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  1. Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

    Martin Lewes


    It's been a busy one, but we've now finished chasing the news and other useful or interesting items from around the county for today and this week. Here's a reminder of some of today's main developments:

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    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00. If you've got news you think we should know, or photos that you think the rest of Cumbria might like to see, let us know by sending us an email, getting in touch on Facebook, or on Twitter.

    Have a very good weekend.

  2. Cumbria's weather: Dry and partly cloudy with some mist

    BBC Weather

    Any residual showers fading through this evening to leave a dry and partly cloudy night with some clear spells.

    Under the clearer intervals, a few mist and fog patches will likely form with lowest temperatures from 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

    Weaher graphic

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

    There is a weather warning for heavy rain on Sunday, which currently fringes the very far east of Cumbria, but there is some uncertainty about its exact extent so you can keep an eye on details here.

  3. Police appeal to B&Bs and taxi drivers in burglary probe

    Police have asked B&B owners and taxi drivers to see if they can help in an investigation into a burglary in which a woman was attacked in her own home.

    Officers say three men of Asian appearance stole money and left the victim with an injured hand when they raided a house in Orchard Street in Carlisle on Tuesday evening.

    Orchard Street

    Det Ch Insp Jenny Beattie said: "We believe that the three men may not reside in the local area, therefore we would like to hear from hoteliers or B&B managers who may be able to assist our investigation.

    "Likewise, we would like to hear from taxi drivers who may have transported these men."

    Quote Message: The victim, who understandably remains in a distressed state, is being supported by trained officers.” from Det Ch Insp Jenny Beattie
    Det Ch Insp Jenny Beattie
  4. Sixty kittens in need of a home in Penrith

    Katy Booth

    Reporter, BBC Cumbria

    More than 60 kittens are available for adoption at Eden Animal Rescue in Penrith.


    Staff at the centre, which is based at Moorlands Head Farm, say it’s the largest number of cats they have ever had available for rehoming at any one time.


    There are also 27 older cats in need of adoption at the centre.

    Quote Message: Every year, sadly the number is increasing and it's all down to people not neutering their cats. Then they have the kittens and they have nowhere to go. from Sarah Bean Manager, Eden Animal Rescue Centre
    Sarah BeanManager, Eden Animal Rescue Centre
  5. Cave and fell rescue team upgrades to new radio network

    The rescue volunteers who cover both the caves beneath the eastern edge of Cumbria and the Pennine fells above, have taken on a new digital communications network.

    Mike Bottomley of CRO with new handset

    The new system was put together with the help of a £7,500 grant from the sustainable development fund run by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

    The Cave Rescue Organisation was set up to help people in trouble in the labyrinth on caves in the limestone hills around the borders of Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire, but it also deals with people in trouble on the fells above.

  6. Lake meeting's missing members 'in hot water'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    Windermere town councillors have rapped their counterparts on South Lakeland District Council after nine SLDC members did not attend the council’s lake administration committee held on Friday.

    Apologies were given for the mix of Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and a Labour councillor who did not attend.

    The 24-member committee manages a number of matters to do with England's longest lake, because the bed is owned by South Lakeland council.


    Linda Fisher, SLDC’s legal officer, explained that the committee was still ‘quorate’ but South Lakeland did not have a majority around the table which was required to deal with the agenda, so a councillor from Lakes Parish Council or Windermere Town Council would have to leave to correct the imbalance.

    The alternative, she said, was postponing the meeting altogether, so councillor Adrian Legge, of Windermere Town Council, agreed to withdraw and left.

    The committee chairman, Councillor Doug Rathbone, said "representations would be made" to those who did not attend and the meeting’s constitution would be looked at.

  7. Copeland Mayor attacks Allerdale MP over coal mine plan

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    John Connell

    Copeland's Mayor Mike Starkie has criticised the MP in the neighbouring Allerdale constituency, Sue Hayman, for not supporting plans for a new coal mine under west Cumbria.

    Mr Starkie said the MP should "get off the fence", and he has defended the plans because the coking coal from the mine was necessary for making the steel used in wind turbines.

    Mike Starkie and Sue Hayman

    He said: “I would have thought Sue, as a west Cumbrian MP, would back west Cumbria Mining, which now has the support of Labour’s own prospective parliamentary candidate for Copeland and four other MPs."

    Ms Hayman is Labour's shadow environment secretary, and said: "I’m currently working on a comprehensive waste and recycling strategy that incorporates steel recycling, so that in future, fossil fuels can be left in the ground.”

