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  1. 'Village green' tag could block waterside development

    Plans to give the Harrington Marina in West Cumbria, "Green Village" status, are being considered by county council planners today.

    If it goes ahead, it will restrict development in the area.

    Allerdale council, which owns the land, is objecting, saying there's a strong case for developing the site.

    Harrington Marina
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    Video caption: The Maryport group talking about mental health

    The group was prompted to to start the campaign after listening to the experiences of their peers.

  3. Probation watchdog says service 'good but understaffed'

    Inspectors say an organisation that supervises high risk offenders in Cumbria doesn't have enough front-line staff, and sometimes works in "vermin infested" accommodation.

    The HM Inspectorate of Probation has been reviewing the North West division of the National Probation Service.

    Dame Gleny Stacey

    The chief inspector, Dame Glenys Stacey, says the division is delivering a good overall standard of service, despite being under strain.

    The report highlighted an "undue reliance" on costly agency workers, and noted that the NPS managed the individuals who posed the highest risk of harm to others.

    Quote Message: Despite these difficulties we found the quality of work was generally good.” from Dame Glenys Stacey
    Dame Glenys Stacey
  4. Travel: Roadworks slow traffic on A7

    BBC News Travel

    There is heavy traffic on the A7 at Blackford, just north of Carlisle where there are temporary traffic lights at roadworks near the Dandy Dinmount Caravan Park.

  5. Weather on the fell tops: Foggy and almost snowless

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): Around 5C (41F)
    • Winds: South-westerly at 30-35mph, occasionally 40mph, especially during the morning. Gusts to 50mph
    • Cloud: Low cloud extensive during the morning with bases around 650ft -1,000ft (200m-300m), more broken later this afternoon
    • Visibility: Moderate to poor this morning, becoming moderate to good this afternoon
    • Freezing level: Well above the summits
    Foggy Helvellyn

    The assessors who compile the Weatherline report on conditions on top of the Lake District fells, say little snow now remains below the highest summits, although the windchill up there means winter clothing is still required "as folk only wearing shorts and not carrying windproofs today soon discovered!"

  6. Cumbria's weather: Very mild with hazy sunshine

    BBC Weather

    Today will be dry with plenty of sunshine although some wispy high cloud will make the sunshine hazy at times. It will become very mild with highest temperatures from 13C to 16C (55F to 61F).

    Weather graphic

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

  7. Judge warns abusive partner who failed to do unpaid work

    An abusive partner has been told by a judge that he came close to being jailed for failing to do unpaid work imposed for harassing his ex-girlfriend.

    David Bailey, 39, had bombarded Alyson Hetherington with messages, including one saying saying he "felt a Raoul Moat" coming on, before he was given a six-month suspended prison sentence and 120 hours unpaid work.

    But Carlisle Crown Court was told he failed to attend two sessions, because of the problems of finding transport from his home at Great Asby, a small village between Penrith and Tebay.

    Recorder David Potter imposed another 14 hours work, and £150 costs, telling Bailey: "You have come very close to the wire indeed for you having that suspended sentence activated, and activated in full."

  8. Cumbria's weather: A mild night with clear skies

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be dry with often clear skies but it is expected to remain frost-free.

    There will be a moderate southerly breeze with lowest temperatures from 3C to 6C (37F to 43F).

    Weather graphic

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

  9. Chocolate factory site to be redeveloped for homes

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    John Connell

    Two major social housing projects have been given planning permission in Egremont, creating what one official called "a real opportunity" for the West Cumbrian town.

    East Road site, Egremont

    The housing association, Home Group, plans to build 34 homes of the site of the former Rowntrees chocolate factory, which has been vacant for 30 years, and another 26 homes on land south of Royal Drive.

    Heather Morrison, Copeland's senior planning officer, said the first scheme "represents a re-development of a prominent brownfield site which has been vacant for 30 years, well-related to the existing settlement and flanked by existing residential development".

  10. Police issue CCTV picture after Whitehaven assault

    Police investigating an attack earlier this week in Whitehaven have issued a picture of a man they are trying to trace.

