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  1. Teenagers set up their own 'mental health first aid'
  2. Region's probation service struggles with understaffing
  3. Business group warns of threat to export trade

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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other information for 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. 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.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Campaigner wins decision to protect Harrington's 'green'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A local councillor has won a ten-year campaign to protect the shores near Harrington harbour for local people to enjoy.

    Allerdale council had hoped to regenerate the area, and Workington Town councillor Hilary Harrington feared it would be developed for housing.

    Harrington Marina

    At a Cumbria County Council meeting today the land was designated as a village green which protects it from development.

    Councillor Harrington told the meeting: ""This marina is vital for the community because most of the Harrington green spaces no longer exist."

  3. Cumbria's weather: dry, clear and frost-free

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be dry with often clear skies but it is expected to remain frost-free, with a moderate southerly breeze and lowest temperatures from 3C to 6C (37F to 43F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Olympics could be breakthrough for break-dancing

    Jennie Dennett

    BBC Cumbria

    Break-dancing could be adopted as a sport for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, and if so, there could be a strong Cumbrian connection.

    Jennifer and Joay Mayor, with cup

    Jennifer Mayor teaches street dancing in Kendal and her son Jay, 13, who goes to school in Kirkby Lonsdale, has just qualified for the world cup.

    Quote Message: I think it's absolutely fantastic for dance in general and for break-dancing, it just makes people take the sport more seriously." from Jennifer Mayor
    Jennifer Mayor
    Quote Message: It is great because it gives break-dancing a massive chance to prove itself." from Jay Mayor
    Jay Mayor
  5. Copeland cleans up as fewer fly-tip and litter

    The number of cases of fly-tipping and littering have dropped significantly over the past two years in Copeland, officials say.

    There were 301 reports last year, compared with 434 in 2016, and the amount of fly-tipped waste cleared up was also down, from 47 tonnes to 23.


    The council says the reduction coincides with a campaign called Pride of Place, which involved work with schools and communities.

    The Mayor, Mike Starkie, said the decrease in Copeland compared favourabvly with the rest of Cumbria, where the numbers of complaints were increasing.

    Quote Message: Comparatively speaking, Copeland does not have a significant fly-tipping and littering problem." from Mike Starkie
    Mike Starkie
  6. Andy Airey steps out in memory of daughter Sophie

    A Cumbrian father will run a half marathon this weekend, to raise awareness of the number of young people who take their own lives.

    Andy Airey's daughter, Sophie, who grew up in Kendal, killed herself in Edinburgh just before Christmas.

    Sophie Airey

    She had signed up to the Northumberland Half Marathon, and he's going to run in her place.

    Andy, from Morland, near Penrith, is raising money for the charity, Papyrus, which supports young people who are at risk of suicide.

  7. New Carlisle striker Cullen could come off bench at last

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Striker Mark Cullen could make his first start for Carlisle United at Colchester tomorrow, according to the manager, Steven Pressley.

    The 26-year-old's only featured from the bench so far, having arrived on loan from Blackpool with an injury

    Quote Message: I don't think he's in a position where he can play a full 90, but he's certainly in a position where he can contribute." from Steven Pressley
    Steven Pressley
    Mark Cullen
  8. Fire crews douse blaze in Carlisle flat

    Firefighters from stations in Carlisle, Brampton and Longtown spent two hours dealing with a blaze in a first floor flat in Chatsworth Square, Carlisle, after the alarm was raised at 19:30 yesterday.

  9. Video content

    Video caption: Sweaty Mamas: The gym class taking childcare worries away

    Childcare is not an issue for the humorously named Sweaty Mamas gym group.

  10. 'Single council' move sparks spat between politicians

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    One of Cumbria's MPs has sparked a sharp exchange over whether the county should have one or two large "all-purpose" councils, rather than a county and six district authorities.

    The county council, which is run by Labour councillors with Liberal Democrat support, has called for a single local authority, but the Lib Dem MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron (pictured right) has criticised the idea, saying decisions should be taken locally.

    But Conservative councillor Tom Harvey retorted that he was being hypocritical, because his opposition to Brexit meant he supported more decisions being taken in Brussels.

