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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


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

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday to try to equal that. You can help: If you've got anything to add to the pot, or a photo of Cumbria to share, let us know by sending us an email, getting in touch on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good weekend

  2. Waterfall of Remembrance at Keswick parish church

    This is how people in Keswick have marked the end of the World War One, with a tumbling shroud of 5,000 knitted poppies pouring down the side of the parish church.

    Keswick parish church with the waterfall of poppies from the roof to the churchyard

    The Reverend Charles Hope, a former army chaplain who served in Afghanistan, set the target of creating the poppies and said he had seen first-hand the selfless sacrifice still being made by our troops today.

  3. Millom's mineral memories are part of performance art

    The artist Irene Rogan has brought a strip of the slag bank which is one of Millom's last surviving signs of its iron industry, into the town's Palladium hall.

    Woman standing on strip of stones

    It is part of an Arts Council-funded project, Moving Mountains, to bring international artists to the town.

    The grass and minerals in the Millom Palladium are part of a free show this evening called Matter Matters, involving children from Blackcombe Primary School, video art and performances.

  4. Police cordon off Appleby garden as bomb squad called in

    Police have cordoned off the back garden of a house on Chapel Street, Appleby, after a report of old shells being found there.

    A Ministry of Defence bomb squad based in Catterick has been called in.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A66 Cumbria westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A66 Cumbria westbound severe accident, from Fairybead Lane to Dacre turn-off.

    A66 Cumbria - A66 in Stainton closed and very slow traffic westbound from the Fairybead Lane junction to the Dacre turn-off junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  6. Councillors block South Cumbria power station scheme

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    Councillors in Kendal have refused planning permission for a gas-fired power station near the village of Old Hutton in south Cumbria.

    The developers, Statera Energy, had argued that being close to major gas mains and a large electricity sub-station, it was the perfect site, and officials recommended approval, saying the scheme had met the reasons that had previously led to permission being refused.

    old Hutton lobby

    But around 20 residents argued that the rural area was not the right place to build such a development.

    With the South Lakeland planning committee tied at five votes each way and one abstention, the chairman Mike Sweeney gave his casting vote against.

    It's not yet known whether Statera Energy will appeal against the decision.

  7. Travel: A66 blocked west of Penrith

    BBC News Travel

    The A66 is blocked west of Penrith after an accident, while the air ambulance attends.

  8. Fifty high-speed records fall on Coniston's calm waters

    More than 50 records have been broken in often near-perfect conditions at this week's Coniston Records Week.

    Out of 187 runs on the lake from power boats in varying classes, 56 records fell including 21 world records.

    The youngest driver, Thomas Mantripp from Lowestoft, claimed six records in the hydroplane he drives lying flat on his stomach at speeds above 80mph.

    Thomas Mantripp
  9. Man, 20, treated in hospital after Carlisle attack

    Martin Lewes


    Police say a 20-year-old man assaulted in an incident in Wigton Road, Carlisle, earlier today, had to be treated in hospital but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

    Three people, a 46-year-old man and two women, aged 43 and 32, have been arrested on suspicion of affray.

    Police inquiries are continuing this afternoon in a property in Partridge Place.

  10. Cumbria's weather: Increasingly wet and windy

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be increasingly windy and cloudy with some rain at times. Lowest temperatures will be from 1C to 4C (34F to 39F).

    A yellow weather warning for heavy rain covers Dumfries and Galloway and fringes onto the Cumbrian coast of the Solway.

    Weather graphic

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

  11. Barrow council rent cut 'means less money for repairs'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    Council tenants in the Barrow area will get a slight fall in rent from next April, under a four-year government policy.

    Rents for houses and flats in Barrow, Dalton, Askam and Lindal, will be cut by one per cent, around 80p a week, a council committee has agreed.

    Councillor Kevin Hamilton, chairman of Barrow's housing management forum, said the Government measure was aimed at cutting housing benefit, and it also meant the council has less money to spend on maintenance and services.

    Councillor Hamilton told the meeting: "This is coming up to the fourth year now that we have had to decrease rents. I think the first year it came in the council lost about £295,000."

  12. Best four feet forward: Farmers show top stock at Carlisle

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Cumbria

    An estimated 12,000 farmers and others from the agricultural industries are expected at the Borderway Auction Mart today for the Cumbria Agri-Expo, a sort of indoor county show.

    Herdwick sheep

    From the native Herdwick sheep of the Lake District, to cattle breeds from across the country, the event aims to show off the best of British livestock.

    Cattle in the show ring
    Quote Message: It's so good for you to come here, and you know if you're going to get a prize here or a ticket it really is amazing, you know you've got something good." from Amy Wilson, 19 Young Farmer
    Amy Wilson, 19Young Farmer
  13. 'Stupid boy' spared jail for dangerous driving

    A driver who fled from police down residential streets in Carlisle at 65mph, jumped three red lights and finally got stuck in the mud in a park, has been given a suspended 12 month prison sentence.

    Mitchell Alexander Hughes

    At Carlisle Crown Court Mitchell Alexander Hughes, 21, of Bracken Close, Carlisle, admitted dangerous driving on 15 October last year, and was also given a three-year driving ban and 200 hours unpaid work.

    Judge Peter Davies told Hughes' lawyer: "Your client is a remarkably stupid boy who could have caused a lot of damage; a lot of injury to health. He could have killed somebody."

  14. Arab shawls firm sheds jobs at Carlisle mill

    A textile firm, Lappet Manufacturing, which makes Arab shawls, is laying off people at its weaving mills in Carlisle and Calder Vale, Preston.

    In a statement the managing director Bob Quick said as many as 58 jobs would ago across both works, because of a lack of orders.

    He said the firm would consult unions and other staff, saying orders had declined over the years and there had been problems in its main overseas market.

  15. Cumbria's weather: Sunshine getting hazy later

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be dry with further spells of sunshine although this will turn hazy in places as higher level cloud moves in from the west. Maximum Temperature: 8 to 11°C (46 to 52°F)

    Weather graphic

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

  16. Cumbria dials up steep rise in calls to child sex helpline

    Nearly 250 people from Cumbria sought help from services for people wanting to stop themselves looking at child pornography in the first six months of a campaign, according to the charity running them.

    The Lucy Faithfull Foundation counted calls to a helpline and visits to a website in the six months to January last year, and compared the numbers to the six months through to July this year, during a police publicity campaign.

    The Cumbrian figure was 246, a 186% increase on the previous period.

    Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: "This campaign is as much about helping people to stop their behaviour before they get into serious trouble and I urge anyone who recognises that they have or might be conducting illegal behaviour to go to the Stop It Now! website."

    Quote Message: There are potential perpetrators out there and if this campaign can reduce their numbers it will undoubtedly be saving children from becoming victims." from Peter McCall
    Peter McCall
  17. County's top footballers try to end losing streaks

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Both Cumbria's senior football teams head into the weekend hoping to turn poor runs of form around.

    Carlisle United will be looking to end their record-breaking eight hours without a home league goal at Brunton Park when they host Newport in League Two.

    Ian Evatt

    Barrow go to Ebbsfleet in the National League on the back of four defeats in league and cup, and manager Ian Evatt (above) says only hard work can turn their poor form around.

    Quote Message: it's a cliche that you make your own luck, the harder you work the easier things become." from Ian Evatt
    Ian Evatt