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Summary

  1. School heads write to parents about cash cut-backs
  2. Five held after armed police join Workington raids
  3. Coniston celebrates 200th birthday of 'local hero' Ruskin
  4. Flood victims complain of faulty doors

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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    We've now finished posting the news and other useful or interesting information 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 to do it again.

    If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Keep your head down as storm Erik passes over, and have a good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: very wet and very windy

    BBC Weather

    It will be very windy overnight with clear spells and blustery showers at first.

    A more organised band of heavy rain will move through after midnight, accompanied by yet stronger and very gusty winds.

    Lowest temperatures will be from 0C to 3C (32F to 37F).

    Weather graphic

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

    And the latest details of the yellow Met Office warning for Storm Erik are here.

  3. Car crash fraud criminal admits laundering the proceeds

    A criminal jailed for masterminding a £600,000 Cumbrian insurance fraud has now admitted a string of money laundering offences.

    Mark McCracken

    Mark McCracken, 50, formerly of Wigton and latterly of Carlisle, was jailed for seven years in 2016 for a fraud in which he organised fantasy car crashes to justify bogus claims, with 34 associates including car dealers and garage owners.

    At Carlisle Crown Court this week, McCracken, now a serving prisoner, pleaded guilty to nine money laundering charges, adding to others admitted earlier, between 1997 and 2015.

    He will be sentenced at a later date along with two family members, his mother, Linda McCracken, 69, and 47-year-old sister Melanie Wilson, of separate addresses at Brindlefield, Wigton, who have each admitted helping him to hide his criminal assets.

  4. Flood and wind alerts posted as Storm Erik swings past

    Six flood alerts, which mean that flooding in possible, are still posted across Cumbria for rainfall overnight.

    They include a flood warning for Keswick Campsite..

    Flood warnings map

    More heavy rain is expected tonight along with strong winds as Storm Erik passes over the county, with a Met Office yellow warning for winds gusting to 70mph in exposed areas.

    The flood alerts are for the the county's coastline, because of the high winds expected tonight, and the Rivers Brathay, Caldew and Petteril, Duddon Ehen, Esk and Irthing, Greta, Kent, Lowther and Upper River Derwent, among others.

    A flood warning, meaning flooding is expected, has also been issued for Keswick Campsite - where water levels are expected to peak at around 18:00 this afternoon.

  5. Kendal Town find a team for Market Drayton trip

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Kendal Town supporters are holding a meeting with the club on Monday to consider the future of the troubled club.

    A statement on the club's Facebook page says the away fixture at Market Drayton will be honoured tomorrow "with a full and very competitive squad to choose from," and moves to take the club over have been put on hold until after the game.

    Fleetwood coach Michael O'Neill and his consortium will make another bid next week, after having an offer of £100,000 funding turned down by the current board this week.

    Kendal Town stadium
  6. Travel: Traffic light problem hampers M6 slip road

    BBC News Travel

    Problems with the traffic lights on the roundabout with the A66 are causing problems on the exit sliproad from the M6 southbound at Junction 40 for Penrith.

  7. Police question five after West Cumbria raids

    Five people are still being held in custody after raids involving armed police at two addresses in Workington and one in Great Clifton this morning.

    Three of them, a man and two women from Workington, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

    Police logo on van

    One man, who's 38 and from Liverpool, was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, two counts of firearm possession and drug possession.

    Another woman, from Liverpool, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and failing to appear at court.

  8. Planners call time on pub closed for five years

    A rundown village pub which has been shut for six years can be flattened and replaced with houses, council planners have ruled.

    Copper Dog pub

    The Copper Dog on Hard Knotts Lane, Leece, had closed in mid-2013 after a brief re-opening but had struggled since 2008, a meeting was told.

    Alan Grove of Leece Homes Ltd applied to South Lakeland District Council for permission to build four modern detached homes on the site.

    Councillor Andrew Butcher, of Ulverston, said he had seen the pub go "down, down and steadily down. It is in a state of decline now and it's only going to get worse".

  9. School heads lead parents on school cash campaign

    Head teachers from every school in Carlisle have sent letters home with children protesting about the amount of money they get from the government.

    Using figures from the House of Commons library, they say the amount per child has fallen from £4,763 in 2014-14 to £4,368 in the current financial year.

    Clem Coady, who is president of the National Association of Head Teachers in the north west, said government figures were "misleading, over optimistic and often inaccurate", partly because they didn't take account of the increasing number of children.

    The Department for Education conceded heads had faced "budgeting challenges" but said the schools budget nationally was rising and in the year starting in April, Cumbrian schools would be 3.2% better off than they were in 2017-18.

    Primary school classroom stock picture
  10. City drug dealers in Kendal pursuit are jailed

    Two drug dealers from Salford have been jailed after a dramatic pursuit through the centre of Kendal in which a police car was repeatedly rammed.

