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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


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

    We'll be back to do it again from 08:00 on Monday. If you've got any stories or photos to share, let us know by sending us an email, getting in touch on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Clear and dry with frost in places

    BBC Weather

    This evening and tonight it will remain dry with mainly clear skies, but there could be some patches of mist and fog forming.

    It will be another chilly night with a frost likely in places 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.

  3. Dangerous driver jailed and banned for breaking road rules

    An off-duty police officer gave colleagues a running commentary as a driver forced others to take evasive action and nearly ran over a pedestrian in Workington as he jumped a red light, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

    Ryan Simpson (pictured), 40, of Well Lane, Maryport, failed to give a specimen for alcohol analysis, but police believed he was drunk during the offences at about 06:00 on a morning in July.

    Ryan Simpson

    Simpson also admitted dangerous driving, while disqualified and having no insurance.

    Recorder Julie Clemitson heard he had been banned six times before and was subject to a suspended sentence for drug-dealing.

    She sent Simpson to jail for two years with a three-year driving ban to follow.

  4. Taste Cumbria sets out 80 Cockermouth stalls

    An annual food festival that attracts tens of thousands of foodies to the county has returned to Cumbria this weekend.

    Street scene from previous event

    The 2018 Taste Cumbria festival in Cockermouth is on until Sunday with 80 stalls, a hot food court, a secret gin garden, and masterclasses with some of Cumbria's best chefs.

    The event's beer festival sets off the event at Jennings Brewery this evening and it also runs until Sunday.

    Taste Cumbria events are also held in kirkby Lonsdale, Ulverston and Whitehaven.

  5. Mill 'will close' unless investors step forward

    Martin Lewes


    A heritage centre at Sedbergh could go out of business unless new investors step forward after this weekend.

    Farfield Mill

    Farfield Mill was a tweed mill for 156 years until the 1990s, when after a long-running campaign it became a combination of craft centre with 20 artists in residence, museum for the woollen industry and visitor centre.

    But it has always struggled to attract large enough numbers to covers its costs, and now it is appealing to local people to invest enough money to pay off its mortgage and make repairs and improvements.

    This weekend there will be an open house for visitors and a launch for potential local investors, with the trust that runs the mill hoping to raise £250,000.

    Quote Message: If we don’t reach the minimum target then everyone gets their money back and the mill will close." from Farfield Mill leaflet
    Farfield Mill leaflet
  6. Police seek cyclist after alleged assault on tourist

    Police investigating an incident in Ambleside in which a 59-year-old tourist suffered a head injury, are trying to trace a cyclist.

    Officers say the incident, which they are treating as an assault, happened yesterday at about 09:45, near the post office.

    They've also appealed for other witnesses to come forward.

  7. Chefs' guild honours Matt Campbell's memory with new award

    A national restaurant group, the Craft Guild of Chefs, has named a new annual award after the Cumbrian chef Matt Campbell, who died in the London Marathon.

    The guild runs a national Chef of the Year competition, in which Matt would have been at least in the top 40 last year had he not died.

    Matt Campbell

    The guild says it will award the Matt Campbell Extra Mile award to one of the 10 Chef of the Year finalists who has made a particular impression in the run-up to the competition.

    The first of these awards named after Matt, a Masterchef semi-finalist, will be handed out on Tuesday 2 October at Olympia in London.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A595 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A595 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from B5307 Caldcotes to Stanhope Road.

    A595 Cumbria - Slow traffic on A595 in both directions in Carlisle from Caldewgate Roundabout to the Stanhope Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on. Congestion to Georgian Way. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  9. Travel: Another strike to hit Northern train services

    BBC News Travel

    Members of the rail union RMT are striking again on Northern train services tomorrow, in the long-running dispute over the role of guards.

    The company says very few trains will run before 09:00 or after 18:00, and only 30% of services generally.

  10. Family wins award for raising funds for Cumbrian charity

    A Brighton man who has been coming to Cumbria for 20 years to stay at the Bendrigg Trust near Kendal, which provides outdoor holidays for people with disabilities, has won an award with his family for fundraising for the centre.

    Jim Barker and family

    Jim Barker has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair and he and his family have raised at least £25,000 for the trust. They have also helped others to raise another £40,000.

