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  1. A day of past and future: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    The news today has looked 70 years into the past and perhaps 30 into the future: Here's a reminder:

    We'll be back to do it again at 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. Cumbria's weather: Cloud moving in and milder

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will build up and winds will increase during the evening and overnight so it will be milder than last night and frost-free.

    Rain will reach Cumbria by morning, with the temperatures falling to 4C (39F) and then rising.

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Trust seeks volunteer guides for poet's house

    New volunteers are being sought to help out in places such as a bothy at Ashness Bridge and Wordsworth House in Cockermouth.

    The National Trust says the Wordsworth House roles could involve house tours, selling raffle tickets and acting as a guide.

    More information will be on offer at drop-in events at Wordsworth House and Keswick's Theatre by the Lake next month.

    Volunteer in three-cornered hat
    Quote Message: I feel privileged to be a volunteer at such a historic treasure." from John Conlon National Trust volunteer at Wordsworth House
    John ConlonNational Trust volunteer at Wordsworth House
  4. Drunken beating punished with 10 year sentence

    A Cleator Moor man who battered a friend in a drunken attack that lasted several hours has been jailed for 10 years.

    Jordan Smith

    In November, Carlisle Crown Court heard that Jordan Smith was drinking with Neil McLaughlin when he turned on him, beating him with a baseball bat and a bottle, stamping and jumping on him.

    Smith, 25, of High Street, Cleator Moor, admitted causing grievous bodily harm in the attack in August last year, and his sentence was adjourned until now for reports.

    Afterwards Det Con Debi Gilmour said it was "a sustained and vicious attack", adding: “I hope today’s sentence shows how seriously both the police and the courts take such violent offending.”

  5. One of six of the best makes mark in Great Langdale

    Jennie Dennett

    BBC Cumbria

    This is an art installation called Ordnance Pavilion, inspired by OS maps, nearing completion and being unveiled behind the Wainwright's Inn, in Great Langdale, tomorrow.

    Ordnance Pavilion

    It's one of six installations being erected in the Lake District by the arts project Lakes Ignite.

  6. Zip wire mystery tour protest is booked up

    A protest rally against controversial plans for two sets of zip wires across Thirlmere, which is taking place at an undisclosed location tomorrow, has been booked up.


    The conservation group said around 200 people had booked to be collected and taken to the rally where they'll be addressed by speakers including the film-maker Terry Abraham.

  7. Power scheme 'will save money but may not be cheapest'

    Allerdale Council says an energy switching scheme it runs has been proven to save people money, despite doubts being raised about whether it offers the best deals on the market.

    One local man says despite registering with the Big Allerdale Switch, he's always been able to find cheaper tariffs elsewhere, and the regulator Ofgem has said in the past there's a risk such schemes will make people think they offer the best available deal.

    The council says most people who take part can save money by switching and that people who register are not forced to switch if their existing tariff is cheaper.

    A number of local authorities run similar deals.

  8. Fishing crews asked to observe ban off St Bees Head

    Fishing crews are being asked to observe a voluntary ban on netting within a kilometre of St Bees Head during the spring, to help avoid diving birds becoming tangled in their gear and drowning.

    Ledges on st Bees Head

    The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority says the headland is an important breeding area for birds such as guillemots and razorbills, which can get tangled when they dive into the sea for food.

    The ban will run from 1 March to 15 July, although it may be extended if Natural England says nesting is taking place later than usual.

    A spokesman said fishers themselves had been deeply upset when they found drowned birds.

  9. Travel: Eden Bridge reopened in Carlisle

    BBC News Travel

    Police say the incident on Eden Bridge has been resolved and the A7 has been reopened

  10. Travel: Eden Bridge in Carlisle closed

    BBC News Travel

    The Eden Bridge in Carlisle has been closed while police deal with an incident. Police are asking drivers to avoid the area.

