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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    Our live updates have finished for the week.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 but you can stay up to date with BBC NEws online and BBC Radio Cumbria.

    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. Cheap bus scheme for youngsters 'need promotion'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A subsidised bus scheme for young people in South Lakeland needs a major promotional push because few know it exists, a council meeting heard.

    Cumbria County Council offers A2BNow which allows children aged five to 18 to benefit from discounted journeys.

    Local councillors have contributed £30,000 to the project for 2019-20 but in High Furness, which includes part of the southern Lake Distruct, just two people use it, the meeting was told.

    Councillor Matt Brereton said: “I think it’s a very worthwhile initiative and it is right that we put money towards it but I do feel that in practical terms it is almost invisible in parts of South Lakeland.

    Councillor Matt Brereton
    Quote Message: There’s a lot of money being put into it but it’s not being promoted by us as an organisation and, needless to say, take up is not brilliant.” from Councillor Matt Brereton
    Councillor Matt Brereton
  3. Cumbria's weather: Mild when the sun shines

    BBC Weather

    There will be spells of sunshine for most this afternoon but a few patches of low cloud will linger in places.

    It will be very mild when the sun shines, with temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Barrow musician one of four to die in crash

    Police in Arizona say the musician Stephen Fitzpatrick from Barrow was one of four people to die in the crash on Interstate 10 in Arizona.

    It's reported that one of the vehicles was going the wrong way on the freeway.

    Mr Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading of the band Her's, with their tour manager, Trevor Engelbrektson, all died, together with one person in the other vehicle..

    A statement from their record label, Heist or Hit, said the two were "warm, gentle and hilarious".

    Quote Message: To say they were close would be an underestimation of a friendship that was genuinely beautiful to witness; they loved one another like brothers. Musically, Her's were astonishing." from Heist or Hit statement
    Heist or Hit statement
  5. Cumbrian tunnel breaks long boring record

    Engineers say work is progressing well on a major new water tunnel that passes underneath a famous prehistoric stone circle near Keswick.

    The Castlerigg Tunnel near Keswick is part of a £300m project which will carry water from Thirlmere reservoir to homes and businesses in West Cumbria.

    United Utilities says that when completed, the project will be the longest tunnel of its type ever built in the UK.

    Workers walking along tunnel
    Quote Message: We've got to stop using Ennerdale Water as a source of water so we needed to find an alternative, and bringing the pipeline and water from Thirlmere across Cumbria to the west coast is the option that we've taken." from John Hilton United Utilities
    John HiltonUnited Utilities
  6. Your pictures: Dappled shade across the Borrowdale fells

    A bit of cloud across the Lake District can either make the view or ruin it, depending on whether it is above the summits, or down across the hills.

    Joe Hewer found the Borrowdale Fells clear, and dappled with shadows, when he was out this week.

    Borrowdale Fells

    Our thanks to Joe for sending the photo in. If you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, or on Twitter.

  7. Survey finds one in four drivers break 20mph limits

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    A traffic survey on Walney has revealed that more than a quarter of vehicles were breaking a 20mph speed at North Scale,

    The highest speed of the 5,000 travelling above the limit was clocked at 51mph.

    North Scale

    County councillors at the Barrow local committee say they will be raising concerns with highways officials.

    Councillor Frank Cassidy, who represents the southern end of Walney, says "speed limitation infrastructure" would be installed on Biggar Bank Road to slow down boy racers.

    Quote Message: 51mph in a 20mph zone is just one example. The snag is the police don’t enforce the 20mph zone” from Councillor Mel Worth North Walney, Labour
    Councillor Mel WorthNorth Walney, Labour
  8. Investment plans mean 20 jobs to go at Barrow paper mill

    Up to 20 workers could lose their jobs at the Kimberly Clark factory in Barrow, which currently employs around 350 staff.

    The lay-offs are part of a plan to invest about £95,000 in the company's UK operations.

    The toilet paper producer says the job losses are intended to improve efficiency and ensure a long-term sustainable future for the business.

    It says any redundancies would be made over three years, subject to a consultation with employees.

    Kimberley Clark in Barrow
  9. Weather on the fells: Poor visibility on summits

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): 5C (41F)
    • Winds: Fresh south-westerly winds, locally strong over the summits at 20-30mph with gusts up to 45mph possible
    • Cloud: Base around 700ft to 1,300 feet (200m to 400m) at first, especially in the south and west at first, rising to around 2,500ft (750m) in most places, but remaining lower locally in the west
    • Visibility: Often poor on summits but mostly good at lower levels.
    • Freezing level: Well above summits.

    The assessors for the Lake District Weatherline service say there is still scope for winter to return to the higher summits, with snow forecast for higher ground next week.

  10. Tributes flood in for band after fatal crash

    Dozens of tributes from around the world have gone up on social media for the band Her's, one of whose members grew up in Barrow, after they and their manager were killed in a crash accident in Arizona.

    Stephen Fitzpatrick

    Stephen Fitzpatrick, from Barrow, and Audun Laading, who met at college in Liverpool, were on a 19-gig tour of the USA when the crash happened.

  11. Elections mean Carlisle leisure centre plans delay

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    John connell

    A final decision on a multimillion-pound revamp of the Sands Centre in Carlisle is to be delayed.

    The city council says its next full council meeting is too close to the council elections at the start of May.

    Model of Sands Centre plan

    The plans would see a larger centre, providing space for entertainment as well as exercise and sport.

    It has already been given consent by the city councillors on the planning committee, but still needs approval from the full council.

    Quote Message: What we don’t want is for members to feel they are being pushed into making a decision quickly because it happens to coincide with the elections coming up rather than making well-informed balanced judgments based on all the information that they should have." from Jason Gooding Chief executive, Carlisle City Council
    Jason GoodingChief executive, Carlisle City Council
  12. Cumbria's weather: A bright start in places

    BBC Weather

    It will be a bright start for some, but a few districts will be affected by low cloud that may linger in places, particularly in the west.

    Highest temperatures will range from 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

    Weather graphic

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

  13. Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    Good morning: We'll be keeping you up to date with the news and other interesting information from around the county through until around 18:00.

    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.

  14. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


    It's time for us to step back and let the software post breaking news, sports reports or travel information through the night. Here's a reminder of some of today's developments.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

    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 evening.

  15. Cricket ground remains 'may be imperial palace'

    The remains of a bath house uncovered during building work at Carlisle cricket ground may be part of an emperor's palace, according to archeologists.

    Archeologists digging

    The underground remains were investigated in 2017 and since then the various finds have been studied to see what more can be learned.

    Now it is thought the buildings may have been a palace which accommodated an emperor, Lucius Septimus Severus, who is thought to have visited the Carlisle area while he was based in York in around 210.