished.

    The notices were sent out by the Home Group to people living in Cleator Moor and nearby Wath Brow earlier this week.

    Home Group later said the letters were not clear, adding they were at the start of a consultation process over regeneration plans for both areas that would take up to ten years to complete.

    It says "no plans are in place" for any demolition at the moment.

  8. Highways England: Why we send the traffic through Kendal

    A Highways England emergency planner says engineers decided to send M6 traffic through Kendal after an overturned lorry blocked the southbound carriageway, to avoid causing delays to northbound traffic as well.

    Chris Chadwick said it took a long time to recover the articulated truck because of the time it took to handle the 40-tonne cargo of cardboard.

    Truck being unloaded
    Quote Message: We did explore cutting the barrier to removed trapped traffic but that would have impacted on the northbound carriageway, so the decision was made to keep it purely on the southbound." from Chris Chadwick
    Chris Chadwick
  9. MP says government is 'on fence' over Kendal bypass

    The government is "sitting on the fence" over plans for a northern relief road for Kendal, according to the Cumbrian Liberal Democrat MP, Tim Farron.

    Yesterday, the town, and surrounding roads, became gridlocked, when traffic was diverted off the M6 because a lorry had overturned.

    Mr Farron says he asked the transport minister about this before Christmas, but didn't get a very positive response.

    Quote Message: The Kendal development route is a no-brainer, it needs to happen and it's frustrating the government are dragging their feet." from Tim Farron MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
    Tim FarronMP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
    Crash scene
  10. Rail workers to strike on three days in guards campaign

    Rail services operated by Northern will be affected by three days of strikes next week as members of the RMT union step up their campaign over the role of guards on trains.

    Northern train

    The train company says it hopes to operate around 65% of services overall, between 07:00 and 19:00, and there will be replacement buses on some routes.

    The union says the company's failed to negotiate properly over the work its members do; Northern says it wants to focus on the guards' on-board work with passengers.

    You can check on the company's plans here.

  11. Homes evacuated as fire crews deal with blaze

    Several homes in Nelson Street, Carlisle, were evacuated at 02:16 this morning when fire crews called to deal with rubbish on fire, found a gas leak.

    Residents were allowed home after gas engineers arrived.

  12. Car found in search for missing Liverpool man

    Police say they've now found a car belonging to a Liverpool man who's been missing from home since Wednesday.

    Colin Bamber

    Colin Bamber, 50, is said to be slim and 5ft 7in.

    Police say they'd like to hear from him, or anyone who knows where he is, to make sure he is safe and well.

  13. Cumbria's weather: Grey with isolated showers

    BBC Weather

    It will be generally cloudy across Cumbria, although a few brighter spells are possible at times, with the odd shower which may fall as sleet or snow over the Lake District and other high ground.

    The winds will lighter than of late and temperatures will reach about 6C (43F).

    Weather graphic

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

  14. Pigs taken in night raid on farm

    Police say 20 pigs were stolen on the night of 27 December.

    The animals were taken from a farm at High Harrington, Workington.

  15. Rail track sink hole 'very unusual'

    A sink hole which has appeared next to the track of the Cumbria coastal line is "very unusual", Network Rail has said.

    The 4ft by 2ft hole, at Harrington, is currently causing short delays to the service, but it is hoped that repairs will be complete by Sunday.

    Phil James, from Network Rail, said: "We've got a big hole right by the tracks that we need to fill in.

    "In theory running the railway is simple, but in practice, when you throw storms, wind, waves and sink holes into the mix, it gets more complicated."

    The company has recorded only 50 such holes around all of Britain's rail network over the past 12 years.

    Sink hole
  16. Cumbrian firm says artificial intelligence is key

    A West Cumbrian engineering firm that is creating swarming robots that learn from each other says artificial intelligence is a key area for future development.

    Robot in Forth factory

    Forth Engineering says AI allows it to cut costs, because building lots of small robots that do different jobs can be cheaper than creating one robot that does everything.

    The company provides services to Sellafield, and the offshore oil and gas industry.

  17. Police say Parton body part is not human

    Police say an item found on a beach at Parton in West Cumbria is not part of a human body.

    The object was found by a walker yesterday, and police were called.

    Officers now say there is nothing suspicious about the item, although it has been sent for analysis as a precaution.

  18. Engineers investigate hole beneath railway line

    Network Rail engineers say they don't know what has caused a sink hole that has opened up next to the tracks at Harrington, between Workington and Whitehaven.

    Hole by tracks

    The hole has disrupted services on the Cumbrian coast line, but Network Rail hopes to have trains running as normal by Sunday.

    Quote Message: We are trying to work out whether this one been caused by a collapsed culvert or sea erosion or both." from Phil James Head of Operations NW, Network Rail
    Phil JamesHead of Operations NW, Network Rail