    This week the family was given the award of charity champions in the annual Scottish Power Foundation Awards, which include a donation of a further £5,000 to the trust.

  11. Penrith protestors say consultation 'not up to standards'

    A campaign group fighting proposals to set aside land for new homes around Penrith says it has been given legal advice that a consultation process falls short of the legal requirements.

    Earlier this month, a new masterplan published by Eden District Council proposed building enough houses over the next 30 years to effectively double the town's population.

    Today the group Keep Penrith Special said it had a legal opinion saying the consultation was ruling out options, rather than allowing people to comment on all the possibilities.

    In a statement, the council says that the current consultation has no legal status, and that a further formal consultation would take place.

  12. Cumbria's weather: Fine and dry

    BBC Weather

    It will be a mainly dry and fine afternoon with long spells of sunshine, but also some cloud.

    It will feel cooler though with highest temperatures from 11C to 14C (52F to 57F)

    Weather graphic

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

  13. Only one hurt in five-car crash on A66

    Only one person was hurt in a five-car crash on the A66 near Crackenthorpe yesterday.

    The crash closed the road for several hours, but the Mercedes driver, 36, from Glenfield in Leicestershire, was the only person injured, according to police.

    Earlier firefighters cut one driver from the wreckage after two cars collided on the A689 at Kingstown, Carlisle.

    Both drivers suffered minor injuries.

  14. Mountain rescue team helps man out of mineshaft

    Volunteers from the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team helped a man out of a disused mineshaft in a former slate quarry last night.

    Rescuers with ropes

    The man and his brother had been exploring the shaft, on Caudale Moor, in a remote area east of the Kirkstone pass, but snagged a rope as one of them returned to the surface, meaning the second was not able to climb back out.

    Volunteers from the Patterdale team were called yesterday evening, and they rigged a rope system to help the man out of the 20m shaft.

    A team spokesman said the pair knew knew what they were doing, were fully-equipped, uninjured, and grateful for the assistance.

  15. Your pictures: Derwentwater in the clear cold air

    BBC Weather Watchers

    A cold front went through yesterday evening and as nearly always, the result is a gin-clear dawn the following morning.

    Christine Duff went up to see the view from Latrigg abover Keswick, and was kind enough to send us this picture.

    View over Keswick to Derwentwater

    If you've got photos to share, let us know by sending us an email, getting in touch on Facebook, or on Twitter.

  16. Windermere pub wins national plaudit

    A south Cumbrian bar has been chosen as AA Pub of the Year.

    Windermere's Crafty Baa - spelt the same way as a sheep's bleat - was announced as the winner at a ceremony in London earlier this week.

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  17. School heads march in London over education funding

    A Cumbrian headteacher who will be demonstrating in London today has accused the government and leading local politicians of not standing up for the current generation of pupils.

    Stoneraise school

    The government says it is investing record amounts of money in education but the heads say the money is not keeping up with the increase in the number of pupils.

    Hundreds of school heads are travelling to Westminster this morning to protest against the under-funding of schools, including Clem Coady, the headteacher of Stoneraise Primary School in Durdar near Carlisle.

    Quote Message: We're hoping that the government do actually listen in time for the budget on 29 October." from Clem Coady
    Clem Coady
  18. PM: Future of Moorside is decision for companies involved

    The Prime Minister has refused to be drawn on whether the Government will step in to ensure the future of a new nuclear power station in west Cumbria.

    The future of the Moorside project is uncertain with the main investor Toshiba in deep financial trouble, and the staffing of the company set up to build the three reactors, NuGen, reduced to the minimum necessary to sell for the project.

    Quote Message: This is a commercial decision being taken by the companies involved, we as a government have shown our commitment to nuclear for many, many years." from Theresa May
    Theresa May
  19. Weather on the fells: Fine

    Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): About 6C.

    Winds: Light to moderate, mainly northwesterly.

    Cloud: Broken cloud above 2,600ft (800m).

    Visibility: Good, locally poor in hill fog patches.

  20. Cumbria's weather: Cold at first, sunny later

    BBC Weather

    Following a chilly and in places frosty start today, it will be a mainly dry and fine day with long spells of sunshine, but also cloud.

    It will feel cooler with maximum temperatures from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

    Weather graphic

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