    At Carlisle Crown Court, Billy Johnson, 27, of Reginald Street, Eccles, and 26-year-old Stephen Ayrey, of the Gardens, also Eccles, both admitted possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply, and Johnson also admitted dangerous driving.

    The court was told police tried to stop the stolen Renault Scenic in which the two were travelling in the centre of the Cumbrian town, but Johnson repeatedly rammed a patrol car, causing £15,000 of damage, collided with another car and nearly crashed into a cyclist as he sped off.

    Both were tracked down later, and drugs valued at £1,000 recovered.

    Johnson was jailed for 45 months, and Ayrey for 40 months.

  11. Travel: Roads flooded and ferry halted by weather

    BBC News Travel

    A number of roads in south Cumbria are affected by flooding and the Windermere ferry has been stopped because winds are blowing at a steady Force Seven.

    The A593 between Coniston and Ambleside, and the Borrowdale road at Rosthwaite are particularly affected.

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    The Environment Agency has published flood alerts, the lowest level., for most of Cumbria's rivers, saying flooding of roads and farmland remains possible overnight because more rain is expected.

  12. Cumbria's weather: Windy with squally showers

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will remain very windy with spells of sunshine but also some squally showers.

    There is the chance of one or two rumbles of thunder too, with temperatures from 8C to 11C (46F to 52F)

    Weather graphic

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

    There is a yellow Met Office warning for strong winds as Storm Erik crosses the county tonight.

  13. Families of 'Windermere Boys' to recreate picture

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    Some of the Holocaust child survivors who were brought to Windermere in 1945 to recuperate, and their families, are to recreate a famous photograph taken in Prague to celebrate their liberation.

    Famous picture of Holocaust survivors in Prague

    The picture was taken in Prague, before the children and teenagers were flown to Britain, where several hundred were then transported to hostels at a former flying boat factory on the shores on Windermere.

    The youngsters spent a number of weeks there while their futures were sorted out.

    Today's Jewish Chronicle reports that in May, some of those in the original picture, and members of their families will go to Prague to pose again in front of a statue devoted to Jan Hus, one of the Czech nation's most famous martyrs.

  14. 'House of Lords' ruins could cost council millions

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    The ruins of the old House of Lords club in Barrow, which was gutted by fire in January 2017, could end up costing Barrow council money, a meeting's been told.

    House of Lords ruins with scaffolding

    The Barrow Working Men's Club, better known as the House of Lords because of its Victorian splendour, was almost destroyed in the fire, and a meeting of the full council heard no progress had been made in getting the remains either cleared or repaired.

    The council's executive director, Phil Huck, said there was an ongoing legal dispute, but Historic England would like to see the building restored, and could force the council to foot the bill.

    One councillor said he believed this could cost £12m, and Mr Huck said any restoration could knock a massive hole in the authority's capital budget.

  15. Lakes tourism businesses 'not keen on visitor tax'

    Tourism figures in Cumbria aren't convinced a "tourist tax" that may be introduced in Edinburgh is a good idea.

    The plan in the Scottish capital is that visitors will be charged an extra £2 a room per night to help the city cope with the four million people who go there every year.

    Windermere steamer

    The Lake District's biggest attraction, Windermere Lake Cruises, has voiced concerns about any such tax being rolled out in Cumbria.

    Former hotelier Wayne Bartholomew, who owns holiday apartments in Bowness, says a system that asks visitors to add a voluntary contribution to their bill towards the cost of environmental work is already successful.

    Quote Message: People in general understand the wear and tear on the Lake District needs to be repaired, and they were more than happy to put a voluntary contribution on, maybe we should roll out that programme rather than bring this tax in." from Wayne Bartholemew
    Wayne Bartholemew
  16. BreakingFive held after armed police join Workington raids

    Five people have been arrested after police, including armed officers, raided two homes in Workington and a third address in nearby Great Clifton this morning.

    Police went to Casson Road and Newlands Gardens soon after 08:00 this morning, trying to find a man suspected of assault and possessing a weapon.

    Officers say all cordons have now been removed, and they don't believe there was any threat to the public during the operation.

  17. Village celebrates 200th birthday of 'local hero' Ruskin

    Today marks 200 years since the birth of artist and writer John Ruskin, who spent the final years of his life in Coniston.

    John Rusking

    He's been credited with inspiring the founding of organisations such as the NHS and the National Trust.

    A day of celebrations is being held in Coniston and events are also being held worldwide this year to mark the anniversary.

    He left a great mark in Coniston, with the village museum and school named after him, his grave in the churchyard and Brantwood, the home where he spent 28 years, on a hillside across the lake.

    Quote Message: He chose to life here, he chose to be buried here, not in Westminster Abbey, which he was offered, he's spoken of with fondness still, people have parents, grandparents who met him and he's something of a local hero." from Helen Glaister Ruskin Museum
    Helen GlaisterRuskin Museum