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Summary

  1. Hundreds of riders escort Kendal blood biker's funeral
  2. County health chief calls for new obesity campaign
  3. Barrow manager goes as 'transformation' axe swings
  4. Lake district planners propose 'gondola' cable car for Whinlatter

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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and other nuggets from the life of Cumbria for today, and this week. Here's a reminder of today's main developments:

    Hundreds of motorcyclists who volunteer to carry urgently-needed blood supplies For the NHS came to Cumbria to act as an escort for the funeral cortege of one of their own, Russell Curwen from Kendal, who was killed in a crash in Lancaster while on a late night mission.

    Aerial shot of motorcyclists on road

    One of the many who lined the roads said the cavalcade took 20 minutes to pass down the A65.

    We'll be back on Monday to do it all again. If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Care home fined £40,000 for food offence

    The £40,000 fine imposed on a large care home in Kendal highlights the importance to businesses of checking stock and training staff, environmental health staff said today.

    Heron Hill Care Home

    Managers for the 86-bed Heron Hill Care Home admitted to Barrow magistrates on Wednesday that it had prepared to serve meat to residents when it was past its expiry date.

    Inspectors had seen staff dealing with the meat when they visited the home in March 2017. The home had been served with two notices for hygiene breaches in 2016.

    Abbey Healthcare said it was unable to comment this afternoon, but it would describe the changes made in the past year on Monday.

    Fiona Inston, South Lakeland council's public protection manager, said the vast majority of food establishments in the area had the top hygiene rating of five, but those that fell so far short would be dealt with.

    Quote Message: However, where non-compliance is identified we will address it and take appropriate enforcement action which includes prosecution where necessary.” from Fiona Inston
    Fiona Inston
  3. Cumbria's weather: A dry, clear night

    BBC Weather

    This evening it will stay fine with late sunshine. It will then be another dry night with mainly clear skies, although there could be a few patches of mist or fog forming.

    There will be light winds and minimum temperatures from 2C to 5C (36F to 41F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Barrow's evening paper takes top honour for regional press

    The evening newspaper for the area around Barrow and South Cumbria, The Mail, has been named daily newspaper of the year for circulations below 20,000.

    Just this week, the newspaper succeeded in forcing publication of a report into the way the Nursing and Midwifery Council dealt with the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal.

    The awards, run by the Society of Editors, also saw Jon Colman of the Cumberland News win Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year.

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  5. Workington player in Italy for football international

    Leigh Gregory from Workington has landed in Italy today with a team of football players, all of whom have lost either an arm or a leg, to play in their first International

    Leigh Gregory

    Leigh is one of nine players in the team put together by the Amputee Football Association Scotland, and one of their last coaching sessions was with the Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill.

    Leigh, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident about eight years ago, played in a friendly in the Netherlands, but this is his first full international.

  6. West Cumbria lab staff brew up power for next Mars rover

    Staff at a laboratory in west Cumbria are helping produce the power for a Mars rover, which Nasa is planning to send to the Red Planet in 2020.

    Sign outside lab

    They are working with the Oakridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to produce plutonium 238, which will go in the batteries that power the robot vehicle.

    One of the first rovers, Opportunity, is still wandering the stony deserts of Mars, and the Kendal astronomer Stuart Atkinson has a regular blog on what it discovers.

    The new rover, powered by the batteries partly created in Cumbria, will extract samples of rock, which will be sealed and left for collection on a later mission.

    Quote Message: They are a fantastic energy source because they can provide power for decades and they can be used where a chemical battery would be insufficient and solar power would be inappropriate, so they really are quite special." from Catherine Campbell Radiochemistry team, National Nuclear Laboratory
    Catherine CampbellRadiochemistry team, National Nuclear Laboratory
    Mars rover shadow on Mars
  7. 60mph chase driver is jailed for two years

    A banned driver who led police on a 60mph chase in a stolen car through residential Carlisle streets has been jailed for two years.

    Mark Young

    Mark Young, 20, of Bower Street, Carlisle, who has three previous convictions for dangerous driving, caused four crashes during the lengthy pursuit, and tried to ram a police car, forcing an officer to jump out of the way.

    Young admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and handling stolen goods.

