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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


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

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday. As always you can join in, if you've got any stories or photos you think we should see, 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: Mainly cloudy with a little drizzle

    BBC Weather

    There will be some clear breaks in places this evening and overnight but in general, there will be rather a lot of cloud, thick enough in places to give a spot or two of drizzle.

    It will turn rather misty with minimum temperatures from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).

    Weather graphic

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

  3. Cumbrian Tories divide over May's Brexit deal

    Martin Lewes


    Cumbrian Conservative MPs remain divided over whether they support the agreement sorted out by the government to start taking the UK out of the European Union.

    The MP for Penrith and the Border Rory Stewart, who is a minister in the government, remains loyal and after stumbling into trouble in a radio interview yesterday, was back on the campaign today.

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    The Copeland MP Trudy Harrison says the position is unbearable at the moment because while she has problems with the deal she doesn't want Britain to leave the EU without an agreement.

    Quote Message: If we are tied into the European Union and the ability for us to leave that treaty is not clear, I will be unlikely to support that deal, but I also want to understand the consequences of my action, because no deal - it's a situation where we are choosing the worse of two evils." from Trudy Harrison MP for Copeland
    Trudy HarrisonMP for Copeland

    The Carlisle MP John Stevenson, meanwhile, tweeted yesterday that he was tending towards joining the European Free Trade Area, sometimes known as the Norway Model, and he has since put out a number of messages enlarging on this.

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  4. £1m plans drawn up to improve Barrow's historic library

    Work is planned to Barrow Library costing up to £1m, to fix leaks, make the 96-year-old building more accessible, improve some of the spaces and improve fire safety.

    Surveys have shown that the Grade II-listed property, described as of potential "national architectural importance", is structurally sound.

    But a flat roof above the research area is reportedly leaking due to condensation, while a wall near the existing staff work room is letting in water.

    Cumbria County Council is now seeking Listed Building Consent to "remodel, preserve and repair" the landmark building at the junction of Duke Street, Abbey Road and Ramsden Square, and the plans are currently out to public consultation.

    Barrow Library
  5. Pudsey brings out the crowds at Caldbeck

    Belinda Artingstoll

    BBC Cumbria Live

    Don't forget, tonight sees the annual BBC Children in Need appeal and here in Cumbria, a yellow bear with a bandaged head has been touring the county.

    Pudsey surrounded by children at Caldbeck

    Today Pudsey completed a week-long tour of 20 schools all over the county, starting at Caldbeck and finishing today in Carlisle.

    And from around the county, here are just three of the many fundraising events....

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  6. Driver who knocked over pedestrians after row spared jail

    A young driver who drank and then mounted a pavement in her car, knocking over four pedestrians, has been spared prison.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard how Courtney Shepherd, 18, of Cockermouth, was on a night out in the town when she argued with a girl and threatened to stab her

    She then got in a car and, apparently unintentionally, knocked the girl and three others over while driving through Windmill Lane.

    Shepherd admitted two dangerous driving charges, possessing two knives which were found in her vehicle, and drink driving.

    The judge was told Shepherd had mental health issues that would deteriorate in jail and suspended a 16 month prison sentence for two years, but he banned her from driving for 18 months, and imposed rehabilitation and work orders and a curfew.

  7. Street parking charges 'will be down to local councillors'

    Local councillors will be responsible for deciding whether or not drivers will be charged for parking on streets in Cumbria, a county council meeting was told.

    It emerged at the start of this month that Cumbria County Council had been discussing charging for on-street parking at private meetings, for the first time since the same idea was abandoned amid controversy four years ago.

    Keswick Street

    Labour county council leader Stewart Young told a meeting of the authority in Kendal that any decision was a matter for councillors on local committees to decide, but it would mean more money for road maintenance.

    Quote Message: If a committee did introduce them, the net proceeds would be available to that local committee to reinvest in the highways network in their areas." from Stewart Young
    Stewart Young

    But the opposition leader, Conservative James Airey, said his party, which controls two local committees, would not bring in the charges.

    Quote Message: "We won't be delivering on-street car parking meters at all. No way, no chance, not ever." from James Airey
    James Airey
  8. Man confronted by vigilantes 'may face prison'

    A man confronted by vigilantes at work after he made advances online to someone he wrongly thought to be a 14-year-old boy has been told by a Carlisle Crown Court judge that he could go to prison.

    Daniel Mark Cheeseman, 26, formerly of Kendal, now from near Harrogate, admitted inciting a child, said to be a 14-year-old boy, through August last year and sending a child an explicit sexual image.

    Mr Justice William David adjourned the case for reports until a sentencing hearing on 14 December, telling Cheeseman: "You must understand that all options are open."

  9. Hospice converts offices to offer more services in Barrow

    About 100 more people a year with serious illnesses in Barrow are going to receive help to live independently, with the opening of the St Mary's Hospice's Living Well centre.

    The former factory on Duke Street, bought by the Ulverston-based hospice charity 18 months ago, is a furniture warehouse and now the offices have been converted to be home to a range of complementary therapies, meetings and drop ins, exercise classes and social gatherings.

