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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    It's been a week that started with the headlines dominated by snow, but by today only the fell tops weather forecast featured the white stuff.

    Here's a reminder of some of today's developments:

    We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 on Monday. You can get involved by sending an email, contacting us on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Robbers punch woman and take jewellery shop keys

    Two men broke into a woman's home, punched her, and demanded the keys to a jewellery shop in Kirkby Lonsdale, police say.

    It happened in Horse Market yesterday at about 21:00. The woman, who is in her 60s, suffered minor injuries.

    The keys were for Isaac's Jewellers on Main Street in Kirkby: The shop was not raided, but police say the men may have been seen looking around the area..

    Det Insp Charlotte Nutter said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim and we are calling on the public for their help in identifying the offenders."

    Isaac's Jewellers, Kirkby Lonsdale
  3. High on Skiddaw, winter's magic makes icy 'waffles'

    When freezing fog meets a fence, this is the result - what John Phoenix Hutchinson, writer and poet from the Lake District calls frozen waffles.

    Rime on fence making a pattern like waffles.

    John, who tweets as @wainwrights_in_verse, tweeted pictures including this one after a trip up Skiddaw Little Man.

  4. Cumbria's weather: Rain moving in later

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will build from the south this evening with rain arriving through the early hours of Saturday.

    Winds will strengthen and the lowest temperatures before the rain sets in,will be 0C to 3C (32C to 37°F)

    Weather graphic

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A69 Northumberland both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A69 Northumberland both ways severe accident, between A69 and B6322.

    A69 Northumberland - A69 in Haltwhistle closed in both directions between the A69 junction and the B6322 junction, because of an accident involving lorry and other vehicle and debris on the road.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. MP starts petition in long-running pharmacy campaign

    Cumbrian MP Tim Farron's started a petition in a long-running campaign to get more government support for small rural pharmacies.

    Farron talking to pharmacist Simon Butterworth

    The Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale (right) says reduced payments for prescriptions mean the money pharmacists like Simon Butterworth get from the government sometimes doesn't cover the cost of the medicines.

    Mr Farron posted an early day motion in Parliament, attracting just 19 supporters, and has written to health ministers but says the government has not responded.

  7. Scrapyard burglar given suspended sentence

    A man from Lancashire who broke into a scrap-metal dealership in south Cumbria, stealing cabling and power tools worth £3,000, has been given a suspended sentence.

    Joseph Ridsdale, 20, and two others are thought to have used an angle grinder to remove a gate padlock at Beezon Road in Kendal, before hot-wiring a vehicle to rip open a container secured with chains.

    Ridsdale, from Hope Street in Accrington, admitted burglary at Carlisle Crown Court and was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, after Judge James Adkin heard he was "motivated" to turn away from offending.

    The court heard Ridsdale and his brother, Bradley. were stopped in a van after the burglary; Bradley has a warrant out for his arrest.

  8. Whisky shop hopes Scots will pour across the border

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    Some Cumbrian businesses are hoping to take advantage as new minimum prices for alcohol are introduced in Scotland later this year.

    Whisky being poured

    Prices are likely to go up overnight on 1 May when the new 50p per unit minimum is introduced, lifting the price of white cider from about £2 a bottle to nearer £11.

    Ben Turnbull owns a whisky shop, House of Malt in Carlisle, and he says it may try to tempt discerning Scottish shoppers over the border

    Quote Message: We've got some good whiskies for not a lot of money, we might look at bringing down the price a little and looking at the cheaper end, certainly if that will bring people across the border." from Ben Turnbull
    Ben Turnbull
  9. BreakingPolice storm room to end 'siege' at Barrow hotel

    Police have forced their way into a room in a Barrow hotel after man barricaded himself inside with a woman.

    Imperial Hotel

    Armed officers had been deployed, although police say this was only as a precaution, and specialist negotiators were used to bring the incident to an end.

    The 22-year-old woman who was in the room at the Hotel Imperial on Cornwallis Street was unhurt.

    A 21-year-old man, who has self-inflicted injuries requiring hospital treatment, was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment.

  10. Reserve vandalism shocks wildlife trust

    Vandals have attacked a sign and done other damage at one of the Cumbria Wildife Trust's top reserves.

    Broken sign

    The sign was placed in the reserve, at a cost of about £1,000, less than a year ago.

    The trust says tools and a water trough have also been stolen from the large area of wetland, and the damage comes only two weeks after a Land-Rover was driven across another reserve, at South Walney.

  11. Complaints drop sharply at South Cumbrian hospitals

    The number of complaints from patients at hospitals in Barrow, Kendal and Lancaster has dropped sharply over the past five years, according to managers there.

    The reduction was one of a number of goals set in 2016: In the year to April 2013, there were 744 complaints, and by the end of January this year, there were 380 with two months to go, leaving staff hoping to hit their target of no more than 442.

    Overall, the trust says it's a year ahead of schedule to meet its targets.

  12. Struggling school 'transformed', says Ofsted team

    Inspectors say Netherhall School in Maryport, rated inadequate and put into special measures two years ago, has been "transformed" and is now good.

    Netherhall School

    The report says the comprehensive school has a new senior teaching team led by an inspirational head teacher who "has demonstrated passion, integrity and highly skilled leadership."

    Students are making strong progress, attendance has improved, and a sixth form that might have closed, is now thriving, the report says.

    Quote Message: This school has been transformed in a remarkably short period of time." from Ofsted report.
    Ofsted report.
  13. United look for fifth win at Exeter

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United could move level on points with the League Two play-off places if they win at promotion rivals Exeter City tomorrow.

    Keith Curle's side are looking for a fifth consecutive win for the first time since October 2016.

  14. Baby Paul's death prompts hospital changes

    A series of failings by a locum surgeon in Newcastle, that led to the death of a two-day-old baby from Carlisle, have prompted wide-ranging changes, health managers say.

    Paul Mitchelhill

    The Newcastle coroner heard this week that Mr Emanuelle Towu performed surgery on baby Paul Mitchelhill, at the city's children's hospital, that could have been delayed, and later missed signs that the operation on his abdomen had gone wrong.

    Paul Speker, representing the Newcastle Hospitals Trust, said that it had now changed its policy on locum surgeons to try and prevent this from happening again.

    Quote Message: In particular the trust will not be taking on locum surgeons unless they have very close personal knowledge of the locum and their experience." from Paul Speker
    Paul Speker
  15. BreakingArmed police 'a precaution' as hotel stand-off continues

    Martin Lewes


    Armed police have entered the Imperial Hotel in Barrow where a man has barricaded himself in a room with a woman.

    Imperial Hotel

    Officers say the man and the woman know each other, but from what the police have said, it is not clear whether she is there against her will. Negotiators are talking to the man.

    Police say the armed officers are simply a precaution, and there is no threat to anyone outside the hotel.

    The surrounding streets have remained open.

  16. Cumbria's weather: Sunshine becoming hazier

    BBC Weather

    The sunshine may turn a little hazier from the south later this afternoon as cloud starts to build. Temperatures may reach 9C (48F).

    Weather graphic

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

  17. New signing goes into squad for Silkmen trip

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    New signing Nathan Waterston is expected to go straight into the Barrow squad for their trip to top-of-the-table Macclesfield Town in National North.

    Nathan Waterstone at signing

    The Bluebirds lie two points above the relegation places with at least one game in hand on those teams around them, and player-manager Grant Holt believes some of the pressure will be off Barrow tomorrow with the home side expected to win.