    Judge James Adkin also imposed a two-year ban to follow the jail term, and ordered Young to take an extended test before he could drive again.

  8. Bassenthwaite ospreys 'unlikely to breed this year'

    For the first time since the Lake District Osprey Project began in 2001, it's unlikely there'll be any eggs or chicks this year at the Bassenthwaite nest.

    Staff say Unring, a male who had nested at the site with his partner of five years, KL, has only had occasional visits at the nest from a new, younger female after KL failed to return to the nest this year, and it is now probably too late in the season for them to breed.

  9. Bar customer who pulled a knife is jailed

    A drunken Carlisle sports bar customer who threatened the venue's deputy manager with a knife has been sent to prison.

    Arron Graham, 23, of Weardale Road, Carlisle pulled a knife on Benjamin Blunden, who had been alerted to a disturbance inside Players, on Botchergate.

    When he was arrested Graham was found to have a lock knife and a knuckleduster, and at Carlisle Crown Court he admitted two charges of possessing offensive weapons.

    Judge Peter Hughes QC jailed Graham for 16 months.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J36 for A590 and J35 for A601.

    M6 Cumbria - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) and J35 A601(M) Carnforth, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  11. Lakes planners suggest cable car to Whinlatter

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    One of the ideas in new Lake District national park planning guidelines is a sort of cable car that would carry tourists from the A66 to the visitor centre at the Whinlatter Forest.

    Emirates Gondola

    The gondola system, possibly like this one that crosses the Thames in London, would reduce the amount of traffic squeezing through the village of Braithwaite and up Whinlatter pass

    That would allow, according to the documents, "Significant opportunities for intensification of the Whinlatter Visitor Centre as a recreational and leisure hub."

    The park authority would not build the cable car itself, but if the guidelines, currently out for public consultation, were approved, a commercial developer would know planning permission was possible.

    • The former national park headquarters in Kendal had a large photograph in the reception area showing the Vale of Keswick with the sort of developments the National Park Authority would not allow, including a cable car up Skiddaw.
  12. Comets aim to keep unbeaten run in Scunthorpe

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Workington Comets take their unbeaten start to the new speedway season to Scunthorpe tonight in the Championship.

    Dan Bewley

    They'll also have the new British Under-19 champion Dan Bewley in their side, after he won last night's event at Ipswich.

    Tomorrow night's fixture with Scunthorpe at Workington was postponed because the Comets have so many riders away on international duty.

  13. County health chief plans new campaign on weight

    Bob Cooper

    Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

    Cumbria's director of public health, Colin Cox, says a rise in the number of overweight children arriving in reception classes at the county's nursery schools must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

    Mr Cox says between a quarter and a third of five-year-old children are estimated to be overweight or obese in Cumbria, the highest proportion of any county in England.

    Quote Message: We have to be acting to turn that round at an early stage because an overweight five year old is very likely to be an overweight 15-year-old, is very likely to be an overweight 55-year-old." from Colin Cox
    Colin Cox
  14. Travel: Trains cancelled again between Lancaster and Barrow

    BBC News Travel

    The train company Northern has cancelled between Barrow and Lancaster and Preston this afternoon, and the service that becomes the 18:21 from Lancaster to Windermere.

    The company says it is short of drivers.

  15. Your pictures: Sun, Moon and Venus, and a little magic

    The Kendal-based astronomer and photographer Stuart Atkinson captured this meeting of sunset, a crescent Moon partly illuminated by light reflected from Earth, and the planet Venus last night and says he is very pleased with it.

    Crescent moon against sunset with Venus

    He wasn't the only one to be impressed: The scientist Professor Brian Cox retweeted it with the words "What a wonderful photograph", and it is now fairly viral.

    If you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

  16. GPs' on-call service lifts regional Parliamentary award

    Cumbria's Health on Call service, or CHoC, which provides out-of-hours medical services and staffs the NHS 111 helpline for callers in the county, has won a northern regional award in a competition to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

    ChoC, which is run by GPs, was nominated by five Cumbrian MPs in the Excellence in Primary Care category, in the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards. The national awards ceremony will be held in July.

  17. Rugby League

    Sunday's Rugby League action in the Championship and League One as Whitehaven play York City Knights plus Batley Bulldogs host Dewsbury Rams - listen to BBC local radio commentary.

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