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  1. Across the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    We've now finished posting news and other useful or interesting items from around Cumbria for today and for what's been a busy week.

    Here's a reminder of some of today's developments:

    We'll be back at 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. Police find 'suspected cannabis' on business park

    Police in Carlisle say they've found a quantity of material believed to be cannabis after raiding an industrial unit in Carlisle.

    Officers were called to Port Road Business Park this morning and say officers are still on scene.

    They've appealed for anyone with information to come forward. No arrests have been made.

  3. Cumbria's weather: Rain moving in from the north

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy this evening with spells of rain gradually working their way in from the north, although perhaps dry again towards dawn.

    Winds will continue to be gentle to moderate and lowest temperatures will be from 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

    Weather graphic

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

  4. Your pictures: New train looks just the ticket at Arnside

    This week saw the train company Northern deploy the first of its new sets of locomotives and carriages on the Manchester Airport run from Barrow and Windermere, giving Chris Coates the chance to catch it crossing the Arnside viaduct.

    Train on viaduct

    Our thanks to Chris for sending it to us by Twitter.

  5. Top shows help Barrow Forum pass audiences target

    Attendances at were 63,000 in the last financial year, surpassing a council target.

    Barrow Borough Council hoped for 60,000 people to attend the council-run venue.

    The performance in 2018-19 has been attributed to a string of crowd-pulling acts such as the Tina Turner tribute act, Totally Tina; stand-up comedians Tim Vine and James Acaster; and Vampires Rock, a concert starring 2013 X Factor winner Sam Bailey.

  6. Rogue builder jailed for demanding high price for bad work

    A builder who repeatedly requested high prices for roofing work to a house in south Cumbria which was so bad it had to be redone has been jailed for two months.

    Daniel Austin-Ward, 33, of Windsor Grove, Morecambe, was demanding £2,500 for a job that should have cost only £750, Carlisle Crown Court was told, and one day, while the customer was away from his property, Austin-Ward "extracted" a cheque for £1,000 from the householder's elderly mother.

    Austin-Ward admitted two fraud charges and three offences of unfair trading, and Judge Brian Cummings added the jail term to a 37-month sentence imposed at Preston Crown Court in March for other unfair trading offences, and a n attack committed in Lancashire.

    Judge Cummings said: "It is a very alarming situation to be dealing with someone who, of necessity, knows where he (the customer) lived, in an air of menace and improper insistence when that person is violent by nature."

  7. Survey finds World Heritage status draws in the visitors

    Martin Lewes


    A survey of Cumbrian visitors showed one in five overseas visitors were influenced in their choice of the Lake District for a visit, by it having the status of a World Heritage Site.


    The national park was given the status by Unesco, the cultural arm of the United Nations, in 2017, adding it to a list including historical icons such as the Taj Mahal, and landscapes such as Yosemite valley in California.

    Last year saw a very slight decrease in visitor numbers, but a study for Cumbria Tourism suggested 47m people came for at least a few hours.

    In a separate survey 61% of businesses thought WHS helped their business, and 48% planned to use it in marketing.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A591 Cumbria southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A591 Cumbria southbound severe accident, from A6 to A590.

    A591 Cumbria - A591 closed, queues and it's heavy southbound from the A6 junction to Brettargh Holt Roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to Windermere Road roundabout. Diversion in operation - via Crooklands.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Penrith still needs a plan, says former council leader

    Penrith still needs a plan to address the challenges the area faces, according to the Conservative Kevin Beaty who, until May, was the leader of Eden Council.

    The council's new leadership, a coalition of Independents and Liberal Democrats, says it is abandoning the controversial Penrith Masterplan developed by the Tories, which identified land for thousands of homes and business use over 30 years.

    But Mr Beaty says the problems remain, and answers will have to be found.

    Penrith centre
    Quote Message: Penrith in particular has very low wages, we have unaffordable housing, and businesses struggle to expand or stay in the area.
    Quote Message: One of the problems they have is no employment land available, the other problem they have is no houses for their employees to live in." from Kevin Beaty
    Kevin Beaty
  10. Farmers opens meadows to show off wild flowers

    Farmers across England, including a number in Cumbria, are opening up to the public tomorrow to show off how they are helping to bring back wildflower meadows.

