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  1. Lorry driver banned for 89mph 'seconds of madness'

    A lorry driver clocked at almost 90mph on a busy Cumbrian trunk road road has been given a suspended two-month jail term and banned from driving for a year.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard how a police speed detection van caught Stanley James Yeagers' laden Mercedes HGV travelling downhill at 89mph as it overtook a car on the A66 westbound at Stainmore, near Brough.

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    Video caption: Truck driver banned for driving at 89mph on the A66 in Cumbria

    Video filmed as Yeager spots the van and brakes heavily, according to police, shows that without electronic stability control, the lorry might have jack-knifed.

    Yeager, 71, of Harlestone Court, Grimsby, had a completely clean driving record, and told a probation officer of his remorse for "eleven seconds of madness that he wishes never happened".

    Judge Andrew Jeffries ordered Yeager, who admitted dangerous driving, to take an extended test after his ban, but the court heard the incident would end the driver's career.

  2. Rugby World Cup boss meets councillors over stadium

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    John Connell

    The chief executive of the Rugby League World Cup, Jon Dutton, has had a “constructive” meeting with senior staff and councillors at Allerdale over the future of the proposed new Workington stadium.

    The borough council made a successful bid to host the sporting event in 2021 but the games hang entirely on the creation of the multimillion-pound arena, and these plans are under review after last month's election changed the political control of the council.

    Artist's impression of stadium

    Mr Dutton said he had a "dialogue about the opportunities and risks of the stadium project,” but he has already made it clear that unless the stadium is complete, the world cup fixtures it might host would go elsewhere.

    Hundreds of people joined a march through Workington town centre on Friday night in support of the plans for a brand-new 8,000 capacity venue.

  3. Cumbrian keeper expected to start for England U21s

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Cumbrian Dean Henderson is expected to start in goal tonight when England get their Euro U21 campaign under way tonight against France in Italy.

    Dean Henderson in action

    Aidy Boothroyd's side will also face Romania and Croatia in Group C.

    Henderson, from Whitehaven and a former Carlisle United Junior, is now with Manchester United.

  4. Truck driver who neared 90mph on A66 awaits sentence

    A trucker caught travelling at almost 90mph on one of Cumbria's busiest trunk roads has admitted dangerous driving.

    The court has heard a police speed detection van clocked the westbound Mercedes HGV driven by Stanley James Yeagers, 71, travelling at "not less than 89mph", almost 30mph more than the limit for that kind of vehicle.

    Yeagers, of Harlestone Court, Grimsby, was said to be a man with no previous convictions who had driven "all over the world".

    He will be sentenced later today.

  5. Furness College called up to offer new technical exams

    Furness College has been selected to start offering new T-Level qualifications, which are equivalent to three A-Levels, from September 2021.

    It will be in the second wave of further-education colleges and sixth forms to run the course, which will be in digital, health and childcare, and education and science.

    Stock picture of students

    T-levels will involve a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours, approximately 45 days, and the college is now starting to recruit employers to provide the work experience.

    The college principal Andrew Wren said: "We know there is a need for more people in Cumbria to achieve higher qualifications in digital, education and health and this offers a chance to do this."

    Quote Message: This will bring technical qualifications into parity with A levels, with T-levels being much more focused on industrial placements and technical understanding." from Andrew Wren
    Andrew Wren
  6. Thorman: Workington must have the new stadium

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Workington Town coach Chris Thorman says heritage and tradition need to be put to one side when it comes to a new stadium in the town.

    The club has been part of developing proposals for a new ground they would share with Workington Reds, the town's football team.

    The plans are being reviewed by a new council administration after elections last month, but Thorman says it's time for Workington to look forwards, not backwards.

    Chris Thorman
    Quote Message: A lot of the traditionalists like these grounds but for me, moving forward, we need a new stadium." from Chris Thorman
    Chris Thorman
  7. Police warn lost medication could be dangerous

    Police say a month's supply of a medication called Mirtazapine, lost in Longtown, could be harmful if taken by anyone other than the person prescribed them.