    Living well centre

    Val Stangoe, the chief executive of St Mary's, said: "As currently 40% of those using St Mary's Hospice services come from Barrow, and Barrow is the largest town locally, we decided it was the right time to offer more services."

    The centre will also provide a base for related charities, such as Cafe Neuro, which is for people with neurological conditions.

  10. Travel: Another strike hits Northern trains

    BBC News Travel

    Another strike in a long-running dispute over the role of guards will affect Northern train services tomorrow.

    The company says it will run about 30% of services between 09:00 and 18:00 and tickets can be used on other services where these are available.

    You can see more details of the situation here.

  11. Judge jails man for sexual activity with girl, 14

    A former Carlisle man has been jailed for five years after he admitted four charges of sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl and three of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

    Arron Wright

    Arron Wright, 27, now of Methil, near Leven, Fife, must sign the sex offenders' register and abide by the strict terms of a sexual harm prevention order indefinitely and will also be barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard the girl later spoke of suffering "horrifying nightmares" and told how Wright's criminal conduct had "knocked my confidence and reduced me to little self-esteem".

    After the case had concluded, Det Con James Aiston, of Cumbria Police, said: "His actions were abhorrent. His sentence today highlights the serious nature of the offences committed.”

  12. Tallest mountains tale wins famous tall tales trophy

    A story about a Three Peaks challenge, dreamed up just two weeks before the event, won the annual World's Biggest Liar competition at the Bridge Inn, Wasdale, last night.

    Alan Hinkes and Mike Naylor

    Mike Naylor, seen here being given his prize by the mountaineer Alan Hinkes, took top place by telling how he climbed the Matterhorn, Eiger and Everest for a three peaks challenge.

    Mike, who has won the title five times before, told the crowd he had placed a flag on top of the Matterhorn, but had only his winner's tie from the last Biggest Liar competition for the next mountain, so he fixed it to the summit cairn as "the tie of the Eiger".

  13. Former Mayor of Copeland dies

    Bill Southward, a former Mayor of Copeland who served almost 25 years on various local councils, has died at the age of 79.

    Bill Southward

    Councillor Southward represented Cleator Moor North on the borough council from 1991 to 2015, including being mayor in 2004 to 2005, and was made an Alderman of the Borough in 2016.

    He worked as a miner for most of his life, before spending 12 years at Sellafield.

    Quote Message: He was extremely well-respected and liked across the council.” from Pat Graham Chief executive, Copeland Borough Council
    Pat GrahamChief executive, Copeland Borough Council
    Quote Message: He was an able ambassador for the people he represented on Cleator Moor and served them well." from Raymond Gill Leader of Copeland Labour Party
    Raymond GillLeader of Copeland Labour Party
  14. 'Broken promise' claim on bridge prompts new pledge

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    New assurances that a footbridge in Kendal, closed since Storm Desmond inundated the town, will be replaced were made at a county council meeting.

    Councillor Keith Little said three councils and the Environment Agency were trying to bring the money together after opposition leader James Airey said promises of a new bridge being built had been broken.

    Gooseholme Bridge

    Councillor Little, the cabinet member for highways, said the cost of a new bridge had soared after the agency asked that the replacement for the dangerously weakened structure should be higher.

    "Let me assure you, it's on our agenda and we are meeting on a regular basis," he said.

    Councillor Airey said: "The residents of Kendal were expecting a new bridge early next year but apparently the bridge is going to be taken down, no funds have been allocated for a replacement and the people of Kendal are going to be left without Gooseholme Bridge indefinitely."

  15. Carlisle manager hopes for consistency against Swindon

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United travel to Swindon tomorrow having won just one of their last five league games

    John Sheridan, the manager, says he's finding it hard to tolerate how inconsistent his side's performances are.

    John Sheridan
    Quote Message: I know we can go and win at Swindon, but it's just saying the same thing over and over again - I'm trying to be patient because I want the players on my side." from John Sheridan
    John Sheridan
  16. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy and dry

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry this afternoon with lots of cloud but also localised sunshine in places, and highest temperatures from 11C to 14C (52 to 57F).

    Weather graphic

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

  17. Principal to step down at Whitehaven's troubled academy

    The Whitehaven Academy is looking for a new principal after Warren Turner announced he is leaving having run the school for two years.

    Whitehaven academy sign

    The school is run by the Bright Tribe Trust and Angela Barry, the interim chief executive, paid tribute to Mr Turner, saying he had provided strong leadership during a time of turbulence and uncertainty.

    The Academy is in the process of being taken over by a new sponsor, the Cumbria Education Trust.

  18. Your pictures: Buttermere flat calm under rolling clouds

    A cloudy day can make the mood of the mountains, and Martin Norden caught just such a moment at Buttermere.


    Our thanks to Martin for passing it on.

    If you have taken a photo you think we should see, you can send it in by sending us an email, getting in touch on Facebook, or by doing what Martin did and Tweeting it.