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  1. Houston helps rescue Liverpool walker in Lake District

    A climber from Liverpool was rescued from the Lake District fells after his distress signal was picked up in Houston, Texas.

    Mountain rescue team reaches injured man near Ennerdale
    Image caption: The mountain rescue team with the injured man

    The 70-year-old suffered heat exhaustion near Ennerdale on Thursday and activated a personal locator beacon (PLB).

    The signal was picked up by a response centre thousands of miles away in the USA, which in turn contacted Cumbria Police via a control room in Hampshire.

    Mountain rescuers described it as one their "most unusual" call-outs.

    Map locating Houston, Fareham and Ennerdale
  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Cumbria - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M6 southbound between J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) and J35 A601(M) Carnforth, because of an accident.

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

  3. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting Cumbria's news and other information for today, and this week. Here's a reminder of today's main developments:

    We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 on Monday. Until then, you can send in news and pictures using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at, or by posting on our Facebook page.

    Have a very good weekend.

  4. Raiders escape closure 'by hours' in new financial crisis

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    The chairman of Barrow Raiders Rugby League Club has revealed the club came "within hours of going out of existence" last Wednesday.

    The statement from David Sharpe, which was released this afternoon, revealed only an "eleventh hour" intervention by one of the club's directors saved the club from folding.

    Sharpe went through a catalogue of financial problems since he returned to help the directors last August, and said the club now needed new directors with time to devote to the club and track down new income streams.

    In a lengthy statement on the Raiders' website, Sharpe says the club needs to find new investment and has launched a fundraising page to help secure its immediate future.

    Barrow are the second Cumbrian side to be facing serious financial difficulties this year after Whitehaven also launched their own fundraising appeal to see the club out to the end of the current season.

    Barrow Raiders badge
  5. Cumbria weather: Long clear spells after a sunny evening

    Lots of evening sunshine will give way to long clear spells tonight. Minimum temperatures will range from 7C to 10C (45F to 50F).

    Weather graphic

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

  6. New York's finest: A bit off the normal beat...

    Martin Lewes


    Police and community support officers find some unusual things on patrol, but a New York police car near the pier at Bowness is stretching it. We have asked whether it turned out to be a real one...

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  7. Village school head mulls expansion for homes plan

    A small village school will have to expand if thousands of new homes are built south of Carlisle, according to its headteacher.

    Stoneraise Primary School is just outside Durdar, one of the four main villages included in the St Cuthbert's Garden Village area between the M6 and A595.

    Proposals being consulted on this summer suggest the extra homes could be built around these villages, along with new parks, cycle paths and commercial premises, when a new link opens up the area.

    Clem Coady, the headteacher of the school, says it has 112 pupils currently.

    Stoneraise School
    Quote Message: The more pupils you have on your school site, the more money you have to meet the needs of the education of the children, so a larger school would make it easier, and the margins a bit better for us as a school." from Clem Coady
    Clem Coady
  8. It's real now, says Cumbria's World Cup winner Curtis

    Cumbrian goalkeeper Curtis Anderson from Ulverston, who helped England win the under-17 World Cup last summer, says England's senior team losing to Belgium should not harm their chances at this summer's World Cup.

    Curtis Anderson
    Quote Message: Winning the game would have shown that England are a team to be feared, but I think there's no real issue as long as they play well in the other games." from Curtis Anderson
    Curtis Anderson
    Quote Message: It brings them back down to earth a bit, they started off well but they've got to realise that now it is real, the big teams are good."
  9. Travel: Lineside fires slow trains

    BBC News Travel

    A trackside fire near Carlisle is disrupting trains on both the Newcastle and Settle-Carlisle railway lines.

  10. Cumbria fire crews called in to fight Pennine blaze

    Fire crews from a number of Cumbrian fire stations were called in to help the Lancashire brigade deal with a huge blaze on Winter Hill, near Blackburn, early this morning.

    Fire on Winter Hill

    Fire engines from Ulverston, Arnside and Staveley, with a specialist wildfire unit from Grange, with 18 crew members in all, were sent to help protect the transmitters which provide TV and radio for much of North West England.

    Cumbria fell fire appliance on Winter Hill

    They also used backpacks to fight smaller outbreaks.

    A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after the fire on Winter Hill.

    There have also been a number of grass and brush fires in Cumbria over the past few days, and the service says the county's fire risk is high.

  11. Police find 'valuable' drugs stash after M6 speeding stop

    Heroin potentially worth up to £200,000 was found when police stopped a Mercedes northbound on the M6 on suspicion of speeding, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

    James Duffy, 46, of Mossneuk Street, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, told police he'd transported drugs on other occasions, and just over £1,000 was also found in the car.

    The court was told the two packages of heroin were 50% pure, weighed a total of 1kg, and could have been mixed with a bulking agent to double the weight, an "immensely valuable consignment".

    Judge Barbara Forrester jailed Duffy, who admitted possession of heroin with intent to supply, for six years and nine months.

  12. Sellafield starts pumping highest-risk 'liquor'

    Engineers at Sellafield have started removing what they say is the most dangerous material they have on the site.

    Workers in Sellafield suits

    It is the water used to cover waste from nuclear power stations years ago, so it could not ignite, and over decades it has absorbed highly radioactive chemicals, so it becomes a radiation risk in itself.

    The store was built with no way of ever extracting what was put in it, but it is no longer fit for purpose, so new networks of shielded pipes have been built to pump the liquid out.

    Fresh water will be pumped back into the 22 compartments of the old waste store, so work can commence on removing the solid contents for treatment, storage, and eventually disposal into a store deep underground, if and when that is ever built.

  13. Brampton homes hit by power cut

    Electricity North West engineers have dealt with a power cut affecting 188 properties in Brampton. Power has now been restored.

    Engineers are also dealing with another fault, affecting 80 homes in southern Carlisle: They say it should be fixed by 15:00.

  14. Your pictures: Moonrise over Bassenthwaite

    Clear days mean clear nights, and Andrew Jones was kind enough to pass on this picture of dusk over Bassenthwaite.


    Andrew tweeted the picture at @BBC_Cumbria, but you can also submit pictures by emailing us at, or by posting on our Facebook page

  15. Video content

    Video caption: Beetroot ice lollies for lemurs in Cumbria

    Lemurs at the Lake District Wildlife Park near Bassenthwaite have been treated to ice lollies

  16. Cumbria's weather: Still unusually warm and dry

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry this afternoon with lots of sunshine. Winds will be light and it will feel very warm or even hot, with temperatures from 25C to 28C (77F to 82F).

    Weather graphic

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

  17. Travel: Roadworks slow traffic on A590 again

    BBC News Travel

    Road works are holding up traffic on the A590 between junction 36 on the M6, and the Brettargh Holt junction.

  18. Warp factor: Heat bends rail tracks near Carlisle

    Network Rail engineers recorded the temperature on the tracks north of Carlisle yesterday as 49C (120F) yesterday, warm enough to warp the tracks as the steel expanded.

    Bent tracks

    Services were restricted around the affected area until the tracks cooled down.