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  1. University sees sharp drop in student numbers
  2. Megan's last letters 'are saving lives'
  3. More walkers lack the right gear, say mountain rescue volunteers

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We'll hand over to the software to post breaking travel reports or major news affecting the county over the weekend. Here's a reminder of some of today's main developments:

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

    If you want to pass on news you think we should know, or 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. A view that amazed even film-maker Terry

    Terry Abraham has seen Blencathra in many moods, because he spent a year making a film about the mountain.

    But even he was taken aback by the light thrown on the mountain during this morning's dawn.

    Blencathra in orange light

    Our thanks to Terry for allowing us to share it with you.

    If you 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.

  3. Racehorse trainer Jefferson dies

    Paul Newton

    Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

    The top racehorse trainer Malcolm Jefferson, who was born in Penrith, has died at the age of 71 following a long illness.

    Jefferson was brought up in Cumbria and worked with Gordon Richards at his stables at Greystoke before setting-up his own yard in North Yorkshire.

    Malcolm Jefferson

    He trained four Cheltenham Festival winners as well as recording a rare double success at both the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National meetings in 2012.

  4. Cumbria's weather: Starting clear, before rain arrives

    BBC Weather

    This evening will start dry with clear spells, allowing temperatures to fall low enough for a touch of frost in places.

    However, through the early hours of Saturday, cloud will thicken with outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards, this turning to snow over the hills where it will also be icy. There is a yellow warning for ice.

    Weather graphic

    You can find the latest BBC weather forecast for where you are, and details of the weather warning, here.

  5. Meet PC Speedy: Orton's answer to go-faster drivers

    Villagers in Orton, near Tebay, have installed their own deterrent to drivers who speed through the village: A full-sized cardboard cut-out police officer with a speed gun.

    PC Speedy on duty

    Kyle Blue, who is chairman of the parish council, said: "We talked about islands and speed bumps, but they're all expensive and you've got to go through all sorts of processes, so we hit on this idea."

    Quote Message: It seems to be working, believe it or not it's amazing, whether it's deterrence effect will last is hard to tell, but the moment you see this yellow jacket and a policeman, you instantly think, am I speeding?" from Kyle Blue
    Kyle Blue
  6. Robbery victim finds himself in dock for carrying knife

    The victim of a brutal robbery in his Carlisle home has been given a conditional discharge for carrying a knife because he was being threatened about giving evidence.

    Paul Savage, 50, was attacked last February, and battered in an attack described by the judge as verging on torture.

    But last November he told police who raided his Lightfoot Drive home in the city that he was carrying a knife for his own protection.

    Today at Carlisle Crown Court, Savage admitted having a bladed article, and was given a conditional discharge in what Judge James Adkin described as "an exceptional case".

  7. £1m in grants to get mills wheels turning again

    Eskdale Corn Mill has won grants totalling nearly £1m for reconstruction work, including £842,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Old mill by the stream

    Corn has been milled on the site for 1,000 years, but the mill is not weather proof and the machinery has not been in full working order for a number of years.

    Paul Pharoah, the chairman of the trust that runs the mill, said: "We will now be able to conserve the buildings and machinery, and tell their story more effectively."

  8. Jury sent out in trial of man accused of 'gay threat'

    The jury's been sent out in the trial of Ethan Stables, the Barrow man accused of planning to kill people at a Gay Pride event in Barrow last June.

    At Leeds Crown Court, Mr Stables, 20, of Egerton Court, denies preparing an act of terrorism, making threats to kill and possessing explosive.

    Prosecutors say he planned to attack people in the bar with a machete, but his defence is that he was actually bi-sexual and was just showing off.

    Judge Peter Collier QC told the jurors they must decide whether Mr Stables was preparing to carry out the attack or, as the defence said, he was a fantasist who got carried away.

  9. Overturned truck blocks A683 near Sedbergh

    The A683 was blocked for several hours after this lorry, carrying telegraph poles, overturned between Sedbergh and Barbon on the A683.

    Lorry on its side blocking road

    The road has now been reopened and ithe driver escaped with minor injuries.