    The victim was punched in the face just before 21:00 in the Whittington Cat in Lowther Street, suffering minor injuries.

    CCTV picture of man
  11. Airport virtually starts to grow its own controllers

    Carlisle airport, which failed to open as planned last summer because it could not recruit enough air traffic controllers, has had a computer simulation of the airport created so it can train its own.

    View from virtual control tower

    Staff learning how to safely deal with aircraft approaching and taking off can now sit at controller's desks, looking at the same screens and the same view through the window as they would from the control tower.

    The training is recorded so it can be validated by the Civil Aviation Authority, and the computers can simulate anything from a normal landing, to an emergency such as a fire, or severe weather.

    Quote Message: It means we can recreate the view from the window in the control tower and test different scenarios such as varying volumes of traffic and weather types." from Damon Knight Head of air traffic control, Stobart Aviation
    Damon KnightHead of air traffic control, Stobart Aviation
  12. 'Suspicious package' cleared as safe by police

    Police say an alert about a suspicious package in Mardale Road, Carlisle, this afternoon, turned out to be a false alarm.

    The road was closed for a time while emergency services checked out the contents.

  13. Woman flown to hospital after fire in Kendal home

    A woman has been flown to hospital after a fire at a house in Lound Road, Kendal.

    All three main emergency services were called just before noon, and the woman was found suffering from injuries that were serious but not thought to be life-threatening.

    She was flown to hospital by an air ambulance, in what police say was an isolated incident that did not present a threat to anyone else.

  14. Travel: Roadworks bring long delays on A66

    BBC News Travel

    Delays of between 15 and 30 minutes are being reported near Threlkeld on the A66, where temporary traffic lights are operating at roadworks.

  15. Cumbria's weather: Brighter spells developing

    BBC Weather

    Although it will remain rather cloudy, many places will become dry this afternoon with some bright or sunny spells developing.

    It will stay mild, with highest temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

    Weather graphic

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

  16. Walkers warned of the other threat to lambs from dogs

    Walkers in the Lake District have been warned that dogs pose a threat to lambs and sheep apart from the well-known risk of worrying.

    Walker with dogs

    Dogs can carry worms without showing symptoms, and the parasite can spread to livestock if dogs foul fields.

    Ann Noble, of Paragon Vets in Penrith, said: “As the dogs don’t display any symptoms, owners may not know that they are infected, but any sheep or cattle grazing on contaminated grass are at risk of becoming very ill."

    Quote Message: I know of a case recently where 42 sheep were made severely ill from this type of infection, which meant a loss of at least £3,000 to the farmer." from Anne Noble
    Anne Noble
  17. Reds and Blues settle money row over Skelton's brief move

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Workington Reds have confirmed today that the financial situation surrounding Gavin Skelton's short-lived appointment as manager has now been resolved.

    Gavin Skelton

    The Reds paid Carlisle United a release fee - understood to be in four figures - to enable Skelton to take up the post at Borough Park after Christmas.

    However, the former Reds and Gretna player left his post after a week to return to Brunton Park. In a statement released today, Workington said all monies initially paid out by the club have now been returned with the matter now "considered closed".

  18. Cumbrian business leader calls for action on shops

    The managing director of a company that began life in the Lake District more than 60 years ago says now is the time for action and not words when it comes to work to save the High Street.

    Lakeland Leather, Bowness

    Martin Foster from Lakeland Leather, which has a number of stores in Cumbria and across the North, gave evidence to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, and today MPs are putting forward their ideas to help retailers.

    The recommendations include special extra taxes for online sales and deliveries, and business rates should be reduced in town centres.

    Mr Foster says it is time for action, to follow up the reports.

    Quote Message: We've now had the Portas review from 2011, the Bill Grimsey review, Sir John Timpson's review last year, and now this report and while I do feel it's a good report, I do feel that we need action." from Martin Foster
    Martin Foster
  19. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A65 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A65 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, from A6 Kirkland to A6 Romney Road.

    A65 Cumbria - A65 Lound Road in Kendal closed and heavy traffic in both directions from Nether Bridge to the A6 Romney Road junction, because of a police incident.

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