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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

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

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday to do it again.

    If you have news you think we should know or a photograph you'd like to share, you can email us, tweet us, or get in touch through our Facebook page.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Leading health official's CBE medal is stolen

    Dr John Ashton, who was the top public health official in Cumbria for many years and more recently president of the Faculty of Public Health, has had his CBE medal stolen from his home at Dent, near Sedbergh.

    Dr John Ashton receiving CBE

    Dr Ashton said the CBE was particularly important to him because it was presented by the Queen, with his mother, who died shortly afterwards, in the audience

    He said: "I can’t imagine that the thief will have got more than a few pounds for it. I hope that whoever did this will understand my wife and my feelings and return these things which are so emotionally important to us."

    The thieves also stole jewellery inherited by his wife from her mother and grandmother. Police have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.

  3. Dental team flies to Lebanon to treat Syrian refugees

    A dentist and dental nurse from Kendal have travelled to Lebanon today to offer emergency treatment to refugees.

    Arfan Iqbal, the principal dentist at the Sandes Avenue Surgery, and Tracey Topping, a senior dental nurse, hope to treat people who've fled Syria.

    They've been offered food and accommodation by the charity Dental Mavericks, but are paying for their flights and other costs themselves, along with £200 raised through donations from patients at the surgery.

    Camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
  4. Rapist warned he could be jailed for life

    A Carlisle Crown Court judge has warned a sex offender he could be jailed for life.

    Paul Fuller, 36, of Greenhill, Brampton, admitted two charges of rape, two of sexual assault, two charges of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and the possession of several offensive weapons, all in the Carlisle area in late July.

    Judge James Adkin remanded Fuller to be sentenced on 7 January, telling him he had subjected his victim to "a terrible ordeal" and would receive a custodial sentence.

    He said: "Whether that is a discretionary life sentence, an extended determinate sentence or a standard determinate sentence remains to be seen."

  5. Three in court for "Wild West" social club affray

    Three men whose fight at a Wigton social club was described by a judge as "absolute chaos, like the Wild West" have been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.

    The brawl began when 27-year-old Thomas Reynolds, from Wigton, head-butted Kane Hull, 25, from Aglionby.

    Hull, holding a bottle, and his friend Callum Kerr, 23, of no fixed address, who had a knife, followed Reynolds into the West Street Social Club where a melee broke out in which several people were injured.

    All three men admitted affray, Hull and Kerr admitted having offensive weapons, and Kerr also admitted damaging a police station carpet.

    Kerr was jailed for three years, Hull for two-and-a-half, and Reynolds to 24 months suspended for two years, with unpaid work and a six-month curfew.

    The social club lost its licence.

    West Street Social Club
  6. Bluebirds try to escape six-game losing streak

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Barrow AFC will attempt to halt their horrible run of form tomorrow with a trip to mid-table side Aldershot Town in the National League.

    The Bluebirds have lost their last 6 games in a row including last Saturday's 3-nil defeat at home to Eastleigh.

    Ian Evatt
    Quote Message: We've been working ever so hard to put things right, we'll go on Saturday to try to change the run of results and get three points." from Ian Evatt Manager, Barrow AFC
    Ian EvattManager, Barrow AFC
  7. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy but dry

    BBC Weather

    Despite staying largely dry through the course of this evening, there will be plenty of cloud around with just the odd clear break until the early hours.

    Lowest temperatures will be from -1 to 2°C (30 to 36°F)

    Weather graphic

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

  8. V&A director to take over top job at Lakeland Arts

    Rhian Harris, currently director of the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, is to take over as chief executive of the Lakeland Arts Trust.

    Rhian Harris

    Lakeland Arts runs one of the region's top galleries, the Abbot Hall, in Kendal, along with the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, and Blackwell the Arts and Cafts house in Bowness, and it is also about to open the Windermere Jetty, which has an internationally important collection of steamboats and other vessels.

    Rhian takes over from Gordon Watson who has run the organisation for the past eight years.

  9. Lone official gets more days to chase plans rule-breakers

    Barrow councillors have been told that cutbacks have left the authority with only one official, working 30 hours a week, to check up on people who may have broken planning rules.

    Breaches can range from failing to comply with a detail of planning permission, such as the location of a window, to erecting an entire building without planning consent.

    In the past, when there was a department with several staff, council policy has been to respond to complaints about breaches within three days, and visit the site within five, but new guidelines being discussed at a meeting next Wednesday will allow 10 days for an acknowledgement, and a further 10 for a site visit.

    Quote Message: The vast majority of complaints are dealt with in a relatively short period of time as there is either no breach of control or the matter can be resolved through negotiation without formal action." from Barrow council spokesman
    Barrow council spokesman
  10. Carlisle leisure centre gets go-ahead despite flood fears

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    John Connell

    Carlisle councillors have supported a £19m plan to redevelop sports facilities at the Sands Centre, in spite of claims that it could make flooding worse.