  10. A murder (and some grievous bodily harm) has been arranged...

    Meanwhile, at Ambleside, the carnage continues as students on the courses for police studies, scenes of crime officers and ambulance crews are put through their paces.

    It happens every year when lecturers on a number of courses at the University of Cumbria put their heads together and see what their students have learned.

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  11. Police appeal for missing Chantelle, 28

    Police say they are concerned about Chantelle Ferguson, 28, who has been missing from her home in Water Street, Carlisle, for eight days.

    Chantelle Ferguson

    Officers say she was last seen on 25 January, wearing a vest top, skinny jeans and a long green Parka-type coat.

  12. International Jamal is last-minute signing for Carlisle

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    United's final signing of the transfer window was Jamal Campbell-Ryce, the Jamaican international who most recently spent 18 months with Barnet.

    Campbell Ryce with Keith Curle

    The 34-year-old winger, pictured with manager Keith Curle, goes straight into United's squad for tomorrow's game at Wycombe in League Two.

    Quote Message: He can handle a football, he can be a link player and he can score goals." from Keith Curle Manager, Carlisle United
    Keith CurleManager, Carlisle United
  13. Travel: A683 blocked by overturned lorry

    BBC News Travel

    The A683 has been blocked between Barbon and Sedbergh near Four Lane Ends by an overturned lorry that has also brought down a number of telegraph poles.

  14. Just what to pack in the backpack, by a mountain rescuer

    Alison Wood


    As we were saying earlier, about one in four people helped by the county's mountain rescue volunteers is not carrying all the right kit.

    So we asked the leader of one of the busiest mountain rescue teams: What should you take up the fell?

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  15. Megan's letters to GPs 'may save more lives'

    Letters written by a Cumbrian teenager before she died of cancer last year may save the lives of other young people.

    Megan Pryde

    Megan Pryde, from Corby Hill near Carlisle, was 19 when she was diagnosed with colon cancer.

    It's rare for someone so young to develop this type of cancer, so before she died, Megan wrote to GPs to urge them not to rule it out when diagnosing other young people.

    Her mum, Beverly, says a number of doctors wrote back with an encouraging response.

    Quote Message: I actually got a letter from a GP down in Kendal where a teenager had gone in with the same symptoms as Megan and he'd referred them right away." from Beverly Pryde
    Beverly Pryde
  16. Network Rail raps 'stupid' truckers after bridge crashes

    Network Rail engineers have sharply criticised some lorry drivers for not knowing the height of their vehicles after one hit a bridge at Langwathby, causing delays on the Settle-Carlisle rail line yesterday.

    Langwathby rail bridge

    The Cumbrian bridge was one of four hit by lorries yesterday, and Network Rail called for an end to the "entirely avoidable stupidity of lorry drivers who crash into bridges because they don't know the height of their vehicles".

    Trains are not allowed over a bridge that was hit until engineers have checked it is safe.

    Quote Message: Lorry drivers should know their vehicle's height and width, not guess and hope for the best." from Mark Killick Network Rail
    Mark KillickNetwork Rail
  17. Cumbria's weather: Sunny and feeling warmer

    BBC Weather

    The afternoon will be dry and sunny across the county. Winds will be much lighter so it will feel less cold than yesterday, although the temperatures, up to about 6C (43F) will be similar.

    Weather graphic

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

  18. Travel: Crash slows traffic on A69

    BBC News Travel

    An accident outside the Low Row service station has partly blocked the A69. Traffic is very slow.

  19. More walkers lack the right gear, say rescue volunteers

    Cumbria's mountain rescue volunteers say they're getting called out to an increasing number of people are stuck on the fells because they're ill-equipped.

    The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association told BBC Radio Cumbria that around one in four people rescued don't have basic equipment such as maps, torches or the right clothing.


    Nick Owen, leader of the Langdale Ambleside rescue team, says the right clothing, map, a compass, and a torch are the basic minimum in winter.

    He says people should check the weather and fell-top condition reports, and know their limits.

    Quote Message: Pitching yourself up Scafell when you've got a maximum seven hours of daylight and there's a foot of snow on top is probably not a good day for your first walk." from Nick Owen
    Nick Owen