  11. Travel: Road works slow traffic on A65 at Crooklands

    There are queues on the A65 at Crooklands because of temporary traffic lights while water mains work takes place.

    There are also some delays remaining on the A590 between junction 36 and the Brettargh Holt junction because of an earlier accident.

  12. Cumbria's weather: Dry and sunny

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry this afternoon throughout the county with significantly lighter winds than recently. It will feel pleasant in long sunny spells, with a maximum temperature of about 6C (43F).

    Weather graphic

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

  13. Your pictures: A near-perfect winter day

    It must be the best day of the week for weather today, and Brian Moffat was lucky enough to get this view of Skiddaw in the sunshine.

    Our thanks to him for thinking of us.

    Skiddaw topped with snow

    If you want to share a photo with the county, you can email it to us here.

  14. Travel: Congestion again on A590

    The temporary traffic lights on the A590 at Backbarrow are causing delays between Newby Bridge and Haverthwaite again.

  15. Carlisle miss out on Leeds forward signing

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    We understand Leeds United forward Mallik Wilks will join Grimsby today, in spite of interest from Carlisle United and Chesterfield.

    Cole Stockton

    United are still thought to be in for 23-year-old Hearts striker Cole Stockton, having let Shaun Miller move to Crewe on loan.

  16. Fire crews free driver after Wigton crash

    A man was cut from the wreckage of his car after an accident yesterday evening on the A595 at Wigton.

    The crash involved a Ford Fiesta, driven by a 62-year-old man from Workington, and another vehicle, driven by a 41-year-old from Wigton.

    The driver who was cut free had minor injuries – the other motorist was not hurt.

    Correction 29 January 2018: This report has been updated to amend incorrect information about those involved in the accident.

  17. Carlisle people urged: Look 30 years into future

    People in Carlisle are being offered the chance to comment on plans for a major expansion of the city to the south.

    Satellite shot of area

    The city council's planning to allow 10,000 in an area to be called St Cuthberts along with all the facilities such a community would need.

    Access will by along a new southern bypass, which is also being opened up to public consultation.

    Carlisle City council leader Colin Glover says it is a big change for local people to influence the growth of the city.

    Quote Message: This is really a blank canvas and a wonderful opportunity for people to think forward 25 or 30 years, as to what they think people should be living like at that time." from Colin Glover City council leader
    Colin GloverCity council leader
  18. New chairman joins Morecambe Bay NHS trust

    The NHS trust that runs hospitals in South Cumbria and North Lancashire is getting a new chairman as well as a new chief executive.

    Ian Johnson

    Ian Johnson will move across from the Blackpool hospitals trust, where he's been in the chair since 2012; he is a solicitor with wide experience in the UK and abroad.

    Earlier this month Dame Jackie Daniel announced she would step down later this year from her job as chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, and no replacement has yet been announced.

  19. Plans for new Carlisle suburb go on show

    Plans for up to 10,000 new homes in Carlisle's "garden village" go on show to the public today online and in libraries or the Civic Centre..

    It will be one of 14 new communities across the country, in a project announced by the government last year to build more housing.

    St Cuthbert's would be on the south side of Carlisle between junction 42 of the M6 and the A595.

    It would be created along with a a southern bypass, which would take traffic out of the city centre and give access to the new estates.

  20. People given a chance to comment on £72m flood plans

    People are being asked what they think about suggestions on spending £72m on flood prevention around the county.

    A series of 15 drop-in sessions are being held, with the first in Carlisle today and others in the catchment areas of the Eden, the Derwent, and the Kent and Levens rivers in South Cumbria.

    Andy Brown, a flood risk manager with the Environment Agency, says the options have been developed over the past two years but it's impoirtant that local people contribute to the discussions

    Quote Message: I could come up with a technical analysis that might say a 5m wall through a town would be a really good option but actually that's unacceptable for the people who live in that place." from Andy Brown
    Andy Brown
    Man being rescued from flood