    Anyone finding them is urged to return the pills to a pharmacy or the police.

  8. Cumbria's weather: Some sunny spells and mainly dry

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be dry for the most part, with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells.

    There is the chance of a few showers moving in later in the day, with a gentle breeze and highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

    Weather graphic

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

  9. Watch: Cumbria's top tweeting shepherd is back on line

    Martin Lewes


    For the social media fans out there, the Cumbrian hill farmer James Rebanks has started tweeting to his 114,000 followers again.

    He's put out a selection of highlights from his year of abstaining from Twitter, of which this is one of the best.

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  10. Police welcome sentence on child abuser

    Police have welcomed a 10-year jail sentence handed down at Carlisle Crown Court to a man who abused two children a number of years ago.

    Svenn Richard Norendal, 66, was found guilty after a trial of eight charges yesterday.

    Sgt Nick Oliver, the investigating officer, said: "He put his victims through vile abuse.

    "Hopefully the sentence will go some way to giving the victims the justice they deserve."

    Svenn Norendal
  11. Your photos: Blooming nice when the sun breaks through

    It has not been the greatest summer so far, but the bluebells a few weeks ago were memorable, and Joe Hewer found the summer wildflowers making a strong takeover in Gosforth. The sun came out, too.


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

  12. Hedgehog signs 'need a touch of humour'

    There's been a welcome in Cumbria for new signs featuring a picture of a hedgehog that are going to appear on roads to warn motorists of the likely presence of wildlife.

    Hedgehohg road sign

    They'll be placed in areas where there are large number of hedgehogs, otters and badgers.

    Some roads in Cumbria already have specific signs warning of red squirrels or rare toads.

    George Scott from the Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust near Wigton says the signs will have more chance of working if an element of humour is used in the design.

    Quote Message: Wouldn't it be nice to involve the kids and let them design the signs ... and hopefully the parents will take more notice of it." from George Scott
    George Scott
  13. Weather on the fells: Clouds lifting to give a clear day

    • Temperatures at 3,000ft (900m): About 8C to 10C (46F to 50F)
    • Winds: Southwesterly 20-25mph with gusts of 30-40mph initially, but winds easing through the day
    • Cloud: Widespread initially with bases near 2,000ft (600m), and as low as 1,300ft (400m) over the southern fells, becoming more broken and rising above the summits during the day
    • Visibility: Moderate or poor initially in any hill fog, but soon becoming good or very good
    • Pollen: Moderate to high UV: Moderate to high
  14. MP renews drive to limit second homes market

    The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale has renewed his campaign for the Government to address the high number of second homes in the Lake District.

    Speaking in the Commons, the Liberal Democrat Tim Farron highighted a report from the Resolution Foundation about the rise in the number of people owning more than one property, either as a buy-to-let or as a holiday home.

    Tim Farron in House

    Mr Farron called for changes in regulations to control the number of second or holiday homes, but the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, said the answer was to make sure more houses were built.

    Quote Message: Will the minister agree to change planning and tax regulations so we can limit second home ownership and give our young people the chance of a place to call their own?" from Tim Farron
    Tim Farron
  15. Ex-partner is jailed again for eighth breach of order

    A man's been jailed for 14 months at Carlisle Crown Court after admitting breaching a restraining order, banning him from approaching his ex-partner, for the eighth time.

    Elijah Ali, 29, is homeless and was sent to prison in January after he breached the order for the seventh time.

    This time he was found by police in the woman's back garden in Carlisle, having climbed over a 6ft high locked gate.

    Anthony Parkinson, defending, said: "It is a nuisance-type breach, as opposed to anything more sinister," but Judge James Adkin said a breach of the licence meant prison.

  16. Cumbria's weather: Mostly dry with some sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    Dry for the most part today, with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells, although the odd shower cannot be ruled out.

    There will be just a gentle breeze with highest temperatures from 15C to 18C (59F to 64F).

    Weather graphic

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

  17. Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    Good morning. We'll be posting the news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast, and other things that may catch our eye from around the county through the day.

    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.