    Frank Hunter

    One is Frank Hunter, of Piper Hole farm at Ravenstonedale, whose flower-rich fields were the first in Cumbria to be recognised as "coronation meadows" under a scheme promoted by the Prince of Wales.

    There has been a 97% reduction in the area of such meadows since the 1950s, because many farmers prefer grass, but Frank says the mix of plants is better for his sheep, cattle and goats.

    Frank will be leading walks from 10:30 to 18:00, and you can find out more here.

  11. Barrel keeps on rolling on writers' brewery hike

    Martin Lewes


    Beth and Steve Pipe, two Lake District bloggers who write about walking on the fells, are continuing their latest trek in which they are touring Cumbria's breweries on foot, towing an (empty) barrel.

    Steve Pipe towing barrel into Jennings brewery

    The two are also raising money for the county's rescue teams as they meet up with various characters, some well-known and others less so.

    You can read more about it here.

  12. Council suspends collections after new rounds failure

    Allerdale council has suspended some recycling collections after refuse crews could not complete some rounds in time.

    The rounds were brought in by contractors FCC Environment on 1 April, using new lorries with in-cab technology, but today the council said crews had not been able to make it to some properties on the scheduled day.

    From Monday 8 July, garden waste collections, and recycling collections for glass, cans and plastic will be suspended for two months.

    Allerdale dustbin trucks
  13. Travel: A591 closed northbound after crash

    BBC News Travel

    The A591 is closed between the Brettargh Holt interchange and Kendal on the northbound side, heading towards the Lake District, after a two-vehicle crash.

  14. Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with patchy rain later

    BBC Weather

    It will be rather cloudy through this afternoon, and whilst mainly dry at first, some patchy rain is likely from the northwest towards evening.

    There will be a gentle to moderate 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.

  15. Two rescue teams carry walker from Scafell Pike

    Two rescue teams were called to help a 70-year-old woman who fell and broke her arm near the summit of England's highest mountain.

    Rescuers carrying stretch over rocks

    The Wasdale team was called at first, asking for assistance from Duddon and Furness because of the location on Broad Crag scree.

    The two teams treated the walker at the scene and then carried her down over loose rock to below the cloud where a Coastguard helicopter could collect her for transport to hospital.

  16. Lauren Smith brings home European silver and gold

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    The Cumbrian Badminton star Lauren Smith is back in Cumbria with silver and gold medals after the European championships

    Lauren Smith

    Lauren took gold in the mixed doubles with Marcus Ellis, beating fellow British players Chris and Gabby Adcock, and silver with her women's doubles partner Chloe Birch, in the European Games in Minsk.

    Lauren says playing mixed doubles with Marcus Birch has taken her game to a new level after nine years training at the national centre in Milton Keynes.

    Quote Message: There's a lot more to it like the mental side and the small tweaks and things like that that make a difference to your game, and that makes competition that little bit harder and tougher, but I think I'm growing into it well." from Lauren Smith
    Lauren Smith
  17. Barrow kick off the pre-season friendlies with Rovers

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Barrow are the first of Cumbria's senior football sides to get their pre-season campaign underway when they host Blackburn Rovers at Holker Street tomorrow.

    Holker Street
  18. New call for more help for victims of asbestos in Barrow

    Twenty years after the UK banned asbestos, the government's being asked to give more help to people with the cancers caused by it.

    Scanner of lung showing pleural plaques

    Barrow has the highest number of asbestos-related conditions for men in the UK, because the substance was widely-used at the shipyard and steelworks.

    Graham Dring, who chairs the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum says the dangers were known in the 1960s and action should have been taken sooner...

    Quote Message: Many of the people we see today with mesothelioma were exposed in that period after 1960. from Graham Dring
    Graham Dring
    Quote Message: We believe that if the government at the time and subsequent governments had taken action to ban asbestos, we wouldn't see the levels of mesothelioma that we see today." from Graham Dring
    Graham Dring