  8. Student's huge painting shortlisted for cycle race award

    A painting of racing cyclists 20m (60ft) long created by an A-level student at Sedbergh School and laid out alongside the course of the Tour of Britain has been shortlisted for an award.

    Cycle painting seen from the air

    The artwork was so large it could only be photographed from a drone.

    The Tour of Britain went through Sedbergh last month and Ruby told staff she was captivated by the movement, speed and the colours.

    The Tour runs a competition for the best of the giant works of art that are placed alongside the course, and Ruby's painting has now been included in the shortlist of eight finalist, with the public voting for the winner.

  9. Rory's 'moderate' pitch for mayor: All we need is love

    Announcing he would go in one step from MP for one of England's most rural constituencies, to running as mayor for its capital city, Rory Stewart said he would base his campaign on traditional moderate politics.

    He said extremist politics was a greater danger to London than Brexit or technological change.

    Quote Message: This was the most moderate country on Earth, one of the most settled places on Earth, the place that treated people with civility and dignity."
    Rory Stewart

    Mr Stewart, who walked all over his Cumbrian constituency and fought for the Conservative Party leadership by walking in many parts of the country, said he would launch his campaign in the city by walking through every borough, showing that the way to improve it was "through love".

    Quote Message: Love not as a lazy compromise, but as something painful, something difficult, something risky about changing the world together."
  10. Police find stack of cash after cross-border M6 chase

    Lancashire police pursued two cars across the county boundary into Cumbria at lunchtime, eventually bringing them to a halt with the help of Cumbria police at junction 37.

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  11. Carlisle manager says players deserve more credit

    BBC Cumbria Sport

    Carlisle United are at promotion-chasing Newport tomorrow in League Two, a week on from beating Oldham 1-0 at Brunton Park.

    United manager Steven Pressley (pictured) says his players don't always get the credit they deserve, because they are on good form at the moment.

    Steven Pressley
    Quote Message: Two clean sheets in our last three league games, which again is a pleasing factor, it's an improvement, but we will absolutely be put to the test this weekend."
    • Barrow look to extend their five-game winning run in the National League when they go to leaders Bromley, and NPL Northwest leaders Workington Reds face a tough test at fourth-placed Marske.
  12. Sergeant who faced axeman in line for another award

    A Barrow policeman who tackled a man carrying an axe has been shortlisted for another national bravery award.

    Sgt Kevin Milby

    Sgt Kevin Milby arrested Timothy Nickson after he was spotted carrying the weapon in Dalton-in-Furness in 2017.

    Nickson, who had attacked his neighbour with the axe shortly before his arrest, was jailed for seven years.

    Kevin Milby, who has already been honoured by the Cumbria force and the Police Federation, has been named as a finalist in the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons 2019.

  13. Why Stewart's departure meant 'hold the front page'

    Martin Lewes


    The Penrith-based weekly paper, the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, had to delay the printing presses at the last minute as the story of its local MP Rory Stewart not running for Parliament, but standing for election as Mayor of London, developed this morning.

    Cumberland Herald office in Penrith

    The Penrith and the Border MP had told the local newspaper he was going, but not what his next step was, and staff only found out he was running for office in the capital with five minutes to go before the presses were due to roll.

    The switch wasn't thrown, the front page was quickly remade, and the paper will include the news when it hits the streets tomorrow morning.

    This was a relief for the editor, Emily Atherton, who was at the end of her first week in the job as the first woman editor of the newspaper in 159 years.

    Quote Message: It's been a heck of a first week, is all I can say!" from Emily Atherton
    Emily Atherton
  14. Stewart's pitch for London Mayor goes viral

    Martin Lewes


    A footnote perhaps, but Rory Stewart's short video announcing he would run for the office of London Mayor attracted more than 1,000 comments and 1,000 retweets within an hour of being posted.

    They ranged, as you can imagine, from the effusive to the obscene, so if you want to sample the variety, click on the link above.

  15. MP gets a thank you and best wishes from the party

    The Conservative Party has given its formal farewell to Rory Stewart, who would not have been allowed to stand again for the party for Penrith and the Border, and who has confirmed he will not contest the seat as an Independent at the next election.

    A party spokesperson said: “We would like to thank Rory for his hard work and wish him all the best for the future. We will be selecting our parliamentary candidate for Penrith and the Border in due course.”