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  1. Updates on Friday 13 July 2018

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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other information from the county for today, and this week. Here's a reminder of some of today's developments:

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 for another week. Until then, 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. Cumbria's weather: Showers should die away

    BBC Weather

    There could be some showers that continue this evening, but these should then die away to leave a mainly dry night with long clear spells and minimum temperatures from 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. MP says Whitehaven Academy takeover is 'a new dawn'

    The Copeland MP Trudy Harrison says the takeover of the troubled Whitehaven Academy by a trust that runs a number of other schools in the county is "a new dawn".

    Under management by the Bright Tribe academy chain, the West Cumbrian school has ended up in special measures, with staff taking strike action over the management and state of the buildings.

    The government has promised funding to rebuild the school when it comes under the Cumbria education Trust in September.

    Parents have also welcomed the news.

    Whitehaven Academy
    Quote Message: This has been a very very long dark tunnel but today there's just the brightest light shining, as we've got the good news that there will be a new sponsor for Whitehaven Academy, a new build, which is really important and the kind of school that the students deserve." from Trudy Harrison Conservative MP for Copeland
    Trudy HarrisonConservative MP for Copeland
  4. Graffiti sprayed on city war memorial

    The city centre war memorial in Carlisle has been spray-painted with graffiti.

    English Street memorial

    Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after the initials SL were sprayed on the monument on English Street last night at about 20:20.

    Officers say the initials were also sprayed elsewhere in the area by a thin, white man, wearing a red hat and grey jumper with jogging bottoms.

  5. Osprey chicks: It's two boys and a girl

    Experts sent up to an osprey nest in South Cumbria to ring and tag the chicks hatched there five weeks ago say they found two males and one female.

    Ospreys in nest being fed by mother

    The three, seen here being fed by their mother, are the fifth brood to be produced by the pair nesting at the Foulshaw reserve north of Grange over Sands, which is run by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

    The parent birds watched as the chicks were lowered to the ground, measured, weighed, checked over and ringed, but neither they nor the offspring, according to wardens, seemed unduly alarmed.

    The tags will enable conservationists and birdwatchers to identify the birds and keep track of them as they migrate to West Africa and back.

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  6. Travel: Crash closes A596 between Wigton and Aspatria

    BBC News Travel

    An accident has closed Queen Street in Aspatria through to Wigton.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A596 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A596 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from B5305 West Road to Bedford Square.

    A596 Cumbria - A596 Queen Street closed in both directions from the B5305 West Road junction to the Bedford Square junction, because of an accident.

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

  8. Cleaning firm boss jailed for £50,000 VAT fraud

    The owner of a cleaning firm who claimed back VAT after her business had ceased trading has been jailed for two years.

    Maxine Brooks, 55, of Armathwaite, near Carlisle, filed a dozen fake returns, generating more than £44,000, and a 13th for £5,000 which was never paid, because an investigation exposed the fraud.

    Brooks, who changed her plea to guilty half-way through the trial was described as "a thoroughly deceitful and manipulative person", by Judge Peter Hughes QC.

    He also banned her from being a director or concerned in the management of any company for eight years.

  9. MP Woodcock lobbies minister on A595 bottleneck

    Efforts to unblock a notorious bottleneck on one of Cumbria's main roads have reached ministerial level this week.

    After lobbying from both South Cumbria's MPs, nuclear minister Richard Harrington said he would become personally involved in trying to upgrade the A595.


    Furness MP John Woodcock said he's since had a letter from the Government's roads minister instructing officials to consider adding the A595 to the Major Road Network programme.

    The listing due at the end of the year could unlock funding for work near Grizebeck where the A-road narrows through Dove Ford Farm.

  10. Cumbrian victim says 'mesh' surgery ban must go further

    Jade Taylorson

    BBC Cumbria reporter

    A Cumbrian woman has welcomed a government decision to halt vaginal mesh surgery, but says current action on the issue doesn't go far enough.

    The woman, who only wants to give her name as Alison, had an implant in July 2016 to reverse stress incontinence, but says the pain of complications has left her virtually housebound since.

    The government says that while the procedure is under review, some carefully selected patients will still be able to have the surgery.

    Vaginal mesh
  11. Pigeon thieves sought after Mirehouse loft raid

    Six pigeons, two of them only six weeks old, with an estimated value of £400, were stolen from lofts on allotments behind St Benedicts Church in Mirehouse, Whitehaven, at the weekend.

    Police say the thieves broke through five padlocks, and they have appealed for witnesses

  12. Queen's Guide Cedric blames quicksands on changing climate

    More extreme weather is being blamed for the amount of dangerous quicksand in Morecambe Bay, by a man who probably knows it better than anyone else.

    Cedric Robinson

    The Queen's Guide to the Sands, Cedric Robinson, who's held the post for 55 years, says he believes it could be down to climate change.

    Mr Robinson says he has had to cancel many of the walks he leads across the huge sands because the rain of last winter has caused far more quicksand, and he has "never known a season like it".

    Quote Message: The tides are coming higher, the winds are getting much stronger and we're getting more rainfall, once it starts raining, it never stops." from Cedric Robinson
    Cedric Robinson
  13. Another big button count planned for Holocaust memorial

    A Cumbrian school, which has been sent buttons from across the world for its project to remember the children killed in the Holocaust, is asking people to help count them this weekend.

    The Lakes School near Windermere wants to collect one-and-a half million buttons - one for each child who was murdered.

    Child counting buttons

    The school is built on the site of huts where children rescued from concentration camps came to recover after the war and started its appeal last year. It plans to make a memorial out of the buttons.

    Hundreds of thousands of buttons have come in from all over the world, and the count, the latest of several, is on Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00.

  14. Police: Teenager in in liquid attack is 'very lucky'

    Police say the teenager who had an unknown liquid sprayed in his face near Maryport last night was "very lucky" not to be more seriously hurt.

    Officers say they know the liquid was not an acid but an alkali, which had caused some burning but should not leave the victim with long-term consequences.

    Det Insp Matt Scott described it as a cowardly attack and said the person responsible should come forward before the police came to them.

    Quote Message: He has been very lucky, when you're spraying things towards people's eyes and face, it could have the potential to cause some serious injury." from Det Insp Matt Scott
    Det Insp Matt Scott
    Quote Message: I do not believe at the moment this to be a random attack, I do believe it to be targeted."
  15. Buttermere: Mirror of the hills

    It may be grey with some showers today, but it wasn't on Monday when Wil Cheung took this photograph of Buttermere. Our thanks to him for sending it in.


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

  16. Woman, 20, seriously hurt in crash

    A seriously-injured woman, 20, was cut from the wreckage of the Fiat she was driving after a crash with a Citroen at Grizebeck, near Kirkby-in-Furness, yesterday evening.

    She was taken to the Preston Royal Hospital, where today her condition was described as critical but stable.

  17. Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells and heavy showers

    BBC Weather

    Through this afternoon there will be sunny spells, but also some heavy showers which could merge to get longer spells of rain, and a chance of thunder too, with highest temperatures from 18C to 21C (64F to 70F).

    Weather graphic

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

  18. Workington Comets roar to five in a row

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Workington Comets scored their fifth win on the trot when they ended Ipswich's 100% home record with a 47-43 win in last night's Championship speedway.

    The team manager Tony Jackson says the Danish rider Rasmus Jenson scored a maximum 15 points on the night.

    Quote Message: He had seven rides and ultimately the match-winning contribution." from Tony Jackson
    Tony Jackson