    The overhaul will see the creation of a 25m eight-lane swimming pool, a learner pool, four-court sports hall and a gym alongside fitness studios, cafe and bar, dance and exercise studios, and an NHS physiotherapy suite.

    John Kelsall, chairman of the Carlisle Flood Action Group, present a 16-page report saying the buildings would increase flooding by restricting the space available for floodwater to get away, but officials insisted "robust assessments" denied this was the case.

    Sands centre
  11. Residential school pupil: I was thrown down stairs

    A former South Cumbria residential school pupil has told jurors of alleged cruelty and violence by staff members during his time there.

    Five men, aged 62 to 78, on trial at Carlisle Crown Court, deny charges which allege the physical mistreatment of boys at Witherslack Hall School, Grange-over-Sands, during the 1970s and 1980s.

    Today, a jury heard evidence from past pupil Christopher Middleton, who alleged he was "launched" down a set of stairs after struggling with a teacher as he fled a shower area of which he was "afraid".

    The teacher he accused, Andrew Elliott, 68, of Main Street, Greatford, Stamford, denies the assault, but Mr Middleton said: "There was a bloke whose name was Elliot, and he threw me down a set of stairs."

    The trial continues.

  12. Police put out video of Christmas tree vandals

    Police in Keswick have put out CCTV video of five men suspect of vandalising the town's Christmas tree.

    Video content

    Video caption: Keswick Christmas tree vandals hunted by police

    The tree was attacked overnight between 16 November and 17 November, and the complete film shows the men approaching the tree, which shakes as someone apparently climbs up the far side, and then catching the top as it falls towards them.

  13. Barrow families group wins award at Parliament

    A community organisation that supports "vulnerable and marginalised" people in Barrow has won a national award, just months after the NHS and Cumbria County Council said they could no longer fund it.

    Love Barrow Families has been named the Community Group of the Year at the Groundwork Awards at the Houses of Parliament.

    The charity helps people ranging from teenage mums and their babies to people at risk of homelessness, ex-offenders, substance misusers and people having experienced domestic abuse, and the long term unemployed.

    Quote Message: We are doing an amazing job, we know that but it’s great to know that other people can see it too." from Diane Richardson Love Barrow Families
    Diane RichardsonLove Barrow Families
  14. Travel: Yet another Saturday strike hits Northern trains

    BBC News Travel

    The continuing dispute over the role of guards on Northern train services means than members of the RMT will be striking again tomorrow.

    Northern says about 30% of services will run, only between 09:00 and 18:00, but there will be replacement buses on some routes.

    You can look for the effects on services near you here.

    Northern staff strike
  15. Cumbria's weather: Chilly with brighter spells

    BBC Weather

    There could be some brighter spells this afternoon with many areas remaining dry and mostly cloudy.

    It will be chilly in a gentle to moderate easterly wind. Maximum temperatures will be from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).

    Weather graphic

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

  16. Eden Project North designs unveiled for Morecambe

    Five giant domes shaped like mussel shells could be built on the shores of Morecambe Bay as the Eden Project, a huge environmental centre in Cornwall, opens a second centre in the north of England.

    Artist's impression

    Morecambe's Eden Project North will include "performance spaces, immersive experiences and observatories", the charity behind plans for it has said.

    The Eden Project, which runs the Cornish attraction of the same name, said the new site would also feature "re-imagined lidos" and gardens.

    The charity is currently seeking fundingfor the development, which the project says will be aimed at "connecting people with the internationally-significant natural environment".

    Aerial artist's impression
  17. Cumbria bridge inspection system wins engineering award

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    A vehicle designed for Cumbria County Council after Storm Desmond with a crane and a camera allowing bridge foundations to be checked out for flood damage, has won an award.

    Bridge inspector at work

    After the floods, county highways engineers were faced with the task of examining the foundations of hundreds of bridges, a task normally carried out by divers.

    The county, an engineering company called Gaist and a £500,000 grant from the Department of Transport resulted in the design of a crane mounted on a specialist vehicle called a Unimog, which can all be controlled from dry land.

    BridgeCat, as they called it, won the Judge’s Supreme Award at the New Civil Engineer Tech Fest 2018. You can see a video of it at work here.

    Quote Message: BridgeCat will enable us to quickly assess the condition of our bridges, detect any damage to the foundations and where possible reopen bridges sooner than we would otherwise have been able to in the past." from Councillor Keith Little Highways cabinet member, Cumbria County Council
    Councillor Keith LittleHighways cabinet member, Cumbria County Council