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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news, a regular weather forecast, and other things that catch our eye, for today and this week. Here's a reminder of today's main developments:

    • Cumbrian businesses pondered progress with one year to go until the UK formally signs out of the EU, although retaining most of the rules'n'regs until 2020;
    • Cumbria's new chief constable gave her first interviews, speaking of her pride in take over command of the force where she has spent her whole career;
    • And weather forecasters, having spent a couple of days talking down predictions of snow over Easter, posted a yellow warning of snow on Easter Monday.

    Stay warm, and we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday to report on whether or not it cause any problems.

    As always, 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 Easter.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Cold with a chance of wintry showers

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be mostly cloudy with the chance of some rain, sleet and hill snow, some of which could be heavy. It will be breezy and chilly, but not as cold as last night with minimum temperatures ranging from -2C to 1°C (28F to 34°F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Police urge 'uppies' players to be careful

    Police have asked people playing the first of this year's traditional "uppies and downies" football games in Workington tomorrow to try to avoid damaging other people and property.

    Ball goes into play in uppies and downies game.

    Hundreds of people take part in the game which involves large crowds trying to get a ball from one end of the town to the other.

    Sergeant Mitchell Franks said: "Whilst the vast majority of people who take part in Uppies and Downies do so in a positive spirit, the police will not accept people using the event as an excuse to commit criminal damage and behave in an antisocial manner."

    The game on Friday is expected to start at about 18:00: Other games will be played on Tuesday 3 April and Saturday 7 April.

  4. Parking the Pelican: Tall ship moors in new home

    The tall ship Pelican has sailed into Whitehaven harbour where she's now going to be based.

    The former Arctic trawler been brought to West Cumbria by the charity Adventure under Sail, and she was carefully brought astern to her mooring on the lunchtime tide.

    The group offers sailing expeditions to young people and others as character-building experiences.

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  5. Hartlepool gang jailed for Alston Moor break-ins

    Three men who broke into two outbuildings in a remote area near Alston and then threw some of their loot at a following police car as they neared home in Hartlepool have been jailed.

    Carlisle Crown Court was told they stole tools, fuel and other equipment including a security camera.

    Charlie Dunn, 20, of Wordsworth Avenue, 19-year-old Jack Setchell, of Seaton Lane, and Robbie Lee Simpsom, 23, of Fremantle Grove, all admitted two burglary charges: Simpson and Setchell admitted dangerous driving, and Setchell admitted aggravated vehicle taking and causing a danger on the road by obstruction.

    Setchell was jailed for four years, Simpson for three years, and Dunn for 28 months.

  6. Travel: Carlisle northern bypass reopened after crash

    BBC News Travel

    The A689 Carlisle northern bypass has been reopened after the accident earlier today.

  7. Cyclist dies in Carlisle bypass crash

    Police have confirmed that a cyclist has died after a crash near Carlisle.

    It happened just after 10:00 at the Rockcliffe roundabout on the A689 north of the city.

    The Carlisle bypass was closed for much of the day between Burgh Road and Kingmoor Road.

    Elsewhere, two lorry drivers were taken to separate hospitals after a crash this morning on the A66 near Kirkby Thore.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A689 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A689 Cumbria both ways severe accident, at Milton.

    A689 Cumbria - A689 in Milton blocked in both directions at the Milton junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Ministers kept 'rail cancellation secret for four months'

    Ministers cancelled the planned electrification of a Cumbrian railway line four months before it was revealed to the public, according to a a National Audit Office report today.

    The report is critical about the way into the cancellation of three railway electrification schemes, including the Oxenholme to Windermere line, was handled by the transport secretary, Chris Grayling.

    Oxenholme station

    The report says the decision was taken more than a year ago when Network Rail looked likely to go £2.5bn over budget.

    Ministers agreed to cancel the electrification projects, claiming the use of trains that could run on diesel and electricity meant the work was unnecessary, in March, but no announcement was made until July, the report says.

  10. Your pictures: A late frost for the lambs at Penton

    Loook carefully and you'll see spring lambs enjoying some early sunshine on a frosty morning at Penton in the far north east of Cumbria.

    Frosty morning

    Our weather watcher Charles Dunn was kind enough to send us this picture: If you want to share a photo with the county, you can email it to us, as he did.

  11. Union leader defends 17th strike on the trains

    The senior local official in the RMT union has defended the long series of strikes that have disrupted trains across Cumbria 17 times over the past few months.

    RMT picket line

    Craig Johnston (left) was speaking on the picket line outside Carlisle station about the strike over the role of Guards on Northern trains.

    The train company insists many other rail services run safely without a guard on board, or with the driver taking over work such as controlling train doors.

    Mr Johnston says passengers support the strike because they want staff on trains.

    Quote Message: At a time of increasing anti-social behaviour and recorded crime on the railway we think it's absolute madness to want to destaff trains." from Craig Johnston
    Craig Johnston
  12. New manager Molly takes over at Carlisle racecourse

    A new general manager's been appointed to run Carlisle racecourse.

    Molly Dingwall with horse

    Molly, 27, says she is passionate about horse racing and "fell in love with Carlisle" while working there for four months last year.

  13. Jess Gillam nominated for a classical Brit

    Ulverston saxophonist Jess Gillam says she is "thrilled and honoured" to be nominated for a Brit - as the classical music version of the awards is revived this year.

    Jess Gillam

    The 19-year-old, who now mixes studying in Manchester with performing around the country, is in the running for the Sound of Classical Poll which celebrates the best musicians who are under 30.

    She made her debut at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall last year, and will return to the venue for the Classic Brits ceremony in June.

  14. Snow warning posted for Easter Monday after all...

    Martin Lewes


    The Met Office has posted a yellow warning of snow for the higher ground in England through to the Scottish borders, after a week when long-range forecasts had wavered about whether a cold snap was on the way or not.

    The latest warning says several centimetres of snow may fall at high levels on Easter Monday, with wet snow at low levels, although the extent and amount are uncertain.

    Weather warning map
  15. Travel: Long delays as crashes block A66 and Carlisle bypass

    BBC News Travel

    There are still long delays on the A66 in both directions in the Kirkby Thore area after an accident involving two HGVs.

    And the western part of Carlisle is said to be "gridlocked" after the A689 northern bypass was closed because of an accident at the Rockcliffe roundabout.

  16. Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells and chance of a shower

    BBC Weather

    There will be spells of sunshine this afternoon, with patchy cloud cover and the chance of a few showers which could be wintry on the Pennines. Temperatures will range from 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

    Weather graphic

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

  17. Historic trucks rumble out for rally

    Dozens of historic trucks, buses, military vehicles and tractors will be taking to roads around Brough and Kirkby Stephen at the weekend for the 20th Cumbria Easter Rally.

    Old trucks

    The Cumbria Easter Rally will have displays across the area, with classic buses providing transport in between, and a procession around the dales on Saturday.

  18. Tourism industry 'will still need EU migrants'

    One year before Britain's formal departure from the EU, Cumbria's tourism industry is looking further ahead to the end of the transition period, when free movement of workers ends.

    The industry, Cumbria's largest employer, has always depended on bringing workers in from elsewhere in the country or the world.

    Nigel Wilkinson, of Windermere Lake Cruises, says an estimated 10,000 EU workers fill jobs which might otherwise stay vacant because there is almost full employment in the county.

    Quote Message: The concern is what happens if that migrant labour pool contracts." from Nigel Wilkinson
    Nigel Wilkinson
    Bowness Bay