    Tom Harvey and Time Farron
    Quote Message: People want the key decisions that affect them to be made by people in their local area - not 50 miles up the road in Carlisle," from Tim Farron Liberal Democrat MP, Westmorland and Lonsdale
    Tim FarronLiberal Democrat MP, Westmorland and Lonsdale
    Quote Message: Claiming that long-overdue reform of local government in Cumbria will take decision-making further away from South Lakeland while at the same time doing everything in his power to block Brexit and keep control over our border, money and laws in Brussels is rank hypocrisy." from Tom Harvey Deputy Conservative leader, South Lakeland District Council.
    Tom HarveyDeputy Conservative leader, South Lakeland District Council.
  11. Cumbria's weather: very mild with more hazy sunshine

    BBC Weather

    The rest of today will be dry with plenty of sunshine although some wispy high cloud will make the sunshine hazy at times.

    It will be very mild for the time of year with moderate southerly winds. Maximum Temperature: 13 to 16°C (55 to 61°F)

    Weather graphic

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

  12. Service 'taking urgent action' to address probation report

    The government has said it is taking "urgent action" to address problems highlighted in an inspectors' report on the probation service dealing with the most dangerous offenders in the North West, including Cumbria.

    The report classed the service as good, in spite of being understaffed and sometimes accommodated in vermin-infested buildings.

    The National Probation Service said it was addressing both concerns.

    Quote Message: We are taking urgent action to address the issues raised by the Inspectorate and a programme of building improvement works has already been completed." from National Probation Service statement
    National Probation Service statement
    Quote Message: We are also in the process of recruiting 150 new probation staff in to the North West to better support offenders.”
  13. Homeowner disturbs burglars in lunchtime raid

    A Kendal householder went home at lunchtime and disturbed three burglars upstairs in his home.

    The three escaped, having stolen a watch and drove off from the Willow Drive property towards Parkside Road.

    Willow Drive, Kendal

    No one was hurt and police say they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry.

  14. Stobart joins Virgin in Flybe takeover

    A consortium including the Cumbrian-based company Stobart Group has completed its takeover over of the troubled airline Flybe.

    Carlisle airport new entrance

    Stobart, which owns airports in Carlisle and Southend, became part of a group called Connect, which will take Flybe's aircraft and other assets.

  15. Schools teachers trained as 'mental health first aiders'

    A group set up by teenagers in west Cumbria is prompting schools to develop mental health "first aid".

    The youngsters from Maryport set up a group called We Will, because they felt there wasn't enough help for young people with mental health problems, and have now trained more than 300 people in mental health aid.

    Cumbria's Child and Adolescent Health Service says it sees all young people in crisis within a target of 48 hours.

    Ellen Mothersdale, assistant headteacher at William Howard School in Brampton near Carlisle, says mental health is taken very seriously.

    William Howard School, Brampton
    Quote Message: We've actually got over 30 members of staff who are mental health first aid trained, we've also got groups of sixth formers who are our mental health ambassadors. from Ellen Mothersdale
    Ellen Mothersdale
  16. Work to start on 267-home South Ashfield Road housing estate

    News and Star


    Work on a 267-home estate in Workington is due to begin later this year, creating more than 150 jobs.

    Artist's impression of new homes
  17. Video content

    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.

  18. Flood warnings posted for Cumbrian coast

    The Environment Agency says high spring tides and large waves could bring flooding to points along the Cumbrian coastline this lunchtime.

    Flood warning map

    The warnings are for around the time of the high tide, between 12:00 and 14:00, and the agency says the waves could be large and powerful.

  19. Teenagers set up mental health 'first aid' system

    Teenagers in west Cumbria are so worried that people are not getting the mental health support they need, that they have set up their own service.

    We will group meeting

    The We Will group, based in Maryport, has trained 300 people to give mental health first aid, with the backing of a local coummunity trust and schools.

    More than 4,000 people needed mental health support in Cumbria last year, that number is increasing, and the group says it wants to help people suffering from anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.

    Cumbria's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service said it sees all young people in crisis within a target of 48 hours.

    Quote Message: They are trying to get the message out there to all of us, the single biggest thing that we can do to improve youth mental health is to listen to young people." from Kate Whitmarsh Ewanrigg Trust
    Kate WhitmarshEwanrigg Trust